Grade I listed Askham Hall is expanding, with the addition of new bedrooms and the refurbishment of a medieval banquet hall which has never been seen by the public before.
Nestled on the north-eastern edge of the Lake District National Park, this historic 13th century hall already has 12 bedrooms available, following its main unveiling as a restaurant with rooms in 2013. Now another wing has been opened up for the first time to guests, with three new bedrooms in an area of the house not used since the 1960s.
The new rooms – called Sycamore (superior), Rowan (superior) and Apple (standard) – have been individually styled to suit the unique heritage of the building. Two of the rooms also have an interconnecting door, enabling the property to offer a family suite for the first time.
At the same time, Askham Hall’s medieval banquet hall has been given a total make-over. Dating back to the 1500s, this atmospheric space still has many original features intact, including a large medieval fireplace and traditional low hanging beams. With a newly installed bar, it can be used flexibly, accommodating up to 100 people for a drinks reception or approximately 60 people seated.
As part of the work, new facilities including minibars and Nespresso machines have been added to the Pele Tower room in the oldest part of the building, which dates back to the 13th century.
Askham Hall has been listed in the Good Hotel Guide 2016 and recently won Cumbria Tourism’s ‘taste’ award for its outstanding menus, sourced mainly off the Lowther family estate.