Good Hotel Guide Review
In the Lune valley, between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, this ‘comfortable hotel with modern, well-appointed bedrooms’ was Andrew Wildsmith’s first foray into the hospitality field. (See also Ryebeck, Bowness, and Forest Side, Grasmere, Shortlist and main entry). Set in 12-acre grounds with a beck running through, it is ‘a wonderful place’. The heart of the operation is the 15th-century dining room with open fire, where chef Oli Martin displays ‘considerable flair’ in his use of seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Dinner is a 12-course tasting menu, one for omnivores and one for vegetarians, both short on hyperbole, long on flavours. For instance: local Goosnargh chicken, seaweed, shitake; chalk-stream trout, buttermilk, roe; celery fettucine, fig leaf, smoked almond; ‘a splendid epitome of apple, with soufflé, sorbet and tart’. Service is ‘first class’ from ‘really friendly staff’. The bedrooms were styled by Mr Wildsmith with designer James Mackie. Dogs may stay in one of five in converted stables, with luxury bathroom and private terrace. Attention to detail shows in bespoke tweeds, paint finishes, and Sedbergh bath products. ‘We recommend it highly.’ (DG)
15. 3 in cottage, 5 in stables, 1 room suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed Mon, Tues.
lounge, orangery, bar, restaurant, ‘chef’s kitchen’, civil wedding licence, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 12-acre grounds, orangery, restaurant and lounge wheelchair accessible.
in lounge, restaurant.
all ages welcomed, not under 12 in restaurant.
allowed in stable bedrooms (max. 2), orangery.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £179–£299, D,B&B £299–£419. Dinner tasting menu £70.