Appleby Manor Hotel & Garden Spa
What We Love
- A picturesque stay in the dreamy surrounds of the Lake District, with an award-winning restaurantEmbracing the awesome natural beauty of the Lake District
- Tucking into locally-sourced British dishes at the award-winning fine dining restaurant
- Enjoying the beautiful, scenic views from the hotel
- Switching off with a treatment or two in the well-equipped spa
What To Know
- The conservatory has unrivaled panoramic views of Eden Valley
- Indulge in a gingerbread tea on the terrace at least once during your stay
- WiFi connection is super hit or miss
Located in the Eden Valley and surrounded by pleasant English gardens and grounds, Appleby Manor Hotel & Garden Spa is a 19th-century manor house with buckets of country charm. Simply one of the finest spots in the Lake District, this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner is surrounded by mountain ranges, valleys, fells and plenty of spots for dreamy walks.
The hotel features an inviting AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, which puts a modern spin on classic British ingredients. When you’re returning from a country walk with ruddied cheeks and well-exercised calves, the spa will provide just the welcome back you’ll be looking for, with treatments on hand to pamper you from head to toe. The guestrooms are comfortably furnished in a cosy and traditional style too, also offering as much comfort and cosiness as you’ll need.
How to Get There
A Victorian mansion in an ideal location overlooking Appleby. Garden areas well maintained and plenty of outdoor seating. We had an upgrade but very disappointingly our room looked on to the ugly spa roof! We had a long wait to be booked in as no one was at reception and we could see that this area needs an upgrade. We were shown around the hotel and its comfort level is high. A helpful guide was in our room and folders of local information are in the hall with a map of the area. The bistro was pleasant and the food was generally fine but it varied from day to day quite a bit and the carbonara dish was very poor.
Our visit was however somewhat ruined by a member of reception staff chasing us out of the door and demanding payment as if we were absconding, unforgiveable as we were booked in for another night and had no cases with us or any other indications that we were departing. Some of the staff lacked natural charm and were a bit too much 'by the book' for the hotel's own good.
Breakfasts were good and in a lovely setting, but again the food varied quite a bit from day to day. The spa was excellent and was reasonable value. Overall we will not be returning as gross insults tend to take the edge of the pleasure that Appleby Manor had to offer
Exceptional food in fine dining restaurant.Breakfast fine but fruit item not as stated on menu. Goupon voucher holders charged entry to spa ,bit unfair I thought.Treatments were fine. Staff friendly and attentive. Check out bill incorrect. As stated in title of review few things need addressing but would not prevent me from going again
Overall this was a lovely break. Just a few niggles. This was booked as a Christmas present using a voucher.each year we look into hotels with spa,s and this is the first time we have arrived at the spa to be informed there is a 20 pound each day for 3 hours charge . This was in the small print but unexpected as we haven't encountered this before. However when we did use the spa it was fantastic and worth the fee. We also had to pay s supplement for the evening meal, which we wouldn't of minded because it was just on meals over 24 pound, however when we went in the restaurant there was only 1 meal under that price so if you wanted to avoid extra cost the choice was very restricted..The good was pleasant aalnd the bubbles at the start and the amuse bouche were amazing. The rooms were beautiful and very clean. The staff were brilliant, very attentive and welcoming. Overall a positive relaxing experience. Thankyou
Arrived at the hotel for a 2 night bed & breakfast stay with dinner on the 1st night.
We were checked in by Pauline who gave us a guided tour of the hotel and also provided us with a map of the village, excellent service.
The room was very clean, comfortable with luxurious bed linen and towels. Great shower and loads of hot water which was very welcome after a hard days walking.
Dinner on that first night was nice however I ordered steak to be cooked medium and it definitely felt more leaning towards well done. Breakfast at the hotel was absolutely brilliant served by Janet who could not have been nicer, she is a valuable asset.
There were 2 downsides for us the first being the poor quality of the WiFi connection which would have been crucial if this had been a business visit. The second big disappointment was that the hotel does not provide draught beer or lager which is the only beverage my husband likes.
With this in mind instead of dining in the hotel on the 2nd night we walked down the hill to the Royal Oak where we had a beautiful meal at a very reasonable price and my husband had a couple of pints of his favourite tipple.
Beautiful hotel, carefully restored keeping the character of this historical building to the fore but there are certain things in this day and age which are crucial and WiFi is one of them.
Food was outstanding. Rooms are lovely and the staff are so friendly.
My only complaint is not enough places to sit at the spa but apart from that, our stay was very good.
The town of Appleby is very interesting and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay x