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SHARROW BAY, Ullswater, Cumbria

At-a-Glance Guide

17 bedrooms inc 4 suites
AA 2 Rosette restaurant, private dining
3 lounges
12-acre garden/woodland, private jetty, boathouse
weddings/events/meetings
Check in/out: 2.30/11.30


SHARROW BAY, Ullswater, Cumbria

THE PAST:

Sharrow Bay’s story begins when the original building – a fisherman’s lodge dating back to 1840 - was advertised for sale in the Manchester Guardian in 1948 as ‘a mansion on the edge of Ullswater with 12 acres of grounds and formal gardens’ – and Francis Coulson bought it. He arrived by train with his suitcase and a saucepan tied to the outside. He had very little cash, no experience and a great deal of faith.

With the property’s magnificent views of Lake Ullswater and its surrounding fells, Francis felt that if he worked hard, then he could probably be successful. With the help of some friends, who were mainly unpaid, he created four bedrooms and opened Sharrow Bay in the spring of that year - coining the phrase ‘country house hotel’ to describe it.

Food and petrol were still being rationed after the Second World War, there were no major roads in the area, and the English Lakes was not considered a fashionable destination at the time. Nevertheless, by producing a remarkable, home-made afternoon tea, making people feel at home and charging two shillings and sixpence (12.5p in today's money), Francis succeeded. In 1952, he was joined by Brian Sack, whose original intention was to stay for just the summer. His arrival began a 46-year friendship of leadership and continual innovation in hospitality. In 1994, both Francis and Brian were awarded MBEs for their services to the industry.

Sharrow Bay is once again under private ownership, and continues to be managed with the love, kindness and attention to detail for which the hotel is renowned.

THE PRESENT:

This multi-award-winning hotel is unique - the epitome of English country living in an unrivalled location, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and fells, right on the shore of Ullswater, widely regarded as the most beautiful lake in the country.

As the jewel in the Lake District's crown, Sharrow Bay was the first-ever 'country-house hotel'. Here, Francis Coulson - and later also Brian Sack - brought to life their vision of a hotel in which guests feel utterly at home - and so it has continued.

THE PLACE FOR YOU?

Yes, if you want to escape to stunningly scenic surroundings, luxury accommodation and fine dining and wines. Sharrow Bay will transport you to a bygone era of old-fashioned luxury, decadence and total tranquillity, where your comfort and enjoyment are paramount.
The hotel is licensed for civil weddings.

THE PROPERTY IN DETAIL:

RELAXING
There are three comfortable lounges in the Main house, each overlooking the ever-changing scene across the lake.

EATING & DRINKING
Sharrow Bay serves award-winning cuisine in magnificent setting with unforgettable views. The 2 AA Rosette fine-dining restaurant, open every day to non-residents and hotel guests, is regarded as one of the best in the Lake District and attracts diners from far and wide. Head Chefs Colin Akrigg and Mark Teasdale are passionate about developing menus that use the finest, freshest, locally sourced ingredients. To complement their award-winning cuisine, the hotel's cellars are famed for their collection of over 700 fine wines, vintages and extensive range of New World and table wines.

SLEEPING
Sharrow Bay's 17 bedrooms are located in the Main House, or in the Garden Wing 100 metres from it, or in the peaceful seclusion of the Edwardian Lodge, 400 metres from the Main House. Elegant and traditional in style, each has been individually decorated with relaxing pastel shades, pretty floral designs and beautiful antiques, and features an en-suite bathroom. Most have views of the lake and fells.

Classic rooms are located in either the Garden Wing or the Edwardian Lodge, and have either king size or twin beds, comfortable seating areas and views of the lake, or the formal gardens, or the fields and fells.
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Deluxe rooms are located in either the Main House or the Garden Wing. They have either king size or twin beds, comfortable seating areas and views of the lake, or the formal gardens, or the fields and fells.
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Junior Suites, located in either the Main House or the Garden Wing, are extremely spacious. They have either king size or twin beds, feature sumptuous separate seating areas and overlook either the lake or the formal gardens and the lake beyond.
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The Master Suite - Harmony is in the Garden Wing. It has a king size bedroom on the ground floor, which leads through into a dressing room and a large en-suite bathroom with a bathtub and a walk-in shower. Upstairs is a beautiful sitting room with an oriel window, and magnificent views across the formal gardens towards the lake, with the fells in the distance.
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NO SPA BUT...
...a range of beauty treatments and massages can be arranged in the comfort and privacy of your room.

OUTDOORS
Sharrow Bay has 12 acres of gardens and woodlands, and half a mile of lake shore. Beside the house are a private jetty and a boathouse.
Fishing, hiking, horse-riding and bicycle rental are available nearby.

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