The market town of Kirkby Lonsdale in the northern English county of Lancashire is about a five-hour drive from London. The town features many well-preserved Georgian and Victorian buildings, and portions of St. Mary’s Church date back to the 12th century. Kirkby Lonsdale lies between two of England’s most important national parks, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Moors. There is a small selection of hotels in the town and the nearby countryside, most set in historic buildings. (Ref 1)
The Orange Tree Hotel
Set in a traditional Kirkby Lonsdale inn, the Orange Tree Hotel has six rooms, with two suites in an adjoining annex. The hotel is located above a classic English pub, which welcomes children and serves a selection of locally brewed ales. The restaurant at the back of the pub serves steaks, burgers and traditional English dishes, including a steak breakfast. The nine-hole Casterton Golf Club course, which welcomes guests, is a five-minute drive from the hotel. (Ref 2)
Located at the northern end of Kirkby Lonsdale’s Main Street and housed in a stone-built property from 1860, Plato’s Hotel has eight rooms, some with oak beams and authentic antique furnishings. The hotel’s restaurant serves breakfast until noon, brunch until 2 p.m. and cream teas in the afternoon. The evening menu features British and Mediterranean cooking with locally sourced ingredients. The hotel’s child-friendly public bar is a lively meeting place popular with locals. The medieval Devil’s Bridge, which spans the River Lune and provides a rich source of local legend, is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
The Royal Hotel
Housed in a restored Georgian townhouse on Main Street, the Royal Hotel has 14 rooms, each with an individual layout and furnished in Victorian style. The hotel re-opened in 2010 after a major restoration, which preserved many original features. The hotel restaurant serves a contemporary British menu with dishes like grilled Bury black pudding and Cumberland sausage and mash. A few steps down Main Street, the Finestra Gallery exhibits and sells original paintings, handmade jewelry, glassware and ceramics.
The Whoop Hall Hotel
Parts of historic Whoop Hall Hotel date back to 1618. The property is surrounded by large landscaped gardens, which include a children’s playground and a sun terrace with countryside views. The hotel is a few minutes’ drive from the center of Kirkby Lonsdale. Guests enjoy complimentary use of the 20-yard indoor swimming pool, fitness room and sauna. The on-site beauty salon offers aromatherapy, tanning, facials and massages. The hotel’s Connor’s Restaurant serves traditional and modern English dishes, and pizzas.
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