The magnificent Eden Valley in the North Pennines has long been known to a select band of connoisseurs who like to appreciate all the natural beauty of the area without the congestion sometimes associated with parts of the Lake District just a short drive away. Without a doubt one of the finest places to stay in Eden Valley is Appleby Manor Hotel & Garden Spa. Originally built for prominent local solicitor John Alcock Heelis in 1871, the house enjoys superb views over Appleby Castle across the Eden valley toward the fells of the Lake District. The well equipped bedrooms are wonderfully comfortable and vary in style. Many rooms have lovely views and some ground floor rooms even have their own patios and garden furniture. For a really special experience, consider The Heelis Suite, a large room in what was formerly the house’s billiards room complete with its own Jacuzzi bath. Dinner in the award-winning restaurant is a treat with beautifully cooked dishes made from the finest locally sourced ingredients. Favourites include Cumbrian Fell Side Spring Lamb, Trio of Cumbrian Rare-Breed Pork, Char-Grilled Sirloin of Lakeland Beef and Pan-Fried Supreme of Wild Sea Bass, all complemented by a serious wine list with varieties from 14 countries. For a more informal experience, consider the 1871 Bistro – a friendly and very affordable also with a menu inspired by such local culinary icons as Lakes Speciality Foods, Shaw's of Wigton and Appleby Creamery. For relaxation, you can't do better than spending some quality time in the new spa facilities, complete with Vitality Pool, Outdoor Spa Baths, Thermal suite and 6 Treatment Rooms. In the local area you are spoilt for choice with both the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District on your doorstep. Even closer to hand is the underappreciated natural beauty of the North Pennines with High-Cup-Nick and Murton Fell just four miles from the hotel. It’s also possible to catch the celebrated Settle-Carlisle railway line from Appleby station, just half a mile away.