Good Hotel Guide Review
For many guests, Hazel Bank is the epitome of a small country-house hotel, with 'fantastic food, a great wine selection, charming hosts' alongside a picturesque valley setting, captivating views and walks from the doorstep. Sitting above Rosthwaite village ‘in a quiet part of Borrowdale’, the Victorian house has a warmth that is thanks to owners Gary and Donna MacRae. One guest reported that their six-day stay was 'like a pleasant house party'. 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. 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 Lakeland fillet of beef or aubergine and courgette schnitzel with tomato and basil salsa. Breakfast is a feast of local produce including home-made muesli, Manx kippers, and a full Cumbrian, accompanied by sightings of red squirrels. (Sir William Reid, John Barnes, and others)
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. Set 4-course dinner £52 (£45 for residents booking ahead). Min. 2-night bookings except by special arrangement.