Askham Hall

Penrith, Cumbria

‘The warm welcome, beautiful setting and delicious food’ are ‘truly exceptional’ at Charles Lowther’s battlemented ancestral pile. More

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’.

Hotel details

Address

Askham Hall
Askham
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 2PF
England

Telephone

01931 712350

Bedrooms

18. 2 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except Christmas, early Jan to mid-Feb, 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, outdoor swimming pool, public areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in reception rooms in evening.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms and public rooms, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B single £138–£308, double £150–£320, D,B&B £250–£420. Set menu £55, tasting menu £70.