Good Hotel Guide Review
Away from the Lake District’s hot spots, in quiet Lorton Vale north of Buttermere, this whitewashed farmhouse B&B mixes rustic authenticity with modern comforts. Dating from the 17th century, and enlarged in Georgian times, it retains original features of slate-flagged floors, open beams, sturdy oak doors and big fireplaces. With its backdrop of fields and fells, lawned garden and atmospheric spaces – including a hayloft, cart shed and milking parlour – it’s a popular wedding venue. (B&B and tea room availability fit around these bookings.) Ever-cheery owner Hazel Thompson greets guests with a cream tea to take in the fire-warmed sitting room or on the lawn. Spacious bedrooms are rich with character – exposed-stone walls, oak beams – luxuriously updated with thick curtains, brass beds and four-posters, and country antiques. Bathrooms are huge, with perhaps a roll-top bath. With those views, you won’t mind the lack of TVs. Two rooms are separate from the farmhouse, with private entrances. Breakfast is a homely affair in the cosy dining room while supper options include the local pub or Kirkstile Inn, three miles away.
5. 2 on ground floor in adjacent barn.
all year except 23 Dec–2 Jan, and weekends and some weekdays (for weddings), tea room open Apr–Nov, subject to wedding bookings.
entrance hall, 2 lounges, dining room, civil wedding licence, 17-acre grounds (garden, fire pit, streams, woods, field, lake and river, safe bathing 2 miles), unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed.
‘clean and dry’ dogs with own bed allowed in bedrooms (£10 per night), not in public rooms.
B&B doubles from £190, singles from £90. Min. 2-night stay usually.