The Black Swan, Ravenstonedale Reviews

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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.

Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

29. 1 suitable for disabled, 13, including 3 suites, outside the main house, plus 2-bedroom and 4-bedroom cottages.

Open

all year except first 2 weeks Jan.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, private dining rooms, conference facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, civil wedding licence, small spa, 17-acre grounds (tennis, putting, croquet, jogging track).

Background music

piano in lounge and restaurant in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed, not under 8 in restaurant.

Dogs

allowed in lodge rooms (£25 per stay, VIP package £50).

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa (charge for credit card use).

Prices

[2016] per room B&B from £170, D,B&B from £270. Set dinner £68, gourmet menu £88. 1-night bookings sometimes refused Sat.

Howtown Hotel, Ullswater Reviews

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Howtown Hotel
UllswaterCumbriaCA10 2NDEngland01768 486514 See hotel website Book now

Hotel information

Bedrooms

15. 4 in annexe, plus 4 self-catering cottages.

Open

Mar–1 Nov.

Facilities

3 lounges, TV room, 2 bars, dining room, tearoom, no Wi-Fi, 2-acre grounds, 200 yds from lake (private foreshore, fishing), walking, sailing, climbing, riding, golf nearby, unsuitable for disabled.

Children

Welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£4 per night charge), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

All major cards.

Prices

[2017] D,B&B £99 per person per night.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Good Hotel Guide

Take a step back in time to a gentler age. This 17th-century stone farmhouse has been home for 112 years to the Baldry family, who welcome guests with legendary kindness. ‘Thoroughly cosseting, it unashamedly sticks to its old-fashioned values – and it’s all the better for that,’ say Guide inspectors. The situation is isolated: in a hamlet served by the steamers that cruise Ullswater. The escape is absolute: no Wi-Fi, no telephone signal, no email (write or phone to book). A blazing fire, oil paintings and sets of china (‘everything displayed with care and pride’) set the tone; a grandfather clock strikes a homely note. In the ‘spotless’, ‘well-decorated’ country-style bedrooms, find woolly blankets, fringed lampshades, Imperial Leather soap. The day begins with a tap of the brass knocker on the bedroom door and the delivery of a pot of loose-leaf tea. The 9 am gong is the summons to breakfast. Explore the ‘very special’ setting, taking in the ‘fantastic’ views over the fells, then return in time for new chef Colin Akrigg’s ‘very nicely cooked’ four-course dinner at 7 pm. ‘A great experience.’

Hotel information

Bedrooms

15. 4 in annexe, plus 4 self-catering cottages.

Open

Mar–1 Nov.

Facilities

3 lounges, TV room, 2 bars, dining room, tearoom, no Wi-Fi, 2-acre grounds, 200 yds from lake (private foreshore, fishing), walking, sailing, climbing, riding, golf nearby, unsuitable for disabled.

Children

Welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£4 per night charge), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

All major cards.

Prices

[2017] D,B&B £99 per person per night.

Aynsome Manor, Cartmel Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

12. 2 in cottage (with lounge) across courtyard.

Open

all year except 23–27 Dec, 2–30 Jan, lunch served Sun only, Sun dinner for residents only.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ½-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, no under-5s in dining room in evening.

Dogs

allowed (£5.50 a night), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £95–£150, D,B&B £162–£195. Set dinner £30. 1-night bookings occasionally refused weekends.

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Farlam Hall, Brampton Reviews

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Farlam Hall
HallbankgateBramptonCumbriaCA8 2NGEngland01697 746234 See hotel website Book now

Hotel information

Bedrooms

12. 1 in stables, 2 on ground floor.

Open

all year except 24–30 Dec, 3 weeks Jan.

Facilities

2 lounges, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 6-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 5.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per person D,B&B £155–£185. Set dinner £49.50. 1-night bookings refused at New Year.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Good Hotel Guide

‘With a tradition of service that’s second to none, this is one of the finest country house hotels – if not “the” finest – in England,’ raves a regular Guide reader this year. In ‘beautiful’ grounds where ‘magnificent mature trees’ stand sentry, the Quinion family has welcomed guests to their creeper-clad sandstone retreat since 1975. Come in: ‘It’s like slipping into a pair of cosy slippers the moment you cross the doorstep.’ The lounges have a Victorian feel, with original fireplaces, comfy sofas and objets d’art; settle in for morning coffee and biscuits. Bedrooms are large, traditional, eclectically furnished, with patterned wallpaper and a substantial bathroom. ‘Dress smartly for dinner.’ In the elegant dining room, its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking garden and ornamental lake, Barry Quinion’s ‘excellent’, short daily-changing menus (‘no excessive portions’) might include timbale of West Coast crab and avocado; loin of local lamb, roasted parsnips, rosemary, red onions. The area calls for days out – there are ‘castles galore’; Hadrian’s Wall is easily accessible. ‘We had a fantastic stay.’ (Chris Savory, EM Arnold, and others)

Hotel information

Bedrooms

12. 1 in stables, 2 on ground floor.

Open

all year except 24–30 Dec, 3 weeks Jan.

Facilities

2 lounges, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 6-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 5.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per person D,B&B £155–£185. Set dinner £49.50. 1-night bookings refused at New Year.

The Pheasant, Bassenthwaite Lake Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

15. 2 on ground floor in lodge.

Open

all year except 25 Dec, restaurant closed Sun eve and Mon, bistro open daily

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, bistro, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 40-acre grounds, lake 200 yds (fishing), access to nearby spa, pool and treatment rooms, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 8 (£30 to share parents’ room).

Dogs

allowed in 4 bedrooms (£10 charge) and public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

from 120.00

Temple Sowerby House, Temple Sowerby Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

12. 2 on ground floor, 4 in coach house (20 yds).

Open

all year except Christmas.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, conference/function facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 1½-acre garden (croquet); unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

allowed in Coach House rooms (not unattended), not in public rooms or gardens.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B single £105–£115, double £145–£165, D,B&B single £150–£160, double £220–£240. Set dinner £33–£43. 1-night bookings occasionally refused.

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Askham Hall, Penrith Reviews

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Askham Hall
Askham HallAskhamPenrithCumbriaCA10 2PFEngland01931 712350 See hotel website Book now

Hotel information

Bedrooms

15

Open

All year except Christmas, 2 Jan to mid-Feb, restaurant closed Sun.

Facilities

drawing room, library, billiard room, 3 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 12-acre grounds, spa, 10 by 5 metre heated outdoor swimming pool (Apr–Oct), only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

in reception rooms in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (£15 charge per stay), public rooms except in restaurant.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £150–£320. Set dinner £50, tasting menu £65.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Good Hotel Guide

Homey and faintly bohemian, the Lowther family’s Grade I listed Elizabethan mansion is surrounded by terraces, topiary and lawns. Guests approach the house, which was built around a 14th-century pele tower, through a stone gateway; inside, Charles and Juno Lowther have redecorated with a mix of antique and contemporary, ethnic and English furnishings. It is ‘a hotel of character’, say pleased visitors. Three reception rooms are filled with books, paintings, family photographs. Staff are ‘friendly and efficient’. The ‘pretty’ bedrooms are individually decorated; the best, in the pele tower, have an antique bath and views of the gardens, fells and the River Lowther. In the restaurant, chef Richard Swale makes abundant use of produce from the kitchen garden, the Lowther estate and local suppliers, then gives his ‘seriously good’ dishes an exotic twist. A typical dinner menu might include guineafowl, ramson; hoggart loin, spiced lentils, mibuna, goat’s cheese. A converted barn houses a café with a wood-fired pizza oven; animal trails around the gardens introduce younger guests to shorthorn cattle, boer goats and ducks.

Hotel information

Bedrooms

15

Open

All year except Christmas, 2 Jan to mid-Feb, restaurant closed Sun.

Facilities

drawing room, library, billiard room, 3 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 12-acre grounds, spa, 10 by 5 metre heated outdoor swimming pool (Apr–Oct), only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

in reception rooms in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (£15 charge per stay), public rooms except in restaurant.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £150–£320. Set dinner £50, tasting menu £65.

Cedar Manor, Windermere Reviews

Hotel information

Bedrooms

10. 1 suite in coach house.

Open

all year except 18–26 Dec, 3–19 Jan.

Facilities

2 lounges, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), patio, ¼-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

‘quietly’ in lounge and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £135–£425, D,B&B £214–£504. Set dinner £39.95. 2-night min. stay at weekends preferred.

Overwater Hall, Ireby Reviews

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Overwater Hall
Overwater HallIrebyCumbriaCA7 1HHEngland017687 76566 See hotel website Book now

Hotel information

Bedrooms

11. 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year, except first 2 weeks Jan.

Facilities

drawing room, lounge, bar area, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 18-acre grounds, Overwater tarn 1 mile.

Background music

light instrumental in restaurant in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed, not under 5 in restaurant (high tea at 5.30 pm).

Dogs

allowed except in main lounge, restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per person B&B £60–£135 (£50 single supplement). Set dinner £48. 1-night bookings refused Sat.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

Good Hotel Guide

‘A fine example of a Good Hotel’, this 18th-century house has been run as a ‘friendly’ hotel by Stephen Bore and Angela and Adrian Hyde since 1992. It continues to win lavish praise from readers who come for the ‘attentive’ staff, ‘superb’ dinners and ‘relaxed, lived-in feel’. ‘We enjoyed a warm welcome from Angela, who is the perfect hostess. The attention to detail, with many individual touches, sets this hotel apart.’ The interior bursts with a wealth of stripes and florals; on cool days, a log fire burns in the drawing room. ‘Very comfortable’ bedrooms have fresh flowers, fresh milk; a good bathroom. Local produce and ‘expert flavour combinations’ feature in the restaurant, perhaps trio of Cumbrian lamb, dauphinoise potatoes, redcurrant jus; Goosnargh duck breast, butternut squash fondue, smoked duck croquette. ‘It is a fine dining experience for hearty appetites after days out in this lovely area.’ Breakfast has locally smoked kippers and home-made preserves. Dogs are spoiled with a ‘good doggie welcome’ and the run of the grounds, including a woodland boardwalk. (Mary Coles, David Boehm, James Banks)

Hotel information

Bedrooms

11. 1 on ground floor.

Open

all year, except first 2 weeks Jan.

Facilities

drawing room, lounge, bar area, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 18-acre grounds, Overwater tarn 1 mile.

Background music

light instrumental in restaurant in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed, not under 5 in restaurant (high tea at 5.30 pm).

Dogs

allowed except in main lounge, restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2016] per person B&B £60–£135 (£50 single supplement). Set dinner £48. 1-night bookings refused Sat.

Other information