George and Dragon

Penrith, Cumbria
+44 (0)1768 865381
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Food grown, foraged and prepared with care and skill is matched by wines and ales. Country bedrooms have roll top baths - heaven in Cumbria


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Charlie Lowther has found a new head chef, award-winning Gareth Webster, who does perfect justice to the slow-grow breeds of beef, pork and lamb produced on the Lowther Estate – and you’ll find lovely wines to match. Ales and cheeses are local, berries and mushrooms are foraged, vegetables are home-grown. Our twice-baked cheese soufflé with a hint of spinach was divine. As for the long low coaching inn, it’s been beautifully restored by craftsmen using wood, slate and stone, and painted in colours in tune with the period. Bare wooden tables, comfy sofas, intimate alcoves and crackling fires make this a delightful place to dine and unwind; old prints and archive images tell stories of the 800-year-old estate’s history. Outside is plenty of seating and a lawned play area beneath fruit trees. Upstairs are 11 bedrooms of varying sizes (some small, some large and some above the bar), perfectly decorated in classic country style. Carpeting is Cumbrian wool, beds are new, ornaments come with Lowther history, showers are walk-in, baths (there are two) are roll top, and breakfast is fresh and delicious.


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

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • 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
26 December.

Doggy welcome pack with a treat, a map of local walks and a doggy bag.

Dogs £10 per stay. Max. 3.

Dogs welcome in the bar dining area and bedrooms (not the main restaurant). Woodland trails and riverside walks nearby; walks up Askham Fell.

Lunch & dinner from £12. Sunday lunch from £12.95.


Nightly price
from £100
Singles £85 - £119. Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per person per night.
11 Twin/doubles
From £100



We had a lovely break at the George and Dragon at Cifton close to Pooley Bridge in the Lakes. Great food, comfortable room and welcoming and obliging staff. I would recommend this hotel for a very relaxing stay close to Ullswater


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from The Lowther Family

  • The George and Dragon is situated in the heart of the Cumbrian countryside, on the edge of the Lake District close to Lake Ullswater. The surrounding mountains, rivers, lakes, wildlife and history make this an idyllic spot to visit.
  • Much of our produce for the menus at the George and Dragon is grown and reared in the gardens and fields at our sister establishment Askham Hall (open to the public). A restaurant, cafe, luxury accommodation and party barn is also available here.
  • In 2019 the owners also acquired the Queen's Head Askham, just a short walk away from Askham Hall. With six spacious bedrooms suitable for families and a restaurant serving healthy hearty food, it is the perfect resting place after an invigorating day out.
  • Visit the Lowther family Estate and Castle and gardens, within an easy walk or short drive from the George and Dragon.
  • The George and Dragon is situated in Clifton village located on the side of the old A6. Once the main highway north – before the M6 was built – this road is now much quieter.
  • There are a number of nearby woodland trails and the famous Rebel oak tree, where the rebel army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated and driven out of England. Clifton marks the site of the last battle to take place on English soil in 1745.


The Lowther Family

The Lowther family own and run a trio of places to eat, drink and sleep in the Eden Valley, on the edge of the Lake District, called the Askham Collection. Charles, a committed custodian of the land, rears slow-grow breeds of beef, pork and lamb on the Lowther Estate that find their way onto the menu in each place. You're looked after by friendly, professional staff wherever you go.