Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A very special place.’ ‘Utterly charming.’ ‘It’s not the Ritz, but you will feel like a lord.’ Lavish and frequent praise in 2019 for Wendy and Simon Bennett’s Victorian fantasy castle in the Eden valley. ‘Simon, Wendy and the team have provided a place with a magical feel that draws you in and asks you to stay for longer.’ Bedrooms are filled with antiques, and abound in character. Castle rooms, most with four-poster, have views to the Yorkshire Dales and Lakeland Fells, perhaps a brightly burning fire. The Gatehouse occupies an entire tower. Annexe rooms have their own garden. A reader, hosting guests for a birthday house party, relates: ‘Every one of them came back from their first visit to their room with the same excited look of appreciation.’ The ‘superb’ dinner is a social affair, taken communally. New ‘Umbria meets Cumbria’ menus include such dishes as wild mushroom lasagne; Tuscan slow-roasted lamb shank with tomato and olives. Sunday night is pizza night. The atmosphere is pure fun, with roaring fires, squashy sofas, honesty bar and ‘legendary’ home-made cake. Children can feed the hens and collect the eggs for breakfast. (Maurice Hall, Liz Saunders, and many others)
17. 2 on ground floor, 9 in stables, orangery, coach house, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, dinner nightly (excl. Tues, Wed), children’s suppers daily.
hall, drawing room, library, sitting room, conservatory bar, dining room, cinema, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 20-acre grounds (landscaped garden, tennis), public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 2 bedrooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £180–£280. Set dinner £25–£30. 1-night bookings often refused school holidays, Sat (but call to check).