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Hotel Highlights

  • Fine dining using organic local produce; 15th-century banqueting hall
  • Big, airy rooms with great garden views
  • Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Eden Valley on your doorstep

Overview

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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Here's what you get for booking Hipping Hall with us:

A Bath House toiletries gift box

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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 $208.17 (£133), excluding tax at 20 per cent.

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 & Drink

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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.


Hotel 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.

Smith Insider

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.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

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.ingletonwaterfalls.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.

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Verdant Lune Valley

Hipping Hall

Cowan Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lake District, lancashire LA6 2JJ, 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.

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 …
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Hipping Hall

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

Reviews of Hipping Hall from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

GoldSmith

Stayed on

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: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

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: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

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: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Very warm welcome and most helpful.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We got lost trying to find the hotel – there's a sign for it on the main road, but we missed it; however, we rang the hotel and the very friendly woman who answered the phone got us back on track in no time. We arrived, and looked out on a very pretty garden. Our room (8) was large, on the ground floor and facing the driveway. Hipping Hall has an incredibly talented, creative chef, who offered stunning breakfast and dinner menus both days we were there. We drank their house white – very drinkable and a good value. The service in the restaurant could not be faulted: every waiter knew what to do and when, and did it all with a smile.

Don’t expect

I thought our bathroom strangely proportioned – it contained a toilet and sink and was open (no doors or curtain), and was the size of a small bedroom and thus felt cavernous. We struggled with the hot and cold water and there seemed to be mildew on the grouting. Also, our room (8) was closest to the road and we were well aware of traffic at night.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the truly fabulous food and an extraordinary wine list of interesting and unusual wines. Most importantly, the staff is very, very good – friendly and always there but never obtrusive.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I enjoyed sitting outside in one of several quiet areas with a cup of tea or a glass of fizz. Dinner and breakfast in the restaurant were both excellent; we particularly enjoyed the wine pairings on both nights. The wine list is big on organic and bio-dynamic wines, so much more interesting than so many other restaurants, and Gabor has a real enthusiasm for them without being at all intimidating! The service is friendly and professional throughout.

Don’t expect

The space outside the cottage (where our room was) gets used as a car park by visiting tradesmen, so it can be noisy relatively early in the day.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. It's very charming and the gardens are quite lovely. The stand out here is really the restaurant and the food. We had an excellent meal here – every piece of it was delicious and beautifully presented. We really enjoyed it.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the food, location, friendly service and general ambience.

Don’t expect

The WiFi could be better.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the good facilities, good service and good food.

Don’t expect

Nothing could be better.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This was a wonderful stay from beginning to end. Friendly and welcoming staff, wonderful rooms and a superb dining experience. The tasting menu and appropriate wine selections should not be missed, it was all perfectly exquisite.

Don’t expect

It could only be better if it were closer to home so we could visit more often!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Wonderful stay! Very friendly reception and great service all around. The room was beautiful and comfortable with a great garden view in the main house. Wonderful breakfast the next morning at the on-site restaurant was included. Great place to stay for the Lake District.

Don’t expect

Marking the little path to the pasture; they're missing out on giving people some amazing views and a little walk of the countryside.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The warm welcome and the feeling of peace and comfort offered a sense of being 'at home' and made our stay a very relaxing experience. Meals were excellent and well presented. Nothing was too much trouble. Staff members were all very helpful.

Don’t expect

The dining room – although beautiful – felt a bit heavy and the music was rather repetitive. People were having to talk in hushed tones in order to enjoy a private conversation. It could be made to feel more welcoming, perhaps, with different levels of softer lighting. Also, seating could be arranged better to allow a perspective into the middle of the room, particularly for couples.

Rating: 9/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Hipping Hall is perfectly located for everything you might wish to do in the area. We spent two glorious days walking in the hills around Sedburgh (about 20 minutes' drive from the hotel) and were lucky with the weather. You are close to Kirky Lonsdale – a pretty little town – and also for the drive over to the southern parts of the Lake District. Staff at the hotel are very friendly and the service in the restaurant is superb. The food is delicious and beautifully presented, although we didn't attempt the tasting menu. Rooms are spacious and very comfortable. Very starry nights!

Rating: 9/10 stars