Good Hotel Guide Review
Richard Lee often greets guests in his chef’s uniform, which sets the tone for this personally run country house with views over Esthwaite Water and fells. The whitewashed Georgian house ‘has the feel of a warm comfortable family home’ with traditionally furnished rooms – floral-print sofas, lamps on side tables, dado panelling, open fires – and windows filled with classic Lakeland views. ‘Good-sized bedrooms’ have soft colours, pretty wallpapers and a sprinkling of antiques, with cosier, beamed rooms on the second floor. All enjoy those views plus decanters of sherry and luxurious Penhaligon amenities in the bright bathrooms; some are quite small and most shower only. ‘Richard takes his food very seriously,’ said one reader who enjoyed the set, short-choice menu which might include roast duckling with thyme, ginger and honey, or grilled salmon with crushed pink peppercorn sauce. (Vegan and vegetarian dishes upon request.) The ‘consistently excellent’ breakfast is a feast of freshly squeezed juices, home-made bread and marmalade, plus kippers, haddock and a Lakeland grill. ‘Wonderfully helpful and friendly staff.’ (Tony Hall, LH, AB)
9. 1 on ground floor, 7 en suite, 2 with separate private bathroom.
all year except 20–30 Dec.
2 lounges, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), veranda, ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
not under 12.
B&B doubles from £110, singles from £90. Set dinner £40. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends, bank holidays.