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“couples retreat, beautiful hotel, excellent service” 5 of 5 stars
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Langdale Hotel and Spa
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Langdale Estate, Great Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JD, England   |  
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Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“couples retreat, beautiful hotel, excellent service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2011

My partner paid for us to stay here for our anniversary, set in a beautiful location the langdale hotel and spa is a fantastic place for any couple wanting a short break. we found the rooms very clean and comfortable, the customer sevice and room service was excellent. There are literally no downsides to this amazing hotel and spa, definately worth the money :)

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Durham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011

I stayed in the Langdale Hotel & Spa in early January after deciding to have an impromptu last minute trip to the Lakes after New Year. We chose the Langdale after seeing the winter breaks deal on the lastminute.com. The hotel was also recommended by a friend who had stayed there previously.
The Room: We stayed in room 139, a Fellside signature room, decorated in the Gunpowder design detailed on the website. It was spacious, light and airy with tasteful decoration and delightful black and white photography of the surrounding countryside. The room was immaculate with excellent attention to housekeeping detail. The bed was huge and very comfy. The bathrobes and toiletries were a nice little touch and were good quality unlike some hotels. The bathrooms were large, polished to perfection and tastefully decorated. The large air jet spa bath was a relaxing treat.
The Spa: After a long day of walking the spa and pool was a grateful added extra to our stay. The facilities were clean and tidy and well maintained. The ladies changing facilities were large and spacious, however the male facilities I am told are small and somewhat cramped. You need to take a £1 coin for the lockers too. Whilst the pool was used by families, children were well behaved and respectful. We didn’t use the gym facilities however they looked ample and functional for a cardio workout with some weights too.
The Food: We ate at the Terrace, which is located above the pool and is accessed by the spa entrance. The Terrace is the Langdale’s middle of the road eatery in terms of cost and hosts a menus of English come Italian fayre with a choice of risottos, pizza, burgers, steak and good old English homemade grub like fish pie and braised pork. We had a garlic bread with mozzarella to start, this was a large portion of ample size for two. I had the homemade fish pie to follow, a delightful bite of chucky fish pieces and veg wrapped in a creamy sauce, topped with fluffy mash and topped with cheese served with steamed vegetables. Andrew opted for the sirloin steak, a sizeable portion, lean and tender and cooked to taste served with mushrooms, chucky chips and grilled tomato, accompanied by a thick rich Diane sauce with mushrooms. There was no room for Pudding.
Breakfast was buffet style with an excellent choice of fresh fruit, pastries and cereals and hot food. Ample tea, coffee and breakfast juices were made available. The locally sourced sausages are scrumptious. Additional items such as porridge and poached eggs were available upon request from the kitchen.
Location: The hotel is set in delightful location, nestled between fells and hills. As it is a large resort taking in timescale accommodation and lodges as well as the hotel the grounds are expansive and well maintained. Easily accessible from both Ambleside and Coniston however care must be taken on the roads when dark as we were faced with walkers caught off guard at the quick sunsets of the Lakes and were walking the road routes in the pitch black, many without a torch and this was only 5.30pm.
Would I recommend it? Yes, infact I already have. I have worked in the industry for many years and have formal hospitality training so some say I’m hard to please when it comes to hotels and restaurants, to be fair this is true – but with the Langdale it was hard to find a fault.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Penrith, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2010

We stayed for two nights over a wintry weekend, booking at short notice at a good B&B rate.
The welcome was very friendly; the room reasonably spacious with excellent facilties (free wi-fi, flat screen TV, good coffee and tea) with a superb bathroom with whirlpool bath, bathrobes and quality toiletries.
The spa and pool was clean and in mid afternoon, virtually empty. The sauna and steam rooms were well presented and spotless, and the pool not heavily chlorinated as well as being large enough for a decent swim.
The only drawback was the evening meal. After an excellent breakfast, we decided to eat 'in' at theTerrace Restaurant, which is adjacent to the spa. The decor and service were as we would expect, but the same could not be said for the food. The prices were not exceptional, but there was a real lack of quality. The chef shoud learn the basic ingredients for a caesar salad ( serves without parmesan or croutons, and evemn without dressing until we asked.
Nonethe less, the hotel in general lived up to its rating, and given the fact that it is set in lovely grounds in the most wonderful scenery ( great walks of all descriptions from the doorstep), we would be looking to return again out of season.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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kendal
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2010

stayed here for the autumn special price of 99 pounds including brekky. we only live 1/2 hour drive away but felt we were on a mini holiday. fantastic location in lovely grounds. pristine comfy rooms with added extras. enormous beds. great bath.fluffy white towels. bathrobes. good size telly. good quality coffee & tea & biccies. quiet at night. very nice staff at check in & in restaurant. good tucker in purdeys & hobsons bar. not too pricey either. good inclusive cooked brekky. spa & pool facilities first class & not too crowded. could use these facilities even after check out for the rest of the day which i think is a pretty good deal. overall highly recommended esp if you get a good deal price like we did. now is a good time to stay as not too busy.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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wendyducati
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2010

Beautiful setting, difficult not to be in the lake district though! Hasnt got views over lakes or mountains as the hotel is set in a wooded area. If you're able get a room next to the beck, we tried to book in again for a weekend in November but they were full, all rooms not just beckside. (Note-some of the timeshare property off-site has views)
We found all staff helpful from check-in girl, spa staff who gave us cycle map routes, to bar and restaurant staff.
The taster menu in main restaurant was faultless, with a lot of effort put into its execution. Fish and chips at Wainwrights, excellent too. Good breakfast choice with eggs cooked to order (so no hard yolks!!).
Would like to say dont go, so that I get a chance of a room being available, however I liked the whole complex so much I bought a weeks timeshare there!!

Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bolton
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2010

Stayed here for the weekend with my husband and two young children.
Positives:
Fantastic Location - real heart of the unspoilt lakes.
Swimming Pool - Lovely and relaxing, clean and well kept.
Food at breakfast - good choice, fresh and tasty.
The Bathroom - jacuzzi bath a nice touch.

Negatives
The room (418) was a lot smaller than the family roms look on the website (The websire is quite deceptive). When we arrived the glasses/beakers were dirty, they looked like toothbrushes had been in them and they had not been cleaned. We rang Reception who changed them promptly but I thought this was poor given the £210 b&b and night that we had paid.

The furniture gives the appearance of dark wood but is actually just painted dark brown and was quite scratched.

The bedding on the king sized bed (actually two beds pushed together) finished underneath the pillows and didn't seem to fit the bed. By morning the matress cover was revealed as the sheets has ridden down.

The rooms are seperate from the main building and it poured down with rain just as we set off for our evening meal (in fairness brollies were provided).

The complex is very dark at night. We were not offered a torch, my husband enquired at Reception about getting one after our young son tripped over an unlit cattlegrid and badly hurt his leg. We hired one but I felt that for what little they cost, these should have been provided given how dark it is.

We ate in Wainwright the first night, Purdeys the second. Wainwrights was fine for standard pub food. The food at Purdeys was very expensive but very tasty. However, the restaurant badly lacked atmosphere. We took our two young sons with us after being told that children were welcome. They behaved beautifully but we resorted to asking them to whisper as the atmosphere was flat. They are in desperate need of a pianist or a small groups to play just to lighten the atmosphere. The quality of the food was great but it was the ambience that would prevent us from returning.

Breakfast was in the same room and was a little better, however service was slow and both mornings we ended up with plates stacked on the end of our table as they hadn't been moved. I ordered poached eggs from the menu. I waited nearly fifteen minutes for them by which time my toast was cold. I ordered more toast and guess what - waited 10 minutes, hence cold eggs.

We had a lovely weekend walking in the area but I don't think we'd use the hotel again.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Llandudno, Conwy North Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2010

we stayed in a Windermere lodge for one week from the 6th Nov 10. Because of possible weather problems our requirements were for luxury accomodation in a tranquil environment and a good spa. Both these were exceeded beyond our dreams at Langdale. All staff were exceptional and treated us like v.i.p's, and the spa was luxurious, spotless and warm. Do check with staff when the quieter times are during your visit as we noticed that late afternoon can sometimes get a little busy, but never crowded.
We did not try the rstaurants on site only because we discovered the Brittannia Inn at Elterwater village which was a 2 minute walk from our lodge and delicious.
My partner and i have travelled extensively and it was wonderful to receive just an overall standard of superb service from all at Langdale and to actually feel that your custom is valued. (sorry but we find that rare).
Well done Langdae team and thank you so much. Will highly recommend and cannot wait to return.
Mark Delahunty

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Langdale Estate, Great Langdale, Ambleside LA22 9JD, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
#6 Family Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Langdale Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 57
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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