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The Langdale Hotel & Spa, Great Langdale, Lake District
Spread over a wooded site near Elterwater in Langdale, and with a spa and leisure complex, The Langdale feels like a discreet country club. There's nothing stuffy and formal about it, however - although the spa is definitely swanky - with a buzzy, open-plan bar and restaurant at the heart of things. Buildings make good use of slate, timber and glass to blend into the surroundings, while interiors have a cool and contemporary Scandi style: slate and stripped-wood floors, velvet fabrics, artful arrangements of glassware. There's a good bedroom choice and the food options are crowd-pleasing and filling. Well-suited to active types who like spacious, modern surrounds, and it's also close to fine walking.
We love the excellent walking options, whether low-level valley strolls or more testing climbs up the Langdale Pikes or the Old Man of Coniston.
Ambleside and Lake Windermere are a 10 minute-drive. The site is halfway between Elterwater with The Britannia pub, and Chapel Stile with The Wainwright Inn.
By car: 2 hours from Manchester, 3 hours 20 minutes from Edinburgh and just under 5 hours from London. There is free parking on-site.
By train: trains run from Manchester Piccadilly (just over 1 hour), London Euston (3 hours) and Edinburgh (2 hours) to Oxenholme Lake District station. The hotel is a 40-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Active couples who like their comforts and a bit of pizazz to come back to after a day's walking or cycling - even fell-running - will like the style. The contrast between the sleek and chic interiors and the rugged surrounds is bewitching.
Service & Facilities
The layout of the site, with its separate buildings, gives you privacy, meaning you don't have to pad through reception in your robes - or damp swimming costume!
- Spa and wellness centre
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Waterside rooms, with their light-filled Scandi styling and balconies overlooking Great Langdale Beck are wonderfully calming. The big, modern bathrooms, even in the smallest rooms, are a treat after a day's walking - and the remote shower controls (warm up before you step in) are very clever.
Cosy/Roomy Lakeland Signature, Attic, Waterside, Ultimate Rooms
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with Pure Lakes toiletries, Free Wi-Fi, fairtrade tea and coffee with biscuits, TV, Egyptian cotton sheets, honeycomb bath robes
Food & Drink
Breakfast offers a good cooked choice - including kippers, pancakes, and avocado on toast as well as the full Cumbrian - just the ticket for a day on the hills. For more intimacy, opt for a table in the adults-only section with its sleek charcoal and gold colours and walls of wine bottles.
Stove Restaurant & Bar: relaxed, bistro-style dining, hearty comfort food. Open 12-9pm. Dinner mains from £14.