May I start by saying we have visited the lakes for many years (over 10 years) and we are constantly drawn to the village of Portinscale.
We decided to stay at the wonderful Hillside just through reading such wonderful things on TA.
I will try to keep this short, which will unfortunately be hard as I have so much to say about Hillside. The very warm hospitality of owner Eleanor, she is a friendly wee lass with the most hospitable presence you are ever likely to meet. The difference with Eleanor's b and b well just look around the place and it spells warmth, nature and a general love of all things fine. Eleanor herself is informative and knowledgeable without being intrusive. nothing is too much trouble. I honestly cannot describe how relaxed and at one with nature I felt on entering this homely place. We had the room with an en suite shower (double HUGE) and although would have liked the other room with two bathrooms! One with shower and one with huge bath i can honestly say was not disappointed. our bathroom was much bigger than a typical en suite, the shower as mentioned was a huge double shower spotlessly clean and a sense of nature with ornate mirrors and beautiful pictures. Towels were abundant and oozed freshness and fluffiness. The rest of the room was cozy with a lovely comfortable large bed, which produced the most sought after sleep us townies only dream about. there was soft lighting for reading and a rare find was to have two large fluffy toweling robes with slippers, how lovely, (nice touch) Fresh roses adorned the room and ample supply of coffees, teas and fruit teas etc. nice china cups instead of usual mugs felt homely and tasteful. there was a wall mounted TV but to be honest just look out of the window and take your entertainment there! lots of birds, hens and a vast array of wildlife was wonderful to watch. the mountain views are spectacular and i think one of the best views I have had the pleasure of.
Breakfast was another pleasure come down to the little snug with a roaring wood burner which was crackling and cozy and brace yourself for a hearty breakfast, fresh juices and cereals and museli, followed by a delicious hot breakfast. bacon, sausage, black pudding, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggs which way you like, potato cakes, toast, jams, coffee or tea, how nice that my husband and I had our own coffee pots each! A little classical music and again that spectacular mountain and garden view.
Sorry to waffle on but I may have just found that so called piece of heaven. We are planning on returning to HIlliside in September and to be honest cannot wait.
PS forget to mention our dog Alfie had a wonderful time and was so fussed. in fact I'm looking at him now and he looks a tad sad and I fully agree with him that we had to leave such a wonderful place!