Howtown Hotel

For almost 120 years, the Baldry family have welcomed guests to their ancient farmhouse overlooking Lake Ullswater. More

Contact details

CA10 2ND
017684 86514

Hotel information


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


end of March–mid-Nov.


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.

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all ages welcomed.


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

Credit cards

Mastercard, Visa.


per person B&B £73, D,B&B £108.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

For almost 120 years, the Baldry family have welcomed guests to their ancient farmhouse overlooking Lake Ullswater. ‘Wonderfully old-fashioned’ or ‘lost in time’, it’s a Marmite sort of hotel (the kind of place where you might indeed expect Marmite along with the butter balls and heather honey, the tomato juice, the Rich Tea biscuits). ‘As soon as one steps through the door there is a cosy, comfortable feel.’ Small sitting rooms have ‘a good fire, china, paintings, fringed lamps’. Bedrooms have no lock or key, ‘no TV, no mobile signal or Wi-Fi’, just lovely views and quiet. Beds are conventionally dressed, bathrooms supplied with bars of Imperial Leather. Grandfather clocks say ‘Time for tea.’ A gong summons guests for an ‘excellent but never fancy’ four-course dinner, perhaps liver and bacon; trifle and ice cream – perfect for hungry fell walkers. ‘Chef Colin Akrigg joined from [the legendary] Sharrow Bay, where he worked in its glory years,’ says a local devotee. Beds are turned down, electric blankets switched on. ‘Everything is done just so,’ an inspector relates. ‘Tables are beautifully laid. It’s so retro it’s almost trendy.’ (Stephanie Thompson, and others)

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Howtown Hotel
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Guest comments

'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
'Unashamedly sticks to old-fashioned values. All the better for it and it is thoroughly cosseting. The setting is special. Everything was spotless, well decorated. It has a cosy, comfortable feel. The staff are well trained. Dinner was standard English fare, nicely cooked. ' - NH - May, 2015

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide