I booked this shortly after a bereavement as a pre -Christmas treat and something to look forward to at a sad time. I read all the reviews and thought it was going to be a luxurious experience for us. The website pics were great and the room was true to the picture but I certainly would not describe it as a luxury boutique hotel - more an upmarket annexe to a rather old and jaded hotel -the Langdale.
The Langdale Estate is a bit like an old fashioned Center Parcs - most of the facilities were in the main hotel which meant walking cross in the driving rain. Purdy's restaurant was indeed like an nursing home canteen -albeit very expensive food in a 1970s setting. If you wanted to go outside of the complex, it was a walk on an unlit road with no pavement to the Wainwrights pub, which I have to say was fabulous. Unfortunately I tripped in the dark on our way to the pub, although we had been given 'torches' which were less than useless and fell ripping my jeans and cutting my knees in pitch black darkness as I had dropped my torch!
Back to the Brimstone - previous reviews have stressed the brilliant service from the hosts but it was mostly lacking on our visit. We were 'let in' by a female host who didn't introduce herself and wasn't wearing a name badge so I had to ask her what her name was - surely a basic? The idea is that if you need anything you ring a number but I would have preferred an actual reception desk area where I might have learned more about the area rather than having to ask about specifics.
The room was amazing, the log fire was easily lit and looked fabulous. The fittings are of a very high standard and the bed extremely comfortable. We had room service breakfast on the first day as recommended but as it comes over from the main hotel, it was almost cold so on our second day we braved the storms and went to the hotel for a much better breakfast but in the dreary surroundings of Purdy's.
The reading room is a nice idea and was well stocked with wine, beer and coffee.
At 550 for two nights it was unfortunately an expensive mistake but confirms that we are much happier somewhere like Grasmere where you are in a traditional hotel but in the middle of a village with lots of choice of eating/drinking and somewhere to wander around
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Brimstone is the first development of its kind in the Lake District offering boutique luxury hotel suites and rooms. The contemporary and innovative design blends seamlessly with the stunning Lakeland landscape and extensive spa and restaurant facilities on the Langdale Estate. The Brimstone experience includes outdoor equipment from Berghaus and a reading room with complimentary refreshments, beer, wind and snacks all day. ... more less