19. 2 in bungalow in the grounds, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year except 3 weeks Jan.
lounge, drawing room, bar, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, 1-acre garden (croquet), free entry to local leisure centre, public rooms wheelchair accessible.
all day in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 4 bedrooms, in 2 lounges, not in bar or restaurant, £20 per dog per stay.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £130–£275, D,B&B £215–£365. Dinner £38–£45 (2 or 3 courses), 9-course tasting menu £65. Normally min. 2-night bookings Sat.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Jamie and Jenna Shail continue to make improvements to their early 19th-century manor house. It stands in wooded grounds on the edge of Ambleside, with views to Wansfell Pike. ‘Comfortable, well-equipped’ bedrooms have modern decor, seating area, smart toiletries; the best balcony rooms have an espresso machine, mini-fridge, Herdwick wool carpet, handmade bed, bespoke bathroom. In the ‘modern grey, minimalist, smart and cool dining room’, new chef Daniel McGeorge works with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients to create such dishes as Herdwick lamb loin and shoulder, Jerusalem artichoke, Cévennes onion, globe artichoke, cured spinach; turbot, fennel, haricots blancs, bitter lemon, camomile beurre blanc. Simpler fare – burgers, salads, sandwiches – and afternoon tea are served in the lounges, while dogs can join owners chowing down at breakfast and dinner in the Brathay lounge. Under the steady management of Peter Sinclair, service remains ‘attentive and friendly’. Outside, a murmur of traffic can be heard from the road, but it dies down at night. Special-interest breaks – bridge, chess, painting, garden visits – are a regular feature. (P and SG)
- The Lady: 10 family friendly hotels for summer holidays
- USA Today: Luxury for less: 20 grand British hotels you can afford
- Evening Standard: Six of the best hotels in the Lake District
- Independent.co.uk: 10 Best British Country House Hotels
20% Discount Special Offer
Get up to a 20% discount from room rates when you book to stay for 3 nights or more on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis (Sunday – Thursday). Enjoy fabulous cuisine each evening, sumptuous breakfast and tea & scones on arrival. To take advantage of this special offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
Hill Top is a time-capsule of Beatrix Potter's life. Every room contains a reference to a picture in one of her tales.
45-minute to three-hour cruises across Lake Windermere.
The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.