The House at Temple Sowerby

In a Knights Templar village with a backdrop of imposing Cross Fell mountain, a Georgian mansion and converted coach house are home to a personable small hotel. More

Contact details

The House at Temple Sowerby
Temple Sowerby
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 1RZ
England
017683 61578

Hotel information

Bedrooms

12, 2 on ground floor, 4 in coach house.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, restaurant, conference/function facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 1½-acre garden; unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

‘carefully chosen’ music in restaurant in the evening.

Children

over-12s welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in coach house rooms only (not unattended).

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £110–£170, D,B&B £150–£250. Set dinner £35–£45. 1-night bookings occasionally refused.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a Knights Templar village with a backdrop of imposing Cross Fell mountain, a Georgian mansion and converted coach house are home to a personable small hotel. Alison and Andi Sambrook took over as owners in January 2018. ‘We were very impressed. They have an informal, friendly approach but maintain a high standard of service.’ Elegant, country-style lounges have open fires and beams. Freshly redecorated bedrooms can be compact ‘but they’re comfortable’. Some might have a dressing area; a spa bath and separate shower. Road-facing rooms are reputedly quiet, but light sleepers might discuss options. Birdwatching is ‘a perennial pursuit’ in the verdant walled garden (‘the engaging ducks’ perhaps the easiest to spot). In the restaurant, chef Jack Bradley’s ‘interesting’ seasonal modern menus are ‘a real treat’. Walking boots won’t be wasted.

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The House at Temple Sowerby
Temple Sowerby
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 1RZ

Guest comments

'A small, unpretentious hotel with friendly service, useful for those driving between England and Scotland. ' - Robert Gower - September, 2018
'Our room was fairly small, and it overlooked the road, but it was quiet. The bath was a huge hydrotherapy job with a shower over. Big, comfy bed. The food is very nouvelle, not a style I usually appreciate, but here it was beautifully done. For a stay of more than a couple of nights, the menu isn’t big enough, and there was a problem with dishes that don't suit us. However, a chat with reception resulted in the chef producing a superb crab and sweet corn risotto on one night and steak tartare on the next. They also do a very good packed lunch. The pricing is iridiculously cheap. The staffare all terrific: friendly, thoughtful and enthusiastic. ' - Peter Anderson - August, 2018
'Only a few miles east of Penrith this will become our stopover of choice on the way to west Scotland from Bucks. An imaginative menu with unusual ingredients is prepared with flair and great attention to detail especially the vegetables and salads. My eggs Benedict at breakfast were excellent. The staff were considerate and the service was good. The new owners have much yet to do to to renovate the buildings, decor and garden - we look forward to seeing their progress the next time we go north. ' - Mrs Frances M Thomas - July, 2018
'We were impressed with new owners Andi and Alison Sambrook. They have an informal friendly approach but maintain a high standard of service. In their words “efficient but not stuffy”. Our room was comfortable and quiet. Public rooms overlook the beautiful garden. The chef creates dishes that are modern with a difference. ' - Andy and Sylvia Aitken - May, 2018

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Tourist attractions

  • Appleby Golf Course

    An 18-hole course, with views over the North Pennines.

  • Ullswater

    The second biggest lake in the Lake District, with steamers stopping at villages along its shore.

  • The Lake District

    The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.