Langdale Hotel and Country Club, Ambleside
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Fantastic Location, excellent facilitiesfrom A TripAdvisor Member
There are two good pubs within 5 mins walking distance - Wainwrights (owned by the hotel) and Brittania in Elterwater both do good pub food. We also ate in Purdeys and would rate it highly - order the fillet steak and you won't be disappointed. And with the great selection at breakfast, I managed to put on a couple of pounds during our stay despite all the walking we did!
All the staff we dealt with were friendly and efficient.
Wouldn't hesitate to head back again.
great facilitiesfrom vicki1812
The estate is also a short drive from Ambleside (great restuarants) and Consiton (nice lake) and well placed for visits to the northern lakes, e.g Keswick. The pine clad lodges are very spacious (the 3 bed 'ullswaters' are the size of a small house), and most have ensuite bedrooms and their own saunas. They come complete with leather sofas, superb kitchens and great decks so you can look at the views and some have superb views towards the langdale pike mountains. Other lodges are located by the river. A lot of the lodges are 'upside down' so the living on on the top - which can make for better views - however if you have any mobility issues make sure that you let them know as there are steps to some lodges. The most recent lodges are Brackens, East Beckside and West Beckside - and they have wonderful things like steam showers and home cinema rooms - very upmarket. The leisure facilities are very good. The pool area has recently been expensively refurbished and there is a great indoor pool - not huge but clean and well built (best early in the morning if you want to swim). There is also a lovely steam room - all blue back granite and constellations twinkly lights in the ceiling. In addition there is a very large whirlpool (seats 10+) and various exotic showers. Changing rooms are good - but they can get busy at peak times. There is a gym and also a soft play area for little ones. A beauty salon is also on site. There is a cafe, formal restaurant and Purdys restuarant which also does a good happy hour. Road links are excellent for exploring - but beware the lanes are narrow and the locals drive fast ! Langdale is about 1h 45min from Manchester International Airport.
We have not really eaten in the restaurants as we either like to cook and have dinner looking at the view or eat out in Ambleside - favouties are Zefferellis - a pizza/cinema house (good for veggies) or Lucy's (choice of 3 restuarants in Ambleside). I have not stayed in the hotel rooms, but understand they are nice and you have access to all of the same leisure facilities.
In summary, the langdale lodges are in a wonderful location and the leisure facilities are superb in one of the most beautiful parts of england - highly recommended!!
Lovely grounds in rural setting, great pool!from jt31
Just a couple of pointers:
When you arrive, park you car, check in and then you will be directed to your accomodation block, which you will probably drive to, so don't start unloading your bags.
You will have to drive if you want to go out to eat. The roads are narrow, especially in the dark! Maybe it was just me, but I found the parking spaces very tight, so watch out for your wing mirrors.
A note was left in the room informing us that we could stay another night in the room for just £35.00, but unfortunately we had to go home.
Great for families. We would consider coming here again.
Romantic placefrom lfcboro
t go wrongfrom PORTHAETHWY
One word of warning, if you venture into Ambleside, look out for the very poorly displayed warnings about parking without a voucher !
Ideal base for a Lakeland breakfrom Mr Melv
The hotel is a little way out of Ambleside, making for a tranquil environment away from the hustle bustle of the town. An ideal location for walkers and mountain bikers alike, with the pleasure of luxurious accommodation to come back to after a strenuous day.
The leisure facilities were good. The pool was a good size for this type of hotel, and you could do some serious swimming if that's what takes your fancy. The squash court was readily available despite the hotel being full - although it is showing signs of age and needs some minor repairs.
Breakfast was excellent - good quality food well presented and without the sort of bun fight that often accompanies the buffet style fare.
We ate out most nights during our stay (and found excellent restaurants in Ambleside). On the one night we chose to eat at the hotel both restaurants were full (we should have booked) so we ate in the leisure club bar. This proved to be ideal with the 2 boys. The food was excellent, especially the sticky toffee pudding!
The only slight (and I stress only slight) disappointment was the attitutde of some of the staff. There was a very young team in the bar and restaurant (breakfast) who were clearly having a good time amongst themsleves, but who were struggling to interact effectively with the customers. On two occasions our waiters "forgot" to bring orders which we had made and there was no attempt by any of the staff to engage in conversation and "make you feel at home". The exception to this was the reception staff who were excellent beyond the call of duty. When a little emergency meant that we had to stay an extra night they couldn't have been more helpful, even rearranging the allocation of rooms such that we did not have to move.
Overall a great place to spend a break in the Lakes.
What a wonderful place!from A TripAdvisor Member
Just Fantastic!from Jules24769
There is Luxury then there is Langdale!from Bear74
The Hotel accommodations are homely and of a very high standard. The rooms are extremely clean and homely and all are updated regularly.
The hotel receptionists are very helpful without being false.
Purdey's Restaraunt is a little over-priced (make sure you book beforehand if you dont have the evening meal option) but the food is all fresh and locally produced and in general the staff are excellent. The staff all act quite "Posh" in here, (they are not - they are normal human beings just trying to make a living like the rest of us!) but then they have to because of some of the people that stay in the hotel and lodges can be a bit upperty! (more about that later!) The staff even allow you to try some "snuff" after your meal(see menu for details) in the residents bar area. I would not advise doing this unless you are used to sticking substances up your nose (some people are I suppose) - my nose just ran for two days afterwards! It's good to finish your meal with a chill out in the lounge area - smoke a cigar and drink a brandy - go on on it's good for you - perfect end to the perfect meal. They stay open until the last person leaves which is even better!
The Terrace Restaruant is a cheaper alternative to Purdey's (you also have to book to eat here) but that does not mean that the service standards or food is not of a good quality.
The Health Club Cafe Area (forget what it's called - they change the layout and name every few years) is good for relaxing in after or before you have been to the Health Club, just dont eat to much before you go swimming - although it can get filled with alot of kids running round - I cannot critise - it used to be me!
If you time it right when kids are banned from the pool ha ha - (after 7.00pm) it is not really a problem.
The Health Club offers a Spa, Steam Room, Gym, Swiming Pool and this thing that is not a Sauna but not a Sun Bed either - Another first! All facilities are clean and well maintained. The only problem is if you have been walking all day - like every other guest in every hotel in the Lake District - you tend to want to go swimming at around 5.00pm and you WILL have to wait as they are only aloud a certain number of people in the pool at the same time. You can sit upstairs in the coffee shop and they will come and get you as people leave, it's so relaxing in the lakes anyway after a day or so it will not be real issue or refection on the hotel.
The only thing that lets this place down is a very small minority of classless, yet rich, Horray Bloody Henries, that seem to think that if the staff dont wipe there backsides for them, it gives them cause for complaint. Everytime I have been I have witnessed these stuck up people moaning that they had to wait ages (like five minutes is a long time to wait for a coffee is it) to be served at the Coffee Shop and then were not greeted with a massive smile and a whole lot of enthusiasm. I'm sorry - the staff are mainly on work experience from South Africa or are students and all are getting paid pretty crap money for the hard work they do - after a 10 hour shift of dealing with these horrible guests - I dont think I would be bursting with enthusiasm to greet the whinger - would you?
Treat them with the respect they deserve and you get it back - tip them - they serve you quicker - be polite when you are giving them your order - that goes in every bar/shop in the world over not just this place!
If you ever get the chance to go to this place - make sure you go. You can get some excellent deals here after Christmas and through the winter months - even if you dont get a good deal - you wont care - it is totally worth every penny. ENJOY. Oh and watch out for the Horray Henrys'.
Best hotel in the Lakesfrom p.lord
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Other names for Langdale Hotel and Country Club
- langdale hotel ambleside
- Address: Langdale Estate - Ambleside - England - LA22 9JD - United Kingdom
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