all year except 31 Dec–end Jan, restaurant closed Tues.
lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
in lounge and restaurant during mealtimes.
not under 10.
1 small to medium dog allowed, by arrangement, in some bedrooms, not in public rooms.
per room B&B single £67–£97, double £122–£154, D,B&B single £92–£122, double £172–£204. Set dinner £29–£32. 2-night min. stay normally required (check for 1-night availability), Sat and bank holiday Sun night reservations must include dinner.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Hands-on’ owners Rob van der Palen and Anton Renac run their ‘excellent hotel’ with ‘thoughtful attention’, friendliness and more than a touch of Grasmere gingerbread. ‘The welcoming staff guarantee a happy stay.’ ‘Comfy armchairs and sofas’ are grouped around low tables and a fire in linked lounges; the conservatory restaurant gazes on to the neat lawn reaching towards the River Rothay. ‘Pleasant bedrooms’, each named after a Lake poet or a local luminary, are ‘modern and spotless’; a ground-floor room opens on to the garden. ‘Ours, spacious and well lit, was restful and quiet despite facing the busy road out front.’ Anton Renac’s four-course dinners are served almost every night of the week. (A mixed platter is taken in the lounge when the restaurant is closed.) Start with ‘delicious’ home-baked bread, then choose from an ‘excellent menu’ that includes a daily special. Among the ‘splendid dishes’: fricassée of woodland mushrooms in a filo pastry basket; slow-cooked lamb, pearl onions, lamb croquette. Walkers, ask for a packed lunch; the hosts have easy rambles and more challenging hikes to suggest. (MS, Jean Muir, J and DA)