Set in the secluded splendour of 400 acres of deer park and woodland, Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa is a picture-perfect escape.
The beauty of unwinding for a night or two at Armathwaite Hall is in the peace and tranquillity of its surroundings, the hotel’s decor and building itself is as charming as the countryside it’s set within.
As one of the original stately homes of England and a wonderful luxury Spa hotel in the Lake District, it’s a popular destination choice for locals and travellers alike.
The market town of Cockermouth is just a 13 minute drive away with Penrith Railway station located about 25 miles from the hotel. The M6 is the nearest motorway and Armathwaite Hall is located 40 minutes (25 miles) off junction 40, Penrith of the M6.
Whether it’s a spa break, a weekend away or the place you’re tying the knot, a stay here promises utmost luxury and relaxation. For us? It’s a relaxing overnight stay with moments of bliss at the luxury spa and a spot of fine dining in the Lake View Restaurant.
Rolling views of the mountains and open countryside welcome myself and my partner as we pull up at the entrance. Grand decor and friendly faces are waiting to greet us inside before we’re given our room key and free to explore the grounds at our own leisure.
From the moment you step inside Armathwaite Hall you instantly feel warm, cosy and at home. The entire place oozes elegance and sophistication, from the reception, to the rooms, the Lake View restaurant, hallways and spa.
The scent of the roaring log fire lingers throughout and the decor is packed with heaps of country charm – perfectly mirroring the exterior.
There’s something about it here that feels ever so enchanting – whichever space you find yourself in, you feel like you’ve been whisked back in time, yet nothing about it seems old fashioned.
There’s much to see and do here, but for us, a particular highlight has to be the spa.
Complimentary robes and slippers are waiting in our room, a quick change and we head for bliss. Armathwaite Hall Hotel has created a timeless, yet contemporary countryside spa within a stunning rural setting, offering a relaxed, high comfort, luxurious facility.
Greeted with a smile, we give our names and are ushered upstairs to the relaxing waiting area. We slip comfortably into the leather chairs, admiring the aromas, roaring fire and a fresh glass of ice-cold water. A quick medical consultation form and we’re individually taken to our treatment room.
We both opt for the 55 minute Drift Away full body massage (£80). This deeply relaxing top-to-toe massage is formulated with a dreamy blend of Mediterranean essential oils including Frankincense, Lavender and Patchouli – it’s everything my tired, aching body desires.
Comfortably ready on the bed, my masseuse begins by flooding the room’s aroma with relaxing hints of Lavender encouraging me to take several deep breaths.
She then begins to work on the tension that’s built up in my neck, back and shoulders, before moving on to my legs, feet, arms, finishing with a relaxing hand massage.
This is the perfect treatment to soothe the body, calm nerves and wind down an active mind. The tension and stress built up within me simply melts away.
Following the massage, we head down to indulge in the spa facilities taking full advantage of the pool, sauna and tropical showers before heading outdoors and sipping on champagne whiling away the hours in the heated infinity-edge pool.
Lay Your Head
Our deluxe lake view room is peacefully situated in the main house with breathtaking views overlooking the lake.
The room provides ample space and comes well equipped with everything you could need for a relaxing stay including the comfiest of beds with Egyptian cotton linen and a luxury mattress topper.
As we walk through the door, we immediately feel like royalty. With a homely feel to it, the interior of the room is very traditional, boasting dark wood features and elegant decor.
Complimentary apples, water, tea, coffee and a selection of sweet treats await along with slippers and robes which are perfectly placed on the bed.
The room itself is ever so spacious and comes equipped with a living area which offers two large chairs, a coffee table, TV and sideboard. Behind is a dressing table, a king-size bed with a bedside table on each side and access to the balcony which overlooks the magnificent mountain and lake views.
The oh-so modern bathroom is home to a large bath, shower and TV – it offers a very different vibe to the rest of the room, but is equally as impressive.
Food & Drink
The food and drink options here are impressive with plenty to choose from.
For me and my guest, it’s dinner in the Lake View Restaurant.
To start, we both go for the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken (£12) which comes served on a sun blushed tomato salad and a delicious roast garlic mayo.
For the main event, I go for the Wagyu Steak Burger (£20) which is layered up with Emmental cheese, red onion marmalade, mustard mayo and served with a generous portion of shoestring fries and crunchy breaded onion rings.
The burger is deliciously juicy and packs so much flavour, while the fries are perfectly salted complementing the sweetness of the red onion marmalade perfectly.
Up next for my partner is the Fillet of Beef (£32) served with watercress puree, marinated artichoke, green peppercorn sauce and truffle and parmesan chips.
I can’t speak on his behalf, but by the smile on his face and the sparkle in his eye, it tastes as good as it looks.
Too full to move never mind tuck into dessert, we head back to our room and call it a night.
The following day, breakfast is served downstairs – again in the Lake View Restaurant – and we both go for the Full Breakfast which is included within the price of the stay.
Piled on the plate is a Cumberland sausage, bacon, tomato, hash brown, black pudding, poached egg and a pot of beans.
Washed down with a pot of tea, it’s the perfect fuel to start the day ahead.
Other dining options include The Courtyard Bar and Brasserie – an extremely popular choice with hotel guests and the public alike. Go here for contemporary and informal cuisine, it is the perfect option for anyone looking to enjoy a casual drink, a morning latte, or a relaxed lunch.
The Cocktail Bar boasts style and sophistication, a decadent room perfect to enjoy a delicious lunch or your favourite tipple or two.
Guests can also enjoy a full afternoon tea service from 12:30pm-5:00pm. Diners can choose from a selection of savoury and sweet treats, including freshly made sandwiches, homemade cake, biscuits, scones with jam and cream and tea or coffee.
There’s much to see, do and explore at Armathwaite Hall, one of those things being a forest bathing session led by expert Jen Grange.
Forest bathing or Shinrin-Yoku is a natural wellbeing therapy originating from Japan. It literally translates as ‘forest-bath’, meaning to bathe in the forest atmosphere or take in the forest through our senses.
Research shows that being in nature for just two hours per week can have a significant benefit to our health. Forest bathing takes this one step further, with mindful and sensory invitations to connect with nature and reflect on our experiences.
It is a perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and connect with the natural environment. It allows us time to switch off from the pressures of life and simply ‘be’ surrounded by the healing energy of the forest.
We move slowly, patiently and open-mindedly through the forest as Jen invites us to connect with nature through guided meditation and sensory exploration.
We conclude our forest bathe with a friendly chat and a mindful cup of tea to reflect on the experience.
Keep your eyes peeled for our full forest bathing review coming soon.