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The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

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The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel,
Great Langdale,
Ambleside,
Cumbria,
LA22 9JY

Tel: 015394 37272

Welcome to our unique Lake District Hotel in the remote and unspoilt Langdale Valley
The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is to be found in the magnificent setting of the Great Langdale Valley. It is the 'original' Dale Head Inn and right in the centre of the Lake District.

For 300 years the Old Hotel has offered accommodation and sustenance to weary fellwalkers and climbers in the midst of some of the highest mountains in England. However it is not only the fantastic scenery of Langdale that attracts our guests, some simply come to enjoy the comfort and traditions of a cosy get away, far away from the stresses of modern day life. Don't expect to be easy to contact – you may have to climb 1000 ft to get a mobile phone reception!

History

The Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel was originally a farm and an Inn. In the rate book of 1885, it was named as Middlefell Inn and run by John Bennett, who was a well-known guide for tourists. It has been extended a number of times, the original piece being the middle portion; another piece was added later and the stables at the Northeast end were made into a dining room. The shippon, on the other end, was made into a bar and the cow stalls are still there, intact.

These were the days of the horse-drawn 'charas' bringing visitors from Little Langdale over Blea Tarn Pass; they would stop at the top and blow their horn, a signal to get lunch or tea ready - the number of blasts informed the staff of the number of passengers requiring the meal!

The Hotel was sold to Professor G.M. Trevelyan in the early 1900's for £4,100, he promptly gave it to the National Trust. This was the first property the Trust owned in Langdale. The Hotel was run as a hotel and farm up to 1949, when the shippon was converted into the Climber's Bar.

All the climbing clubs in the country at this stage came to the Old Hotel for their club dinners which meant that many of the best British climbers who had taken part in the Everest and other Himalayan expeditions stayed at the hotel including Sir John Hunt, Mike Westmacott, Alf Gregory, Tom Bourdillon, Sir Charles Evans, Neil Mather, and George Band.

The younger up-and-coming climbers frequented the Climber's Bar - Joe Brown, Don Whillans, Ian MacNaught-Davis, and Dennis Davis. In the evenings they often had talks and slide shows - Chris Bonington and Ian Clough, after being the first British climbers to ascend the north face of the Eiger, tried out their lecture at the Old Hotel before giving the real thing in Keswick.

Neil and Jane Walmsley have been the proprietors since 1983 and have continued to improve and develop this popular family hotel retaining as many old features as possible. Neil is a talented musician and keen fell runner.

Bedrooms

The ODG Hotel accommodation comprises fourteen bedrooms, four having en-suite shower facilities, while an abundance of hot water supplies our bathrooms for a well earned soak. Each room has its own individual character, as you can imagine for a 300 years old Hotel whilst maintaining the comforts you require to relax and unwind, not forgetting the stunning Lake district panorama that you wake up to. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in all guestrooms.

Resident's Lounge

Relax your senses as you enjoy the sound and aroma of an open log fire burning in the resident's lounge. The lounge is spacious and comfortable for you to enjoy morning coffee or afternoon tea with some delicious home-bakes, to prepare for or after a hard days walk.

Resident's Bar

The Resident's bar is quieter than the walker’s bar to allow our guests to enjoy the peaceful surroundings over a pint of finest traditional ale, chosen wine from our large cellar or a dram from our wide and varied selection of Scottish malt whiskies.

Dining

The dining room is a comfortable place to enjoy good home-cooked food, within a friendly atmosphere. The service is friendly and attentive, and staff are always happy to advise and help in any way they can.

A warm welcome is extended to climbing and fell-walking clubs and we offer a discount for young children. Wedding buffets can be catered for and we also offer meals to non-residents by advance booking.

Breakfast is served in the dining room from 8.30 to 9.30am.

Fantastic packed lunches available on request.

Table d'Hote Dinner is served at 7.30pm in the dining room by prior booking, to reception no later than mid-morning on the day required.

The Public Walkers Bar



Most guests call in at our Public Walkers Bar first, where a selection of real ales provides a just reward after a long drive or a hard day of fell and rock. However if real ale is not your first choice, there is large selection of the finest Scottish whisky's and a large wine cellar. We often have live entertainment, in the form of occasional open music nights where we encourage anyone to get up and play. The Bar always has a friendly, lively spirit about the place, where people enjoy sharing experiences of the local walks and climbs conquered.

Lunchtime Bar Meals are served in the Hikers Bar from 12 noon until 2pm.

Evening Bar Meals are served daily from 6pm to 9pm, please be prepared for a delay during busy periods.

Fine Food and Drink

We enjoy cooking and maintain a fine wine cellar, so the accent is very much on home-made meals, and we provide an excellent dinner served in the comfort of our dining room. Our chef who has been with us for 12 years serves a wide selection of home-cooked food using the finest local produce, to satisfy your appetite after a day of activity. Over the years, we have also gathered quite a collection of Scottish Whiskies, along with our beverages on tap. To view our menu's click on the pdf's below, to get the taste buds tingling.

Sample Menu A
Sample Menu B
Sample Menu C
Sample Menu D

Breakfast is served in the dining room from 8.30 to 9.30am.

Lunchtime Bar Meals are served in the Hikers Bar from 12 noon until 2pm.

Fantastic packed lunches available on request.

Evening Bar Meals are served daily from 6pm to 9pm, please be prepared for a delay during busy periods.

Table d'Hote Dinner is served at 7.30pm in the dining room by prior booking, to reception no later than mid-morning on the day required.

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