The great outdoors was never so handy or appealing as from the Acorn Guest House in the historic market town of Penrith, Gateway to the Lakes.
Based five yards from the famous Coast to Coast route - the 190 mile hike from St Bee’s, Cumbria, to Robin Hood’s Bay, North Yorkshire - the premises attract a succession of walkers and cyclists who are grateful to drop into comfy beds in the Acorn’s en-suite rooms at the end of the day.
Karen Harvey, who runs AA four star-rated premises with her husband,Nick, says: “We are going to be offering the services of a sports physiotherapists for people that are doing the C2C because so many of our guests come back saying they could do with a massage.”
The Acornrecently opened a wine bar and hopes to add a bistro later in the year, enabling guests to eat their meals in-house instead of dining out.
Bustling Penrith is charming with its narrow streets and alleyways, independent shops and castle ruins, but it is also a popular base exploring the Lake District, particularly Lake Ullswater a mere six miles distant, and the Pennines. Motorists will be pleased to find that the Acorn has a particularly precious amenity, its own car-park.
Guests can be sure of a big welcome and a relaxing stay. Says Karen: “We are both people, people and we try to put into practice what we would want when we go away. We keep our standards high.”