Simply spectacular

Birkmere Hall in The Lakes is one of the most unique homes in England. Dine, sleep and relax in two ruined towers, now luxuriously restored. Walk the hills or recline in front of roaring fires. Soak your cares away in freestanding baths. Cater or be cooked for. Birkmere Hall is simply spectacular.

Gather in a big way

Recharge and rejuvenate at renovated Birkmere Hall in the Lake District. Enjoy the fruits of a multi-million-pound investment. Cater or be catered for. Walk the hills or recline on squishy sofas in front of roaring fires.

This is the place to gather in a big and impressive way. Because lavish doesn’t quite do Birkmere justice. The Garden Bedroom in the North Tower comes with private en-suite wet room set into the curve of the spiral staircase. The West Range Master Bedroom includes a step-up en-suite with freestanding rolltop.

And that’s just the bedrooms. The kitchens are spectacular, but so are the dinner drop-offs or recommended caterers. Try Staffield Hall meat pies; pick your own fruit from the Rowley’s Raspberries field.

Birkmere is the five-star hotel without the hassle, with guests you want to be with, and where you’re free to come and go as you please. Since the restoration, the two embattled peele towers are back in use for the first time in more than 300 years. Relax and recuperate with family and friends at Birkmere and you’ll feel the same about parts of yourself.

Gardens and Grounds

Above a bluff over the River Petteril sit the formal gardens, grounds and fields of Birkmere Hall.

You can laze here for hours and admire the views across the Eden Valley and the nearby Lakeland fells. You can fish for trout in the river, shoot clay pigeons in the grounds or just take a pre-prandial stroll. In the evening, take a walk to the Boot and Shoe and cap another great day in the Eden Valley.

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Living Spaces

Get everyone down to Birkmere Hall and enjoy the luxury of having space to be together or spaces to be apart.

Perfect for a gathering, Birkmere comes with sumptuous interiors that invite milling around with drinks in happy groups just as much as curling up with a good book on squishy sofas by the wood burning stove. Superbly presented communal rooms include the games room, ideal for enjoying an aperitif over a game of snooker.

The solar is a stunning space, taking up the whole first floor of one wing of the castle.

The kitchen is huge and packed to the gunwales with culinary aids. Once you’ve cooked up a storm (or been cooked for), the splendid dining room is the place to enjoy it, with its bucolic views through the French windows.

 

Cooking and Dining

A huge kitchen comes fully loaded, with four-door oven-gas Aga, separate hob and electric oven. There are two American-style side-by-side refrigerators, a microwave, two dishwashers, a washing machine and tumble dryer. If you prefer to dine with the sun on your back, a Weber barbecue awaits your sizzling steaks.

Want to put your feet up? We can recommend fabulous local caterers who can prepare and serve a feast with fresh local ingredients. There’s range of menus to pick from including Purple Sage, Lynn Hilditch Catering, Ribble Valley Hog Roasts and Karen Rhodes Weddings and Events. Of course, they’ll wash up afterwards.

Alternatively, order our drop-off service. Your meals are ready when you are – hearty fare without the hassle.

Sainsbury’s or Tesco will deliver groceries, or you can tuck in to specialty local meats and veg brought right to your door. Try delicious Staffield Hall meat pies followed by Rowley’s Raspberries picked fresh from the field.

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Bedrooms

The bedroom is where the day ends, but with several luxurious options split over the two castellated towers of Birkmere Hall and three luxurious nearby cottages, it’s tough to know where to begin.

Need space to sprawl? The South Tower’s two bedroom suites each occupy an entire floor and come with opulent private bath and shower rooms.

Take the private stairwell up to the master bedroom, then take in the Lakeland views from the Juliette balcony. Linger over the outfit du jour in the private dressing room; luxuriate in the bathroom and choose from cast-iron rolltop bath or walk-in shower. When you hit the sack, it’s an antique oak-carved four-poster.

The luxury continues in Cromwell’s Folly with adjoining private en-suite. Spread across the entire first floor of the South Tower, it comes with four-poster and choice of cast-iron rolltop bath or rainfall shower. Another indulgent Juliette balcony overlooks the formal gardens.

The West Range bedrooms overlook the orchards. Choose the West Range Master Bedroom and enjoy a step-up en-suite with walk-through shower and freestanding cast-iron rolltop. Ideal for kids, the Greystoke Room has twin single beds with private en-suite and shower bathroom. For sheer theatre, the Cumberland Room wins hands down. Luxuriate in the antique, silk-curtained four-poster bed with the dark oak furniture adding to the historic flair.

In the North Tower there are two bedrooms on the Ground Floor. The Garden Bedroom comes with five-foot-thick walls and private en-suite wet room. For moments of quiet reflection or pre-breakfast stroll, you’ve private access to a low-walled garden. Follow the oak-floored passageway to the Adam de Blencowe Bedroom. Spread out in the 6′ king-size bed or split into two singles. However you play it, you’ll love the private en-suite with cast-iron bath and rainwater shower.

Head up to the top of the stone spiral staircase for the North Tower Master Bedroom. A 5′ four-poster, views of the formal gardens and private en-suite with shower and cast-iron bath make the climb worthwhile.

The Lady Jane Grey Room comes with views of the courtyard cobbles and rear gardens. Set this up as two zip-and-link singles or a 6′ king-size. Again, there’s a private en-suite with separate shower and cast-iron bath.

In the Central Range, the Petteril Room with 6′ bed comes with dated signature from one of the limestone plasterers from the 1700s, plus huge inglenook sandstone fireplace uncovered in the renovation. The Norfolk Room offers the option of two 3′ singles or one king-size. The room, tied to the Duke of Norfolk whose estate once owned Birkmere, is laden with history. There’s a family bathroom along the hall.

For luxury laid on thick, best bag the Henry de Blencowe Room. There’s a 5’ antique bed to wallow in plus a private en-suite bathroom. Will it be the soak in the cast-iron rolltop or the refreshing rainfall shower?

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What people say

What people say

"This is great venue for a friends and family weekend. It's a converted castle offering sumptuous accommodation for a large number of guests with mainly en suite facilities and spacious rooms.The self catering side offers huge kitchen with a massive aga, butler's pantry and multiple fridge freezers. No shortage of just about any utensil you can imagine.We were catered for on the Saturday night by the team and the food was fantastic. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending this brilliant venue 5 minutes off the M6 and gateway to the Lakes.We'll be back!!" - George
"Really lived up to expectations. Rented the whole hall for 20 friends for 40th birthday party. It really is huge - it is easy to get lost trying to find your way around the house. Big lounge for partying, great dining room for sit down meals and modern well kitted out kitchen for breakfasting and early evening drinks and snacks." - Ben
"A fantastic location to celebrate our Golden Wedding. Spacious and comfortable. We arrived to a warm, welcoming well equipped property with a generous hamper waiting in the kitchen. Excellent catering option which was much appreciated. Made to feel nothing was too much trouble." - Stella
"I just wanted to say a big thank you for such a wonderful stay... We had an extremely large group of family and friends to celebrate my in-laws 80th Birthdays. From the accommodations, entertainment, day trips and lovely walks there was so much to explore and do. The house is just spectacular and it didn't feel like there was 32 of us at all, so much room to spread out. The children had a great time to exploring the Castle's nooks and crannys (some of the adults did too).Definitely recommend for a large family get away." - Christina
Fantastic - all round, everything was superb. I spent my 40th here and can't think of anywhere that could possibly top it. Everyone was blown away by just how amazing this place is. Without doubt, the best place to spend a long weekend celebrating a special occasion with a large group of your friends. Every one of the bedrooms was exceptionally well presented, the kitchen is spectacular and perfect to cater for large numbers, the living areas are spacious and well equipped. The whole weekend had several mini-parties going off in different areas and people mixing from one to the other. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We couldn't have put my 40th in better hands. Recommended to anyone!" - Nick

Fill your days and lungs

Walk, run or ride – the landscape is waiting for you. Take quad bikes over the hills; take a kayak out on Ullswater or a pony out on Barton Fell. Take a breather in the coffee shops and restaurants of Greystoke, Pooley Bridge, Penrith and other surrounding Lakeland villages. Walk to Aira Force waterfall and on up Gowbarrow Fell. Fill your days with fun and your lungs with good air.

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