We visited the Hotel as a party of six recently for dinner just to experience what makes this small Lake District Hotel so popular. It soon became apparent that this is no ordinary corporate style hotel but a unique country house that has been run by Mrs Baldry assisted by her son, in the same style for over 50 years. The Hotel is situated in an idyllic location on the quiet and relatively unspoilt side of Lake Ullswater, where in common with the hotel very little has changed in half a century. In fact this works in the hotels favour which mainly attracts repeat middle aged visitors who don’t like change and appreciate the simple farm house style home made food, and good old fashioned hospitality. However it also appeals to those that just want to escape modern life for a few days and appreciate life’s simpler pleasures of a bygone age before the internet and mobile phones. Here they can completely relax and not only enjoy the glorious countryside, but discuss the day’s events with their fellow guests in the cosy bar, or in one of the many comfortable lounges. Though our meal wasn’t gourmet standard it was relatively inexpensive and good value and we all thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of being transported back to the sixties for an evening. I know this hotel is not perfect and will not suit everybody, but these type of establishments with real character are disappearing and it is well worth a visit, before Mrs Baldry, who is in her eighties decides to retire.