The Langdale is an award winning, luxury four star hotel and spa in the Lake District.

In an isolated setting, on a 35 acre estate, The Langdale offers a choice between exploring the countryside and local town of Ambleside, or staying in and relaxing at the hotel’s spa. The hotel is open and spacious, letting in the natural light and air of the countryside, making it an idyllic and peaceful place to stay.

As well as the spa facilities, the hotel is host to a country pub, a bistro, a bar and Purdey’s, a gourmet restaurant with a AA-Rosette to its name. All three use local produce and offer delicious dishes meaning you can opt for whatever style takes your fancy.

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It’s clearly a very secluded spot, so being able to access the countryside may be a whole other issue and wheelchair users will certainly need a WAV to get around, but The Langdale estate provides a haven of good access in rugged Lake District surroundings. To the rear of the hotel there are two disabled parking spaces, located next to step free access into the building with an automatic door. A portable Induction Loop is available upon request, many hotel signs are printed in braille and flooring on all levels is either tiled, wooden or contract style carpet.

There is a well equipped disabled toilet available near the reception. Other restaurant and bar areas are all accessible but not all have adapted toilets, so it may be necessary to return to reception to use the facilities in some instances.

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The spa treatment rooms are accessible and step free. The only issue may be using the showers. They do have a portable shower seat available on request but the shower cubicles are up a very slight step of about one inch. The various pools are all accessed via a small number of steps with handrails to assist you but without a hoist, lift or slope. They do have specific, separate changing facilities for disabled guests.

There is only one accessible bedroom on the site but it is a well equipped one. It has step free entry, lowered facilities and an adapted bathroom with a wet room and grab rails.

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Not the accessible room but gives a feel of the look of the place

All in all the access, inside the hotel, is pretty outstanding. There may be some inaccessible pathways around the hotel’s grounds, but there are alternative routes available to the main buildings. What’s more, they lay this out, in even greater detail than we have, on their website. They say they intend to “set out our current facilities and services on offer to enable all visitors to make an informed decision as to whether we meet your particular access needs” which is  music to our ears! For us, the most important thing is letting people know what to expect before they go somewhere (both good and bad points) and this is a service which we feel can only be improved by setting it out with a PAD.

The Langdale gets a provisional 2.5 BBS Ticks but this could well become a 3 once we audit!

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