brimstone hotel review
This may just brimstone hotel be the reason that I felt like I’d quite literally arrived in heaven during a recent complimentary stay at one of the North West’s most luxurious establishments, Brimstone Hotel.
Located in the heart of the Lake District National Park and forming part of the Langdale Estate near Ambleside, the hotel is so much more than a place to stay; it’s a place to admire, experience and absorb. Even the drive there meandering through some of the most splendid scenery in the country is enjoyable and sets the operation dial to ‘chill’, not to be increased again until at least hitting the M6 on the journey back home.
Comprising 16 stunning suites and rooms, each with their own design and quirks, plus an extensive spa and modern restaurant all encased in the unrivalled beauty of The Lakes, you might never want to leave.
Visiting to experience how the hotel could serve as a dream location for sophisticated hen dos, a romantic pre-wedding break or the (ultimate!) minimoon, we were keen to explore its facilities following a warm welcome by one of Brimstone’s ‘hosts’. There to look after your every need during your stay, the attentive team (identifiable by their country-chic tweed waistcoats) can help you with your luggage (of course), kit you out with walking gear should you want to explore the surroundings (handy!) and even arrange a lift to a nearby restaurant or beauty spot for you in Brimstone’s chauffer driven Land River Defender (now that’s just spoiling us!!).
Before heading to the spa our host introduced us to The Reading Room, a cosy and stylish space in which to unwind and indulge with a stack of high-end glossy mags to leaf through, plus refreshments on tap – and unlike other spa hotels, we’re not talking being subject to a 24-hour involuntary detox via lemon water and apples, no, no! Instead the sideboard is set with complimentary cakes and scones (later switched for cheeseboards), plus wine, beer and hot beverages. Though tempted to remain here for the duration, we did venture to the spa following a welcome 11s cream tea, but with rose wine instead of the tea!
Setting itself apart once again, we found Brimstone Spa to be in a league of its own with a host of sensory experiences, Pure Alchemy and Elemis treatments and chill out areas all part of the offering.
Our treatments were up first – a 55-minute back massage and facial – which for me offered the perfect combination in a medium-pressured massage to niggle out the numerous knots situated in my shoulders, neck and lower back, followed by an luxurious facial to rid my complexion of dull, dean skin cells and reveal brighter, more radiant skin.
Now, with the operation dial set deeper into chill mode, we moved onto Brimstone’s impressive thermal experience with seven differing areas and rooms to discover all sharing the brand’s gorgeous contemporary design, which makes the most of the wonderfully picturesque surroundings. Ranging from hot to cold, steam to sauna, herbal to mineral, each experience offers a varying health benefits and promotes overall wellbeing for an instant lift.
Another highlight has to be the relaxation pool, open to the pure air of The Lakes with the most idyllic of views. We took a moment to rest outdoors in one of the alfresco chill out areas, enjoying a glass of wine by a log burning fire, a real autumnal treat!
And while Brimstone is what I would describe as a low-traffic and exclusive spa, if you were looking for some ultimate couple time away from others, there is the option of booking The Bubble Private Spa area, with dual treatments, spa bath, feature shower and My Spa Heaven Cabin for two all part of the luxurious parcel!