The Yan at Broadrayne
These boutique-neat rooms, surrounded by fields and with enviable fell views, combine contemporary styling with the traditional setting of slate-built and wood-raftered farm outbuildings. And with a funky bistro, too.
- Helen Pickles, Destination Expert
A mile north of Grasmere, up a short track off the A591 north-south route through the Lakes, The Yan is well-placed for the north and central Lakes: Grasmere is a 20-minute walk away while Lake Windermere, Coniston and Keswick are within a 30-minute drive. Rooms, surrounded by fields with fells opposite and to the rear, have wonderful views, plus several walks are possible from the doorstep. As long as you are happy walking, and don’t need shops around the corner – there’s a pub five minutes’ walk away – you’ll be happy.
Style & character
The whitewashed farmhouse, originally part of a sheep farm, where owners Dave and Sally live, dates to the 17th century. The guest rooms and bistro are in the former slate-built outbuildings to the rear of the farmhouse. It's smartly converted with a strong emphasis on natural materials – wood or slate floors, exposed beams, big windows, a biomass boiler – and the feel is cool-rustic: recycled-timber tables, exposed lightbulbs, a soft-grey palette and designer radiators. The crisp and uncluttered style may be a little sparse for some, though vases of flowers add softness.
Service & facilities
It's a small team – owners Dave and Sally (mid-life career-changers), and their daughter Jess (front-of-house) and son-in-law Will (chef) – and the fact they are family is their ace card. All complement one another in skill, and clearly get on, creating a warm, relaxed, nothing’s-a-problem atmosphere. Years of Lakeland holidays mean they can advise on walks, pubs, and restaurants, all nicely detailed in the in-room pocket information books. Packed lunches are available, plus there’s a drying room and bike storage. Dogs are allowed in one room for £20 per stay. For relaxation, there’s a guest sitting room plus the bistro’s small south-facing terrace.
The seven rooms, squeezed onto two floors above the bistro, share the same style; a simple though smart, contemporary-country look of oak doors, soft-grey walls and carpets, wool fabrics and rustic wood-panelled headboards. Throws add softness while a clever use of glass tables and an open-rail wardrobe gives an illusion of space. All have sofabeds, though this can make standard rooms feel like a bit of a squeeze. Compact, shower-only bathrooms are slick in grey wood-effect tiles and panels, and a mirrored wall. All rooms have views of fells – such as Helm Crag and Silver How – sometimes, deliciously, through a skylight above the bed.
Food & drink
This is above-average modern European food; classic dishes given a tasty twist. The mozzarella and tomato salad, for example, comes with roasted figs and saffron-flavoured potatoes; the homemade beef burger with a pulled pork salsa; a sharing fish platter might include peppered mackerel with a tomato salsa (mains average £14). There's a modest but attractive drinks list with wines from £22, and a nice selection of local spirits and beers, such as Grasmere raspberry and rhubarb cider, Lakes Distillery gin and Cartmel rum. Breakfast is either a simple continental with eggs (£9.95), or à la carte brunch-style dishes such as courgette and tomato frittata or halloumi, beans and hash browns as well as the full Cumbrian (average £11).
Value for money
Double rooms from £100 in low season; and from £110 in high. Breakfast not included. Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
All rooms can take either one or two children on sofa-beds for an additional £20 per child, excluding breakfast. Free cots are provided and there’s a children’s menu.