Good Hotel Guide Review
Many regard Borrowdale as the Lake District’s most picturesque valley, and this comfortable Edwardian country house has one of its finest locations. Set back from the road it’s ‘quiet with splendid views of the hills’, says a reader who also admired the gardens, ‘the bird life a delight’. Guests report spotting red squirrels, too. Walks start from the hotel, so it’s popular with hikers who like their creature comforts; a cup of tea by the log-burner in the lounge or on the terrace after a day on the hills. Bedrooms in the rear annexe are light and simple, perhaps with a feature wall; larger rooms in the original part are traditional with big windows. All have been recently refurbished, and boast views and modern bathrooms, some a bath under the window. The daily-changing set menu, with most items made from scratch, offers ‘inventive dishes’ such as butter-poached lobster claw with pickled beets, and wild mallard with hibiscus kombucha. Lamb from nearby Yew Tree Farm is always popular. ‘Varied and very good breakfasts’ set you up for the day. Staff are ‘cheerful, efficient; nothing was too much trouble’. (Sir William and Lady Reid)
11. Some on ground floor, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year except 24–26 Dec, restaurant closed Sun, Mon.
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 £160. Set 4-course dinner £65, tasting menu £95. 1-night bookings refused Sat May–Sept.