The hall package


Over hill, over dale

Brownber Hall is a modern country guesthouse run by nature-loving couple Peter and Amanda, who fled London to spend more time walking their beloved Howgill Fells. They haven’t had quite as much free time as they hoped: word has spread about this cosy-cool spot in Cumbria and a spate of industry kudos and awards followed. As well as their delicious home cooking, Peter and Amanda are keen to share their passion for the local area with you — they’re full of tips for the best hikes, bikes and wild-swimming spots or local pubs for farm-to-fork food. You’ll soon feel like part of the family.

Currently Brownber Hall is only available for exclusive use, on a self-catering basis.

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Need to know


Eight rooms, including one suite.


Check-in is between 4pm and 9pm (or possibly later if arranged in advance); you'll need to check out by 10.30am.


Brownber Hall’s hip design is a family affair: Amanda’s sister designed the interiors, her mother sewed the curtains and the local blacksmith made the bespoke iron bed frames.

Hotel closed

The hotel closes over Christmas and New Year, usually from 24 December to 2 January.

At the hotel

Bike rentals, free WiFi. In rooms: digital tv, tea and coffee, Bramley bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each room has been individually designed, so they all have their own character. We have a bit of a crush on the Superior Double Plus, though, with its romantic four-poster bed, views over the Howgill Fells and heated bathroom floors.

Packing tips

Bring your sturdiest walking boots for tackling the fells. And stash a swimsuit for wild swimming.


Pets are welcome in the public areas and, for a £10 a stay, they can join you in one of two dog-friendly rooms (there's one Superior Twin/Double and one Cosy Ground Floor Double). See more pet-friendly hotels in Cumbria.


Children of all ages are welcome, but the hotel isn’t designed with little Smiths in mind. A pull-out camp bed can be set up in any of the Superior Double rooms for £15 a night and cots are available for £10.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Brownber Hall’s sprawling downstairs rooms are full of cosy nooks for curling up with a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a board game. Don’t be surprised to find a friendly labrador at your feet – Brownber Hall is a friend to the four-legged.

Dress Code

Wear what you want – this place is easy like Sunday morning.

Hotel restaurant

Mealtimes are cosy here at Brownber – Amanda cooks and Peter’s front of house. The interiors in the sprawling dining room are a mix of antiques, eBay finds and William Morris prints; it’s a mismatched jumble that somehow comes together beautifully. The Cumbrian sausages make the Full English rather special, and you’ll have to resist the urge to pocket a jar of Ma Walker’s marvelous marmalade. For the virtuous, there’s home-made muesli or eggs and spinach on sourdough. Dinner is served four nights a week – Thursday to Sunday. The menu is limited to salads, pizzas and puddings but this winning combination always hits the spot after energetic days in the hills. The stone-baked pizzas are made using Brownber’s own sourdough and topped with the finest, seasonal ingredients. We recommend starting with the antipasti board which has Cumbrian salami and locally produced mozzarella.

Hotel bar

When it’s time for something stronger, move through to the honesty bar. It’s a convivial space stocked with local ales, Italian wines, single malts and a selection of boutique gins.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am, and you can dine from 6.30pm to 9pm, Thursday to Sunday.


Photos Brownber Hall location
Brownber Hall
Kirkby Stephen
CA17 4NX
United Kingdom

Brownber Hall is deep in the Cumbrian countryside, surrounded by miles of fields and rolling hills, within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


The nearest airport is Manchester, which has regular services from London, Paris, Rome and Amsterdam. The drive to Brownber Hall takes about an hour and forty minutes.


If you’re coming from London, Glasgow, Manchester, Edinburgh or Birmingham, take the train to Oxenholme Station. From there, it’s a 30 minute drive.


There’s free parking on-site. If you’re driving, be wary that sat navs can go a bit haywire on the lanes surrounding Brownber Hall. Better to use the driving directions supplied by the hotel. The hotel can help to arrange local taxis but don’t expect them instantly — the slower pace is all part of the charm here.

Worth getting out of bed for

The real attraction here is the great outdoors. Once you’ve fuelled up on home-baked sourdough and Ma Walker’s marmalade, it’s time to head out. You can walk all day in the Howgill Fells and not encounter another soul, except for a wild pony or two. Brownber Hall has a handful of hybrid bikes available for half- or full-day rental; Peter and Amanda’s recommended cycling route stops off at Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in England, where local ale flows freely. To see the hills on horseback, the Stone Trail Riding Centre can organise half-day hacks with picnics. Avid anglers can take a day’s trout fishing on the River Eden by buying a ticket from the Kirkby Stephen post office. Also on the River Eden is a secret wild swimming spot at Catagill Scar, downstream from the ruins of Pendragon Castle. We know – how Famous Five is that? This area of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is completely free from light pollution, so expect epic stargazing. Star light, star bright, can we stay just one more night?

Local restaurants

Three Hares Café in nearby Sedbergh is run with love by foodie couple James and Nina. Stop here for rustic, home-made loaves  the rye is a specialty – as well as cooked breakfasts and top-notch sandwiches made with local produce. The Plough Inn in Lupton serves cream teas as well as hearty lunches and dinners using British beef and game. The Black Bull in Sedbergh is a field-to-fork gem which champions the area’s farmers and has a belter of a wine list.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this cool, countryside guest-house in the Howgill Fells and unpacked their walking boots, a full account of their relaxing, rural break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Brownber Hall in Cumbria…

Peter and Amanda Walker were city folk who escaped to Cumbria at every opportunity for hiking, biking and fresh air. One Sunday, faced with the prospect of leaving their weekend idyll to return to their desk jobs, they decided to just stay forever instead. You’ll understand why when you first spy Brownber Hall; deep in the countryside – surrounded by miles of fields and rolling hills – this 1860s manor house feels light years from the rat race. Though it’s a listed building with stately bones, Peter and Amanda were determined to banish any hint of stuffy manor house when they took over. As a result, Brownber Hall feels modern, airy and youthful: like your coolest friend’s country pad. This area of Cumbria is hallowed hiking ground but set pleasingly away from the Lake District day-trippers, so you’ll often have the hills to yourself (Peter and Amanda are keen to pass on their knowledge of local routes, after plying you with breakfasts of Cumbrian sausages, sourdough toast and Ma Walker’s famous marmalade). And when you return from your rambles, you’ll be welcomed with stone-baked Neapolitan pizzas and puds. In the evenings, kick back with a board game beside the open fire and a dram from the honesty bar to warm your cockles.