14. 2 in annexe, sharing a lounge.
lounge, bar, breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 6 acres of formal garden (sun terrace, croquet) and woodlands, unsuitable for disabled.
‘at low volume’ in breakfast room and bar.
not under 12.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £130–£280. 1-night bookings refused weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Sue and Peter Robinson’s Arts and Crafts house stands on a crag in ancient woodland, the views tumbling down the Brathay valley. The owners have ‘sympathetically restored’ the Lakeland stone house, which was built in 1904 by the architect Francis Whitwell: there are polished wood floors and fine oak panelling; the walls are hung with architectural drawings, photographs and paintings. B&B accommodation is in individually styled bedrooms furnished with antique and contemporary pieces. They vary in size and aspect: a superior room has a bay window looking toward the Langdale Fells; a suite has a private balcony; two rooms that share a lounge are ideal for a family. In the original dining room, with its fireplace and Shapland and Petter sideboard, award-winning breakfasts use plenty of produce sourced from within a 20-mile radius of Ambleside. Spread home-made jams on local bakery bread or a freshly baked butter croissant; choose from locally smoked salmon, boiled eggs and soldiers, home-made drop scones with maple syrup and berries. This is walkers’ country – the hosts can arrange for guided treks, taking in country pubs along the way.