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Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bassenthwaite
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 August 2013

This hotel has has the whole hospitality experience sorted.
Check in was smooth with a free sherry. Our rooms were delightful; lovely furnishings with plenty of extras, such a tv in the bathroom. My mother had reserved a single room but was upgraded to a superior double close to our room. We were lucky to have a room with a balcony which made for a pleasant cup of tea in the sun. The views from many rooms are great and if you can't see from your room, the eating and lounge areas provide them.
Every member of staff is exceptionally polite and professional. Nothing is too much trouble, so much so that not one stood out, but each individual would in many another hotel.
Afternoon tea was top notch. (I always eat cheese scones and these were the best I've had!)
The spa and pool facilities were brilliant - pool is good for swimming lengths whilst the small pool is great for kids. The outdoor jacuzzi makes relaxation easy and is picturesque.
We ate in the formal dining room- the menu contained a wide variety of options, and had a great atmosphere.
Breakfast is another treat. This was my second time here and I will be back!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

Set in unbelievable scenery this Hotel is all about stately mansion living. The building itself is beautiful, as is the grounds with forest walks just yards away from the rear of the house.

The view from the rear of the building takes in step hills on either side of Bassenthwaite Lake - it's stunning. The room was luxurious as was the en-suite.

The swimming pool and Spa is top quality and there's a large outdoor Jacuzzi and sun lounging area.

Dinner in the Dining room is formal with a strict dress code, but in the nearby Brasserie it's `dress how you like'. The food is excellent as is the service .

It's expensive for a one night stay, but we got a Groupon deal for half the price, it was great to see how the other half live.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

After a god swim in the spa we were hungry and popped into the Brasserie for some well earned food. Marion and Sunshine are always there to tend to your needs, they make you feel so welcome.

The homemade burger was scrummy with the blue cheese topping, the hubby ate the salmon with couscous he said it was rather delicious - I wouldn't know I didn't get to taste it!

How lovely to have good food at a good price with great service - please keep up the good work

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Debbie M
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We have had another lovely experience at Armathwaite Hall, the last time we were there was twenty one years ago, I was so delighted to be back. The service here is exceptional, you are treated so well by all the staff, they make you feel really special. We had a lovely room, no.143 which is on the ground floor with a small patio area, my husband and I sat with a lovely bottle of sparkly wine and enjoyed the sunshine, a perfect afternoon! We booked for our evening meal too, which was fantastic quality, the waiting staff take care of you from the minute you go for a pre dinner drink in the drawing room, right through to the end of your meal, they will take your drinks and bring coffees through to the comfortable lounge area to finish your evening, cant fault this hotel at all, loved it.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank nickyf17
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

I would like to apologise to the staff of Armathwaite Hall, for the delay in writing this well overdue shower of well deserved praise; for my wife and I’s silver wedding anniversary stay at the end of May.
Having travelled from Eastern Scotland, on arrival, we were greeted by Danni with a very warm and friendly welcome, together with a sherry; whilst a very efficient porter, who had whisked our cases up to the second floor and into our super room so very quickly. So quick in fact, I didn’t get an opportunity to tip him.
Our Club room had recently been refurbished was on the side of the hotel, with its own small balcony with seats giving wonderful views to Bassenthwaite lake to the front and over splendid countryside to the rear. The room was large, with huge big bed with superb fresh crisp white sheets and duvet with a quality cover at the foot of the bed. Quality white towelling gowns were sitting on the bed neatly folded into small bundles. Storage was a large oak wardrobe with ample capacity for our five night stay. A conveniently placed LCD flat screen TV was wall mounted facing the bed. Finally two comfortable wing chairs were placed either side of a small circular table. Behind them was the access door to the balcony.
The bathroom took us by surprise, with a well specified and equipped fully tiled grooming centre. The towels were very soft and thick, always a good sign. The bath had centrally mounted taps and plug release. Above the bath were two wall mounted bi-fold glazed doors, which pull around you, once standing in the shower within the bath. Unusual and works well, however if you’re cuddly like me, then you might struggle to keep the doors together when moving around inside it. If you like to soak in a bath, then the wall mounted TV with remote may be of interest. Don’t forget to ask for a non-slip bath mat.
Pre dinner drinks were served in a very comfortable lounge with a spectacular view of the lake. So very restful, I could have stayed there forever. As long as someone kept the G&T coming. Dinner was taken in the Lake View restaurant. The food was of a high standard but the temperature of it on the plates could have been hotter, perhaps improving the dining experience. Service at times seemed a little slow but they were rather busy, as I understand they were full and hosting conference dining guests too from a Rolls Royce and Bentley motor club. On our actual anniversary, we sat at the table at the centre of the window, giving the best view of the lake. Antonio the maitre d' and waiting staff was so very kind and even the chef prepared a wonderful happy anniversary desert. It was absolutely delightful, and a wonderful gesture.
On two evenings we tried their Courtyard Brasserie and found the two gentlemen of staff, swift and efficient with the same quality of food on hot plates, delicious.
Breakfast was a leisurely affair, served in the Lake View restaurant. Apart from very pale thin toast on most mornings, it was another successful experience, with a wide range to suit all tastes.
Everyone at Armathwaite, including each member of staff, was warm and welcoming, friendly and generous with their attention to detail. We loved it and are looking forward to a pampered winter return.
If you’re looking for an old country hotel, full of charm and character with old fashioned high standards, Armathwaite Hall should be experienced; as it’s a credit to the industry.
(Be aware Wi-Fi needs upgrading)

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Smithinscotland
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Location was beautiful. Old charm without being stuffy. We brought our 2 kids and we were worried our stay wouldn't be relaxed but we couldn't have been more wrong. From the breakfast staff suggesting and bringing our son a special hot chocolate, to watching wild baby deer prancing about on the lawns which rolled down to the lake, and the fun we had in the pool during family swim times. Of course the surroundings are breathtaking but it is the staff that are the real asset of this hotel. We would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank MichelleNorth
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

A group of us visited for afternoon tea to celebrate a 'special birthday' of one of our group at the end of July.
This is a truly spectacular setting and a building with a very interesting history too. The views over the lake are quite wonderful.
The meal itself was fantastic with a choice of teas, good range of sandwiches, cakes and desserts, to suit all tastes. Refills were also provided. The service was good, helpful but unobtrusive - just right. Staff were particularly helpful when some of the party were delayed, having assumed, wrongly, that the hall is near the village of Armathwaite. It's not, it's about half an hour away, so be sure to consult a map or use the satnav!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Alison B
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Additional Information about Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

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:
#2 Family Hotel in Bassenthwaite
#2 Business Hotel in Bassenthwaite
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bassenthwaite
Price Range: £199 - £306 (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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Armathwaite Hall Hotel Bassenthwaite
Armathwaite Hall Keswick
Armathwaite Hall Hotel Keswick
Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa Bassenthwaite/Keswick, Lake District

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