According to Alastair, 'Tom Bell, our hotel inspector, says this is ‘one of the loveliest places to stay in the country, simple as that. Staff are delightful, the house is a treasure trove, the food is heavenly''. Family-run Gilpin delivers at every turn.
Where Crook Road, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3NE (01539 488818; www.gilpinlodge.co.uk)
How much from £145pp, half board.