A Must-Stay Country House Hotel in the Lake District

Moresby Hall offers guests an immersive stay in charming ‘chocolate box’, English countryside surroundings, a few miles outside of Whitehaven, in the heart of Cumbria.

Though Moresby has been standing against the stunning landscape for centuries, it has been sympathetically modernised and lovingly preserved to offer you a unique, 21st century stay inside what must be the most historic hotel in the Lake District.

Moresby Hall is the perfect base for families, couples, and solo travellers looking to explore the Lake District, for couples looking for a quintessentially English romantic get-away, and those looking to tie the knot in the most gorgeous corner of the country. We’re also perfectly situated to host cyclists taking part in the popular Coast to Coast challenge!

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More Than a Hotel

We’re also a restaurant, open to both guests and the public, serving contemporary British cuisine in picturesque surroundings.

We also work with businesses all over the UK looking for a unique hotel in the Lake District to host memorable team away days, and provide employees working locally with a base to retire to, with access to breakfast and evening meals.

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Moresby Hall Dining Room
Moresby Hall Staircase

A Historic Hotel With a Story

Called “one of the most important buildings in Cumbria” by English Heritage, our Grade 1 listed building with stunning walled gardens, is an oasis for those looking for a warm, personal, and distinctive hotel in the Lake District, surrounded by the beauty of the Western Lake District. We hope to welcome you soon.

From a mediaeval pele tower, to a charming hotel in the Lake District, Moresby Hall is a Grade 1 Listed building, and one of the oldest residences in the whole of Cumbria.

It’s a part of the landscape and is synonymous with the area. In fact, for centuries past, locals would use the phrase “nowt as grand as Moresby Hall folk” to mean the height of opulence and splendour.

Dating back to the 12th century, the fort that once stood here was owned by the Moresby Family, who were notorious for acquiring large estates through conquest and marriage. One of its earliest and most famous owners, Christopher de Moresby, was honoured by King Henry for his role fighting in the Battle of Agincourt.

The hall was home to another four generations of Christopher de Moresby’s, who went on to possess vast estates and seigneurial rights to twenty one manors, of which Annie Moresby, great grand-daughter of Sir Christopher, was sole heiress.

After losing her husband Sir Francis Weston, who was executed by King Henry VIII following accusations of adultery with Queen Anne Boleyn, Anne married twice more to wealthy men and outlived them both. She lived at the hall late into her life, before allowing her son to sell it to a well-to-do merchant from Cockermouth, William Fletcher.

The Fletchers owned the hall for 250 years, and arranged for prominent architects to remodel the front facade of the hall. Work began in 1617 by Inigo Jones, and continued between 1670-1690 with designs attributed to either William Thackery or Edward Addison.

This work can still be seen today, and makes Moresby Hall what we believe to be the most beautiful hotel in the Lake District.

The Fletchers also assisted in the archaeological investigation of remains from a Roman camp, located across from Moresby Hall, which is still a site of archaeological interest today.

When owner Thomas Fletcher died childless during the eighteenth century, the house changed hands several times, ceased to be a manorial residence, and eventually fell into disrepair – even being used as a farmhouse for a number of years.

Moresby Hall was restored in 1910 and became a small manor house once again, until 1955 when it was bought by prominent local employer, High Duty Alloys, who used Moresby to host business connections, celebrities, and even royalty.

In the 1990’s, Moresby Hall was reborn as a B&B, and has recently been purchased by new owners with a mission to make it the finest, must-stay hotel in the Lake District.

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Like No Other Hotel in the Lake District

If you’re looking for a hotel in the Lake District with the wow factor, look no further. Moresby Hall makes an immediate impression with its renaissance era architecture, rusticated facade, and preserved original features.

With its original spiral stone staircase from the mediaeval pele tower that preceded the grand hall back in the 12th century, an enormous chimney breast on the east side of the Hall from the original kitchen, and a host of other period features to discover, Moresby Hall is like no other hotel in the Lake District.

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About the Local Area

We’re located only 2 miles outside of the beautiful Georgian harbour town of Whitehaven.
Situated on the Western Lake District coast of Cumbria, Whitehaven harbour is a must-see when putting together your itinerary. This regenerated port dates back to the 1630’s and offers wonderful views, a waterside walk and sailing facilities.

Other Local Attractions

Be sure to explore The Beacon museum to learn more about the history of the harbour, the town, and its history of coal mining, shipbuilding and more.

The harbour is the starting location of the C2C cycling challenge, and at only 3 miles from Moresby Hall, we’re a go-to hotel in the Lake District for those cycling this route.

Whitehaven also has a great shopping centre, with a wide range of stores, including independent and specialist shops, and fun experiences to explore.

The Rum Story is one such experience worth a visit, that explores whitehaven’s fascinating role in the UK rum trade through a journey with pirates, smugglers, Nelson’s Navy and jazz age gangsters.

When it comes to eating in Whitehaven, there’s no shortage of options. However, more than just a hotel in the Lake District, our restaurant, offering an excellent varied menu in stunning surroundings, is an unmissable trip for food lovers visiting the area. Book a table today.