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The Inn at Whitewell – Forest of Bowland, Lancashire

The North

Charlie Bowman is the third generation of his family to run this charming, 23-bedroom inn. With roots in the 14th century, the inn is full of character and their taste for antiques is evident. It’s an eclectic mix, from Victorian bathing machines in some bathrooms to the pictures and prints lining the bedroom walls. Bookcases groan with travel and cookery books for sale, while the reception doubles as a well-stocked wine shop. Modern-day pampering has not been forgotten, with a welcome SkinSense treatment room. The unfussy food, from head chef Jamie Cadman, now in his 18th year there, is locally sourced. Bar meals are served in the spacious sitting room, while the window-seat views in the elevated restaurant are so compellingthat it’s almost impossible to maintain a conversation. The road leading to tiny Whitewell descends through the wild, steep-sided Trough of Bowland, and into a natural amphitheatre of meadows and hills, with the River Hodder, where fishing is available, running by.


Visit Browsholme Hall, the beautiful 16th-century home of the Parker family.


A feast of venison carpaccio and freshly caught fish in the hotel’s dining room. Save room for some delicious homemade puddings too.


A Japanese massage at the hotel’s spa.

Nota Bene

Her Majesty the Queen owns the hotel and the hotel had the pleasure of her last visit in 2006. Also, ‘The Trip’ was filmed here in 2010 with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon!