review as part of our press invite
A couple of weeks ago, during the Easter school holidays we headed up to Cumbria to stay at Brownber Hall. Invited to stay, we spent 2 days feeling utterly chilled and treated well in stunning surroundings.
Brownber Hall is a jewel of hotel, owned by Peter and Amanda, who moved to the area from London three years ago. Fully transforming the once run down property to the now beautiful hotel.
We arrived early, before the other guests had checked in for the night. To be greeted with a warm welcome and the log burner roaring in the main entrance. Instantly it felt relaxing, like you had just arrived at your friends or family for the weekend.
Settling in, we sat in the lounge, with large windows and views over the fields to the hills beyond. Peter kindly bought us pots of tea and we feasted on Amanda’s delicious homemade banana loaf.
The boys instantly found their groove, and loved sitting there watching You tube, and eating cake. Peter kindly showed me around the hotel rooms, before the other guests arrived so I could see the hotel.
Brownber Hall has eight beautifully designed rooms, all at the front of the house and facing The Howgill Fells. I adored the vintage / modern mix vibe of all the rooms. Lovely large comfortable beds, mixed up with upcycled pieces and interesting modern art work on the walls.
The boys shared the room above, and we were down the hall in the large master suite, complete with ‘therapy chair’ as Rufus called it. A lovely navy blue velvet chaise which was placed so you could lounge and watch the clouds drift over the hills.
That evening we headed out to the nearby Black Swan pub for some delicious pub food. Only a short 10 minute drive from Brownber Hall. Well worth going if you are after good pub grub in lovely surroundings.
The next morning we woke and wandered downstairs for breakfast. Cooked breakfast was ordered from the menu, a choice of scrambled eggs & spinach on sourdough, full English or full vegetarian or waffles with bacon and fruit compote. As well as granola and cereal, fruit juices and lots of sourdough toast and homemade marmalade.
We all came to the conclusion that hotel breakfasts are one of the best things about staying in a hotel. Totally yum.
That day we headed out to explore the area. Our first stop was a wander around the pretty town of Sedburgh, which had it’s weekly farmers market. Laden with homemade cakes, we then drove on to Kendal and then the lakes – driving through the most incredible scenery.
Back at Brownber Hall we settled into our favourite sofa’s with the view of lambs in the field outside. More tea and cake was served, and we happily chilled there for a few hours.
Before dinner, Dan fixed us a drink from the honesty bar, and we headed into the dining room for homemade sourdough pizzas. Oh my! The best pizzas ever tasted. Well worth eating at the hotel.
Sadly we only stayed for two nights, but left feeling wonderfully relaxed. Thank you to Peter and Amanda for being such great hosts.
We’d highly recommend Brownber Hall if you are looking for a base to explore that part of the world. With the fells and the lakes on your doorstep.
Bookings: Brownber Hall
Rooms are on a B&B basis, starting at £100 per night
Collaboration Note: This hotel review was in no way paid for or sponsored. We received two rooms on a B&B basis plus dinner for one night, for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and images are my own. This post contains affiliate links, of which I may receive a small amount of commission.