Bar, lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 5-acre garden and grounds, croquet, terrace, parking, bicycle storage.
All ages welcomed (games).
Allowed in 4 bedrooms with garden access, public rooms ‘as long as no food is being served’.
Per room B&B £135–£275, D,B&B £210–£350. À la carte £40.
Good Hotel Guide Review
There’s a ‘homely atmosphere’ and ‘a sense of cosy welcome’ at this unpretentious, gabled Edwardian country house overlooking Lake Windermere and Coniston Fells. The former Fayrer Garden hotel, it is today owned by Andrew Wildsmith, whose Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge, and Forest Side, Grasmere (see main entries), are well liked by Guide readers. Ask for one of the refurbished bedrooms; some have a private patio or glorious lake views. All rooms come equipped with home-made biscuits, tea and coffee from a local merchant, natural Cumbria-made toiletries. Lakeland produce informs the ‘adventurous, well-presented dishes’, served in a modern, glass-walled restaurant – try for a table overlooking the lake. Relax on the garden terrace on fine days, or borrow OS maps for walks from the door. 1 mile from town.
The largest natural mere (long, thin lake) in England.
An 18-hole course, founded in 1891.
Hill Top is a time-capsule of Beatrix Potter's life. Every room contains a reference to a picture in one of her tales.
45-minute to three-hour cruises across Lake Windermere.