After several years of long weekends mainly staying in Bowness/Windermere we decided on a complete change and headed for Langdale. We'd heard lots of good reports in the past and it was on our 'to do' list.
The location and surrounding area is stunningly beautiful, and the avid walker would be in their absolute element.
Having said that, I do agree with previous reviews that the Hotel itself is looking very tired and in need of a facelift.
We ate in Purdey's on our first night, based on the reviews. The food was very good indeed and was in keeping with a modern fine dining establishment. The decor let it down however. I could have been in the Mash & Barrell at one of the Haven sites to be honest. There was nothing special about the furniture or carpetting, and I would've liked there to have been table cloths for dinner. This room is used for the buffet breakfast in the morning and so I wanted the experience to feel like a treat, but it didn't - and it is quite pricey. £50 for a tiny Beef Wellington based on 2 sharing.
Breakfast is very good.
We had a couple of drinks in Hobson's Bar, which is a nice area except for the decor and grubby seating, again needs updating! The cocktails were wonderful, although they were a long time in coming.
Our room was a Waterside feature room. We too thought the mural on the ceiling was upside down!!
Initially we thought it was quite quaint and sat out on the balcony reading on the first evening listening to the trickling of the river over the rocks. However the second night, we were awoken at 4am in the morning by loud water crashing noises. It must have been raining and the effect on the river was unreal! We both plugged our ears with cotton wool and made the best of it, but it was so loud we never managed to get back to sleep. Had it not been our last night, i would have asked to be moved.
Wainwrights was good, a little cosy and pricey for pub food (£17 for lamb shoulder with mash & veg) but we enjoyed it.
Did not use the Spa facilities or pool, and only had a glass of wine by the pond at the Terrace Bar which was nice. We ordered a packed lunch for our walk which was quite good value (a sandwich, yoghurt, muffin, chocolate bar, crisps, fruit juice & water) £15 for 2 people.
All in all a chilled & relaxed weekend.
As an aside, anyone intending to climb Crinkle Crags, be aware that the weather can change very quickly - we had a couple of scary moments with low visibility but more of an issue was the very high winds along the ridge.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Langdale Hotel Ambleside, Lake District