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.
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.
You can laze here for hours and admire the views across the Eden Valley and the nearby Lakeland fells.
You can fish for brown trout in the tributary to the River Petteril which is located in the neighbouring field, shoot clay pigeons nearby or just take a pre-prandial stroll. In the evening, take a walk to the Boot and Shoe pub in Greystoke and cap another great day in the Eden Valley.
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.
At Birkmere Hall 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 you 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 Lynn Hilditch Catering and Ribble Valley Hog Roasts. They’ll even wash up afterwards.
Alternatively, arrange for Lynn Hilditch’s 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 speciality meats and veg bought right to your door. Try delicious Staffield Hall meat pies followed by Rowley’s Raspberries picked fresh from the field.
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?