Askham Hall

Location Askham

Postcode CA10 2PF

Telephone 01931 712 350


Why we love it...

Nothing like it anywhere else in the Lake District – now with 1 Michelin Star

The Place

This could be one of the most exciting developments in Lake District accommodation for a long time. The young owner, Charles Lowther (half brother of the present Earl of Lonsdale) and family have created a ‘hometel’ – a home from home hotel out of Askham Hall, on the eastern edge of the Lake District.

Unless you heed the detailed directions they’ll give you on booking, you’ll be unsure whether you’ve come to the right place. After driving through Lowther Park, and reaching the pretty village of Askham, the hall’s gates are a little way down the hill from the houses. Here follow the sign and enter what appears to be a large private manor house: you might find a framed message on the hall table saying ring for attention.

Charles has given serious thought to making this place super-relaxed, more like staying in a private house than a hotel. It’s somewhere between the upscale chambres d’hote of the French chateau and a conventional small hotel. Its one-off location in a family home give it an added twist of originality. As you settle down in the drawing room, a member of the small staff will glide in to offer tea and drinks, or show you to your room. Otherwise, unless in the dining room, you’re hardly aware that the place is serviced.

The eclectic, occasionally quirky country house style decoration and furniture is all different. Bathrooms have top-quality new showers, baths and fittings. Downstairs, there’s no bar – instead, an honesty bar in a charming book-lined sitting room off the drawing room. A professional kitchen, which has recently been awarded a Michelin Star, produces flavourful food from a small menu which is served in the informal dining room-breakfast room – the only new bit of the house, parts of which date from the 12thC.

See also Charles Lowther’s other places to stay nearby – The George and Dragon near Penrith and the recently-added The Queen’s Head, just a two minute walk from Askham Hall.

The Essentials

Price Band £££
Rooms 20; all ensuite
Food Breakfast, dinner
Facilities Michelin Star restaurant, private gardens, heated outdoor swimming pool, spa, cafe, converted barn for weddings
Children Welcome
Accessibility Reception and dining areas are wheelchair accessible, but no lift to upstairs bedrooms
Pets Dogs allowed in reception and bedrooms but not in the restaurant

To Book

Contact Charles Lowther
Call 01931 712 350

Good To Know

Address Askham, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 2PF

The Location

Find this place: 10 minutes' drive from Penrith and the M6; ample car parking

What's nearby: Askham village, River Lowther, Penrith, Ullswater 20 mins by car, walks from the door and fishing

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