Howtown Hotel

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César award in 1991

‘A place to get away from it all.’ Guide inspectors in 2015 loved this stone-built Lake District hotel, which the Baldry family has run for more than a century. ‘It unashamedly sticks to its old-fashioned values; all the better for it. It is so retro, it’s almost trendy: the decor, the cooking style; the Lalique glass bowls on a window sill in the dining room, china sets in one of the three guest lounges.’ Bookings are made by telephone and confirmed in writing. In the simple bedrooms ‘everything is spotless, well decorated, not dowdy’. Modern equipment is absent: no Wi-Fi; no music; no mobile signal; no toiletries other than a bar of soap. A gong announces meals in the ‘beautifully laid’ dining room. ‘We had perfectly poached salmon and an excellent steak, with a good supply of vegetables served with silver spoons; the bread-and-butter pudding was light and delicious. Loose tea in a fine china pot is brought to your room before breakfast which has preserves in individual bowls, butter balls, proper toast.’ Packed lunches are available; superb walking from the door.

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Local attractions

The Lake District
The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.
Dalemain House
Tudor and medieval rooms, behind a Georgian façade.
Rookin House Farm
An equestrian activity centre.

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Contact Details

Howtown Hotel

ULLSWATER Cumbria England CA10 2ND


01768 486514

Further Information


15. 4 in annexe, 4 self-catering cottages for weekly rent.


Mar–1 Nov.


3 lounges, TV room, 2 bars, dining room, no Wi-Fi, 2-acre grounds, 200 yds from lake (private foreshore, fishing), walking, sailing, climbing, riding, golf nearby, unsuitable for disabled.

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all ages welcomed (no special facilities).


allowed in some bedrooms (£4 per night charge), not in public rooms.

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[2015] per person D,B&B £94. Set dinner £27. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.