This attractive Georgian lakeland house occupies a picture-postcard setting by Derwent Water, far removed from the fleshpots of Keswick. Previous owners Eric and Irene Fell retired in 2008, and the hotel is now run by another husband-and-wife team: Michael and Kathleen Bilton.
The chef Clive Imber produces a daily changing menu around fresh, local ingredients, including beef and lamb from a local farm. Highlights include home made breads, soups and ice creams. Each evening dinner is followed by a hot pudding, cold dessert and a selection of Cumbrian cheeses. Wine comes from growers who use traditional methods.
As for the hotel itself, it is decorated with flair (not overdone) and you are trusted with good carpets and even better furniture. Everything that should be clean is clean, and everything else is polished. The comfortable bedrooms are no different. The hotel's prime assets, though, are outside. Lying at the foot of Cat Bells as it does, there are walks of every description through genuinely unspoilt territory - and if you haven't got the energy, you can always sit and look at it. All in all, a relaxed friendly hotel.