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Accommodation Details Brookfield Guest House
Shap CumbriaCA10 3PZ
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Comments by walkers who stayed at Brookfield Guest House in Shap on The Coast to Coast Path
Brookfield Guest House is a beautifully furnished comfortable house located at the furthest end of Shap village. This was our second C2C crossing so we were aware that it would seem endless walk from Patterdale but well worth the effort. Sadly unless you eat in one of the hotels/pubs/chip shop en route to Margaret’s you will face a trek out to the village centre again, but this may mean you won’t have room for the delicious tea and scones offered on arrival – a difficult choice to make. My advice is battle through, allow the tea and scones to revive you, then face the walk back to eat later on (the Kings Head in the centre of Shap was excellent). Obviously if the weather is inclement or the thought of having to go out again leaves you less enamoured, then eat as you pass through the village. Margaret is an excellent hostess and keen to know more about her guests in order to give them the best attention. The bedroom was large and the fact that we were unexpectedly given a triple room was a bonus and allowed plenty of space. The shower room was compact but more than adequate. Breakfast was something else, the choice was overwhelming and Margaret kept bringing more and more to the already laden table. The fruit salad offered at breakfast had every imaginable fruit included and the cooked breakfast offered to other guests nearly made us break our self- imposed cooked breakfast ban. On the whole, this is a place not to be missed, though you may have to book early to avoid disappointment. Thoroughly recommended. Stayed 4th June 2015
Peter and Ann Mower, left on 06 July 2015
arrived drenched after walking the whole day in the rain. Wonderful, warm welcome, fantastic afternoon tea, best breakfast on the C2C and I was ready to go again the next day. Margaret makes you feel like a friend not a customer
judy swanton australia, left on 09 September 2013
I would recommend the extra walk just to meet Margaret, whom is absolutely lovely! I arrived late after eating my dinner in the northern end of Shap. I was asked many questions when I arrived. Margaret was so attentive :)! The breakfast was bigger than anything I could have eaten even if starving, but I tried. After breakfast I met her husband and was given a free lunch (in an attempt to mother me ... this is what happens at 20)!
Eloise Bartlett, left on 04 September 2012
Margaret is a very lovely lady. She took two very tired walkers in after a very long and wet day from Patterdale and made us very comfortable. Well beyond the call of duty she washed my socks and walking trousers. A substantial breakfast and fantastic packed lunch got us through the 20 miles to Kirkby Stephen.
Robin and Adrian Banks, left on 13 July 2012
The most amazing B & B on the whole C2C route,and especially Margaret who takes great pride in looking after you so well. On arrival we were taken round the back of the house and all wet things hung up in her drying area, boots stuffed and hung on pegs,socks gathered up for a wash (no charge). Beautiful spacious rooms and even towels laid out for soggy rucksacks. After showering fluffy robes were available to go downstairs for tea and home made lemon meringue pie! Breakfast was good and the packed lunch the biggest I had ever seen. All homemade baking which lasted 2 days. Margaret had even asked and checked where we were coming from the previous day in case of lateness/difficulties. Bottom of High Street but well worth the extra walk! Stayed 2nd July 2012
Sheila, Liz, Trisha & Anne Marie, left on 12 July 2012
This is a super b&b after a long walk from Shap, Margaret made us feel very welcome with tea and scones. Margaret is a bit fussy but it is well worth a stay. Great packed lunch for our next days walking. Comfortable bed good shower. So go the extra mile to the far end of the town to stay here, you don't have to walk back as the trail can be picked up from the track at the side of the house. Oh and good food 5 min away at the greyhound pub .
Jayne and Dave, left on 08 July 2012
Absolutely superb. Wonderful hostess in Margaret. Toasted tea cakes when I arrived after a strenuous day. Great room. Nice bath. Wonderful porridge (soaked overnight) for breakfast.
Ed Moody, left on 08 November 2011
Located at the very southern end of Shap, which makes for a longe trudge through town at the end of a pretty grueling day over Kidsty Pike and the length of Haweswater. But once there, the Greyhound for dinner (and the start of next day’s walk) is just a short distance back into town. Margaret may seem like your fussy grandmother but she is well organized and goes out of her way to see to your needs. You enter in around the back where she has lines set up for hanging your wet clothes and she will also do laundry for you. If you want a packed lunch it will come with every component wrapped and labeled and there will be enough for the hungriest walker! Lasted me almost in Glaisdale!. Our room was small but we had the sole use of a huge bathroom where we could stash our rather large suitcases. Other rooms in the house are more spacious.
Michael & Karen Silverberg., left on 15 October 2011
Most amazingly comfortable B and B with every facility you could think of. Plenty of room to dry wet clothes and a fantastic breakfast.
Jane, left on 24 August 2011
Fantastic once again Margaret. You looked after us very well. Thank you for all your hard work and attention to detail. Great packed lunch too.
Carol and Sue. left on 26/7/11
Carol and Sue, left on 10 August 2011
Margaret is a special lady. She provided a wonderful accommodation and she treated us as if we were her only concern! Tea service and fresh baked cakes were wonderful. Breakfast was excellent and her packed lunch was exceptional.
Ilan Leshem, left on 24 July 2011
What can I say, Margaret is a legend, she greeted us with tea and hot scones, she had already taken our bags to our room and insisted we sat down and rested, nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast was fab, she even made my porridge with soya milk. The packed lunch was great, full of homemade cakes and tarts we were still eating it three days later!
We had a very nice meal just up the road at the Greyhound.
Stacey, left on 20 June 2011
Excellent accommodation, nothing was too much trouble, extremely helpful in ferrying us around after a hard days walking & the breakfast was fantastic.
John & Andy Stuttard, left on 06 June 2011
Very comfortable and Margaret is very attentive. Nice to be welcomed with tea and freshly made scones. Dinner at the Kings Arms was the best of our trip.
Sheila, left on 03 June 2011
Excellent B&B. Margaret is a perfect host and cares about you and your adventure! House/room very comfortable and clean. Agree with colour and decor mentioned by others - adds to tranquility of stay! Well located at the other end of town and right next to connecting path to C2C so no back-tracking despite new pass over freeway and an extra mile done for the next day! Easy walking distance to Greyhound pub for a great evening meal. Best packed lunch with a bottle of electrolyte drink - very welcomed! We had small room with separate bathroom all to ourselves - no inconvenience! Bathroom was large and had a separate bath and shower plus toilet and we had another toilet to ourselves too! Margaret encouraged us to have a soak which we did! Great breakfast. Highly recommended!
Marg and Gary from Syd Aust, left on 16 May 2011
Margaret takes great delight in looking after her guests and was not fazed when 6 of us arrived about 9pm. We had of course let her know we were on our way. Food delicious and all home cooked.
Mick & Marg - left 7 April 2011, left on 03 May 2011
After a long day's walk from Greenbank Farm (Patterdale) up and over Kidsty Pike and along Haweswater we arrived in Brookfield to be greeted warmly by Margaret with a pot of tea and freshly baked lemon meringue pie. It was so marvellous to be so spoiled and enjoy her hospitality as we walked our way across England!
Richard & Helen (Australia), left on 27 April 2011
Margaret was very welcoming and catered amply for my gluten free diet. We hadn't ordered a packed lunch because the breakfasts in Cumbria are so huge, but she had made special flapjacks for me. Well Margaret, I wrote down the recipe and tried to make them, but I don't have your special touch! Thank you.
Ian and Sue Clayden, left on 20 February 2011
Lovely stop, Margaret looked after us very well, delicious food, stayed sep 2010
Gill, left on 13 October 2010
Very kind and concerned landlady, who welcomed us with tea and scones. One of the best breakfasts of the trip (loved the smoked haddock), and lovely packages of home made cake in the lunch. Everything is very chintzy and floral (even the tissues in the bathroom). A good place to stay and recover ready for the next long day.
A Walker, left on 03 September 2010
I can't recommend Brookfield Guest House highly enough. The rooms are lovely and the food is brilliant. Best of all is the owner Margaret - she is an absolute star who is so helpful and friendly. Do yourself a favour - the day's walk to Shap is quite a long one - so book yourself in here.
M.Newberry, left on 01 September 2010
I agree with Carol P as we were there together. Margaret was so welcoming, the house is lovely, the bed linen and towels brilliant, a nice warm welcome with tea and scones, lovely breakfast and lunch. Thanks Margaret I really enjoyed my stay
Sue Hartley, left on 27 August 2010
A wonderful place to stop. Margaret is so friendly and welcoming and cannot do enough to make your stay as comfortable as possible, including offers of an umbrella to go to the pub! Great breakfast (using the china crockery) and lunch. Thank you Margaret.
Carol P - Aug 2010, left on 19 August 2010
We stayed here on Monday 2nd August after the long trek from Shap and experienced Margaret's wonderful welcome with tea followed by teacakes and cheese!! This was a great place to stay: our boots were dried, washing done and first aid advice given! The best packed lunch of the walk too! Would definitely stay here again.
Bridget & Simon, left on 17 August 2010
Brookfield Guesthouse was the best place we stayed on the C2C. Our room and facilites were top class and more importantly our hostess Margaret added many extra comforts. Margarets catering was excellent with home cooked cakes on arrival and some specially baked gluten free goodies for me. Breakfast was a large as you could manage, I was excited to have gluten free porridge. Those who took a packed lunch said it lasted then for days. Thank you Margaret.
Brian & Julie Moore, left on 14 August 2010
Stayed Tuesday 22nd margaret was brilliant. fed us on arrival did the washing super breakfast and packed lunch
David & Simon, left on 13 July 2010
An old fashioned, spotless B & B complete with Royal Albert china. Margaret is very kind and made me a cuppa and toasted tea cake, stuffed my wet shoes with newspaper and washed my socks. It is a long walk down the village and seems like 5 miles after a long day . . . but makes the next day shorted. Lovely room with wash basin and a bathroom to myself. One of the best. Greyhound Hotel is a short walk for a good meal.
Diane, NZ, left on 17 June 2010
Brookfield is spotless and Margaret is so attentive and helpful. This is the very best kind of old fashioned B&B. Our room was a little on the small side (with a tiny shower) but very comfortable all the same. And Margaret's packed lunch is truly wonderful; lots of different things (all neatly labelled) so make sure you allow time for lots of little stops for snacks en-route to Kirkby Stephen.
Ruth and Phil. May 2010, left on 17 June 2010
Stayed 2 June 2010. Margaret a very good host and her husband was entertaining too. Welcomed with tea and biscuits. Clothes washed and dried ready for morning. Breakfast was fantastic I strongley recommend the porridge, best I have ever tasted.
Paul Barrett, left on 16 June 2010
After a very long days walk it was really great to greeted by Margaret - She really is a magic lady who cannot do enought for her guests. You DO have to saty here honest !!
Oakley Plodder, left on 25 May 2010
This was one of the best places we stayed in the whole trip. The proprietor was incredibly kind, making us a pot of tea when we arrived and urging us to take a long soak in the tub.
The packed lunch was without doubt the best we had.
Stephanie, left on 11 January 2010
When we came in at Brookfield House, we were wet to the bone. We had the whole day rain and got lost at a very wet Kidsty Pike! We felt miserable, but Margaret pulled all the stops to make us feel better. She did everything we hoped for - and more! She dried our boots, washed our clothes and gave us afternoon tea and some delicious home made trifle! After an hour, we were as good as new and more confident about the miles we had to go to Kirkby Stephen. B&B is worth the 4 stars (why don't give 5??), because of the good hospitality, delicious afternoon tea AND the very good breakfast (best on the walk)!

Margaret, thanx for your good cares! Hope that you will help many travellers and walkers this year. And when we are planning to walk the C2C for the second time, we will certainly check if your guesthouse is available!
Jeroen and Irma Pijpers, The Netherlands, left on 01 January 2010
Wonderful! This could not be bettered - even free afternoon tea on arrival. Wet clothes not only dried but washed beforehand
M. J. English, left on 11 December 2009
I concur with all other favourable comments. Well worth the AA four stars.
Bill W. Left on 26 Sept 2009, left on 07 October 2009
Accommodation is very very good, but was made to feel an inconvenience when we turned up very late and wet through to the skin. Just happended to be the worst day walking ever and had to battle 100+ mile/hr gales and driving rain on top of Kidsty Pike on what was the longest walk of our C2C (20 miles)
Never had time to sample the nice welcome that other walkers enjoyed as we had to get to the pub in time for food before they stopped serving. Margaret did pull out the stops to get all our gear dried, but at a cost (didn't mind tho as we had nothing dry in our day back at all)
Breakfast was very good and the packed lunch was the best we had all walk
Lorraine, Steve,Charlie - Sheffield, left on 28 September 2009
Fantastic, from the second we arrived to be greeted with home made sherry triffle and tea to the second we left this lovely lady really goes the extra 100 miles for all her guests.
Margaret should be awarded the MBE for services to the public.
Many thanks
Carol, Trish and Olly, left on 08 September 2009
Margaret is terrific. She made us feel extremely welcome. The rooms are nice, but the highlight is the food. Margaret has to be the best cook we encountered on the C2C walk. Breakfast was outstanding, with fresh fruit and everything you could possibly want. The packed lunches were out of this world with various homemade cakes, and our children still talk about them weeks later. A great place to stay after the very long walk from Patterdale. Stayed August 2009.
Tim, Susan, Michael, John and Brandon, USA, left on 07 September 2009
Margaret the landlady - what a treasure. Phoned us to ensure we were OK as she was concerned at our late arrival after a long trip. Provided newspaper for our boots and very effective drying facilities. Hearty breakfast and big packed lunch. Just what a guest house should be like.
Mike & Lyn Taylor, left on 30 July 2009
Margaret is a treasure. If the world had more Margarets it would be a much better place.
Ian Francis, left on 21 July 2009
August 2008: Super friendly and helpful host, Margaret, who greeted us with hot tea and sympathy for a long, wet walk; washed our clothes; and gave us a hearty, delicious breakfast the next morning. Clean room. At the end of the town, but where you start your walk the next morning.
Liz and Christa, left on 15 July 2009
The lady who runs this is a legend. Stayed here in September 2007 and the warm glow of the experience remains strong as ever. Arriving soaked through to our pants after Kidsty Pike, clothes were swiftly whipped off and thrown into the laundry and a steaming cuppa placed in hand. Nothing could be too much trouble. Stonking pack lunch. Yes, - to the other reviewer - it is on the other end of Shap but it's a stone's throw from the best pub in town and it's less on the clock for the following day - great cut through to the path.
Alex and Marc, left on 04 July 2009
Very comfortable accommodation . We were welcomed with tea and home-made scones!! Delicious! Fabulous views of the lake district from bedroom window.
Sally Fowler, left on 02 July 2009
Lovely warm welcome with tea and scones on arrival in June 2009. Very comfortable rooms and excellent breakfast. To be recommended.
Linda Thursfield, left on 27 June 2009
Excellent place to stay, best breakfast of the whole walk.
Tom Davies, left on 11 June 2009
A very pleasant and comfortable B&B. After walking all day in foul weather Margaret was a little over fussy about getting us out of our walking gear, but as others have reported she did a load of washing [and folded it all neatly] and breakfast sent us on our way ready for another day.
Andy - 'Belmont Yompers', left on 27 May 2009
September 2008.
Margaret is a very well-intentioned person but rather disorganized. She was most kind to wash our sock and other wet clothes but the slow breakfast was frustrating when we wanted to get an early start on the trail. This B&B is, literally, the last house on the south end of town and a long way from where you leave the trail at the north end of town after a strenuous walk over Kidsty Pike.
Bob & Leslie Casey, left on 15 February 2009
having stopped here in june on our c2c,cant believe the good feedback its word,OVERPOWERING,just pray you do not turn up wet through,walkers do get wet from time to time.good luck
tad, left on 27 October 2008
Margaret is an absolute darling. She whipped our muddy gear away and washed and dried it. Breakfast was super. She had soaked porridge oats overnight for us. Superb packed lunch with myriads of goodies individually wrapped and labelled. It kept us going for 3 days!
Carrie Ross, left on 20 October 2008
15/09/08 so glad Margaret was there after a very long wet days walk! She dried all our wet clothes and boots and did a load of washing for us too. Wonderful breakfast and the best ever packed lunch. No-one else sent us on our way with cakes straight from the over! Margaret is one of the very best!
Lesley and Alison, left on 05 October 2008
Highly recommend. Nothing was too much trouble. Very comfortable room. Absolutely spotless. Wonderful breakfast and packed lunch.
C. Hirst, left on 11 September 2008
Margaret is the most wonderful hostess on the C2C. She understands walkers, and cant do enough for you. Packed lunch so yummy, with home cakes, and so much! Very nice rooms, comfy beds, lovely breakfasts. Could go on.
Joy, left on 01 August 2008
A lovely, traditional B&B. We received a fantastic welcome, with freshly baked scones and tea on arrival. The breakfast really good, with freshly prepared fruit salad, free range eggs. It was a great start for our long days walking. The packed lunches were the best we had on our trip. THREE types of homemade cakes - yum! The B&B is right on route and just a 1 minute walk away from the Greyhound pub which serves good food in the evenings.
Philippa & Leon, left on 18 July 2008
Our favorite B & B of the whole trip! Margaret treated my husband and I like royalty, pampering us with tea and sweets while doing a load of laundry to
Vicki Kuyper, left on 27 June 2008
Stayed May 12 2008. Margaret welcomed us upon our arrival and even did a load of washing for us all. Had a good dinner at the Greyhound Hotel.

Thank you, Margaret. You definitely know how to run a B&B and make everyone feel comfortable
Oakley Plodders, left on 23 May 2008
This is our second time doing the C-C and we made sure that we would stay at Brookfield Guest House. Just as in 2002, this time was a rewarding experience. Margaret welcomed us upon our arrival and served us tea with almond tarts and raisin biscuits - delicious! Had a good dinner at the Greyhound Hotel.

Breakfast was poached eggs on toast with haddock. Margaret realizes that the next leg to Kirkby Stephen is one of the longest on the C-C (20 miles) and was quite willing to serve breakfast at 7 am.

Thank you, Margaret. You definitely know how to run a B&B and make everyone feel comfortable.
John and Helene (USA), left on 24 Sep 2007, left on 14 April 2008
This is another of our top5 on the c2c. what a differance a warm freindly helpfull landlady is. (after our previous night) Nice big comfortable rooms good breakfast and the biggest choice of packed lunch items ever, all home made! excellent. oct07
tuks, left on 23 October 2007
Left Thursday 13th Sept.
I must confirm what other guests have stated.
This place may be at the south end of Shap and a good start for the next day, However, the night spent here was special for both the welcome and the care that Margaret shows her guests. literally, nothing is too much trouble. Food and accomodation is first class and the packed lunch lasted two days. Thank you Margaret for your attention to detail.
Dave Partridge, left on 13 October 2007
Superb b and b. Owner's many years of experience really show.
Immaculately clean, warm and friendly.
The only b and b I know with a whirlpool bath!
Huge breakfast to rival hotels charging 4 times as much.
Do not miss the chance of a packed lunch.
william tucker, left on 24 September 2007
This is the place to stay on the c2c, yes its the far end of Shap after that long day, but the welcome, acccomodation and service provided by Margret are well worth that extra ten minutes or so walk. (and its a shorter walk to that bridge next day!)

Arrived late on 24th May and still we were given most welcome tea and cakes on arrival, we then had an excellent meal in the greyhound pub.

Margaret offered us alternatives to a cooked breakfast and we took the Omlet option(very tasty).

We also had three packed lunches and these were still being eaten on the next day!

When (or if) we complete the walk for the third time, this will be our first booking and we will work our days around Brookfield House!
Brian & Dawn Folkard, left on 11 September 2007
Wonderful stay, Margaret was a delight- the room and bathroom was great. Breakfast was wonderful, with delicious porridge- good time at the local Greyhound Pub- it is at the south end (10 minutes) but you start the next day right on the route. Margaret's packed lunch was amazing.
Highly recommended.
Jan and Amanda Bangs Aug 8-2007
Jan and Amanda Bangs, left on 25 August 2007
Very friendly host. A trek through the town to reach after probably the hardest day's walk so far. But you can pick up the path nearby for the following day. Very well (almost luxurious) appointed bedroom. Great breakfast!
Joan, left on 01 August 2007
Stayed July 10th 2007. Lovely welcome from Margaret, tea and cakes in the lounge. Room nice but slightly old fashioned, good shower. Nice to be offered an alternative to English breakfast - we had the haddock. Evening meal at the Greyhound - excellent food.
Tim and Dot, left on 29 July 2007
Margaret is a charming hostess. Lovely place and good breakfast.
Monique & Jerry from Arizona, USA stayed on June 15.
Monique & Jerry, left on 05 July 2007
After a 9 hour walk in the rain, Margaret was like a ray of sunshine - taking our wet clothes and boots and getting them dry again for us. Very attentive and the room and bathroom were first class. Stayed on 23rd April 2007
Marie & Ernest, left on 07 May 2007
Wife's grandfather used to own this property! Accomodation and breakfast, especially porridge, first class. Great place to leave your car if you are starting out from Shap.
John Shreeve, left on 14 April 2007
What wonderful hosts! After what felt like an endless day of fog and rain, Margaret and Les came to the rescue of two damp and dispirited wayfarers still a few miles from our destination with evening fast approaching. Not only were they kind enough to collect us by car but Margaret dried our wet gear and insisted on doing some washing as well. Genuinely interested in making sure our C2C experience was a positive one, she provided us some excellent options to make the next day both more manageable and enjoyable. Staying here was truly a highlight of our walk.

Colleen Stewart & Ilona Hitchcock
left Sept 17, 2006
Colleen Stewart, left on 28 November 2006
Very friendly welcome. Excellent food and facilities. Kippers for breakfast!!!
George, left on 26 September 2006
I think that everyone has got the message that this is THE place to stay.

One complaint though.........Margeret sends you off with the best packed lunch ever. In our case, my fiance was traveling light so I was carrying her gear
Alan & Pam, left on 15 September 2006
Have to agree with others - fantastic welcome with homemade cakes and scones, superb breakfast including fresh fruit salad and fabulous packed lunch with homemade treats. Well worth the extra walk through the village - and you are the right end of town for the Greyhound pub and the start of the long walk to KS next day (short cut back to path either from behind Brookfield or even better from side of Greyhound pub).
Tina, left on 03 September 2006
What a wonderful place to stay. Don't be put off by the extra mile through Shap and the end of a long day, it is more than worth it and you'll be 1 mile further on for the next day.
Margarets standards could not be bettered. The rooms are spotless and the food delicious. She made gorgeous fresh fruit salad for breakfast and the haddock was cooked to perfection. Nothing was too much trouble, she even did our washing! It is obvious that she really cares that her guests have a good time.
Don't miss out on the wonderful packed lunch - her almond tarts are indeed ledgendary and the fruit cake the best I've ever tasted
Thankyou Margaret
Deborah & Gwen, left on 06 August 2006
This is one of the best places in which we have ever stayed. Nothing was too much trouble: the afternoon tea was great, Margaret promptly dried our wet clothes, and the packed lunch was full of her home baked delights. Quite excellent!
Kay & John Patterson, left on 21 July 2006
We echo all the superlatives about Brookfield and cannot praise it or its hostess highly enough! Not only was every usual need graciously provided, Margaret also gave us a lift to Kendal the next day and refused to take any compensation. Thank you for your truly exceptional hospitality. Stayed on June 19.
Glenn and Joy, left on 19 July 2006
Laura Davies you were totally wrong in your assessment, and should make a full apology to Mrs Brunskill, first for putting your comments on this web site before you even checked with her, and secondly for putting a back handed comment on your retractions. Where would you get two packed lunches and two afternoon teas for the price you paid. Having stayed there I know what you get in the packed lunch, and I know what the free afternoon tea is like. Shame on you.
Linda Millburrn, left on 17 July 2006
This is such a fantastic place to stay - Margaret is so warm and welcoming. I had the misfortune of spraining my ankle whilst coming over Kidsty Pike. On seeing me hobble in, Margaret was instantly there with an ice pack for my ankle; and a massive tea tray in the living room, including gluten free cakes that she had got in especially for me. Would definitely stay here again.

Stayed: 19 June 2006
Liz Wilkinson, left on 13 July 2006
Further to Margaret's comment. I thought we had only 1 packed lunch from here, as we often did on the walk because they were usually so generous. So when the bill said that we had paid for 1 packed lunch and 1 afternoon tea, I assumed that was correct. I wouldn't want to unfairly criticise a B&B on these pages. Margaret has explained the mix-up to me, so I would like to withdraw my previous comment. By the way I tried to put this message on earlier, but couldn't get it to save. I wish Margaret many more happy years at Brookfield. And the scones were lovely.
Laura, left on 12 July 2006
In reply to Chris and Laura Davies's comments, may I add that I have emailed them to explain, I had not charged for Afternoon Tea. They had two differently priced packed lunches. When I made out their bill, I itemised the two packed lunches seperately; 1 @ .... and I @ ....The first entry I wrote on the printed line of my invoice which says Packed Lunches, the second of these entries, I wrote on the line underneath, which is headed 'Afternoon Tea' inadvertently I did not delete the words 'Afternoon Tea'

I should also like to re-assure all customers who have stayed with us at Brookfield House over the last 32 years, that there is no need to start frantically looking for your old bills!! The tea, coffee, scones, hot cross buns, pastries, cakes or savouries provided on arrival, have always been complimentary and served with pleasure.
Margaret Brunskill, left on 29 June 2006
I am surprised at the comment of Chris & Laura and also say to them they missed a golden opportunity by dining out to sample the excellent culinary delights of Margaret who is a wonderful host. She works extremely hard to make everything perfect for all her guests as I witnessed with the other residents of Brookfield. The welcome was terrific with tea and cheese toasties. The evening meal I had with Margaret and her other guests was simply outstanding and I defy anyone to find better quality or value for money on the route. The room, bathroom anbd indeed everything about Brookfield was perfect. The breakfast and packed lunch were equally excellent. Look no further if you want one of the best, if not bthe best B & B on the route.
Ernie, left on 29 June 2006
Margaret was the most friendly and accomodating hostess we had for our entire stay! She did our laundry, and hand delivered it to our next B&B! Highly recommended!
Piaw Na, left on 25 June 2006
I have stayed at Brookfield Shap on many occasions and have never ever been charged for the delicious scones and coffee offered for afternoon tea. Chris and Laura who believe they were charged for this service should contact Margaret immediately. This lady is so obliging and will sort out, what I can only think is a mistake on someones behalf. The opinions of other walkers who have stayed there will bear me out
Alan, Malta, left on 23 June 2006
I agree with all of the previous - with one small criticism - which is about the tea on arrival. We were asked to come downstairs for some tea after we had settled in, and were offered scones and cream as you often are. They were lovely. More was offered, but we declined. It wasn't until I looked again at my bill a few days later that I realised that we had been charged for an afternoon tea. It isn't the money that's the problem, because it was good value. But if you offer food to a customer without being asked for it, then you should make it clear that you are going to charge for it - it's only good manners. That grumble apart, the room was great, the breakfast was pretty good, and the Greyhound is close by for the best evening meal to be had in Shap.
Chris and Laura, left on 22 June 2006
Our most stately B&B on the route. Margaret wants everything to be perfect. Our room was very nice and big. Breakfast was great with porridge and a fresh pineapple.
Karl en Petra, left on 14 June 2006
We felt like royalty staying here Margaret was simply amazing! She thought of everything to make our stay special.

We arrived absolutely soaked. Overnight Margaret had all our boots and hiking gear thoroughly dried for us.

We arrived to tea and scones. Margaret had gone to the trouble of making Gluten free scones for me which was a complete treat.

For breakfast it was fabulous to have the option of having an omelette instead of a cooked breakfast. We also enjoyed the fresh fruit starter.

For a small fee Margaret also did all our laundry for us. It was so nice being able to relax instead of doing laundry!

We would highly recommend the Brookfield Guest House.
Kate and Frank Hoogendoorn, left on 30 May 2006
Without doubt the best stop on the whole C2C for me, from the tea and homemade cakes and savouries on arrival, to the lovely clean room, great breakfast, “nothing is too much trouble” attitude and overall friendly atmosphere.
Despite being situated at the very end of Shap (it’s almost the last house) it’s still close to the route and only 2 minutes walk from the best pub in town (The Greyhound), where a great meal and superb local ales are available. I am also reliably informed that the evening meal at Brookfield is excellent.
If Margaret were to franchise Brookfield along the whole C2C route she would always be fully booked and would probably make her fortune
Stuart Greig, left on 23 May 2006
Without doubt the best stop on the whole C2C for me. From the tea and homemade cakes and savouries on arrival, to the lovely clean room, great breakfast and overall
Stuart Greig, left on 15 May 2006
Wonderful Les tracked me down in his car when I got lost in the dark in some fields beyond Shap Abbey. Once safely home, Margaret made a great fuss of me, almost force-feeding me sandwiches and tea. And my bed had the softest cotton sheets ever. This is a great place
Valerie, left on 15 May 2006
Simply one of the best, sooooooo friendly and helpful, the lady of the house searching the internet for public transport information, a perfect room and breakfast, what else does one want ........
jetze and Marjan Heun, The Netherlands, left on 14 May 2006
What a wonderful welcome at Brookfield House! The Best B&B on the Coast to Coast walk, as agreed by all our group of four. Rooms, service, food all excellent, and even the dining table was a delight to see. Nothing was too much trouble. I can recommend this guest house without any hesitation.
brenda mathews and group, left on 27 August 2005
The best B&B on the route! Margaret is fantastic, providing lovely food and superb accommodation. After a gruelling day from Patterdale one gets a sadistic sense of achievement to see Kidsty Pike disappearing in cloud, when viewed from the bedroom window. Can't speak more highly of Margaret and her hospitality.
The packed lunch is something to behold!
Eric Rose, left on 15 August 2005
Wonderful views from our room back to Kidsty. Clean, spacious and a great evening meal. Very special.
Kate's Dad, left on 15 August 2005
Margaret is fabulous. Everything about the Brookfield is great - the rooms, food, hospitality, and offers for laundry (at reasonable prices!). I didn't want to leave!
Libby, left on 27 July 2005
A long trek through the village but you do pass pubs on the way to slake your thirst if you are desperate. Brookfield House was lovely - I had a super room, great breakfast with offers to do washing if needed. A bonus is that the Greyhound is also just up the road which was great for food and atmosphere.
Simon, left on 22 June 2005
It's a long walk from the north end of town to Brookfield, but it's worth every step. Margaret was, without question, an outstanding provider. She is extremely gracious and attentive to every need. Breakfast was great, but when we opened the packed lunches, we discovered homemade almond tarts and tea cakes. No wonder the bag was so heavy. We alomst assaulted the other travelers who had stayed at Brookfield just to get their almond tarts.

Don't miss this experience.
Brian Anderson, left on 10 June 2005
Shap is not the most friendly place, but Mrs Brunskill is a very friendly and competent landlady. Her house and cooking are both in excellent order. You can leave here, after one long day, well refreshed for the long day to Kirkby Stephen that follows.
Peter Shaw, left on 05 April 2005
We arrived at Brookfield after a thoroughly wet and windy walk from Patterdale. We were welcomed warmly by Margaret, showing us where to dry our wet gear. Encouraged to have showers first, we were then treated to tea and scones. Nothing was too much trouble and the following day's breakfast and 'pack up' were excellent. She even allowed us to leave our bags there so we could collect them on our way home. Brookfield deserves more than a passing mention in Henry Stedman's latest Coast to Coast guidebook. Thankyou.
Highly recommended.
Richard & Robert Broad, left on 06 March 2005
Stayed here in June 2005 and this rates right at the top of favorite places. Received a very warm welcome after a very long walk. Tea and scones brought to us on a tray. What service! Margaret couldn't have been more helpful and accomodating. Breakfast next morning was excellent and the packed lunch was the best on the C2C. Make this one of your stops.
Bryce Chambliss, left on 09 January 2005
We stayed here in July and in line with all other comments we gave Margaret top marks for everything. Well worth going that extra mile through Shap to the far end to find Brookfield. Margaret meets your every need from the moment you arrive. Extensive drying facilities for wet clothes and boots, very comfortable accommodation, great food. And to top it all Margaret did two large loads of washing for us, ironed it and it was waiting outside our room for us the next morning.
Martin & Maureen Shipley, left on 07 November 2004
Margaret is a great hostess. We loved the tea and cakes she laid on when we arrived. She dried all our stuff and made the 4 of us feel we were at home. A really nice B&B.
Stuart Wilson, left on 12 October 2004
I agree with everything everyone else has said about Margaret and her lovely B&B. We six arrived extremely tired and foot sore and she made us most welcome, doing our washing and even getting up early to bake little treats for our packed lunches. We will remember Brookfield for many years to come!
Rose Moore, left on 27 September 2004
Our host made us feel extremely well cared for. Brookfield is well worth the extra walk to the end of Shap, and is convenient to the Greyhound which does great food.

Svetlana Sellers, left on 13 September 2004
After 24 years and nearly as many visits to Brookfield, Margaret is still the "hostest with the mostest". First class cook providing very welcoming and comfortable accommodation. Have yet to find another proprietor to come up to her standards!
The Forbes Family, left on 02 August 2004
without doubt the best B&B on the entire c2c route,what a welcome we received, tea and scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, toasted tea cakes followed by homemade trifle.margaret washed and dried our dirty clothes and made us a great breakfast and packed lunch the following day.Mrs B you are brill cant thank you enough.
roy, left on 28 July 2004
Arriving at Margaret's was like coming home wrung out to mother. Stinking sodden boots and clothes were taken care of by this good fairy, and with soul and body nurtured and fully restored, we happily resumed our walk the next day. Bless her.
vivien stuart, left on 13 July 2004
Great welcome and wonderful cakes and packed lunch. And close to the Greyhound that does a very good meal.
Neil and Jill, left on 02 July 2004
Brookfield is a wonderful place to stay.When i arrived there with a hamstring injury Margaret soon fixed us up with tea, cake and sympathy.She helped to arrange a physio appt and made the necessary arrangements with the Packhorse.Margaret is a genuinely caring person and Brookfield is a home from home.Breakfast was delicious and the packed lunch amazing.Lovely spa bath.Nothing was too much trouble for Margaret.Thank you for your kindness.
Sue and Ian June 2004
sue and iggy, left on 15 June 2004
This is just what you need after a long hard day hiking from Patterdale, although be prepared for the extra mile tramping through Shap to get here. Margaret has to be one of the best in the business; friendly, helpful, nothing is too much trouble for her. At this stage of the walk it was great to be 'mothered'.
Shaun, left on 07 June 2004
This is a wonderful bed and breakfast. The room and en-suite were first class. The breakfast was first class.Margaret was wonderful and helpful, even driving us into Penrith to catch a train on Sunday(we were only walking across the Lake District and Sunday buses are a thing of the past)
mike mulligan, left on 11 October 2003
Simply wonderful! Margaret took us in from the rain, wet and muddy, warmed us with hot tea in the lounge, washed our clothes, and sent us off in the morning after a good night's rest in a comfortable bed, full from a classic English breakfast, and with a tasty packed lunch in our rucksack. Thanks so much!
David, left on 10 October 2003
There's simply no one in the business like Margaret! She's an angel in disguise! While being a true professional at managing a first class bed and breakfast, she tends to every human need with loving care. With freshedly done (and ironed!) laundry, tea at our arrival, and a superb breakfast, we were treated as if we were family. We have never experienced anything quite like it before. Our walk was wonderful, but Margaret and our lovely stay at Brookfield was one of the highlights for us!
JD and Lorna-Dee Johnson, left on 06 October 2003
Fantastic welcome by Margaret, room,food everything of the very highest standard. You are made to feel very much at home and can't fault the excellent attention to detail. Would highly recommend it.
Adrian and Allison Green, left on 25 September 2003
A must for any walker,the total experience was excellent..very friendly and excellent service. Highly recommed.
Ciaran Devine & Susan Thompson, left on 24 September 2003
See below. It was worth every step of the "extra" mile to the end of Shap. The packed lunch is amazing! The breakfast was superior and Margaret's kindness made everything perfect after a long walk from the Lake District.
Allison and Bill Wildman, left on 24 September 2003
Probably the best guest house on the route although all the accommodation was good.
, left on 19 September 2003
This was a real treat. Very welcome with the best scones I have ever had in England. Excellent accommodation
lucas windhausen, left on 08 September 2003
After 16 miles in torrential rain, the extra mile through town to reach Brookfield seemed long but once we arrived we realized it was worth every step!! The welcome was amazing, wet clothes taken and washed and ironed, warm snacks and great rooms and showers. She has been doing this for 38 years and her experience at meeting your every need is apparent! Plus she is a Great Cook! Other B & B owners come here for a meal! If you eat at the nearby pub I would highly recommend the Lamb Henry - melts in your mouth. The walk starts right outside her door so you don't have the extra mile in the morning. Plan to stay with Margaret for a treat.
Kathy Thurber, left on 24 July 2003
Agree that this is a wonderful place to stay. Margaret Brunskill was terrific, accomodations were excellent, food likewise. Get the packed lunch, lot's of delicious food.

We arrived very tired after 19 miles. My wife had lost a sneaker (trainer for you Brits) sometime in the preceeding hour but there was no way we were going to try and find it. Threw the remaining shoe in a trash bin and proceeded to the B&B, laughing about it with Margaret. After returning from dinner she informed us the missing shoe had been found at the north end of town (1 mile away) AND offered to drive me to retrieve both shoes. After some dumpster diving all was well for the next days walk to Kirkby Stephen. Thanks Margaret!!
Ken Smith, left on 13 July 2003
Brookfield has to be one of the best B&B's on the walk.
Terrific accomodation, I dont think my clothes have ever been cleaned and pressed so well. The packed lunches can't be surpassed for quality and quantity - great value.
Probably too good for a muddy hiker!
Thanks again!
Joel Hounsome, left on 01 July 2003
The nicest accomodation you could wish to stay in. Mrs Brunskill is very charming. The rooms are first class, the food is superb and the packed lunch takes some beating.
Nothing even washing and ironing is no trouble for Margaret. Superb.
Graham & Dawn Howarth, left on 03 May 2003
I was entirely satisfied with the hospitality at Brookfield. Arrived in July and was welcomed with homemade delights and bottomless cup. The food was delicious and the room more than satisfactory. My clothes were also washed and ready for action again. I will re do the C2C in 2004 and Brookfield is my absolute choice for Shap.
Chris Wright, left on 08 November 2002
After a 25 mile stretch on the Coast to Coast, this was absolute heaven. Mrs Brunskill couldn't do enough for us. Our clothes were embarrasingly filthy, but she didn't flinch, just made sure we were clean and dry for the next day. She even did the washing at midnight! Everything was spotless and the rooms well equipped. You would need to stay for a week to try all of the choices of breakfast on offer. All of the food is home-made and delicious including our packed lunch. Thank you. (Coast to Coast May 2002)
Carol Donally, left on 17 October 2002
Brookfield is one of the best guest houses we've stayed in. Everything was immaculate, the breakfast and packed lunches were excellent, but above all was the concern for our welfare (we arrived late); Mrs Brunskill couldn't do enough for us (or our friends who weren't even staying there !). Many thanks
John Gittins, left on 10 October 2002
The rooms were decorated beautifully, the hospitality exceeded all expectations, and the breakfast was the best. We wished we could have stayed longer.
Four Americans, left on 01 October 2002
Margaret couldn't be more welcoming with tea and homemade cake on arrival. Nice rooms, good breakfast, a lovely place to stay.
Julie & Martin Livesey, left on 15 July 2002
We really enjoyed our short stay. The hospitallity, food and accommodation were great.
The Willox Family, left on 05 June 2002
What can I say! Good food good service good accommodation. At a brilliant price , stay here you won't forget or regret.
Dave & Marj Robinson, left on 06 January 2002


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