Think of a time when you were extremely tired, very cold, and truly concerned you might not actually find somewhere to sleep or at least shelter for the night, and be stuck in a deserted forest with just a bag of nuts and raisins, half a bottle of day-old water and 7 inches of SNOW for comfort......
Now think of hearing the words "Are you alright?" and "We run the bed and breakfast" and "we're closed because friends are visiting but I'm sure we can find you a bed, we wont see you out in the cold",.... then being towed to safety, being told to sit down and warm up next to a welcoming wood burning fire, offered tea and biscuits and told to make ourselves at home. We did just that and within the hour it felt like we were visiting relatives.
Richard and Deborah were an excellent host and hostess. Our room was very comfortable, crisp quality white linen sheets, furniture that has been thoughtfully selected, a long bath with instant hot water (I'm 5'10") and a hostess tray finished with Cath Kitson homeware.....it's the small things, the details in this place that make you feel as though these guys want you to stay.
The Lodge is in an excellent location, it has a beautiful rolling stretch of garden that sweeps away from the Lodge and gets lost in the forest. The charm of being somewhere like Grizedale, sat in the lounge watching the night draw in or opening your curtains to an early morning sun will give you an amazing sense of wellbeing, peace and fullness.
Now food, admittedly we were unexpected guests so the usual menu wasn't on offer, however the food Deborah prepared was a condensed version stretched to include us and it was obvious that everything was freshly prepared, made quality (probably local) ingredients and she was a damn good cook!!! Again, it's the small details in this place that make you feel as though these guys want you to stay, AND if you didn't have to go back to work on Monday then you will definitely be thinking how you could easily stay an extra night.....
This place rocks and we hope to return to the Lake District in warmer weather to explore it's beauty further....there is no doubt about where we would stay!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grizedale Lodge is a former hunting lodge set in the breathtaking setting of Grizedale Forest, just two miles from the famous village of Hawkshead, with its quaint historic shops, pubs and restaurants. Under new ownership since April 2011, this friendly high quality guest house welcomes walkers, cyclists, couples and families alike. Home cooked breakfast is included,; there's free parking on-site and well behaved dogs are welcome at a small charge. Grizedale Lodge recently gained a TripAdvisor award for achieving exceptional reviews on a continual basis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grizedale Hotel Hawkshead
- Grizedale Hotel Coniston