Good Hotel Guide Review
For many guests, Hazel Bank is the epitome of a small country house hotel with the bonus of a picturesque valley setting, captivating fell views and walks from the doorstep. Sitting above Rosthwaite village ‘in a quiet part of Borrowdale’, the Victorian house has a warmth that is all thanks to owners Gary and Donna MacRae who create a homely atmosphere with a ‘sense of indulgence’. The interiors are comfortable with soft carpets, polished wood and vases of flowers, but not too fussy; after all, why compete with those views! Bedrooms have a simple elegance with pretty wallpapers, handsome headboards, top-notch bathrooms and breathtaking views across the valley and fells. Spoiling touches include sherry and home-made biscuits. Donna’s evening meals are equally spoiling: canapés in the lounge are followed by a four-course affair with dishes such as teriyaki mackerel with roasted watermelon, and Lakeland beef fillet with wild mushrooms and caramelised shallots. Breakfast is a feast of local produce including home-made muesli, Manx kippers, and a full Cumbrian (vegetarian option) – and maybe a red squirrel sighting in the garden.
7. 1 on ground floor with walk-in shower.
all year except Dec to end Jan.
lounge, dining room, drying room, in-room TV (Freeview), 4-acre grounds (croquet, woodland walks).
Classic FM at breakfast.
not under 16.
B&B doubles from £200, singles from £190. Set 4-course dinner £49 (£42 for residents booking ahead). Min. 2-night bookings except by special arrangement.