Branded as Brimstone Hotel this is actually a new development in the Langdale Estate which includes the Langdale Hotel, numerous up market self catering lodges as well as some off site accommodation. Situated in the centre of the English lake district (almost literally if you use the OS 1:25000 maps) there is great countryside and many walks on the door step. You are also within short driving distance of Ambleside, Grassmere, Conniston and Hawkshead in addition to the central lake land fells. The estate is kept to a very high standard and is served by a leisure centre, couple of bars and restaurants catering for a wide range of tastes.
This new addition is in the no expense spared category of luxury hotels rooms, for example our suite had a baths in the lounge in front of the real log fire and 42” TV. Upstairs on a mezzanine was the bed, another 42” TV and a shower room. All the rooms are on first and second floor levels with generous balconies that look out over the estate and the hills beyond. There is also a reading room stocked with free wine, beer and snacks. The staff are attentive and always trying to help. In short we enjoyed our stay. Having said all that it ain't cheap but this place is more than just a cut above the rest.
Any downsides, well only if you want to be picky, the leisure centre was updated a few years ago but it can seem busy with relatively few people in it. The food on site is a little over fussy for my taste and over priced especially in the restaurant (the buffet breakfasts are great by the way) and yes it rains in the lake district nearly every time I go, big surprise!
Will we go again? Well when we've saved up for many years, maybe, and in the meantime we're going to spend New Year in a self catering lodge, I'll have to make my own breakfasts but the accommodation is as good and generally works out a little cheaper!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Langdale Hotel Ambleside, Lake District