Askham Hall

An easy-going atmosphere and oodles of character filter through Charles Lowther’s dramatic ancestral home. More

Contact details

Askham Hall
Askham
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 2PF
England
01931 712 350

Hotel information

Bedrooms

18. 2 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except Christmas, early Jan to mid-Feb, restaurant closed Sun/Mon.

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), restaurant suitable for disabled.

Background music

in reception rooms in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms and public rooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

all major cards.

Prices

per room B&B single £138-£308, double £150-£320, D,B&B £250-£420. A la carte £50.

Good Hotel Guide Review

An easy-going atmosphere and oodles of character filter through Charles Lowther’s dramatic ancestral home. As one Guide reader contentedly observed, the discreet staff and ‘shabby-chic style’ contribute to its feeling ‘more like staying at a grand house than a hotel’. There is an honesty bar by the log fire, stacks of modern art and old photographs. The ‘comfortable, classy’ bedrooms have an eclectic country house style: a four-poster bed, an antique bath, a separate WC in an old ‘priest hole’ carved into the wall, views across the 17th-century topiary garden. In the conservatory dining room, ‘the food is excellent, the staff friendly and attentive’. Richard Swales, ‘a real wizard’, serves ‘delightfully balanced and creative’ combinations of unusual, locally procured produce: perhaps home-reared chicken, cauliflower cheese, truffle; followed by geranium set cream, Yorkshire rhubarb, blood orange and Campari granita. Don’t miss the quintessentially English terraces, woodland walks or kitchen garden next to fields of goats, ducks and rare-breed pigs. ‘A wonderful experience,’ writes a reader in 2018. ‘Heartily recommended.’ (K and JP)

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Special offers

Midweek Special Offer

Amazing value mid-week room rates available throughout 2018 (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
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 2PF

Guest comments

'The warm welcome, the comfortable and classy room, the beautiful setting and the delicious food were all truly exceptional. The chef Richard Swale is a wizard, conjuring delightfully balanced and creative dishes strongly rooted in amazing local, seasonal produce. And Nico Chieze heading the front of house team is an affable and attentive host. I ' - - June, 2018
'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. ' - AA - March, 2016

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