Even before we visited, we knew that Brownber Hall would be special, and it is. A welcome new address overlooking the lovely Howgill Fells, perfectly placed for both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, it’s a modern take on the quintessential English country home, complete with delightful hosts. Human rights barrister Amanda Walker and artist Peter Jaques dreamed of escaping the city and when they discovered this charming early Victorian house in the secret Lune Valley, they knew they had struck gold. Now immaculately restored, with many original features, including stained glass windows and William Morris wallpaper, it offers eight cosy and chic bedrooms, a stylish and homely sitting room and a laid-back restaurant serving homemade sourdough pizzas and Italian specialities, cooked by Peter. The house is full of lovely things, there’s an honesty bar and a freshly baked cake each teatime, a warm welcome and above all a sense of wellbeing that only good living in the countryside can bring.
Doubles from £90
+ 44 (0)1539 623208; brownberhall.co.uk
The Smardale Gill Old Viaduct. A charming one-hour stroll through the Smardale Gill Nature Reserve will take you to this impressive 900 foot high viaduct, set within a secluded valley.
Brownber sourdough toast with homemade marmalade. The sourdough takes three days to make, and it’s delicious.
Chocolate truffles from the Kennedys chocolate factory in Orton, or cheese from the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.
CLAIM TO FAME
Brownber was home to Mary Elizabeth Gaunt, the last woman in Britain to be burnt at the stake for high treason, in 1685.
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