Good Hotel Guide Review
Close to the northernmost of the Lakes, under Wythop Woods in the shadow of Skiddaw, this 300-year-old coaching inn, managed by Matthew Wylie, is ‘a very special place, say fans’. The rerouting of the A66 along the old lakeside rail trackbed has left the inn sitting pretty ‘behind a ridge of land separating it effectively from road noise’. You’ll find fresh flowers on arrival, in a traditionally styled bedroom furnished with antiques – either in the main house or a garden lodge. ‘Our bedroom was spacious, with a super-king-size bed, separate sitting area, lots of storage, really good bathroom.’ You can eat in the ‘popular and fun’ bistro (burger, fish and chips. meze platter), take a light lunch in the ‘remarkable’ panelled bar with blazing fire, where John Peel used to drink in his ‘coat so gay’ (hounds are welcome). In the ‘classy restaurant’, the short menu might include canon of lamb, haggis, pomme purée, celeriac, red wine jus. ‘Food and service in both bistro and restaurant were excellent.’ A ‘lounge with a log fire, lots of comfortable chairs’, thumbed copies of Country Life make this ‘ideal for a winter stay’. Packed lunches can be ordered for a day out osprey-spotting.
15. 2 on ground floor in lodge.
all year except 25 Dec, restaurant open Sun lunch, Thurs–Sat eve.
2 lounges, bar, bistro, restaurant, private dining room, Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 40-acre grounds, lake 200 yds, wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet, access to nearby spa, pool.
not under 8, except in bistro.
allowed in 4 bedrooms (£10 charge), public rooms.
per room B&B £110–£210. Set menu (restaurant) £45, à la carte (bistro) £30. 1-night bookings occasionally refused Sat.
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