My experience at The Daffodil started on a high note when I reversed my car into the parking space perfectly on the first try. Not a huge achievement in the grand scheme of things, but for me it rarely happens. Read into that what you will. It improved massively when the server led us to a table by a floor-to-ceiling window, letting the natural light stream in and giving us a smashing view of Grasmere. The hotel itself is a classic Lake District building from the outside. Even a one-time visitor to the area knows the look I mean – it’s all in the slate. It would be hard to believe that the hotel was built as recently as 2012 if not for the interior.
Grasmere and Rydal are two Lake District hotspots with deep ties to one of England’s most well-known poets, William Wordsworth. His most well-known residence, Dove Cottage, was the starting point for this walk. Well, nearly. We started from a car park over the road from Dove Cottage, but it’s near enough.