Late autumn has to be my favourite time of year here; everything slows down both outside and in and we get a chance to spend more time getting to know our guests and to appreciate our surroundings. Its crisp underfoot and the views seem to stretch further. The weather was disappointing this summer but if you visit in the autumn or winter the expectation is so different; what you know you will find is quiet, empty roads and you may well have the hills all to yourselves. Our last two sets of visitors stayed with us for a week and enjoyed the sort of exploring that we all need to do more of in our own country, seeking out wonderful local secrets and walking and cycling further than you can manage on a quick trip.
Renovation work starts on our own farmhouse after Christmas so we hope to do some getting away from it all ourselves, exploring further into the Lakes and Dales than we’ve had a chance to do so far. Beyond that, we are now offering The Malabar as a wedding venue with our spectacular top field as the perfect location for an outdoor gathering with the best views of the Howgills. Four weddings, just one each season, with the same comfort and charm you will find as a guest at The Malabar. Plus a Royal Enfield with sidecar, chai tea station and the sort of unpretentious warm hospitality we were lucky enough to experience during our life in India.