Cumbria, United Kingdom

Hipping Hall

Rates from (inc tax)$184.96

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP169.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Historic fine dining

Setting

Verdant Lune Valley

Set over three beautiful green acres, a small cluster of handsome. ivy-draped stone buildings makes up Hipping Hall hotel, or, more aptly put, a restaurant with rooms. And the restaurant, in a 15th-century dining hall with high-vaulted ceilings with oak beams from old ships, is spectacular. The bright, airy rooms decorated in neutral tones and luxurious bathrooms will relax and refresh weary guests, and the reception area and bar are impressively opulent and lively.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine: six in the main house; three in a cottage across the courtyard.

Check–Out

11am, but pretty flexible; earliest check‑in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $184.96 (£141), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP169.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

At the hotel

Handmade beds, Vi‑Spring mattresses, flatscreen TVs, CD players, underfloor heating in bathrooms, and toiletries by the Bath House in Sedbergh.

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.

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.

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.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Under high‑vaulted eaves in a 15th‑century banqueting hall with a minstrels’ gallery, you can feast on Lancashire-native chef Oli Martin's modern take on traditional rustic classics. Black garlic panna cotta with leek and alliums; smoked heritage pumpkin with a parmesan beignet; and decadent desserts are some of the showstoppers you can expect. Seasonal veg are plucked straight from Hipping Hall’s walled garden.

 

At the bar

Residents can relax at all hours in the oak‑panelled bar, by the fire or looking out over the landscaped gardens.

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.

Location

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Address
Hipping Hall
Cowan Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
LA6 2JJ
Lake District
United Kingdom

Planes

Airports within roughly two hours by car of the hotel include Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley.

Trains

The station in Bentham is a 15-minute drive from the hotel. Trains go from here to London King's Cross via Leeds or Lancaster. Carnforth station is 20 minutes away by car.

Automobiles

Exit the M6 at Junction 34 in favour of the A683. You'll then need to locate the A65.

Worth getting out of bed for

The thing to do in this beautiful area is walk: take in the views, visit the Ingleton waterfalls and caves (www.ingletonwaterfallstrail.co.uk) and drop by Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage en route (www.wordsworth.org.uk). Get high on the astonishing views from the basket of a hot-air balloon as it floats above the Lune Valley with Virgin Balloon Flights (www.virginballoonflights.co.uk).

Local restaurants

If you ever tire of Hipping Hall's own mediaeval banqueting room, The Samling (+44 (0)1539 431922) is a 40‑minute drive away, just outside Ambleside. It has a spectacular setting with views over Wordsworth’s beloved hills, and a fantastic menu. A little closer to the hotel is the art-filled Avanti Bar & Restaurant in Kirkby Lonsdale (+44 (0)1524 273500), which offers the full Cumbrian experience thanks to comforting meat and fish dishes, and homely touches without the slightest hint of twee.

Local cafés

With freshly baked bread and home-made fruit scones hot from the oven, The Cariad coffee house and tearoom in Kirkby Lonsdale (+44 (0)1524 273271) will set you up for an afternoon of sightseeing.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Lisa Allardice, Literary-world reporter

This review of Hipping Hall in Cumbria is taken from our latest guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith: Hotel Collection – UK/Ireland Volume 2.

This isn’t something I’m proud to admit, but I am completely incapable of being grown?up about bad weather on holiday. A rainy day or an overcast sky, and my mood quickly turns blacker than the darkest thunderstorm. I have cried in Capri, thrown tantrums in Tuscany and wept in Wales. So the prospect of an early April weekend in Lancashire didn’t look promising. For the sake of the long?suffering Mr Smith, Hipping Hall was going to have to be good.

Our carriage pulled out of the train station beneath a sky the colour of over-washed undies, and eventually emerged to a bright and freshly laundered Lancaster. Driving the final 30 minutes to Hipping Hall, our spirits lifted with the clouds as they melted away. A cluster of ivy?clad stone buildings set in three acres of greenery, Hipping Hall is a lovingly restored 17th-century house in a 15th?century hamlet. Nestled in the romantic?sounding Lune Valley, this hotel and restaurant is a mere stone’s throw away from the majesty of Wordsworth’s lakes and the wilderness of the Brontës’ moors, positioned as it is between the Eden Valley, the Lake District and the Yorkshire dales.

Pulling up outside the entrance, we were greeted by the 29?year?old proprietor, Andrew Wildsmith (his real name, not a pseudonym borrowed from a dashing Brontë hero), who swapped a PhD in organic chemistry at Cambridge for the challenge of causing a few reactions with a hotel experiment back home.

We found our room to be both simple and luxurious: no frills or florals to make Mr Smith nervous; and much to please the fussier Mrs Smith – in particular, the magnificent centrepiece of a white?canopied bed. Light pours in through windows overlooking the front garden, with its whispering fountain and well-groomed lawn, and the minimally elegant bathroom is styled in limestone (all Hipping Hall’s bathrooms feature a different natural stone), with a deep, double?ended bath.

In contrast to the soothing neutrals and airy tranquillity of the hotel’s nine bedrooms, the reception room, bar and lounge are strikingly opulent, with just a dash of kitsch – the inspiration of homegrown interior designer James Mackie, whose creative credentials include playing keyboards for Madness and the Selector. The style is country house (flock wallpaper, gilt mirrors, oil paintings) meets Soho House (sofas in clashing colours and patterns, leather armchairs in pillar?box red). This is a rural retreat in which a city girl can feel right at home.

There was just time for a stroll before dinner. Within moments of setting foot outside we were deep in the dales: gentle lanes, a picture?book church, hosts of daffodils and wagging lambs’ tails. And mud. Oh dear – those immaculate white carpets… It just goes to show, you can’t pack too many pairs of shoes for a weekend in the country.

Hipping Hall defines itself as a restaurant with rooms, and the well?informed come from all around just for supper. Lancashire?born Jason ‘Bruno’ Birkbeck is a former Young Chef of the Year, and trained at the hotel’s Lake District boutique neighbour the Samling. From the exotic canapés (chorizo cigarettes, frog’s legs) to the petits fours (a whole chocolate box), his menu is an orgy for foodies.

Dining under the high?vaulted eaves of the 15th?century banqueting hall – the oak beams are from old ships – was an experience in itself: if it doesn’t get your weekend off to a romantic start, nothing will. Although the menu is as extravagant as the surroundings, much of the fresh produce comes from a nearby farm. Pot roast of pig’s head, poussin, tarte tatin... all by firelight.

And still, the highlight of my evening was yet to come, even with Mr Smith already fast asleep. What a bed – fit for a king and queen, with an extra?soft second mattress and cloudy pillows: one firm, one fluffy. I slept like the fabled princess would have if it hadn’t been for that pesky pea. Sunday, the weather was filthy. But let it rain! After a late breakfast, it was straight back to my super?snug bed with the newspapers.

Later, with a little persuasion from Mr Smith, and two huge Hipping Hall golfing brollies, we braved the elements to visit the waterfalls of Ingleton – another fairy?tale place name. It was gratifying to follow up our feasting with an invigorating yomp outdoors, but we were soon drying off in front of the fire, with a pot of tea and home?made cherry cake. As a drippy (in every sense) Andie MacDowell once said to Hugh Grant, ‘Is it still raining? I hadn’t noticed.’ By the end of our stay, I couldn’t have given a damn what the weather was doing; I now know how to combine contentment with a wet weekend.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hipping Hall’s Guestbook below.

We loved

EVERYTHING! Amazing tasting menu, gorgeous room (Tatham Suite) But the staff make it as they are just so lovely. Didn't leave the hotel, we loved it so much!

Don’t expect

Wild local nightlife!

Rating

Stayed on 13 Aug 2016

We loved

The staff, the setting and the food. The staff were really lovely and accommodating and made us feel so welcome. The setting was beautiful, so relaxing, it's the type of hotel that you don't want to leave. And finally the food was of a very high standard, including breakfast. Nice pub/bar up the road called the Highwayman, perfect for lunch and there's a walk you can do.

Don’t expect

To be able to walk into town.

Rating

Stayed on 11 May 2016

We loved

The cosy lounges and gardens

Don’t expect

A lively night! Although now with the new rooms being opened you could have a group of friends visit together

Rating

Stayed on 11 May 2016

We loved

Food and service, oh and the soft comfy bed. All spot on! Recommend the great northern beer in Kirkby Lonsdale

Don’t expect

Great wifi or partying

Rating

Stayed on 1 May 2016

We loved

High quality service, attentive staff, immaculate rooms, great walking routes nearby, breakfast choices, cosy lounge with open fire and great red wine!

Don’t expect

To walk to a pub. The beauty of Hipping Hall is that it's in a peaceful spot away from anything else.

Rating

Stayed on 15 Apr 2016

We loved

The food, the welcome and service, our room, the bar. Kirby Lonsdale is lovely, the Ingleton Falls trail was great, the Churchmouse cafe in Barbon had excellent scones and bluegrass music. 10/10

Don’t expect

Wifi throughout or much of a mobile signal, or spa treatments. 

Rating

Stayed on 11 Mar 2016

We loved

The hotel were so attentive and even gave us a free upgrade on room and dinner! Extremely clean rooms and perfect setting. The hotel is set in its own grounds, perfect for a quiet getaway! 10/10

 

Don’t expect

A lively local area. 

Rating

Stayed on 8 Mar 2016

We loved

a evening dinner fit for michelin stars. Cosy rooms and wonderfully situated for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District

Don’t expect

lunch...there's no lunch menu but with an evening dinner like that you probably won't want one

Rating

Stayed on 28 Oct 2015

We loved

The staff were amazing- very welcoming and friendly and helpful. The dinner and breakfast were really high quality. The house itself is very beautiful and restful. Our room was quirky - on two levels with an amazing bathroom.

Don’t expect

The grounds are not extensive- what there are is lovely but not big enough to exercise a dog. The road is very close so can be noisy if you want your bedroom window open at night.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Sep 2015

We loved

The lovely suite. Plenty of space for the children.

Don’t expect

A children's menu - they will cook a variety of things for the children. Nutella for breakfast.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Aug 2015

We loved

Staff (especially the restaurant manager) were super attentive, food was inventive, delicious dessert and stonebass dish) and a lovely breakfast. Room was quiet and a decent size.

Don’t expect

Be careful when arriving by SatNav as we were initially directed to a farm of a similar name a couple of miles away!

Rating

Stayed on 4 Aug 2015

We loved

The room was fantastic and the food was out of this world, you will not be disappointed. The service was attentive but not at all overpowering. The bed was comfortable and the shower was great, easy to use and to control the temperature. We have already recommended to friends who have booked to stay a week after our visit.

Don’t expect

A mobile phone reception, this was a massive plus point for us but if you can't bear to be without your smart phone prepare to be hopping around to get signal.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Aug 2015

We loved

The meticulous bio organic range of food including the wines. We also loved the attic room with the spacious bath

Don’t expect

Total solitude. It is near the main road so we do hear occasional traffic noise

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jul 2015

We loved

Food and wine.

Don’t expect

No walk in shower; road noise.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Feb 2015

We loved

Food was amazing. Had 7-course tasting menu and it's one of the best meals I've ever had. Tatham Suite was gorgeous.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Nov 2014

We loved

The staff were absolutely lovely. When we arrived, we were greeted by the owner (he seems hands-on with looking after the hotel as we saw him with other guest throughout our stay) and we were given coffee and some amazing home-made cake!

Don’t expect

Our room (no 1) was slightly noisy although possibly difficult to avoid given that the hall is an old property.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Oct 2014

We loved

Peaceful hotel. Really great food. Tasting menu was incredible. Service was fantastic. Staff really friendly and professional.

Don’t expect

Minor point really but Wi-Fi not really an option – couldn't connect to router in cellar.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Oct 2014

We loved

Very warm welcome and most helpful.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Oct 2014