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The Langdale Estate, Great Langdale, Cumbria, England LA22 9JD
+44 15394 37302
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Our Night in the Langdale!
Workington, United Kingdom
August 23, 2009
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---Intro---A month or so ago I decided that hubby and I needed some serious rest and relaxation, and I came across a Spa deal at the Langdale Hotel and Country Club near Ambleside (39 miles from us). Having consulted with hubby and informing him ...
A month or so ago I decided that hubby and I needed some serious rest and relaxation, and I came across a Spa deal at the Langdale Hotel and Country Club near Ambleside (39 miles from us). Having consulted with hubby and informing him that it was great value at just £250 for the both of us, he begrudgingly agreed to it.
The website’s excellent, and if you do decide ever to visit then certainly check it out, there are photos of everything there.
This review is of just the hotel, I have reviewed Purdey’s restaurant and the spa separately. The Relaxation Spa package that we booked included bed (signature room) and breakfast, an allocation towards dinner, and a day in the spa including lunch, and one treatment (we chose full body massages).
There are optional extras when booking, and I ordered a £37 bottle of Champagne for the room (not sure what I was thinking, dreaming of romance I suppose!), but these are paid for when the bill is settled at the end of your stay.
I booked online, and a £50 deposit was taken from my card. 10 minutes later I received a phonecall (which I really wasn’t expecting) asking me which spa treatment we’d be requiring. It put me on the spot a bit as I hadn’t actually thought about it or discussed with hubby.
5 minutes later I received a phonecall from the hotel asking me what time we wanted dinner, and whether we were staying on the Sunday night (before the spa day) or the Monday night (afterwards). The hotel wanted the remaining £200 payment, which was fine but a bit weird having paid £50 only minutes before, surely one transaction would just be easier?
The hotel it seems was very efficient (too efficient/desperate) with the booking, and as well as a confirmation email, I received a receipt through the post the next day. Personally though I found it all a bit much, I’d have preferred the correspondence to be done via email, rather than being called while I was at work and being put on the spot. It wasn’t really a particularly relaxing booking experience!
---Where is it?---
The hotel is near Ambleside. Full directions can be found on the website. It’s a lovely area, but be careful on the roads as they’re full of people walking along, not in single file, and not facing oncoming traffic (idiotic if you ask me). Very dangerous, I really have no idea what these people are thinking!
A lot of people have timeshares here which I can understand due to its fantastic location, especially for those who enjoy walking!
Check in is from 3pm. We arrived at about 4pm. I signed a form, and for the card keys (one each, and they also activate the lights in the room). Hubby ordered a paper for the morning (which arrived while we were out at breakfast). The receptionist (foreign as most of the staff there were, as is usual at these places) was friendly, and showed us on a map how we could find our room.
We weren’t very impressed with this. I know it was raining and miserable outside, but someone could have shown us where the room was, I don’t think I’d ever have found it (terrible navigation skills) without hubby!
It reminded me of being on holiday (well, I suppose technically we were!) getting to the room, as rather than being one big hotel with rooms it was apartments. To get to our room there was a main door, then a corridor leading to our door. The outside of the building was lovely with pretty flowers cascading down the walls.
Unfortunately when in our room we could hear the guests in adjoining rooms opening and closing doors and talking, plus when they closed their door it made it feel like someone was trying to get into ours. This wasn’t a big problem, but I imagine it could be annoying if you’re staying for a while.
The décor of the room was lovely, quite masculine with dark blues, very tasteful though. The 28 inch flat screen TV was hidden behind a cupboard which was very smart. Unfortunately the TV only had 10 channels, which is a lot less than we’re used to at home!
Not much wardrobe space, but fine for a short stay. Hubby made use of the iron, and the tea/coffee making facilities (I just ate the complimentary biscuits) but he thought the coffee was vile. There was the usual desk and drawers (we noted that there was no hotel stationary which is unusual), hairdryer, and a chair.
The bed was extremely comfortable, and big, with lots of pillows and cushions. For some reason though it was two singles pushed together and we could feel the gap between.
The bathroom had a bath and a lovely big shower (which you turn on from outside the bathroom before you go in, so it heats up), and of course sink and toilet. Soaps and shampoo/conditioners to take home, and adequate towels. I was a bit miffed that there were no glasses (they can normally be found in bathrooms), as I like a glass of water by my bed, so had to use a mug.
On our beds were two bathrobes. I assumed that these were for use in the bedrooms, as there was a note saying that we’d be charged £15 if we took them from the room (they weren’t even particularly nice and fluffy). It turns out that we were meant to take them to the spa with us even after we’d checked out (see spa review).
As I said earlier, I ordered Champagne for our room which was waiting in a bucket of iced water - although expensive at £37, it was lovely Champagne!
We headed to the bar about half an hour before dinner and both had pints of lager (unfortunately no cider on tap for me). We charged them to the room, and shockingly a pint cost over £4 – I dread to think what everything else cost! They also have a bar menu, which is quite pricy. For those who want to eat or drink elsewhere, there’s a pub called "Wainwright’s Inn" which is a short walk from the hotel, not that I can say how good that is having not been!
The bar area’s nice with comfy seats, and there’s an undercover area outside for when the weather’s nice, or for those who smoke. The outside area is nice - there’s a waterwheel and waterfall, it’s all very relaxing.
Following a good night’s sleep we went for breakfast at around 8:30am (think breakfast was from 8-10am), and were shown to a seat. The waitress offered us tea/coffee and toast. Hubby enjoyed his coffee, and said it was much better than the horrible stuff in the room.
There was a menu on the table and things could be ordered from the kitchen – various fish dishes (kippers, haddock, salmon etc) which were available for an additional charge. You could also order poached or boiled eggs. It was a bit strange that the waitress didn’t ask us if we wanted anything (especially the things they could have charged us for), my guess is that the kitchen staff couldn’t be bothered to cook anything.
A nice hot selection with food of good quality – bacon, sausages (lovely), hash browns, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, black pudding and fried eggs on fried bread. Only slight issue was that they had run out of eggs and we had to wait 5 minutes (while our food went cold) – again it was just an example of not particularly good service. Plus there was no scrambled egg when it said on the menu that there would be in the selection.
Various fruit juices on tap. The cold selection of food consisted of cereals, yoghurts, pastries, muffins and cereal bars. I had a croissant and hubby had a pastry which were ok, but not particularly fresh. I fancied a muffin, but they had run out of chocolate ones which was a shame as they looked lovely.
Despite a few minor niggles, overall I enjoyed breakfast and it set us up for the day.
Check out is 10:30am. We checked out following breakfast. It was all a bit confusing really with not knowing what to do since we were then going to the spa, but the receptionist told us we should check out then. We settled the bill (£108 - basically the drinks and part of the meal), and headed to the spa!
On the whole I’d recommend the hotel, however we were very let down by our meal in Purdey’s and had a few issues in the spa (see separate reviews) which brought down our feelings about the overall experience.
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