In the words of the Carlsberg adverts, “If Carlsberg made Monday’s, they’d be spent at Brimstone”. Last Monday evening we had the incredible opportunity and experience of staying over at the brand, brand new Brimstone Hotel on the Langdale Estate. The newest of all new hotels, not open officially yet (this happens on July 1st), this “Beyond Boutique” hotel is quite outstanding.
The Langdale Estate as a whole is quite a unique concept so their new venture had to live up to and be in keeping with it of which it has done so in terms of aesthetics and sustainability. Brimstones green credential range from the use of local natural materials to local contractors, recyclable materials, high level insulation, LED lighting, low water use fittings and clever heating and cooling systems linked to the windows. There are oodles more but it gives you an idea of the commitment they have made to the environment.
Aesthetically, driving up to Brimstone and you’d think the structure had been on the estate for years. The exterior is modern and neat yet it doesn’t at all stand out like you’d expect a hot off the press new building to sit in an already established setting. The landscaping has most definitely aided this and with the rhododendrons in full bloom, it was a stunning welcome.
Everything about Brimstone is unique and even though neither Mike nor I have been to masses of 5 star hotels, we’d still bet this would still be a unique experience even for frequent 5 star travellers. I won’t go into huge detail about everything as there is too much but I’ll just highlight a few. No reception, quite strange at first but the moment you walk in, your host meets you with a huge, non stuffy, completely relaxed, warm, welcoming smile. Then the interior grabs you. Slate, wood, frosted glass, muted tones all of which make you instantly calm.
Being guided to our room our heads were going around 360 degrees the whole time. The light fittings, sofas, black & white photography on the walls were all so striking. We were first shown the Rest Room where cakes we laid out, tea, coffee, wine etc all of which were complimentary. The interior of Rest Room furnished individual with chairs and sofas and coffee tables made from tree trunks.
Despite all this, the room was still the absolute, jaw dropping pinnacle. Again the muted tones but from the natural materials and due to this, texture in abundance. A gigantuous bed, corner sofa and a roll top bath…..in the bedroom! The bathroom, again huge, with a double shower, closed of WC and double sinks. The room was really spacious but each and every part of the space was used to its upmost even down to the bespoke wardrobe with perfectly spaced alcoves for ironing board, iron, hairdryer and even GHD’s. This too was true for the mini bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities.
All this and to be in the stetting of the Langdale Valley, the heart of the Lake District with walks right from the hotel door (there’s also a boot/drying room by the way) also Langdale’s luxury spa, Purdey’s Restaurant and Hobson’s bar within touching distance.