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“Doing things differently has always been at the heart of The Daffodil Hotel & Spa.”

A belief that you can stay at a luxurious four star hotel and feel completely at home.  The idea that contemporary style inspired by the world’s top city hotels can be enjoyed in Grasmere, one of the Lake District’s smallest villages.

We love to be creative, often working on exciting restaurant menus and exotic spa therapies to surprise and delight our guests. Each time you visit The Daffodil, we would like you to experience something different as we continue to grow.

We aim to combine the peace and tranquillity of our beautiful surroundings with the ultimate in stylish design - creating an atmosphere of modern luxury.

Exceptional service is our passion – so you can truly relax, unwind, celebrate and indulge!

Back to our roots...

Like the flower itself, The Daffodil has evolved to bloom in its form today, but the soil on which we stand remains rich in history.  Let’s take you back to where it all began…

The old hotel building was built in 1855 by Levi Hodgson and occupied a prominent position on the outskirts of the Village with frontage onto Grasmere Lake.

It was built as a testimony to the 19th century tourism industry that William Wordsworth did so much to inspire. Hodgson was also responsible for building other impressive buildings still standing in Grasmere, including Cragside, The Hollins and Woodland Crag.

The hotel was originally named ‘Browns Lake Hotel’ after its owner Edward Brown. However shortly after the hotel was opened they had a Royal visitor, The Prince of Wales who later became Edward VII. There was great excitement surrounding the visit and as a result Edward Brown decided to change the name to The Prince of Wales Hotel.

In 1984 the Town End area of Grasmere, where the hotel is situated, was made a conservation area. The hotel was briefly known as Thistle Grasmere followed by The Waterside.


Which brings us to today...

The newly built Daffodil Hotel & Spa opened on the 21st July 2012 and is owned and run by the Harwood and Brady families. The driving force behind the hotel's redevelopment was the late Tom Harwood, a builder and hotelier in the area for over 40 years, having owned and developed the Stonecross Manor in Kendal, The Damson Dene Hotel at Crosthwaite and the Craig Manor Hotel in Bowness which is still owned by the family.

Unfortunately, Tom died suddenly and far too young, before the foundations were laid. His daughter Amanda, her husband Mark, and Tim Matthews, a family friend, pressed ahead with Tom’s plans and are proud to see that less than two years’ after his death, Tom’s vision had been realised.

If this story sounds gloomy, then we’ve told it wrong! Tom loved life, people, food and drink (especially drink!). He wanted a building full of laughter and jokes where people could relax and enjoy themselves. Tom especially loved children and our sheep Barbara, which features throughout the hotel, is for his grandchildren and serves as a reminder that we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously.

We are hugely proud of The Daffodil and look forward to showing you what we have created – we hope you can visit us soon.

Mark, Amanda & family

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