We stayed here 2 nights as part of a group - some of whom were at a conference in the hotel.
It is a large imposing building situated some way out of the village of Gilsland and we were lucky to have a front room with a fabulous view.
The staff at the hotel were extremely friendly and pleasant.
Anyone who has to stay in touch with the office or with the modern world will not be happy here - the mobile coverage is spasmodic and wi-fi is only available on the ground floor.
Anyone who wants a trip back in time to the 60s with retro bedrooms and bathrooms will LOVE IT!
Yes the decor is faded, the plumbing antiquated, the carpets old fashioned and the entertainment dire - but the food is brilliant and plenty of it. The hotel is extremely warm for saying it is located on a hill on the moors and there's plenty of room to sit about and spread out.
Our bathroom was funny - it was a blue bath, bowl and loo and a formica surround to the bowl. Very 60s retro. Quite why the loo roll was screwed right alongside the loo making it stick into one's hip I do not know!
The towels were plentiful and there was a heated towel rail which is very useful for drying other items of hand washing.
The bed was warm and comfortable.
The TV was microscopic but we were out and about and didn't watch it apart from catching up on the news first thing in the morning
Excellent cooked breakfast served buffet style with eggs, bacon, beans, tomatoes, sausages and mushrooms. Unlimited toast, coffee and tea.
I would definitely recommend this stay to anyone who wants to get away from the rat race or have a warm and comfortable base for exploring Hadrian's Wall and surrounding areas.
They do need to sort out about having 2 keys for twin/double rooms though. There were coach parties of elderly people using the hotel and they seemed to enjoy the bingo and comedian and the dancing - there was plenty of room to escape this in the bar where there was a pool table and adequate room for groups of friends to sit and chat.
I would definitely stay here again if in this area.
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- Also Known As:
- Gilsland Hotel Gilsland
- Gilsland Hotel Brampton
- Gilsland Hall Hotel Cumbria