5. 1 in stable, 1 in Old Dairy.
entrance hall, 2 lounges, dining room, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 17-acre grounds (garden, hot tub, streams, woods, field, lake and river, safe bathing 2 miles), unsuitable for disabled.
not under 6.
‘clean and dry’ dogs with own bed allowed in bedrooms (£20 charge per night), not in public rooms.
per room B&B from £120.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Peace and quiet’ surround Hazel Thompson’s Lake District B&B in the Vale of Lorton. The ‘beautifully restored’ Grade II listed farmhouse stands in acres of field and pasture, ponds and stream, with fell views all around. ‘Everything about it gets five stars: the rooms, the breakfasts, the roaring log fire, the wonderful hot tub in the garden,’ says a fan in 2017. The large, traditionally decorated bedrooms have glorious vistas, antiques, perhaps a slipper bath in a Victorian-style bathroom; each has its own character. Swinside, with an original fireplace, has a brass bed; the Old Dairy, at the end of the barn, has a solid-oak four-poster bed against a rustic stone wall, and a spacious, beamed bathroom. From spring to autumn, come in time for tea in the former byres, across the cobbled yard from the main house: there may be fairy cakes and cucumber sandwiches, or fruit scones with Cumberland rum butter. Light lunches (smoked duck; sandwiches; Solway shrimps on brown bread) are served here as well or, on a fine day, alfresco in the Old Midden, facing Low Fell and the surrounding fields. (John Thompson)