Just outside up-and-coming Kirkby Stephen on the fringe of the Eden Valley, the hidden-gem secret of the east Lakes.
Contemporary but unfussy with the nice touches of sherry, biscuits and a teddy bear in each of the 14 rooms awaiting your arrival. I stayed in one of the quieter Estate rooms in an annexe to the main-house Castle rooms.
The music room is full of DVDs and toys, the leather-sofa drawing room with its adjoining honesty bar the place for post bedtime-story jazz compilations, good books and large whiskies.
Eating and drinking
Meals are served en famille in a grand dining room with a set-price fixed menu. No dinner available the night I stayed but the owners advised on the best local options.
With expansive grounds and fresh Lakeland air, who needs a spa?
The atmosphere is friendly and family run with an easy-going, informal air.
Who stays there
Families attending the Little Cooks cookery school, international visitors exploring the Lakes, first-time parents who earned a rest.
Use the booking tool above to find details of good-value packages. Two-course dinner from £20; children aged 13+ charged as adults.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Travellers with pets
- Great views / scenery
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Home-comfort touches
- An oasis-of-calm honesty bar
- Great base for exploring
- Sharing communal breakfast