This is a gorgeous place to stay with great interior design in the rooms combined with a beautiful historic building, delicious home cooking and warm but unobtrusive hospitality.
We booked the Grisedale Room which combined rustic solid wood furniture with a very individually designed bed, sumptuous fabrics and opened onto a bathroom nearly as big as the bedroom, with heated slate flooring and a corner bath. Velvet cushioned window seats with wooden shutters and views over the fields were an added charm, as was the tapwater drawn from a local spring and the handmade organic toiletries. The wall-mounted flatscreen tv (I'm guessing 32" but don't quote me on it) in the room was a nice touch; it doesn't receive many channels due to reception in the area but has a DVD slot, and let's face it, who wants to go to the Lakes to sit and watch E4.
The entrance hall was also beautifully decorated and furnished and one of the biggest stone inglenook fireplaces I have ever seen was burning in the guest lounge when we arrived, and every evening of our stay. The bedroom itself had highly efficient heating in addition to the underfloor in the bathroom and was very warm, despite the freezing weather.
There's a lovely view of the garden from the breakfast room and a rocky stream running alongside the drive, overhung by trees and complete with resident ducks - I can't now remember if you can see this from the breakfast room but there's a bench alongside it. where you can sit and listen to the relaxing sound of running water (and ducks).
A well-cooked English breakfast with home made marmalade and organic yoghurt, cereals etc. left us not really needing to visit the Apple Pie shop in Ambleside at lunchtime, but still unable to resist.
There's a well stocked bookcase of thrillers and chicklit with children's books and sundry others, and just round the corner is a private gym and pool open to residents, although we didn't explore this.
The hospitality was exceptional; we felt welcomed and comfortable and able to relax, without feeling that the owners were hovering around, but they were also easy to get hold of if we needed anything. There was an emergency in our family on the last day of our stay and Caroline was incredibly sympathetic and helpful, even to the extent of lending us a mobile phone to take home as the battery had gone on our Vodafone one (Vodafone good reception; O2 reception was ropey).
If I wanted to treat someone to a B&B that was really more like a boutique hotel, in a beautiful location, I'd send them here and book them into the Grisedale room. Incredibly reasonable pricing as well. Lots of pictures on the website. Driving through Newby Bridge at night the trees are lit up with white fairy lights - very pretty.
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