Good Hotel Guide Review
On a hillside flanked by grazing Herdwick sheep – ‘a beautiful setting’ – this 17th-century barn and cluster of old outbuildings have been reinvented as a ‘refreshingly different’ contemporary hotel and bistro. It’s a hands-on family affair, run by Jess Manley with her husband, Will (the chef), and her parents, Dave and Sally Keighley. Uncluttered modern bedrooms all have views of the fells; ‘useful charging sockets and good reading lights’ are thoughtful touches. Cumbrian classics and lamb from the family farm appear on ‘adventurous, very good’ seasonal menus in the ‘informal’ bistro. Walking sticks, maps and guides are available to borrow; the 555 Kendal–Grasmere bus nearby makes a car ‘almost unnecessary’.
7. Plus self-catering cottages and glamping pods.
all year except 3–21 Jan.
lounge, bar/bistro, smart in-room TV (Freeview), drying room, bicycle storage, electric car charging, 10-acre farmland.
‘chilled’ in bistro.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 2 rooms (1 dog per room), on lead in public spaces.
per room £130–£190. Breakfast £10, à la carte £30. 2-night min. stay.