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

“...When proud pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing.”

From Shakespeare’s Sonnet 98

As the days lengthen and the weather becomes milder, what better time of year is there for a day visit to Swarthmoor Hall?  The split-level East Garden, with its local limestone terraced wall, is a particular favourite of ours.  This is a main ‘sitting out’ area, with sun and shade, and is a lovely peaceful spot to sit and listen to the sounds of nature.  There are steps down to the beck viewing platform.  The three millstones in this garden remind us of the major source of wealth for the Abraham family, the Hall’s former owners, and were collected between 1934 and 1950.

The Hall is open for tours as usual, and in warm weather we open the door to the first floor balcony so you can survey the scene from there if you prefer.

Our horrid history of the Hall is available to younger visitors, along with the chance to dress up in period costume...
All are welcome!


Springtime working retreat at Swarthmoor Hall

Would you like to learn how to transform furniture into objects which look at home in the historic rooms of Swarthmoor Hall?

This five-day retreat, in collaboration with Quaker Voluntary Action, combines mornings at work learning practical skills, with afternoons following in George Fox’s footsteps by reflecting on readings from his journal and other writings on the theme of ‘pilgrimage’.  The furniture workshop will be one of various opportunities and challenges in our beautiful gardens and grounds.

A working retreat is a great way to share a rewarding and enjoyable community experience, and can be positive on many levels: physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally.

The retreat runs from Monday 12 to Friday 16 May and costs £140.  Give us a call on 01229 583204 to find out more, or to book a place.