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Reviewed July 23, 2013

My Daughter treated me to a one night spa escape for my 60th birthday. I have always wanted to stay at Armathwaite hall and it was lovely. We arrived at 1pm and our room was ready although not guaranteed until 2.30pm. We had a spa room which was very spacious and well furnished.It was on the ground floor and had patio doors opening to the gardens and patio furniture which was great as the day was very hot and sunny.I received a card and complimentary box of chocs and we each had a complimentary glass of champagne with our dinner which was a nice touch. We went straight into the spa and luckily got sunloungers outside on the decked area next to the hot tub. The spa has everything and although children are allowed into the pool area at specified times they are not allowed in the thermal suite or hot tub, so their nuisance value is limited. We both opted for the hot stones massage, fabulous!. Dinner was served in the courtyard brasserie although the more formal,Lake view restaurant was an option at a supplement. The food was lovely, beautifully cooked and presented, although the choice was limited. A full cumbrian breakfast was served in the Lake view restaurant, which overlooks the lake. This was a fabulous break for a special occaision and I would definitely return.It is pricey and we travelled from South Tyneside which is a 2 hour journey but it was well worth it.

Room Tip: Spa rooms are nearer to the spa and some are ground floor, perfect if you are taking your dog
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Pollyanna89
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I have been coming to Armathwaite Hall for over 20 years and have seen many changes. However I think it is living on past reputation and have significantly bumped up the prices. The food was average for £50/head and the portions quite small, just as well as the table was very cramped. Bar service was very poor for pre-dinner drinks, didn't get the drinks ordered and next night took 45 mins to arrive. Nice views, but these are free. Our room was OK, period wardrobe = falling apart. Need to be having an extradorinary sale for us to go back.

Room Tip: Lake view, there isn't any aircon. Keep away from spa/function room as this would be very noisy
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SpeckyII
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We have just returned from what I can only describe as an amazing weekend at The Armathwaite. From the moment you arrive the service from the staff is outstanding. Check-in was prompt and we were immediately offered complimentary drinks and a glass of sherry then taken to our room by a porter, explaining the lay out of the hotel and facilities on the way . We upgraded to a Deluxe room which is in the older part of the building with beautiful views of the countryside. The deluxe rooms and Lake View rooms are slightly dated but full of character with high ceilings, ornate furniture and outstanding views. The spa rooms are more modern with brand new bathrooms (with tvs in the bathroom etc) which are beautiful but then do not have the same size and character and views as the 'older' style Deluxe and Lake view Rooms. The hotel and grounds are immaculate and the brand new spa is fantastic. We were fortunate enough to purchase a 'Living Social' deal with an upgrade including robes and slippers in our room, afternoon tea, champagne in the outdoor Jacuzzi, 5 course evening meal in the Lakeview restaurant and breakfast. The afternoon tea included freshly baked fruit, cherry, cheese and cinnamon scones which was lovely. We then enjoyed a walk around the beautiful grounds with plenty of outdoor seating to sit and relax and enjoy the views. Included in your stay you can use the full spa facilities with a well equipped gym, a thermal suite, an indoor pool and outside Jacuzzi overlooking the countryside. There is also a childrens swimming pool but they do have restricted swim times for those that would prefer not to be disturbed. There are ample sunlongers and chairs both inside and outside the spa area and all towels and toiletries are included. The champagne was of good quality and I was impressed that they substituted my husbands choice of drink in preference to the champagne free of charge. We found the Brasserie restaurant relaxing in the afternoon with a good selection of snacks & meals that did not seem too expensive. There was a dining area and comfortable settees with a large selection of complimentary magazines and papers. The 5 course evening meal in the Lake View Restaurant was outstanding and we loved that the waiters did not rush you between courses. The Pate, Steak and Deconstructed Jaffa Cake desert was amazing and there was a good choice of wines at a very reasonable cost. Following the meal the waiters were very helpful in offering to bring your drinks to whichever lounge/bar you prefer to relax in. There are several lounges and bars and a Billiard room , all with huge log-fires and comfortable settees and chairs. As it was a lovely warm evening we chose to sit outside and were lucky enough to see a firework display courtesy of the wedding being held at the hotel. We were worried we would be disturbed by the wedding but the function suite is in a completely different area of the hotel and it did not disturb us at all. When we returned to our room we had already had a complimentary 'turn down' service which was lovely and were offered a choice of pillows (goose feather, memory foam or lavender) included in the service and a weather report for the next few days. I was so impressed. You are also given the choice of attending breakfast in the restaurant or having it brought up to your room free of charge. Again the choice of food and quality of local produce at breakfast was excellent. We loved our stay at this hotel and would love to return. The character of the hotel, service and quality of food made it an amazing birthday weekend. away.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Cathy S
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Just come back from a fantastic weekend. The weather was fabulous which allowed us to take advantage of the spa facilities. Room was a good size although a little dated. Bathroom had been refurbished and was very nice .missed a fridge and air con in the room. The food in the restaurant was very good and service very attentive. The grounds and the views beautiful. A spectacular sunset over the lake combined with fireworks(from a wedding on site) really made it a special weekend. Slight minus's. the music in the restaurant was awful 1950's and the late make up of our room after our first night. Will return looking for next great deal

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Tony S
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

When you first approach this hotel you think you are really coming somewhere special, from there on it was all down hill, our family room made a Premier Inn or Travelodge family room look superior to what we got, a small, dark and rather damp family room with a small cupboard with a bunk bed for the chidren, not the cleanest of rooms but we were here and would make do.

The public areas are okay but not child friendly (The whole hotel should be child free as there is very little for them), all the staff front of house appear to be NON English making ordeing and speaking to them very very difficult.

Not a great experience and one I would be sure not to repeat - On a plus side the area is beautiful and we stayed the next 2 nights at The Castle Inn nearby, where the rooms are so much more superior than the Armathwaite.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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6  Thank KELLYSUELiverpool
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