My wife and I recently took a trip to Scotland. As we were coming from South Wales we decided that it would make more sense if we stopped off on the way to break the journey up. We saw a KGB deal for the Lovelady Shield Hotel and as it fitted in with our plans it was quickly under consideration. After reading the reviews on tripadvisor we decided to purchase the deal. It was Peter's (Grumps) replies to many negative reviews that swung it for us as he came across as very honest and as someone who was trying to do the best that he could and to provide something different to the run of the mill chain hotels. After we purchased the deal we thought that it would make sense if we split up our two night deal so we could could stop at the hotel on the way to Scotland and then on the way back down. Most KGB and Groupon deals can be very strict about doing things like this so we didn't hold up much hope when we made to call with our request. To our surprise they gladly agreed to do it and we knew then that we had made a good decision.
So several weeks later, on a cold Sunday evening, we arrived at the Lovelady Shield. We were met by a very nice lady who showed us to our room (room 7). The room was very nice and spotlessly clean. We decided to eat out that evening so didn't sample the hotel restaurant. After a very comfortable night's sleep we made our way down to breakfast. The restaurant was lavishly decorated and a pleasure to be in, The breakfast was first class with a huge varied choice to cater for all tastes. The service was also excellent.
Four days later we returned to the hotel and shown to our room by the same pleasant lady who enquired about our time in Scotland. This time we stayed in room 8 on the top floor which was much larger than the previous room and featured a lovely large bath which we took advantage of. We decided to try out the restaurant as we had read very good things about it. At £46.50 a head for a four course meal it is very expensive (in my opinion) but as we had a tastecard we only paid half the price which made it a tad more reasonable. The food was incredible and it was a pleasure to try things that we've never experienced before such as grouse, scallops, snail and rabbit. It was exceptionally presented and the service was equally as good. After another great night's sleep we were treated to another excellent breakfast which certainly set us up for the rest of the day.
So, in conclusion, the Lovelady Shield Hotel was a great experience for us. The food was amazing, the staff helpful and attentive, the hotel was very clean, and even Grumps was charming on the two occasions we had dealings with him.
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- Also Known As:
- Lovelady Shield Country Hotel
- Lovelady Shield Country Alston
- Lovelady Shield Country House Hotel Alston, Cumbria