I wanted to give a mention on the blog about this hotel I stayed at last February in the Lake District area of the UK. It’s located in an area called Barnsgate which is about 3.5 miles west of the town of Ambleside, Cumbria and it’s utterly GORGEOUS!
It’s called The Drunken Duck and honestly it’s one of the nicest hotels I think I have ever stayed in, as it’s got everything I adore about English country pubs and hotels. It’s super cosy, incredibly charming, quaint and just full of personality.
It’s a perfect place for a 2 night (possibly) romantic getaway. The staff were incredibly lovely, warm and inviting. It’s totally non-pretentious and is a great place to cosy up to by the fire with a glass of red or a gin and tonic. The bar staff and staff in general were lovely, great convo and just super in general.
I stayed in one of their rooms in the annex out at the back of the main building and the room was really beautiful. I splashed out a bit and bought their dinner and afternoon tea package - the latter of which can be delivered to your room up until 5pm and contained gorgeous freshly home-made English scones, preserves, clotted cream, a steaming pot of tea and a glass of champagne. It was a really nice welcome back to the hotel each day after driving about exploring the stunning surrounding countryside.
Downstairs in the main house next to the pub/restaurant, they have a great area where you can make a coffee and chill out. The decor is dark and moody and incredibly atmospheric.
I stayed in their No. 12 suite. It’s huge, super cosy, is decorated beautifully and has a stunning roll-top bath and separate shower along with an outside courtyard area where you can sit and look out over the beautiful Cumbria countryside. It was dead quiet by early eve and all you can hear and see is the local woodpecker banging away on his or her tree trunk, geese and ducks flying by and the odd pheasant pottering about in the opposite field.
Dinner each night was fantastic. You can check out their current menu here and I would highly recommend their ‘Treacle beef shin crumpet, horseradish vinegar” - I’ll be doing my own version of this in the blog in the coming weeks.