We booked a weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary through a great value Groupon deal - £129 for 2 nights B&B & a cream tea. In its heyday I imagine this was a beautiful country house & the setting is wonderfully peaceful. Sadly it feels a little neglected especially in the public areas & could do with some investment to bring it up to the standard that I'd expect should I be paying for a full price room. The clean, fresh, bedroom (no 14) had obviously had a refurb' with oak furniture & a comfy bed but the bathroom let it down (see photos) as did the outlook over flat roofs. The Cumbrian views from the bar were stunning so I'd recommend requesting a room that overlooks the front lawn. The guy on reception, who also manned the bar & served breakfast, was friendly & seemed to run the place virtually single handed. The full english breakfast was great; generous & freshly cooked to order but let down by powdered drinks dispensed from a vending type machine. Surely pots of tea & freshly ground coffee aren't too much to expect? Having seen the menu we decided to eat out both days so can't comment on the food which sounded very basic & was inexpensive. Found an idyllic country pub - The Pheasant at Bassenthwaite - about 15 mins down the A66 towards Keswick. We ate in the Fell Restaurant on our anniversary & the food was as good as we've had at Michelin starred restaurants; then in their Bistro the following evening which costs about twice as much as that at Broughton but, again, was excellent quality. The attention to detail at The Pheasant - from the quality of the furniture & fittings; stunning floral displays; Molton Brown products in the loos; candlelit bar & homely lounge - resulted in a wonderful ambience which only served to highlight the lack of atmosphere at Broughton Craggs. HOWEVER it's £170 a night for a room at The Pheasant so Broughton Craggs is good value & a good base from where we visited Keswick, Derwent Water (beautiful), Windermere, Ambleside, Ullswater, Coniston & Cockermouth. We spent so much time exploring that we didn't get to have the cream tea so can't comment on that either.
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