- Style Historic fine dining
- Setting Verdant Lune Valley
A cluster of ivy-clad stone buildings set in three acres of greenery, Lancashire restaurant with rooms Hipping Hall is a lovingly restored 15th-century hamlet. In contrast to the soothing neutrals and airy tranquility of the bedrooms, the reception room, bar and lounge are strikingly opulent, with just a dash of kitsch. The elegant bathrooms have all been designed in a different natural stone, with deep double-ended baths.
Need to know
- Rooms Nine: six in the main house; three in a cottage across the courtyard.
- Rates Double rooms from $189.25 (£116), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Handmade beds, Vi‑Spring mattresses, flatscreen TVs, CD players, underfloor heating in bathrooms, and
toiletries by the Bath House in Sedbergh.
- Check–out 11am, but pretty flexible; earliest check‑in, 3pm.
Children Welcome, though there is no special menu in the restaurant. There is a foldaway bed, and Room 6 has a sofa bed, with an extra charge only if your child is having dinner.
- Also Guests with a small and well-behaved dog can be accommodated in the duplex cottage room. There’s usually a two‑night minimum stay on Saturdays, but check for late availability.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Light and spacious Room 2 has exposed beams, a limestone bathroom and views of the garden. High‑ceilinged Room 4 is also airy and big, overlooking the front garden. Room 6 is the largest in the main house, with a separate snug sofa area, and its natural‑stone, garden‑view bathroom has a big whirlpool bath. In the cottage, split‑level Room 7 has a spiral staircase leading up to the bedroom and bathroom.
- Packing tips Walking boots and big appetite.
Food and drink at Hipping Hall
- Hotel restaurant Under high‑vaulted eaves in a 15th‑century banqueting hall with a minstrels’ gallery, you can feast on New Zealander Brent Hulena’s modern take on traditional rustic classics. Seasonal veg are plucked straight from Hipping Hall’s walled garden.
- Dress code Loosen your collar as much as you like.
- Top table In front of the fire in winter, or on the balcony in summer.
- Last orders 1.45pm for lunch, 9.30pm for dinner. Drinks are served as late as you like.
- Room service Drinks only, from 7.45am until 11.30pm.
- Hotel bar Residents can relax at all hours in the oak‑panelled bar, by the fire or looking out over the landscaped gardens.