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Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bassenthwaite
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 August 2011

My daughter and I booked a spa break with an overnight stay. The whole experience was fantastic. The hotel and grounds were stunning. Food was marvellous and the spa and the treatements we had were superb. Our therapist Wendy was lovely. The whole trip was amazing. Mrs Kerry Baines

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

We stayed at Armathwaite Hall as family (kids 9 & 12) during August 2011. The hall itself is very classically decorated and boasts a number of reception rooms that you can use during your stay. In the reception rooms you will also find games for kids provided (some had pieces missing which was a shame) which kept our kids entertained before dinner. The staff were all really friendly and helpful and generally the place has a nice atmosphere. On our first day we did ask for any ideas of where to go coarse fishing and the hotel staff directed us to a local lake – this was a mistake as theirs nowhere to fish on the lake and we walked for miles trying to find anywhere! So if you want to fish locally Google it before you go. The food was of high standard and the menu adult menu was suitable for children if required. I was a little disappointed that breakfast was a buffet rather than table service as I felt that a hotel of this standard shouldn’t really be keeping food warm in the restaurant for guests and eggs are never very good if they aren’t freshly prepared. We had a two bedroom suite for the four of us and everything was clean and tidy although the furniture was cheap, the TV in the main bedroom was small and the kids room (bunk bed) was tiny and a had a huge crack in the ceiling above the bed. The bathroom was really nice and even had a TV set into the wall (nice touch) but the shower head was hanging of the wall – odd not to have been fixed. By staying at the hotel you get discounted access to Trotters world which is just across the field from the Hall and this is well worth a visit if you have time. In conclusion we had a great stay at Armathwaite Hall and we would stay again, hopefully they will give the rooms a little attention before we stay again!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

If you're touring the Lake District, or staying at the Armathwaite Hall Hotel, it's worth your while to have afternoon tea there You won't be disappointed because it's delicious. My wife and I dropped in last week, and we found it thoroughly enjoyable. Prepared by the skilled hands of Nick Lawson, it has everything you could ask for ; and if you can't finish it all, you will be presented with a little take - away box with the remainder, to enjoy later ! The staff are pleasant and friendly, and the room we were in had a wonderful view of Bassenthwaite Lake. If you fancy an enjoyable afternoon, and some lovely grub, it's the place to be.

Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

We are just back from five nights holiday in Bassenthwaite. Armathwaite Hall is currently rated fourth out of five Bassenthwaite hotels by tripadvisor. Do not let this put you off. All the Bassenthwaite hotels must be superb for Armathwaite Hall is a terrific hotel and the hotel really made the holiday for us! It rained constantly for three days so we ventured out each morning sustained by an excellent breakfast and returned to the hotel looking forward to fine food. We were never disappointed. We ate in the dining room, overlooking the lake, each day as part of our package. The menu changed every evening. There were about eight main courses inc vegetarian options. Coffee , tea, hot chocolate etc could be taken in a lounge. The service was impeccable and the waiters were good natured and helpful. At nearly £50 full price the food was wonderful but expensive. The brasserie beside the spa (but accessible from the hotel) is a cheaper alternative. They serve children's meals there too and in the hotel there is a listening/babysitting service for parents. The spa offers a lot of treatments and the pool and hot tub are free to guests but we were too busy tramping about the lakes to take advantage ot them. Our bedroom was a superior room but had a poor view over the back (room 171) and no air conditioning. The beds were big and high. There is a turn down service every night. Towels were changed daily. Biscuits were constantly replenished. The rooms were immaculate. There are two large lounges and a spacious bar so plenty of places to sit downstairs in the main part of the hotel. There is good parking and beautiful grounds. Wedding receptions take place and you hardly know they are there unless you see the bride. It was a lovely experience to stay in Armathwaite Hall. The staff did everything to make our stay an enjoyable one and they succeeded....despite the weather!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

We went for midweek lunch in June 2010 on some sort of restaurant offer voucher from a national newspaper, booked in advance. Arrived a littel late but absolutely no problem. Treated very well, not stuffed into a corner as "riff raff". Served by a very experienced and decent "aged retainer" -and doesn't experience show!! Lovely dining room with window table, wonderful food , excellent service and coffee on the terace overlooking the lake. Excellent parking arrangements and very attractive builing and setting.Thank you so much, a wonderful start to our three day break in the lakes.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

Myself and my wife have just returned from a 5 night stay at Armathwaite Hall. We have both travelled all over the world, and the level of food, customer service, setting and facilities are second to none here. My wife is vegan, and we generally face raised eyebrows and frowns when asking for a vegan option on the menu - not so here. Indeed, the chef not only produced a vegan menu every night we dined in the lakeside restaurant, but the waiting on staff attentively checked that all ingredients were vegan friendly. The food was superb - even the non vegan options (of which there are many!). Our experience was enhanced by fantastic weather every day except one, which meant that, instead of hiking around the fells as we usually do, we ventured out very little in order to take advantage of the facilities, particularly the pool, gym and outdoor hot tub, and general feeling of tranquility around the gardens. We originally stayed in a club room, near to the spa and overlooking part of the garden, with facilities such as plasma TV, quality Roberts Ipod dock, and flatscreen TV in the bathroom. We moved after the first night because there were some very noisy children next door - not the hotel's fault, and they were accomodating, moving all our belongings to a more traditional room in the older main building, overlooking the deer park. The equipment in the room was not quite up to the same standard as the club room, but that was no problem and in my view the new room was more atmospheric with a fantastic view. The only negative was that on our third day, a couple arrived to stay in the room opposite ours with a very young baby, who proceeded to cry most of the remainder of the day and on other occasions. Because we had been moved to an area in which there were supposed to be no children for the rest of our stay, we were less than happy- we had gone for complete R&R - however, we discovered that this was not the hotel's fault, this couple had not said they were bringing a child and had simply turned up with the child, putting the hotel in a difficult position as there were no other rooms to reallocate this couple to. A word of caution - we ventured out on the nights we were not dining in the Lakeside restaurant at Armathwaite, and both meals, at the nearby Castle Inn and Pheasant Inn respectively, were poor in terms of quality and service; on reflection we should have stayed at Armathwaite and eaten at the more informal bistro on the 2 nights we were not dining in the Lakeside restaurant. The views from the Lakeside restaurant, at breakfast and dinner, are stunning - truly wonderful. All in all, a first class experience and we cant wait to return.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

Stayed at Armathwaite hall July 2011. Got an amazing deal including dinner. The room was very well equipped and the bed was very comfortable although the bathroom was a little small and the shower enclosure was rather limiting! I think that the rooms in the main hotel are probably a lot larger and less like an upmarket motel.
Dinner was a lovely experience. The waiting staff were very efficient, knowledgeable and most welcoming. The dining room is so traditional and very beautiful. We liked the dress code and were very pleased to see that everyone had bothered to make a lot of effort. (def no jeans trainers etc.) The choice on the menu was excellent and the food was beautifully presented and of excellent quality. The traditional service was most appreciated.
The gardens are lovely and the spa (though we are not spa people) was very nicely done. Very modern but hidden from the rest of the hotel. Lovely tennis court too. We were lucky enough to enjoy 3 days of unbroken sunshine in the lakes and probably saw the gardens at their best. All in all a lovely stay and we will return with our dog who was welcome.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Address: Bassenthwaite Lake, Bassenthwaite CA12 4RE, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bassenthwaite
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bassenthwaite
Price Range: £147 - £300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa is a beautiful four red star 17th-century former stately home situated near to Keswick on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. The hotel and spa is private owned and features forty six bedrooms of individual character from stylish spa bedrooms to the luxury of studio suites with stunning lake views. The rosette fine dining Lake View Restaurant serves table d’hote lunches and dinners in elegant surroundings to both residents and non resident guests. The Courtyard Bar and Brasserie is a stylish modern alternative serving meals in a relaxed atmosphere. Afternoon teas are served daily and are a great way to celebrate with family and friends. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies for romantic weddings up to 150 guests. The award winning spa, offers the best in facilities from the 16 meter infinity edge pool to the luxurious outdoor spa pool, thermal suite and life fitness gym. Ten treatment rooms including a double treatment room offer relaxing and soothing treatments to guests, day spa and members. ... more   less 
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