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Testimonials for Blencowe Hall

Have an excellent time every year here.


Highly recommend, great facilities and location


We had an incredible family/friends gathering for my 60th celebration.
A real party 🎈 perfect unique property and magnificent venue for 24.
There was high energy and connection with everyone throughout our three day’s celebration in different areas of the house.
The kitchen was definitely the hub of the event with breakfast and pizza making for our last night .😂🤩
Lynn our caterer ( recommended by Blencrowe Hall) for our celebration dinner was fantastic. Chosen menu was perfect and praised by all 🙏.
Everyone would love to return . Says it all.
Thank you Christine and team for having us to stay . 🙏🧚


We had THE most amazing weekend at Blencowe - the house is fantastic and was in perfect order when we arrived.

Our thanks go to Gail and her team who set it all up for us exactly as we had asked. And the ‘welcome pack’ - wow - scrummy - and so generous and such lovely contents.

And thank you too for linking us up with Lynn Hilditch - she is a brilliant chef and she, with her team, made us feel totally spoiled - the food and the presentation and their service was smiling and exemplary - we will be writing separately with a recommendation for Lynn - she is a real professional.

So - we are sending everyone involved a big ’THANK YOU” for making such a lovely and comfortable and unique house available. We loved it.


Spent a wonderful, magical week at Blencowe Hall with family members from both sides of the Atlantic. Wish we could have stayed longer. It is a beautiful property, inside and out, with plenty of space for a large group and much to interest all ages. We were comfortable when gathered together and also had room to separate into smaller groups -- or to be alone and hidden away, if we wanted. The renovations have been so carefully and thoughtfully done that when staying at Blencowe you have the best of both worlds -- charming, historical surroundings with modern conveniences and comfort. The setting is also so peaceful and tranquil. You will never want to leave. I know everybody in my group has memories to treasure of this spectacular place. I heartily recommend!


We are back home and I just wanted to thank you. We had a lovely week catching up with relatives. Blencowe Hall is a beautiful place with so much character. We felt like a week was definitely not long enough to explore all those nooks and crannies, but we certainly tried! We had people of all ages in our group and there was something for everybody. The welcome basket and the special toiletries in all the rooms made it extra special. I wish we could have stayed longer! Thank you again for sharing that fantastic castle with us.


This place is gorgeous. Absolutely stunning castle to spend time in. The grounds and building are beautifully maintained. It's specious, sleeps 24 has an aga. Multiple dishwashers...all your needs are met here. ...oh wait there is a decent size snooker table too. There are plenty of places to walk and stretch your legs. It's a 15 minute walk to town. Love this place.


We have had the most amazing 2 nights at Blencowe Hall. The location is amazing and the property is immaculate, with everything we needed easily found. The complimentary Hamper was a lovely touch and the owners were very responsive on all communication. I would highly recommend staying for any special occasion, and we will definitely go back. Many thanks Rowley Estate Team, Rebecca and Mark


What a wonderful welcome you receive at Blencowe Hall, and that's not just the basket of local goodies. Although super large, it has a cosy feeling, like giving you a hug, its a home for living in not an impersonal holiday home. We were 23 from around the globe and every single person, and dogs had an incredible experience, they will talk about it forever and everyone just didn't want to leave. The bedrooms and bathrooms are splendid, all mod cons but with a real feel for the age of the building. The many reception rooms gave everyone the chance to do their own thing but the kitchen was a favourite place to be plus as the sun did nothing but shine outside eating was a great hit. Wi fi was good for those that needed to keep in touch. At the end of the week we realised we hadn't put the TV on once. We most definitely will return.


This our second visit to Blencowe Hall and we won't hesitate to return. It was the ideal place for a 70th birthday celebration with friends who are keen on walking, mountains and a bit of luxury.

Highly recommended


Cannot recommend it highly enough!!
Just returned from a fabulous 3-night stay at the Amazing Blencowe Hall and Cottages.
All 35 family members from 2 -82 years fell in love with this magical castle. The rooms and grounds are all 5-star. The kitchen was so fully equipped there was nothing we needed!!!
Both cottages were also exceptional. Beautiful White soft bedding and towels with top-class toiletries.


Blencowe Hall is a stunning property! The gathering of friends for our annual reunion could not have been in a better place. It is very well equipped and comfortable with a generous welcome basket of luxury items. We had an amazing time. The communication with Christine was excellent and she was very attentive to any queries we had. We would love to stay in any of the Rowley Estate properties in the future.


Thank you so much for allowing us to spend time at the amazing Blencowe Hall. The Hall and cottages were above and beyond expectations. 5+ luxury and top-notch facilities.
We had the best family party ever. We were so blessed with the weather and managed to fit Clay Pigeon shoot, walks around the beautiful grounds, Ferry rides and party on Saturday night.


Blencowe Hall and surrounding cottages are a fantastic location for a wedding for about 50 people. As it is a self catered accommodation, your wedding can be exactly as you want, without any restrictions on which caterers/florists/hair dressers you use. You can get married in multiple locations, both inside and outside. The byre is perfect for the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment. Blencowe Hall's dining room and solor room are also brilliant for the wedding breakfast and evening entertainment for a smaller number of people. The Rowley Estate staff are lovely, kind and helpful. They respond very quickly to emails and phone calls and give fantastic advice and help. The house and cottages are beautiful accommodation, giving your wedding a lovely holiday feel for you and all your guests.

Sarah and Carl Bridebook Review

We had a great wedding weekend at Blencowe Hall and the three cottages on the grounds. From the start, communication and planning with Joanna and Christine was fantastic, they always responded to emails and gave so much information, it really helped with planning from afar. Our two visits to view the venue beforehand really settled our nerves and again, Joanna helped us along with hints and tips as well as supporting us with our own ideas. On the weekend of the wedding we arrived to a clean and tidy house, with everything we needed for all our friends and family. The kitchen is well stocked with enough things for hundreds of people, let only the 30 of us! We got married in the Solar Room upstairs, with all our guests seated comfortable and with enough space for me to walk down the aisle with my dad. We used an Amp for just which worked great in the room. We also then used the same room for the party after dinner, again, plenty of room for dancing and also chatting. The fire places were well used Sunday for toasted marshmallows and chats with friends. All the bedrooms are really comfy, all our guests said how great they slept and how comfy the mattresses were. All but 2 bedrooms are en suite but still have a private bathroom down the hall. This worked well for us as a group of 3 friends were able to share. We used the South Tower main bedroom, top floor, as our wedding suite. There was plenty of room for me and my bridesmaids in the morning, along with both mums and hair and makeup being done. There is also a separate dressing room were I was able to put my dress on in private. The balcony and windows gave for some stunning views! If we could do it all again, we would pick this venue over and over again! We really can't recommend it enough and are already planning when we can next get family together to book the main house again!

Lauren and James Bridebook Review

We enjoyed a wonderful wedding weekend at Blencowe Hall - it was a perfect venue and the team that helped with the recommendations of suppliers and preparation could not have been more helpful. All the recommended suppliers that we used were fabulous - its certainly worth using the ones on the list supplied! We were lucky enough to be able to get married outside in the gardens, with a brass band present and a wonderful reception & wedding party for 50 people in the Byre. If anyone is looking for a perfect wedding venue - look no further. It couldn't have been better and will not only be memorable to us - but also to all our guests - who all loved it too - many saying it was the best wedding they had ever been to!

Ange and PipBridebook Review

We absolutely loved our stay and wedding at Blencowe Hall! The hall had everything we needed and the grounds were the perfect setting for our wedding ceremony. Christine and Joanna were amazing from booking to the big day, always on hand if we needed anything. Our families loved the weekend in the castle and we’ll never forget our stay there.

Clare and MikeBridebook Review

What a place!! We have just spent a memorable few days here celebrating my 60th birthday with friends and it has been truly amazing. The hall is warm, comfortable and very well equipped with everything you could possibly need. The welcome hamper was large and full of quality local products. There are some stunning bedrooms and many have four posters, large baths and showers en-suite. Rural views from every window - a huge social lounge with 2 fireplaces and squishy sofas you don’t want to leave! Two other smaller snugs and of course the full size snooker table that proved a very enjoyable activity. We had a formal celebration dinner in the dining room with delicious food provided by Lynn Hilditch who we highly recommend as a caterer. Christine and her team were very attentive throughout. We just need another reason to return to this unique venue.


We had an amazing stay. Christine was so lovely and helpful with giving us information on what to do in the area. She also left a wonderful welcome hamper. It was the perfect place to celebrate my mums birthday. Thank you!!!


If you like your mediaeval castle to also be warm and welcoming, with hot powerful showers, as well as stunning period features and award-winning architectural enhancements, then this is the place for you! We hosted our 65th birthday celebrations for friends and family, for ages 6 weeks to 66 years old, and it created superb, unforgettable memories for everyone. We’ve been home for just one day, and are already exploring opportunities for our next adventure!

Fabulous accommodation; wonderfully atmospheric environment and superb pre, during, & aftercare from the excellent Rowley family.


Absolutely gorgeous, definitely has the wow factor, we had a couple of small problems but contacted the staff and they had people out to fix them in no time at all. Would definitely like to go back there again.


Stayed at Blencowe Hall for my sister's hen party. The building and grounds are stunning and everyone was wowed - it's not every day you get to stay in a castle!
The little touches topped off our stay. A delicious and very generous hamper was left which was filled with local, great quality produce and the toiletries in the bathrooms made us feel like we were at a spa!
Christine has been amazing from beginning to end. From when we booked, last year, she has been on hand to answer my endless questions and always responds quickly and in a very friendly way!
All round amazing place and a fantastic stay.


This is the second time that we have stayed at Blencowe Hall and we’re still brimming with enthusiasm for this glorious house. Not only is it stunningly beautiful but huge care has been made to ensure that guests are as comfortable as possible. The kitchen is very well equipped, and the adjoining utility area gives plenty of space for dumping coats, wellies and alcohol supplies. Blencowe is attractively decorated and furnished but nothing feels too “precious” as the beds and chairs are sturdy and comfortable and our party really enjoyed our games around the billiard table. There was room for everyone in the main sitting room and we appreciated the fact that there were a couple of other snugs to tuck away in too. Credit too for the number of loos and bathrooms and the fact that despite its size the house feels warm. It’s an amazing place to stay.


Unsure what words to use to describe Blencowe Hall. Amazing, outstanding, marvellous, astounding, astonishing, mind blowing, the list could go on for a long time. But, in a nutshell, this venue is beyond belief, from arriving at the door and being the first to wander round I was in awe of both the interior and exterior of the property. It truly is a 5*, 10/10 property.
All 12 bedrooms are wonderfully furnished, the kitchen is a wonderful place to both cook and socialise and the rest, well, is equally as amazing.
Communication with the host and her team was speedy and I was kept well informed at all times and nothing was too much trouble.
This property should certainly be the one you choose if you are reading this review, you will not be disappointed.
Thankyou Blencowe team for making the most amazing memories for us all.


We absolutely loved our stay and wedding at Blencowe Hall! The hall had everything we needed and the grounds were the perfect setting for our wedding ceremony. Christine and Joanna were amazing from booking to the big day, always on hand if we needed anything. Our families loved the weekend in the castle and we’ll never forget our stay there.

We also highly recommend Lynn Hilditch Catering if you need a caterer whilst staying at the hall. The food was AMAZING and her team fabulous. Couldn't do enough to make sure the meal was perfect and left the kitchen spotless!


Had the most wonderful vow Renewal weekend here with our friends and family. Christine was a vital and very much valued point of contact in the run up to and during our stay. We cannot wait to return. Every room was superb, beds so comfortable it made it difficult to get out of them in the morning and a kitchen so well stocked with the complimentary gift basket that we needed to bring in little for the weekend.


Blencowe is a magical place. We had our wedding there and it was a wonderfully intimate venue. We hired the cottages too which were all beautiful. Our guests, young and older, found the venue enchanting. Joanna from the Rowley Estates team was very helpful with supplier contacts and support. Highly recommended for any special event!


Blencowe Hall is a luxurious and unique property. It is set in a wonderful location and certainly has the wow factor. The toiletries provided and the bed linen was high end and reflected the sumptuous property. Christine, the owner, answers any query almost instantly, and the cost is so reasonable when you consider you are renting a castle that has been modernised so creatively. Not surprising it has won so many awards. If you are looking for a place of this size to rent, in this area, then look no more - nothing could beat this. Don’t let me start in the beautifully kept garden, the views and the generous welcome pack of high end locally sourced produce!


A rare and special place. Wonderful 5 star accommodation - a combination of historic grandeur and modern facilities. The perfect venue for a special birthday house party (especially if you book Lynn Hilditch for catering!). Highly recommended.


Ian and I would like to thank you, Joanna and all the team for ensuring our wedding celebration was a wonderful, memorable occasion.

The Hall, cottages and Byre looked amazing and were a credit to you  and everyone involved.  Our guests were so, so impressed with it all.

For some of us it was our second stay at Blencowe but for the rest it was a new experience, that people really appreciated and found stunning.

Many photos have been posted on Facebook and Instagram by various people.

We look forward to possibly booking one of the cottages in the future for when we visit the Lakes again.

Best regards

Gill and Ian

Gill and Ian 30/06/2022Email

Amazing castle. Beautiful outdoor lighting, stunning grounds. The whole castle was wonderfully clean and well presented. We all felt like kings and queens.


Great location and a beautiful house, restored to a very high standard with good quality accommodation throughout. Kitchen very well stocked, with every utensil you might need. And it was great to have an Aga. Great attention to detail from the hosts, from the toiletries in the bathrooms to the generous collection of umbrellas in the boot room. Would certainly love to make a return visit.


We have just returned from Blencowe where we celebrated my (early!) 60th birthday, the party was made up of 4 generations aged from 1 to 83. We first saw Blencowe 10 years ago and since then have been lucky to stay in several of The Rowley Estates properties but have always wanted to stay at Blencowe. We were not disappointed! For everyone apart from us the venue was a surprise right until the moment we arrived. It was beautifully presented, immaculately clean and was even more stunning than we dared dream. The service from Christine from booking to leaving was personal, you feel that you matter to them and quite honestly I wouldn't use anyone else for holidays in Cumbria, in fact we return to Elk Cottage later this year and stayed at Todd Hills in October last year. Dinner on Saturday night was provided by the amazing Lynn Hilditch and we cannot recommend her highly enough, everyone loved it. This was the most amazing weekend ever, thank you all so much.


Easter 2022 my family and I stayed at Blencowe hall to celebrate my 60th birthday a year late due to covid. We had the most fantastic 4 days and only left Blencowe hall for just 1 afternoon to go on a boat trip at Ullswater. I also hired 2 hot tubs from the Cumbria hot tub hire and would highly recommend the company. Just sitting in the hot tubs looking at all the views from Blencowe was so relaxing. My husband and I stayed in the huge south tower master bedroom which had beautiful views from the balcony. All my family, the grandchildren and not forgetting the dogs had such a memorable stay. Blencowe hall is just amazing. Thank you.


Blencowe Hall and Cazenovia Hall were perfect venues for our large Family gathering. Impressive and high quality buildings of character and nice furnishings made it a pleasure to be in. Both Halls were spotlessly clean and warm and in a quiet location which made it ideal for all generations of the family. The kitchens were very well equipped and the welcome hamper wonderfully stuffed with lots of high quality goodies. All essentials were provided and toiletries lovely. The service from Christine was exceptional who was very responsive to my requests and nothing was too much bother. Communication was quick, friendly and very informative. The location is ideal for exploring the Lake District and Penrith area with its abundance of things to do and it’s beauty. I would recommend Blencowe Hall Estate without hesitation to anyone wanting a memorable gathering. Thank you so much Christine, all of our family really loved our stay and were impressed, your venue made our long awaited family reunion extra special X


Fabulous venue for a large family get together or even a wedding venue. 31 of our extended family for 6 nights. Lots of happy memories made ❤️🇫🇷🇺🇸🇬🇧


Perfect place for our family celebration! Fabulous house and the owners were so lovely to deal with at booking and throughout. Will be booking again in the future.


I called Christine at The Rowley Estates very last minute to see if she could accommodate our very short notice wedding, Christine was so so helpful and accommodating, by pure luck she managed to fit myself and now husband in, I was over the moon. I cannot recommend Blencowe Hall enough, it was an absolutely stunning venue, it was perfect for us. All the staff were so helpful and just lovely to talk too. I will be forever grateful to The Rowley Estates for making our very short notice wedding happen. Massive hugs to all the team.


44 of us stayed ay Blencowe in mid December 2021 for a 50tth birthday celebration and it was without doubt the most wonderful place we have ever stayed. All of our guests thought it was a fantastic venue and could not believe how well every room had been refurbished. It is somewhere I would highly recommend


Just spent an extended family Christmas at blencowe hall. A fabulous location in an amazing building. Can’t recommend Lynn enough if you’re looking for a catered option, the food was delicious and Lynn catered to all our varied needs. The accomadation was comfortable and spacious. Thanks to Christine and her team for making our Christmas very special


We recently returned from celebrating our wedding at Blencowe Hall and would recommend for future guests looking for somewhere intimate for their wedding! We had been liaising throughout the year with Joanna, the wedding coordinator, who has been incredibly responsive and helpful throughout the whole process. We feel she went above and beyond to ensure everything ran smoothly and that we stayed well informed regarding all COVID-19 procedures. The Hall itself is huge and as we had 19 guests staying with us, was a perfect size for everybody to be able to gather together alongside the fire in the Solar Room or enjoy their own space in the many other communal rooms throughout the Hall. It’s got such character and all of our guests loved it, especially guests who came from far to be with us - it has real English charm! We hired out the Byre as an extra for our ceremony which worked really well and we absolutely loved the style of the building. We decided to dec the whole place out ourselves with a autumnal theme and set up our own self-serve bar outside on the flagged patio. Later in the evening, we had Lynn Hilditch come and serve us all garlic bread and pizza from her pizza oven alongside some really delicious salads. It was Lynn’s first event where all of the food was vegan and you wouldn’t have guessed it! It was all absolutely amazing, we had non-vegan guests say that it was the best pizza they’d ever had and the garlic bread went down a storm! We had Lynn come back the morning after to do a vegan brunch, full English style, with some of her homemade chocolate granola and fresh fruit - again, our guests were in awe of how generous her portions were, how friendly she and her staff were and how delicious the food was. Would highly recommend! Thank you all for helping make our day so special and run so smoothly. Our guests were blown away and we will always have fond memories of the place!


I cannot recommend Blencowe Hall highly enough! 24 of us stayed for 3 days for a Hen Weekend and it was absolutely perfect. Christine was fantastic throughout the booking process, despite 3 date moves due to Covid, the flexibility, professionalism and care was superb. Blencowe Hall itself is just unbelievably amazing. It is HUGE, with so much space, beautiful furnishing and a real sense of luxury. It was the perfect place to make many happy memories! I look forward to more bookings with the Rowley Estates and would love to return to Blencowe in the future!


What an amazing place . This is such an experience . Such a high standard of accommodation in beautiful grounds. The building has been so tastefully renovated leaving all the original features. Simply stunning


Blencowe Hall was the most perfect venue for a wedding! The hall is fabulous, spacious and beautifully restored and equipped to a very high standard. Responses to any queries were very prompt, the gardens were lovely and we all want to go back!


Such an amazing place, stunning inside and out. Christine and the team where so helpful throughout the booking process and couldn't do enough to make a special weekend happen. I will definitely be re-booking Blencowe Hall again in the near future!


To Christine and Charles,  We had a great time with all our children and grandchildren. Thank you.

01/03/2022Guest book

Thank you for the stay. Brilliant.

01/03/2022Guest book

To Christine and Charles, Thank you for a lovely stay in Blencowe Hall. I have really enjoyed it with my family. Thanks.

01/03/2022Guest book

Thank you so much for a brilliant holiday home. We've had a great time.

01/03/2022Guest book

Hi Christine and Staff, Thank you for a fantastic stay in your lovely holiday house. We have had a brilliant time with the family.

01/03/2022Guest book

Thank you so much! We all had a totally fabulous time and have been on a high since our return. We’re absolutely gutted to be home. Our stay was fantastic and we’re totally overwhelmed with not only everything about the hall, but by your professionalism and care. We were very well looked after, especially during the current climate.
Many many thanks


Can I just say how much we all enjoyed our stay at your amazing house. Hard to imagine a better venue for a large family gathering. There's already a suggestion of a return visit.


+ We were very impressed by the cleanliness of the place when we arrived.  Your team did a good job.

+ the dining room and two bedrooms above were spectacular, having the double glass doors.

+ all the other bedrooms were absolutely in keeping with a period building.

+ the lounge was very comfortable with all the leather sofas, and allowed for different activities within the one room.

The Americans in our party were awestruck, and could just not believe what they were seeing.

I should mention that we think there might be a ghost (unless someone was playing a trick).  The couple in the bedroom at the top of the south tower heard someone coming up the stone stairs to their room, but when no-one appeared they went to look.  There was no-one on the stairs and no-one in their bathroom either.  Spooky!

Avril and Malcolm30/08/2021email

We had a fabulous time thank you. Everything about the castle is first class.  The beds, pillows and bedding - luxury. Everybody in the group commented.  The dining room was so welcoming although we spent a lot of time in the kitchen.  The welcome basket was great, especially the fudge and biscuits.  I honestly couldn't find anything negative to say we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would come back in a heartbeat


We had our perfect wedding day at Blencowe Hall back in September. From the minute we contacted The Rowley Estate we had a brilliant experience and Christine, Gillian, Joanna and Heather couldn’t have been more helpful. Heather on the day of our wedding was excellent and made sure we were in the right place at the right time. She visited us the day before our wedding to run through things with us which really helped us know how to set up for our ceremony and put us at ease. Blencowe Hall gave us the opportunity to host a weekend away for family and friends, with lovely rooms for everyone. There was enough space for 23 of us plus 2 babies and a 3 year old. We were lucky enough to have lovely weather which allowed us to have an outdoor wedding ceremony followed by drinks and canapés on the lawn, and archery with Michael Coates (who we would highly recommend) the following day followed by a BBQ is the beautiful garden. A special thanks goes to Lynn Hilditch who is recommended by The Rowley Estate and provided us with the most delicious food. We had a ‘drop-off’ meal on the Friday evening, a full English breakfast on Saturday morning, canapés on the lawn after our wedding ceremony, a 2-course wedding breakfast and then pizzas on Saturday evening. The food and service from Lynn and her staff was perfect. We would highly recommend Lynn when staying at Blencowe Hall (or any of the other Rowley Estate properties). We had many complements from guests about the food and Lynn was able to cater for the various dietary requirements that our guests had. Once again, thank you very much for helping us to have the most perfect day at Blencowe Hall. We just wish we could do it all again!!


My family and freinds has just spent a fabulous weekend at the castle celerbrating my 60th Birthday , we could not fault anything. Blencoew hall is well equipt with everything you could possibly need. The historic rooms have been sensitively restored, with amazing views from the windows, a weekend i will never forget, thank you Christine for all your help and advice.


We had a wonderful time and cannot fault it!
Everyone, adults and children alike, thoroughly enjoyed it and
thought it was a beautiful building, lovingly restored with great
attention to detail. The South Tower glazing restoration is particularly
impressive as are the gardens, enjoyed very much by our family
dog Floyd.
We followed one of the guided walks off your website on the Monday,
the one that goes from Greystoke and loops round back to Greystoke.
It was a great walk and great scenery.
No one wanted to leave and we will definitely be back!


What a beautiful, beautiful house - the perfect setting for my 'big birthday' country house weekend. All the rooms were sensitively decorated with timeless furniture that combined comfort and luxury, and I really felt that I was 'Lady of the Manor'. Great facilities (snooker room, roll top baths, comfy beds, huge well-stocked kitchen, wifi etc.) we were wanting for nothing. But it was the little touches that really made it special, such as the freezer being pre-stocked with bags and bags of ice to ensure that G&Ts were served at the right temperature throughout our entire stay. Fabulous!

Nicole B13/03/2020Tripadvisor

Hi Christine, I had the most amazing Birthday at your fantastic hall,  my family and friends could not fault it, and we will definitely be coming back, I found out about Blencowe hall by word of mouth as a work colleague had recently stayed there, and I will definitely be telling everyone I know , as will my family and friends.As a theatre nurse , I have already a surgeon  interested in staying for his birthday. I have Left feedback on trip advisor , thank you once again for a birthday I will never forget.


WOW! From first contact, to seeing Jilly just before our departure, every contact with Rowley Estate was professional, helpful and friendly. Superb customer service! Blencowe Hall itself is a place of dreams, a place for dreams and a place where dreams come true! 5* accommodation in a beautiful setting, Blencowe Hall left us and our guests speechless - As we were exploring on Friday Afternoon, all you could hear were gasps of delight and excitement as people entered each new room! The thoughtful welcome hamper, the luxury complimentary toiletries, all the little extra touches - superb and much appreciated! Absolutely the perfect place to celebrate! We had catering from Iain McKey and his wonderful team at Bespoke Catering Cumbria - the food was excellent and the service was friendly and professional. A fantastic venue with so much more than the WOW factor! We would wholeheartedly recommend both Rowley Estates AND Bespoke Catering Cumbria to family, friends and strangers alike! If you get the chance to go and stay at Blencowe Hall - DO IT! You won't regret it!!


A group of 16 friends have just spent an amazing weekend at this beautiful venue. Having stayed at a Rowley estates venue previously we knew the quality would be superb and we weren't disappointed! An amazing welcome hamper left for us, such a spacious accommodation with added luxuries such as Molton Brown toiletries in each room. Everything had been thought of and Jilly, the manager always at the end of a phone or 5 minutes away if needed. Excellent quality and customer service. Cant wait to return to another Rowley estates property booked for July next year! Can also highly recommend the Hse and Boot pub for drinks, food a and live band on Sunday afternoon. Located a mile and a half away in Greystoke. Thank you Jilly, Christine and team


Amazing is no exaggeration for Blencowe Hall. The accommodation is superb, full of historic character and associations, and yet very homely, welcoming and well appointed. We had wonderful catering over 3 days from the incredible Lynn Hilditch and her team for whom nothing was too much trouble. The whole experience was thoroughly enjoyed by all ages, with something for everyone. Happy times and many happy memories!


We had 24 people for a birthday 3 days . The castle is a wonderfully interesting building that feels like a 5 star hotel. Bedrooms fantastic. Lovely kitchen with big Aga. Very well equipped . good catering from Lynne Hilditch using many vegetables she grows herself. The beef she coooked for us was amazing. So much to do in the area. We had a great time.

Jean GTripadvisor

Thank you so so much to everyone at blencowe hall for such an amazing wedding weekend you did myself, Paul and our guests proud. Also a huge thank you to Lynn Hilditch and team for their utterly fabulous catering!! The weekend went flawlessly and could not have been done with your help. Thanks again, Jordan


Every single thing about this booking was fantastic. The correspondance and support in having our wedding at blencow hall was amazing. A huge thank you to Christine and the team, they really are the best. The 3 cottages were impecable too... it was an absolute wedding of dreams for me and my now husband and we hope to return to stay at the hall sometime in the future. It was the perfect setting and made all of our wedding dreams come true. Thank you Rowley Estates xx

Lucy C31/07/2019Tripadvisor

We have not long returned from our visit to Blencowe for our wedding..amazing!Christine, Gillian and Joanne were amazing from srart to finish! The stay was everything we wanted. Brilliant break away with everything on your door.

Zoe S05/06/2019Tripadvisor

This place is amazing. Beds really comfy and whole place really clean. We loved the hen do we had here there was 24 of us who stayed and it was the best weekend ever... it's so peaceful set in beautiful surroundings.. defo be back xx


OUTSTANDING we went for my daughter in laws hen weekend from the moment we got there it was amazing beautiful bedrooms unbelievable comfort and the hens were great to thank you so much xx mother in law L

Mother in law L28/05/2019Tripadvisor

We were a large family party ranging from infants, right up to the age of 90, travelling from all over the UK to celebrate the 90th birthday of my father. Blencowe coped superbly, comfortable rooms, most en-suite and with four poster beds, spacious dining and sitting room areas, and a well equipped kitchen with two dishwashers. We had an excellent time, and in the garden the tree sparrows nesting in an old wall kept our birdwatchers entertained. Close to the Motorway and the mainline train station, but set in rolling pastures and fields criss crossed with footpaths, Blencowe exceeded expectations.


We booked Blencowe Hall to celebrate a 70th birthday and an amazing time was had by all. Age range from 2 - 70. The children couldn't get enough of the "castle" and it's spiral staircases, the whole place lends itself to hide and seek with a wonderfully creaky door off the upper sitting room area. The facilities are excellent and Christine and Jilly were quick to respond when we accidentally set of the fire alarm (window open and barbeque smoke drifted in - be warned!) The welcome hamper was lovely and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Comfy beds too. Outside was great for playing rounders and football games. If you are looking for that special "somewhere" with atmosphere and excellent heating (it was freezing cold outside) this is a place well worth considering.


This place is spectacular and perfect for large groups, with a proper sense of occasion (we held a great 50th birthday party there). There are many communal spaces nicely spread about the castle and the bedrooms are fantastic (very comfy beds), meaning everyone can escape to privacy if they need to. Penrith, Keswick and the best of the Lake District are all within easy reach - something for everyone. We had an amazing meal (including vegan options) cooked by Lynn Hilditch caterers. Lynn and her team were really lovely and the food was outstanding. Really couldn’t recommend this place highly enough!


We had a superb weekend, ostensibly celebrating my 90th birthday, but it turned out to be so much more than that – a very memorable festival of family and friends with strenuous expeditions on Saturday: one up Saddleback and one up High Pike, while the decrepit went to Howtown and walked around Hallin Fell, wildlife and views superb. 4 Generations for lunch on Sunday, thanks to Lynn. The Hall provides lots of delightful things to do for young and old. Huge thank you. Breathtaking house.

Kirk family and friends30/09/2018Visitor Book

Blown away by this magnificent place. Precious memories made with our amazing families. Definitely recommend.

Corbetts31/08/2018Visitor Book

Officially the best birthday ever! Blencowe Hall has been just perfect and had the best time with my amazing fabulous family. Thank you.

Luptons31/08/2018Visitor Book

An excellent weekend, fabulous food and the hosts were brilliant. Thank you.

Tuplins31/07/2018Visitor Book

Fabulous Christmas with the family. Amazing house. Thanks for everything. We will definitely be back.

The Allen Family31/12/2018Visitor Book

Fantastic house for a 70th Birthday. Recreating the 40’s and 50’s. Perfect setting. Caterers brilliant. Thank you so much, we’ll be back for a summer weekend!

The Moore family and friends31/12/2018Visitor Book

We had the most wonderful time here with our family celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. There were 16 adults, 8 children, 1 infant and 1 dog and everybody has had a fabulous time, magnificent house for the occasion and Lynn Hilditch was brilliant.

Marshall31/10/2018Visitor Book

Fabulous venue for an intimate wedding with 19 in total! Everyone so helpful and superb for photos – even had sunshine and blue skies on the day of the wedding. Thank you.

Birdsall31/10/2018Visitor Book

We have had the most amazing time here at Blencowe. We are celebrating a 50th birthday and a 20th wedding anniversary and it has been the perfect location. We have not travelled out and about as wanted to enjoy our time here together. We will be returning. Thank you.

Humphreys and friends31/10/2018Visitor Book

Fantastic place to hold a birthday party. Every room in this castle is beautiful and well thought out. This will always hold a very special place in all our memories! Thank you.

Deb and Di31/10/2018Visitor Book

As big birthdays and other celebrations come round, it's inevitable that you want to find a good location to share a great experience with your friends. About a decade ago, one of our friends booked Blencowe Hall for their birthday and invited us to come and stay - and we just and the best weekend ever with 20-30 friends spending the time together in this spectacular, well appointed venue. My own birthday followed a couple of years later and looked hard to find somewhere similar but nothing even came remotely close. Blencowe Hall has a lot of good things going for it - not least of which is the building and furnishings itself, but also the peaceful location and being so convenient for the Lake District. I think the only negative - if we could think any - was that sadly the local pub in Blencow closed a few years ago - although there is another great pub in the neighbouring village of Greystoke a short walk away, and let's be honest, when you've got a great place like this - why would you want to spend time in the pub?! So, ten years on, we keep looking for different venues to try and improve upon Blencowe Hall - but have so far all of us have failed to find anywhere better. For some of us, this is now the ninth or tenth visit. Top tip - if you're staying for a weekend or longer, make one night a fancy dress party - it's the one chance you get to dress up like a fool without having to travel far wearing you mad costume and having strangers give you funny looks! Next time, think we'll try adding the hot tub option they offer too.


Blencowe Hall is beautiful. The property has been brilliantly refurbished and made for a brilliant and special Christmas for our family. There is ample space and the bedrooms are all a good size - most are en-suite. The South Tower bedrooms in particular are really nice. We would definitely stay at Blencowe Hall again, and would 100% recommend it for parties, events, family vacations etc. It would be particularly nice in the summer to be able to open the external doors in the South Tower out into the gardens. Blencowe Hall is only 10 minutes from the M6 but in a really peaceful and quiet location. There are some nice walks to be had and plenty of wildlife. There is a nice local pub around a 20 minute walk away in Greystoke. A special thank you to Christine who was really helpful during the booking process, the run up to our stay and during our stay. Even over the Christmas period she was always on hand to answer any questions or help in any way.

Jack A02/01/2019Tripadvisor

Took me a while to write this review - apologies! But I just had to find the time to rate our stay over the middle of October! There were quite a few of us for a product launch and the property is beautiful. Everything is faultless and just stunning - and Christine is a pleasure to deal with and goes above and beyond, assisting in the set up. I cannot thank her and her staff enough - this event would not have been a success without it. Upon arrival we received perfect little gift hampers and everything was just spotless. I would recommend this place to anyone - we even have our clients asking how they can get to use the space again. All guests were in awe of how beautiful it all is. totally unique with a completely seamless service! Thank you again


We booked Blencowe Hall and one of the cottages to celebrate a big birthday and it couldn’t have gone better. Christine is incredibly responsive and even with a couple of hiccups (heating wasn’t working) she responded immediately and had it fixed within the hour. The beds were very comfortable and the bed linen top notch; each and every one of our guests said how well they’d slept. Each room is individual and of course the South Tower Master is stunning! Most rooms have baths which the ladies loved. The kitchen is very well equipped and I soon got used to the Aga. With 30 people in the kitchen it certainly got cosy but we obviously had our guests from the cottage in for breakfast as well. I actually took kettles to put in each bedroom because some rooms, as you’d expect, are a long way from the kitchen. We had Lynn Hilditch Catering for all lunches and dinners and she was exceptional! The food was locally sourced and utterly delicious. Lynn went over and above to provide perfect meals and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her. It was a squeeze to get 30 people in the dining room and we had to use one of the garden tables along with the two existing tables, but it did work, it was just a little difficult serving food. Obviously if you only had 24 people it’s fine, but with a bigger dining room I think the Hall would also appeal to those who wanted an event for bigger numbers. The sitting room is a fantastic size easily accommodating 30 people and with the fire lit, was beautifully cosy. We also had Salsa dancing in the room one night which was brilliant; the best activity we did all weekend. The Hall is completely different to any other venue and of course has the ‘Wow’ factor surrounded by outstanding beauty. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this property along with Christine and her team - fantastic!


This is the second time I have stayed in this fabulous place and was so glad to return with my family to celebrate my 50th birthday and my sisters 20th Wedding Anniversary. The whole family loved every minute of our time here and also ordered a hot tub from Leigh at Cumbria Hot tub Hire which was such a treat. We received excellent service from Christine and her team, nothing was too much trouble and every query or question was responded too extremely quickly. The hall is fantastic, everything You could possibly need is available for you, as well as receiving a fabulous welcome hamper when we arrived. Can't recommend this place enough and is perfect for a family gathering. We are already looking to see when we can return.


'We have just celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary at Blencowe Hall with 3 generations of our family present. It was a truly amazing and memorable weekend. The children had a wonderful time playing outside in the grounds and also inside at " Hide and Seek ". The hall is very well equipped if you choose to do all of your own catering. Lynn Hilditch cooked dinner for us for two nights and 3 breakfasts and we were delighted with her cooking. She was very obliging, efficient and accommodating. Our daughter's dog adored her! Most of us went to Brockhole, near Windermere, on Sunday and adults and children alike had great fun at Treetop Nets and on the Tree Top Mini Trek. Our family all loved Blencowe Hall and the children didn't want to go home. For us, special memories are to be treasured and our stay at Blencowe Hall will be with us for ever.'


We were a family party, 3 generations, celebrating my 90th birthday. Blencowe Hall must be unique; what had been a derelict fortified pele tower has come to life again without loss of character, and furnishings and fittings are all sympathetic to the building and fully meet the exacting 5* standard. We did a mixture of self-catering - the big kitchen is admirably equipped - and indulged in Lynn Hilditch's delicious food for two important meals. Any celebration in my family has to involve a mountain ascent: Saddleback and High Pike are close at hand, and the less energetic enjoyed lower hills and ancient woodland at Howtown on Ullswater. We had fine weather, but there is indeed plenty to do, rain or shine. We had the great advantage that I had been able to visit some months ago to work out how we would fit in, and ensure that I was physically able to get round the Hall, which has lots of internal and sometimes uneven steps. Disabled visitors would need assistants, especially as the main sitting room is on the 1st floor, and some stairs have no handrail. I would love to think we might come again.

Elizabeth K30/09/2018Tripadvisor

My daughter's wedding took place on Saturday 8th October, and we hired Blencowe Hall from Friday through to Monday so we could enjoy a full weekend with family and friends.  We had an intimate gathering of just 19 people, including the bride and groom, and the weekend was planned to be fun but also relaxing.  The Hall was absolutely perfect for the occasion !!!

There were enough different rooms for us to set up Virtual Reality games in one, the computer game Rock Band in another, the billiards room was well used, and anyone that wanted to chill out and chat could use the Solar.  The kitchen is so warm and comfortable there were always people chatting in there.  The bedrooms were amazing, particularly the master suite in the South Tower where my daughters and I got ready on the morning of the wedding - we got some stunning photographs.

The attention to detail by the owners/managers of the hall is outstanding.  The antique furniture adds to the historic feel of the Hall but every bathroom is modern and fully equipped.  There was nothing we needed - everything was provided for us.  We contacted Christine about a few blown lightbulbs and she was there straight away, changing every dead lightbulb in every room !!!

We had a fabulous weekend at Blencowe Hall - the only bad thing about it was having to leave !!!!!


We held our wedding at Blencowe Hall on 1 September 18 and it was the most magical weekend we could have ever wished for. We booked the Hall itself and one of the accompanying cottages to accommodate 30 guests for a long weekend. (including our family dog!) The hall is licensed for weddings and so we were able to get married within Blencowe. I can't thank everyone enough for all they did to make our stay a pleasant one. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

A wonderful welcome hamper through to a preference of bedding for our guests, and not to mention the wonderful Heather who came to the Hall for the wedding to look after the registrars on the big day and organise where i needed to be! The hall is steeped in history and our guests were fascinated by the documents within the hall detailing all the renovations that had taken place. It has the most amazing atmosphere and we had so much fun exploring. It is well equipped, with a huge kitchen area, lots of facilities and space for storage. Every one of us had a fabulous weekend, we've made so many memories that will last a lifetime and i even had a few tears when we had to leave. We will be back! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this magical place and the amazing staff that support it.

Vicky G12/09/2018Tripadvisor

My daughter's wedding took place on Saturday 6th October, and we hired Blencowe Hall from Friday through to Monday so we could enjoy a full weekend with family and friends. We had an intimate gathering of just 19 people, including the bride and groom, and the weekend was planned to be fun but also relaxing. The Hall was absolutely perfect for the occasion !!!

There were enough different rooms for us to set up Virtual Reality games in one, the computer game Rock Band in another, the billiards room was well used, and anyone that wanted to chill out and chat could use the Solar. The kitchen is so warm and comfortable there were always people chatting in there. The bedrooms were amazing, particularly the master suite in the South Tower where my daughters and I got ready on the morning of the wedding - we got some stunning photographs.

The attention to detail by the owners/managers of the hall is outstanding. The antique furniture adds to the historic feel of the Hall but every bathroom is modern and fully equipped. There was nothing we needed - everything was provided for us. We contacted Christine about a few blown lightbulbs and she was there straight away, changing every dead lightbulb in every room

We had a fabulous weekend at Blencowe Hall - the only bad thing about it was having to leave !!!!!

Margaret Connolly06/10/2018email

The property itself is utterly beautifull, in a great location and easily accessible (for us anyway!) for a weekend break There is literally NOTHING that the owners haven’t thought of to make your stay (& even your dogs, assuming you take one) run smoothly. I would happily give more stars. Return visit already planned


From the moment we contacted Rowley Estates to make our booking they went above and beyond to ensure our stay was amazing. The second you arrive at Blencowe Hall it really is a dream come true, the entire family were literally blown away by the magical presence of the castle. The rooms are just beautiful and the views stunning. Celebrating my birthday is something the whole family will always remember and we have the most special memories of 3 generations at Blencowe. We thank the team and highly recommend the Hall for any event or stay.


Booked a three night stay for my husband's 70th. Although we live locally, we could not accommodate everyone at home, so twenty one of us stayed at Blencowe Hall. Everyone was very impressed with the hall itself, the splendour of the rooms, the comfort of the beds and the fact that everything you needed to prepare meals for a large group was provided. There is plenty of fridge/freezer space and two dish washers. We were delighted with the generous hamper and food we found on arrival as well as all the basics needed for day to day living. One of the recommended caterers, Lynn Hilditch, provided a superb three course meal the first night and returned to cook amazing wood fired pizzas for lunch on the Sunday. We cooked our own breakfasts, but as we had a full itinary during the day, had a lady recommended by Rowley Estates to clear up for us- she would have done babysitting too if required. The management was helpful and accomodating, even allowing us to look round a couple of times before the visit. All in all a very enjoyable weekend that friends and relatives are still raving about!


Can't say enough how much we have enjoyed our stay in this fabulous place! Booked as a 30th birthday surprise for us and has been amazing! Thank you so much!!

Vicky, Stu and Perdy01/06/2018Visitor's Book

Lovely comfortable cottage, very well equipped kitchen which was very welcome. Thank you for letting us visit our ancestral home.

Sue and Paul 01/03/2018Visitor's Book

Fantastic time again! Weather amazing . Love this place making great memories and videos.

Carl and Andrea23/03/2018Visitor's Book

Superb place for a family party!! Adults and children and the former behaved like the latter. Magical time. Thank you Jilly

John09/03/2018Visitor's Book

A Magical place to celebrate my 60th, will be back!

Bernard & friends16/02/2018Visitor's Book

It's been a fun few days. Lovely place. Thank you.

Bernie & Andy19/02/2018Visitor's Book

Fantastic family get together in a beautiful setting. Great setting, great party, not even Cromwell could have spoilt it!

Britain family03/06/2018Visitor's Book

Not enough superlatives. It provided everything we could have asked for to celebrate this milestone. Thank you.

Howarth, Ellis, Lock, Price, Olsen, Pomford parties05/05/2018Visitor's Book

I would like to thank you for providing the assistance aids for my Mum. Thank you.

Yvonne30/04/2018Visitor's Book

Beautiful venue, stunning setting & location. Excellent catering (Lynn Hilditch). Memories to cherish always & forever, thank you.

Neil & Karen29/04/2018Visitor's Book

My family and I had a magical time in the "castle" for my 60th, with warmest thanks

Sheila22/04/2018Visitor's Book

Absolutely a fabulous place and setting. A great time had by all, not a dry old do!

Nick13/04/2018Visitor's Book