A win­ter’s tale

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - TOM CHESSHYRE

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



There’s a warm wel­come at Dorset’s Acorn Inn

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