Howtown Hotel

Ullswater, Cumbria

Guests were ’intrigued by the old-style hospitality’ of this Ullswater institution, a creeper-covered lakeside farmhouse that maintains the traditions of a bygone age. More

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Guests were ‘intrigued by the old-style hospitality’ of this Ullswater institution, a creeper-covered lakeside farmhouse that maintains the traditions of a bygone age. Owned by the Baldry family for over 120 years, it has no bedroom TVs (or door locks), limited Wi-Fi and a gong for dinner. ‘Numerous’ lounges are comfortable with fires, chintzy sofas, warming pans and country antiques. The style is very much that of Mrs Baldry, who balances traditional standards with a ‘personal touch’. Red-carpeted landings lined with pictures lead to large, comfortable bedrooms. Expect blankets, not duvets, and Imperial Leather in the bathroom; no shampoo but plenty of hot water for a soak after a day’s walking. There are hikes from the door and lakeside strolls. At the dinner gong, guests gather in the red-velvet and stained-glass bar before a four-course meal of dishes such as fillet of plaice with tomato and herb topping, and venison with red cabbage. The duck egg-blue dining room is a treat of silver cutlery and polished-wood tables. Next morning, tea is brought to your room. ‘A glorious setting; we loved it.’ (Tom and Sybille Raphael)

Hotel details

Address

Ullswater
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 2ND
England

Telephone

01768 486514

Bedrooms

15. 2 in annexe, plus 4 self-catering cottages.

Open

end Mar–beginning Nov.

Facilities

3 lounges, TV room, 2 bars, dining room, tea room, Wi-Fi (bedrooms, 1 lounge, cottages and tea room), 2-acre grounds, 200 yds from lake (private foreshore, fishing), restaurant wheelchair accessible, toilet not adapted.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, call for prices.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms (£7 per night), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

D,B&B doubles from £260, B&B prices on request. Dinner £41.

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Comments about Howtown Hotel

Although it is delightfully old-fashioned in most respects, Mrs Baldry's philosophy is to maintain traditional high standards of hospitality with a personal touch, assisted by her son David. The hotel is beautifully kept with comfortable rooms, friendly and well-trained staff and excellent food. There is sometimes a feeble mobile signal, no WiFi in the main hotel but it is available in the adjacent tea-room for those who must stay connected! A perfect base for a hiking weekend, with great fell walks right from the door and a snug base to return to. - Martin Bailey - July 2019
Wonderfully old-fashioned. No TV in rooms, no door keys. The food is excellent but never fancy; - Stephanie Thompson - April 2018

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide