Howtown Hotel

Location Ullswater

Postcode CA10 2ND

Telephone 017684 86514

££

Why we love it...

Delightful Lake District time warp

The Place

Howtown Hotel is the Real Thing. It is a house that has been in the same family for over a century. And little seems to have changed – except the bathrooms, which are modern and efficient. They are mostly not en-suite , but all are private and individual, usually just across a passage. Downstairs, Toby jugs, brass warming pans, the heads of foxes hunted in the 1930s, and oil paintings make the hall seem like a pre-war antique shop. Doors are wood-grained in the old-fashioned way (no Farrow and Ball paint here).

The cosy little bar with stained glass in the windows might be the snug where the Swallows & Amazons’ uncle, Captain Flint, met his friends. The Smoking Room opposite has succumbed to modern diktat. Other public rooms are grander, lighter, more like drawing-rooms. The bedrooms are equally comfortable and impressive. Presiding are the Baldrys, ably supported by a very capable management and uber-friendly Eastern Europeans. Nothing is too much trouble. The place is as clean as a museum. The scenery around is staggering. And they sound a gong before meals.

Mrs Baldry says she doesn’t like publicity, and needs it still less. On the other hand, we feel that not a few of our readers will be just the right sort of guest for this unique place to stay.

The Essentials

Price Band ££
Rooms 11; 7 double, 4 twin, no TV, Wifi, or coffee in the rooms
Food breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea
Facilities 2 sitting rooms, dining room, gardens, surrounding mountains for walking
Children welcome
Disabled access to dining room is possible; not to rooms
Pets accepted in rooms for extra fee

To Book

Contact David W O Baldry
Call 017684 86514
Email
Website www.howtown-hotel.co.uk/howtown-hotel/

Good To Know

Address Ullswater, Nr Penrith CA10 2ND
Payment

The Location

Find this place: near Pooley Bridge: go over the bridge and through the village. Turn right at the mini roundabout, and at the next crossroads turn right again. Follow the road for approx. 3 miles. Situated passed the Steamer Pier, over a stone bridge, on the left.

What's nearby: Ullswater, Lake District National Park, Ullswater Steamer Pier, mountain walks