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“The odd strange gap in hospitality”

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Town Head Farm B & B
Ranked #18 of 20 Grasmere B&B and Inns
mollymalone11
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“The odd strange gap in hospitality”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2012

Town Head Farm is an extraordinary building with impressive Jacobean woodwork in the rooms used by guests. The proprietor was in many ways very welcoming and visitors have use of a comfortable lounge with a stove, whcih she kindly lit as it was cold and wet (in August)! She also provided home made cake and tea and coffee facilities in the lounge. The room was a reasonable sized double and had more of this extraordinary woodwork.
For me however there were three things which let the place down: first, the drying facilities were limited for a B & B taking in Coast to Coasters who are liable to arrive wet after floundering about on Greenup Edge, as we had been. She stuffed our boots with paper and put them by the stove to dry but it was on a low heat and they did not dry overnight. There were no tumble drying facilities to be had for other wet gear. She did hang my gaiters and waterproof trousers in an outhouse but in this location the scope for drying gear seemed inadequate. Second, the shared bathroom has a large, inviting looking bath. It also has a sign saying "No baths, showers only" and the bath plug has been removed to prevent you using the bath. This seemed very poor, even mean, to me. Third, she will not let you use her wi-fi, although there is not much of a phone signal there, certainly not on 3G. This is the first time I have stayed anywhere that has wi-fi but will not let the guests use it.
This seems a shame as Town Head Farm is otherwise a very inviting place, but if you are doing the C2C I would suggest you try somewhere else in Grasmere.

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

Beautiful location, clean and very characterful old farmhouse, delicious sticky coffee cake on arrival, and very tasty breakfast, served unexpectedly and totally beyond call of duty at our very early start time. Excellent stay. Would recommend.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Farmington, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012

After a lazy day visiting Grasmere, because we were rained out of our walk, Town Head Farm was the perfect place to spend the night. Jackie helped us right from the start getting our clothes dried out, having tea for us, etc. The house is beautiful, built around 1700. Breakfast was great and we headed off on our next day, well-rested and well fed.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2011

really wonderful place to stay - crisp linen, comfy bed, lovely bathroom, great service, superb cooked breakfast. Really perfect for what we needed. and even a lift into grasmere for dinner!

Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed at Town Head Farm for a night here on the coast to coast walk. The room was very pleasant, tastefully decorated, overlooking a lovely garden, and Jackie had placed a posy of fresh flowers in it. Breakfast was good and the welcome warm. It is a short walk into Grasmere, and we got a taxi back from dinner, simply because we had had enough walking that day. IThe taxi cost less than £5. Altogether a very pleasant stay on a working farm. Very good value.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2011

We endorse previous review - we had a very comfortable stay - made very welcome - good hearty breakfast including fresh fruit salad - had access to lounge which was very cosy, lots of tea and coffee - heartily recommend and look forward to making return visit.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2011

Fresh flowers in this house, AND the bathroom, add a special touch to this already lovely B & B. We loved the light, bright upstairs rooms overlooking a terrace, flower filled garden and southwards with valley and fell views towards Grasmere. Fresh crisp linen, comfortable beds and handbasin in room; we shared an adjacent huge bath room with shower and toilet with our friends. As with all special B & B hosts we were greeted with tea/coffee and treats on arrival after our long walk. Breakfast was excellent, served in the downstairs dining/lounge room full of old English atmosphere with dark beams and homely fireplace. Town Head farm dates from the very late 17th /early 18th century. Despite arriving at a very busy lambing time both Donald and Jackie made us feel comfortable and at home, and answered all our inquisitive questions about their flock of Herdwick Sheep which are native to the Lakes District, and so different to our Aussie sheep. We took a walk across the fields to the Travellers Rest Inn that evening, meals were excellent , a little wait, for the Inn was crowded as it was the Easter Break.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Town Head Farm B & B
Address: Town Head Farm Dunmail Rise, Grasmere LA22 9RS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grasmere
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Ranked #18 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Grasmere
Number of rooms: 2
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Town Head Farm B & B Grasmere, Lake District

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