15 THE LAKE MALABAR DISTRICT
WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL? A restored barn that’s kitted out with beautifully decorated interiors and gems collected from hosts Fiona and Graham’s travels across India; arriving at The Malabar to afternoon tea in the eclectic dining room, you feel the instant calm of the Cumbrian countryside wash over you. After waking up to “Bed Tea” left outside your door, enjoy the breakfast of a lifetime out on the patio garden – the fried banana and maplesyrup porridge is a must-try! WHO GOES? The remote setting and grand total of only six rooms make this the perfect destination for a romantic weekend away or relaxing trip for best friends. Either way, you’ll hardly notice anyone else there.
IT WOULD BE A CRIME NOT TO… Bring your walking boots! Hiking up Winder Fell across the peak and down to Sedbergh is a highlight, stopping off at Three Hares Café for delicious home-cooked food, followed by a pint and board games at local pub The Dalesman. Don’t forget to enjoy the roll-top bath while being serenaded by birdsong. Feeling fresh and rejuvenated, grab a drink from the “honesty bar” and continue the rest of the stay in dressing gowns.
From £160 (includes breakfast and afternoon tea); Themalabar .co.uk