I have learnt a lesson! Usually I book hotels and b& b's recommended through trip advisor's wonderful site. On this one occasion I did not and I really regret this decision.
Whilst Slack cottage near Hawkshead and Ambleside is idyllic in it's location and well appointed the owners were very inhospitable and made us feel uncomfortable and unwelcome in their home.
They had rules printed and framed on each wall of the room, listing what you could not do eg not to have the volume of tv over 35, not to use the breakfast room except at breakfast , to keep your bedroom door shut to keep house locked at all times, to use garden at own risk to use car park at own risk , not allowed to borrow any books without permission . These may on paper seem reasonable but it was the attitude of the owners we found offensive.
They ran their b& b like a military camp even summonsing us to breakfast with a bell. They told us plainly not to tell them where we were next headed because ' frankly they didn't care!"
We understand the need for security but we did find it odd when the owner locked my husband out in the car park when he was just unloading the car! and then failed to let him back in when he rang the doorbell!
They told us they don' t use trip advisor and they scorned it! I now know why- clearly their reviews would be terrible.
So my lesson is don't book anything unless you see it reviewed by other honest travelers on the wonderful trip advisor site!