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  • Famous poet’s romantic retreat is well worth a visit!

    Frank Martin

    NESTLED just 800 yards from the heart of Grasmere, is the eye-catching Lancrigg Hotel, a bright yellow 10-bedroom hotel set in 30 acres of gardens and woodlands and boasting a fascinating history.

    Famous 19th-century Romantic poet William Wordsworth was so captivated by the Grade II listed building that he bought it as a summer retreat for his friend and asked her to paint it yellow, while his sister Dorothy described its terraced walk as their ‘favourite haunt’.

    Wordsworth must have liked the colour yellow - after all, his most famous poem ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’ was all about the same coloured daffodils that he came across in the Lakes.

    Lancrigg is now a family-run hotel headed up by Ian, who took it over last year. His aim is for a relaxed, informal, ‘country-house’ feel where he hopes visitors, straying slightly off the beaten track, will stay a few nights to try out the restaurant, countryside walks and nearby villages.

    We stayed in the split-floor Wordsworth Suite, which boasted a stunning cranberry coloured four-poster bedroom, second bedroom and family-sized bathroom complete with a whirlpool bath!

    The dining room had spectacular views of the surrounding gardens and Grasmere fells and the food was as delightful as our surroundings.

    The smoked salmon fishcakes with salsa-style sauce and salad garnish and the rich, spicy, green chilli and prawn risotto went down a treat, as did chef’s deep-fried banana bread dessert with ice cream.

    We were up early next morning for a generous Lakes fry-up before heading off to enjoy the stunning, largely uncrowded Easdale Tarn walk which takes just over an hour to complete, starting a few steps from the hotel, and weaves up a cobbled path running alongside a waterfall, around the tarn and back down the other side.

    We even managed to fit in a spot of shopping in Ambleside on the way home. Extend your break and you could probably squeeze in Helm Crag as well! For more information on Lancrigg Hotel, call 015394 35317.

    Danielle Thompson

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