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Review of Lancrigg Vegetarian Country House Hotel, Lake District

Posted by Richard Hammond at 08:58 on Monday 19 September 2011

Lancrigg is a 12-room hotel and vegetarian restaurant in an historic Wordsworth setting overlooking Easedale, half a mile from the pretty village of Grasmere in the heart of the Lake District.

>> For booking and availability, see our full listing: Lancrigg Vegetarian Country House Hotel

Lancrigg Hotel was discovered by William and Dorothy Wordsworth shortly after arriving in Grasmere. Photo Richard HammondLancrigg Hotel was discovered by William and Dorothy Wordsworth shortly after arriving in Grasmere. Photo Richard HammondThe Rooms
There are 6 doubles, 3 twins/doubles, and 3 four-posters. They're comfy rather than fussy or extravagant; each are individually designed, lots of lakeland art on the walls of the rooms and corridors. The front rooms face out over the beautiful countryside. Rooms include bathrooms (baths and showers), TVs, free Wi-Fi (in all rooms and throughout the hotel) and some rooms have whirlpool baths or 4-poster beds. One opens onto a small balcony. 

Lancrigg's Green Valley Vegetarian Restaurant. Photo Lancrigg HotelLancrigg's Green Valley Vegetarian Restaurant. Photo Lancrigg HotelThe Food
Lancrigg is known as much for its veggie restaurant as for its splendid location. The Green Valley Organic Vegetarian Restaurant serves international vegetarian, vegan and gluten free cuisine,and a decent range of organic spirits, local beers and wines. It's open all day for breakfast, coffees, lunch, teas and dinner for hotel guests and non residents. Lunch is from £4.95. Dinner, 3 courses, about £25. After dinner, chill out with a night cap in the cosy lounge with log fire.

I've been to Lancrigg twice: once en route along the Coast to Coast, and stopped off for a hearty feast with four somewhat curious meat-eating friends. The second was to pop in for tea one afternoon while visiting Grasmere. The ambience was so good, I immediately booked a table for the evening. On both occasions, my friends weren't disappointed. Great menu, excellent service.

The Activities
You're in the heart of the Lake District so there are oodles of wonderful walks for all abilities right from Lancrigg's doorstep. If you just want a short hike, head into the woodland around Lancrigg, else pop into Grasmere to see the sights, such as Wordsworth's grave). For the more adventurous, you can easily climb up high and get stellar views overlooking Grasmere. Then return to soak in the bath, or treat youself to a Swedish massage, shiatsu, and reiki offered by onsite trained therapists. Guests also are entitled to a discount at the nearby Langdale Leisure Spa.

Many of the trees in the woodland around Lancrigg were planted 150 years ago. Photo Richard HammondMany of the trees in the woodland around Lancrigg were planted 150 years ago. Photo Richard HammondThe Green
The restaurant has been serving fresh, local, organic , vegetarian wholefood ingredients for over 30 years. Rob, the enigmatic owner, is very happy to give his opinion on all things green. As it says in the hote's listing on greentraveller: "hosts are conversant with the destruction of soil resulting from modern farming practices". Go give him a prod!

Top Tip
Go wander (like a cloud) through the 30 acres of woodland gardens where many of the trees are 150-years old, including those planted by Sir John Richardson, former owner of Lancrigg and friend of Charles Darwin, such as the enormous Giant Sequioa that stands tall among Japanese Red Cedar, common yew, Scots pine, sessile oaks and many typically English varieties. I was there in Spring, and walked along the timeless woodland paths among the host of golden daffodils. Glorious. 

Getting there
Train to Windermere (change at Oxenholme), from where bus numbers 555/556/599 go to Grasmere (journey time about 30-40 mins). For timings and more info see Traveline.

Verdict
The setting (so close to Grasmere in the heart of the Lakes), the food (excellent variety) and the comfy, relaxed ambience are first class. This is my favourite hotel in the Lakes.

>> For booking and availability, see our full listing: Lancrigg Vegetarian Country House Hotel

Grasmere is in the heart of the Lake District and prime hiking territory. Photo Richard HammondGrasmere is in the heart of the Lake District and prime hiking territory. Photo Richard Hammond

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