We embarked on a road trip to Northern England over the August Bank Holiday weekend. For the first part of the trip, we based ourselves just outside the South Lakeland town of Ulverston.
Swarthmoor Hall is a little outside of Ulverston but easy to find. Now owned and run by the Quakers, the Hall was built for the Fell family around 1568 and many original features still survive. There’s a small fee charged if you want to go into the Hall. On the day we went, we were the only visitors and were able to roam the rooms freely. The Quakers are very trusting.
The gardens are free to enter and there’s a small café serving delicious light lunches.
Swarthmoor Hall is open to residential visitors throughout the year and I think it would make the perfect place for a retreat.