The foundation stone for the building itself was laid in 1890, and the house took some five years to complete. It was first opened as a hotel in 1930. However, there are artifacts in the hotel which date back as far as 1664.
Large imposing rooms, oak-panelled and mellowed with the years, a collection of fine oil paintings, ornate carved fireplaces and the magnificent oak staircase tell their own story of a hotel rich in history and character.
Blessed with so many architectural and decorative examples of our heritage, not to mention hidden treasures, such as the original mosaic floors in the porch, laid by craftsman brought over from Italy, the house is listed as one of national and historic interest. The Hotel's outstanding interior and location, made it a natural choice for the classic English country house in Alfred Hitchcock's production of "The Paradine Case", starring Gregory Peck, and more recently in the BBC's portrayal of the life of Donald Campbell.
The Langdale Chase history book charting the story of Langdale Chase Hotel from 1890 to present is available from reception for a small fee.
Six acres of beautifully landscaped gardens slope gently from the hotel to the lake shore. They were planned and laid out by Thomas Henry Mawson, a landscape architect of international distinction, who was responsible for the “Palace of Peace Gardens” in the Hague.
The Hotel’s reception rooms and terraces enjoy some of Lakeland's most spectacular panoramic views, recently voted “best view in Britain” by Caterer Magazine. The gardens at Langdale Chase are a riot of colour all year round, but May is a particularly spectacular month when the garden is ablaze with flowering azaleas and rhododendrons.
As you explore the woodland walks and lakeshore paths you will see why the Hotel’s gardens are some of the most perfectly set in the whole of Europe.
Langdale Chase enjoys one of the longest garden frontages to Lake Windermere and guests can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Lake, with its water skiers, steamers, sailing boats, traditional charr anglers and World Water Speed Record attempts in the Autumn.
Rates: From £45 per person per night.
Ample off street parking.
No smoking only.
Children are welcome. Pets Welcome.
Dinner is available.
3 Star AA.