Hipping Hall

‘Well-appointed’ bedrooms, a ‘gem’ of a restaurant and ‘exceptionally helpful’ staff combine at this ‘very comfortable’ countryside hotel. More

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Hipping Hall
Cowan Bridge
01524 271187

Hotel information


15. 3 in cottages, 5 in converted stables.


all year.


lounge, orangery, restaurant, ‘chef’s kitchen’, wedding/function facilities, free Wi-Fi in lounge only, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 4-acre garden, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in lounge, restaurant.


not under 12.


allowed in 2 bedrooms and orangery.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2016] per room B&B £169–£419, D,B&B £100 added per couple. À la carte meal £55.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Well-appointed’ bedrooms, a ‘gem’ of a restaurant and ‘exceptionally helpful’ staff combine at this ‘very comfortable’ countryside hotel. The 18th-century house has been ‘sympathetically’ refurbished by owner/manager Andrew Wildsmith; an ‘unstuffy atmosphere’ reigns, say trusted Guide contributors in 2016. ‘Comfortable’ bedrooms are furnished in a modern country style; a spacious attic suite, up narrow steps, has beams and a low window seat. The old stables were converted into five suites this year. In the 15th-century banqueting hall, savour Oliver Martin’s ‘vibrant’ modern dishes, perhaps wild sea bass, shrimp butter, salt-baked celeriac. ‘We enjoyed great flavours. While the limited dinner menu doesn’t change daily, you can choose, à la carte style, from the tasting menu. The only negative? We felt the music didn’t create the right ambience.’ In the morning, a ‘generous’ breakfast is fuel for walks from the door (‘no need to drive’). ‘Ideally located’ for the Yorkshire Dales and the southern Lake District. Andrew Wildsmith also owns Forest Side, Grasmere (see entry). (John Patterson, D and KW)

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Hipping Hall
Cowan Bridge

Guest comments

'A very comfortable hotel with modern, well-appointed bedrooms (an excellent bathroom) and an unstuffy atmosphere in the public areas. The staff were exceptionally helpful. Country walks can be made direct from the hotel without the need to drive. The restaurant is a gem. The chef displayed considerable cooking flair. The limited dinner menu does not change daily, but if you are there for more than one night you can choose, a la carte style, from the optional tasting menu. Only negative, the background music: all power ballads or early American rock; this did not create the right ambience. ' - John Patterson - January, 2016
'Once again a very enjoyable weekend. The bedrooms are furnished in modern country style. Beds and bathrooms are impressively comfortable. The gardens with trees and shrubberies are very colourful at this time of year. The staff are young and happy to serve the guests. In the kitchen, Oliver Martin has a personal, vibrant cooking style. ' - David & Kate Wooff - March, 2015

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