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Brathay Hall
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Six of us foreigners touring UK had trouble booking a hotel in the lake district mid season. This was taking a chance, but chances sometimes pay off, and Brathay Hall did so enormously.
Mostly a training school of a kind, Brathay Hall has some separate rooms for hire. They are a little institutional in character and equipment, but comfortable, extremely clean and everything works. The canteen style breakfast was very good and truly set us up for the day. The staff are friendly and helpful, especially the boat keeper, the housekeeper who cleaned our room, the receptionist and the breakfast cook.

But now for the real thing. The setting on the lakeside at Ambleside is spectacular. The grounds are spacious and we wished we had more time to explore them properly. The boathouse is an experience especially if you meet the guy who takes care of the boats who was helpful, informative and entertaining, it really seemed he was glad to see us to tell us about the boats and the history of Brathay. The promontory next to the boathouse is worth visiting as it give some magnificent views and interesting fauna. The views of the lake from the house are truly exceptional with nothing to spoil the view. Most of all, try to rise early and see the mist over the lake, the sheep just waking up and the rabbits scampering about, Idyllic. On any other trip to the lakes, Brathay Hall would be my first choice.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Mel B
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

10 of us stayed at Brathay Hall in their dorm room and had a great time. The room was clean, large and came with plenty of cupboard space and places to put our gear. The breakfast included was excellent - nice and hot cooked breakfast to start the day. There is also a nice lounge area if you want to hang out outside of your room. Its a nice short walk from Ambleside village with plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby. The staff are really friendly and its great value for money.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank bronniegrace
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

A great budget priced option in the Lakes - we stayed in the grand hall building and wish we'd had more time to explore the grounds. The self-service breakfast was excellent and service was friendly. We did have slight difficulty locating it as the sign on the road outside is rather discreet, but would definitely go again.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

I stayed here over the August Bank Holiday for one night ,having booked at the last minute. The welcome was very friendly. My room was a single in a building like a chalet that had been converted into 8 rooms . The room was small but clean, with a good shower in the en-suite. There was a small TV that I couldn't get to work (and no operating intructions that I could find). There was not much space but there again there was enough for my needs , which was, basically,somewhere comfy to sleep overnight. Breakfast was great and buffet style. The Dining Room looked like a school dining room. There is free Wifi which worked well.
Overall, given that if you come to the Lakes , you're not spending that much time indoors in your hotel room anyway, this did the job for me and I would probably stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Thank PetedelMonte
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

A group of us stayed here during Easter and had a wonderful time. A few of us had the superior rooms and some of us were in the standard single rooms.

If you go for the Standard rooms ask for a room facing the lake - beautiful views.

The breakfast was great and there is also a lovely lounge/bar area. Brathay Hall is a short walk from Ambleside, but we welcomed the walk after our heavy evening meals!

I went for early morning walks, past the fields, to the lake and to the boat house. There are great views and a superb spot to have the serenity all to yourself for a short while!

I can highly recommend staying here!

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the lake with wonderful views (Front of building)
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank LizJou
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