Welcome to Swarthmoor Hall

Swarthmoor Hall has been described as a hidden gem. The historic, peaceful and beautiful setting of the Hall provides a very special environment whatever the purpose of your visit or stay. Whether you are:

We look forward to welcoming you to Swarthmoor Hall!

Jane Pearson

New for 2014 – ‘room only’ bookings

This year we’ve made booking accommodation even more flexible: you can now book a room or a combination of rooms to suit your needs.  Come and enjoy a short or long stay in this unique and historic location with its tranquil gardens and beautiful grounds, on the doorstep of the Lake District.  All our rooms have the use of modern kitchen facilities so you may cater for yourself if you wish to.  At prices from £21 per night for a single room and £36 for a double or twin, we think this gives great value for money.  
And it doesn’t mean you can’t still book one or more suites of rooms to stay in with friends or family, for one or several nights stay, for a week’s holiday or weekend party.  See our booking pages for more information, or give us a call to discuss your requirements on 01229 583204

 “Women’s Speaking Justified”

Margaret Fell, Lancashire wife and mother of eight children, was the matriarch of Quakerism: from her convincement by George Fox in 1652, through to her death in 1701, she played a very important leadership role within the movement.  As well as running Swarthmoor Hall, she was very active in terms of organisation of the Quaker movement.  

Swarthmoor Hall became a clearing house for the Quaker correspondence network, and Margaret herself was very literate, publishing many pamphlets, writing official declarations for the Quakers, writing to magistrates, to Cromwell and to Charles II.  “She was formidable indeed, a militant controversialist into her eighties, whose stamina did not fail” (Anthony Fletcher in the TLS)

In general Quaker women were given much greater scope than they were in other religious groups at the time.  About half of all women’s publications from the 1650s are by Quakers.  Many Quaker women wrote pamphlets, were involved in petitioning, prophesying, and travelling in the Ministry around this country and beyond: New England, the Caribbean, and Turkey among other places...

Come and visit to find out more about the events of 1652 which led to Swarthmoor Hall becoming the headquarters of Quakerism. 


Ladies of the Lake

There was a real buzz around the Hall on Sunday 14th September when local company Sportive Lakes ran a women-only cycling event around Ulverson and  Coniston.  Approximately 125 riders crossed the finish line into the courtyard which was swathed in pink bunting.  They were timed for their own interest, but the whole atmosphere was sociable and supportive.   Afterwards, as they enjoyed the refreshments which were provided by the Hall, there was a great sense of companionship amongst the competitors and their families.  And the ice-cream van arrived to round it all off very nicely.