All year except Christmas, 2 Jan to mid-Feb, restaurant closed Sun.
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.
in reception rooms in evening.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms (£15 charge per stay), public rooms except in restaurant.
all major cards.
 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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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.
10% discount voucher
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.
Guide Book Vouchers
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.Buy the guide
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.