all year except over Christmas and New Year period, restaurant open Fri and Sat.
lounge, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Now, Freeview), 1½-acre garden (stream, pond), unsuitable for disabled.
in public areas.
babies and toddlers, and over-12s.
 per room B&B £120–£150. À la carte £30.
Good Hotel Guide Review
In a leafy setting within easy reach of the city, this modern B&B stands in its own mature grounds with weeping willows and a duck pond – look out for the resident kingfisher. It is run by Andrew McGrillis and his wife, Sarah, who seamlessly took over when his parents, the former hosts, retired. ‘Andrew is a young man blessed with interpersonal skills,’ says a Guide inspector in 2017. ‘He greeted us warmly, offering help with cases. Later, he arranged for us to have dinner in nearby Wetheral.’ Enter via the ‘imposing’ timber-and-glass extension – ‘a mixture of the ecclesiastical and Danish hygge’ – and step straight into the open-plan lounge/restaurant: it has a log-burning stove, comfy sofas, magazines and a wall of well-thumbed paperbacks. Upstairs, uncluttered bedrooms, with underfloor heating, look over the pond. ‘Simply but comfortably furnished, my room had a spacious, well-lit bathroom.’ Two nights a week, an ambitious, home-cooked dinner might include honey-roasted duck breast, fennel and orange salad. Breakfast on pancakes with maple syrup, a bacon sandwich or ‘eggs scrambled to perfection’. The M6 is a mile away.
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.