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Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite Lake

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Bassenthwaite Lake
England CA13 9YE
Tel: 44 176 877 6234's insider take:

In 1778, this 500-year-old farm in the northern reaches of the Lake District was converted into an alehouse. It soon became the favored haunt of John Peel, a place where he could hold court and recount his exploits. Adding to the charm of its antique bar, the sumptuousness of the elegant dinners and afternoon teas, and the superb service—which even provides a comprehensive weather forecast delivered to your room every evening—there are 13 comfortable bedrooms, each one unique. Yours might have an antique mirrored vanity or a carved wooden headboard—or even a working fireplace.

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