Dating back to at least the 16th century, Sella Park reveals its historic nature in the gracious proportions of its bedrooms and bathrooms, its stone mullioned and leaded windows and the aged beams of its public rooms. Its original purposes is unclear although it have been suggested that it was possibly the Sea Grange, complete with tithe barn, of nearby Calder Abbey. Another theory believes that the current building was formed around a more ancient Pele Tower built to resist marauders from over the nearby Scottish border.
Sella Park has operated as a hotel in more recent times. Currently run by Pennington Hotels & Inns, a business wholly owned by the Pennington family of nearby Muncaster Castle (itself well worth a visit), it stands with the top 10% of hotels in Cumbria with its 4* ranking awarded in 2013. It also holds an AA Rosette for culinary excellence plus has been awarded a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence every year since 2013.
Sella pulls much of its weekday business from its proximity to the Sellafield site but it is also ideally placed for those wishing to explore the Western Lake District and coast. The beautiful sandy beaches of Seascale and Drigg are nearby, as are the high red cliffs of St Bees Head. The high fells of Pillar, the Gables and the Scafells form the eastern horizon, with Calderbridge spanning the foot of wild and beautiful Ennerdale, much reported recently as one of Britain's rare Dark Sky Reserves. Better-known but still peaceful are Wasdale and Wastwater and Eskdale to the south and the pretty Loweswater and the western Buttermere fells to the north. The immediate area has much to offer walkers and cyclists alike, with the Coast to Coast cycle and walkers' routes both beginning close by, crossing the Cumbrian coastal cycleway which begins in the National Park's only seaside village of Ravenglass, home also to the Ravenglass & Eskdale heritage narrow-gauge steam railway.