Hipping Hall

In green grounds at the foot of Gragareth, this ‘friendly, unstuffy’ hotel makes a cushy base for travellers exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the southern Lakes. More

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Hipping Hall
Cowan Bridge
01524 271187

Hotel information


15. 3 in cottage, 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 5 bedrooms and orangery.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B from £169, D,B&B from £269. À la carte £55.

Good Hotel Guide Review

In green grounds at the foot of Gragareth, this ‘friendly, unstuffy’ hotel makes a cushy base for travellers exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the southern Lakes. It is owned by Andrew Wildsmith; the staff are ‘attentive and good humoured’. Parts of the 18th-century house date back to medieval times (an old well is embedded in the orangery’s flagstone floor), but a contemporary country house atmosphere reigns. ‘Comfortable, well-appointed’ bedrooms (some newly refurbished) are in the main house, the converted stables and a cottage across the courtyard. In the 15th-century great hall, Oli Martin’s seasonal menus of ‘artfully arranged’ modern dishes are ‘cooked with flair’. (Rather too much flair, say some guests, who would have preferred heartier portions of humbler food.) Among his ‘great flavours’: artichoke, seaweed, curd; bream, oyster, kohlrabi. ‘Pity the limited menu doesn’t change more regularly, however.’ Breakfast, guests agree, is ‘very good’. Wildsmith Hotels’ Forest Side, Grasmere, and The Ryebeck, Bowness-on-Windermere (see main and Shortlist entries), share the same easy air. (JP, and others)

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Gourmet Getaway Break Special Offer

Inventive head chef Oli Martin is a passionate devotee of local produce, with a gift for creating revelatory flavours from high-quality seasonal ingredients. He shares that passion and showcases his skills in the restaurant. Care to join him for dinner? Savour the Gourmet Getaway break. Please see this link which takes you to the booking page: Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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Hipping Hall
Cowan Bridge

Guest comments

'Memorable. Our recently refurbished stable suite was splendid. Good bed, nice, large bathroom, pleasant sitting room; space outside to sit in the summer, with chairs and a table. The outlook was fine countryside, with sheep on the nearby hill. The suite was a short step to the main building with its splendid medieval hall for dinner. This was excellent. Yes, helpings were smallish, but there were many of them, even in the table d'hote. The chef's ability to offer the quintessence of the ingredients he was using outstanding. ' - David Grant - October, 2017
'A very comfortable hotel with modern, well-appointed bedrooms (excellent bathroom), and an unstuffy atmosphere in the public areas. The staff were exceptionally helpful. The restaurant is a gem. The chef displayed considerable 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. Country walks direct from the hotel without the need to drive. ' - John Patterson - January, 2016

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