15. 4 in annexe, plus 4 self-catering cottages.
3 lounges, TV room, 2 bars, dining room, tea room, Wi-Fi in cottages only, 2-acre grounds, 200 yds from lake (private foreshore, fishing), walking, sailing, climbing, riding, golf nearby, unsuitable for disabled.
occasionally in lounge.
all ages welcomed (no special facilities).
allowed in some bedrooms (£4 per night charge), not in public rooms.
 per person D,B&B £104. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
For more than a century, the Baldry family’s ancient farmhouse has stood in this remote, ‘very special setting’, where the ‘fantastic views’ reach over the garden and the sheep-dotted fields to the fells beyond. For more than a century, too, the family has greeted guests with ‘a welcoming fire in one of the lounges, and an even more welcoming pot of tea’. ‘Unashamedly old-fashioned’, it is not to all tastes – some visitors rue the inflexible mealtimes and ‘historic bedrooms’ – but loyal supporters champion the traditional atmosphere and the nostalgia that infuses it all. ‘Thoroughly cosseting, it’s like staying at one’s granny’s house as a child,’ a Guide inspector says. ‘It certainly is a time warp, from the fringed lampshades and collection of glass bowls to the selection of dishes at dinner. But there’s not a trace of dowdiness – everything is displayed and done with care and pride.’ Morning tea is brought to the bedroom before the gong announcing the buffet breakfast; in the evening, a gong again heralds the single dinner sitting (‘the food is acceptable but the service is slow’). In between, there are rural walks, steamer cruises and good, old-fashioned chats over a fireside scone or two.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.