As someone who normally stays in camping barns and hostels, I don't feel qualified to properly judge the accommodation, other than to say I thought it was well presented and very nice overall. It is most certainly an old cottage with character though, so don't be surprised by low ceilings, doors that don't quite shut properly, and anything else you may associate with old cottages.
We were on a hiking trip and as we were walking on the Saturday and staying the Saturday night, then the breakfast time on Sunday wasn't an issue. However, 0830-0845 is far to late for breakfast for walkers. I've stayed at a B&B in Hillsborough that offered us a cold breakfast at 0630 for much less money and not in a popular walking area. Perhaps walkers aren't their target market?
My main gripe was the lack of electric sockets or rather extensions. In the room I stayed in, the two of us had to unplug a lamp just to be able to charge our phones. My friend staying in another left his phone charging in the guest lounge. A 4 plug extension costs under £10 I thought this was very bad.
In terms of the price, I have stayed in a higher quality B&B in South Wales where the hosts couldn't do enough for you, for £55/room (current price), so, even with the fantastic location in the heart of Borrowdale, I just don't feel it was good enough to be worth £80.
The only reason I'm giving 4/5 instead of 3/5 is because when we turned up completely unexpected at about 0830 on Saturday morning (had walked to Rosthwaite and stayed in camping barn Fri night), in the hope we could drop our rucksacks off somewhere, the lady who answered the door said she would be happy to check us in straight away, no problem.
- Also Known As:
- Borrowdale Yew Tree Farm Hotel Rosthwaite
- Borrowdale Yew Tree Farm Keswick