Good Hotel Guide Review
The praise keeps on coming for this family-run hotel, a ‘little gem’ loved for its comfort, food and welcome in postcard-pretty Grasmere. The Winslands – Kevin, Nicki and two daughters – are ‘so professional and hands-on’, says one reader. Their ‘splendid and stylish’ Victorian country house, with views to iconic Helm Crag, has a quiet garden bordering the River Rothay. Two ‘beautifully decorated’ lounges, both with fires, are ideal for relaxing after a day’s walking or for studying the menu over drinks and canapés. ‘Delicious and varied’ dishes might include Herdwick lamb with rainbow courgettes and garden pea purée, and supreme of salmon with watercress velouté and poached heritage beets. The ‘beautifully set’ dining room with ‘starched cloths and napkins’, overlooking the garden, charmed readers as did the home-made bread. Breakfast ‘matched the quality’ of dinner with smoked salmon and haddock as well as full Cumbrian and vegetarian options, plus home-made preserves. ‘Spotless’ bedrooms have breezy colours, feature walls and simple furnishings with ‘bright, modern’ bathrooms. ‘We will definitely return.’ (Frances Coupe, ID)
11. Some on ground floor.
all year except 31 Dec–31 Jan.
two lounges, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
in lounge and restaurant during mealtimes.
aged 10 and over welcomed.
D,B&B doubles from £196, singles from £103. Set 3-course dinner £37.50. 2-night min. stay normally required (check for 1-night availability).