Forest Side, Grasmere Reviews

Contact details

Forest Side
Keswick RoadGrasmereCumbriaLA22 9RNEngland015394 35250 See hotel website Book now

Hotel information

Bedrooms

20. 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounges, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, terrace, garden.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£20 per dog per stay).

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B single from £169, double from £189. Set dinners £60–£85.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Good Hotel Guide

A log fire still burns in the original Victorian fireplace of this one-time walkers’ hostel, but virtually everything else about the ‘beautifully renovated’, ‘comfortably furnished’ mansion is bright with a ‘fabulous’ new modern-rustic style, and a ‘superb’ team of staff to boot. Andrew Wildsmith, who owns Hipping Hall, Cowan Bridge (see entry), has created a ‘top-of-the-market’ hotel in the ‘perfect Lake District location’, say Guide readers in 2016. Choose among ‘relaxing’ bedrooms, some snug, others large enough to have a separate seating area; one of the best has a balcony overlooking the ‘stunning’ gardens and the fells beyond. Each has a ‘sumptuous’ bed, organic toiletries, home-baked biscuits. In the airy restaurant, chef Kevin Tickle, who has just won a Michelin star, furthers a forage-to-fork philosophy, with ‘absolutely beautiful’ modern menus mixing the finds of local orchards and wild-fruit hedges with produce from the hotel’s extensive walled garden. Hyper-local dishes might include Cumbrian plaice, conifer, mussels, wispy leeks. Vegetarians are ‘exceedingly well catered for’. Next day, soak in – and sample – the surroundings on a guided foraging walk. (Robert Nichol)

Hotel information

Bedrooms

20. 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounges, bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, terrace, garden.

Background music

in public areas.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£20 per dog per stay).

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B single from £169, double from £189. Set dinners £60–£85.

Brownber Hall, Newbiggin-on-Lune Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

10.

Open

All year.

Facilities

lounge (honesty bar), breakfast room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

soft folk.

Children

All ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in two bedrooms (please contact for availability(.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B single from £48, double from £85.

Nanny Brow, Ambleside Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

14. 2 in annexe, with own lounge.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounge, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 6 acres of formal garden (sun terrace, croquet) and woodlands, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

‘low volume’ in dining room and bar.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £130–£280. 1-night bookings refused weekends.

Oak Bank, Grasmere Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

13. 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year except 18–26 Dec, 2–19 Jan.

Facilities

lounge, bar, restaurant, conservatory dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview or FreeSat), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

classical at breakfast, ‘easy listening’/R&B at dinner in dining rooms.

Children

not under 10 in public rooms after 6 pm.

Dogs

allowed in 3 bedrooms, front lounge.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per person B&B £35–£87.50, D,B&B £63.50–£116. Set dinner £41.50, tasting menu £62.50. 1-night bookings usually refused weekends.

Tebay Services Hotel, Penrith Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

51. 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except Christmas.

Facilities

lounge, bar, mezzanine, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, function/conference facilities, farm shop.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed (family rooms).

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£10 per dog), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B from £89. À la carte £30.

The Cottage in the Wood, Braithwaite Reviews

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The Cottage in the Wood
Magic HillWhinlatter ForestBraithwaiteCumbriaCA12 5TWEngland017687 78409 See hotel website Book now

Hotel information

Bedrooms

9. 1 in the garden with separate entrance.

Open

all year except Christmas, 2nd and 3rd week Jan, restaurant closed Mon.

Facilities

lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), drying room, secure bicycle storage, terraced garden, 2 acres of woodland, only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B from £88, D,B&B from £105. Set menu £50, tasting menu £65. 1-night bookings refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Good Hotel Guide

‘We were not disappointed.’ Beside Whinlatter Pass, Kath and Liam Berney extend the ‘warmest welcome’ to guests at their ‘idyllic’ restaurant-with-rooms. Take drinks on the terrace in warmer weather – the whitewashed 17th-century coaching inn has ‘stunning views’ towards Skiddaw – or retire to the sitting room, where a wood-burner, books and games await on rainy days. The ‘clean, well-appointed’ smaller Cottage bedrooms occupy the oldest part of the house, dating from 1654; the ‘luxurious, generously proportioned’ Garden Room has a private patio. ‘The living area was divided by a wood-burning stove, creating separate cosy seating areas.’ Eat well in the award-winning conservatory-style dining room, where chef Chris Archer ‘cooks with flair’, using ‘lots of local produce: Herdwick hogget, brill from Whitehaven, the famous Waberthwaite sausage’.Each dish is paired with a complementing wine. (Try the vegetarian tasting menu, a tempting alternative.) Breakfast, with scrambled duck eggs and ‘crispy’ bacon, is ‘great’. Walking and cycling trails from the door; a drying room for when you return. (HB, JP, Stephanie Thompson and Keith Sutton)

Hotel information

Bedrooms

9. 1 in the garden with separate entrance.

Open

all year except Christmas, 2nd and 3rd week Jan, restaurant closed Mon.

Facilities

lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), drying room, secure bicycle storage, terraced garden, 2 acres of woodland, only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 10.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B from £88, D,B&B from £105. Set menu £50, tasting menu £65. 1-night bookings refused weekends.

Augill Castle, Kirkby Stephen Reviews

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Augill Castle
Leacett LaneBroughKirkby StephenCumbriaCA17 4DEEngland01768 341937 See hotel website Book now

Hotel information

Bedrooms

15. 2 on ground floor, 7 in stableyard conversion.

Open

all year, dinner served Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat depending on demand; cold platters on other nights, children’s high tea every day.

Facilities

hall, drawing room, library (honesty bar), music (sitting) room, conservatory bar, dining room, cinema, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 20-acre grounds (landscaped garden, tennis).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £160–£200. Set dinner £20–£25. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Good Hotel Guide

With ‘no rules – just plenty of warm, friendly staff, and wonderful food and service’, Wendy and Simon Bennett’s Victorian fantasy castle continues to win rave reviews. ‘The magic of the castle lies in its owners. They’re passionate about it, and rightly so.’ In ‘lovely’ grounds, the hotel has ‘a feeling of indulgence, without any ceremony – you’re made to feel at home’. There are ‘warm fires’, a ‘relaxing’ lounge with a grand piano and music books, a cinema complete with popcorn; four nights a week, a dinner menu, ‘sensibly limited in choice’, is ‘attractively served’ and communally – some say rowdily – eaten. (Platters of local meats and cheeses are served on other nights.) ‘We all made friends over dinner.’ Choose among eclectic bedrooms, each more characterful than the other (though a guest this year thought housekeeping could be stepped up). ‘Ours was beautifully decorated in period style, with a huge four-poster bed and an open fire; books and a chesterfield armchair in an anteroom; our very own turrets.’ ‘Breakfast is a nicely laid-back start to the day.’ (Kris Didymus, Mike Long, and others)

Hotel information

Bedrooms

15. 2 on ground floor, 7 in stableyard conversion.

Open

all year, dinner served Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat depending on demand; cold platters on other nights, children’s high tea every day.

Facilities

hall, drawing room, library (honesty bar), music (sitting) room, conservatory bar, dining room, cinema, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 20-acre grounds (landscaped garden, tennis).

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £160–£200. Set dinner £20–£25. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.

The Bay Horse, Ulverston Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

9.

Open

all year, restaurant closed Mon midday (light bar meals available).

Facilities

bar lounge, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), picnic area, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

not under 9.

Dogs

allowed, not in restaurant (except assistance dogs).

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £95–£120, D,B&B (min. 2 nights on weekends) £155–£180. À la carte £40. 1-night bookings refused busy weekends Apr to Sept.

New House Farm, Lorton Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

5. 1 in stable, 1 in Old Dairy.

Open

all year.

Facilities

3 lounges, dining room, free Wi-Fi in main house, civil wedding licence, 17-acre grounds (garden, hot tub, streams, woods, field, lake and river, safe bathing 2 miles), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 6.

Dogs

‘clean and dry’ dogs allowed in bedrooms (£20 charge per night), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B from £120.

The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale Reviews

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Contact details

The Black Swan
RavenstonedaleCumbriaCA17 4NGEngland015396 23204 See hotel website Book now

Hotel information

Bedrooms

16. 5 in annexe, 2 on ground floor suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, lounge, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), beer garden in wooded grounds, tennis and golf in village.

Background music

‘easy listening’ in public areas, all day.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 4 ground-floor bedrooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B single from £75, double from £85. À la carte £25.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Good Hotel Guide

‘Quite excellent’, Louise Dinnes’s ‘friendly’ country pub-with-rooms attracts regular visitors with its ‘unstuffy, warm and welcoming’ atmosphere, and ‘remarkably good value for money’. We were sorry to mark the death of Alan Dinnes, the much-loved innkeeper, in 2016. Visitors and locals throng the stone-walled pub for its local ales and chatter; the wood-panelled lounge, with a log fire, is a cosy spot. ‘We were impressed with everything.’ Enjoy ‘excellent, plentiful’ dishes such as pork tenderloin, black pudding, mustard mash, savoy cabbage; in fine weather, sit among the chickens in the garden running down to the stream. A new chef, Scott Fairweather,  formerly at the Punch Bowl at Crossthwaite has arrived. We would love reports on his cooking. Country-style bedrooms are individually decorated; some, with external access, are ideal for dog owners. ‘Our large, ground-floor room overlooking a small courtyard was well maintained, though there was a slight “doggy” smell on the first night. We liked the good towels and toiletries in the bathroom.’ After an ‘adequate’ breakfast, set out on one of the many walks from the door – maps and booklets provided. An ‘excellent’ stop for travellers to and from Scotland. (Gwyn Morgan, TL, Susan Willmington)

Hotel information

Bedrooms

16. 5 in annexe, 2 on ground floor suitable for disabled.

Open

all year.

Facilities

bar, lounge, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), beer garden in wooded grounds, tennis and golf in village.

Background music

‘easy listening’ in public areas, all day.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 4 ground-floor bedrooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B single from £75, double from £85. À la carte £25.