We’ve stayed in many, many different establishments over the decades: from campsites to B&Bs; five-star hotels to hostels and everything in between. They all have their qualities and often their charm is inherent in their quirky nature and unique characteristics. So to find a place with such a mixture of styles is unusual to say the least. The food here is fabulous, prepared personally by owner Michael with 30 years experience. The produce is mostly locally-sourced and/or produced, unpretentious in nature and attractively presented and priced. Michael’s wife Carole is an ever-present friendly smiling face, always eager to help and very hospitable. It truly is a family-run business with a charming, honest approach.
We decided to return to the AHH after an enjoyable one nights stay some time ago. Knowing AHH to be a reputable, decent, dog-friendly hotel in a quiet town with lots of walking opportunities, it seemed the ideal get-away for a short break over New Year. Just the luxury we deserved to recharge the batteries before returning to work and study.
We couldn’t fault the food. Lovely menu, beautifully cooked and seasoned (although perhaps too heavy on the garlic for some palates). The coffee in particular a welcome speciality. Local ales and good selection of wine available at the bar. Breakfast was also a delight with everything cooked to order and very appetising (no kippers offered though – that was a disappointment).
We thought it was strange that the TV didn’t work in the room, but we weren’t there to watch TV anyway and forgot to mention it to Carole. However, upon check-out another guest mentioned this problem too, so I’m not sure whether this was a hotel-wide issue (?) Also worth a mention - the radiators go off during the day and at night. We were fully aware that there were ‘additional heaters available if required’ (according to the guest information folder) and that actually the weather was unseasonably warm outside. However, I think in the depths of an English Lakeland Winter, it is reasonable to expect to have the heating on for most, if not ALL of the day and night (or am I being greedy?). This would also have been useful to dry off some items after the predictable rain, as the drying room was not really warm enough for this, or designed for muddy boots! Fortunately, our bed had the benefit of an electric underblanket, which was a God-send during the night – especially for Dizzy (but don't tell)!!!
We stayed here for 4 nights which included New Years Eve - which was an experience in itself that I have blogged about here: www.ursies.blogspot.com. I wouldn't stay again over NYE, but would definitely return another time. Love the area, love the surrounding pubs, love the peaceful walks. A perfect get away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Outstanding food at this family run hotel. There is a cafe, restaurant and bar and seven ensuite rooms. The cafe serves homemade cakes and scones with lattes, chill out and meet your friends. The popular evening restaurant has extensive menu catering for all. Most of the rooms are spacious with lovely fell views with comfortable beds. The service is friendly, efficient and unobtrusive. Situated in Alstonwith all its facitities and within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alston House Hotel Alston
- Alston House Cumbria