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“Countryside B&B in a pleasent setting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ashness Farm

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Ashness Farm
Ranked #6 of 16 Borrowdale B&B and Inns
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Countryside B&B in a pleasent setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

We found this B&B via a listing on the National Trust web site. Owned by the National trust, it is apparently looked after by the current owners on their behalf. Set in the hills of Cumbria, only a 5-10 minute drive south from the town of Keswick, in the hillside overlooking Derwent water. We opted to stay for one night in October 2013. (It just happened also to be the wettest, rainiest night of the year so far!)

The booking for was for 1 adult and 1 child (8 Years old). It was made on-line with no problems.

Getting there: 10 minutes drive south of Keswick. Half the drive was up a tarmac single track, mountain / hillside road. In fine weather this is no problems, however, I feel in wintertime with snow around a 4x4 may be needed. Halfway up this road is Ashness Bridge, which is narrow and anything other than an ordinary car may struggle to cross this. (However we did see a bin lorry whilst staying there so there may be another route to the B&B). The B&B was visible from the road, as was the sign, however it could be easily missed in the dark. Parking was ample, with a parking area to the side of the main house.

B&B: We were greeted by the owner. A friendly, pleasant, no-nonsense woman called Anne. The B&B has a covered entrance, so walkers are able to undress outer clothes without getting wet. This entrance leads off to 2 rooms, the kitchen off to the right and lounge (From which the rooms are accessed) off to the left. The lounge has ample comfortable sofas, and the fire was a comfort on such a rainy night. Around the lounge was plenty of information leaflets and brochures, as well as room by the fire to put wet boots to dry overnight.

Through the lounge and up the stairs you arrive a long corridor which all the rooms appear to be off. We stayed in the Maiden Moor Room. A standard double room, with on-suite bath. The room was very cosy, with just enough room to walk all around the bed. There was an airing frame, a wardrobe, 2 bedside drawers and a plastic tray to put dirty shoes in. On one of the bedside drawers was a kettle, cups and various teas & coffees. The milk (Which was fresh milk) was stored in a handy mini-flask. The kettle was black on the inside, but it didn't appear to affect the water that was being boiled in it.

The room had one wooden framed window, with a bolt locking it at the top. This was quite difficult to open and provided little soundproofing. However it did add to the character of the room, and the heating which was provided by one radiator appeared to be more than ample at keeping the room lovely and warm. The view was out onto the lower hillside and onward towards the lake into the distance.
Also on the window was more information and a basket with shower gel, shampoo and other "Usual" hotel type creams etc. In the drawer was a hair-dryer. Just outside the room was a bowl containing various things you might forget to bring on holiday - such as toothbrushes, razors etc. You were free to take from this bowel but were requested to make a donation to the local mountain rescue unit.

The bathroom had a toilet, bath (I'd say about 3/4 full size) and a shower over the bath (fed by the water from the bath taps). My daughter had a bath that night and said it was lovely. I however tried to have a shower in the morning and it was a struggle to get the water flowing at the right amount and temperature. The only other minor point was there was no shelves in the bathroom to store things, so they were balanced on the edge of the bath.

The bed had lots of warm bedding and 2 pillows each, although I feel as if the mattress might need changing soon. However, we both got a very nice nights sleep. Sound proofing from other rooms was minimal, but this is to be expected in such a place.

Breakfast / Kitchen: The breakfast can be ordered the night before by filling in a small form. We both opted for the full English, and it didn't disappoint! Obviously a "Created at home" type of full English, yummy and tasty. For those who wanted something different, there was a choice of fruit, yoghurt, toast (with home made preserves) and cereals. Breakfast is served between 8:30 - 9:00 and is prepared once you arrive. The kitchen had that "Country Farm" air about it, and it is obviously part of the families house. Other guests were able to use the families clothes drier to dry their clothes out in the main part of the kitchen.

Conclusion:

This is a very pleasant B&B in the middle of the Lake District. It is a working farm, and also a family home. The views are lovely, the food was very nice and the room a little on the small size.

However, it made a very positive impression on us and we shall be back to stay in the future.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Louisville, Kentucky
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

What a beautiful and memorable B&B this is. This B&B is a 750 acre working sheep farm (over 400 sheep) located in one of the most beautiful areas of England, The Lake District. The room was large, modern and comfortable. The breakfast was great. My wife and I were on a 30 day pleasure trip across England, Scotland and Wales and we spent 3 nights at this B&B and loved every day of it. Wonderful views from our room overlooking the farm and mountainous countryside.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CharlesandladyDi
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

The setting was superb, with views across Derwentwater, and a working farm as the immediate environment. We were able to walk from the front door on both of the full days that we stayed. What made this really special was that everything had been thought of. There were guides to birds and flowers in the bedroom, and even a pair of binoculars. Plus a special tray to put dirty boots on. The bathroom was small but had a powerful shower, and the towels would have been at home in a five-star hotel. Breakfast was top quality. Really happy to be there, and can't recommend too highly.

Room Tip: Get a room at the front for the best views (I think three of the five have these views).
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

This was a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience for our family to have. Beautiful surroundings, the farm has a lovely location up on a slope, pass babbling brooks, windy country roads, a quaint stone bridge and greenery. Loved waking up each morning and watching the pastoral scene outside our window--sheep grazing and ducks waddling in the meadow beyond. The rooms were very comfortable and updated with modern comforts. The sitting room was very comfortable and cozy. The English breakfasts were big and hearty, and there would be a big loaf of homemade bread on the sideboard that you slice yourself.

Anne is a good hostess--my daughter left an item and she mailed it to our hotel in Paris, and we got it when we checked in a week or two later. She asked if the girls wanted to feed the calf milk, and we are thankful for this memorable experience. She also provides packed lunches if you ask for it.

When we drove up, the kids asked, "Mom how did you find this place?" because of its remoteness. But actually, it's only a 5-minute drive to Keswick and its restaurants. The girls' job was to open and close the gate whenever our car went through, adding to the country experience. Good hiking and photo opportunites around--lovely vistas abound.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank anneofavonlea
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Conwy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

We spent a very enjoyable 4 nights at this farm b&b set just a stone's throw from the much photographed Ashness Bridge. Anne was extremely welcoming and always had time to answer the many questions of our 6 year old. Our room, Armboth, was spotlessly clean with a large comfortable bed. The en-suite bathroom had a bath with shower over. Breakfast was plentiful and varied. Our son describes the best part of his holiday in the Lakes as chasing the ducks to help put them to bed!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank S W
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Hong Kong
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94 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We based ourselves here for a 3 day visit to The Lakes in late June. The Farm is well placed just outside Keswick (Approx 3km) and within easy reach of great walking.
The farm is accessed over a narrow old stone bridge and then a long half made gravel/stone drive. Drivers of Sportscars with low ground clearance may have trouble navigating both these! The farm overlooks a valley with an abundance of farmlife residing in the immediate vicinity. We could have enjoyed the view from the front of the house for hours. We initially feared our sleep may have been interrupted by the various livestock but were pleased to encounter no such problem.
Our room - Causey Pike - was cosy but tastefully appointed. There's a small TV in the downstairs lounge and limited wifi but if you've come here expecting either of these you're probably missing the point and allure of Ashness Farm.
The breakfasts were outstanding and would shame many a 3/4* Hotel (a good selection of cereals and fruits in addition to the traditional Full English cooked).
For evening meals we ate in Keswick twice (Note: last food orders in most places is before 9pm) and once at The Mary Mount Hotel which is a half hour's brisk walk from Ashness Farm (considerably less if you cut through the youth hostel grounds). MM can be full with their own diners but were persuaded to accommodate us eventually when we rocked up without a booking. Think hearty pub grub rather than anything gourmet.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 1Tough_customer
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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

This lovely B and B is set in beautiful countryside very close to the famous Ashness Bridge. An ideal base for walking the fells or just for exploring what the Derwentwater area has to offer. Set on a working farm, this is ideal for children who want to get close to the animals. The accommodation was very clean and well equipped although the bedrooms were rather small. The breakfast was excellent although served at a very leisurely pace, so allow lots of time! Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Heather D
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Additional Information about Ashness Farm

Property: Ashness Farm
Address: Borrowdale CA12 5UN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Borrowdale
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Borrowdale
Hotel Class:4 star — Ashness Farm 4*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our family welcomes you to experience the charm of Lakeland from within a working fell farm with its origins in the 16th century. We have 5 double/twin en-suite rooms, (3 with baths), each having a spectacular view across Derwentwater. Enjoy our traditional English farmhouse breakfast and relax in the original oak-beamed lounge. A permissive footpath runs through the farm to the nearby picturesque Ashness Bridge and stunning vista of Surprise View. ... more   less 
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Ashness Farm Hotel Borrowdale
Ashness Farm Borrowdale/Keswick

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