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Certificate of Excellence


#4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Troutbeck
Certificate of Excellence
Beneath the rugged fells of Troutbeck Valley, just outside Windermere and Ambleside in the English Lake District, lies The Mortal Man. An established traditional Lake District Inn since 1689, it resides over the wonderous panoramic views of Lakeland mountains that have captivated the great minds through the centuries.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Breakfast buffet
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Non-smoking rooms
Flatscreen TV
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Historic Hotel
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"O, mortal man that lives by bread, What is it makes thy nose so red? Thou silly fool, that looks so pale, 'Tis drinking Sally Birkett's ale" What a great introduction on the sign outside this famous lakeland pub/hotel situated in Troutbeck, one of Cumbria's oldest villages. The curious may be disappointed not to find any of this original ale at the Bar, but there are plenty of contemporary alternatives, many brewed locally. The food is also of a high standard. In the summer months, the views from the garden are spectacular, (rain permitting!), and in winter the atmosphere within this ancient building is cosy and congenial. On certain nights during the week, amateur raconteurs and musicians can earn themselves a free pint by performing in the bar! Just turn up and volunteer! Try not to miss The National Trust's Townend House at the other end of the village. A little further down the road you will also find YHA Windermere at the fascinating High Cross Castle, one of the first concrete buildings in the UK. Look up its amazing history on Google. Despite the YHA designation, all ages and non-residents are welcome here and the extensive views of Windermere from the terrace are sensational. Tasty, basic food is also available.
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Got this hotel as a deal on Wowcher. Was so impressed with the description of the hotel and the price that I didn't Google it's location. So as we drove up and up and up a hill into the middle of nowhere I did wonder what I had let myself in for. The views were breathtaking. The hotel very comfortable, with good size rooms. Breakfast was very varied and delicious. Local bands play in the bar some nights, give them a chance. Really enjoyed it as a taste of the Lake District.
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Great hotel but yes a little tired. The staff are lovely and very helpful. The food is really good..If your looking for a place to stay with good food great views and a clean bed for reasonable price you will be happy here.
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We visited here in June 2018 and the lunch was so good I knew we had to return again last week! The smoked salmon sandwich is amazing! The drinks are good too and they have a good selection. The view from the pub garden is amazing and we look forward to returning next year on our annual Lake District trip. Highly recommend!
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We have stayed a few times over the years and have been recommending it to others who have also visited. We were looking forward to this stay. It was fine. The views are awesome. However, although there was not one single reason extreme enough to detract us from staying again, the sum of all the small niggles probably means that the Mortal Man won’t be our first choice in the future. The rooms have been partially done up since our last stay, but it may have been a better plan to do a partial number of rooms up fully rather than all rooms partially. We stayed in rooms 9 and 12, both of which felt only partially modernised. Room 12, with the most stunning views from double aspect windows, could have seen not only a new bathroom levered into its tiny space (both rooms' bathrooms were tiny), but replacing the ancient threadbare carpet, painting the walls totally instead of a patchwork of slightly off shades from previous remedial works, painting all the chipped woodwork and maybe mending the broken off uprights of the four poster bed more sympathetically than crudely with a host of 4inch steel screws. It all felt shabby without the chic. There was just this general feeling that the guest didn’t quite come first and guest needs were never anticipated but only catered for once requested due to their absence. No towels in the room on arrival and no heating or towel rail working in the second room. Both hotel errors fixed with smiles, but shouldn’t have to be requested. On returning one day we found our room door unlocked and ajar, later found to be due to arriving guests being given our room in error. The continental breakfast was certainly not great, cereal boxes, coffee in prepared jugs, nowhere to put used teabags, fruit in a bizarre dispenser, no cheese or ham to go with the cold croissants and the lowest quality of sliced white or brown bread for toast. No granary. The cooked breakfasts appear on the same menu but are not priced, though they will be charged for over the 'continental’. Prices on request. Why not on the menu? Breakfast is not served until 8am. Not a help if you are planning a full days' walking with early starts. Dinner - Good portions, healthy and hearty, served on sticky tables (due to the varnish apparently) topped with Aldi ketchup bottles, in one of four distinct but connected areas all called 'the bar’. If you want atmosphere, book the real bar. The food does the trick but don’t expect culinary creation. We ate at the Queen's Head one evening 1/2 mile away, quite a difference. The building has such stunning potential and is an enviable position, but it needs money thrown at it, a proper facelift internally and someone to train the staff up from friendly yet 'student help’ quality. There are simple low-cost improvements that could be made with incrementally higher returns in guest happiness. Prices on the breakfast menu and a few pence spent on the bread would be a good start. I am sorry I am not able to repeat the glowing review we gave here 6 years ago. I would be delighted to return once improvements have been made.
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$119 - $180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
the mortal man hotel troutbeck
United KingdomEnglandLake DistrictTroutbeck
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