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Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bassenthwaite
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 25, 2011

After honeymooning their 7 years ago, we booked a return visit with our 2 small children.

Back then we stayed in the best suite and were well looked after, so the visit had a lot to live up to.

Fortunately the hotel got it right again, the kids really loved it. The brasserie is informal and allows you to relax with the kids, and the Spa is great for all the family.

We did not catch individual staff names, but were made to feel especially welcome by the scottish duty manager, receptionist, and the young waitress in the Brasserie.

Prices are often an issue in the lake district, but Armthwaite Hall is about right bearing in mind the quality of the hotel, its spa and grounds.

There are lot of walks and public footpaths around the local area, but are not particulary well signposted, so take a map with you or ask at reception

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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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GMsteele, General Manager at Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2011

Congratulations on your 7th wedding anniversary..! I was really pleased to read that your stay was enjoyable and that the staff were attentive and professional. Our Reception Manager, Brian would also like to say 'thank you' for your positive and kind feedback.

On another note and due to your comments, I have asked our sales and marketing team to produce the helpful map you refer too..! We look forward to welcoming you back.

Simon Steele

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Reviewed June 24, 2011

OK, it wasn't perfect. Quibbles - none of them fatal - include irritating piped music, all scraps of recognisable works, in the restaurant. Every time you start listening it switches to the next piece, Chopin to Mozart etc., never a whole work. We arrived just before dinner and they offered us free sherry at check-in, but it was medium sherry only, no dry.

Room overstuffed with double layers of heavy lined curtains and quilts - wish they would remove these in the summer. Good bathroom, shower even had decent pressure, temp control and angle (notable in Britain where so few showers simply work). Not enough towel rails.

Modern extension to the grand building built in sympathetic style, at least on the outside. Staff all v helpful, tho wifi does not work reliably even in the public rooms and not at all in the bedrooms. It does in the computer room above the brasserie.

Restaurant does not live up to its price range. My chicken breast (not a cut i usually order, but it came with things I liked) dry and dull, wild mushrooms etc somewhat skimpy and underflavoured and advertised tarragon imperceptible. My partner's fillet cooked blue rather than rare as ordered (an uncommon error) but good. Cheese plate a bit dull, just 2 rather similar hard cheeses. Expensive without being at all exciting or even really reliable. Only a few wines by the glass.

Breakfast buffet excellent. Really good rolls, OK tiny croissants, prosciutto crudo as well as ham, salami etc, cheese, + British cooked breakfast standard items, + you could ask for other things as well. Real butter and milk, no messing about with skim milk and margarine or umpteen jams in packets.

But hell, at GBP129 for bed and breakfast in a splendid setting like that it's fantastic value, just skip the dinner. There's a pool, and a warm outdoor spa pool from which you can watch the squirrels and rabbits on the lawn.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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GMsteele, General Manager at Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2011

May I take this opportunity to thank you for the time and trouble to write on the tripadvisor website. It is only by receiving constructive feedback such as yours that we can strive to improve the service and standards we offer.

What I would like to say is that 'music' or 'musac' (as it is officially known) in restaurants has always been a contentious issue for me. My opinion, would be to have no music at all..? However that will not please everyone and we do need to find some middle ground.

On a final note, I will look into the complimentary sherry on arrival and I can safely say that we have recently improved our 'wines by the glass...'.

Simon Steele

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Reviewed June 19, 2011

Fantastic position and a very impressive view from our window. Beautiful hall and other lounges very well done. The staff were without exception helpful and friendly.
Going up to our room we came across some very threadbare stair- and corridor carpets. Our bathroom looked very "switched on", but nowhere to put my toiletries and even worse, the shower managed only to dribble on me, because of the lack of water pressure. Our friends had the same problem.
Breakfast was a very sad affair with cereal in packets, choice of one jam, marmalade and honey and tinned fruit. Charging top prices I do expect more. I thought polyester napkins went out of fashion in the 60's, but again Armthwaite Hall are cutting corners saving money on the laundry.
Top price, but not matched with the offerings.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

We have been staying here for the last 17 years, but this year to not live up to our exspectations. The carpets and rooms could do with a good refurb, the bathroom was a blast to the late 70s early 80s with cork tiles on the floor. We had one room overlooking the garden and the other looking to the front.. The restaurant is not to the standard it used to be. When I asked for roast beef rare from the trolley I was told it was all the same and there was nothing they could do about it. That is the first time for me when asking for meat from the cavery. Breakfast was a buffet with the same piped music played every morning at the same time, you could almost set you clock by it.



The reception staff were excellent as always. As for the Spa well done Armathwaite this is a great addition.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 9, 2011

Hotel was beautiful and staff were very helpful, could not do enough for my parnets who stayed as a gift from me. The spa was lovely and treatments very nice. Highly recommend for anyone wanting a break away in the lakes. rooms standards are very high and food was amazing.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 4, 2011

We stayed in the Bouchard suite room 160 which has fantastic views and a great window seat. We paid a lot of money for our stay including bed, breakfast and dinner - £460 one night and £500+ the next night including activities. The spa was fantastic and I enjoyed a superb facial, while my husband thoroughly enjoyed his quad bike safari. The staff are charming, service is fine. Our room had a separate bathroom which was modern and lovely, great supply of toiletries and robes. The separate toilet was poor, no cold water, towel three feet from hand basin, and flushing mechanism was hard to use ie needed a lot of force to push button to make it flush. The sofas were worn on the corners, with threads hanging down. The dinners were quite poor and over ambitious, a simpler approach would improve this, eg of four starters most folk ordered only one or two of the options, if presenting pork with passionfruit, don't use figs instead, don't serve pork stuffed with pineapple without due warning, present gravy on the side not on the plate. This was a relaxing stay, we were prepared to pay for it, but felt we did not get value for money. No wifi access in room only in public lounge on ground floor!

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2011

Location could not be bettered nestling in the northern Lake District, the hall itself is a magnificent ? Elizabethan pile and our room was comfortable, tasteful and clean (though a tad on the small side).
The spa facilities are the best I have ever seen - just check the website it's as good as it looks and the treatments are all great as well. Check your date and times when you book though cos there was a mix up with ours but apart from that it was wonderful.
The hotel itself if very comfortable and grand, the food is good but not great and the staff attentive but not all are well trained and a few are obviously new and struggling with both the work and understanding english.
I recommend this place for the location, spa and beaufiful hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa

Address: Bassenthwaite Lake, Bassenthwaite CA12 4RE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Bassenthwaite
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Bassenthwaite
Price Range: $197 - $401 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa is a beautiful four red star 17th-century former stately home situated near to Keswick on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake. The hotel and spa is private owned and features forty six bedrooms of individual character from stylish spa bedrooms to the luxury of studio suites with stunning lake views. The rosette fine dining Lake View Restaurant serves table d’hote lunches and dinners in elegant surroundings to both residents and non resident guests. The Courtyard Bar and Brasserie is a stylish modern alternative serving meals in a relaxed atmosphere. Afternoon teas are served daily and are a great way to celebrate with family and friends. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies for romantic weddings up to 150 guests. The award winning spa, offers the best in facilities from the 16 meter infinity edge pool to the luxurious outdoor spa pool, thermal suite and life fitness gym. Ten treatment rooms including a double treatment room offer relaxing and soothing treatments to guests, day spa and members. ... more   less 
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Armathwaite Hall Hotel Bassenthwaite
Armathwaite Hall Keswick
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Armathwaite Hall Hotel & Spa Bassenthwaite/Keswick, Lake District

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