Our tester beat the winter blues on a luxury trip to the Lakes
Product: The Brimstone Hotel, Great Langdale in the Lake District, www.brimstonehotel.co.uk Price: £650.00 Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)
What's on offer?
The Brimstone Hotel's Fireside Retreat break includes two nights for two in a Fireside Suite, an idyllic winter haven which comes complete with its own log burning stove, arm chairs and sofas for lounging, a huge free standing bath with Elemis spa products for long soaks and a sliding glass wall to a vast, private outdoor balcony, so guests can relax and enjoy the fresh air outside with the comforts of inside.
It also includes a lavish breakfast in bed brought each morning, a cocktail each from the in-room DIY Mixology Menu which features home-infused syrups and fresh fruit and herbs, plus a two course supper served to the suite each evening from a menu of mouth-watering comfort food choices.
Those that fancy a change of scenery can take a few steps outside their suite and head for the Reading Room to enjoy complimentary wine, beer, nibbles and treats at any time of the day or night, or can venture further two minutes further afield and make the most of the extensive spa facilities at Brimstone’s sister hotel – Langdale Hotel and Spa.
Guests looking to brave the winter weather and make the most of the spectacular surrounding scenery can enjoy complimentary hire of top of the range outdoor kit from Brimstone’s Berghaus Room, which stocks everything rucksacks and boots to jackets and waterproofs.
What our tester thought...
The difference between a good hotel and a great hotel is attention to detail, and the Brimstone Hotel has this down perfectly. While the room - with its mezzanine bedroom, comfy sofas and fireplace - is stunning, it was the little touches which impressed me the most: the soft blankets and wicker footstools on the balcony; the Elemis bath products both upstairs and down and the swanky lighting scheme which allowed everything from romantic and soft, to just enough light to creep to the toilet in the night without waking your partner!
We arrived dishevelled from a long train journey, on a wet Friday night, and were instantly relaxed by a warm welcome and even warmer room service. A variety of hot meals can be ordered at all hours, and that's without mentioning the breakfasts. Oh, the breakfasts. We filled out forms, left them on the door, and the next morning were greeted with soft, fluffy pancakes and a full fry up respectively, plus juice, fruit salad, croissants, coffee... Heaven.
Set up for the day we took a walk in the autumn sunshine, strolling along a peaceful valley between the hills, and stopping for lunch at the charming Wainwrights pub - part of the hotel's estate. In the afternoon we got the log fire burning, and enjoyed a glass of wine (or two!) from the Reading Room's free supply. Dinner was served at Purdy's - a top notch restaurant on the estate, where the chocolate fondant is highly recommended!
If I were to nit-pick, I'd say the breakfast could have been a little warmer, but that was really neither here nor there when everything else was taken into account. All in all, it was one of the most decadent, luxurious breaks we've ever had - definitely worth the money to mark a special occasion.