STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

The Brown Horse Inn is a fully renovated 1850’s coaching inn, nestled in the heart of the Lake District. About 10 minutes short drive from the main throng of Bowness town centre, The Inn is the perfect escape for those wishing a more peaceful outlook.

HeraldScotland: The Brown Horse Inn, Winster, Cumbria

This high end country hotel offers onsite accommodation in nine upgraded quality bedrooms within the main building and an option of self-catering cottages in and around the Winster Valley for those wishing a little more independence or flexibility.

HeraldScotland: The Brown Horse Inn, Winster, Cumbria

Owners Steve and Karen have substantially redeveloped the adjacent grounds to include large vegetable gardens – to the point where the Inn is more or less self-sufficient in terms of local produce.

HeraldScotland: The Brown Horse Inn, Winster, Cumbria

SLEEPING MATTERS

Our en-suite front facing room within the Inn itself was spacious and comfortable, with fantastic views across the stunning lush countryside. Minimum traffic meant there is no noise issue, other than the occasional squeaky floorboard (as you would expect from a centuries old coach house).

The double bed was modern and offered a great nights sleep.

HeraldScotland: The Brown Horse Inn, Winster, Cumbria

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The restaurant seems a big hit with both locals and travellers alike, as on the night of our review, both the main restaurant and bar eating areas were both full to bursting. A great atmosphere was equally matched with great food. Our Main chicken and steak dishes were delicious, and we found the staff to be courteous and extremely helpful, despite working to full capacity.

HeraldScotland: The Brown Horse Inn, Winster, Cumbria

A hearty breakfast with many options await the following morning, with us opting for scrambled eggs and salmon, with big chunks of toasted brown bread and lashings of butter, complimented with our own personal supply of coffee from the cafetiere.

HeraldScotland: The Brown Horse Inn, Winster, Cumbria

DRINK IN THE SIGHTS

The Brown Horse Inn boasts “a sophisticated menu with a contemporary take on traditional local fayre”. We certainly found that to be the case, with a large number of local ales available. For the more contemporary, a fully stocked gin bar offered more than 100 different gins. So it was fair to say, there was something to suit every one and every taste.

HeraldScotland: The Brown Horse Inn, Winster, Cumbria

Relaxing in the beer garden with views over the Winster valley, it really does offer the perfect way to unwind and detach from the pressures of city life. Things go at a certain pace here, as there’s simply no need to rush around.

HeraldScotland: The Brown Horse Inn, Winster, Cumbria

NICE TOUCH

The personal cafetiere was unexpected, and just set off breakfast nicely before our travels resumed. In addition, our stay was made more special with some of the banter exchanged with the young staff, who were really helpful and witty once we made an effort to engage them. Bottled water is also available for your room at no cost on request.

HeraldScotland: The Brown Horse Inn, Winster, Cumbria

ABOUT THE AREA

Winster is a village in the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, in North West England. Historically within the county of Westmorland, it is situated less than two miles east of Windermere, England's largest natural lake.

HeraldScotland: The Brown Horse Inn, Winster, Cumbria

SUMMARY