Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Yewfield B&B, Hawkshead

Hawkshead Hill,
Hawkshead Ambleside,
Cumbria, LA22 0PR Map

Last weekend we went up to the Lake District. The Bed & Breakfast we picked was Yewfield, a vegetarian B&B near Hawkshead, a short distance from Ambleside.

When we arrived, no one was there, and we were greeted with an envelope with the room keys and a note apologising for no one being available to greet us and instructions on how to get to our room.

The room itself was very nice, spacious and clean and had a qonderful view from the full length window/door which opened onto a very small Juliet balcony.

It's pretty well situated, being about a 20 minute walk from Hawkshead down a small country lane, where you have to squash into the hedge should a car come along. It's also about a 10 minute walk from Tarn Hows.

We did two walks, one from Hawkshead to Latterbarrow and one around Tarn Hows and up Black Crag. We were pretty lucky with the weather as it stayed dry all the Bank Holiday weekend and only started to rain on the way home.

To be honest, the advertising of this place as a "vegetarian" B&B only really refers to the breakfast, as that is the only meal that is provided. Other than that, this could be any B&B. The breakfasts were good, but nothing more than I could get at any other hotel or guesthouse by asking for an English breakfast without the sausage, bacon etc. I guess that you do have the peace of mind that everything is cooked correctly and that there is no contamination by meat products. Other than that, there is no added bonus for vegetarians, which is a shame.

Having said that, it is a very nice place, the staff are very friendly and the rooms are clean and comfortable. If you are looking for somewhere in the Lakes to stay, you could do worse than Yewfield.

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