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Rydal Hall
Ranked #2 of 5 Rydal B&B and Inns
Limavady, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Ok, will try somewhere else next time.”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Stayed in the campsite for 5 nights as a couple and it is a good location. We hadn't really camped before so was not prepared for the noise. The first three nights was spent listening to a group of duke of ed teenagers talking and laughing until late on and the last 2 nights was spent with young boys playing football to all hours and hitting our tent as we tried to sleep.

As a couple in our 40's we didn't really take in to account what may go on in the campsite.
We were in site 3/4 and we did notice that the sites up the hill from the toilets may have been the best location to camp as you had only a small space and not room for many tents.

The site is in a good location for cycling, walking and exploring the area and the toilet and shower facilities are very good. We had a bbq a couple of nights and this is good that you allowed to do this.

The weather was good but the only problem with this is the midges was eating us alive. We had repellent but it didn't seem to work. Alot of trees around so i think this is something to consider when choosing a campsite at this time of year.

Was quite shocked on the saturday evening when we requested to enter the hall to be told it was not for campers, only residents. I thought the door was open for all Gods people!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Oxford
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stumbled upon this campsite and were drawn in by the Eco pods. They were good value for money and we didn't have the hassle of a tent. The location is beautiful, it has great views and the gardens are definitely worth a look around. The shower and washing up facilities were really new and modern, some of the nicest we've had at a campsite. The Eco pod was spacious and well kept and it was quite cosy at night with just sleeping bags and roll mats. The staff within the hall were friendly and were helpful when we realised we'd forgot matches. Would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Myself and a group of friends recently had a weekends camping at Rydal Hall. When we arrived the staff were very helpful in directing us to our allocated pitch. The campsite is set in a beautiful location with the surrounding hills and view down the valley towards Ambleside providing a beautiful backdrop to csmp in. The site is well maintained, with a clean and modern shower and toilet block with sockets for charging, and a communal freezer for your ice blocks. Rydal Hall is set in a fantastic location opposite Rydal water, it's approximately half an hours walk into Ambleside along a footpath that runs through the site with Grasmere a short distance in the opposite direction. All in all a fantastic place that helped our group have a great weekend in the lakes

  • Stayed May 2014
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Caterham, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed May 26, 2014

It's a pleasure to experience a different atmosphere from a hotel or B&B, among the Christians (and a few others!) congregating and staying at Rydal Hall. Meals are very civilised enabling moving around and meeting people during the course of a stay, than being set in the same place. I was there when a Friends of Rydal Hall occasion was underway providing an evening talk and harp recital on another evening, to attend as a guest! The only slight snag for enterprising walkers is the 08.30 breakfast and 18.30 dinner which could compromise driving very far to walk, especially on shorter days in winter, versus say 07.30 and 19.30, although the culture here is more communal than everyone doing their own thing.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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St Helens, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

Just returned from a camping weekend here with a group of friends and cannot fault this place at all. The toilet and shower facilities were clean and well maintained, the staff we met were friendly and helpful and the location in one of the most beautiful and breathtaking parts of the Lake District was perfect. My friends and I did a lot of research on various parts of the Lakes before deciding to stay here and we all agreed we made the right choice, we couldn't have asked for a better place to stay during our weekend in what is now my favourite corner of England. The worst part was at 10am on Monday with all the tents and equipment packed away knowing that we'd have to leave.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Leeds
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

It was absolutely beautiful place here in the Lake District. When we arrived at Rydal Hall, the workers were so friendly and helped us even when i lost my camera but managed to find it. As a group of friends, we enjoyed it here and facilities were always clean. We had a good spot for camping and quite close to the other towns to explore. Definitely would come here again :)

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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2 Thank katilu86
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New Forest
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22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2014

Rydal Hall is in the heart of the Lake District, and in the heart of Wordsworth country. Indeed his main abode for 43 years adjoins it. He described the localites, views and lakes. The location is perfect for walking. The grounds and waterfall are stunning. Rooms medium-spacious, clean. Layout full of old-world charm, lovely old photographs. Lots of beams and exposed wood. The staff hail from several continents and nationalities, and are charming, smiley and polite. Function facilities are really excellent, with superb gardens.
Whilst there you can truly experience the Lake District, enjoy the sights, smell the land, read its literature, hear the waterfalls and birdsong. However the food, whilst palatable, is homogenised international pap, with no local identity or character at all. You cannot tell that you are in the Lake District, Cumbria, England or even Europe. You could be in any continent on the planet. For example the fish served is from Vietnam and New Zealand. Why? When the locality is SO VERY special, why can't the food have true regional identity too? Where is the local lamb, produced by Cumbrian farmers? The beer is locally souced ales, brewed nearby. So the hotel 'gets' this. But the food is intercontinental humdrum. What a disappointment. Give people a local choice PLEASE.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Rydal Hall

Property: Rydal Hall
Address: Rydal Hall, Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LX, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside > Rydal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Rydal
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rydal Hall is the Diocese of Carlisle Conference, Retreat and Holiday Centre. We offer meeting room hire and equipment, accommodation, a youth centre bunk house, holiday cottage and camp-site. ... more   less 
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Rydal Hall England

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