Striking Pendle Hill sits 557m (1,827ft) high in England‘s sprawling, beautiful Pennines: perfect for walking and countryside retreats in the picturesque villages and hamlets. Here’s where to stay nearby, all bookable on Culture Trip.
There’s more to Pendle Hill than just beautiful landscapes. Its fascinating history includes a Bronze Age burial site, the 1612 Pendle witch trials and the foundation of the Quaker movement. From traditional inns and 18th-century lodges to award-winning spa resorts or enchanting country houses, experience history as you relax into rural living at these hand-picked hotels.
A celebration of Lancashire, this authentic countryside pub serves six local ales and food sourced from the 100-yards-away family farm: think hand-cut steaks and home-made pie where the steak and Thwaites ale is a favourite. Tuck in by the log fire, dark wood panelling and quirky wall art – or in the ivy-strewn conservatory. Adjacent is your two-level, self-catering cottage with parking space. In good weather, enjoy the tree-surrounded beer garden and family-friendly sculpture walks in the Forest of Bowland.
Calf’s Head is a rural retreat in the conservation village of Worston. You’ll love the vast beer garden overlooking Pendle Hill. Watch sheep graze the rolling fields as you enjoy a Lancashire cheese platter and a cold glass of Gin of the Week. Visiting on Sunday? Indulge in a three-course Sunday roast with Bramley apple pie and custard for dessert. The veggie, vegan and gluten-free options on the regular menu are extensive. Choose a room with a view or a luxurious jacuzzi bath for ultimate relaxation.
Wake up to 40 acres of private, peaceful parkland facing Pendle Hill at Burnley-based Crow Wood. Contemporary rooms offer lakeside views – the suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the rolling countryside. Early risers might even spot wandering deer. Work up a sweat at one of the gym’s 100 weekly classes, then relax in the multi-award-winning Woodland Spa. Evenings mean cocktails and perfectly done stone-baked pizzas in sophisticated, brass-accented Wilfred’s Restaurant. Finish with fun from live singers, stand-ups and jazz nights at regular events.
Feel part of a fairytale in this enchanting house built in 1856, with original ornate ceilings and stained-glass windows. Sweep up the grand staircase to your individually designed room with fine antiques and in some, bay windows – or settle into your restored coach house stay. The grandeur continues in the restaurant, Dugdale’s – where you’ll dine under a hand-painted gold-leaf ceiling – and in the Victorian conservatory featuring an Italian tiled floor. Don’t miss afternoon tea for loaded scones and petite cakes like raspberry frangipane.
Special occasion? Choose sprawling Milton Hall in the Ribble Valley: a unique and ornate venue with a vast historic fireplace, sweeping dark wood staircase and elaborate dining areas. The six individually designed suites are special – think elaborate four-poster beds, bay windows with stunning rural views and decadent period furnishings. Last but not least is the elegant restaurant with an imaginative menu: try the millefeuille of sun-blushed tomato and burrata, followed by blueberry panna cotta with watermelon syrup.
Foxfields welcomes all, from families to pets. Couples should book a romantic suite with comfy tan leather sofas and balconies overlooking Ribble Valley. Enjoy a peaceful in-room breakfast before hitting the mini-gym and indoor swimming pool. Later, try Artisan Ribble Valley restaurant’s local ingredients fused into interesting dishes like guinea fowl and the pulled jackfruit-laden vegan sharing board. The events here are unique, too – take your kids for mini afternoon tea or shake it up at a fun cocktail masterclass.
Recently renovated Mytton Fold is modern, yet classic. Grab an armchair and sip local ale by the Lounge Bar’s stone fireplace, or dine al fresco in the private gardens with panoramic Ribble Valley views. Menu highlights include flavoursome sweet potato curry and local delicacies like the roast rump of lamb. Plant-speckled rooms are relaxing with natural woods, pastel tones and bucket chairs for kicking back. Need to work? You’ll appreciate the in-room desks, events team and conference rooms big and small.
Experience the unusual at this Forest of Bowland-based hotel with bright rooms and two-level suites featuring whirlpool baths, walk-in wardrobes and French doors leading to your own private garden. The rural-view dining is exciting: a new menu uses ingredients from the hotel’s kitchen garden and on-site bakery. Share three-course platters in the beautiful al fresco orangery – think confit duck legs and fruit crumble – or tap your toes to the pianist at musical afternoon tea.
If you’re looking for somewhere different in Lancashire, book into one of the best hotels in Blackpool, or opt for a budget-friendly seaside stay. Inspire your itinerary with the top things to see and do in Lancashire; don’t miss the county’s best walking routes. If you’re feeling peckish, follow the great Northern foodie trail.
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