Places to stay: who's re-opening when

Places to stay: Who's re-opening when

Saturday, July 4 was the date when hotels, pubs, B&Bs and self-catering properties started to re-open after the three month lockdown. Not all, by any means, opened their doors on that date because some are waiting until August, others maybe longer. But for those which had/have a date, here’s a guide to who’s already open and which places are ready to welcome you in the coming weeks. More places will be added. Picture above from The Malabar near Sedbergh.


 

Ambleside. Ambleside Manor — July 4

Ambleside. Ambleside Manor — July 4

Set in two acres of garden and grounds and with plenty of parking, this 16 bedroom vegetarian B&B is in the same family ownership as the town’s well known Zeffirellis and Fellini’s cinemas/restaurants (also vegetarian) and Yewfield Country Guest House near Hawkshead. It’s not far to both restaurants.

www.ambleside-manor.co.uk

Ambleside. Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa — July 4

Ambleside. Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa — July 4

A 131 bedroom destination, right beside Windermere and just outside Ambleside. Massive investment over the last few years has transformed the hotel, adding the 29 bedroom Winander Club, a spa and health club, the Blue Smoke on the Bay restaurant and more. The Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre is across the road. Owned by English Lakes Hotels.

www.englishlakes.co.uk/low-wood-bay

Borrowdale near Keswick. Hazel Bank Country House — July 4

Borrowdale near Keswick. Hazel Bank Country House — July 4

If it's location and local knowledge you're after this, is the perfect place to head for, Editor’s Choice for Rooms with a View in the Good Hotel Guide 2020. It was also Best Small and Exclusive Property at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2018. The seven bedroom hotel has an AA rosetted restaurant and a ‘magical setting’.

www.hazelbankhotel.co.uk

Clifton near Penrith. George & Dragon — July 4

Clifton near Penrith. George & Dragon — July 4

‘Bags of heritage chic,’ said the Good Food Guide 2020 of this 11 bedroom, former coaching inn, two miles south of Penrith on the A6. It’s a main entry in the Good Pub Guide 2020 too. There’s a homely flagstoned bar and a restaurant with different areas, the kitchens supplied with produce from nearby Askham Hall (same ownership) or the Lowther Estate.

www.georgeanddragonclifton.co.uk

Crook near Windermere. The Wild Boar — July 4

Crook near Windermere. The Wild Boar — July 4

A few minutes drive from the east side of Windermere brings you to this AA five star inn, grill and smokehouse, sitting in 72 acres of semi-ancient woodland. The flagstoned bar, with its open fire in an old range, serves beer from the on-site brewery. The 34 bedroom inn is part of English Lakes Hotels.

www.englishlakes.co.uk/the-wild-boar

Crosthwaite, Lyth Valley. The Punch Bowl Inn and Restaurant — July 4

Crosthwaite, Lyth Valley. The Punch Bowl Inn and Restaurant — July 4

‘One of Cumbria’s great treasures,’ said the travel section of The Times in 2018. The pub is a main entry in the 2020 editions of the Good Food Guide, Good Hotel Guide and Good Pub Guide and in the latter it is Cumbria Dining Pub of the Year. Downstairs there’s a bar, two lounges and a two AA Rosette restaurant, upstairs nine bedrooms.

www.the-punchbowl.co.uk

Near Hawkshead. Yewfield — July 4

Near Hawkshead. Yewfield — July 4

Close to one of Lakeland’s best known beauty spots (Tarn Hows), Yewfield has been run as a vegetarian guest house since 1993. It’s got 13 bedrooms and more rooms elsewhere. Three self-catering apartments as well. Yewfield is in the same family ownership as Ambleside Manor B&B and the town’s Zeffirellis and Fellini’s cinemas/restaurants (also vegetarian).

www.yewfield.co.uk

Howtown, Ullswater. Waternook — July 4

Howtown, Ullswater. Waternook — July 4

‘Designer homes decorated to five star hotel standards,’ was the view of judges as they named Waternook Best Serviced Accommodation in the UK and Ireland at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2019. Set in 26 acres, with half a mile of lakeshore, Waternook comprises two properties, one sleeping 12 people, the other eight.

www.waternookonullswater.com

Near Kendal. The Hyning Estate — July 4

Near Kendal. The Hyning Estate — July 4

‘Deserves all the praise it gets,’ said one visitor to the Hyning Estate where ‘top notch accommodation’, ‘a superb location’ and inspiring green credentials make the nine properties a rather special place to stay. All of them have been awarded five star gold status by VisitEngland while the estate itself was Self-catering Holiday of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2015.

www.thehyningestate.com

Near Keswick. Derwentwater House — July 4

Near Keswick. Derwentwater House — July 4

You can come here for a special party or just a family gathering but the house and location are certainly worth celebrating as well. The Georgian property - the ‘ultimate in luxury self-catering accommodation’ - stands on the north west side of Derwentwater and sleeps up to 22 guests. The main house accommodates 16 people, a separate Lodge sleeps six.

www.derwentwaterhouse.co.uk

Lake District. The Coppermines and Lakes Cottages — July 4

Lake District. The Coppermines and Lakes Cottages — July 4

The Coniston copper mines date back to the 16th century and it was from the restoration of its ancient mine buildings that this holiday cottage company - with an office in Coniston village - started in 1982. It offers 90 properties in locations like Coniston, Coniston Water, the Langdale valleys, the Duddon Valley and around Hawkshead and Windermere.

www.coppermines.co.uk

Lake District. Sally’s Cottages — July 4

Lake District. Sally’s Cottages — July 4

This award-winning and family-run holiday cottage letting agency has over 450 cottages across much of the Lake District. Short breaks and week-long breaks are available, with the properties sleeping from two to 25 people. More than 250 of the them are pet-friendly. A very informative website gives lots of details about the cottages and the areas in which they are located.

www.sallyscottages.co.uk

Loweswater near Cockermouth. Kirkstile Inn — July 4

Loweswater near Cockermouth. Kirkstile Inn — July 4

A very well known pub whose habitat is pure, unadulterated Lakeland. Mellbreak, Grasmoor, Crummock Water, Loweswater and Buttermere are all close by. There are three bar areas and a restaurant, and 11 bedrooms. The Kirkstile which is in the Good Pub Guide 2020 serves its own Cumbrian Ales beers, Loweswater Gold and Grasmoor included.

www.kirkstile.com

Ravenstonedale near Kirkby Stephen. The Black Swan Hotel — July 4

Ravenstonedale near Kirkby Stephen. The Black Swan Hotel — July 4

‘There’s much to smile about,’ says the Good Hotel Guide 2020 of the Black Swan, Editors’s Choice for Pubs-with-rooms in the same guide and Pub of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2019. The Black Swan - also in the Good Pub Guide 2020 - has two dining rooms, a small lounge, a bar and 16 bedrooms. The restaurant has two AA rosettes.

www.blackswanhotel.com

Near Sedbergh. The Malabar — July 4

Near Sedbergh. The Malabar — July 4

‘Surrounded by glorious scenery,’ says the Good Hotel Guide 2020 of this luxurious and spacious hideaway, now a whole house self-catering property accommodating up to 12 people in six large en suite bedrooms. There’s a lovely lounge and dining space, and a well-equipped kitchen. Previously it was a B&B and as such was B&B of the Year at the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2017.

www.themalabar.co.uk

Tebay. Tebay Services Hotel — July 4

Tebay. Tebay Services Hotel — July 4

It’s just off the motorway but when you step into the large welcoming lounge of this 51 bedroom hotel, all that traffic seems a long way off. Log fires, local artwork, Harris tweed fabrics, wood and Cumbrian slate certainly give the place a homely touch. The hotel’s in the same ownership as award-winning Tebay Services, Rheged near Penrith and Gloucester Services.

www.tebayserviceshotel.com

Also opened on July 4

Also opened on July 4

Elder Grove (B&B) and Haven Cottage (B&B), both in Ambleside; The Regent Hotel and Wateredge Inn at Waterhead near Ambleside, The Samling near Ambleside; Drunken Duck Inn at Barngates near Ambleside; The Pheasant and Ravenstone Manor, both at Bassenthwaite Lake; The Leathes Head and Borrowdale Gates Hotel, both in Borrowdale; The Bridge Hotel at Buttermere; Cranleigh Boutique Hotel and Laura Ashley The Belsfield, both at Bowness-on-Windermere, Storrs Hall near Bowness-on-Windermere; Priory Hotel and Cavendish Arms, both in Cartmel; Bank Ground Farm at Coniston Water.

The Lingholm Estate, Derwentwater; Church House in Eskdale (Carden Historic Cottages); Cuckoo Brow Inn at Far Sawrey; The Grasmere Hotel, The Lancrigg; Moss Grove Organic, Raise View (B&B), Rothay Garden Hotel, Victorian House Hotel, all six in Grasmere; Yan at Broadrayne near Grasmere; Brimstone and Langdale hotels, both Great Langdale; Haweswater Hotel at Haweswater; Watermill Inn at Ings near Windermere; Castle Green Hotel at Kendal; Howe Keld (B&B) in Keswick; Lyzzick Hall near Keswick; The Old Croft House (B&B) in Kirkby Stephen; Augill Castle near Kirkby Stephen; Heart of the Lakes holiday cottages in the Lake District.

Lakeland Retreats (holiday properties in the Lake District including the newly renovated Heaning Estate near Windermere); Lakelovers holiday cottages in the Lake District. Three Shires Inn in Little Langdale; Tower Bank Arms at Near Sawrey; Swan Hotel & Spa at Newby Bridge; North Lakes Hotel & Spa at Penrith; Glen Rothay Hotel at Rydal; The Dalesman at Sedbergh; Mortal Man at Troutbeck; Matson Ground Holiday Cottages at Ullswater and Windermere; Wasdale Head Inn at Wasdale; Wheatlands Lodge at Windermere; Gilpin Hotel and Lake House near Windermere; Holbeck Ghyll near Windermere; Briery Wood, Cragwood and Merewood (all three Lake District Country Hotels and beside or near Windermere lake); Langdale Chase beside Windermere.

Near Ambleside. Randy Pike — July 9

Near Ambleside. Randy Pike — July 9

Rococo meets Gothic meets luxurious living at Andy and Chrissy Hill's bijou B&B where huge rooms and bathrooms, hand carved beds, lavish colours and richly textured designer fabrics - all laced with a bit of eccentricity - are fit for a king or queen. The couple also own the Jumble Room restaurant in Grasmere where Dinky’s Deliveries start on July 9.

www.randypike.co.uk / www.thejumbleroom.co.uk

Near Ambleside. The Juniper House — July 9

Near Ambleside. The Juniper House — July 9

A B&B in the same ownership as Randy Pike (see above), the hexagonal-shaped suite is separate from the main building and is spacious, lavish, colourful and full of invention. ’The most beautiful suite we’ve ever stayed in,’ said one guest. ‘A perfect mix of eclectic luxury,’ said another. You can see Windermere and Wansfell in the distance.

www.randypike.co.uk

Sedbergh. Black Bull Inn — July 9

Sedbergh. Black Bull Inn — July 9

‘A great new foodie boutique hotel,’ pronounced the travel section of The Times shortly after the Black Bull’s re-opening in 2018 and the accolades have kept coming ever since. It’s one of Estrella Damm’s Top 50 Gastropubs for 2020 and in the Good Food Guide 2020 as well. The 18 bedrooms are ‘influenced by Japanese design and culture’.

www.theblackbullsedbergh.co.uk

Ambleside. Waterhead — July 10

Ambleside. Waterhead — July 10

Almost half of the 41 bedrooms at this much liked, four star townhouse hotel overlook the lake while just across the road is the pier for Windermere Lake Cruises. A few minutes walk takes you to the centre of Ambleside. Downstairs is the Waterhead Bar and Grill. Waterhead is part of English Lakes Hotels.

www.englishlakes.co.uk/waterhead

Windermere. Cedar Manor — July 10

Windermere. Cedar Manor — July 10

‘A true gem in the Lake District,’ quotes the Good Hotel Guide 2020 of Jonathan and Caroline Kaye’s ten bedroom hotel, tucked into a walled garden on the edge of Windermere. Cedar Manor has an AA Gold Award and five stars and was Sustainable Hotel of the Year at the Hotel Cateys 2018.

www.cedarmanor.co.uk

Kirkby Lonsdale. The Sun Inn — July 12

Kirkby Lonsdale. The Sun Inn — July 12

Whatever the weather, the Sun Inn isn’t short of a sparkle. A main entry in the 2020 editions of both the Good Hotel Guide and Good Pub Guide, this 11 bedroom, five star destination combines the ‘charm and character of a 17th century country inn’ and two AA rosette restaurant with stylish, contemporary accommodation.

www.sun-inn.info

Ambleside. Rothay Manor Hotel and Restaurant — July 16

Ambleside. Rothay Manor Hotel and Restaurant — July 16

Only four hotels have been featured in every edition of the Good Hotel Guide since it was first published in the 1970s and Rothay Manor - with its three AA rosette restaurant - is one of them. Standing on the edge of Ambleside, it’s a fine looking Regency building, with 19 bedrooms, four of which are dog-friendly.

www.rothaymanor.co.uk

Askham near Ullswater. Askham Hall — July 30

Askham near Ullswater. Askham Hall — July 30

‘If you fancy living like a lord,’ says the Good Food Guide 2020, Askham Hall ‘may just fit the bill’. Dating back to medieval times, the Grade I listed property - with 19 bedrooms - has a Michelin starred and three AA rosetted restaurant called Allium and is in the Good Hotel Guide 2020 as well. 12 acres of gardens are Grade II listed.

www.askhamhall.co.uk

Askham near Ullswater. The Queen’s Head — July 30

Askham near Ullswater. The Queen’s Head — July 30

Anyone familiar with Askham Hall (above) and the George & Dragon pub at nearby Clifton will sense the same mix of informality, quirkiness and love of countryside when they step through the doors of this six bedroom, 17th century inn. The Health Barn across the road offers therapeutic and relaxation treatments and workshops.

www.queenshead-askham.co.uk

Near Bowness-on-Windermere. Linthwaite House — July 31

Near Bowness-on-Windermere. Linthwaite House — July 31

Few hotels in the Lake District command such a wonderful location as luxurious Linthwaite House, standing as it does on an elevated site overlooking Windermere. There are 36 bedrooms and, in the grounds, six Lake Suites with floor to ceiling windows. The restaurant - Henrock - is run by Simon Rogan (L’Enclume etc) and his team.

www.leeucollection.com

Also opening between July 5 — August 5.

Also opening between July 5 — August 5.

Another Place, The Lake at Ullswater (July 5); Number 43 (B&B) at Arnside, Britannia Inn at Elterwater, Overwater Hall at Ireby and Queen’s Head Hotel at Troutbeck (July 6); Wheatsheaf Inn at Brigsteer near Kendal (July 8); Aynsome Manor Hotel at Cartmel (July 9); Storrs Gate House (B&B) at Bowness-on-Windermere, the Wordsworth Hotel & Spa in Grasmere and The Cottage in the Wood at Whinlatter near Keswick (July 10); Masons Arms at Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell (July 13), Langstrath Country Inn at Stonethwaite, Borrowdale (July 14).

Hare and Hounds at Levens (July 18); Broadoaks Country House near Troutbeck and the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale (July 20); Plato’s Bar, Restaurant, Rooms in Kirkby Lonsdale (July 22); The Forest Side at Grasmere (July 24); Lindeth Fell Country House near Windermere (July 30); Appleby Manor at Appleby, Farlam Hall Country House Hotel near Brampton and Hillthwaite at Windermere (July 31); Brownber Hall and Brownber House near Kirkby Stephen (August 1); Howtown Hotel at Ullswater, Lakeside Hotel near Newby Bridge and the Eltermere Inn near Elterwater (August 5).

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