This lovely restaurant with rooms is a great base for the northern Lakes. You’re on the side of Whinlatter Pass with views that shoot off to a chain of Lakeland peaks – pre-dinner drinks on the terrace is hard to beat. Inside, chic interiors are just the ticket: the sitting room has a fire that burns on both sides, there are books and games to keep you amused, then windows galore in the restaurant. Rooms – some bigger, others smaller – have excellent beds, crisp linen and sparkling bathrooms. One in the eaves has a claw-foot bath, four have mountain views, the garden room has its own terrace. There’s lots to do – lakes to visit, hills to climb, cycle trails to follow. Whatever you do, come back to Liam’s fantastic food. His six-course tasting menu is a big draw; highlights include seaweed broth, langoustine with grapefruit, sweetbreads with wild garlic, Fennel with olive oil jam. There’s a drying room for walkers, secure storage for bikes, a burn that tumbles down the hill. Night skies amaze, red squirrels and woodpeckers visit the gardens. Two-night, midweek breaks are a steal and include dinner.