Need to Know
Where is The Malabar?
The Malabar is located at the foot of the Howgill Fells in the Cumbrian part of the Yorkshire Dales national park. The market town of Sedbergh (sed-ber) is 2 miles away and the Lake District is a 40 minute drive.
You will find us nestled at the end of a narrow country lane just 3 miles from junction 37 of the M6 and 8 miles from Oxenholme station. The Dalesway footpath runs along the bottom of one our fields if you are coming on foot.
What are the rooms like?
All our rooms are very spacious and have large en-suite bathrooms with underfloor heating, walk-in showers, roll top baths and Bath House toiletries.
I love a huge bed, which room should I book?
Kundaly has a standard double bed; Millmount has a king-size bed; Camellia and all the suites have super king size beds.
Do you have any twin rooms?
Two rooms (Tregenna and Camellia) can be set up with twins beds, please request this when you book your room.
I have limited mobility, what is the best room for me?
Our ground floor rooms, Camellia and Tregenna, are suitable if you want to avoid stairs or use a wheelchair.
Do you have adjoining rooms?
None of our rooms interconnect but Camellia and Tregenna are side by side, as are Millmount and Earlston.
Can we bring our children?
Yes! We have one family room (Ladbroke) which can accommodate up to 5 people (2 adults, 2 children and 1 infant). All the bedrooms are spacious enough for a cot, but we suggest Kundaly or Ladbroke if you have little ones that are sometimes lively at unsociable hours!
Can we bring our dogs?
Yes! We love dogs (and have two rescue pointers who enjoy meeting guests) and Ladbroke is our dog-friendly room. It has a door straight out onto the yard and is near the boot room which is ideal for leads and bowls.
Do you accommodate groups?
The Malabar is ideal for a group booking, Exclusive Use details can be found here.
Which are your quietest rooms?
We would recommend either Camellia or Kundaly if you are a particularly light sleeper, but please do bear in mind that The Malabar is a listed building that dates back to the 1700s so it does occasionally creak and groan!
Where do the owners live?
Graham and I live in the neighbouring farmhouse so guests have the run of The Malabar with us on hand if need be.
Is there a bar?
We have a well-stocked honesty bar and will bring aperitifs to your room at 6pm if you would like a drink while you are getting ready for the evening/relaxing in the bath!
Where can we have dinner?
We offer a supper of soup and a charcuterie board for £30 for 2 which we serve in the dining room at 7pm on Mondays to Thursdays. We occasionally offer an Indian meal when we have a full house of guests during the week. Our honesty bar is well stocked with wines and beer; we prefer guests not to bring their own drinks into the dining room.
There are plenty of great places to eat out in the area, please see our Food page.
Getting to the nearest town and pubs
Walking into Sedbergh takes around 45 minutes via a very scenic route that skirts the bottom of Winder Fell and is doable all year round if you are happy to go by the light of the moon (or borrow our torch!).
If you prefer not to walk or drive in the evening we will do our best to organise a taxi for you, but please do plan this ahead of your stay as there is no Uber out here and taxis are few and far between!
Trains, planes, automobiles?
If you live in the south of England we highly recommend coming on the train from Euston (2hrs 45 mins) and hiring a car from Kendal or Lancaster. If you prefer not to have a car there is plenty of walking from the front door! Driving to us from London takes 5 hours.
For directions on how to get here see our Contact page. Full directions will also be sent to you by email a few days ahead of your stay.
There is plenty of parking at the top of the property; please avoid leaving your car in front of one of the gates which the farmer often needs access through at all times of the day. If you are staying in Ladbroke please do feel free to park outside your room, if even just to unload.
What time can we arrive and when should we leave?
Your room will be ready for you by 3pm and we would love to have it back to prepare for new guests at around 10:30am on the day you depart. We try to be flexible but please do let us know if you need to arrive earlier (we suggest dropping off bags and going for a walk before tea is ready) or leave later (this is no problem in quieter times but during the busy seasons and weekends its a little tricky).
Wifi & mobiles
We are blissfully rural here so mobile and wifi signals can be patchy. Hopefully this will help you to unwind rather than cause any communication problems. Guests are welcome to use the two house phones.
Do you have any special events?
We hold monthly Supper Club evenings and Yoga weekends once or twice a year. Please get in touch if you would like us to keep you up to date on what we have coming up.
Are you ever closed?
We close during the week in January, February and some of March. We are closed to arrivals every Sunday.