It’s no secret that I love a good road trip, so when I was invited to check out Dalston Hall Hotel, a few hours drive from my home town, I was pretty excited. Upon looking at the hotel online it’s safe to say I was even more excited.
Driving up to Dalston Hall, although we were just 15 minutes from the busy motorway and 20 minutes from bustling Carlisle, it felt like miles from anywhere. Catching a first glimpse of the property, which dates all the way back to 1507, I was struck by how it both managed to look imposing and although it belonged exactly there.
After turning the door handle and opening the atmospheric creeky door we were greeted in reception, swiftly checked-in and given a quick tour of the main parts of the hotel before being shown to our room.
Room 1 has a delightful four-poster bed (I always feel kind of like a princess sleeping in a four-poster. A girl can dream!), bundles of space, a large writing desk, a couch to sprawl out on and – best of all – a jacuzzi bath!
We were a tad peckish from all that hard work road-tripping so we headed downstairs in search of food. In the bar we were served up a delicious cream tea with freshly baked, still-warm scones with jam and a gargantuan dollop of cream. Perfect!
After a game of pool in the magnificently grand hall of the hotel we headed upstairs to better investigate that jacuzzi bath. It wasn’t long before I discovered the twinkling lights above the bath and the light inside the bath that you could change the colour of to match your mood. Needless to say this made the bath even better and Thomas was probably a little freaked out by my excited squeals upon making this discovery.
Isn’t it just so pretty though?
Before long it was time to head downstairs for dinner and we meandered down to the bar area where we ordered a couple of drinks and were given menus. We ordered whilst in the bar and relaxed there until we were taken to our table a few minutes before our starters were brought out to us.
I opted for the scallops served with black pudding and cauliflower puree which were adorably presented.
Then I tucked into a sirloin steak which was without a doubt the largest steak I’ve ever had in my life! I hardly had room but after a little break I was able to further indulge in some Sticky Toffee Pudding which is my absolute favourite dessert in the world and this one did not disappoint. I’d actually say it was the best Sticky Toffee Pudding I’ve ever had. High praise indeed!
After our feast of a dinner and with incredibly full bellies we relaxed in the cosy bar area before playing a few games of pool and retiring to our room for ANOTHER bath. It was just too good not to make the most of…
Disclosure: I was a guest at Dalston Hall Hotel and my stay was complimentary however, all opinions and ravings about the jacuzzi bath are entirely my own.