Good Hotel Guide Review
With glorious views of Windermere and seven acres of spectacular grounds, this guest house feels more like a country house hotel, complete with wood panelling and ornate ceilings. Yet while ‘the style is gracious’, it is ‘never hushed and formal’ in the Edwardian house which Diana Kennedy and her daughters have transformed into a relaxed and welcoming haven. A scattering of family books and photographs can be found among the large sofas and plump window seats. These make the perfect place for the cream tea offered on arrival, which features ‘Diana’s legendary scones’. Bedrooms are more contemporary: there are bold wallpapers, smart armchairs and pale carpets. ‘Lots of thoughtful extras’ include sherry, iced water, digital radio, robes and coffee machines. Throughout the day, soup, sandwiches and cake are available, all deliciously home made. You can enjoy them on the terrace if it’s sunny, or in the dining room, where the picture windows overlook the lovely gardens. Handsome supper platters can be pre-ordered, as can a popular Sunday lunch, ‘cooked with such flair by Jo Kennedy’. (Ralph Wilson, HP)
Lyth Valley Road
14. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
all year except 24–26 Dec, 3 Jan–11 Feb, open New Year.
2 lounges, bar, entrance hall with seating, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), 7-acre grounds (terrace, gardens, lawn games), complimentary access to local gym, spa, pool 10 mins’ drive away.
classical in dining room, bar.
all ages welcomed.
only assistance dogs allowed.
per room B&B single £69–£120, double £139–£290. Pre-ordered Sunday lunch £24.50, evening platters £14.50. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.