Welcome to Farlam Hall Country House Hotel where we as a family are able to offer you a unique experience. Farlam is the perfect place to escape from the real world and enjoy the elegance of a past era combined with the best of modern life.
As a family we bought Farlam Hall in 1975. There were 7 bedrooms that were fit - just - to sleep in, 2 bathrooms and we had 2 part time local staff. Today there are 5 family members involved with the hotel supported by a team of 20 full and part time local staff. We have 12 luxurious ensuite bedrooms and a restaurant that can seat about 40 people. We are all here to make your stay as relaxed and pleasurable as possible.
One guest recently asked - Why am I here? He had come to us simply because of our reputation. This made us stop and think.
We hope you will come here to enjoy a style of country house hotel keeping that is becoming a rarity. We are a genuine family team working with enthusiastic local people who are happy to look after you. We are completely independent and pride ourselves on being staunchly English using fresh local produce and English products whenever possible.
This level of attention extends to the kitchen. Under the care of Barry Quinion a team of chefs work to offer you the best of modern cuisine but combined with skills that are being lost to fashion. From a range of traditional cakes on your arrival, to breads and the now unfashionable selection of fresh vegetables presented on a separate dish with your main course we hope your meal will delight the tastes and also satisfy the inner man - or woman.
Farlam Hall is located 10 miles east of Carlisle just outside the small market town of Brampton in an area that has become known as Hadrian's Wall Country. It is the perfect centre from which to explore The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The English/Scottish Borders and also the Hadrian's Wall World Heritage site.
We hope that you will be tempted to stay with us and please do not hesitate to contact us if we are able to help in any way.
The manor of Farlam is written about as far back as 1428 but one of the first mentions of a "manorial house" is in 1579.
However the house as it is today is the work of a family called Thompson who did most of the alterations around 1824 and 1860. They created a house for their family and friends in an era of extreme wealth and privilege. Several generations would be in residence at any given time and treats for the younger members were a regular occasion. On birthdays a gardener would bring Phoebe, the donkey, into the billiards room to give rides indoors. A team of gardeners supplied the house with exotic fruits and flowers, most of the local girls worked in the house, and time and money were largely irrelevant to the family.
The family had their eccentrics including the last of the Thompsons to live here. She could not abide the heat and kept the house so cold it achieved the reputation as "The Coldest House in Cumbria". Family and friends would visit wearing as many clothes as they could and still sit down and the local doctor spoke of treating her with snow across the foot of her bed. As the family fortune was based on coal this was obviously through choice and she lived to be 92 so it did her no harm.
Their social set included many wealthy and inventive people including George Stephenson creator of the first "Travelling Steam Engine". This was later developed into The Rocket and it won £500.00 in 1829 for being the best steam locomotive in the world. The Thompson family later owned The Rocket and at one time the experimental track even ran through the garden of Farlam. It was finally pensioned off and eventually the Thompson family had it restored and in 1837 donated it to The Science Museum in London. Sadly as the coal mining in the area came to an end so did an era with massive changes for everyone. The younger members of the family in the 1960s did not want the house and the cost of its upkeep and so in 1962 it was sold and in 1963 started a new life as an hotel.
This was short lived with little or no investment and by 1973 the hotel was closed. We purchased the house in 1975 on June 4th and re-opened it a week later. Ignorance is bliss but luckily standards were different then and a basin in the room was a luxury. Over the years we have progressed from one private bathroom in the whole house, electric meters in all rooms, no heating, the original wiring and leaking roofs causing havoc every time it rained.
Every year, we said there can not be much left to do but every year brings new changes and improvements to make sure the house is as comfortable to guests today as it was to the guests who enjoyed the house and gardens in the 1800s.