Yew Tree Farm B&B in Borrowdale is an ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE of mine! I have stayed here 8 times in the last 7 years, as I find it is such a wonderful place to escape to, and I’ve met a number of fellow guests who have also been paying return visits for the same reason.
The setting of the B&B is really stunning – the view down the valley from the farmhouse and the attached tearoom is beautiful and so incredibly peaceful. The B&B is part of a working sheep farm, which is owned by the National Trust. It is run by Hazel and Joe, (a sheep farmer), who are delightful, and they have a number of people who help out who are very friendly. You need to get used to their Lake District dry humour! The accommodation is comfortable and very homely – an elegant lounge and dining room downstairs and three en-suite rooms upstairs, two doubles and a twin. The middle double room has a particularly nice, very spacious bathroom and the twin room has a great view of the valley. In all the rooms you fall asleep to the distant sound of sheep and wake up to the sound of birds right outside the window.
The breakfasts are delicious and absolutely HUGE if you go for the cooked option - they include the best bacon I have eaten. There are alternative options for people who are not planning to do the longest hike in history to walk it all off! Breakfast is served between 8.30 and 8.45am, which may not be ideal for those wanting to make a very early start, but it comes very promptly so you can usually make a pretty quick getaway straight afterwards.
I’d recommend taking the time to sit and enjoy the view from the garden of the tearoom opposite the farmhouse, whether its during the day when the tearoom is open, early in the morning as the dawn comes up, or in the evening with a glass of wine (you’ll need to bring your own, as the B&B isn’t licensed, but they will always chill a bottle for you). Amongst other things, the tearoom serves delicious pasties and stew made from the farm’s own Herdwick lamb, the best cheese scones and the largest portions of sticky pudding possibly for miles around. For evening meals, there is food at the local pub but I’d recommend taking a short drive or 20 minute walk to the Langstrath Inn just down the valley, which is better.
Be warned that there is no TV (which is fine for me when I’m up in the Lakes) and no mobile phone reception in Rosthwaite, but the B&B has wi-fi for Internet access. I’ve enjoyed some fascinating days out with Joe and his son, Stephen, to watch the farmers gather the sheep off the fells with their sheep dogs, the sheep shearing, and the lambing. Joe offers the opportunity to experience how a Fell Farm works – check out the details on the Yew Tree Farm website.
- Also Known As:
- Borrowdale Yew Tree Farm Hotel Rosthwaite
- Borrowdale Yew Tree Farm Keswick