Hipping Hall

‘A wonderful place,’ write readers this year, of Andrew Wildsmith’s first venture, between Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. More

Contact details

Cowan Bridge
Kirkby Lonsdale
01524 271187

Hotel information


15. 3 in cottage, 5 in converted stables, 1 room suitable for disabled.


all year.


lounge, orangery, bar, restaurant, ‘chef’s kitchen’, wedding/function facilities, free Wi-Fi in bedrooms and most public areas, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, 12-acre grounds, orangery, restaurant and lounge wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in lounge, restaurant.


all ages welcomed.


well-behaved dogs allowed in stable bedrooms (max 2) and orangery.

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B £179–£269, D,B&B £279–£379. Set dinner £60–£80.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A wonderful place,’ write readers this year, of Andrew Wildsmith’s first venture, between Lake District and Yorkshire Dales. Mr Wildsmith planned a career in chemistry, but instead chose alchemy, creating here a luxurious yet relaxed hotel, before working his magic at The Ryebeck, 
Bowness-on-Windermere (see Shortlist), and at 
Forest Side, Grasmere (see main entry). Dating back to the 15th century, Hipping Hall’s dining room was once its Great Hall. It has oak ships’ beams and an open fireplace; a well is embedded in the conservatory floor. Recently redesigned bedrooms, in the main house, cottage and stables, have paint pigments created by local artists, using 
natural mineral colours. A refurbished stables suite was ‘splendid, with a good bed, nice, large 
bathroom and a pleasant sitting room’. An outdoor
seating area had views over ‘fine countryside, with sheep on the nearby hill’. At dinner, chef Oli Martin cooks fortnightly-changing tasting menus for carnivores and vegetarians, capturing ‘the quintessence’ of local ingredients in such ‘outstanding’ dishes as Cumbrian red deer venison loin, hay-baked turnip, yeasted crab apple; smoked Ashcroft’s beetroot, sheep yogurt curd, sunflower seed. ‘Memorable.’ (David Grant, AD)

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Hipping Hall
Cowan Bridge
Kirkby Lonsdale

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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Tourist attractions

  • Kirkby Lonsdale

    A picturesque market town.

  • Ruskin's View

    The view behind St Mary's church inspired both Ruskin and J.M.W. Turner

  • The Lake District

    The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.

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