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April 18, 2010

Randy Pike, Ambleside, Lake District

What’s it like?

After a long slog through sluggish Friday-night traffic, the goodies – plates of cheese, homemade raspberry muffins and miniature bottles of champagne – in the rooms at Randy Pike are as welcoming as a hug and a foot rub. Last year, owners Chrissy and Andy converted part of their home – a 19th-century hunting lodge – into two giant suites. Each has quirkily beautiful interiors: carp-print wallpaper, flea-market-style furniture, fresh flowers and giant bathrooms. You’ll wake to views stretching to Windermere as the resident Jemima Puddle-Ducks quack outside, before breakfasting on compote trifles followed by scrambled eggs and fresh bread.

And the food?

The room price includes a ride to and from the couple’s restaurant, The Jumble Room, in nearby Grasmere. Here, things get more eccentric still -loos covered with Blondie record covers, cow and rabbit paintings on the pink walls – but thankfully, the food is no-nonsense. Chrissy is a baker’s daughter, so naturally everything is homemade – try the steak with beetroot salad and the sticky-toffee pud (01539 435188, Day trips nearby? See Wordsworth’s graffiti’d desk at his old school in Hawkshead, a five-minute drive away. Opened in 1585, it has a fascinating history. Make sure a guide is on hand for tales about the former students’ alcohol intake – during lunchtime (01539 436735, www.; free).

How much?

Doubles from £180, B&B (01539 436088, www.

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