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New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

Great Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JX England
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The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is located in the picturesque Langdale Valley, close to the bustling small town of Ambleside and is situated conveniently for visiting many intersting areas of the Lake District, such as Grasmere, Bowness on Windermere, Keswick and Kendal. The Hotel prides itself on the cuisine served, the relaxed and friendly service it offers, as well as the excellent standards provided.All bedrooms enjoy the most dramatic of views, whether over Stickle Beck as it tumbles down the fellside, to the Pikes themselves all dominant and brooding or Lingmoor as she forms the long south easterly side of the valley. Each of the extremely comfortable rooms are en-suite with colour television and tea and coffee making facilities and central heating.The bright restaurant overlooks the patio and to the lawn with the Lakeland fells beyond. Before dining take the opportunity to sample the hand pulled beers or the many malt whiskies available in the cosy lounge bar.Resident chef, Ian Manley, now in his 12th year at the hotel and his small and enthusiastic team have devised a style of cooking which is unique to The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. Using only the finest seasonal local produce including game, meat and fish the hotel proudly claim an extremely high standard of cuisine that you will want to sample again and again. The excellent selection of dishes also extends to our range of vegetarian meals.The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is located in the very heart of the Lake District, one of the most beautiful and inspiring corners of England. This region of long ribbon lakes, green valleys and sweeping mountains was the home of the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge and greatly inspired their work.
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Jonathan M wrote a review Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom5 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for a 4 night mid week break in November. We had a superior double which was well furnished and very clean. The ensuite was spotless. It was a corner room with panoramic views of the valley and fells from both windows. The hotel has extensive communal areas including a lounge with log fire, a residents bar, a public walkers pub, a dining room and extensive external garden with sitting area.

The food was of good quality and enough variety that we dined there on all four evenings. The Rump of Lamb was particularly good being incredibly tender. The bar had two real ales a light and dark. I would also recommend the Rhubarb and Rose Hip Lakeland Gin.

The service was faultless, always available when needed and very friendly. The barman even managed a perfect flower on our coffee.

The hotel is located in what is arguably the best location for walking in the Lake District being directly under the Langdale Pikes. In our 3 full days we did a valley walk over Blea Tarn, to Skelwith Bridge and back up Great Langdale, the Langdale Pikes and finally the Crinkle Crags. Other options included Bow Fell, Scafell, Grasmere via Easedale Tarn etc. etc.

A point to mention is the WiFi is slow although does allow contact with the outside World.

Finally at £340 for four nights, two people or £42.50 pppn I believe it was very good value.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: We were in Room 5 on First Floor, stair access, very quiet, good views.
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Cat R wrote a review Oct 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom64 contributions26 helpful votes
Pros: great location for walks/ Scafell Pike, scenic views, friendly & helpful staff, quiet remote location.
Cons: overpriced for what you get, small room needing some refurbishment, breakfast not great at all ( having to ask for what exactly you want to eat, toast is “one small slice”, small glass of orange juice ). Dinner expensive, not great choice and we were not the only ones complaining about the food quality. Due to Covid no room cleaning during your stay , that wouldn’t bother me but I had to ask every day for shower gel, tea, milk ... would have thought they would put you more in the room sparing me from having to go very day ask for stuff ...not at the price we paid for the room !
Maybe the room rate would be less on non Covid times and things would be more organised (say perhaps buffet style breakfast and toiletries replenished every day ) but the way is now is a mixed bag !
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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shirls50 wrote a review Aug 2020
Preston, United Kingdom137 contributions51 helpful votes
Stayed here whilst walking in the Langdales. Hotel has adapted very well to New Covid-19 rules. Fabulous views throughout the hotel. Very friendly staff, especially Richard who was one of the most pleasant, helpful and efficient people I have ever met in a hotel. All rooms have view of the Langdales and there is a drying room for wet clothes/boots after walking.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Gary K wrote a review Oct 2021
Horsham6 contributions12 helpful votes
I stayed here for 4 nights in September with my brother. It was our base for a walking holiday in the Lakes. It was my first visit to the area but my brother had been several times.

We were a little concerned about the hotel having read previous comments about falling standards following a recent change of ownership but we found it absolutely fine.

Our rooms were clean and a good size and the bathrooms were spotless. Shower gel, shampoos were supplied. Breakfasts were good with a choice of cooked or cereals, fruit etc. I had cooked on two occasions and couldn’t fault it.

The staff were very friendly and helpful at all times. The car park was often full when we returned from our walks so I’m assuming not all those parking there should have been. We managed to park over the road in the smaller National Trust car park without any issues.

My major gripe would be the lack of decent WIFI which was intensely irritating at times but it’s a very rural location so what you gain through stunning views you lose on this. Some of the decor is a little dated in the hotel but it’s a 3 Star so you don’t expect the Ritz.

I absolutely loved the whole area and got to do some wonderful walks and would love to return one day.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Arlene S wrote a review Jan 2023
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Absolutely stunning area, breaktaking views, amazing walks. We had such a lovely stay in the hotel run by Rob, witty general manager and a his lovely team. Checked in with Diane, the lovely down to earth receptionist. Staff zt this rustic hotel all cover all roles so she also served breakfast.
Bar manager/ come customer service Queen/ come waitress and receptionist Hayley, was so personable, great chat and witty repartee , nothing was too much trouble. She met our every need for the duration of our 4 day stay. Oscar and Fin ( my apologies if that's not the correct spelling!), served us lovely meals and drinks,
My partner loved the local ales and I had the best sauvignon blanc ever, recommended by our young charming waiter. The lamb was to die for in both the lamb pie and the roast dinner.
Breakfast was some ' help yourself' and then you order hot food; a good full English from local produce
Best laugh ever, " we haven't got any eggs, but we can make scrambled eggs". It cracked me up as we heard this repeated multiple times. It was made from some egg substitute but not to my palate.
I would have loved an omelette...." not on the menu".
Rooms have everything you need and more ... cotton wool and ear buds, good handwash, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner.
Great beds, pillows and linens, towels etc.
Our room needed a little tlc with housekeeping (carpet clean and deep clean of shower walls grouting and seals). Some strong cleaner and elbow grease would resolve it.
Already looking to book again and would recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from RedCat, Owner at New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel
Responded 2 Feb 2023
Hi Thankyou so much for your lovely comments about the staff, food, wine, beer and hotel. I will pass them on to everyone that works here. It was great to meet you and so pleased you had a lovely stay with us. We are getting around to updating all the rooms, slowly but surely. Looking forward to seeing you both again and the Dungeon Ghyll. Thanks Diane
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Adam N wrote a review Jul 2023
Bicester, United Kingdom1 contribution
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Very poor house keeping, first day we arrived the toilet wasn't cleaned as it had dirty poo stains, my girlfriend mentioned this to me the next day and she disinfected it herself, had I known then I would have told the staff to clean it, on top of this they didn't take the bins out in our room, just flung the duvet on top of the bed in a very untidy manner, never replenished the toilet rolls or the tea tray. On the Thursday we left the sign to make up our room and they didn't even bother, when we came back they clearly hadn't been in our room. Mentioned this to a lady at the front desk when we checked out and was told I would get an email from management that day but haven't received anything yet. Food was very pricey for the quality as well so we mostly ate out instead.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Manchick wrote a review Jan 2020
Manchester17 contributions11 helpful votes
Stayed for a two night break with friends on a Winter warmer special midweek deal. What amazing value for money. Our deal included Dinner, bed and breakfast and unlike other deals that may offer a reduced/alternative menu as you are on a deal. The New Dungeon Ghyll offered a beautiful 5 course extravaganza. The food was faultless. Great choice and beautifully cooked and served by amazing staff.

2nd evening a completely different menu with lots of choice was offered, very impressive.

Lovely furnished and finished rooms.

Great staff, very friendly.

Perfect stay. Thank you to all.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Clare wrote a review Oct 2021
High Wycombe, United Kingdom10 contributions4 helpful votes
Having stayed in the New Dungeon Gyhll many years ago, we were so disappointed with our recent stay. We were due to stay for two nights but checked out after the first.

Our room was extremely small for the price, there was very little room for our two bags and the ventilation unit outside our window, we think for the cellar kept us awake for most of the night. The bathroom was ok, but in this day and age of environmental consciousness, particularly in the Lake District, I would not expect to see individual plastic sachets of shower gel etc. The room also felt dated with torn lamp shades and a standard double bed. We stayed in a hotel nearby at a similar price and the standard was a lot better.

Whilst the staff were friendly breakfast was very mediocre.

Set in an amazing location, our overall feeling of the hotel is that it is over priced for what it is offering and is in need of bringing up to date. It has great potential.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BackinBracknell wrote a review Sept 2020
Bracknell, United Kingdom1,502 contribution725 helpful votes
We have been coming to the New Dungeon Ghyll for many years so when they reopened we jumped at the chance to get away for a few days after lockdown. Obviously things were a bit different to how they were before, but with the Covid-19 protective measures in place it meant that at all times during our stay we felt completely safe. After checking into our room the staff didn't enter at all during our stay. This did mean we had to make our own bed each day though! All staff were excellent - very friendly and professional throughout. The bar meals were good quality and we were able to sit in the dining room for breakfast and dinner, although they also had a marquee set up outside.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Bob and Wendy M wrote a review Jul 2021
Burgess Hill, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
We recently stayed here for 5 nights. This hotel is in a great location for walking in and around Langdale and the views are stunning. Our room was lovely and clean, the food good and the staff were really friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Definitely recommend!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Joanne E asked a question Dec 2016
Durham, United Kingdom2 contributions2 helpful votes
Are dogs allowed to stay and in the pub while eating?
Answer from CarlSixsmith
Leigh, England, United Kingdom67 contributions11 helpful votes
yes in the bar and in one room of the restaurant. not the main room though.
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Answer from nixon94
bolton50 contributions20 helpful votes
Why not give them a ring ? They are very accommodating .
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ZarSko29 asked a question Aug 2016
Blackburn, United Kingdom3 contributions12 helpful votes
pets allowed?
Answer from masonz
yorkshire5 contributions2 helpful votes
Dogs are allowed in some rooms, the bar area too. Very dog friendly staff!
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77Sally wrote a tip Sept 2023
Manchester, United Kingdom40 contributions38 helpful votes
"Don't expect anything nearby, a proper walkers' hotel. Very quiet - lovely!"
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yorkshirefam wrote a tip Jul 2023
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom25 contributions11 helpful votes
"Go next door to the Sicklebarn. "
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Adam N wrote a tip Jul 2023
Bicester, United Kingdom1 contribution
"Best to avoid and find better value for money, if they can improve the level of service then maybe consider."
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alana b wrote a tip Jul 2023
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"Stay away from food "
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Warren C wrote a tip Jun 2023
Leyland, United Kingdom9 contributions19 helpful votes
"Avoid the little guy with the bad attitude "
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Frequently Asked Questions about New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Easedale Tarn (2.4 miles), Loughrigg Fell (3.2 miles), and Lake Grasmere (2.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Jumble Room, Lanty Slee's Elterwater, and Lucia's Coffee + Bakehouse.
Are pets allowed at New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rydal Mount & Gardens (3.9 miles).
Does New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.