This converted farmhouse and its outbuildings are a mile outside Grasmere – just the right distance to wander in and potter around. You’ll find plenty of cafes for tea and cake, independent gift shops to browse, and a visit to Dove Cottage, William Wordsworth’s home from 1799 to 1808, is a must.
The bistro is a family-run affair with Dave and Sally behind the scenes, their daughter Jess cheerfully running front of house, and son-in-law Will heading up the kitchen. The breakfast menu is interesting: halloumi and beans; courgette and herb frittata; full Cumbrian; homemade muesli and yogurt. Lunch and dinner is modern European with a twist. Eat in the airy bistro, or out on the terrace in fine weather.
Unfussy bedrooms all have sofas, views of the fells and en suite shower rooms. There’s a guest sitting room to take your tea in after days out. Ambleside is only three miles away and Lake Windermere, Coniston and Keswick are all within a half hour drive.