Howtown Hotel

Penrith, Cumbria
+44 (0)17684 86514
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A 16th-century farmhouse on peaceful Ullswater encircled by Lakeland fells, with old-world interiors that sweep you back to a colourful past


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Welcome to Howtown, a world lost in time on a lane that goes nowhere on the quiet side of Ullswater. The position here is heavenly – water, mountain, field and sky – one of the best in the Lakes. The house sits in its own hamlet, dates to 1640, and has been welcoming guests for 117 years, a licensed farmhouse that has passed though five generations of the same family, who still run sheep and cattle on 400 acres of Lakeland fell. Inside, the past lives on: a panelled bar, William Morris wallpaper, smouldering coal fires, wall clocks and lots of brass. Homely bedrooms upstairs have simple pleasures: good beds, sheets and blankets, toile throws, fabulous views. Most are en suite, three have bathrooms one step across the landing. Dinner is old-school – you’re summoned by a gong – then served at oak tables with a beautiful dresser at one end of the dining room. The food is a joy, perhaps Stilton soufflé, loin of venison, steamed marmalade pudding; there’s a walkers’ café and a locals’ bar, too. David has an amphibious car for the odd lake cruise. Walks start from the front door. Matchless.


  • EV charger
  • 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
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • 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

Booking restrictions
Please phone to book - +44 (0)1768 486514 (no bookings taken by email).
10th November to mid March.
Lunch from £4.50. Packed lunches £8.50. Dinner included in room price (non-residents £35). Sunday lunch £20.


Nightly price
from £112
Price includes dinner for two.
3 Twin/doubles
From £112
1 Single
From £112
2 Cottages for 5
From £80
2 Cottages for 7
From £80
8 Doubles
From £112



A wonderful combination of beautiful surroundings, the charm of a largely bygone era, cosiness, fine dining and the epitome of hospitality … offering an environment in which fellow guests, unknown to one another beforehand, will soon engage in conversation and share a table as if known to one another for years. If you thought this was a romantic notion from the past, think again … then plan a visit. You will not be disappointed!


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