The Pheasant

Far from the hurrying world, this former coaching Iinn stands amid Wordsworth’s northern Lakes. More

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Bassenthwaite Lake
CA13 9YE
017687 76234

Hotel information


15. 2 on ground floor in lodge.


all year except 25 Dec, restaurant closed Sun eve and Mon.


2 lounges, bar, bistro, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 40-acre grounds, lake 200 yds (fishing), access to nearby spa, pool and treatment rooms.

Background music

in bistro during opening hours only.


not under 8.


allowed in some bedrooms (£10 charge), public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £110–£210. Set menu (restaurant) £45, a la carte (bistro) £30. 1-night bookings occasionally refused Sat.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

Far from the hurrying world, this former coaching inn stands amid Wordsworth’s northern Lakes. The pace slows at the ‘comfortable’ country hotel flanked by wooded hillsides, mature gardens and a babbling beck, where ‘nothing was too much trouble; service was most attentive’. It’s also a dog-friendly haven, with an abundance of local walks for pooches of all stamina. After an exploration of the perimeters, the oak-panelled, pubby bar welcomes dogs and their owners to rest by the fire over a soothing beverage. Homely bedrooms have further welcoming touches (china tea service, locally made biscuits), chintzy fabrics and ‘a really good bathroom’. Come dinnertime, Cumbria-sourced dishes are enough to placate the peckish and feed the famished. Find simple fare in the ‘informal’ bistro, such as cottage pie, cheese-glazed mash, pickled red cabbage, buttered greens; and ‘well-cooked, artistically presented’ options in chef Jonathan Bell’s ‘elegant’ restaurant, perhaps fillet of sea bass with braised squid, warm king prawn salad, sauce vierge. A crackling fire at breakfast gets the day off to a warm start. (Derek Lambert, JS).

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The Pheasant
Bassenthwaite Lake
CA13 9YE

Guest comments

'A comfortable country hotel in a perfect location for exploring the northern lakes. Our ideal for a winter stay is a lounge with a log fire, lots of comfortable chairs and plenty of old editions of “Country Life” and similar magazines. The Pheasant met these requirements. It could perhaps do with a little updating. The food is excellent. Staff are without exception helpful and well trained. ' - John Saul - March, 2017
'Our bedroom was spacious, comfortable and warm. We ate in the bistro the first night and in the restaurant the second night. Food and service in both were excellent. Quite expensive, but high quality. ' - Alan & Edwina Williams - March, 2017

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide