A winter’s tale
SHARROW BAY HOTEL, PENRITH: Step back in time at one of the first country house hotels in Britain’s Lake District, right by the shore of Ullswater. Sharrow Bay, which opened in 1949, has a delightfully old-fashioned feel, tucked away down a lane, with many rooms, lounges and a restaurant facing across the water. Fireplaces warm lounges that have comfy sofas, a Steinway piano, chandeliers and fine art. Rooms have tartan blankets on beds (some of which are four-poster), flowery curtains and pink and blue colour schemes; do not expect cutting-edge designs, that’s not what Sharrow Bay is about. The highlight is the highly regarded restaurant, which has winter warmer dishes such as braised beef with horseradish and roast loin and braised shin of venison. More: sharrowbay.co.uk.
LEWINNICK LODGE, CORNWALL: This must be one of the country’s best little hotels for storm watching. Lewinnick Lodge is perched on the edge of an isolated cliff on the Pentire Headland in a dramatic setting overlooking Fistral Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. When the wind gets up, waves crash on to the rocks below and whitecaps skid across the bay. Most of the 11 guestrooms face the ocean (ask for numbers one to seven) and are decorated in muted colours, with wide beds and thick-pile carpets. There’s a lively downstairs bar and a restaurant serving seafood, burgers and
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