Night 4 on the C2C walk. It had been a long hard day, we were wet and tired and had turned up early to find no-one was at home. OK, that's fine, everyone has a life, so off we went to find a late lunch.
When we got back we rang the bell and John opened the door. Instead of a "hello, I'm John, welcome..." we got "we have a no shoe rule in this house, please take your boots off". I'm well house trained and would have done that anyway, and while I suppose some people do get careless in other people's houses, there have to be more hospitable ways of welcoming a new guest.
OK, we got past that, took off our boots and were shown upstairs to a nice, comfortable twin room with double glazed windows on two sides, so plenty of light, and a handbasin. The ensuite is tiny, literally a cupboard sized room with a small shower cubicle and toilet. It works, but my mate is 6 feet 4 inches, and it was a challenge for him! No real hanging space.
Luckily we next met Christine. She is naturally hospitable and soon had our wet gear drying in a hidden drying room. The next morning it was Christine who served breakfast, and this was excellent. We were off the full english breakfast by now and she was able to offer plenty of choices with fruits, cereals and yoghurt. She also provided us with slightly expensive but great big lunches, including some home made slice, as we left.
So, our first impression of Grisedale Lodge was spoiled by our rather unengaging welcome. It is a comfortable B&B with some very nice touches. Christine's hospitality tops it off. Pity she didn't open the door when we first arrived!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grisedale Lodge is a friendly and comfortable Lake District B&B with gorgeous views of the Ullswater fells. We have three guest rooms on the first and second floor of our home and a lovely lounge which you are welcome to enjoy. We are located between the villages of Glenridding and Patterdale in a quiet location at Grisedale Bridge. There are numerous walks from the door and the lake is only a 10 minute walk away. We are directly on Wainwright's Coast to Coast walk and a 15 minute walk from the Inn on the Lake in Glenridding which is a superb wedding venue. There are some lovely pubs and restaurants within walking distance. Our B&B rooms are simply furnished and comfortable. We have three rooms : two twin or double rooms with en suite shower and one double room with separate, private bathroom. All rooms have good WiFi access and tea and coffee making facilities. There is private off road parking. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Grisedale Lodge Glenridding, England