Good Hotel Guide Review
With views over farmland to pretty Cartmel village, and sheltered by wooded grounds, this 400-year-old manor house, run by the Varley family for 40 years, offers ‘an oasis of peace and tranquillity’. These qualities, plus its reassuringly traditional comforts, keep readers returning. Lounges are comfortable with deep sofas, china ornaments and brass fenders around open fires. ‘An ideal venue to relax over coffee and talk with other guests – no background music here!’ ‘Good-sized bedrooms’ are simple country house in style with patterned wallpapers and modern oak furniture; second-floor rooms have beams and a sloping ceiling. ‘Excellent’ food is served in the panelled Georgian dining room. Expect classic dishes with a sophisticated touch such as Scottish mussels in garlic, cream and wine, or pan-fried duck with caramelised apple, and Calvados and thyme sauce. Diners appreciate the choice of two-to-five courses. Breakfast, too, can be simple or hearty: fruit compote and yogurt, locally smoked salmon or the full Cumbrian. Staff ‘combine efficiency with first-class service in a friendly and unobtrusive manner’.
12. 2 in cottage across courtyard.
all year except 25–26 Dec, 2–28 Jan, lunch served Sun only.
2 lounges, bar, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed, under-15s £25 additional bed, no under-5s in dining room in evening.
in bedrooms only and must not be unattended (£7 per night).
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £99 (bank holidays and race weekends £169). Set dinner £24–£39. 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.
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