For those of you yet to visit, our names are Francesca and Ben and we're the couple behind this gloriously happy haven, tucked away between Lorton and Cockermouth.
We're a family run business, so you might well see one of our pals, whether four legged or two at breakfast, in the garden or pulling a pint in the Knight's Ruin bar. We'd be rather lost without them.
We met at Rio carnival while individually travelling around South America and had an idea over a drink of Coco Loco. Well that Coco Loco has a lot to answer for. Putting our dream into reality really only came into play when we found Low Hall in the Lake District, where Francesca grew up. We fell well and truly bobble hat over boots. So in October 2017, we said goodbye to our little flat in Walthamstow and drove all our worldly possessions up t'north.
From then we didn't stop and haven't stopped come to think of it. The house itself dates back to around 1645 and you can really feel all the warmth and love engrained in the walls – this giving us a beautiful starting point. Pulling out all of the original character, we have dramatised the house's quirks with deep tones, handpicked antiques and unique furnishings and art (many an afternoon has been lost to the local auction). Creating a home for all with an atmosphere that's as vibrant as it is chilled.
Our first room was ready in February 2018 (big up to Sabrina and Mike our first EVER guests) and the whole house was ready just in time for Easter, where every room was full of lovely people.
Then it was outside to stage two, the barn, christened the Lovable Old Barn. Very much like the house we had jaw dropping canvass to work with, gorgeous beams and Lakeland stone walls, all we really had to do was make it party ready. And oh what a party we had as our first wedding here back in June 2018 for Francesca's bro's. Since then we've done a shed load more work in and outside of the barn, made some jazzy new loos, got a little rascal named Basil (careful if you visit, he's likely to catapult onto your knee to say 'hi' before you've stepped of your car, apologies in advance) Now coming to the finale of our first wonderful year of weddings, we've loved each and every one. What a day to be a part of, it's the biggest honour and absolute joy. Oh and we got hitched here in May '19 too! We had to test it out ay!
As keeno travellers ourselves we set out to create a home not just for ourselves but one for others to love too. And seeing guests enjoying the house, partying in the barn, guzzling wine by the fire with old pals and saying 'I do', really has made every long day, late night and missed birthday (sorry friends) completely worth it.
We look forward to welcoming you in too.
Ben & Francesca & Basil
KIND WORDS BY LOVELY PEOPLE
"Prepare for anachronistic enchantment rolled up in modern luxury and thoughtful, well designed spaces and amenities! The words which spring to mind for Ben and Francesca as hosts are: amiable, thoughtful, bright, shiny(!), fun, super-responsive, and CREATIVE. You‘ll not find a nicer stay in the Lakes District than the one to be had with Low Hall the Lakes as your base. Enjoy!"
"As a makeup artist covering Scotland and the Lake District, I’ve had the pleasure of getting bridal parties ready in many wonderful locations... Low Hall is just fantastic and a venue I will definitely be recommending to future brides/grooms to be! It has the most amazing views, the buildings have such character and Fran and Ben are wonderful hosts offering a very bespoke service."
"This is a little gem of a B&B. We stayed mid-July for my brother's wedding which was to be held nearby. The location is stunning, the house is sympathetically decorated and furnished to a very good standard. Ben and Francesca, the hosts, are a lovely couple who make you feel so welcome. The full English breakfast was a must and set us up for the day ahead. We will definitely return."
"There isn’t one negative thing I could say about our recent visit to Low Hall. Every aspect was just perfect. Ben and Francesca, as everyone before me notes, are just lovely and the rest of the family who help out, too. In fact, it feels like you’re at a cool new friend’s house for the weekend...
Hoping to return to get married in the barn when that opens in the not too distant future.
A very special place."
Cowkeeper’s Cottage is a little piece of heaven! The location is perfect, remote enough to be totally silent but within easy access of shops, pubs etc when required. The cottage is very spacious and beautifully furnished and it felt like home as soon as we walked in. Had to tear ourselves away after our 3 night stay, and would love to return. Ben and Francesca are great hosts - gave us good advice before we arrived and were on hand to help whilst we were there, without being in any way intrusive. Loved watching the woodpeckers out of the bedroom window!!
PICTURES FROM ALONG THE WAY