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TravelPod Member ReviewsArmathwaite Hall Bassenthwaite
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Historical Traveler Reviews Armathwaite Hall Bassenthwaite
First class everytime
This hotel is quite possibly the best family run hotel I have ever stayed at. The welcome is always friendly and the staff are excellent. The facilities are constantly being improved and attention to detail is first class. Food at this hotel is suburb and never fails to impress. The wine list is extensive and if you struggle with it there is always the most helpful French sommelier to assit. Armathwaite is set in fabulous grounds and the view of the lake is awesome. I would never hesitate to go back to the hotel and have recommended it to many friends, family and collegues. WELL DONE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
Excellent Corporate Away Day - September 2003
I would thoroughly recommend Armathwaite Hall Hotel for your corporate away day. Our team away day comprised both a meetings and fun team element and through the whole process attention to detail of everything that we needed from meeting rooms and flip charts, through to deciding on appropriate team activities and special dietary requirements proved little of a challenge to this experienced and accommodating team of professionals.
Of course, the location was the icing on the cake and we would thoroughly recommend the local brewery tour should you be staying at the hotel and taking in some of the scenery!
How to improve on this next year without returning once again I wonder?!
Having erad the reviews on this web page I arrived at this hotel with my Mother to celebrate her 80th Birthday with a degree of trepidation.
The accomodation food and service were however exceptional and I have grest difficulty in recognising the hotel some of your other reviewrs describe. I am no stranger to 4 and 5 * hotels and would happily reccommend Armathwaite to anyone wanting a luxurious break in gorgeous surroundings The staff were unobtrusive but attentive and without exception polite and friendly
Stay away from here
We spent 2 days at this hotel last week (September 2003) and to say I was disappointed is an understatement and wish I had read reviews on here first.
Staff on reception, especially the tatooed receptionist were surly and unhelpful (almost Fawlty Towers like). We wanted to order afternoon tea and in a 4 star you expect waiting staff to come to the customer to take orders - no - not here - I asked at reception and was told you have to come to here to order and they reluctantly went off to find a menu.
We could not open our bedroom window as there was a wasps nest outside.
The bathroom lino was worn and must have been 30 years old. The hot breakfast was all laid out on a hot plate and was luke warm. How this was rated a 4 star I do not know.
I would not recommend anyone to stay here. Only plus point was the view but for £290 a night was it worth it!!! NO NO NO
Cant keep away
We have been returning to Armathwaite Hall now for many years and I must say that we consider the place our second home. We stay in lots of hotels here and abroad and none can compare to this special place. The staff are most attentive and professional, they are almost all the same people from our first visit some years ago, we find this most reassuring. There are not many hotels can boast that! I am very pleased to write this review and hope to be back again at Armathwaite.
Brilliant relaxing visit
Just returned from the Armathwaite Hall Hotel,and had an exceptional few days there,the food is fantastic,with helpful and friendly staff,would not hesitate in recommending to friends and hope to return very soon,
A quality location, and great building, thats ruined by substandard service and management thats just rude! Stayed here for a few days in August, and found nothing worth the outrageous price of £150. The pool is tiny, approx 5m long, and the bar shut at 11pm, as it was "unviable" to keep it open and getting a drink from the night porter required waking him up!. A special mention has to go to Joan, the hotel manager, who clearly views customers as getting in the way of her job, and any questions are met with grunts and sighs. Admittedly I had had the cheek to ask how to get down to the lake! If being treated by Naughty school children does it for you then stay here, otherwise steer well clear.
What a view?
Arrived after long journey to find we had been allocated a room overlooking the laundry,boilers,fule tank and rubbish bins with an exceptionally fine view of the staff mess room !. replacement room was smaller than my bathroom at home !Neithr room was 4 star standard.However hotel was well maintained and spotlessly clean. Food was excellent and restaurant service generally good.Receptionist clearly unhappy in her job !Would I visit again ?? Why should I when there are so many fine hotels in the Lake district.....
Its great !!
i went here for my Gran and Grandpas 50th wedding anniversairy and it was the best time of my life ! the views were spectacualr the rooms very great ! i would strongly reccomend this to anyone ! i hope we can visit you very soon !
Relaxing, Refined, Beautfiful
I have stayed at Armathwaite a couple of times now and although not cheap it is very very good.
Set at the end of the lake it has magnificent views, beautiful walks in its own extensive grounds.
Food is excellent (and lots of it!), a huge wine cellar and quintissentially english drawing room atmosphere throughout.
Very nice health and leisure facilities too.
A perfect way to unwind. I love this treasure.
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Travel Blogs from Bassenthwaite
... the previous castle built 200 metres away,) and enlarged in 1635, it was sacked by Protestants in the later 1600s and left to rot. Almost no-one else there, a very informative ticket seller to fill in the history, we had a great time. Brilliant sunny day too. We were so lucky. We also looked at the foundations of the first castle.
Then drove back along the shore of Solway Firth to another farm camp. Distant echoes of fireworks, this being Guy Fawkes ...
3 great sights seen
The Britannia Leeds Hotel is our first 'chain' hotel and the first hotel that is close to our £50/night budget. It seems to be pitched primarily as an overnight stop for coach passengers, (there are three in the car park), and is clean and basic if a little jaded. Although we tried to take the room + breakfast deal when we checked in, it seems that the night man didn't manage that and we're not on the list, requiring a quick trip back to ...
Tues. Went to reghed and had look around. Rohan went to football match Carlisle United. I went Out to pub in Stainton for dinner. Wednesday, met up with family for lunch at the Sportsman inn, had a great afternoon. In the evening went to the local pub for a quiz evening. Thursday. Went on the Ullswater steamer, for a ride up the Lake. Beautiful scenery but rather chilly. Fish and chips for ...
... powerful. Thoughts were crossing my mind now, would I be the only fool to walk this far in this wind? And if so, what would happen if I sprained my ankle now? How would I get back down? Would anyone even hear my whistle in this wind if I needed to use it? I put all of that firmly behind me, it couldn't be far to the summit and I wasn't coming all this way to not get there. Then a different shape emerged slowly from the swirling mists, I had finally made it. I ...
... in the end worked well and it was almost a pity to emerge from the hills into the lowlands of Scotland but the drive to the Castle made up for it. The entrance to the castle was through an impressive gateway beside a foaming river, there was then a long single track drive through woods to the castle itself, with the caravan site being situated immediately outside the castle walls. Very pretty. The only draw back was that the toilet, washing and eating facilities at the ...