The Masons Arms Pub with rooms in Cartmel Fell, Cumbria

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£95 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Cumbrian classic; stunning setting
  • Timeless interior; great beers
  • Cosy cottage rooms & suites
  • Fab terrace; far-reaching views
  • Dogs & kids welcome

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The Masons Arms Cartmel Fell, Cumbria, LA11 6NW

The personal touch

The well-loved Masons Arms is a Cumbrian classic if ever there was one. The setting is glorious, perched on the hillside at Strawberry Bank with Lakeland views in all directions, including a 15-mile vista across the beautiful Winster Valley to Scout Scar, and the 16th-century interior is equally inspiring – a series of quaint, unspoilt little farmhouse rooms. In the main bar are polished flagstones, a big open fire, sagging ceiling beams, simple country furniture and well-chosen pictures. Several cottagey anterooms offer old pews, oak tables, some fine Jacobean panelling and an old cast-iron range with glowing coal fire. Tiny thickset windows frame the pretty view across the Winster Valley. Rustic elegance extends upstairs to the first-floor dining room with its rug-strewn wood floor, red walls, old wooden tables and chairs, and fabulous views from the sought-after window seats. Be early for a seat on the terrace in summer as the Masons Arms draws the crowds, who wish to drink in that view along with their pint. Only three miles from the southern end of Lake Windermere in a little-visited area of the Lakes, yet within easy reach of Kendal, Bowness and Grasmere. A truly peaceful spot (no mobile signal) with stunning walks from the front door. Part of the Individual Inns pub group and sister pub to the equally traditional and timeless Fountaine Inn at Linton-in-Craven in the Yorkshire Dales (see entry).

Sticky fingers

Families should book the self-catering cottage rooms, although there’s space for an extra bed (£15) in some of the suites. There’s a children’s menu and smaller portions are also available.

Muddy paws

Expect a huge welcome to your canine companion as this is prime walking country; dogs are allowed in the bar and overnight in the cottage rooms and some of the suites.


Fabulous heated terrace with amazing views across the Winster Valley. Cracking spot for summer alfresco meals – arrive early…!

What’s the Damage?
5 Suites & 2 Cottages sleeping six and four: £95-£130. Minimum 2 nights at weekends

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking



The Masons Arms Cartmel Fell, Cumbria, LA11 6NW

Do Not Disturb

The rooms set up at the Masons Arms must be unique – five swish two-level suites at the inn available on a room only basis and cosy rooms in the cottages at the rear being let on a self-catering basis. However, you’ll find them attractive and contemporary-rustic, with wooden floors, quality furnishings, up-to-the-minute bathrooms, and big beds on mezzanine floors in the suites. The cottages have fully-fitted kitchens and sitting areas from open log fires; Winster Cottage sleeps six (double & bunk-bedded room; sofa bed) and Lyth Cottage sleeps four (double room & sofa bed). And, yes, all make the most of the stunning views from private or shared terraces. Breakfast is extra and not served in the pub until 9.30am, however if you are staying in one of the suites you can order a continental breakfast hamper (£6.95 per person) in advance. A full hamper (£25) can be ordered in advance for each cottage.


What’s the Damage?
5 Suites & 2 Cottages sleeping six and four: £95-£130. Minimum 2 nights at weekends

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking


Eat & Drink

The Masons Arms Cartmel Fell, Cumbria, LA11 6NW

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £4.95-£8.95; Main Courses: £13.95-£20; Desserts £6.95)

Aside from the excellent bar food, there’s a mind-boggling array of drinks, from malty brews from the local Hawkshead, Cumbrian and Bowness Bay Breweries, and an impressive range of foreign bottled beers, to farm cider, 20 boutique gins, including the locally made damson gin and strawberry vodka, and 14 wines by the glass. Choosing from the food menu is not quite as daunting and you can scrutinise it over a selection of marinated olives with feta cheese and foccacia. If you fancy a sandwich then why not try the crispy lamb, roasted red onion, red peppers and tzatziki baguette. Or for a more substantial meal, start with something like local black pudding and poached egg with roasted baby potatoes and fresh asparagus or Cartmel Valley smoked salmon and avocado cocktail, then follow with king prawn and saffron risotto, lamb shoulder with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and rosemary and red wine jus, or rib-eye steak with all the trimmings. The famous Cartmel sticky toffee pudding is worth saving room for, as is the lemon curd and blueberry cheesecake, but there’s a selection of Cumbrian cheeses for those with less of a sweet tooth.

Time to eat

Breakfast: 9.30am – 11am

Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm;

Dinner: 6pm – 9pm

Food all day: 12 noon – 9pm Saturday & Sundays

Time at the bar

11.30am – 11pm (12 noon – 10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
5 Suites & 2 Cottages sleeping six and four: £95-£130. Minimum 2 nights at weekends

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking


Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know –

1 Inn Location - The Masons Arms


Farrer's Tea and Coffee House, 13 Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4LY

From 1819, when John Farrer started a family business of specialist tea and coffee merchant at Stricklandgate, the tantalizing aroma of roasting coffee became a feature of daily life in the market town of Kendal. Visit the tearoom to sample the great range of teas and coffees available while enjoying fresh cakes and maybe an exhibition of local art.


Kendal Farmers' Market, Market Place, Kendal LA9 4TP

Kendal Farmers Market is held in the Market Place in Kendal on the last Friday in each month from 9:30 to 3:30pm.


Stainton Wines, 1 Station Yard, Kendal LA9 6BT

Feisty, independent, opinionated and honest is the best way to sum up Frank Stainton’s approach to his business. Beginning in 1984, the overriding quest has been to source, import and sell the most characterful and interesting wines at every price point. “Our £7 bottle of wine will be the best value £7 wine on the market”


Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2HG

On the banks of the River Lune and a short drive from Lupton, Kirkby Lonsdale has picturesque alleys and cobbled courtyards, traditional food shops and fashion and home decor outlets. The street names add to the charm - Jingling Lane and Salt Pie Lane among them.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Masons Arms



Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding Pier House CA11 0US

The Ullswater Steamers have been sailing on ‘England’s most beautiful lake’ since 1859 – take a one or two hour cruise along the lakeside, with the dramatic backdrop of Helvellyn and the stunning fells.


Lake District Wildlife Park, Bassenthwaite CA12 4RD

The only wildlife park in this part of Cumbria, the emphasis here is very much on conservation, education and engaging with visitors. Take a stroll and see more than 1,000 species – from anaconda to zebra.


Keswick Climbing Wall, Goosewell Farm, Keswick CA12 4RN

There’s something here for all ages – including indoor climbing, bouldering and archery throughout the year. Climbing lessons are available and experienced climbers have an excellent range of challenges to confront them. One bonus is that the climbing wall represents a perfect alternative if wet outside.



Kendal LA9 4BH

Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District National Park, is full of local produce retailers, independent shops, indoor and outdoor markets and a host of chocolate houses and specialist food shops. Wainwright's Yard is great for all kinds of shopping.


Ambleside LA22 9BS

The streets in this little Lakeland town are busy for much of the year. There’s a great choice of craft, gift and gallery shops to be found as well as coffee shops and bistro-style restaurants.


Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2HG

On the banks of the River Lune and a short drive from Lupton, Kirkby Lonsdale has picturesque alleys and cobbled courtyards, traditional food shops and fashion and home décor outlets. The street names add to the charm – Jingling Lane and Salt Pie Lane among them.


Special Expressions, 34 Main St, Keswick CA12 5JD

Established in 2001, Special Expressions retails Harry Mason designer jewellery at various shows, fairs and events around the UK. Special Expressions specialises in distinctive and desirable designs.



Predictably, the streets of this delightful little Lakeland town are busy for much of the year, but what is surprising is the great choice of craft, gift and gallery shops to be found here. Expect, too, plenty of coffee shops and bistro-style restaurants.


Rheged Centre, Redhills CA11 0DQ

This is Europe’s largest grass covered building – it’s a dramatic, contemporary setting for exhibitions, talks and workshops and an Imax screen showing films. A Foodhall, café and great shops here too, selling hand made chocolates, arts & crafts, books, and outdoor clothing.

Places to visit


Settle to Carlisle Railway BD24 9EJ

More like a cleverly designed visitor attraction than a vital lifeline serving countless communities in the wilds of Cumbria and North Yorkshire, the Settle-Carlisle Railway offers a constant backdrop of fells and moorland. Make a day of it and jump off at any number of stops en route.


Leighton Hall, Carnforth LA5 9ST

Designated by English heritage as a rare Grade II listed building, Leighton Hall, near Carnforth, was rebuilt in the Adam style in the mid-18th century. There's much to see here, including the magnificent Hall itself, attractive gardens and parkland.


Hill Top, Near Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0LF

The National Trust describes Hill Top, on the banks of Lake Windermere, as a Beatrix Potter time capsule. It's a wonderful experience as you step back in time to 1914. The garden is also a great attraction, with its flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables.


The Lake District

This most famous of national parks is packed with visitor attractions, historic houses, quaint towns, pretty villages and, of course, some of the most stunning natural scenery in the UK. Much of southern Lakeland is easily accessible from Lupton - among the best known are Lake Windermere and Coniston Water.


Sizergh Castle & Garden, Sizergh, Kendal, LA8 8AE

A family home near Kendal that represents 700 years of history. Still occupied by the Strickland family, Sizergh has a wealth of tales to tell. Take time to explore the garden and the 1,600-acre estate.


Carnforth Station Heritage Centre LA5 9TR

Carnforth Station Heritage Centre and the Brief Encounter Refreshment Room opened in 2003 following major restoration, but the site's greatest claim to fame is the part it played in David Lean's film Brief Encounter, shot on location here in 1945


Leighton Hall LA5 9ST

Designated by English Heritage as a Grade II-listed building, Leighton Hall, near Carnforth, was rebuilt in the Adam style during the middle years of the 18th century. There's plenty to see here, including attractive gardens and rolling parkland. Famous as the home of the Gillow furniture family.


Dalemain, Penrith CA11 0HB

Historic country house and gardens near Ullswater. Described as one of the most beautiful stately homes in the north west, the pink stone of its Georgian façade glows wonderfully in the Lakeland sunshine. Dalemain includes an extensive award-winning garden with plants including a Greek fir.


Rydal Mount, Ambleside LA22 9LU

Rydal Mount can be reached on foot from nearby Ambleside, making it the focal point of a manageable and very attractive Lakeland walk. William Wordsworth and his family moved to Rydal Mount in 1813. With its 4-acre garden and charming setting on the banks of Rydal Water, the house suited Wordsworth perfectly.


Stagshaw Garden, Ambleside Road, Ambleside LA22 0HE

Covering about 8 acres, this woodland garden, near Ambleside, is owned by the National Trust. There are winding paths and a wide variety of shrubs, trees and plants, including rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas.

Walking is one of the top activities in the Lakes and on the doorstep of the Masons Arms are some great walks. Or, for an unforgettable experience, book a guided walk across nearby Morecambe Bay, one of the region’s walking highlights.

The Lake District has an assortment of challenging off-road mountain trails, gentler country lanes and classic cross-country routes.

Getting there

Location, location, location

By Road: From M6 (J36), follow the A590 to Newby Bridge/Barrow in Furness. Take the A5074 road to Windermere, after 3 miles take a left signposted to The Masons Arms. When using a SatNav please enter LA11 6NW or enter the village Bowland Bridge.

By Rail: Nearest station is Kendal (10 miles) – 3 hours from London Euston


Strawberry Bank, Cartmel Fell, Cumbria, LA11 6NW

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