Cumbria, United Kingdom

Brownber House

Price per night from$430.23

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (GBP313.65), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Fanciful farmhouse

Setting

Deep in the Dales

Sleeps

8

Brownber House, a secluded four-bedroom residence on the Brownber Hall estate, was built in 1860 as the farm manager’s cottage. And, it maintains its beguiling Victorian charms as a less grand – yet more intimate – hideaway for groups or families, with its original fireplaces, picture windows and in-period furnishings. From all around you can see the undulating landscape of the grassy Howgill Fells, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – all set for scenic hikes. However, in wuthering weather you’ll be overjoyed for the house’s home comforts: hampers of home-made cakes, jams and sourdough for breakfast (picnic hampers and private meals can be arranged too); a lounge all set for movie nights; and warming log-burners.

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Sleeping arrangements

  • With its shaker-style kitchen, antique furnishings and low-key colour scheme, decor in Brownber House tends more towards the traditional, with a few idiosyncratic touches in the form of cheeky artwork, and industrial storage and lighting.
  • The large living room has furry rugs, antique lamps, squidgy leather sofas and elegant wingbacks to make it an especially cosy space, warmed by a log-burner. The large flatscreen is set up for Netflix and Amazon Prime binges.
  • The light-flooded dining room has a wooden table that seats up to 10 guests. It’s warmed by a log-burning stove and interconnects with the kitchen.
  • Master bathroom with graphic tiles and a reconstituted-stone bath tub from Claybrook set underneath a picture window overlooking the Fells.
  • There's also a shared wet room with a shower and a boot-washing room with a Belfast sink.
  • The British Standard shaker-style kitchen has a large American-style fridge with an ice-maker, Belfast sink with Perrin & Rowe taps and Silestone worktops. There’s a sizeable oven, flagstone flooring and all the kit you need to cook for your group. And there’s a cushioned window seat.
  • The house can sleep up to eight in four beautifully appointed bedrooms, plus there are two baby cots. Decor is more traditional than in the hall, with blacksmith-hammered beds, vintage farmhouse furnishings and floral prints with a few playful touches.
  • Bedroom one sleeps two guests and can fit one baby cot. There’s an original fireplace, super-king-size bed and a window seat, ideal for gazing out over the Fells.
  • Bedroom two is ideal for a couple with a super-king-size bed (which can be twinned on request) and a cosy window seat overlooking the Fells.
  • Bedroom three sleeps two guests in a super-king-size bed (twins on request) and can fit a baby cot. It overlooks the fields and has a window seat to rest on, and it has a bathroom with a shower.
  • Bedroom four sleeps two in a super-king-size bed (which can be twinned on request) and has a cushioned window seat overlooking the garden. This room also has a bathroom with a shower.

Key kit

  • Bikes available to hire (£20 a bike, each stay)
  • WiFi throughout the house
  • Marshall Bluetooth speakers
  • Flatscreen TV with Netflix and Amazon Prime
  • Bramley bath products
  • Phone reception can be limited in the house
  • Highchairs to borrow on request
  • Central heating
  • Two wood-burners

Poolside

  • The house has a beautiful kitchen with the requisite kit if you wish to cook. However, the hotel owners Amanda (who trained at Leiths School of Food & Wine) and Peter (an accomplished baker), can prep breakfast and picnic hampers, packed lunches and heat-and-eat dinners when you book 24 hours in advance, or arrange private dinners.
  • We wholeheartedly recommend the breakfast hampers, especially if you have a lengthy hike planned. These behemoths contain fresh-baked sourdough with cultured butter and house jams (including an award-winning marmalade, granola and creamy yoghurt, fruit compote, farm-fresh eggs, juicy Westmorland sausages and black pudding from the local butcher. The Sunday brunch hamper comes with waffle batter and loan of a waffle iron, too.
  • Packed lunches come with granola bars, gourmet rolls, crisps and fresh fruit.
  • Picnic hampers have filled rolls, honey-roasted ham and a selection of cheeses, pasta salad, quiche, tiffin, fruit and drinks (add prosecco or champagne for an extra fee).
  • Find your fridge and larder stocked with home-made meals and top-quality produce on arrival. Meals include tagines, fresh pastas and chilli, while the produce list has fresh fruit and veg; locally farmed meats; Cumbrian sausages; homemade cakes jams and breads; Brown Bag crisps; and Bottle Proof cocktails.
  • The private-dining menu varies by season and produce, but expect sourdough pizzas laden with toppings, longhorn beef bourguignon, roasted aubergine lasagna and portobello mushroom Wellington, with soup, salad or terrine to start. Plus calorific puds to finish: elderflower panna cotta, apple and blackberry crumble, chocolate fondant…
  • Brownber’s bottle shop will arrange for cases of beers (the locally brewed Loweswater Gold ale and Coniston Bluebird beer) and biodynamic natural wines to be sent to the house for your arrival. You’ll need to order at least 24 hours in advance, so think ahead to how tipsy you’ll be.

Grounds

  • There’s a charming garden to the rear of the property with green space to play in and an outdoor seating area.
  • Fire pit and barbecue.
  • The house has two parking spaces, and there are two additional spaces by Brownber Hall, a 50-metre walk from the house.

Location

  • Set away from the Yorkshire Dales best-known beauty spots, Brownber House enjoys the peace and quiet in its remote rural location, tucked away on Brownber Hall’s estate.
  • 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.
  • If you’re driving, be wary that sat navs can go a bit haywire on the lanes surrounding Brownber House. 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.
  • The location may be remote, but there are wonderful walks and wild swims to fill your days with. Try the hike to Smardale Gill Viaduct through the Smardale nature reserve, or the walk up to Green Bell opposite the hall. Or take the Coast-to-Coast path for some leg-tuckering.
  • If you can’t take another step, hop on the Settle to Carlisle railway line to see more of the Dales, the Pennines and some picturesque bridges.
  • To grab a pint with the locals, hop on one of the Hall’s bikes to borrow and pedal into the pretty nearby village of Ravenstonedale. Or ride out through the Dales for a swift one at the 17th-century Kings Arms Hotel.

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