all year except Christmas, early Jan to mid-Feb, restaurant closed Sun.
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), only restaurant suitable for disabled.
in reception rooms in evening.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms and public rooms, not in restaurant.
all major cards.
 per room B&B £150–£290. Set dinner £50, tasting menu £65.
Good Hotel Guide Review
‘We felt we were staying at a grand house rather than a hotel,’ say regular Guide correspondents this year of Charles Lowther and his family’s Grade I listed ancestral home, built around a medieval pele tower and brimming with the owners’ personality. A return visit found it ‘as good as ever’. There’s a ‘shabby-chic feel’ in the public rooms: allow for ‘the odd frayed carpet or torn lampshade’, and relax by the log fire with a drink from the honesty bar. Every one of the ‘comfortable’ country house-style bedrooms is different: choose one with a four-poster bed and an antique bath, or something more modern. The largest rooms, in the tower, have views over garden, river and fells. In the conservatory dining room, Richard Swale cooks with produce from gardens, farm and forest, plus game in season. A typical dish: Rough Fell lamb, barbecue offal kebab, ewe’s curd, wild garlic risotto. ‘The food is excellent, and the staff are friendly and attentive.’ The Grade II listed gardens, with terraces, topiary, ponds and woodland, and the Kitchen Garden Café are open to the public. Follow a trail to watch rare breed pigs, boer goats, chickens and ducks go about their day. (Kay and John Patterson)
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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.
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.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.