14. 1 on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
all year except Christmas, Jan.
2 lounges, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 7-acre grounds (terrace, gardens, croquet, putting, bowls, tarn), complimentary access to local gym, spa and pool, 5 mins’ drive away.
classical music in dining room at breakfast, evenings in bar.
all ages welcomed.
only assistance dogs allowed.
 per person B&B £66.50–£125. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends, bank holidays.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Enter through the wood-panelled hall at mid-afternoon to be greeted with a cream tea at this upmarket B&B overlooking Lake Windermere. ‘Charming and friendly’, the Kennedy family has owned the Edwardian country home for 34 years. With daughters Sheena, Joanna and Kate, matriarch Diana Kennedy runs the show. And what a show it is: take in ‘wonderful views over Lakeland scenery’ from the large, lush garden; inside, flop into an armchair in one of the spacious lounges, or settle into an individually designed bedroom made homey with sherry and an espresso coffee machine. Local gastropubs and restaurants are within an easy drive, but guests hankering after a lazy evening should pre-order a soup of the day or a supper platter (perhaps with chicken goujons and a country pâté, or a twice-baked cheese soufflé and grilled vegetables) to eat in. Breakfast, with freshly squeezed juice, home-made marmalade and granola, and ‘a wide choice’ of cooked dishes, is praised. Pack your boots – circular walks start from the doorstep; Bowness is a half-hour’s downhill stroll around the lake.
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Summer ‘Up-to-30%-off’ Special Offer
Book direct this Summer for savings of up to 30% off the internet rate. The longer you stay the better the offer, with 5% off one night, 10% off two nights, 15% off 3 nights etc, ending with a fabulous 30% off 6 night stays. Details on the hotel’s web site. Available from May to September 2018. Only available if you book directly by phone or by email. To benefit from these offers, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
Guide Book Vouchers
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.
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