We stumbled across the Howtown Hotel after a lovely walk around Ullswater. We were desperate for a cup of tea and a place to relax for an hour or so. What a find! We were greeted warmly and served tea, scones and biscuits by a roaring fire in one of the many cosy lounge rooms. We stayed for a couple of hours, and almost stayed for dinner... this place is an absolute gem. If you want to get away from it all (no mobile reception, no wi-fi, not even a fax machine) this is your place. Stunning location-- will definitely be back to stay.