Askham Hall

Off A6, Askham, Cumbria, CA10 2PF, England

Ancient hub of the Lowther Estate, beautiful Askham Hall's spectacular gardens and fairy-tale rooms are now open to guests. Royalty have stayed here, and the grand staircase and 13th-century peel tower give it a castlelike feel. But it's also refreshingly unpretentious, with homey touches to the country-house style: drinks are on the honor system, and the restaurant is a marvelous hodgepodge of Spanish tiles and aged tables. Rooms are spacious and elegant without being fussy, with ancient fireplaces, oak buttresses, and Chinese antique wallpaper. The gardens have a 230-foot-long herbaceous border, secret paths, terraces, and views of the River Lowther. The café has a wood-fired pizza oven lighted in summer months and some very fine cakes. The place is about 10 minutes south of Penrith.

PROS

  • royally stylish
  • beautiful gardens and surrounding countryside
  • excellent restaurant

CONS

  • not in the heart of the Lake District
  • can be busy in high season
  • full payment required 1 month before stay

Location

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Sophisticated
Countryside
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 01931-712350

HOTEL DETAILS

12 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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