My wife and I spent an absolutely wonderful Easter weekend at this inn, which delivers a timeless and classic Lake District stay.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable (ours had a very nice river view), the meals are home-cooked English fare — don't except gourmet gastropub — but are graciously delivered in a dining room that feels out of another era, and the charm of the sitting room by the fire after dinner is difficult to convey in a review. If you're looking for a sleek modern outfit, look elsewhere, but for a traditional English countryside inn, this is almost the definition.
In terms of location, the upper part of Borrowdale is a slight detour from the most frequented parts of the Lakes, but it's within striking distance of the major tourist centers (if that is your interest)... and it is well worth the experience of getting to the more remote scenic countryside in this part of the Lakes such as this. If you have time during your stay, make the trip over Honister Pass to Buttermere.
The rates seem reasonable for the Lake District, which is by its nature expensive, but we made the mistake of booking through an online reseller, when we could have done better directly with the Royal Oak (contact details on their website).More
- Free Parking
- Breakfast included