Concierge.com'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 servicewhich even provides a comprehensive weather forecast delivered to your room every eveningthere are 13 comfortable bedrooms, each one unique. Yours might have an antique mirrored vanity or a carved wooden headboardor even a working fireplace.