If you lean toward staying in homes rather than hotels, and warm to ‘boho chic but professional’, then head for Askham Hall. It stands in a magnificent corner of the Lake District, between Ullswater and the Eden Valley. The mighty yet approachable manor house, Grade I listed, was the family home of Charlie Lowther and his parents, the Earl and Countess of Lonsdale. Having made a success of the George and Dragon at nearby Clifton (see page 000), Charlie has now given Askham Hall a new lease of life. Its wonderful, romantic and edible gardens are open to the public, plus an atmospheric Kitchen Garden Café, barn and medieval hall for private parties. Its 18 bedrooms are best described as country-house style, without rules, and there’s a pool and small spa. In Allium Restaurant, set in the rustic, yet lavishly comfortable Garden Room, chef Richard Swale’s from-the-land cooking is little short of marvellous.
Doubles from £150
+44 (0)1931 712350; askhamhall.co.uk
Nearby Lowther Castle and Gardens, with its strong family connections to Askham hall.
In the hotel restaurant where head chef Richard Swale creates menus using ingredients grown and reared at Askham Hall and on the 800-year-old family estate.
Ceramics from local potter Stuart Broadhurst.
CLAIM TO FAME
When Askham Hall was a private home, the Duke of Edinburgh was a regular guest. He competed in horse carriage driving at the nearby Lowther Show.
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