Now six years outdated, the Brimstone Lodge at Langdale stands out, not solely amongst the plethora of lodging on supply in England’s standard Lake District, however amongst resorts usually.
Located within the Langdale Property, some two and a half miles west of Ambleside, Brimstone presents 16 luxurious bedrooms, half of them being suites and the rest what the lodge describes as “Plush Rooms”.
You already know you’ll be staying someplace particular when your host calls you up the week earlier than to ask if there may be something that you just hadn’t considered, when reserving the room, that you may want them to supply on arrival.
There is no such thing as a formal reception, you might be met my one of many lodge’s dozen or so hosts (bear in mind, it solely has 16 rooms) and led into the Studying Room, for a relaxed check-in and particulars of Brimstone’s services and companies.
There is no such thing as a “adults solely” coverage – and a number of the resorts’ suites have their very own widespread entrance foyer with an adjoining Plush Room, so you might have a household enclave – however the lodge actually has an adults-only really feel and youngsters would most likely not get as a lot out of staying at Brimstone as their mother and father.
A glance across the automotive park, which is stuffed with high-end motor automobiles (there may be even a Tesla charging level within the Brimstone parking storage), presents a fairly good perception into whom the lodge is aimed.
There are luxurious resorts which can be stuffed with polished marble and which scream opulence within the least delicate was attainable. Brimstone just isn’t so blatant. The constructing and the rooms inside it are way more in-keeping with their environment – so assume actually high-end ski chalet. What it presents, nevertheless, by way of lodging is actually particular.
The “Plush Rooms” are superbly kitted out with leather-based lounge furnishings, a free standing bathtub in its personal space, a separate moist room and really luxurious beds.
I get to remain in lots of resorts, however the mattress was so snug that I stripped it to see what make it was (made by native British firm, Sealy, by the best way). Every room has its personal balcony with rattan desk and chairs for al fresco eating or chilling.
The suites price solely 20-25% greater than the Plush Rooms, however supply an awesome selection. All have actual fires (with glass doorways to cease any danger of embers popping onto the carpet) and every one makes a romantic function out of its freestanding bathtub tub.
The Hearth Suites have a shower dealing with the fireplace, within the Spa suites you’ll discover an oversize tub in a washing room full with its personal personal balcony and the Duet Suite options two facet by facet slipper baths within the bed room.
Staying in a split-level Mezzanine Suite, we discovered a big freestanding bathtub in our lounge cabinet (!) whereas upstairs, the bed room space featured a walk-in moist room. Room furnishings are opulent but snug and comfortable.
There’s additionally a number of very nice element touches. The fires are able to mild with one fast burst with the fuel lighter or observe the directions to easy methods to construct your ought to you’ll want to – all the pieces is offered.
The tub comes with bathtub cream in a jug, a rubber duck and a second set of shampoo. On the desk are two metallic “sports activities” water bottles, to remove with the messages “collectively we will save the planet” and “ask your host to fill it for you in your journey house”. The turn-down service supplies a Thermos Flask so you can also make a sizzling chocolate or malt beverage – full with marshmallows.
Your room price contains unrestricted entry to Brimstone Spa with its seven totally different thermal experiences, foot therapeutic massage spa and indoor-outdoor pool. Therapies – facials, massages – are additional and use Elemis merchandise. There may be additionally a couples Spa space, do you have to need one thing fully personal, however reserving for that is important.
For many who wish to tackle the walks and climbs for which the Lake District is legendary, Brimstone supplies a complimentary equipment room, the place the lodge will equipment you out with something from boots, via trousers and jackets to hats and rucksacks, courtesy of Canadian gear specialists Arc’teryx.
The lodge’s Land Rover is offered to take visitors to native locations, or to the station – a wonderful contact, once more included in your room price, however maybe the excellent plus is the Studying Room.
That is successfully a Residents’ Lounge, with comfortable chairs, books, video games and a big TV. Foods and drinks there may be once more inclusive and is offered 24/7, altering with the time of day: tea-time presents scones and desserts; early night sees a fridge stuffed with sandwiches and afterward you possibly can add fruit and a cheeseboard to this. Drinks and comfortable drinks are a given, however the Studying Room additionally presents limitless beer and wine – with actual high quality White Crimson and Rose wines “on faucet”, which one can drink en-situ or again in your room.
Meals and Drink
Breakfast is included within the room price and could be taken both within the Range Restaurant or within the room. The Range supplies a buffet, with additional kitchen-made selections do you have to need and the in-room breakfast has a fair better option of cooked dishes. If you’re undecided, you possibly can nonetheless go for in-room on the day, with the proviso that it’d take as much as 60 minutes to reach.
The Range Restaurant serves the entire Langdale complicated and is open for all meals, providing an awesome view on the foot of a pair of water wheels. Our dinner was fuss-free, properly served and provided prime quality meals – a lot of it native. These in search of one thing on the Langdale Property that’s extra homespun also can eat and drink at Wainwright’s Pub, whereas anybody searching for adventurous delicacies will discover that a part of the Lake District presents numerous selection inside a 15-20 minute drive.
Is WiFi obtainable?
Sure, it’s free all through.
How a lot
Brimstone Lodge just isn’t low-cost but it surely does characterize actually good worth for cash. Plush rooms are available at £350 per night time, Hearth Suites at £420, Mezzanine Suites at £460 and Spa & Duet Suites £490. The excellent news is, that for those who guide greater than 30 days prematurely there may be 15% off the charges – and, in fact, breakfast, limitless Spa entry, Equipment room, lodge automotive pick-ups and Studying Room advantages are all a part of the deal.
What’s Close by
Brimstone is true within the centre of the Lake District and inside straightforward attain of the most important of England’s lakes – Windemere in addition to Coniston. The Langdale space has quite a few nice walks and climbs – as does the Lake District as a complete, with its unbelievable surroundings. Researching your walks is suggested, however the lodge and its hosts will assist and advise.
Additionally inside straightforward attain are the Beatrix Potter museum and Wordsworth’s home and museum are each inside easy accessibility. The Northern and Western lakes, actually require a automotive, however there may be a lot shut by you can spend many days with out having to even take into consideration going past the native space. Extra info is offered on the official Lake District web site.
Automobile is the optimum approach to journey to have the ability to simply have the entire Lake District at your disposal. However entry by prepare into the Lake District from London is surprisingly fast – you may get from London to Oxenholme Lake District (near Kendal) in 2 hours and 35 minutes for those who decide the precise prepare – and there are 18 per day – and make the most of Brimstone’s pick-up service with the choice of hiring a automotive at some stage to go touring.