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“Set in peaceful grounds though only five minutes from Lake Windermere, this elegant, Arts and Crafts B&B is full of period details and furnishings. Bedrooms are vast and with lofty views up Langdale Valley. There’s a bar and terrace, too.”

“Set in peaceful grounds though only five minutes from Lake Windermere, this elegant, Arts and Crafts B&B is full of period details and furnishings. Bedrooms are vast and with lofty views up Langdale Valley. There’s a bar and terrace, too.”

Hotel Review

This stunning Arts and Crafts house, set high above the road leading into the Langdale Valley, and in five acres of grounds, was built as a private home in 1903 and has been carefully, and intelligently, restored by its current owners. Original features include oak floors and panelling, plasterwork ceiling friezes, huge leaded windows and carved oak fireplaces. Arts and Crafts or early 20th-century furniture is mixed with luxurious but low-key, contemporary sofas and curtains. The bedrooms and suites are similarly furnished, with the addition of French antique bedsteads and armoires in beautiful polished woods. Most are generous in size and with valley or woodland views. Some have fireplaces, three share a small terrace, all welcome with home-made cake. Breakfast is a proper affair served with napkins and fresh flowers. Simple snacks can be ordered plus there’s a bar with a good choice of drinks. The owners have plenty of suggestions for nearby pubs and restaurants, although it’s not the best road for night-time walking. Spend the day pottering around Ambleside and Lake Windermere, or fell-walking in Langdale. Return to afternoon tea on the terrace. With two friendly dogs and a cat, it feels like (a posh) home-from-home.
Recommended for
  • Country Escape
  • Total relaxation
  • Active Holiday
 

Written by Helen Pickles

Recommended For

  • Other Activities
  • Visit The World of Beatrix Potter, a fantastic indoor attraction.
  • Great walks
  • Fantastic for walkers - Miles of great walks over Loughrigg Fell
  • Wildlife Area
  • Visit Lakes Aquarium and see otters, pike and perch
  • Sights nearby
  • Visit Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum
  • Watersports
  • Enjoy one of the Windermere Lake Cruises
  • Cycling
  • Rent bikes from Country Lanes Cycle Hire
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain biking in Grizedale Forest
  • Country Escape
  • Total relaxation
  • Active Holiday
  • Eco
  • This guest house is eco-efficient with a biomass boiler, insulation and thermal blackout blinds.
  • Lakeside
  • The shores of beautiful Lake Windermere are within a 20-minute walk.
  • Views
  • Beautiful views stretching for five miles of the Brathay Valley
  • Historic
  • Nanny Brow is a period arts & crafts mansion
  • Wedding license
  • Civil Wedding License
  • Luxury
  • Luxury guesthouse
  • Antiques
  • Antique furniture
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • B+B
  • Country House

Facilities

  • Views
  • Beautiful views stretching for five miles of the Brathay Valley
  • Garden
  • Five acres of grounds
  • Wedding license
  • Civil Wedding License
  • Sitting Room
  • Two elegant lounges
  • Fireplace
  • Open fireplaces
  • Wifi
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Parking
  • Satellite / Cable TV

Activities

  • Other Activities
  • Visit The World of Beatrix Potter, a fantastic indoor attraction.
  • Great walks
  • Fantastic for walkers - Miles of great walks over Loughrigg Fell
  • Wildlife Area
  • Visit Lakes Aquarium and see otters, pike and perch
  • Sights nearby
  • Visit Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum
  • Watersports
  • Enjoy one of the Windermere Lake Cruises
  • Cycling
  • Rent bikes from Country Lanes Cycle Hire
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain biking in Grizedale Forest

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Nanny Brow Review

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Nanny Brow

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