The Yan at Broadrayne
There are certainly more luxurious places to stay in the Lake District and a few with better views but surely none are more hospitable than The Yan.
The Yan at Broadrayne Farm near Grasmere is a truly special place.
A cluster of converted farm buildings that for many years served as hostel accommodation for fell walkers and lake lovers.
More recently, these properties have been upgraded and added to, to form what must be one of the Lake District’s best boutiques.
You might refer to it as a restaurant with rooms.
We refrain from using the term hotel at the insistence of the management who still favour the term hostel, which is probably technically correct but fails to conjure an appropriate image.
Here, guests enjoy four star hotel-level comfort and facilities and an extremely high standard of food from the atmospheric Bistro, that is also open to non-residents.
There are seven ensuite rooms at The Yan, two of which are pet friendly, and all have large walk-in rain head showers, luxurious bedding and exceedingly fluffy towels.
Smart TV and free Wi-Fi is available as standard although as the farm is nestled amidst the beautiful central fells in one of the country’s most scenic areas it’s hard to conceive why anyone would want to be watching TV or engaging with Facebook here!
Beyond the main accommodation building, which houses the Bistro, are two hand-built Micro Lodge pods – perfect for ‘glamping’ couples.
The pods, which resemble Hobbit houses, are fitted with a small kitchen, separate bathroom with underfloor heating, a decent sized lounge with large sofa, log burning stove, dining table for two and a wall mounted LED TV.
The pods also have large and extremely comfortable double beds.
Other properties include a one-bedroom apartment called The Byre, a contemporary space converted from what was originally the farm’s cow byre; the Studio, a compact self-catering space that is more suited to single night stays or short breaks and The Woolloft, a more spacious Lakeland barn that sleeps four.
The Woolloft is a charming, cosy property with original two foot thick cobblestone walls, deep set windows, oak beams and a log burning stove.
It has two contemporary bedrooms it hen suite bathrooms, a fully fitted and well-equipped dining kitchen and a charming large lounge.
This property also benefits from breath-taking mountain views from every room.
The Bistro is the beating heart of the operation and it is here that you will inevitably find at least one of the owners.
It’s a family affair at The Yan with investors mum and dad, Sally and David Keighley, assisted by daughter Jess and her husband, Will, who heads up the kitchen.
The food, which you can see being prepared and cooked through the open kitchen, is hearty and fresh.
Will has created a number of dishes for sharing – order early, when they’re gone they’re gone – and several traditional British favourites, using local Cumbrian ingredients.
Will worked for a spell at nearby Forest Side and one gets the impression that he has learnt much from Michelin starred chef, Kevin Tickle, who ran the kitchen there.
Jess, as General Manager, is one of the most friendly and likeable people you’ll meet. A hard-working, multi-tasking powerhouse of a GM.
The owners have given much thought to The Yan, taking on the interior design themselves.
The rooms have sofa beds to accommodate additional guests if required.
The bathrooms have heated mirrors so they don’t mist up when the showers are in use.
The lounge, which is directly accessible from outside, has a separate drying room and storage space for muddy boots.
There’s no television here but plenty of reading material to enjoy in the relaxing, sink-in leather sofas.
Lake lovers will love The Yan, it really is a find.
Far enough from the madding crowd who invade the nearby village of Grasmere by day, near enough to venture out when the tourists have left.
It’s walker and dog friendly and the informal Bistro will ensure you a hearty breakfast and an enjoyable dinner with wine or local craft beer.
I believe that when guests look back on their stay at The Yan their overriding memory will be that of a warm and friendly place.
Cumbrian hospitality at its best.