Boutique luxury combined with sublime landscapes and the best walking the Lake District has to offer.
Ambleside Cumbria England United Kingdom LA22 9JD 01539 438 062
If you love the Lake District but lazily write it off as being somewhere for the duffle-coat and rucksack brigade, with facilities to match, then you should think again. Because, hey, the region has changed quite a bit since the days of Wainwright, and nowhere more so than at the Brimstone Hotel, one of the Lakes' new breed of dazzling boutique hotels. Situated in one of the Lake District's most beautiful valleys, and with some of the region's best walking on its doorstep, it has everything that people come to the Lake District for, but the approach is as contemporary as it gets, more Goretex than woolly jumper if you like, with an emphasis on comfort, good food and creating a welcoming home-from-home fit for its twenty-first century purpose. There are 16 rooms in all, which are large and clad in trendily cool and contemporary colours and ooze high-tech gadgets – ipod docking stations are standard, as are groovy dimmer switches and pushbutton curtains, though ironically only the best boast a suitably retro open fire. But although the Brimstone may be a metropolitan sort of place, it's firmly anchored in the Lakes and the breathtaking landscape that surrounds it, and they deliberately make it easy for its more hotel-bound guests to get out and experience it. Breakfasts are as hearty as you need for a spot of fell-walking, and urban folk who don't have their own kit can rent borrow waterproof clothing and rucksacks with OS maps. And when you come back, cold and hungry, they can have scones and tea or sizzling steak sandwiches waiting for you in the cosy lounge and reading room, and there's also a pool, sauna and steam room for a different kind of relaxation. All this in a slate-clad building perfectly in keeping with its surroundings.
16 contemporary boutique rooms and suites, the most exciting Lake District hotel development in many years – taking you beyond boutique. Luxuriously pleasurable elements and personal service merge seamlessly in the heart of the Lake District to create ever lasting memories.
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- Music System
- Spa & Treatments
- TVs with Freeview
- Five-Star Luxury
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