Askham Hall

Askham, Cumbria

An old manor house on the beautiful Lowther estate - local walking, home-reared meat and cool bedrooms are all exceptional


15 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Askham is a dream, one of the loveliest houses in the Lakes. It’s a Grade I-listed manor house with a 12th-century peel tower, but grand as it is, Charlie grew up here and it retrains the feel of home, making it a delightfully informal base. Expect contemporary art and open fires, a beautiful drawing room with an honesty bar, a small spa with an outdoor pool, then a café for lunch and gardens that open to the public. The hall sits in 40 acres of prime Cumbrian grazing land with paths that follow a river into glorious parkland. It’s all part of the Lowther estate, where Charlie rears his own meat for Richard Swale’s kitchen. As for the food, it’s out of this world, ambrosial stuff that makes you want to move in permanently. You might find Askham pork cheek and barbecued hock, rough fell lamb with wild garlic risotto, Yorkshire rhubarb tart with brown butter ice cream; a kitchen garden and two polytunnels provide much for the table. Chic bedrooms have a cool country-house style (Prince Philip loved his). Some are vast, one has a tented bathroom, others have views to Knipe Scar. One of the best.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
Sundays and Mondays. January and early February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Lunch from £9. Dinner, 3 courses, £50. 5-course tasting menu £65.


Nightly price
from £150
Extra bed/sofabed £35 p.p.p.n.
11 Twin/doubles
From £150
4 Suites for 2
From £250


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Marie-Louisa Raeburn

  • Askham Hall is situated in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside, in the Eden Valley on the edge of the Lake District. The surrounding mountains, rivers, lakes, wildlife and history make this an idyllic spot to visit.
  • The area is the perfect base for walking, running, cycling and other outdoor activities and sports. Routes take you across fields, through woodland, along rivers and up fells.
  • Askham Hall was the home of the Lowther family for over 200 years, after they moved from nearby Lowther castle in the 1930s.
  • Askham Hall is built up around a 12th-century Pele Tower, a defensive structure that defined the early architecture of the borderlands.
  • The Lowther family has five miles of private salmon and trout fishing along the idyllic River Eden. The family also has a beautiful stretch on the River Lowther, famous for its dry fly upstream brown trout, which guests are able to use with a permit.
  • There are two beautiful churches nearby. St. Michaels's church, Lowther with its strong family connections is visible from the gardens at Askham Hall.