Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Kevin and Nicki Winsland, with their daughters Charlotte and Bex, have created a hotel of great charm and warmth.’ Readers enthuse over a stay at this small Victorian country house with gardens running down to the River Rothay, in a village for ever associated with Wordsworth. ‘From the moment we were greeted by Charlotte, we felt we were welcomed into their home as guests.’ The bedrooms, each named after a Lake poet, are smart-contemporary, with bath or shower. ‘Ruskin overlooks the car park at the front with glorious views to Helm Crag and the hills beyond.’ It has ‘a well-equipped bathroom’, plenty of hot water for a soak after a hike. Log fires burn in a ‘comfortable lounge’ where drinks and canapés are served before a four-course dinner cooked by Kevin, with local, seasonal ingredients. ‘We particularly enjoyed oak-smoked wild Lakeland venison, celeriac, apple slaw, dressed with chocolate vinaigrette. Roast breast of corn-fed guineafowl, black garlic, salsify, kale and wild mushrooms were cooked to perfection.’ Breakfast ‘is the same high standard’. Now, ‘One question: why is the hotel on the Shortlist?’ Answer: it no longer is. (Bob and Jean Henry)
11. Some on ground floor.
all year except 31 Dec–26 Jan.
two lounges, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
in lounge and restaurant during mealtimes.
allowed, by arrangement, in some ground-floor bedrooms, not in public rooms.
per room B&B single £69–£74, double £126–£158. Set dinner £35 (£29 for residents). 2-night min. stay normally required (check for 1-night availability), Sat and bank holiday Sun night reservations must include dinner.