Temple Sowerby House

In a Knights Templar village in the Eden valley, Julie and Paul Evans’s personable small hotel ‘goes from strength to strength’, reports a Guide reader in 2017. More

Contact details

Temple Sowerby House
Temple Sowerby
Cumbria
CA10 1RZ
England
017683 61578

Hotel information

Bedrooms

12. 2 on ground floor, 4 in coach house (20 yds).

Open

all year except Christmas.

Facilities

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

Background music

‘carefully chosen’ music in restaurant in the evening.

Children

not under 12.

Dogs

allowed in Coach House rooms (not unattended), not in public rooms or gardens.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B single £110–£120, double £150–£170, D,B&B single £150–£165, double £220–£250. Set dinner £35–£45. 1-night bookings occasionally refused.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a Knights Templar village in the Eden valley, Julie and Paul Evans’s personable small hotel ‘goes from strength to strength’, reports a Guide reader in 2017. ‘The owners are warm and enthusiastic, and every member of staff is genuinely interested, friendly and helpful.’ Traditionally styled bedrooms in the Georgian mansion and converted coach house ‘may not all be large, but they’re comfortable, and guests who prefer good, old-fashioned sheets and blankets have only to ask’. ‘Our very nice room was big, with a dressing area and a roomy bathroom with a spa bath and separate shower. It was quiet, despite facing the road.’ There’s ‘plenty of room’ in the bar and lounges for ‘tempting canapés’. In the conservatory restaurant (‘overlooking the garden and its engaging ducks’), new chef Jack Bradley’s seasonal modern menus are ‘a real treat’. Among the ‘interesting, excellent’ dishes: pork loin and cheek, rye salt-baked carrot, foraged salsa verde, freekeh. ‘One gets to the end of the meal feeling thoroughly satisfied and at peace with the world.’ The countryside calls: walkers, bring your boots; anglers, your rods. (Simon Tonking, Peter Anderson, A and EW)

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Temple Sowerby House
Temple Sowerby
Cumbria
CA10 1RZ

Guest comments

'Our 4th visit. We had a big room with dressing area and a roomy bathroom with spa bath and separate shower. Very nice. Although facing the road, the room was quiet. The food, generally, was good. The emphasis is on presentation, the dishes are a work of art, but it is over the top. Overall, though, it is a very nice place to stay ' - Peter Anderson - June, 2016
'Our room was excellent, ,with a glorious view. The bar and lounges gave plenty of space for drinks and coffee. Facing the long garden with a great variety of birds, the restaurant operated a seasonal menu. Quality was consistently high. ' - Alan & Edwina Williams - June, 2016
'Paul and Julie Evans continue to look after their guests with enthusiasm and professionalism. From arrival to departure this delightful hotel exudes warmth, both literally with open fires and cosy bedrooms in winter and a lovely garden in summer, and atmospherically, the owners and staff being unfailingly thoughtful and friendly. The long-standing head chef, Ashley Whittaker, never runs out of creative ideas: every course at dinner is a delight to behold and to eat. And this accompanied by a good, honest wine list which does not break the bank. ' - Simon and Mithra Tonking - November, 2012

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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.