12. 2 in cottage (with lounge) across courtyard.
all year except 23–27 Dec, 2–30 Jan, lunch served Sun only, Sun dinner for residents only.
2 lounges, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed.
allowed, not in public rooms or unattended in bedrooms (£7 nightly charge).
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
per room B&B £95–£160, D,B&B £162–£199. Set dinner £30. 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.
VisitEngland Three Star Country House Hotel
Good Hotel Guide Review
Warm hospitality, centuries-old architecture and ‘beautiful countryside’ again delighted loyal fans of this ‘exceptionally good-value oasis of peace and tranquillity’. Christopher and Andrea Varley are the second-generation owners of the Cumbrian manor house – former home of descendants of the aristocratic founder of Cartmel’s Norman priory. ‘Chris and his team looked after us so well,’ wrote regular Guide readers. ‘They combine efficiency with first-class service in a friendly, unobtrusive manner.’ Rooms, which some guests found a tad tired, also pleased: ‘Ours was a good size, with excellent lighting, ample storage, although boiler noise might irritate some.’ A folder of nearby walks was appreciated, as was the upstairs lounge, ‘the ideal venue to relax over coffee and talk with other guests’. Admired features included the spiral cantilevered staircase and, no doubt, the elegant Georgian dining room where chef Gordon Topp offers his locally sourced country house menu including oven-baked fillet of Fleetwood cod topped with a prawn, shallot and caper berry butter; ‘a joy to have a good vegetable selection served separately’. Breakfast was ‘excellent’ (Bob and Jean Henry, DR)
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