Askham Hall, Askham Hall,, Penrith, CA10 2PF – Visit Now
In a picturesque nook of Cumbria’s Eden Valley, Askham Hall is all about sumptuous comfort.
Before its life as a boutique hotel, Askham Hall was the home of the seventh Earl of Lonsdale. Stepping into the hotel today, you can still feel much of that Lowther family grandeur. Askham Hall’s recent past as a family home feeds into its character – although it’s no less rich because of it.
This 14th century pele tower has been updated to the height of luxury. The rooms are all elegantly designed, with each retaining something of its original character, and stylistic nods towards its former use.
The outside of the hotel is just as stunning as its interior. Askham Hall boasts Grade II listed gardens, with lawns, woodland and meadows to explore. As well as the wildlife that can sometimes be spotted in the grounds, there’s also an animal trail where you can pay a visit to farmyard animals, including shorthorn cattle, pigs, goats, ducks and chickens.
Step out of the front gates, and you’ll find yourself in the pretty, traditional village Askham, in the Lake District National Park – making it the perfect base for strolls along the river, exploring the nearby Lowther Castle, or discovering the northern lakes.
Askham Hall itself has an outdoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzi – although, due to the Cumbrian weather, these are only open during the summer months – as well as a Swedish sauna for relaxing after a long day exploring the area.
If you want to make an evening of it, you can book a table at Askham Hall’s Michelin Star / 3 AA Rosettes restaurant. The menu is seasonal: fine dining based on what is grown and foraged locally, giving diners a true taste of the Eden Valley.
And the best part? When you’re full of delicious food and wine, you won’t have far to walk to your room.