Last week, I spent a couple of days in the Lake District. I’ve got so much content to share with you as we didn’t half travel about and enjoy our time in the area. I thought I would start off with writing about one of the hotels we stayed in; The Brimstone Hotel and Spa. The Brimstone Hotel and Spa was our first stop on our Lakes adventure and we wanted to get there quite early to enjoy the on-site facilities. The hotel isn’t too far away from the lovely little villages of Grasmere and Ambleside. We did find ourselves down some very narrow back roads of Langdale on the way. The Brimstone Hotel is located on the Langdale Estate. The Estate is also home to the Langdale Hotel and many other facilities such as the Brimstone spa, swimming pool, tennis court and much more.
Once we had parked up in the covered car park, we made our way into the Brimstone Hotel where we were greeted by a host and taken to the Reading Room. The Reading Room is the main area on the first floor where guests can help themselves to refreshments and snacks. When we arrived, afternoon tea was available so we had a scone and a beverage whilst we waited for our room to be ready.
Our host was super helpful in the meantime and arranged a booking at the spa for later that afternoon and confirmed our dining reservations. She was also more than happy to help us with arranging what to do whilst we were in the lakes and where to go. The hotel even has its very own supply of walking equipment such as waterproof jackets and boots to lend out to guests if they want to go hiking!
It wasn’t long before our room was ready. We had been booked into the Duet Suite and let me tell you, it was one of the most beautiful rooms I’ve ever stayed in. The room was named to complement the double roll-top baths which sit in front of the king-size bed. I absolutely love a good bathroom so I was over the moon with the double bath situation! The whole room was huge with two great big living spaces, a balcony terrace larger than most hotel rooms and a bathroom with a double shower and sink.
In the room, it was the little things that I absolutely loved from the mood lighting where you could even cheekily have ‘sexy’ mood lighting. The curtains were controlled by a switch which you could open and reveal the beautiful woodland views. Aside from the roll-top baths, the real star of the show was the incredible king size bed which was an absolute dream to sleep on.
On arrival, our host booked us into the on-site spa which was just a short walk away on the Langdale Estate. It was free for us to use the facilities as we were guests at the Brimstone Hotel but I believe you can book for spa days if you are in the Lakes area. The lady at the spa was so lovely and had our lockers ready with robes and towels ready for a relaxing afternoon.
We were given a suggested route around the spa which I always find so useful otherwise you usually have no idea where to begin. I was really impressed with the spa which was rather on the large side with numerous sauna’s, steam rooms and a whirlpool which extended outdoors through a rather smart automatic door. The pool was lovely and relaxing with lots of different bubbling jets until I managed to press a button which unleashed gallons of water on my head. It literally could only happen to me.
Other than that, the whole experience was so relaxing. There was also a bistro which looked really lovely but we were saving ourselves for dinner. The small things just made it such a wonderful experience such as the chill-out zones which you could relax in cocoon styled chairs with the cosiest fluffy blankets. I didn’t take too many photos as it was such a chilled out place and I didn’t want to intrude on anyone else in the spa.
That evening we were booked into the Stoves Restaurant which is the main place to dine on the Langdale Estate. As always, I tried to make an effort and dress up a little bit for dinner. This was made so much easier as there were GHD products such as a hairdryer and straighteners already in our room! There was actually quite a few of useful amenities such as a dental kit including a toothbrush and toothpaste which was perfect as I had managed to forget mine!
We dined at The Stove Restaurant which is also on the Langdale Estate and is open to the public. Even if I wasn’t staying on the estate, I would definitely pay this place a visit as it’s a gorgeous restaurant and the service was great. Once we were seated, we chose a couple of cocktails, I went for the Lord Sharock ’75 which was a strawberry gin drink and Stefan got the Mary Millington Martini. Typically we ended swapping, preferring each others!
For starters, I opted for the soup which if I remember correctly was Butternut Squash and Red Pepper and it was served with some warm crusty bread. Stefan got the Home Smoked Salmon which came with wasabi mayonnaise, rye bread and cucumber pickle. It was presented lovely and it definitely went down a treat.
The menu at the Stoves Restaurant was pretty extensive and we were mulling over what to choose for ages. From Pasta and Pizza to Seafood and Grilled dishes, we were truly spoilt for choice. I came very close to ordering the Baked Scottish Mussels which sounded amazing but in the end, I went for the Rib Eye steak which was served in a Mushroom sauce. It was actually delicious and a very generous portion. Stefan went for the Stove Beef Burger which came with BBQ Brisket and fries.
I managed to squeeze a little bit of room for dessert and went for the Chocolate Cremeux which was right up my street. The Chocolate dessert was served with Raspberries and Kendal Mint Cake which is very famous around the lakes. As always, Stefan went for a selection of sorbets.
After Dinner, We popped into the Reading Room for a few complimentary drinks to take back to the room before relaxing in the amazing roll-top bathtub in front of the latest episode of Love Island. I know that sounds super cheesy but that’s my idea of a relaxing night in. Although we were away on a trip, the Brimstone Hotel had a really homely feeling. Probably because I was wishing, it was my home!
All the rooms at the Brimstone Hotel include breakfast. You can choose to dine in The Stove Restaurant or have it delivered to your room. Although I do love having breakfast in bed, I wasn’t going to turn down the opportunity to take full advantage of the incredible outdoor terrace to enjoy our breakfast on.
Stefan went for a full English breakfast but I ended up getting a few different things which was quite good that you could mix and match. I ordered the Potatoes served with Bacon and also a fruit salad and yoghurt. Even though the weather wasn’t brilliant, it was just lovely to be sat outside enjoying breakfast on the terrace surrounded by all the trees and nature.
Once we were all packed up, it was sadly time to leave. We did think about booking into the spa again as it was a lovely experience but decided to go and explore the nearby village of Grasmere which I will tell you about in my next blog post. I literally couldn’t fault the Brimstone Hotel & Spa at all. I only wish we could’ve stayed longer. However, I’m determined to come back for another visit – potentially for a special occasion as the rooms are just incredible.
*My stay at the Brimstone Hotel & Spa was complimentary in exchange for this review, all opinions and thoughts are my own.