Chance to live in a bubble of luxury

By Megan Archer | Travel | Published:

Armathwaite Hall was honestly like nowhere I’d ever been before, writes Megan Archer.

A humble inner city girl whose favourite dish is (unashamedly) a bowl of cheese and tomato pasta, Armathwaite Hall offered gourmet cuisine, luxury living, and sprawling, picturesque grounds.

We had visited for a birthday celebration, and were so excited to live lavishly for one night. And boy, did we.

Armathwaite Hall treated us like royalty, with an extravagant room, a delicious four-course meal in the evening, and unlimited use of the spa facilities.

And the highlight of our stay at this stunning Cumbrian hotel, nestled right in the heart of Keswick, was undoubtedly the spa.

We spent a good deal of our first day just lounging in the outdoor infinity hot tub, delighting over a little button that let us order bottles of bubbly and cold beer delivered to where we soaked.

The views of the grounds were stunning – one morning we were even able to lazily lie in the hot tub and watch a very intense circuit training session taking place right in front of us – and we didn’t even feel a tiny bit guilty about not taking part.

Our room, complete with more views of the endless countryside, was both old fashioned and strikingly modern. With fancy armchairs facing the window, a bed so big I could have become lost in it, and a flat screen TV on the wall above the bathtub. My only regret was that I was too busy enjoying the spa, grounds, and restaurant to take a bath that weekend...

Megan Archer was hosted by Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa – a member of the Pride of Britain Hotels collection. Located on the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake in Cumbria’s Lake District, the former stately home is set in 400 acres.

The 46-bedroom hotel has two restaurants.

An overnight stay costs from £220 per room for two sharing, including full Cumbrian breakfast and use of the spa. To book call 017687 76551 or visit

Megan Archer

By Megan Archer
Deputy Chief Reporter - @MeganA_Star

Deputy Chief Reporter with the Express & Star. Give me a call on 01902 319363 or email


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