Summerhow House

Kendal, Cumbria
Bed & Breakfast
+44 (0)1539 720763

A fine old country house with lovely gardens, hearty local breakfasts and big log fires. A peaceful spot for the Lakes and Dales


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

You’re encouraged to feel very much at home here – John and Janey are friendly souls. Tuck into homemade scones in front of a cosy log fire in the drawing room or the sunny conservatory overlooking the crisp topiary. Breakfast is served in the oak panelled dining room: sausages and bacon from Sizergh Castle (John’s family home), homemade yogurt with berries and honey, good local artisan bread.

In summer take a glass of wine to the terrace, or wander the three-acre garden – you’ll spot a hare if you’re lucky and many birds, there’s also a rookery here. Walkers will set off for miles (join the Lancaster Canal Walk from the house) and return to a boot room for wet or muddy gear.

You’re just one and a half miles from Kendal for plenty of artisan shops, cinema, arts centre and good restaurants. Return to comfortable bedrooms off a book-lined corridor and marvel at the peace.

Summerhow House - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Bringing your dog and setting off for some grand walking in the Lakes or Dales
  • Exploring Kendal and its independent shops and cafes
  • The peace and quiet and starry night skies
Summerhow House - Gallery

You should know

  • The WiFi is okay for emailing but won't manage streaming films
  • Bedrooms are on the second floor


  • 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

Check in
4pm / flexible
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season.
Christmas & Boxing Day.
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 had a most enjoyable stay at Summerhow. The house is beautiful with lovely art work and our bedroom was spacious and comfortable. John provided a generous and tasty breakfast and was very hospitable throughout our stay.

Alan and Kathleen, Aberdeen

We had a wonderful time here. We were extremely well looked after, dogs were welcomed and we were all very comfortable. We have to recommend John’s very good service and cooking at breakfast! We were lucky with the weather and there is plenty to do nearby. We particularly enjoyed the Ingleton Waterfall Walk.

Joanna, Hook

A lovely, very traditional country house and garden with informal, friendly and easy-going owners who genuinely want you to be happy.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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!


Read more reviews


The neighbourhood

You're surrounded by gardens so the feel is very rural, but there's much to do nearby. Sizergh Castle (15 minutes in the car) has the Barn Shop for award-winning breads, jams, sausages and cheeses, Levens Hall (also 15) has a good cafe. You're also 15 minutes from Windermere for water sports, boat trips and stunning views from the fells surrounding the lake. Visit Wordsworth's house and garden.

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.
  • 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
  • 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.


Janey & John Hornyold-Strickland

Janey and John run a company from the house hiring tableware for weddings. Janey worked as a casting director in the film and TV world for many years and John has always managed properties. They've been doing B&B for many years now and they very much it enjoy it. Do ask them for good local tips about the best places to eat and visit.