Farlam Hall

    ‘With a tradition of service that’s second to none, this is without doubt one of the finest country house hotels – if not the finest – in England,’ raves a regular Guide reader this year. More

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    Farlam Hall
    CA8 2NG
    01697 746234
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    12. 1 in stables, 2 on ground floor.


    all year except 24–30 Dec, 3 weeks Jan.


    2 lounges, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 6-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.

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    not under 5.


    allowed in bedrooms (not unattended), not in restaurant.

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    Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


    [2016] per person D,B&B £155–£185. Set dinner £49.50. 1-night bookings refused at New Year.

    Good Hotel Guide Review

    ‘With a tradition of service that’s second to none, this is one of the finest country house hotels – if not “the” finest – in England,’ raves a regular Guide reader this year. In ‘beautiful’ grounds where ‘magnificent mature trees’ stand sentry, the Quinion family has welcomed guests to their creeper-clad sandstone retreat since 1975. Come in: ‘It’s like slipping into a pair of cosy slippers the moment you cross the doorstep.’ The lounges have a Victorian feel, with original fireplaces, comfy sofas and objets d’art; settle in for morning coffee and biscuits. Bedrooms are large, traditional, eclectically furnished, with patterned wallpaper and a substantial bathroom. ‘Dress smartly for dinner.’ In the elegant dining room, its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking garden and ornamental lake, Barry Quinion’s ‘excellent’, short daily-changing menus (‘no excessive portions’) might include timbale of West Coast crab and avocado; loin of local lamb, roasted parsnips, rosemary, red onions. The area calls for days out – there are ‘castles galore’; Hadrian’s Wall is easily accessible. ‘We had a fantastic stay.’ (Chris Savory, EM Arnold, and others)

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    Farlam Hall
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    Guest comments

    '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 - May, 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 - December, 2013
    '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 - October, 2015
    'Be smart and well dressed for dinner. Excellent service and cuisine. ' - E M Arnold - October, 2015

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