Farlam Hall

César award in 2001

In Hadrian’s Wall country, this traditional country house hotel (Relais & Châteaux) has been owned and managed by the Quinion family for 40 years. Guests comment on their ‘warm and attentive welcome’ and ‘consistently high-quality service’. ‘The hospitality cannot be faulted.’ The Victorian decor reflects the building’s 19th-century heritage. ‘Our very floral bedroom looked out over beautiful lawns (on which croquet was set) and magnificent mature trees,’ said a visitor this year. ‘There was a beautiful piece of Victorian furniture which acted as a dressing table; two magnifying mirrors (a lot of hotels have none).’ The Hay Loft, a spacious room with floor-to-ceiling windows, is reached by an outdoor staircase (‘ideal for guests who want to come and go at odd times’). In the dining room, dinner is served by waitresses in long blue skirts. Barry Quinion cooks modern country house dishes, perhaps terrine of chicken, bacon and wild mushrooms; loin of spring lamb, roasted ratatouille, parsnip purée. ‘Breakfast was waitress service, no buffet.’ (Barbara Watkinson, and others)

  • A fantastic stay. One of the finest country house hotels in England. It was a great pleasure to stay somewhere that manages to combine good management with great customer service.

    Chris Savory, 01/11/2015

  • Be smart and well dressed for dinner. Excellent service and cuisine.

    E M Arnold, 01/11/2015

  • We were upgraded to Room 5. It was a double-aspect room; one window was blocked by a tree; the other looked out on to beautiful lawns on which croquet was set out, and magnificent mature trees. The bedroom was very floral. The fairly small bed was obviously not the correct one for the room, as the fitted headboard was much bigger. There was a beautiful piece of Victorian furniture which acted as a dressing table. In one of three sitting rooms we had pre-dinner drinks. The waitresses wore long black gowns. Very unusual and very striking. The dining room was just as striking, decorated in dark blues and gold. The tables were formally set with white tablecloths, and the lighting was atmospheric. Breakfast was waitress service, no buffet, but the best ever marmalade.

    Barbara Watkinson, 29/08/2014

  • Going to Farlam Hall is like stepping back into the heyday of country house hospitality. A warm welcome is given by Helen Quinion, followed by considerate service by retainers who obviously have been there a long time. The décor is typically Victorian and could do with a little refreshing. Ours was their largest room, and whilst rain pelted and wind raged outside, it felt beautifully warm and pleasant. The beds were probably the most comfortable we have ever slept in. The bathroom was cosy, well lit, and provided for every need. It was a joy to dine off beautiful china and eat with elegant silverware on an immaculately pressed tablecloth. We were the only diners on our first night, and the food prepared just for us was delicious. The following evening there were two large parties dining, with long tables, beautifully laid, making the place look very festive. The meal was just as good the second evening and additional lady helpers, served attentively. When we asked for breakfast a little earlier than stipulated, this was provided the minute we came down. The hospitality cannot be faulted but it comes at a price. It certainly makes one nostalgic for a more gracious era.

    Ian & Francine Walsh, 13/01/2014

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Local attractions

Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site
The best-known frontier in the Roman Empire.
Lanercost Priory
An Augustinian monastery, founded in 1169.
Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Castle has dominated the city for nine centuries and was a constantly updated working fortress.

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Contact Details

Farlam Hall

Hallbankgate BRAMPTON Cumbria England CA8 2NG


01697 746234

Further Information


12, 1 in stables, 2 on ground floor.


all year except 25--30 Dec, 4--21 Jan, restaurant closed midday (light lunches by arrangement) except New Year's Day, Mothering and Easter Sun.


ramps, 2 lounges, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, civil wedding licence, 10-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

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not under 5.


not allowed in restaurant, or unattended in bedrooms.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per person D,B&B £160--£185. Set dinner £48--£50. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.