Brownber Hall & House – Brownber, Cumbria
Nestled in the Yorkshire Dales and overlooking the Howgill Fells, Grade II-listed Brownber Hall was opened as an eight-bedroom guest house by Amanda and Peter Jaques-Walker in 2017. It was hugely successful, winning awards and charming visitors with its cosy, comfortable bedrooms, eclectic decor (cherry-picked vintage furniture, William Morris wallpaper, stained glass windows), and hands-on friendly service. Now the forward-thinking couple have changed direction, and have turned the place into an enticing self-catered private rental that sleeps up to 15. They also launched four-bedroom farmhouse Brownber House next door, too. Guests at both can expect a contactless check-in and a virtual concierge service; fridges pre-stocked with local supplies; freshly prepared picnics and home-cooked meals delivered to the doorstep, taking the hassle out of cooking after a day out hiking the fells. The properties have spacious gardens, BBQs and firepits, and come with a welcome hamper with local sourdough and cakes. Bike rentals and experiences such as horse riding and fishing can be organised, too.
From £1,200 for four nights mid-week in Brownber House and £1,520 in Brownber Hall
+ 44 (0)1539 623208; brownberhall.co.uk