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Langdale Hotel
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Suffolk
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“4th Stay”
Reviewed 26 March 2013

We stayed at the Langdale for my birthday February 2013, this was our 4th visit. We have been very spoilt when staying here in the past, always having signature rooms (the cheapest) they have always been immaculate and very luxurious.
However this time we were placed in, what I assume was a family room, it was dark and tired looking, a far cry from what we have been blessed with before. Don't get me wrong, if we did not know what the other rooms were like we would have been happy. My husband spoke to reception and agreed to pay an extra £50 for our 3 night stay and we were upgraded to a Waterside Feature Room. This was more like it. We had room 174.
The room was beautiful and with the river just outside the sounds were relaxing and not at all intrusive. I will not spoil it!
The service was a little slower then the other times we had been there, however in their defence it was busy, being half term. For example one night we had to request serviettes as they were forgotten on our table, nothing major. The Terrace restaurant is our favourite when it comes to food, however if you feel the cold like me, during winter months it's best to sit nearer the entrance (in the pool side). The Terrace has a nice little bar, however this time round there seemed to be more people sitting around waiting for their loved ones to get out of the pool, someone even walked in, wet in their costume, not nice when you are enjoying a pre dinner drink!
We ate for the first time at Wainwrights Inn, this is a LOVELY little pub and serves the best food with a lovely atmosphere. It is mainly used by guests from the hotel but the locals are friendly, especially a gent with his 2 rather round border collies. If your planning on walking to Wainwrights, take a torch the road is very dark!
It snowed heavily while we were there, and they coped very well, a tractor seemed to constantly be ploughing snow from the drive, and even our path to our room (in an outbuilding) was cleared.
The Spa is very nice, although was crowded while we were there, there aren't many seats and those that were available had towels on them, the jacuzzi is very warm!
We enjoyed our stay very much and look forward to returning soon, maybe at a quieter time of the year. Considering a Timeshare property in the future due to our desire to return again and again!

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sheffield, UK
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

We have just returned from 3 days at the Langdale Hotel and Spa and had an excellent break. The hotel is a short drive from the town of Windermere and Lake Windermere, where boat trips are available. The town has many restaurants as well as small cafes selling cream teas and hot chocolate.
The entire area is surrounded by mountains, which were snow covered when we arrived. Absolutely stunning scenery.

The Langdale Estate
The Langdale Estate is set in incredible grounds with extensive woodland, lakes and streams. The buildings include the hotel reception/restaurants, spa and blocks of rooms and lodges that look fabulous. All the buildings sit unobtrusively in the beautiful countryside.
We arrived just after 11am and were told that our room was not yet ready. This was no problem as we intended going straight out and exploring the area. Reception stored our luggage for us and when we returned later to collect our room keys, the luggage had already been taken to our room.

The Staff
Very friendly, polite and helpful. An absolute credit to the company.

The Room
We were allocated a Fellside room, which was only a short walk from reception and overlooked a small garden, waterwheel and waterfall. We had no trouble parking near the room.
The room was lovely. Really comfortable beds, two armchairs and plenty of storage space. The design was well thought out with a large hall just inside the door where you could take off your walking boots without entering the main bedroom. There was a closet with plenty of hangers and a smaller closet with a radiator inside. Perfect for drying your coat and boots!
The bathroom was a good size with an excellent supply of Elemis toiletries and extra large fluffy towels on a heated towel rail.
There was excellent heating in the room that could be controlled by a thermostat.
The beds were very comfortable with high quality bedding.

Terrace Restaurant and Bar
We ate twice in this restaurant and can definitely recommend it. The pizzas are freshly baked (and large) and the chunky chips are delicious! There are jugs of iced water and iced water with fresh lemon/orange slices available free of charge. A nice touch. The restaurant overlooks a lake with lodges at the opposite side and is very picturesque.

Purdeys Restaurant
We only ate breakfast here and it was excellent with a large selection of cereals, pastries, fruit and toast as well as traditional English breakfast items. All were well cooked and delicious, with warmed plates available.

Hobsons Bar
We did not eat in this bar although there was a menu available. We did however sample the cocktails. Very, very good. Especially the Godfather!

The Spa
My daughter had booked two spa treatments for me as a Mother's Day gift and this is my only complaint. She had booked two treatments back to back and the person who booked them failed to tell her that the two treatments, although described differently, were virtually the same. When we booked into the Spa, the therapist explained that the treatments were almost the same and it wouldn't be beneficial having them consecutively. We asked if we could cancel one of the treatments and were told that there was a 24hour cancellation policy. Quite understandable, but given that the person booking the treatments should have explained things better (and the therapist agreed with this) I feel that an exception should have been made in this instance. To be fair to the therapist she did try her best to have the treatment cancelled or at least have the money paid transferred to a restaurant bill. Unfortunately, the hotel manager would not agree. As a result, I ended up having a different £50 treatment that I did not really want.
Bit of a customer service letdown from an otherwise exceptionally friendly, helpful staff.

Despite this, we would definitely return.

Room Tip: Fellside rooms are very close to reception, spa, bars and restaurants.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Preston, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

As soon as we arrived we were greeted by a really friendly and helpful receptionist. We were even allowed to check in and go to our room despite the fact we arrived over 30 minutes before official check-in time. She talked us through the local options for eating establishments in the evening and even warned us where we would need to book for and where we wouldn't.

The on-site facilities were pointed out to us and we soon made use of them. The swimming pool, sauna & steam room were all fantastic but we didn't make use of any additional spa facilities.

Tea & coffee equipment in the room had a few nice extras in there (proper filter coffee and some great tasting cookies and kendal mint cake).

The bar prices are on the high side (£4.75 for a pint of Peroni) but as we had a fridge in the room we brought our own supply. However the staff in the bar and restaurant were fantastic and always trying to look after you.

We are already planning on arranging another stay here but next time will definitely stay more than one night.

The breakfast was self-service and had a great selection of cereal, fruit, pastries as well as lots of options for the ultimate full English cooked breakfast.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Preston
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

Lodge was dated and smelt of curry. Water pressure so dreadful the shower is a dribble. Heating turns off at 11pm till 8am. Facilities are equally dated and grossly overpriced at £19 for house wine. The very cool swimming pool makes you shiver to get into and its dribbling rain forest shower sums up the new managements style. They simply patronise, smile but don't actually change anything, which is most frustrating for those of us that care about quality and remember how much better this place used to be. We left early.

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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

It is the second time we have stayed, just as good as we remembered it. Good accommodation, very well decorated room and excellent aqua bath. This time our room was a bit dark - need more lighting, but you don't tend to spend much time in your room with so much to explore in the lakes.

At night really the only options, if you don't want to drive are the hotel restaurant or 2 pubs within walking distance. Hotel restaurant expensive, drinks are expensive and on balance the pub food was only fair - beer excellent though!!

Top tip - take a torch if out at night outside the hotel grounds.

Two minuses from us. 1/ Breakfast was not as well organised, buffet style - no eggs, if there was a queue,then the toaster wasn't working, so waited at our table for the said toast to arrive.
2/ who's idea was it place large boulders along the edge of the car park? I ran over one trying to move out of the way of a delivery vehicle and damaged the body work on my car, its 3 weeks old, so was sick as a parrot for 2 days - it took the edge off the weekend for me.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Cotswolds
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2013

We booked a weekend away to celbrate an anniversary, and we weren't disappointed. The hotel is situated just outside of Amblesdie and in beautiful countryside. The room was a superior double, and although the view was not spectacular it was very well furnished and clean.
The carpark is about 20% too small for the number of geusts that use it, and arriving back at certain times of the day, when most guests will be out is certainly beneficial in securing a space. Of course the downside to this is you cut your own day short, but as we used this time in the spa it all worked out well.
The spa is clean and of good size, althorugh obvisouly a very busy feature of the hotel. There is a lane roped off for swimmers so you not interupted by families if you choose to enjoy a more serious workout. We didn't use the gym, but it looked like it had a good selection of equipment, Nor did we try any of the treatments available, but agian they looked to have a good selection, and at prices you would expect to pay.
The food was excellent, and I strongly recommend the tasting menu that Purdeys offers. I personally would never have chosen any of the dishes from an a la carrte menu, but that made it all the more enjoyable when we liked them as much as we did, especially as they were all extremely well cooked. My Fiance does not eat fish and they were more then happy to accomodate this, but I advise you let them know in advance if you can.
We also ate in the Terrace Restaurant, and could not fault the food or the service. The menu is quite extensive and I think it would be a challenge not to find something you like.
Breakfast was served from a buffet, and on both mornings when we arrived at about 9am, it was well stocked and fresh with lots of choice. There is only a small window for breakfast (8-10) given the size of the hotel, but we seemed to time it about right, and on both mornings the restaurant was full about 10 minutes after we got there.
All the staff were freindly and helpful, and we can honestly say that would not hesitate to recommend this hotel, and would certainly stay there agian ourselves.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Teesside
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

We found the hotel staff to be excellent, very attentive and customer focussed. Our room was ready early and was dressed to a very high standard. The walk from reception area to the annex can be a little confusing at first, the rain didn't help either but once in the room a complimentary umbrella is available. The restaurant and bar were also very nice. We visited the Spa and had to wait to use the facilities due to a local school using the pool but once in everything was in order and very clean, one minor irritation was the Jacuzzi which was run on a timer and switched itself off for a set time, at this point it felt like you were in fact sat in a bath with 7 strangers!!( I fully understand the reason for this though)

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Property: Langdale Hotel
Address: Langdale Estate, Great Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JD, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#7 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
#7 Family Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Langdale Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Langdale Hotel offers a choice of high quality 4-star bedrooms in a variety of styles. All the 56 rooms include Sealy beds manufactured locally in Wigton, Cumbria made up with the finest Egyptian cotton linen, down filled duvets and luxurious finishing touches. ... more   less 
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