Good Hotel Guide Review
In arguably the Lake District’s most picturesque valley, Borrowdale, this Edwardian country house has spectacular views and is a favourite of outdoors lovers who like their creature comforts. Many walks can be taken from the doorstep; on return, there’s tea by the log-burner in the lounge or on the terrace overlooking the garden with its birds and wildlife. Guests often report spotting red squirrels. ‘Well-presented’ bedrooms all have views, and are gently traditional with pale colours, soft carpets and a contemporary bathroom. One reader praised Cat Bells with its views of the eponymous fell ‘one way and over fields the other’. Chef Noel Breaks’s ‘excellent cooking’ is a big draw with a daily-changing set menu that might include treacle-cured trout with cauliflower panna cotta or duck breast with blackberries, potato and sage terrine. Lamb from nearby Yew Tree Farm is always popular. Almost all is made from scratch, including the bread, which also features at breakfast alongside dishes such as eggs Benedict and the full Cumbrian with vegetarian option. The views from the conservatory dining room guarantee a memorable meal. (SP, JB)
11. Some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year except 24–26 Dec.
lounge, bar, conservatory restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), drying room, terrace, 3-acre grounds, EV charging, public rooms wheelchair accessible.
in public rooms.
not under 15.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £150. Set 4-course dinner £48.95. 1-night bookings refused Sat May–Sept.