Good Hotel Guide Review
In the quieter north-western Lake District, against a backdrop of fields and fells, this whitewashed farmhouse B&B mixes rustic charm with romance. 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 the stunning scenery and lawned garden, it’s popular for weddings held either in the hayloft of the Victorian barn, above the tea room, or newly restored cart shed. (B&B and tea room availability fits around these bookings.) ‘Wonderful’ host Hazel Thompson, who greets guests with a cream tea, has furnished bedrooms to maintain their historic character – exposed-stone walls and beams – while adding touches of luxury. There are thick curtains, large brass beds and four-posters, country antiques, rich colours and huge bathrooms, most with a slipper bath or air 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 fire-warmed dining room, while supper options include the local pub or Kirkstile Inn, three miles away.
5. 1 in Stable, 1 in Old Dairy.
all year except 23 Dec–2 Jan, and every Sat and most Tues (for weddings), tea room open April–Nov.
entrance hall, 2 lounges, dining room, civil wedding licence, 17-acre grounds (garden, streams, woods, field, lake and river, safe bathing 2 miles), unsuitable for disabled.
‘clean and dry’ dogs with own bed allowed in bedrooms (£10 per night), not in public rooms.
B&B doubles from £180, singles from £90. Min. 2-night stay.