Summerhow House

Kendal, Cumbria
Bed & Breakfast

A grand yet laid-back country house with lovely gardens, hearty local breakfasts and big log fires. A peaceful base for the Lakes and Dales


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

In four acres of fine landscaping and fun topiary is a large and inviting home of flamboyant wallpapers and shades of aqua, lemon and rose. Stylish but laid-back, grand but unintimidating, both house and hosts are a treat. Bedrooms have gilt frames and marble fireplaces, Molton Brown goodies and garden views, there are two sitting rooms to retreat to and breakfasts to delight you – fruits from the orchard, eggs from Sizergh Castle (John’s family home). Two miles from Kendal: hop on the train to the Lakes. Walkers, sailors, water-skiers, food-lovers, dog-lovers will be charmed… aspiring actors too (talk to Janey!).


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • 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
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub/restaurant 1.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £80
Singles £50-£69.
1 Twin
From £80
1 Double
From £80



We chose to stay outside the main Lakes tourist area and Summerhow and Kendal proved a good choice. The owners were welcoming, very hospitable and informative. The breakfast choice and quality was excellent. Although the house is old, it and our room were warm, very comfortable and beautifully furnished. Everything that one might need seemed to be provided and with an eye to detail, and we would love to have the opportunity to stay again.

Edward, Taunton

this is a very grand family home, where we received a warm welcome and wonderful hospitality. The bedrooms are large, comfortable and elegant with superb en-suite bathrooms. Breakfasts were superb. The hosts were very patient with an elderly guest. A great place to stay as a base for the Lake District . Would be happy to stay there again and can recommend it.


Truly delightful, charming country chic and elegance made even better by a warm welcome and crackling log fires. Rooms and bathrooms also charming and well stocked with fluffy towels and best toiletries, crisp linens and soft down duvet. Breakfast was delicious, freshest fruit and Greek yogurt followed by local produce well cooked. If you like the country life, you should definitely come and stay at Summerhow!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Janey & John Hornyold-Strickland

  • Summerhow is rural in character, surrounded by fields yet two miles from the busy market town of Kendal. Visit the renowned Abbot Hall Art Gallery, shop in unique shops. There are excellent restaurants, gastro pubs, arts centre /cinemas and coffee shops
  • Visit medieval Sizergh Castle, with its rich gardens and wooded walks. Watch the cows being milked in the award winning farm shop and cafe. Close by is the fascinating Elizabethan mansion Levens Hall, with a wonderful interior and world famous topiary
  • Windermere is the perfect starting point to explore the Lakes. Take a Lakes cruise or hire your own transport- sailing, wakeboarding,water skiing, kayaking, rowing are on offer or even hire your own motor boat! Enjoy a Lakes stroll and watch the sights.
  • We offer walking, mountaineering, cycling tours tailored to your requirements and for all ages! Grizedale Forest has cycling trails and zip treks Brockhole Adventure Centre is a favourite with the young with lake boating, treetop treks and horse riding
  • For all generations, the Lakeland Museum is an exciting trip through the ages of the motor car and is home to the Campbell Bluebird Museum with fascinating displays and film footage. There is a good choice of excellent museums throughout the Lakes