The Sun Inn

Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
Inn


A stylish base for those who want to explore the beautiful north - expect good food, stylish interiors and a pretty market town

Bedroom

11 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

This fine old inn sits between the Dales and the Lakes in an ancient market town, one of the prettiest in the north. It backs onto St Mary’s churchyard, where wild flowers flourish, and on the far side you’ll find ‘the fairest view in England’ to quote John Ruskin. Herons fish the river, lambs graze the fells beyond, a vast sky hangs above. Turner came to paint it in 1825 and benches wait for those who want to linger. As for the Sun, it does what all good inns do, it looks after you in style. It dates to 1670 and started life as a butcher’s. Inside, there’s lots of pretty old stuff – stone walls, rosewood panelling, wood-burners working overtime – then warm colours, fresh flowers and the daily papers. You’ll find leather banquettes, local art and dining-room chairs from Cunard’s Mauretania, so eat in style, perhaps goats cheese with honey, hogget with onion jam, banana parfait with chocolate sorbet. Rooms have good beds, smart fabrics, robes in spotless bathrooms. Parking permits come with your room and can be used far and wide. Market day is Thursday, dogs are welcome, don’t miss Sunday lunch. 

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights on weekends.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dogs

Dog bowl, mat, biscuits, towel and local walking map. Dog-friendly bar with water bowls and free biscuits. Dog shower outside for muddy paws.

Dogs £20 per stay.

Dog-friendly area in restaurant. Kirkby Lonsdale is very dog-friendly: restaurants, cafes, shops. Easy walking routes to river Lune, Devil’s Bridge, Casterton, Barbon. Homemade dog treats for sale.

Meals
Lunch from £6. Dinner, £21-£34. Sunday lunch from £14.50. No food Mon lunch.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £135
Surcharges
Dinner, B&B from £90 p.p. Singles from £85. Extra beds £20.
9 Doubles
From £135
2 Twin/doubles
From £135

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Iain & Jenny Black

  • Kirkby Lonsdale (mentioned by the Sunday Times as one of the top 50 best places to live in the countryside) is situated where Cumbria, the Yorkshire Dales and the Trough of Bowland meet, providing an almost infinite amount of walking in the area.
  • Surrounded by beautiful Lake District and Yorkshire Dales villages and towns, a fantastic base for touring the lesser visited Yorkshire Dales area. From Settle a train can be caught northwards, taking you over the Ribblesdale viaduct.
  • There is also a train from Wennington, just 10 minutes drive from Kirkby Lonsdale, that travels east through Bentham, Clapham, Giggleswick and over to Skipton and beyond, a lovely way to visit these areas.
  • Visit Kirkby Lonsdale Golf Club, set in 220 acres of the beautiful Lune Valley, and enjoy their challenging 18 hole par 72 course which has spectacular views in all directions.
  • Levens Hall is a short drive away and one of the finest stately homes in South Cumbria. The grand estate boasts tenanted farms with their produce available to buy in the gift shop, a lush deer park and stunning Grade I listed garden.
  • We have recently been awarded 2 AA rosettes for our restaurant and have been included in the 2015 Good Food Guide. We also have an AA Breakfast Award.