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“30th Birthday Heaven”

Review of Melmerby Hall

Melmerby Hall - the front entrance showing the 'Archery Lawn' to the left
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Melmerby Hall - the front entrance showing the 'Archery Lawn' to the left
The arched entrance to Melmerby with the the Pennines behind Melmerby Hall in the early springtime with daffodils under the beech trees
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Melmerby Hall - the front entrance showing the 'Archery Lawn' to the left
The arched entrance to Melmerby with the the Pennines behind
Melmerby Hall in the early springtime with daffodils under the beech trees
Chess in the Library
The fireplace in the Library
The Georgian Drawing Room at Melmerby Hall with one of the four working fireplaces (free logs incl!)
The Drawing Room
Tea in the Drawing Room
The Drawing Room from the hallway
The Dining Room
The Family Living Room
The Family Living Room
The Kitchen from the breakfast table
The Kitchen
The Breakfasting Kitchen opening onto the patio
The Breakfasting Kitchen
The Jacobean Bedroom
The Jacobean room ensuite
The Master Bedroom
The cast iron roll top bath in the Master Bedroom ensuite bathroom which also has a separate shower
The Chinese Bedroom
The Chinese Room ensuite
The Victorian Bedroom
The Victorian room ensuite
The Edwardian Bedroom
The Edwardian room ensuite
The French Empire Bedroom
The Nursery
The Nursery ensuite
The Billiards room
The Billiards room
Melmerby Hall and Stag Cottage on the right hand side
Melmerby Hall from the Archery Lawn
Our beautiful ancient beech tree in the garden
The formal gardens
Melmerby Hall gardens and the Castle Folly
The walled orchard gardens at Melmerby Hall with traditional herbaceous borders
Summertime flowers in the gardens
St John's Church Spire rising above the garden
The private woodland of Melmerby Hall carpeted with bluebells in April and May
The private woodland offers wonderful walks and a stream to explore
Coming through the archway entrance to Melmerby Hall, the pub is within walking distance!
The grounds of Melmerby Hall are surrounded by a traditional sandstone parkland wall
Walking distance from Melmerby Hall is The Shepherd's Inn Pub, a villlage shop & tea room and bakery
One of the Pennine walks in the fells above Melmerby, One of the designated AONBs in England
An antique map of the local area
Early morning calm
Looking over Ullswater towards Glenridding
Great hiking
Dalemain country house and award winning gardens
golfing in the Lake District
Sailing at Glenridding
Ullswater view
Fishing in the Eden Valley
Daffodils in the Lake District
The top of Honiston Slate mines in the winter
The famous Ullswater Steamers
Hutton in the Forest historic home and parkland
Levens Hall has amazing ancient topiary gardens
Our son quad biking at Rookin House Farm
Roaming Herdwick sheep !
Summer surrounds Lake Ullswater
The Lake District National Park
Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick
Vindolanda Roman Ruins
Biking in the Lake District !!!
Melmerby Hall Ground Floor Plan
Melmerby Hall First Floor Plan
Melmerby Second Floor Plan
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9 Bedrooms, 11 Bathrooms, Sleeps 18
Lake District, Cumbria, England

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Freddie H
1 review
“30th Birthday Heaven”
Reviewed 2 April 2017 for a stay in March 2017

I booked Melmerby for a 30th Birthday celebration to remember. The house swallowed all 18 guests easily, leaving room to breathe and ample space to come together for dinner, drinks and games in the garden.
Everyone loved their rooms, each with their own individual character, as well as their own bathrooms (in most cases en suite.)
Every detail has been thought of - there were enough towels, champagne flutes and cafetieres to cater for an army. The double dishwashers are a welcome touch, as were the pre-laid fires in the library and drawing room. The snooker table at the top of the house has billiard and pool balls, and was very much enjoyed.
I had my birthday dinner catered for by Lynn Hilditch, who is recommended on the Hall website. Lynn was absolutely exceptional - providing an astounding six course 1930s themed dinner, simultaneously allowing for vegetarian and vegan guests. The best beef wellington I will ever taste, as well as home-grown veg and regional produce every step of the way. We were awestruck, and very grateful!
Melmerby will be forever special for me, my friends and family - we're already plotting an excuse to return.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
3 Apr 2017
Hi, thank you for your very detailed and wonderful feedback following your stay at Melmerby Hall for your 30th birthday - many happy returns! We are delighted you all enjoyed your stay and that your 1930's themed dinner was exceptional we will be delighted to pass on your comments to Lynn. Thank you for choosing Melmerby Hall to celebrate your special day with family and friends, we would love to welcome you all back again! Best wishes Christine, Charlie and Jilly
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tannerjen...
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Melmerby Hall is just stunning for an unforgettable break”
Reviewed 22 March 2017 for a stay in March 2017

Having just got back home after an amazing long weekend away, we can honestly say this is the best holiday accommodation we have ever stayed in. Melmerby Hall is just stunning and all our 14 guests loved it.
You never expect a place to quite live up to its' photos but Melmerby really is so much more beautiful in real life.
As a weekend away for 14 friends who have known each other for an average of at least 20 years, this was the perfect place to wind back the clock as if the intervening years have never happened.
Lynn Hilditch provided excellent catering for our murder mystery evening on the Saturday night. With a drawing room, a library and a billiards room, it really would have been rude not to have a murder to investigate!
Little touches of fresh daffodils in each room and the welcome hamper made us feel so at home.
Some very happy memories have been made this weekend and we really appreciate all the help from Christine and Jilly to make it such an unforgettable break.
Roll on next year!

Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
24 Mar 2017
Hi,
Thank you so much for leaving us such a wonderful review. Your murder mystery idea sounds like fabulous fun and what a great way to entertain a group of old friends! It's great to hear that you appreciated the flowers and hamper so much, we really enjoy hearing that our guests have felt so comfortable and at home. I hope we are able to welcome you back to Cumbria and The Lake District at some future date. Best Regards Christine, Charlie and Jilly
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Carolemb1...
Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Perfect place to celebrate with family & friends”
Reviewed 15 February 2017 for a stay in February 2017

17 of us stayed at Melmerby Hall to celebrate my 50th birthday 3-6 Feb 2017. What a fantastic house. When booking online you worry that the photo's aren't accurate, but I can honestly say everything was spot on. The welcome basket on arrival more than kept us going until the Tesco delivery arrived and I've never seen such a well equipped kitchen. I've certainly never seen so many frying pans in one drawer. We never ran out of crockery, or more importantly glasses. With 2 dishwashers to go at, it was easy to keep on top of things.
I can highly recommend the following:
Lynn Hilditch Catering. She prepared a fantastic birthday meal on the Saturday. The lamb shank fell off the bone, but the highlight for everyone was the sticky toffee pudding. We're all still raving about it.
If you want some flowers for the house, then look no further than Vine & Roses. Jane did a beautiful dining table decoration & they were already in place when we arrived on the Friday.
The Sandgate Friery in Penrith for a chippy take-away. Their lightly battered fish was superb.
This is a great venue to share that special occasion with family & friends, I'm just trying to come up with reasons to go again.

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
17 Feb 2017
Hi,
Belated birthday wishes and congratulations for your special birthday !!
It is so nice to hear about your weekend break in such detail and your recommendations all of the local business's who provided such a great service to you during your stay and helped to make your birthday celebrations extra special.
We really appreciate the feedback and will pass this back to Jilly and the housekeeping team who work so hard to make everything perfect for our guests.
We would love to be able to welcome you back again and please feel free to get in touch next time you are planning a visit to Cumbria and The Lake District.
Best regards,
Christine, Charlie & Jilly
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Tynemouth...
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic party pad”
Reviewed 21 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

We stayed at Melmerby Hall for a 50th birthday.I have to say it was the best family and friends weekend we could have wished for. The Hall was amazing full of all the character you would expect,kitchen dinner really was the heart of the house it had everything we needed and thank goodness for the dish washers. The children had the best time exploring the gardens and even had a splash down by the river,they even got a visit from Santa who came to the village with his reindeer.
Every bedroom had a character of its own with lovely comfy clean beds,towels and toiletries which we all appropriated to much because no one got up early to make breakfast.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
23 Jan 2017
Hi, Thank you for writing this review on TripAdvisor. We are delighted that you all enjoyed the 50th Birthday celebrations at Melmerby Hall. It sounds like you all had great fun especially the children and a visit from Santa with his reindeer! Thank you also for your kind comments they are much appreciated by all of us. Kind regards, Christine, Charlie & Jilly
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Towney72
Wakefield
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
“Fantastic New year break”
Reviewed 4 January 2017 for a stay in December 2016

We have just returned for a wonderful 5 day break at Melmerby Hall with friends and family. This hall is just about perfect. It has several very large rooms on the ground floor where you can take yourself off to relax in front of the open fires or alternatively gather in a large group to celebrate, the kitchen was particularly good for this. Upstairs, across 2 floors there are 9 excellently sized en-suite bedrooms and a large room with a full size snooker table. The kitchen is a good size with a central island, an Aga, an electric oven with gas hob, dishwasher and large American style fridge freezer (plus another fridge in the utility area, where there is also a second dishwaher, washing machine and tumble dryer). This year was the 8th time we have done this at New year and Melmerby is by far the most well equipped.
Outside there are lovely gardens leading to a large wood where we took some nice walks with the children. At the rear there is a large flagged area where we put a hired hot tub. There’s also plenty of parking for about 7 or 8 cars.
I would highly recommend Melmerby Hall for a large group looking to spend time together in fantastic surroundings.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
5 Jan 2017
Hi,
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a great review of your recent NY break at Melmerby Hall. It's so lovely to hear such fantastic feedback about the Hall and grounds and that you enjoyed the extra luxury of hiring a hot tub for your stay !!
We hope to be welcoming you all back again next New Year !!
Best wishes,
Christine, Charlie & Jilly
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