This tranquil 1820s country house has retained much of its original character, and is surrounded by mature gardens with no immediate neighbours so feels private. Jamie and Jenna run the place along with their team of friendly staff.
Bedrooms are comfortable and generous in size, and all include seating areas – one room has a hot tub. This is the kind of place where dogs aren’t just tolerated but welcomed, and there are several dog-friendly rooms with wooden floors and private garden areas.
Settle next to a roaring fire in the lounge with a good book and a drink from the bar, head to the Brathay Lounge for a light lunch or casual dinner, or treat yourself to a lavish afternoon tea or a tasting menu in the fine dining restaurant, which has three AA Rosettes. Ambleside is a 10-minute walk for a wide selection of shops, restaurants and art galleries, and Lake Windermere is just a short stroll further.