17. 2 on ground floor, 7 in converted stableyard, 2 in estate house, 1 suitable for disabled.
all year, dinner served Fri/Sat, Sun–Thurs cold platters, daily children’s suppers.
hall, drawing room, library (honesty bar), 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.
all major cards.
per room B&B £160–£260. Set dinner £25–£30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.
Good Hotel Guide Review
We hear a perennial chorus of approval from fans of Wendy and Simon Bennett’s family-friendly Victorian fantasy castle in the Eden valley, between Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. ‘No pretentiousness, just welcoming staff.’ ‘A very personable hostess,’ wrote one reader in 2018. ‘It felt as if you were staying with a family friend.’ Bedrooms are highly individual, with maybe a four-poster, corner cabinet of china, working fireplace, or turret wardrobe. ‘Bathrooms appear ancient but have a big bath, a shower with copious hot water, good toiletries.’ Annexe rooms have a patio or garden. ‘Dinner at the large dining table with other guests was fun. The food was amazing.’ ‘Good home cooking,’ writes an inspector, ‘onion soup or pâté, roast lamb, fig tart or cheese.’ ‘Great breakfast choices, and special touches such as coffee, tea and home-made cake in the bar.’ There are ‘roaring fires, comfy sofas’ in the Great Hall, drawing room, music room, library. ‘My children loved the games room and cinema. How we wish we could have stayed longer.’ (Dana and Charles Irons, Jan Wallace, Steven Williams, and many others)
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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.
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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.Buy the guide
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