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Accommodation Details Glenthorne Guest House
Easedale Road, Grasmere CumbriaLA22 9QH
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Comments by walkers who stayed at Glenthorne Guest House in Grasmere on The Coast to Coast Path
A Quaker centre with evening meal included. It would be useful to give directions from the walk as we went past the back of the 'walkers' block on our way to town to walk back up the road (and yes - returning to the map would have helped - but we were VERY wet and cold). The room was bright and clean and the food was good. After a day when we were soaked through all waterproofs, it was good not to go out for food (though that meant the price was higher) - and to have a very effective drying room. Staff were friendly and the set time and shared tables meant we talked to others - and - I hope - was a benefit to those who had walked solo. I second the earlier view re breakfast timing. Walkers like to breakfast early to get out walking - so a 7.30 start would be appreciated. A hairdryer would have been good too.
Margaret Scholfield, left on 31 May 2013
Stayed June 2011. The main problem here is the price caused by the insistence on supplying evening meal. Also Breakfast is served too late for long distance walkers.
Derrick Stocker., left on 13 January 2012
We stayed here on May 26 2011. This is a Quaker community establishment and very friendly.Free tea and cake is served around 1600hrs if you arrive in time.

We were given a twin room called The Stables in a building seperate from the main house. It was basic and clean. The drying room was nearby and useful. No TV or radio available in rooms - I didn't check in the main house. Wifi was available if you sat near reception.

Food is eaten communally at large tables. Meal times are set at 1815 for dinner and 0800 for breakfast. You will be expected to contemplate for a minute in silence before dinner. Surprisingly to me, wine and beer were available with dinner.

The food (3 courses), selected from a small daily menu, was very nice and included in the overall price for us. Breakfast was a bit of a scramble trying to find a place at a table. Each person orders in turn so don't expect to make a fast departure. It was good food again.

The room price was £127 pounds for Dinner, Bed and Breakfast for two.
Michael Morby, left on 02 June 2011
We stayed in the Barn in a pleasant, small room, with nice shower room. The drying room here is superb.
What this really is, though, is an old people's home - which may have been why they appeared to have cut the dinner into tiny pieces for easy chewing. We were obliged to eat here as were only staying one night, which was a shame as there are so many places to eat in Grasmere.
However, we talked with a wonderful, interesting Friend at dinner and she made our stay.
Agree with the comments about breakfast - why make us queue? We left late due to this but, like others, were only going to Patterdale so had plenty of time.
Would not stay here again as it isn't really suited to walkers, despite the drying room
Gilly, left on 12 October 2010
The rooms were clean (if a little spartan eg no TV) and the food was fine, apart from the small plates / portion size. The description is however misleading - it's not a guest house it's a Quaker Centre. Meals are taken communally - we got on well enough with the people on our table but it's not an arrangement that will suit everyone. The religious aspect was quite low key, and you can order wine & beer with the evening meals, but it's very quiet a little 'serious' and we would probably have stayed elsewhere had we known what to expect.
Barry & Sue Forester, left on 29 August 2010
Stayed 31 May 2010. Not made to feel particularly welcome. Room OK. We were late for evening meal due to mis hearing the time. Kitchen staff just ignored us for 15 mins until saying we were too late for a starter. Then got very small maincourse on tiny plate, other guests got plenty of veg and potatoes in side dishes we just got some very tired looking veg crammed onto the small plate. Would not recommend as the only option seems to be half board so limited flexibility on when you want to eat.
Paul Barrett, left on 16 June 2010
August 2008: Simple but very clean room in the converted barn. Super drying room after a very wet couple of days of walking. Delicious dinner and interesting conversations with other guests. Hope to return.
Liz and Christa, left on 15 July 2009
Lovely tranquil setting a short walk from the village center. Very comfy room, nice staff.
Sarah Oaks, Pennsylvania, USA, left on 16 September 2008
A gorgeous place with amazing grounds - perfect for relaxing with a book with views of glorious meadows and hills all around - if you get a warm sunny afternoon like we had. A 5 minute walk from Grasmeres' numerous sights and eateries. The room and bathroom were extremely well appointed and absolutely spotless.
Daryn Williams, left on 20 July 2008
Came 17/17. Score 19/30.
What a let down! As you approach the house you see a grand building in beautiful grounds. However, once we found reception - a glass window in a corridor - we were sent to our room in a converted barn.
ATTENTION ALL LANDLORDS! To qualify as a double room there should be a double bed, individual lights/lamps, and two bedside tables.
Not as in this case one lamp, one bedside table, and the double bed up against a wall!
Breakfast was a matter of waiting in the hall until the inept staff allowed us in and then it was a queue for cereals etc. When the breakfast eventually arrived it was on such a small plate there was no room for a sausage.
Very disappointing.
Ian & Jenny McConnachie, left on 19 July 2008
We (3 of us) stayed here a couple of weeks ago on the C2C walk. We had a friendly welcome and shared conversation with some of the Friends before settling in to our rooms which were spacious and very clean and tidy. The breakfast with 'friends' at 815am was a delight as we all sat around two large tables engaged in varied conversation. The GGH is a short distance from the village where we walked for our evening. All in all I cannot say anything negative about this Guest House. A place I wopuld certainly stay again on the walk.
Ernie aka Journeyman, left on 24 May 2008
I stayed here in June 07 and whilst the initial welcome was friendly and the room was fine, the staff at breakfast were much less helpful and gave the impression that everything was a chore. The 'full english breakfast' was like a children's portion, even served on a small plate. All in all, this is not a place I'd recommend or return to myself
Steve G, left on 17 September 2007
Friendly and cordial staff. Complimentary tea and cakes at 4.30 pm. We had a pleasant stay, despite the rain on the 13th of June.
Monique & Jerry from Arizona, USA
Monique & Jerry, left on 05 July 2007
Out of all our accomodation on the C2C walk this was the only disappointment. Our room was tiny, the beds small and uncomfortable. Breakfast was miniscule and the staff not at all welcoming. It was also our most expensive accomodation and certainly not value for money.
Lyn and Tony , left on 23 June 2007
My husband and I were nicely surprised by the size of our room and the en-suite facilities were excellent (bath and shower, Room 22). The drying room in Bankside was the best after a day of rain and afternoon tea was a real treat after a hard and wet day hicking (home made cakes!). There were tea making facilities in the room and a tea spot in the foyer in the main house. Breakfast started at 8.15am with a good selection of cereals followed by a very nice English breakfast. To drink: coffee, tea, orange juice.
Staff very friendly.
Laura Barber, left on 05 September 2006
Old comments nearly put me off staying here. (sherpa you need to update your site) Although a Quaker Place (we didnít know that before our stay) which you would never know. Staff were great, rooms a good size, clean too. The dinner was worthy of a 4 star hotel and worth every penny. Breakfast was a little slow but food hot, it was served on a small plate, bigger than a side plate but smaller than a dinner plate, it looked a little over-crowded. Fantastic views on all sides, 2 mins walk from the centre and blissfully quiet. Lovely afternoon tea at 4.30, free of charge to all guests, (didnít think you got anything for nothing these days) home made cakes yummmmy.
Would recommend, and would stay again.
Janet Smythe, left on 05 September 2006
Big disappointment for us. Room not clean. Staff not accommodating. Breakfast was poor. Every body eats together at 8.30 but the service is slow and the food cold. Very small portions of everything. It was 9.45 before we were able to get away and we rushed.
Kate's Dad, left on 18 August 2005
Very disappointing. The Sherpa entry does not make it clear that it is a Quaker Guest House (although actually a hotel in terms of size) The accommodation was poor, we were given an (unnecessary) disabled room. No shower or mirror in en-suite, bedroom so small that the door had been removed (perhaps to aid disabled access) Dirty valances on beds. Poor organisation at breakfast led to all guests eating simultaneously, which caused long delays for the most paltry cooked breakfast we have ever been offered, which was served on a side plate! At £72.00 it was also the most expensive, and the worst value, of all our C2C accommodation.
Patricia & Raymond Dockney, left on 28 July 2005
Be aware that this is a Quaker guest house - although you don't get any propaganda! Friendly place - meals taken together, which is good if you are on our own. A great location and spacious rooms.
James Berry, left on 24 July 2005
This was the most expensive place we stayed on the C2C, but Grasmere is an expensive little oasis. The location was excellent for us as we had walked the high routes for two days and were not in the mood to search for our lodging. It was on the way into Grasmere and was a welcome sight.

The location is also excellent for walking into the village and for starting out the next day. Friendly staff and good food.
Brian Anderson, left on 10 June 2005
The accomodations were very nice, and I have no problems with them. The food, both breakfast and dinner, was OK and the portions were quite small. After a day of hiking, I would have liked a more substantial meal. I wouldn't recommend the place for dinner. The price for what we got was substantially higher than other places we stayed on this trip. Although I have no reservations about staying there again, it was by far the most expensive place we stayed at, with only average meal and service provisions.
john wingert, left on 29 September 2004
Not as homely as some B and Bs but tea and cakes had just been served on our arrivel and the room was a good size with lovely outlook and large shower cubicle. Breakfast service was slow and the portions were small. Tea available all day (and night!). Most expensive of trip.
Gill and Mike Mckever, left on 20 September 2004
Peace and harmony also means no TV or radio (and hence no weather forecast). Extremely comfortable with good size rooms and shower. Tea and Coffee on hand all day in the main lounge. Only let down by holiday camp rush at breakfast (why do they lock the ruddy doors!), and small cooked breakfasts.
Paul and Dawn, left on 06 August 2004
More a hotel than a B&B but a lovely place ... especially if stopping an extra night in Grasmere. Very nice facilities.
Katie Thorpe, left on 04 August 2004
Very enjoyable experience, though the only drying room we were made aware of was totally useless (apparently there is a better one but no one told us). Evening meal was particularly good and it was nice to have a change of company as most others staying were no walkers.
TimCook, left on 19 July 2003
Arrived here dog tired and sore. If you're willing to pay a bit more (34 pounds each) the Black Sail room as private tub and is very large. Was worth it for a night to rest sore muscles. Breakfast was a little late on Sunday but not a problem as we were only going to Patterdale. Slightly out of the main part of town but not so far as to be a problem

We ate at Sarah's Bistro, quite good.
Ken Smith, left on 13 July 2003
I loved it, although a bit on the expensive side. Stayed in the newly refurbished cottage block which was really very modern and pleasant. And the view from the front door towards Helm Crag....wonderful. We did have a dispuite about the bill afterwards...they tried to overcharge me...but they have now said it was their mistake and they are going to refund the difference. Breakfast was slow. I would stay there again.
B Bert, left on 20 June 2003
Forgot to say that we had dinner in the 'Jumble Rooms' in Grasmere. Fantastic place - would recommend to everyone. Food out of this world - probably some of the best I've ever eaten. Atmosphere was spot on and the hosts were brilliant too! I may even travel the couple of hundred of miles back there to sample the menu again.
Lynda Barnes, left on 19 June 2002
Room was clean & comfortable - although a little small for four of us. Food was good but meals were at set times. Beautiful house and grounds. Home made cake and Tea at 4.30pm - lovely. Really good packed lunch.
Lynda Barnes, left on 19 June 2002
we stayed here with a party of 12 and thought it was beautiful. it is a quaker guesthouse and has the beautiful location and peaceful atmosphere you might expect, but they don't push the quaker bit down your throat and non quakers feel perfectly ok
delicious home cooking and free tea and home made cake in the lounge at 4.30
a good selection of games in the lounge
Trottie Kirwan, left on 11 October 2001


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