Francis arrived by train with a suitcase and a saucepan tied to the outside. He had very little cash, no experience and a great deal of faith.
With the property’s magnificent views of Ullswater and its surrounding fells, Francis felt that if he worked hard, then he could probably be successful. With the help of some friends, who were mainly unpaid, he created four bedrooms and opened Sharrow Bay in the spring of that year - coining the phrase ‘country house hotel’ to describe it.
Nevertheless, by producing remarkable, homemade afternoon teas, making people feel at home and charging two shillings and sixpence (12.5p in today's money), Francis succeeded.
Magnificent views of Lake Ullswater and its surroundings
Sharrow Bay is once again under private ownership and continues to be managed with the love, kindness and attention to detail for which the hotel is renowned.
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