’The perfect place to escape with friends and family for scenic walks, outdoor adventures and picturesque views,’ say owners Amanda and Peter Jaques-Walker of these two neighbouring properties, close to the Howgill Fells, within the Yorkshire Dales and not a million miles from the Lake District. 

Brownber Hall is the bigger of the two, a Victorian mansion which Amanda and Peter originally opened as a hotel after they arrived here in 2016. 

The hotel quickly made its mark, with few other places in Cumbria enjoying as much good coverage in the national newspapers between 2016 and 2020. It was also Hotel of the Year at the i newspaper’s inaugural Staycation Awards 2019. 

‘Hackney meets the Howgills’ or ‘Homely meets hipster’ was the general consensus among travel writers who visited, impressed by the mix of vintage, reclaimed, handmade and re-upholstered furniture sitting alongside a number of contemporary pieces. There are plenty of books, and an abundance of prints and photographs on the walls. 

Brownber Hall has eight bedrooms - sleeping from eight to 15 people - plus two large sitting rooms with log fires, a dining room (table seats 16), a renovated kitchen, a south facing terrace and a garden.  

Brownber House, meanwhile, sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms. Renovation here was done by architect and interior designer Georgina Rose who’s also worked with the well known hospitality group Soho House.  

There’s a connecting kitchen and dining room, a sitting room with wood-burner and a private garden with barbecue, firepit and outdoor seating.  

Welcome hampers with freshly baked sourdough, marmalade, homemade cakes and biscuits await new guests to both homes. Amanda and Peter are also happy to stock their fridges with local produce or do breakfasts, packed lunches and dinners.  

Packed lunches, of course, might be essential because this is great hiking country with no better introduction than what’s on the doorstep: a two mile (3.2km) walk along a disused railway track, through the Smardale Gill national nature reserve to the rather magnificent Smardale Gill viaduct. 

Brownber (Hall and House), Newbiggin-on-Lune, Kirkby Stephen CA17 4NX: 015396 23208, www.brownberhall.co.uk 

Amanda and Peter also own Bullghyll, a 17th century farmhouse at Wharton, about 10 minutes away from Brownber. The property sleeps up to seven people. In a private field nearby is a stylish shepherd’s hut which sleeps two. 

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