Graham and Fiona Lappin returned from the Far East and India (where Graham grew up in the Malabar) with exotic decorating ideas for their upmarket B&B in magnificent countryside, perfect for exploring both the Lakes and the Dales. They have converted this former 18th century barn with great care and style, creating rustic, contemporary rooms with beams and stone or white painted walls, where Ganesh lampshade meets Roberts radio. There’s an honesty bar in the cosy sitting room, with comfortable sofas clustered round a wood-burner. Breakfast and an irresistible complimentary afternoon tea (from a remarkable selection: Graham’s father was a tea planter) are served in the oldest part of the barn. The six bedrooms are light and well-equipped, with walk-in showers and huge boat baths. You make your own hot drinks at the ‘Tea Station’ outside. If you don’t feel like dining at one of the excellent local pubs or restaurants, there are several supper options available at The Malabar. Ideal for private parties.
The spectacular and unspoilt Howgill Fells that tower above Sedbergh for fine views of both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District then climb to the top of Cautley Spout, England’s highest waterfall.
A perfectly lovely afternoon tea, served beneath the backdrop of those beautiful fells, once you have settled in; a light supper of local charcuterie and soup is on offer from Monday to Thursday, and a delicious 3-course dinner on Fridays; Wild boar bacon and venison sausages or Bombay-inspired Malabar eggs with Indian lassi at breakfast. They’ll even wake you up with a tray of Bed Tea first thing.
Stock up on loose leaf Malabar teas, beautiful woollen weaves from Laura’s Loom and gorgeous Bath House products, all made in Sedbergh.