Excellent breakfast, one of the best I've had for ages, plus pub nearby serves food and cask real ale.
The free wi-fi is a bonus, but not available in all rooms. Fully understandable though, given the traditional 18" stone walls.
Free parking also a bonus, although it is limited and a very minor faff to do.
I also thought very friendly people, and submitted a good review on another website.
However, they took offence that I only scored 7.5 out of 10, and made it clear that I wasn't welcome back. The issue wasn that my cleanliness score wasn't high enough for them.
In truth the place was spotless, but I wasn't entirely comfortable with the fact they allowed their dogs to play the night before in the area where breakfast was served and consumed the following morning. But if you like dogs then I'm sure you'd be very happy, as they were well behaved dogs!
The landlady also spent a lot of time running on about how much better they were than other places during breakfast, which I found a bit off-putting, but I think she was just trying to be friendly.
Finally, the fact that they sent me an email telling me they were offended by my score (despite a very positive review), and that I wasn't welcome back (despite leaving on very friendly terms and saying I'd be back) has left a nasty taste in my mouth.
It's a shame, because I was thinking of taking my other half for a romantic weekend next Spring.
Next time we'll probably try the pub in the village instead, or possibly Dalston, as it's a beautiful area around here.
To summarise, Laurel House is a top of the range B&B, comfy beds, and the breakfast was extremely good. As long as you promise to give them a perfect review and like dogs then I'm sure you'll be fine !!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Laurel House is a delightful 18th-century farmhouse converted into a three bedroom luxurious bed & breakfast. Situated just 7 miles from J40 of the M6, we are ideally placed for an overnight stay on the way to Scotland, or as a base to explore the Lake Distict. All rooms are fully en-suite, with digital TVs, security safes, trouser presses, tea/coffee, hairdryers, large bath towels, dressing gowns and tub armchairs for maximum comfort. Awarded a Visit Britain 4 Star Gold rating and Breakfast Award in 2010, and a prestigous 5 Star rating in 2011, we can offer the weary traveller a good nights rest and a good start to the day. Laurel House has recently been voted the 2017 Luxury B & B of the Year (N>.West) by Industry Insight Monthly, and in 2016 was a Towergate Insurance Top Ten UK B & B. ... more less
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