The Black Swan

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

‘Our very special place, where we love to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside,’ writes a reader this year, signing off with a smiley emoji. More

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‘Our very special place, where we love to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside,’ writes a reader this year, signing off with a smiley emoji. And there is much to smile about at Louise Dinnes’s Victorian pub-with-rooms in an Eden valley conservation village. ‘Fabulous individual accommodation’ ranges from glamping tents to a four-poster suite with feature bathroom, double-ended roll-top bath, walk-in shower. Some rooms are cottage style, some contemporary; all have fresh milk, organic toiletries. Dog-friendly rooms have separate access. There is great praise for the ‘welcoming, friendly and helpful staff’, especially manager Selina Procter. You can relax in bars or lounge, with open fire, stuffed animals, clocks and curios, or drink cask ales in the riverside garden while watching the red squirrels. But the highlight is Scott Fairweather’s ‘most delicious’ modern cooking, his skilful use of local ingredients in such dishes as rump and shoulder of lamb, white beans, beetroot, goat’s curd, sage; cod loin, artichokes, mussel and almond vinaigrette; simple fish and chips. In the morning wake up to ‘the best breakfast you could ever enjoy. We can’t wait to visit again.’

Hotel details

Address

ravenstonedale
Ravenstonedale
Kirkby Stephen
Cumbria
CA17 4NG
England

Telephone

015396 23204

Bedrooms

16. 6 in annexe, 4 on ground floor, 3 suitable for disabled. Plus 3 ‘glamping’ tents.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 bars, lounge, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), Orange mobile signal only, beer garden in wooded grounds, tennis/golf in village, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in public areas all day, but optional.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

max. 3 in each of 4 ground-floor annexe rooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single from £95, double £85–£165. À la carte £36. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

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