Marie and I were heading to Carlisle, and needed to be no more than 45 minutes away from our overnight stop. Decided to give the Temple Sowerby House Hotel a go.
This is the sort of place where you forget what is going on in the world, and just relax! We had a lovely front room overlooking the village, that was very quiet at night. An additional highlight was the room's spa bath - or so I am told, because Marie hogged it and I didn't get a go!
Apart from general relaxation, the highlight of this place is the food. One or two reviews have suggested meagre portions - absolutely not the case as after 3 courses of fine food we were absolutely stuffed. Without getting into deep discussion about the variety of flavours on our plates, we had an absolutely delicious meal - my venison was devine, and cooked beautifully. We selected a nice bottle of Argentinian Guarda (I think 2012) from an interesting wine list, and that proved a sound choice. Full marks to the hotel also for keeping some good bottles of local real ale - not all hotels of this type do.
In the morning we enjoyed an excellent breakfast, followed by a leisurely walk around the impressive walled garden. We were late in Carlisle, but so relaxed after our stay that it really didn't seem to matter!
Thanks to Paul and Julie, and to our excellent Dinner waitress.
The TSHH is not cheap, but you wouldn't expect it to be. We thought it was good value and a great place to stay. Many thanks, we'll be back in a few months.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Temple Sowerby House is set in the lovely village of the same name in the heart of Cumbria's Eden Valley - a true hidden gem to be discovered!Wonderful landscapes, castles, the River Eden itself make exploring a rewarding experience. Ullswater, England's most beautiful lake is just a 15 minute drive away and Temple Sowerby is a good base for touring the Northern Lake District.Cosy rooms, a lovely walled garden and delightful food from Head Chef Daniel combine to make the TSH Experience a pure pleasure!Call us direct for best rates. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Temple Sowerby Hotel