A CUMBRIAN hideaway has been named the ‘Country House Hotel of the Year’ in the Good Hotel Guide 2022.

Askham Hall, located in the Lake District near Ullswater, has picked up this prestigious César award in the latest edition of the UK’s leading independent accommodation guide.

Named after famous Swiss hotelier César Ritz, the César awards are presented annually by the Good Hotel Guide to the top hotels of their type, which have demonstrated consistent excellence in their field.

Formerly the family home of the Earls of Lonsdale, Askham Hall dates back more than 800 years and has been steadily building up its reputation since it opened its doors to guests eight years ago.

The news comes almost two years to the day since the renowned restaurant with rooms was awarded its first Michelin star, under the guidance of Head Chef Richard Swale.

Askham Hall’s owner, Charles Lowther, will officially receive the César award in person at this evening’s Independent Hotel Show Awards in Olympia London.

He said: “Being named as the UK’s Country House Hotel of the Year is a fantastic surprise for the team after a difficult time for everyone across the hospitality industry.

"It’s a tribute to each and every member of staff who has really stepped up the mark and shown a collective determination to strive for excellence and maintain the very highest standards for our guests over the past 18 months.

“The César award also perfectly complements our Michelin star. With an abundance of produce on Askham Hall’s doorstep, sustainability is at the heart of what we do and we are passionate about producing plates of food that are completely in harmony with nature.

"This philosophy of living off the land resonates strongly with our customers and will remain integral to Askham Hall as we grow and evolve post-pandemic.”

Askham Hall is part of a trio of unique places to eat, drink and sleep on the edge of the Lake District, known as the ‘Askham Collection’.

Sister establishments are the recently refurbished Queen’s Head at Askham and the nearby George & Dragon at Clifton.