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Sharrow Bay

Cumbria, United Kingdom

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Sharrow Bay
Sharrow Bay is unique; the epitome of English country living in an unrivaled location surrounded by snow-topped mountains and fells, right on the shores of Ullswater, widely regarded as the most beautiful lake in the country. As the Lake District’s jewel in the crown, Sharrow Bay was the first ever country house hotel. When the hotel first opened its doors in 1949, the then-owners, Francis Coulson and Brian Sack, brought to life their vision of a hotel whose guests feel utterly at home…and so it has continued. A visit to Sharrow Bay will transport you to a bygone era of old-fashioned luxury, decadence, and complete tranquility, where your comfort and enjoyment is paramount. Guests simply cannot fail to be enthralled by the captivating charm of Sharrow Bay; it’s one of those hotels that must be visited at least once in a lifetime, and once you’ve experienced the Gentle Art of Sharrow, once is never enough.

The 12 acres of gardens at Sharrow Bay are nestled beneath Barton Fell with beautifully manicured lawns, bountiful flower beds, pretty water features, and ornamental ponds. Ancient garden doors and gates within the yew hedges lead to hidden gardens and secret benches, all with the most magnificent and dramatic vista of the lake. Sharrow Bay holds the culinary crown when it comes to serving award-winning cuisine in the most magnificent settings, with views to die for. The 2AA Rosette fine dining restaurant, open every day to non-residents and hotel guests, is regarded as one of the best restaurants in the Lake District, attracting diners from far and wide for special occasions, family celebrations and gourmet dining experiences.
Hotel Address:
  • Sharrow Bay
  • Lake Ullswater
  • Penrith
  • Cumbria, CA10 2LZ
  • United Kingdom

Location Summary
Located beside Ullswater, Cumbria Sharrow Bay is simply perfect for gazing at the stunning Lakeland scenery, as William Wordsworth may have once done while composing the famous romantic poem, Daffodils. Beside the house is a private jetty and boathouse and there are 12 acres of gardens and woodlands with half a mile of lake shore where guests may wander at leisure.

Guests can enjoy a fabulous cruise of the breath-taking lake on an Ullswater Steamer, lake swimming, fishing and, of course, walking or climbing. Nowhere in England can match the variety of walks available to guests at Sharrow Bay. Sharrow Bay is also well placed for guests wishing to explore the many attractions of the county of Cumbria. For instance, the Cumbria Food and Drink Festival takes place every May, with gastronomic tours by Annette Gibbons, and is well worth a visit. Penrith's 18 hole Golf Course is great for the keen golfer and for a great day out Carlisle Racecourse and Cartmel Racecourse are also worth a visit.

Directions to Hotel
By Road: From Junction 40 on the M6 motorway follow the A66 towards Keswick until reaching the roundabout signposted the A592 to Ullswater. At the roundabout turn left onto the A592 signposted to Ullswater and follow this road until you reach the lake. Turn left towards Pooley Bridge. Drive through Pooley Bridge village and turn right at the mini roundabout. Right again at the next cross roads and follow the signs to Howtown. Sharrow Bay is then 2 miles on your right.

By Train: 4 hours, 15 minutes from London Euston to Penrith. 2 hours from Glasgow Central to Penrith. (Penrith Station is located 8 miles from Sharrow Bay).

By Air: 36 miles from Carlisle Airport, 120 miles from Edinburgh Airport and 130 miles from Glasgow Airport. Heli-pad on site.
Note Bene
The hotel has been awarded 3 AA Red Stars and 2 AA Rosettes.
Banquets & Meetings
Right on the shores of Ullswater, this beautiful country house is one of the Lake District's most romantic wedding venues with arguably, the best location and most idyllic views of all the hotels in Cumbria.
Meeting Space
Small conference room suitable for 40 people.
Fine Dining On Site
The 2AA Rosette fine dining restaurant, open every day to non-residents and hotel guests, is regarded as one of the best restaurants in the Lake District, attracting diners from far and wide for special occasions, family celebrations and gourmet dining experiences.
High Speed Internet
Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Pets Allowed
Pets are allowed in specific rooms within the hotel.
Spa Facility
Sharrow Bay is able to provide a relaxing treatments on-site at the hotel upon request.
Biking Touring
Bike riding available nearby.
Fishing Fly
Lakeside fishing on Ullswater.
There is an 18-hole golf course in Penrith.
Stroll through the beautiful Lake District countryside that inspired Beatrix Potter to write her ‘little white books’
Various grouse shoots take place nearby.
Theatre Museums
Theatre on the Lake takes place in various locations.

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Hotel Amenities
  • - Banquets & Meetings
    - Meeting Space
    - Executive Retreat
    - Fine Dining On Site
    - High Speed Internet
    - Pets Allowed
    - Spa Facility
Available Activities
  • - Biking Touring
    - Boating
    - Fishing Fly
    - Golf Driving Range
    - Golfing
    - Hiking
    - Hunting
    - Theatre & Museums