Askham Hall

Homey and faintly bohemian, the Lowther family’s Grade I listed Elizabethan mansion is surrounded by terraces, topiary and lawns. More

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Askham Hall
Askham Hall
Askham
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 2PF
England
01931 712350
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

15

Open

All year except Christmas, 2 Jan to mid-Feb, restaurant closed Sun.

Facilities

drawing room, library, billiard room, 3 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 12-acre grounds, spa, 10 by 5 metre heated outdoor swimming pool (Apr–Oct), only restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

in reception rooms in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms (£15 charge per stay), public rooms except in restaurant.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

[2016] per room B&B £150--£320. Set dinner £50, tasting menu £65.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Homey and faintly bohemian, the Lowther family’s Grade I listed Elizabethan mansion is surrounded by terraces, topiary and lawns. Guests approach the house, which was built around a 14th-century pele tower, through a stone gateway; inside, Charles and Juno Lowther have redecorated with a mix of antique and contemporary, ethnic and English furnishings. It is ‘a hotel of character’, say pleased visitors. Three reception rooms are filled with books, paintings, family photographs. Staff are ‘friendly and efficient’. The ‘pretty’ bedrooms are individually decorated; the best, in the pele tower, have an antique bath and views of the gardens, fells and the River Lowther. In the restaurant, chef Richard Swale makes abundant use of produce from the kitchen garden, the Lowther estate and local suppliers, then gives his ‘seriously good’ dishes an exotic twist. A typical dinner menu might include guineafowl, ramson; hoggart loin, spiced lentils, mibuna, goat’s cheese. A converted barn houses a café with a wood-fired pizza oven; animal trails around the gardens introduce younger guests to shorthorn cattle, boer goats and ducks.

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Special offers

Midweek Special Offer

Amazing value mid-week room rates available throughout 2017 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights) – all Courtyard rooms are £150 per room per night and all Pele Tower rooms are £190, includes breakfast, excluding the festive period. Also includes a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival. To take advantage of this offer, please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.

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Askham Hall
Askham Hall
Askham
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 2PF

Guest comments

'Our second visit. As good as ever. The public rooms are furnished in "shabby chic" style, but with frayed carpets and the odd torn lampshade, they have probably pushed this concept as far as it will go. The staff were attentive as always . The honesty bar in the lounge made us feel as if we were staying at a grand house rather than a hotel. The food and service in the conservatory restaurant were excellent as always. Our bedroom was comfortable if be a little draughty in places. ' - Kay & John Patterson - November, 2016
'We enjoyed the country house informality and the interior layout. The village is very photogenic. We stayed in the Old Dressing Room, good-sized. with a rear window looking onto a courtyard The staff are informally dressed – smart of course. ' - A A - March, 2016

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