Lakeside setting; fields and fells on every side
Although just 10 minutes drive from the M6 motorway, Challan Hall feels as wild and remote as you could ever imagine. The loudest sounds are the rustle of leaves and the calls of birds. Formerly a farmhouse, Challan Hall is set overlooking Hawes Water Lake within the nationally important Gait Barrows Nature Reserve, and with direct access to the neighbouring Leighton Moss Bird Sanctuary. The Silverdale/Arnside district is very unspoilt with the seaside only a mile away and Morecambe Bay to the west. This is an ideal base to explore the southern part of the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and North Lancashire.
But linger a while. Your hostess is a great cook, providing fantastic breakfasts and evening meals if required, and serves tea and cakes on their patio which taste all the better while soaking up the stunning views over the water, home to marsh harriers, osprey and more.
There are two guest bedrooms here, and both can be configured as twin rooms or king-sized doubles. The en-suite room has wonderful views over the countryside to Leighton Moss and a small en-suite shower, while the Twin Room has its own dedicated bathroom and views of Warton Crag and the countryside. Both rooms are light and airy and have tea-making facilities, but don’t have TV: for this guests are invited to use the sitting room downstairs.
Guests here are free to use the large sitting room, where there is a TV and plenty of books about the area. In all but the harshest weather, however, it’s the garden that takes centre stage. Beautifully tended, it has a patio with fantastic views over the surrounding Gait Barrows Nature Reserve, with some of the most important areas of limestone pavement in Britain; botanists search, in particular, for the lady’s slipper orchid, just one of the many rare species found here. The garden gate gives access to this reserve, from where it’s an easy walk to Jenny Brown’s Point, with views over Morecombe Bay.
Challan Hall suggests
Challan Hall is only ten or 15 minutes from the M6 and can be reached from either Junction 35 or 36. Make a virtue out of the long drive to or from Scotland by stopping off here for a day or two.
- Children by Arrangement
- Dinner by Arrangement
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Packed Lunch
- Bird Watching
- National Park
- Nature Reserve, Wildlife Park/Area
- Water Activities
- Wild Swimming
- Opening Times: open year-round; usually closed Christmas and New Year
- Tel: +44 (0) 1524 701 054
- Price Range: from £75
Rooms per night based on two sharing, including breakfast
Monday to Thursday - £75
Friday to Sunday - £80 (minimum 2-night stay)
Single occupancy - £70
Evening meals - £25 per person
Sorry, no dogs at this lodge
Challan Hall is perfectly located in one of the quieter Lake District regions. Though just ten minutes from junction 35 of the M6 it is surrounded by some of the most varied and spectacular countryside in the UK. Morecombe Bay, with its reed beds and flocks of migratory birds, is a short walk to the west, while Gait Barrows and Leighton Moss nature reserves surround the property and give unique opportunities to spot bitterns and bearded tits. The Lune Valley is nearby, with ancient villages, historic churches, and views of the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales. Stately homes in the area include Levens Hall, one of the finest properties in south Cumbria, as well as Leighton Hall and Sizergh Castle. Challan Hall should be a destination in its own right, but being so close to the motorway it's also an ideal stopover on the drive to or from Scotland. If using a satnav use the postcode LA5 0JF to find the property.
"Very welcoming, refreshments on arrival including the most wonderful sticky toffee pudding with cream. Excellent room/facilities/breakfast. Lovely to have use of the most comfortable sitting room with wonderful view towards Hawes Water. A great place to go and would definitely go again"
- Bio : Your host at Challan Hall is Charlotte Casson. She and her husband Mike are a well-travelled couple with a wealth of knowledge about the area and its wildlife. Charlotte is also an excellent cook, providing wonderful breakfasts, cakes for tea, as well as packed lunches and evening meals if required. There are excellent restaurants and pubs within a couple of miles of the Hall, and Charlotte is more than happy to book you in for evening meals if required.