Howtown Hotel

Ullswater, Cumbria

It’s traditional with a capital T at the ‘delightfully old-fashioned’ Howtown, with dinner gong, no in-room TVs, and extremely limited Wi-Fi. More

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It’s traditional with a capital T at the ‘delightfully old-fashioned’ Howtown, with dinner gong, no in-room TVs, and extremely limited Wi-Fi. Owned by the Baldry family for more than 120 years, this creeper-covered former farmhouse, in an enviable position on Ullswater, has a welcoming clutter of warming pans, Toby jugs and chintz. It is full of quirky charm, offering ‘traditional high standards with a very personal touch’. Mrs Baldry’s, no less. Large, comfortable bedrooms with no lock come with blankets, not duvets. In the bathroom is Imperial Leather soap; ‘bring your own shampoo’. At the dinner gong, it’s down to the cosy red-velvet and stained-glass bar before a four-course meal of ‘excellent but never fancy’ classic dishes such as Stilton soufflé and chateaubriand in red-wine sauce. 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 perfect base for a weekend, with walks from the door and a snug base to return to.’ (Martin Bailey, and others)

Hotel details

Address

Ullswater
Penrith
Cumbria
CA10 2ND
England

Telephone

01768 486514

Bedrooms

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

Open

27 Mar–1 Nov.

Facilities

3 lounges, TV room, 
2 bars, dining room, tea room, Wi-Fi in cottages and tea room only, 2-acre grounds, 200 yds from lake (private foreshore, fishing), walking, sailing, climbing, riding, golf nearby, restaurant wheelchair accessible, toilet not adapted.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in some bedrooms 
(£4 per night charge), not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per person B&B £66–£83, D,B&B £105–£122. Dinner £39.

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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