The Langdale Hotel is one of the best 4-star hotels in the Lake District with a great location in the heart of the Lake District National Park. The hotel is complimented by extensive leisure facilities and a choice of two options for eating drinking and relaxing: Stove Restaurant and Bar and Wainwrights' Inn, both of which feature local produce and items from the Langdale Estate Smokehouse and Brimstone Spa.
Natural materials combine with modern design in Brimstone spa, which makes the most of its idyllic Lake District surrounds. Think burnished grey metallic tiles juxtaposed with reclaimed bricks and glimmering mosaics. Long windows in the al fresco sauna bring the woodland in, while the large modern outdoor pool with treetop views has a wood burning stove. Swim to an indoor pool with hydro jet beds. Couples can book a private treatment room and thermal suite – The Bubble – and experience a Venik treatment.
- Indoor pool
- Outdoor pool
- Swan neck fountains
- Finnish sauna
- Ice fountain
- Himalaya salt steam room
- Lava sauna
- Mineral steam bath
- Thermal experience shower
- Herbal sauna
- Private spa suite for two
- Spa Deli
- Pure Alchemy, developed together with Pure Lakes
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The Langdale Estate in the Lake District is a small resort with a variety of Scandinavian-style lodges, hotels, a restaurant, and a leisure centre tucked in between the trees, streams, and lakes. The buildings are made of local slate and blend beautifully into the natural environment.
The Brimstone Spa is in a purpose-built timber and stone building overlooking a lake. Inside, the decor is modern, luxurious and offers a seriously impressive spa.
What's on offer?
Staff warmly greeted us in the spa reception and invited us to sit on bright teal easy chairs while we filled out our consultation forms. The light and airy room has a log fire; a warm welcome on a cold day.
The receptionist invited us to smell three different muslin bags to identify our favourite. We chose the black pepper -- apparently good for energising. She advised us to take the bag with us into the thermal experiences then take it home as a reminder of our spa day. She also gave us a small waterproof leaflet which explains how to use Brimstone's thermal experiences in a specific order to get the maximum benefit.
The clean and modern changing rooms have two private cubicles and coded lockers (with a robe, towel, and branded flip-flops inside). To one end are stylish copper sinks and four powerful showers with shampoo, shower gel and conditioner. A spacious vanity area has mirrors and hairdryers, and power points for your own straighteners.
Thermal experiences are laid out in a spiral with dark slate and distressed metal corridors; glowing blue lights lead your way to the rooms. We started, as recommended, at the experience showers, before moving onto the three mosaic tiled foot baths which were deliciously bubbly.
We loved the laconium with its four ergonomic heated loungers and a large image of sunlight streaming through trees; very relaxing. Our scented muslin bags came into their own in the very steamy herbal steam bath and the equally uplifting mineral steam bath. Between heat experiences, you can cool down by grabbing handfuls from the ice fountain standing on a metal plinth in the centre of the room.
The Brimstone Spa also has a manicure and pedicure salon just off reception.
Spa-ing with a partner? Book a session in The Bubble: a private spa room with twin treatment beds, dual showers and a bubbly bath for two.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried the Pure Alchemy Allure (55 minutes, £90).
Louise, my therapist, began the treatment with a foot cleanse with me lying face down on the treatment bed. There followed a delightful combination of massage techniques with a fragrant Violet Green massage oil. The oil has scents of star anise and lavender, said to be good for "quietening an active mind" -- right up my street.
Louise carried out a thoughtful massage of my feet and legs, working her way up to the knots in my shoulders and my very tender neck. When I turned over, she massaged the front of my legs and did more work on my feet, touching the reflexology points. A divine scalp massage really helped to dissipate tension. I felt much looser and lighter, and moved more freely. As I relaxed on one of the day beds afterwards, my mind certainly became a little quieter, too.
The Pure Alchemy range -- exclusive to Brimstone -- is a range of massage therapies designed to harmonise your body's energies and generate wellbeing. The organic, natural products are made locally and inspired by the elements found in the Lake District. As well as the Allure, you can try the Spellbind full body massage, or the Comfort Repose, which aims to soften your skin as well as lift your spirits. You can also choose from a selection of Elemis treatments including facials, wraps and hot stone massages as well as treatments for men and mums-to-be.
If couples book The Bubble, they can also try some specially designed therapies, including a hammam massage and a Vernik massage with birch twigs.
You can eat lunch in your robe in the light, bright Spa Deli with soft furnishings, wood tables and vintage white metro tiles. You can also seize a spot on the outdoor terrace if the weather is kind.
Choose from selection of light dishes, including fresh sandwiches, salads, crisps, and snacks, as well as tea, coffee and soft or alcoholic drinks. Our fillet of salmon was light and fresh, with accompanying salads. We like the fact that you can choose not just a spinach smoothie but also salted caramel cake.
In the evening, we ate at the Stove Restaurant in the centre of the resort. This overlooks the working water wheel which helps supply the resort with electricity. The dinner menu includes pizza, pasta, burgers and grills. Our pickled mackerel starter was zingy and the spiced lamb flatbread was both spicy and delicious.
We loved / we didn't love
The journey: Brimstone Spa takes you on a true spa journey. With such a variety of heat experiences, there is something to suit everyone.
The views: The outdoor sauna and hydrotherapy pool are a real treat.
We didn't love
You can't just pop in for a spa day at The Brimstone: You need to stay the night somewhere on the Langdale Estate to be able to book in.
The price tag: At £90 for a 55-minute massage, prices are on the higher side.
Who do you think would like it?
Anyone seeking peace: The Brimstone Spa is for adults only.
Couples: The Brimstone Spa has many varied experiences to enjoy together.
Lovers of the great outdoors: The spa makes the most of its stunning location with views at every turn; walkers will find the treatments soothing.
Eco-warriors: From the stone/wood exterior to the locally-sourced ingredients in the spa's Pure Alchemy range, Brimstone Spa's green credentials are admirable.
What bubble rating did you give this spa?
The Stove is a contemporary bar and restaurant with a number of rooms to suit any occassion, including the private wine room and an outdoor dining area overlooking the waterwheel and hills. Just a short walk from the hotel on the Langdale Estate is Wainwrights' Inn - a traditional Cumbrian Pub serving a wide range of food and drinks. Finally, the Spa has a Deli where guests can enjoy snacks and drinks.
- Lunch included in spa break in the Spa Deli, selection of sandwiches & salads available
- Stove restaurant – a la carte evening menu, all meals and drinks charged as taken. Menu here.
- Spa break includes accommodation in a Signature room in the Langdale Hotel, room comprises of a king size bed with full en suite facilities
Langdale Hotel has 52 bedrooms, Stove restaurant, Langdale leisure facilities and Brimstone Spa.
The Brimstone Hotel offers alternative accommodation onsite: 16 luxury suites. These are not included in the spa break package and prices start from £350.00 per room per night for bed & breakfast
We also have self catering lodges on site which can gain access to Brimstone Spa as an extra charge, 3, 4 or 7 nights stays available.
- 9.00am to 8.00pm - Open to Brimstone Hotel guests and Langdale Estate guests
- Midweek 11.00am to 6.00pm
- Weekends 10.00am to 7.00pm
Travel and Parking
- Car parking on site and complimentary
- Nearest station on West Coast mainline is Oxenholme Lake District, connections available to Windermere station which is a 20 minute drive from the hotel. Taxis are available from outside Windermere station.