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Review of The Lancrigg Hotel

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The Lancrigg Hotel
Ranked #8 of 14 Hotels in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Luxury price but well below average standards”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2013

After a long day’s walk in the Lakes, the thing that one would most relish is a hot bath and a comfortable bed. At £140 per night, we expected that Lancrigg Hotel would easily meet this minimal expectation. However, we were in for a shock!!!

The hot shower – Half way through my shower, the water went cold. No phone in the room, so I had to go down to the reception to find out what was going on. I was told that if too many people use the bathrooms at the same time the hot water runs out. From the reaction of the staff I got the impression that this was not the first time that this issue had come up.

The comfortable bed – We had a four poster bed in our room, which on the first look seemed rather impressive. However, once we climbed onto it we realized that the mattress was so old and thin that we could feel the slats underneath it. It made for a very uncomfortable night’s sleep.

Overall appearance - In all the photos the hotel appears rather homely and luxurious but underneath it all there is no substance nor any real comfort. Everything – from the wardrobe to the sink in the bed room - was rather old, tried and nonfunctional.

The views – The hotel has been credited with great views and gardens. However, in the Lakes, you should find great views everywhere. The key question is what sort of view you would get when you look out of your bedroom window. The room allocated to us had a very restricted view of the backyard, which made a bright sunny day look rather depressing.

I will not go back to Lancrigg Hotel or recommend it to anyone.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank Mosen219
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sequoya, Owner at The Lancrigg Hotel, responded to this review, 7 June 2013
Dear Mosen219
Firstly i am sorry that you did not notice that your bathroom, as well as having the shower over the whirlpool bath, also has a separate shower with a good electric shower in it so that you could have unlimited hot water for your shower. the modern bathroom has a large whirlpool bath, sink and toilet and the upstairs bedroom above the small lounge has a sink in the room and a separate toilet as we have families in this suite. Coming so soon after a fabulous review of the Wainwright rooms I am sorry to read this very negative review and had you come to pay your bill which is still unpaid, I had noted to offer you a reduction for your disappointment. I am sorry that the suite was not luxurious enough to satisfy your expectations.. The price of £70 each in Grasmere for a one night booking over a bank Holiday weekend in a room such as this and in such a location is reasonable and I am sorry we did not see you at reception on departure to make amends. It is very rare that we hear of guests running out of water for whatever reason and we constantly monitor such things and take steps to minimise their occurrence. Our bathrooms are all modern and recent and we do use antique and vintage furniture in the rooms as we think befits an old historic house like Lancrigg and I am sorry that you did not like out hotel and that your stay was less enjoyable than hoped and that no rooms with good views were available for you.
Yours sincerely
Robert Whittington
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

My wife and I visited the restaurant at Lancrigg to celebrate my birthday and were absolutely bowled over by the welcome we received. As long-standing vegetarians we have got used to a choice of one or two items on a regular restaurant menu if we're lucky. So when we found the Lancrigg website and took a look at their all vegetarian menu we decided to give it a try. When we arrived the receptionist invited us to take a walk in their woods to build up an appetite before dinner, which we did. Such fabulous views and beautiful surroundings deserve to be admired so leave plenty of time before you sit down to eat! The food was superb and the service was warm and friendly. I even got a special candle on my blackberry and apple crumble to blow out on my special day! Many thanks for a really special night out. We both heartily recommend visiting Grasmere especially so that you can enjoy the Lancrigg!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tony H
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Juneau, Alaska
Level Contributor
33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

The view from the hotel and the restaurant is fantastic -- extremely beautiful. The food was excellent, as was the service -- especially by the server Helena, who combines efficiency with gentle humor. Since we live in Cumbria, we do not stay in hotels here, but we often eat at restaurants, and the Lancrigg Vegetarian is one of our absolute favorites.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank EggplantCumbria
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

After staying three nights in Elterwater we spent a night at the Lancrigg. It was a very different experience.The room could do with an upgrade but the views were absolutely wonderful. A couple of chairs in front of the window would have been good too. Dinner was lovely and I can certainly recommend the polenta pancakes with beans. The very berry sundae was also well received. My partner had the green Thai curry which she was not so impressed with.The bed was very comfortable and to wake up to the views was lovely. However the time it took to get breakfast was 40 minutes which would have been more frustrating if we were in a hurry to go walking that day. Potentially more staff needed for a busy weekend?

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Mark G
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

This hotel is perfect for anyone wanting to get away from the city, stunning location, quaint rooms and with the option of bringing your four legged friend along! We loved it, as did our dog! Friendly helpful staff and the food is excellent even if you're vegetarian or not, breakfast is great and dinner was delicious, one night we stayed out late in grasmere and brought back a takeaway and the staff were more than happy to bring drinks and cutlery etc to the room.
The walks around the hotel are stunning.
We had a great stay, my boyfriend left some shirts in the wardrobe behind by accident and the hotel called us to say they could post them back to us no problem!
Would love to stay again shame it is such a long way from london.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Parakeetsinmygarden
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yorkshire
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

Thank you for the wonderful stay at your beautiful Hotel. It is in the perfect location, immersed in stunning scenery and we loved exploring the local area. The Whittington suite was lovely, spacious yet cosy with great views! The food has inspired me with my recent change to Vegetarianism. "Every mouthful is a delight" were Marcus the non-vegetarian's words; the food was enough to turn a bacon butty loving builder ;-) I could taste the loving attention in every ingredient used, I particularly enjoyed the variety in the salads. Also we really appreciated using your local and environmentally friendly bathroom products.
Thanks to the staff for making us feel so at home. The service was exceptional.
The only bad part was leaving. We hope to see you again.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank j m
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Melbourne
Level Contributor
137 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2013

On navigating the narrow track up the hill to Lancrigg, we were greeted by a stunning looking old country house, nestled in its own grounds with beautiful views out over the Lake District countryside. Our rooms were nicely furnished and cosy, with clean bathrooms and very high quality toiletries. A short stroll towards the cragg before it got dark was enough to show us the true beauty of the surroundings here and work up an appetite for dinner...

And what a dinner! In the lovely relaxing dining room, we enjoyed an unrushed three-course vegetarian meal of the very highest standard. As others have described in reviews here, the food is top notch and some of the finest vegetarian fare we have experienced anywhere in the world.

The isolated location meant a very comfortable and quiet night's sleep and we only had time for a short early morning walk the following day before the filling and varied breakfast saw us ready to leave Lancrigg to journey on. We left here feeling that we'd experienced somewhere very special indeed - and we will be back!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank RockDoctor
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Property: The Lancrigg Hotel
Address: Easedale Road, Grasmere LA22 9QH, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Grasmere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Grasmere
#3 Romantic Hotel in Grasmere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Lancrigg Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lancrigg Hotel is set in the totally peaceful and picturesque valley of Easedale, 1/2 mile from Grasmere. The accommodation is comfortable and relaxing and makes a wonderful escape from a busy world. The house has many connections with past and present writers, artists and musicians. The Kitchen at Lancrigg is open throughout the day for coffees and meals. The food is imaginative and freshly prepared with daily specials ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lancrigg Vegetarian Country Hotel
Lancrigg Vegetarian Country Grasmere
The Lancrigg Hotel Grasmere, Lake District

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