Good Hotel Guide Review
‘The warm welcome, beautiful setting and delicious food’ are ‘truly exceptional’ at Charles Lowther’s battlemented ancestral pile. A medieval pele tower extended over centuries, this is a child-friendly, dog-friendly family home, with a 17th-century topiary garden, prolific kitchen garden, rustic café, and animal-viewing area with goats, pigs, ducks and shorthorn cattle. Public lounges have a scuffed homeyness, real fires, an honesty bar. Bedrooms are large, some huge, some interconnecting. The dual-aspect Admiral’s Room was a favourite of the Duke of Edinburgh; the duplex Train Room (once home to a model railway) has a log-burner, a built-in four-poster; Griffin has a stone fireplace and an oak-panelled bathroom with antique roll-top bath. Chef Richard Swale’s ‘creative dishes’ are ‘strongly rooted in local, seasonal produce’, garnered from kitchen garden, orchard, farms, and moors, with seasonal game. This year, he won a coveted Michelin star. Typical dishes: home-reared goose, celeriac, chicory and gizzard salad, sour cherry sauce; skrei cod, maple-glazed carrots, artichoke, roasted fish and hazelnut sauce. New this year in Askham village is a ‘health and well-being hub’.
18. 2 suitable for disabled.
all year except Christmas, early Jan to mid-Feb, Sun/Mon.
drawing room, library, billiard room, 3 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 12-acre grounds, spa, outdoor swimming pool, public areas wheelchair accessible.
in reception rooms in evening.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms and public rooms, not in restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £138–£308, double £150–£320, D,B&B £250–£420. Set menu £55, tasting menu £70.