Broad How can sleep up to 14 in comfort in its seven bedrooms [plus 2 on extra folding beds, or in the dual-purpose garden room ]. The twin rooms have comfortable vintage Heals 3-foot beds which can be pushed together to make grand doubles. Each room has a character of its own, and they have names which are taken from landmarks of the area. You can use these details along with the plans of the house to allocate rooms for your party before arrival, or you can leave the negotiations until you all arrive.
The huge bedroom, on the right at the top of the stairs, is Arnison. This twin bedroom is named after Arnison Crag, the bracken-covered little peak that you can see from the window, which was everyone's first conquest.
Next off the landing is the bedroom with the best view in the house, straight across the valley to Patterdale village, with the third-highest peak in England behind it. From the bed you can glimpse the Helvellyn ridge, topped with snow for several months each year, and picture yourself crossing its famous Striding Edge to reach the summit, Helvellyn View is one of the two single rooms.
Behind the Patterdale Post Office on the path to Arnison and St Sunday Crag is a small patch of reedy ground, once the site of Mill Moss, a little tarn where previous generations of the family learned to skate. It went through a period as a rubbish tip, before being reclaimed as a haven for wild life. This large room can sleep four, with full-size bunk beds and two singles.
Named after the beck which you cross to arrive at Broad How, this single room sits above the porch, so you can watch the comings and goings of the walkers on the Coast to Coast, or lie and admire the ancient copper beech that guards the gate.
Every room in Broad How is equipped with top quality bed linen, luxurious pillows, and deep-pile towels, and, like the rest of the house, the bedrooms are kept impeccably clean by Michelle and her team of cleaners.
Off the corridor on the south side of the house is this double room, with its own wash basin. Overlooking the main gate to Broad How, it has a view up the valley towards Kirkstone Pass, and to the right towards the handsome fell from which it takes its name.
The farm along the lane where they keep angora goats lends its lovely name to this corner room. A twin room, with windows in two directions. At the end of a corridor and adjoining the second bathroom, Crookabeck almost has a wing of the house to itself.
A popular and relatively level walk along the lake path towards Howtown brings you to Silver Hill, and behind it to the sweeping bay that this room is named after. A double room, with wash basin, this is the only bedroom that looks out north towards the lake.