The Grasmere Hotel

‘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. More

Contact details

The Grasmere Hotel
Broadgate
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9TA
England
015394 35277

Hotel information

Bedrooms

11

Open

all year except 31 Dec–end Jan, restaurant closed Tues.

Facilities

lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in lounge and restaurant during mealtimes.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

1 small to medium dog allowed, by arrangement, in some bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

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)

Map

The Grasmere Hotel
Broadgate
Grasmere
Cumbria
LA22 9TA

Guest comments

'Just about faultless-on owner/chef; food excellent; rooms modern and spotless. After our 5th visit it still exudes the atmosphere of staying in a friend's country house. ' - Michael Schofield - March, 2015
'It would be hard to beat such excellence in a small hotel. It has its own car park at the front, with space for every guest. Inside, the rooms are very quiet, despite the busy road outside. All the staff were well trained and never faltered. Rob and Anton are experienced and successful hoteliers. Our downstairs bedroom (Wordsworth) was small but well equipped;French doors opened onto the peaceful garden. The handbook for guests was particularly informative. There was a huge walk in wardrobe, large chests, comfortable twin beds and excellent heating. Two minor blips: poor bedside lighting and captive coathangers. The public areas were superbly comfortable. The lighting in all areas was thoughtfully placed. Much thought had gone into every aspect of the business, including trays by the front door for walkers' boots, which were then cleaned and returned. The dining room was comfortable: perfect lighting, well-placed tables (different one each night), perfect service and timing. Excellent canapés served with drinks in the lounge before dinner. We were never rushed. Anton produced some splendid dishes, perfectly executed and garnished with aplomb. The fish dishes were outstanding, the trio of lamb to die for. ' - Janet & Dennis Allom - October, 2014

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