Good Hotel Guide Review
It’s traditional with a capital T at the ‘delightfully old-fashioned’ Howtown, with dinner gong, no in-room TVs, and extremely limited Wi-Fi. Owned by the Baldry family for more than 120 years, this creeper-covered former farmhouse, in an enviable position on Ullswater, has a welcoming clutter of warming pans, Toby jugs and chintz. It is full of quirky charm, offering ‘traditional high standards with a very personal touch’. Mrs Baldry’s, no less. Large, comfortable bedrooms with no lock come with blankets, not duvets. In the bathroom is Imperial Leather soap; ‘bring your own shampoo’. At the dinner gong, it’s down to the cosy red-velvet and stained-glass bar before a four-course meal of ‘excellent but never fancy’ classic dishes such as Stilton soufflé and chateaubriand in red-wine sauce. The duck-egg-blue dining room is a treat of silver cutlery and polished-wood tables. Next morning, tea is brought to your room. ‘A perfect base for a weekend, with walks from the door and a snug base to return to.’ (Martin Bailey, and others)
15. 2 in annexe, plus 4 self-catering cottages.
27 Mar–1 Nov.
3 lounges, TV room, 2 bars, dining room, tea room, Wi-Fi in cottages and tea room only, 2-acre grounds, 200 yds from lake (private foreshore, fishing), walking, sailing, climbing, riding, golf nearby, restaurant wheelchair accessible, toilet not adapted.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms (£4 per night charge), not in public rooms.
per person B&B £66–£83, D,B&B £105–£122. Dinner £39.