My husband borrowed a mobile and phoned Jean from Shap Abbey to tell her that my ankle was terribly sprained and there was no way we could be at the Hermitage for a 7 p.m. dinner. After a very pleasant conversation, we continued on but before long, she came to our rescue in her car and drove us back to the Hermitage. Dinner had to be at a local pub as her schedule had changed but had we had our own phone, she could have contacted us.
We found the Hermitage to be clean, welcoming, full of character and run by a woman who is truly passionate about what she does.
Yes, it is on the pricier side but so very well worth it after a very long day on the C2C and when you see what Jean and Joshua do to make this a worthwhile and relaxing stay. If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful youth hostel experience where you can whip up some oatmeal in the shared kitchen before you set off, don't stay here.
If you want to experience the kind of bed and breakfast the is run how it should be, this is your place.
Oh, and yes, in agreement with all other reviews, breakfast is stunning! Abundant and delicious.
We will be back there when we re-commence the C2C,
(Katy and David Gillett written on their son's account)