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Review: Lakeside Luxury at Langdale Chase

There’s no need to travel miles to find luxury escapes. One right on our doorstep goes by the name of Langdale Chase…

Elysia Fryer

Editor at Luxe

On the water’s edge, overlooking Lake Windermere and the fells beyond, is Langdale Chase, a place where time stands still, perfectly blending luxury lakeside living with all of the comforts to make you feel right at home.

The Lake District has long been an inspiring place for authors, artists and poets, and it’s easy to see why – especially when you get to see it in all its natural, uninterrupted beauty.

Langdale Chase gives us the chance to experience first-hand what makes the Lake District the country’s largest and most spectacular National Park. Lakeside vistas envelop this Grade II Listed landmark, and it’s just as special inside.

It was Edna Howarth’s home back in 1891, and later a hotel in the 1930s, and has since been a well-loved property on the banks of Lake Windermere.

Following a recent, year-long renovation, it is firmly establishing itself as one of the finest five star lakeside retreats in the country.

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First Impressions

You can do as much or as little as you wish with Langdale Chase as your base. There are plenty of beautiful walks at your fingertips, as well as watersports, cultural days out and more. But if you’re planning on staying put, you can hunker down inside be it getting lost in a book in the library, watching a movie in the cellar cinema, or sipping cocktails and watching the sun set over the lake.

The hotel boasts 30 guest rooms and suites, as well as a private Boathouse – an architectural gem sitting directly above the lake with private beach access. But when you’re not living it up in your suite, there are plenty of communal spaces to relax and revel in pure lakeside luxury.

From the opulent hall with roaring fireplace and intricate wooden staircase, to the stylish bar, lounge and dining room, every space is indulgent and inviting.

On arrival, our bags are taken care of and we’re whisked into the hall to take it all in. With the majestic Lake Windermere in front of us, we sink into a cosy sofa by the fire, bellini in hand. Bliss.

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Review of Langdale Chase: Style

An original carved wooden staircase takes centre stage in the hall. A reclaimed 1890s fireplace flickering beneath, while guests unwind and drinks are served.

This place has a style of its own. It is truly breathtaking and incredibly unique; from the intricate panelling covering the walls and the sofas and chairs built into every nook and cranny, to the original stained- glass windows and the restaurant’s striking glass frontage overlooking Lake Windermere, it certainly owns its sense of place.

It is quintessentially British with real class – traditional with a perfect touch of contemporary style.

Review of Langdale Chase: Hotel Highlights

There are too many highlights to mention. Every detail is perfect. The staff are incredibly attentive and friendly.

They’re happy to have a chat and get to know guests, but they’re also very clued up on the hotel, the local area and every single drink and dish they serve up.

The hotel’s extraordinary location and stunning interiors are enough to blow us away, as is the food and friendly service, but what is really special about this place is some of the little quirks that really make it unique.

Instead of knocking the building to pieces and creating a very usable, open plan space on the ground floor, it has been very cleverly worked to incorporate lots of lovely rooms, perfectly flowing from one to the next.

From the hall, you’ll find the lounge, bar and dining room – all boasting panoramic views of the lake. By the hotel’s front door, you’ll find the boot room, which also serves as an informal reception area.

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For Wine Connoisseurs

Above that, you’ll find the library, stocked with charming books, many of which are inspired by the people and places that have and continue to make the National Park tick.

A charming addition to the hotel is the cinema room in the cellar. A cosy sanctuary, perfect for rainy days, or for a bit of downtime following a big hike.

The wine cellar is also worth mentioning – not only does it look incredibly striking at the restaurant’s entrance, but it’s also an invitation to join a fascinating wine journey with the in-house experts. Wine tasting experiences are available, and it’s a must if you’re a wine-lover.

We are dog and child-free on this occasion, but another reason we love this place is because there’s no need to leave anybody at home – four-legged friends included.

It’s a reminder that the Lake District is an adventure for all. There are a number of dog and family-friendly rooms, with beds, bowls, towels and special treats.

Review of Langdale Chase: Lay Your Head

The Wray Castle Suite is our home for the evening – an imposing apartment style room at the top of the main house. Views of Lake Windermere don’t get much better than this – totally uninterrupted and far-reaching.

There’s a huge lounge area with chic yet cosy furnishings, a dining table with views over the lake and an accent chair in the bay window – the ideal spot for reading.

We’re greeted with a carafe of local damson gin, enjoyed as we rest our legs and watch as the lake glistens as dusk turns to dark.

A picture-perfect start to our staycation. Beautiful wooden furniture fills the space, Beatrix Potter books line the windowsill and neutral hues with hints of blue make up the decor.

The interiors are reflective of the nature beyond the windows. The bedroom is clean and contemporary – crisp white bedding, complemented by soft blue furnishings such as cushions, a headboard and chair.

The bathroom is a ‘wow moment’. It has stunning marble tiles with a very inviting bath complete with bamboo and jasmine Bath House toiletries.

Review of Langdale Chase: Food & Drink

From our arrival bellini and our in-room damson gin, to our pre-dinner margarita and recommended wine by the glass with dinner, we’re blown away by the service when it comes to ensuring you’re sipping in style.

The hotel’s bar is a beautiful space to start the evening, with a whole host of carefully-crafted cocktails, wines, spirits and beers. What is so amazing about this place – whether you’re drinking and dining in the bar, lounge or restaurant – there is no ‘bad’ table.

Every single seated area enjoys lakeside vistas and the view just never gets old. The sky is turning orange and there’s a glow bouncing off the glass as we’re relaxing in the dining room.

The two AA Rosette restaurant is a panoramic feast for the senses – a place to admire the beauty outside and in. And when the sun sets completely and our dishes arrive, the focus is on the food.

Delicious Bites

Following our snacks of goat’s cheese custard and vegetable dim sum with hot garlic sauce, I start with the Orkney scallop ceviche, served with fennel, apple and golden raisin.

My dinner date goes for the ox cheek with chestnut, smoked butter and dashi. The scallop is delicate and as fresh as can be, while the ox cheek is deliciously rich and tender.

It’s the Lakeland Dexter beef and the sea bass for mains. The beef is simply perfection and the fish is full of flavour, cooked in a curried mussel and fennel sauce.

Our dinner comes to a close with a selection of British cheeses and a glass of port. The perfect end to a perfect evening. Michael Cole is executive chef at Langdale Chase and his wonderfully distinct dishes really celebrate all that the Lake District has to offer in terms of its meat and fish offering, as well as local artisan cheeses.

Michael’s menus are ever-changing, always with the seasons, but sometimes just with whatever has come off the fells or the boat. His ethos is about celebrating the best of modern British cuisine, and the restaurant does exactly that.

Review of Langdale Chase: Do This

The beauty of this place is that you can fill your itinerary to the rafters, or you can simply ‘just be’ and you’ll leave feeling equally accomplished. There’s so much beauty inside, that sitting by the fire with a cocktail and a book, is just as satisfying as getting lost in the fells beyond Lake Windermere.

But whatever it is you choose to do with your time here, the friendly staff are on hand to help in any way they can. Thrill-seekers, the world is at your fingertips.

Grizedale Forest is a short drive from the hotel, where you’ll find mountain biking trails for all abilities; lake swimming is available from the hotel’s jetty; off roading Land Rover experiences are available at Graythwaite Estate, just a short distance from Langdale Chase; as are clay pigeon shooting, axe throwing, archery and water sport activities.

If you’re staying on site, speak to staff about garden tours, wine tasting, local hikes and hunkering down for a film in the cellar cinema.

Whether it’s a go-with-the-flow break, or an itinerary-packed adventure, having Langdale Chase as your base is a no brainer and we hope you love it just as much as we have. We can’t wait to return with our brood.