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Our History

We arrived here in 1991, moved in on the 8th August and finally opened the doors on boxing day that year. After a lot of hard work, many skips and a burning bonfire for many days we ended with a half workable hotel.

Since those very early days a huge amount of renovation work has been carried out and is still continuing to this day, making it one of the best hotels in the Lake District offering a great location for short breaks and walking holidays in Great Langdale and for accommodation near Ambleside.

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The original homestead was a farmhouse and in 1832 changed to a hotel, which took just over 30 years to build and was finished in 1862. The spruce tree in the garden was planted on completion and is now protected.

In the 1950s and 1960s the hotel was a local shop and petrol station (the tanks are still situated underneath the beer garden). The 1980s saw the hotel change usage to an outward bound centre for under privileged children before being bought in 1991 by Mr John Smith, who oversaw the refurbishment and workings of the hotel. Sadly John passed away in August 2010 but the hotel is still being run by his family who moved with him to the hotel in 1991.

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Our Hotel

Both our reception rooms have been decorated to the highest of standards and both have log burning fires for those chilly winter nights. There is no where better to come and unwind, enjoying home cooked food, fine wines from around the world and the most breathtaking scenery.

For the walker, and we cater for many, packed lunches and flasks are available and for those wet and soggy days a well equipped drying room is available to our hotel guests.

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Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers can be ordered from reception any time of year. They can be bought in any denominations from £5.00. So if you are wondering what to buy that special person, a voucher from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel for a short break in the Lake District is an ideal gift.

Please phone reception on 01539 437213 for gift vouchers and they will be posted out to you in a gift card the following day or call for information about short breaks at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel based in Langdale near Ambleside in the Lake District, Cumbria.

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