15. 3 in cottage, 5 in converted stables.
lounge, orangery, restaurant, ‘chef’s kitchen’, wedding/function facilities, free Wi-Fi in lounge only, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 4-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.
in lounge, restaurant.
not under 12.
allowed in 2 bedrooms and orangery.
 per room B&B from £169, D,B&B from £269. À la carte £55.
Good Hotel Guide Review
In green grounds at the foot of Gragareth, this ‘friendly, unstuffy’ hotel makes a cushy base for travellers exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the southern Lakes. It is owned by Andrew Wildsmith; the staff are ‘attentive and good humoured’. Parts of the 18th-century house date back to medieval times (an old well is embedded in the orangery’s flagstone floor), but a contemporary country house atmosphere reigns. ‘Comfortable, well-appointed’ bedrooms (some newly refurbished) are in the main house, the converted stables and a cottage across the courtyard. In the 15th-century great hall, Oli Martin’s seasonal menus of ‘artfully arranged’ modern dishes are ‘cooked with flair’. (Rather too much flair, say some guests, who would have preferred heartier portions of humbler food.) Among his ‘great flavours’: artichoke, seaweed, curd; bream, oyster, kohlrabi. ‘Pity the limited menu doesn’t change more regularly, however.’ Breakfast, guests agree, is ‘very good’. Wildsmith Hotels’ Forest Side, Grasmere, and The Ryebeck, Bowness-on-Windermere (see main and Shortlist entries), share the same easy air. (JP, and others)
The Dales Escape Two-night break
Stay for two nights or more from Sunday to Thursday and save £40 per night off our Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rate for stays up until the 30th June 2017. For more details, see here. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.