Good Hotel Guide Review
‘B&B’ doesn’t do justice to this wisteria-clad Edwardian country house with glorious views of Windermere, seven acres of gardens and elegant interiors. Run by the Kennedy family for 37 years, the house, with its wood panelling and ornate ceilings, is gracious yet never stuffy. Books and family photographs can be found among the large sofas and plump window seats, a perfect setting for the welcoming cream tea: ‘Diana Kennedy’s scones are legendary.’ If it’s sunny, enjoy this on the terrace. Inviting bedrooms are more contemporary with bold wallpapers, smart armchairs and pale carpets, and the ‘spotless bathrooms’ are well designed. ‘Thoughtful extras’ include sherry, iced water, digital radio, robes and coffee machines. Light snacks, picnics and afternoon tea are available during the day. In the evening, handsome supper platters can be pre-ordered. Breakfast in the picture-window dining room overlooking the gardens is a feast of freshly squeezed juice, omelettes, poached haddock, pan-fried halloumi and tomatoes, as well as a full grill. The Kennedy family and their staff, say readers, know how to make you feel welcome. (HP)
Lyth Valley Road
14. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
all year except 23–26 Dec, 2 Jan–11 Feb.
2 lounges, bar, entrance hall with seating, dining room, in-room TV, 7-acre grounds (terrace, gardens, lawn games), complimentary access to local gym, spa, pool.
classical in dining room, bar.
12 and over, extra bed from £28.50.
only assistance dogs allowed.
B&B doubles from £151, singles from £75. Evening platters £15.50 (with additional 2 courses, £28). Min. 2-night stay Mar–end Oct, 3-night min. bank holidays (ring to check 1-night availability).