The Black Swan

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César award in 2013

‘Definitely off the beaten track’, Alan and Louise Dinnes’s ‘thoroughly dependable’ country-pub-with-rooms sits amid upland pastures at the foot of the Howgill fells. Visitors this year praised ‘the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff’. The ‘well-populated’ pub is ‘inviting’, as is the streamside garden. The Dinneses have continued with refurbishment: they have created an additional dog-friendly room (also equipped for disabled visitors), upgraded several bathrooms, renovated bar areas, and improved the garden facilities. Bedrooms vary in size and decor: one has an iron bedframe, a log-burning stove; others are decorated in soft colours. Ground-floor rooms are ‘large, comfortable’ and have ‘a particularly inviting bed’. All rooms have tea/coffee-making facilities, Wi-Fi, a bathroom with hand-made soaps (for sale in the pub-owned village shop). Bryan Parsons is the new chef this year, serving meals in the bar or dining room. Breakfast has a daily special, ‘excellent’ fresh orange juice. ‘The cooked breakfast is irresistible, really sets you up for a day of exploring.’ (Trevor Lockwood, John and Teresa Stewart)
  • Lured by their two-day package. The welcome, especially the waiting staff, and the good value, as well as the proximity to Chatsworth meant that my disabled husband put up for the lack of a shower in the otherwise very attractive ground-floor room.

    Susan Wilmington, 22/08/2015

  • It remains one of my favourite hotels in the land. Continues to be dependable, unstuffy, warm and welcoming; still remarkably good value for money. Each bedroom is different: all are furnished for double occupancy; two are quite small the others are spacious. One member of my party used one of the three wheelchair-friendly ground-floor rooms and he was well satisfied; no view from the window, but large and comfortable, and with an inviting bed. Despite the liveliness of the hotel's bars none of us was troubled with noise much beyond 11 pm. The kitchen is a busy place - meals seem to be served almost constantly. We were very pleased with our breakfasts and dinners, tackling with gusto some pretty substantial portion. Smaller portions of most main dishes are available on request, the price appropriately reduced. The cooked breakfast are irresistible.

    Trevor Lockwood, 06/02/2015

  • A very busy place but they appeared to cope, and dinner was excellent. So was breakfast though I could have done without the radio.

    A.J Gillingwater, 14/06/2014

  • Our second visit. We had the same comfortable room. Reception and service as good as before. Food was excellent. It was good to hear the locals chatting in the bar.

    Gwyn Morgan, 27/11/2012

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Local attractions

The Lake District
The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.
Wild Brown Trout Fishing
Tuition from a local expert.
Paragliding tours over the Lake District.

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Contact Details

The Black Swan



015396 23204

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


16. 5 in annexe, 2 on ground floor suitable for disabled.


all year.


bar, lounge, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, beer garden in wooded grounds, tennis and golf in village.

Background music

'easy listening' in public areas, all day.


all ages welcomed.


allowed in 4 ground-floor bedrooms, not in restaurant.

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Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per room B&B £75–£145. À la carte £25.

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