Armathwaite Hall Hotel is a large, traditional country house hotel with a brand new spa situated on the northern banks of Bassenthwaite Lake, just north of Keswick in the Northern Lake District. It is set in 400 acres of deer park with fantastic views over the lake and of the fells beyond.
Armathwaite Hall is a great place to stay either as a couple or as a group. The location is lovely and is also a very good base from which to explore the Lake District.
The main hotel itself is very grand. It is a former stately home and dates back to the 17th Century. It is very traditional with wood-panelled walls and stag heads hung above the roaring fires. This is a hotel of two halves however, with a large and modern spa situated at the western end of the hotel.
Guests can either stay in the older part of the hotel, or down in the spa. The spa rooms are large and decorated in a very modern style, complete with flat screen televisions in the room and bathrooms. It’s just a short walk from the rooms down to the spa to use the outdoor hot tub, pool and treatment rooms, which are open to guests from 7am to 9pm.
The spa building is newly built and is very luxurious, with a delightful relaxation room looking out over the gardens. A wide variety of treatments are offered throughout the day and evening. It would be a great spa to visit as a group, as it’s large and has plenty of space in the spa and around the pool.
Armathwaite Hall has its own Lake View Restaurant and Courtyard Brasserie. We dined in the main restaurant, which is very formal and traditional. The menu offered a good amount of choice, which included two options from the daily flambé menu, which is cooked in front of you in the dining room, by a dedicated chef in the room, which is nice to watch. The food was very good and plenty of gluten free options were given. We particularly enjoyed the Fell-bred lamb, which was roasted with garlic and rosemary and served with a ratatouille, and the Flambé sea bass with Pernod and served with rice.
Breakfast is taken in the Lake View Restaurant. Again, there is a good amount of choice in terms of hot and cold dishes with some locally sourced items on the cooked breakfast menu. The views are sensational from the restaurant in the morning, and it is such a lovely spot to sit and plan the day ahead.
Armathwaite Hall is a lovely place to stay in the North Lakes. It is a comfortable and characterful hotel, which is well-connected for visiting the main attractions of the area. It is a very welcoming base for a break, with very friendly staff and a warm and cosy atmosphere.