The Malabar

Garths, Marthwaite, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5ED, England
Country House, In the Country, Restorations / Self Catering
12 Guests
6 Bedrooms
6 Baths / 6 Shower

A scent of spice in the Yorkshire Dales

It just feels wrong to call The Malabar a barn, even if it is a listed barn that’s been around for 300 years. Because in 2015 the present owners transformed it into a beautiful country home with six bedrooms, lavishly laid out with soaring beams, flagstone floors and glorious views. Despite being minutes from the M6 it is beautifully rural, on the Lake District side of the Yorkshire Dales. Your hosts lived for years in India, and bring subtle touches of the Orient to the decor.

There are six guest bedrooms here, designed with comfort in mind, sumptuously furnished with Herdwick wool carpets, pure wool bedding and luxurious beds ranging in size from double to twin and super king and plenty of space for a cot or extra single bed. Every room is en-suite, and fluffy bathrobes are provided to help you make the most of the freestanding rolltop baths, walk-in monsoon showers and Bath House toiletries.

The kitchen is very well appointed with all you need to cater for yourselves during your stay; the lounge is beautifully furnished with stunning views of the fells and the dining room has doors out to the garden, a beautiful area to enjoy morning coffee or a sunset aperitif.


Lodge Facilities

  • Building of Historical Interest
  • Children by Arrangement
  • Dogs by Arrangement
  • Free off-street parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden
  • Ground Floor Bedroom

Local Amenities

  • Climbing
  • Cycling
  • National Park
  • Places of Historical Interest
  • Walking
  • Water Activities
  • Wild Swimming


  • Opening Times: Friday arrivals, open all year
  • Mob: 07393687790
  • Payment Options: Visa, Mastercard
  • Price Range: from £1280/3 nights


Rates for self catering with full use of the property

Peak season
7 nights £3495

Mid season (September/October/March)
7 nights £2385
3 nights £1645

Low season
7 nights £1780
3 nights £1280


The Malabar is conveniently set just minutes away from junction 37 of the M6, ideal as a stop on a journey to or from Scotland but its immediate surroundings are known as the UK's most beautiful. On one side are the Yorkshire Dales and on the other is the Lake District. The historic market town of Sedburgh is two miles from The Malabar and has a range of independent shops and pubs. And though the area is best known for its natural beauty there is plenty else to see and do, including Farfield Mill, The Wensleydale Creamery, Skipton Castle, The Settle to Carlisle Railway and Bolton Abbey. There's also plenty to explore at The Malabar itself. The property is set in eight acres of field and farmland bordering the River Lune, with tree swings, viewpoints and walks from your door. If coming by train the nearest station is nine miles away at Oxenholme, from where Euston is three hours, Manchester one, or Glasgow and Edinburgh two. Call ahead and we will book a taxi. Arriving on foot the Dales Way Path runs through The Malabar's field.


‘A completely lovely hideaway’
Conde Nast Traveller

Graham & Fiona Lappin

Graham & Fiona Lappin

  • Bio : Your hosts here have a colourful background. Graham grew up in Kerala to two generations of tea planters and followed a career in India and the Far East. Fiona has hospitality in her blood, having grown up in a succession of top hotels managed by her father, going on to work for the Straits Times, Agence France Press and CNN Asia. Even their two pointer dogs have something of a background, being rescued when left to starve by gun dog breeders in Cyprus Your hosts live in the main farmhouse opposite, with their two children, dogs, one cat and some chickens.

Malabar Bedroom
from £1280/3 nights

The Malabar

Garths, Marthwaite, Sedbergh, Cumbria,...
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  • Self Catering
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