Langdale Hotel and Country Club

, Ambleside, United Kingdom
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Langdale Hotel and Country Club

, Ambleside
3 star

Rooms: 3

Langdale Estate - Ambleside - England - LA22 9JD - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 0500051197
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Fantastic Location, excellent facilities

from A TripAdvisor Member
Our room was excellent - clean and newly decorated, huge bed, quiet location in one of the blocks 100 yards from reception. Bathroom was modern and well appointed - especially liked the jacuzzi bath! We made good use of the leisure centre and the pool etc was never too busy, we even had it to ourselves in the early evening. May be a different story during the school hols though.

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 facilities

from vicki1812
We are frequent visitors to the Langdale Estate - and we only live 45 minutes away - however it is a very special place - the website is accurate! The estate is a mixture of self catering lodges and hotel rooms - all well spaced so it never seems crowded. The site is very green, leafy and very quiet. All of the lodges are detached and spaced for privacy and tranquility. The self catering lodges are also timeshare units - we exchange via RCI (if you get offered as a 'swap' it then accept immediately as it does not come up very often). We have been visiting Langdale for over 8 years and find it a very hard place to beat. Firstly there is the location - it is at the entrance of the magnificent langdale valley and you can walk out the door and walk for miles - either a country stroll via some lovely pubs or a challenging mountain walk - you pick. We love that we don't need to get into the car unless we want to. It is also great for mountain bikes/cycling - but beware of the hills! The best local pub is the Britiannia at Elterwater which is 5 mins walk from most lodges and serves fantastic real ale (Coniston Brewery) and good pub food.

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
We had a lovely one night stay here at Easter. The room was a bit small, but bed was very comfy. The large swimming pool and health club facilities were immaculate and very welcome after all that hill-walking! As was the generous breakfast the next morning in the stylish dining room.

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 place

from lfcboro
Stayed at landale and was such a great place! lovely location, good lesuire facilities, got engaged to my girlfriend their!!!!! room was lovely but close to a entrance door to other rooms so a bit noisey! excellent breakfast's and all round good value!!

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from PORTHAETHWY
We stayed here in February - and chose it based on the price (£70 per night via laterooms) and the abundance of facilities. We weren't disappointed. If you fancy a break in the Lake District you can't go far wrong with this hotel; set in fantastic surroundings, the rooms are nicely decorated and well appointed. Some of the public areas were in need of a lick of paint and a bit of a re-vamp, but nothing too drastic. The leisure facilities are great. Nice big swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and something called a sunarium. There's a restaurant which offers fine-dining (which we wouldn't / didn't use - just not our style) and an area just above the pool - which served really good fare at reasonable prices. However, the best spot is a two minute walk up the road (if you're there in winter, take a torch) to the local pub. Traditional pub grub to take the edge off your hunger after a hard day walking in this gorgeous part of the country. The breakfast selection at the hotel is excellent - even for veggies like me.
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 break

from Mr Melv
Visited the Langdale for the first time over Easter, with our two sons. We shall certianly be going back. We had adjoining rooms which were of excellent size, especially the boys twin room (room 121) which was unusually large, and with a huge bathroom. The decor in the rooms is a bit dated, and they could do with a freshen up, but they were certainly comfortable, cosy and quiet. The rooms are in blocks remote from the main reception, restaurant etc, but this only ads to the charm.

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 returned from a 2nd visit to the hotel, the first being 11 years ago. We had a wonderful time then and it was just as impressive all these years later. The staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful, even ensuring my 7 year old son's needs were met! The leisure facilities have recently been updated and are magnificent, and the breakfast was delicious. The room was nicely decorated and even had a jacuzzi bath! The bed was extremely comfortable and there was a fridge that you could put your own things in! Overall I would have no hesitation in recommending the hotel for a very relaxing and pleasant stay! It should definitely have a higher star rating!

Just Fantastic!

from Jules24769
We came across The Langdale Hotel & Country Club, completed by accident. What a terrible mistake! The hotel is absolutely fantastic and having now been three times, it just keeps getting better. Just book it, will not regret it, I promise you.

There is Luxury then there is Langdale!

from Bear74
I have visited this hotel on numerous occasions, with my family as a child and with my husband, now he can afford to take me! My parents love it that much they purchased a timeshare lodge on the estate!! I often invite myself along or hijack it to get away from it all with the girls! You cant beat a week on this estate.

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 Lakes

from p.lord
Stayed at the Langdale Estate on a few occasions and have not yet failed to be nothing but very impressed. Everything about the complex deserves a 5 star rating from the very friendly and obliging staff to the spectacular surroundings. Try it, you too will be impressed!

Top Local Tips for Ambleside

You'll spend a small fortune on 'Pay & Displays' Take Public Transport. Use the cruise boats on the lake to go from town to town

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