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
I don’t leave this review lightly but feel I must make some comment on our recent stay.
Its not all bad so please bear with me!!
I am an Ileostomist, in layman’s terms I have only a very small bowel which is on the outside of my body and I have a bag. We have been on many spa holidays over the past few years and even as recently as March 18 we went on a hot tub break. I am always honest and declare my condition if asked or on arrival. On booking this hotel nowhere was I asked any medical questions but once at the hotel and on trying to book the spa treatment we wanted I obviously declared it to staff. I was told to wait and a few minutes later was told that a manager called Graham had declined me entry to the spa.
Flabbergasted we asked to speak to him, I have never met a more pretentious person in my life, he was so rude, and so clearly uncomfortable with dealing with someone with my condition. To him it didn’t matter how many spas we had been to, I wasn’t going in his. I fully understand it isn’t the best of looks (a bag hanging off my side), and this is the reason I always declare it, no other reason, I am medically fine. He made me feel so self-conscious, ugly and all the confidence I had built up was gone in an instant.
Back to the important issue of the hotel itself.
Whilst the hotel setting is without doubt a 4/5 star, the bedrooms (we stayed in a garden view), are clearly lacking and at best are 3 stars. I can understand if the hotel is work in progress. Clearly the spa area has been prioritised as it is very modern and up to date.
The staff (other than the pretentious manager Graham), were worthy of the 4/5-star rating. I must at this point mention the duty manager Sam. Sam was obviously advised by the spa staff of our situation and she personally visited us in our room to apologise for this Graham’s attitude, and although she couldn’t change his decision if she could do anything to help then we just had to call her. All credit to Sam, she was lovely.
We did eat in the restaurant (not the bistro) on our second night. My husband had the lamb and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had the sirloin steak, it was nice enough, I have certainly had nicer, I was disappointed that a restaurant of that calliper didn’t do fillet steak (mmm maybe I am being picky!).
To sum up: -
Location – 4/5 star
Staff – 4/5 star
Rooms (pictures attached) – 3 stars
Restaurant – 3/4 star
An expensive and long way to go to a spa break without being allowed to use any spa facilities!
So…. Maybe if you have any disabilities call the hotel before you book to avoid the immense amount of disappointment and humiliation we most received.
My partner and I booked an overnight stay for our anniversary and we were not disappointed. From the minute we arrived, we totally relaxed. The staff were all so friendly and welcoming. The gardens and the views are stunning and it helped that the weather was so gorgeous, but what a lovely setting. We had evening meal in the restaurant which was wonderful. Fine dining at its best from the canapes, to the amuse bouche, the starter right through to desert and the service was spot on.
We would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone if you are wanting to be looked after as there is so much attention to detail in everything they do.
Thank you for a wonderful stay and we hope to return soon
Fantastic nights stay at this wonderful hotel with fantastic surroundings and very helpful staff. About a 10 -15 minute downhill walk to Appleby centre or £4 to £5 in a taxi .We ate in the hotel restaurant at night and the food was excellent and not overpriced breakfast was included and was delicious we will definitely be back and would highly recommend
Lovely 2 day stay at Appleby Manor and Spa. Lovely garden room overlooking well kept gardens and Lakeland hills. First evening had dinner which was really nice. The whole place is very relaxing and staff super keen to help. Enjoyed an afternoon in their recently built spa as well as having some very relaxing treatments. Appleby town is a short walk and on a lovely sunny day a great place to explore with plenty of little shops and cafes to tempt you in. Also would highly recommend the newly opened Steakhouse, food was spot on. Would highly recommend a stay.
We had the break bought for us by our children for our wedding anniversary so any research about the place had been done by them prior to booking.
We stayed on the 13th and 14th May.
We found the hotel easily due to road sign off the bypass into Appleby .
Our room was in the main part of the Manorhouse.
It was a huge room overlooking the gardens. It was decorated in keeping with the style of house with huge pieces of furniture, large bed and ample wardrobe space.
There was free view TV, tea/coffee facilities, telephone, hairdryer, iron n board.
The bathroom was shower over bath and a spa style bath wth tv.
Our remote for the tv in bath did not have a battery so not used but we left it out and on our return after a day out it had been fixed.
We did find the only drawback was the shower/bath had no grab rails so difficult for those of us less bendy for getting in or out. 🤨
We made use of the Bistro which had hot , well cooked food but limited choices if staying longer than a night or two. Maybe this is to steer you towards their restaurant but we found that a little pricey.
Breakfast was excellent and lots of choices, great poached eggs 🥚🥚🥚
Good choices in the bar tho no draft beers which disappointed my husband as he said they had a large enough access for dray haha 😜
All staff were very pleasant and friendly.
We did not make use of the spa during this visit . We did find the grounds very peaceful and luckily warm enough to sit out.
All in all a very lovely place to have spent our 30th anniversary.