The Swan Hotel & Spa near Windermere is the perfect place to pitch up at after a ramble through the lakes – the 17th-century inn is a back-slappingly welcoming joint with local ales on tap, fires in the grate and fine food on plates.
Pros: Location was good & the staff were friendly. Cons: The hotel needs a make over. The walls need painting & the whole place needs a jolly good clean. Dirty napkins were used under tables to stop them wobbling & the breakfast menus were sticky.