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
The building itself is a grand sandstone structure, very beautiful and archaic. It’s situated just on the outskirts of Appleby. The views are excellent, especially from the conservatory.
When entering the hotel, you are first graced with a dark unappealing reception area, looking tired and in need of a refurbishment.
I did however receive a lovely tour from one of the reception team. I got shown to my room, nothing special in the main room but the bathroom was extremely modern, it seemed slightly out of place in comparison to the rooms itself.
I then when to the spa, this was my highlight of my stay. All of the ladies at the spa were very professional and clearly explained what I had available. The spa itself was stunning, just big enough with 2 luxury outdoor hot tubs and some great waterfall features in the pool itself.
I didn’t choose to dine in the evening but I did come down to the bar a 10:30 for a drink. I was disappointed to see that there was no beer on draft. This is an essential from my point of view.
However I did really enjoy the adequate gin range that they have. I especially enjoyed the Hadrians Wall gin.
Breakfast was okay a bit basic from the chef.
But the service was excellent, extremely efficient. Hats off to the breakfast staff.
This is a beautiful place to stay and relax in gorgeous countryside just outside the town of Appleby
The bedrooms were nice and spacious although very hot and the beds were too soft for me but personal preference
The dining areas were fantastic and the food was lovely including the cooked breakfast
We throughly enjoyed the spa and with it being nice weather managed to use the outdoor hot tub in the sunshine
Would definitely return and would recommend
My Husband and I stayed here through a secret escapes package, we booked a deluxe room and it was lovely! Other reviews have mentioned staying in an annexe etc but we were situated right near the spa luckily. The spa was amazing we can certainly recommend the aqua thermal journey and the cocktails. The food was amazing, we ate in both the main restaurant and the bistro, all lovely! The staff were very helpful, nothing was too much trouble and service was excellent! The room was clean and the walk in shower was good.
The only thing that we thought could be improved was the evening ambiance, perhaps some low level music to break the silence of people sat having after dinner drinks. Thanks for a lovely stay :)