There’s a warm and woody, solidly inviting feel to Mike & Robbie’s Whitrigg House. They live nearby and look after you well: laying on soup for late arrivals, chalking-up the weather and the breakfast menu daily. Ingredients are carefully sourced and much is homemade.
Ceramics, paintings and other work by local artists may inspire a gallery or workshop visit; there’s a lot of creative energy in the area – excellent eateries too, including the village George & Dragon.
It’s easy to break a journey here, and to linger for fabulous hill walking and cycling – there’s a bike shed and sauna in the garden – and for simply strolling around pretty villages and lakes; nearby Ullswater is lovely as are the Aira Force waterfalls.