We have just returned from a superb stay at Swarthbeck farm cottages. We stayed at Bonscale farmhouse, which is just wonderful. This house is a former farm and has magnificent views over lake ullswater. It is dog-friendly and fully equipped with dishwasher, tumble dryer, microwave etc and also tv and dvd for those winter nights when it's too cold to be out walking !
Great views, dogs welcome and easy access to the lake.
Swarthbeck farm cottages, my party stayed here in 2011, we regularly travel to the lakes and stay in cottages, b&b's, camp sites etc. after finding these cottages through the group accommodation website we were surprised at the prices and thought we would visit, what a mistake that was, i have never seen anything like the accommodation on offer, we stayed in their ravensghyll cottage, awful setting, sandwiched between a derelict rubbish filled barn and a storage garage, on entering the smell hit us first...damp foist, and then we seen the place, scruffy, cobwebs everywhere, dirt, filthy oven, food on plates in the cupboards, trees growing in front of windows, filthy walls, my god i don't know how it is legal to rent somewhere like this out, we left early, with bites around our angles and breathing difficulties, please avoid.
lots of spiders
We stayed here for two nights. Luckily a lot of us got booked in here, we had three double rooms, a single and a twin room with a camp bed. I think that if you go on a weekend you have to stay for two nights (which is the same for most of the BnBs in this area).
Our room was a lovely four poster bedroom. It had a mini bar and an ensuite bathroom (think all the rooms were ensuite though). One only criticism was that the bedroom was very hot.
I would definately recommend this BnB. It was the 1st BnB that you come to in Glenridding and is in walking distance to the Inn on the Lake hotel and the local shops.
The proprietors of this BnB were very welcoming. They greeted us on arrival and ensured that we had a good weekend. The breakfast in the morning was lovely too!
If you are not into roughing it, and prefer a more luxurious type of accomodation then The Rampsbeck is just the place for you.
As you drive down the long private lane and pull up outside the very attractive building the assortment of prestige cars parked in the car park tells you that you have arrived somewhere that is a cut above the rest.
The hotel is tastefully decorated but not stuffy, there are fine antiques in the lounges , but you wont feel out of place in jeans ( but please dress smartly for dinner).
The room that we stayed in which was only a standard room was huge and well decorated, the complimentary fruit bowl and mineral water was a nice touch. Each of the 20 bedrooms is individually furnished with character and style.
The hotel stands in its own grounds that lead down to the shores of lake ullswater, there are more 'natural' grounds that you can walk your dogs in , and then there are the beautifully manicured gardens surrounding the hotel.
The service is excellent, quick and friendly.
The restaurant has won awards-and you can see why.
This is the type of hotel that you immerse yourself to escape the pressures of everyday life, and it carries out that tasc admirably!
A fantastic little place, the cabins are well equiped and homely, the site is clean and quiet, there are laundry facilities on site , a large selection of wildlife in the immediate vicinity to keep you entertained.The accodation is well maintained, in fact I can not think of anything wrong with the place.
In a great situation near patterdale just after the magnificent drive through the kirkstone pass.Tucked away from the main road so that you really feel that you are in the wilderness with lots of great walks straight from the door.Views are magnificent from the site even before you set off on your hike.
Quite basic but friendly site in a great location. It does have a modern toilet.shower block, and a cafe/tearoom at the farm, but not a lot else. (What else do you need?). Cost is 4.50 pounds per nigh for the tent and 5 for the car.
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