Posted 18th Jan 2016
A stay at the cosy Hipping Hall hotel promises not only comfort and luxury, but a dining experience quite unlike any other
Nestled between the Lake District and rugged Yorkshire Dales, discover a cluster of ivy clad stone buildings set in three acres of beautiful rural scenery – home to the enchanting Hipping Hall hotel.
Taking its name from the Hipping Stones that crossed Broken Beck – the little stream the runs past the hotel's wash house – Hipping was once the location of a blacksmiths until the early 17th Century, when gentry Edward Tatham married the daughter of a local lawyer from Dent and built the grand hall.
Today Hipping boasts 10 individual bedrooms to stay in, all carefully preserving the original character of the building, from the exposed ancient oak beams in the Tatham Suite, to the beautiful sash windows in Room Two. All rooms have handmade beds, well equipped bathrooms with complementary luxury toiletries and offer glorious views across the grounds. Once settled in be sure to head downstairs to the cosy communal lounge for a drink by the fireplace, or into the light and airy conservatory for a cup of tea and a flick through the newspaper.
For many the star attraction of this humble hotel is its food, cooked by Chef Oli Martin and his team, served in the hotel's stunning three AA Rosette Award-winning restaurant. Dining at Hipping Hall is an experience to be treasured, with a seven course tasting menu or five course table d'hôte menu on offer each evening, whist an a la carte menu is served at lunchtimes over a weekend. The spectacular 15th-century dining room is a feast for the eyes in itself, with its beautiful high ceilings, huge stone fireplace and tapestries creating interest in every corner. The dinner menu changes daily offering seasonal dishes made with local ingredients with food such as hand-dived scallops, black garlic panna cotta and Cartmel Valley rabbit on offer to start, whilst tempting mains might include wild sea bass with shrimp butter, Lakeland beef fillet or smoked and roasted heritage pumpkin. It's well worth saving room for dessert too with a chocolate sphere with truffle, caramel and mandarin sorbet or pomegranate, curd and sorbet with toasted rice and popcorn to tickle your taste buds.
Feeling full why not head out on a walk around the grounds or into nearby Kirkby Lonsdale, a historic market town laced with independent shops, interesting eateries and art galleries to peruse? Or of course guests are welcome to relax in the hotel itself, with plenty of places to kick back and relax with a good book or enjoy a spot of sunshine in the garden on a nice day.
Hipping Hall's idyllic location, luxurious accommodation and award-winning food offer something for everyone, whether you're looking for a comfortable retreat in the countryside or a romantic weekend away, you're sure to find a friendly face and warm welcome waiting at Hipping.
Visit www.hippinghall.com to find out more or to make a booking.
By Natalie Crofts