Oriental style in the heart of the country
This former 18th century barn has been lovingly converted into a luxury B&B with stylish rooms, lots of comfy spaces to relax, and mouthwatering afternoon teas on arrival.
Cumbrian B&B of the Year 2017: Cumbria Tourism Awards
The Malabar sits at the foot of the Howgill Fells between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. The town of Sedbergh – famed for its bookshops and walks – is just two miles up the road and Kendal is a 20-minute drive away.
The Malabar is only five minutes from J37 of the M6 and less than an hour and a half’s drive from Manchester. The nearest mainline station is Oxenholme Lake District, which is 15 minutes away by car.
- the design. The rooms are all completely different; from the mellow Kundaly and the bright Camellia, to the bold Ladbroke suite with its eclectic furnishings straight from India and China and its quirky original slate boskin that forms part of the bathroom
- those bathrooms! Grab a glass of something cold from the honesty bar and prepare to soak away hours in the brightly painted boat baths
- the laid-back luxury. But there’s nothing pretentious or stuffy here – as soon as you walk through the door, it really feels like your own place in the country!
- the location. It’s sandwiched between two of England’s most beautiful National Parks – the Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District, which means there are walks aplenty from the front door
- There is an excellent loose-leaf tea menu, which includes their own house blend. Graham comes from two generations of tea-planters in Kerala so they really know their tea here. There are well-stocked tea and coffee stations (with fresh milk) on each floor and traditional Indian Bed Tea is even brought up to your room on a tray each morning
- the six rooms all take their names from places that have special connections to the owners and are very different in style. All have original oak beams, Herdwick wool carpets, Roberts radios, satellite TV and fluffy dressing gowns.
- the en-suite bathrooms have sliding barn doors, freestanding boat baths, monsoon showers, and plenty of local toiletries from The Bath House at Sedbergh.
- the comfortable lounge has floor to ceiling windows looking out to the Howgill Fells, a log burner and a well-stocked honesty bar. There’s also a selection of board games as well as books and magazines.
- the dining room with its large communal table (or there’s an outside terrace if the sun is shining) is the place to enjoy complimentary afternoon tea of homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches. Breakfast is also served here with choices ranging from the hearty Cumbrian Fell breakfast with local wild boar bacon and venison sausages, or lighter options like granola and traditional Indian lassi.
- in-room massages can be arranged as well as guided walks (there’s even a barefoot option) and wild swims
- there is secure bike and boot storage in the restored barn’s shippons
- whilst dogs aren’t allowed in the rooms they can at times be checked in to the boot room
The Malabar is the creation of Graham and Fiona Lappin who returned to the UK in 2015 after spending 16 years in India and the Far East. Although Fiona grew up in hotels around the UK, this is their first experience of running their own B&B and they’re proving to be pretty good at it – with The Malabar being awarded ‘Cumbria’s Best B&B’ in their first year of opening.
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