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  • AA 4 Star Hotel
  • AA 1 Rosette
  • Cumbria Tourism Awards Winner
  • Member of Cumbria Tourism
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Hotel with 22 rooms £90 prpnb

The Villa, Levens

The Villa, Levens

The Villa, Levens

Details

Situated in the South Lakes, The Villa Levens is a 140 year old Victorian house wich has now been fully restored into a 22 bedroomed hotel. Furnished to 5 star standard with a hall for ceremonies and smaller functions and a spectacular wedding pavilion. The property is set in 14 acres of grounds and has the wow factor, it oozes the luxury that friends of The Villa have come to know and love.

The Villa Levens was originally Brettargh Holt, a family home for the Brettargh-Yates family designed by local architect, Joseph Bintley in 1871. It was later owned by Sir Charles Walker whose passion for orchids lead him to build greenhouses against the large garden walls that still remain. His daughters were well known suffragettes. When he died in 1920 the estate was auctioned off and soon became the Levens Hotel and was altered to designs by Malcom G Shaw (Kendal) in 1928.

Due, it seems, to failure to obtain a liquor licence, Sam Ashcroft sold the estate to the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and in 1944 it became a convent followed by a home for single mothers in 1946 with accommodation for up to 35 mothers and babies.

Most, but not all the children were adopted, the society arranged between 30 and 40 adoptions a year. Admissions ceased in June 1968 The Salesian Sisters of St John Bosco ran the house and grounds from the 70s as a retreat, mainly for youth groups, entertaining Scouts and Brownies for many years, the large grounds providing the perfect camping area.

In the summer of 2012 the sisters moved out and in 2014 Simon Rigby, partnered by Stewart and Debbie McIntosh, bought the magnificent building and grounds. Now, with plans approved, it is the owner’s intention to establish the premier wedding venue in South Lakes.



Children welcomeTelephoneRadioTelevisionSatellite TVTea/coffee making in bedroomsContinental breakfast onlyPacked lunches providedSpecial diets availableNight porterIroning facilitiesConference facilitiesChristmas special programmeTravel agent bookingsSnacks/afternoon teaPrivate parkingGardenTotally non-smokingBuilding of historical interestDisabled facilitiesCentral heatingElectric shaver pointsTelephone (public)Television availableRestaurant open to non-residentsVisa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedDogs/pets accepted by arrangementVegetarian diet availableAmerican Express acceptedWiFi or internet accessCoach parties welcomedEuros acceptedSingle sex groups welcomedEvening mealsHairdryerHigh chairs availableCots availableReal log/coal fires

Children welcome from any age.

Contact

Brettargh Holt,
Levens,
Kendal,
LA8 8EA

01539 980980

Address

Brettargh Holt,
Levens,
Kendal,
LA8 8EA

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SD 501868  Lat: 54.27459 Long: -2.76701

The Villa Levens is located in Levens, 9 miles from Windermere and 27 miles from Keswick. We are just off the A590 Barrow Road.

Facilities

  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • TelephoneTelephone
  • RadioRadio
  • TelevisionTelevision
  • Satellite TVSatellite TV
  • Tea/coffee making in bedroomsTea/coffee making in bedrooms
  • Continental breakfast onlyContinental breakfast only
  • Packed lunches providedPacked lunches provided
  • Special diets availableSpecial diets available
  • Night porterNight porter
  • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
  • Conference facilitiesConference facilities
  • Christmas special programmeChristmas special programme
  • Travel agent bookingsTravel agent bookings
  • Snacks/afternoon teaSnacks/afternoon tea
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • GardenGarden
  • Totally non-smokingTotally non-smoking
  • Building of historical interestBuilding of historical interest
  • Disabled facilitiesDisabled facilities
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Electric shaver pointsElectric shaver points
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Television availableTelevision available
  • Restaurant open to non-residentsRestaurant open to non-residents
  • Visa/Mastercard/Switch acceptedVisa/Mastercard/Switch accepted
  • Dogs/pets accepted by arrangementDogs/pets accepted by arrangement
  • Vegetarian diet availableVegetarian diet available
  • American Express acceptedAmerican Express accepted
  • WiFi or internet accessWiFi or internet access
  • Coach parties welcomedCoach parties welcomed
  • Euros acceptedEuros accepted
  • Single sex groups welcomedSingle sex groups welcomed
  • Evening mealsEvening meals
  • HairdryerHairdryer
  • High chairs availableHigh chairs available
  • Cots availableCots available
  • Real log/coal firesReal log/coal fires

Children welcome from any age.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is
    • YesGravel
  • Route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to:
    • YesEntrance to reception
    • YesPublic toilet
    • YesOne or more bedrooms
    • YesLounge
    • YesBar
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and wall
  • YesClear surfaces such as glass doors have contrast markings
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesGuest information available in large print (14pt and over)

Bedrooms

  • YesBedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by guest
  • YesBedroom with non-allergenic bedding available
  • Bathrooms available with:
    • YesSeparate shower unit
    • YesBath with shower
    • YesBath
    • YesWet room
  • YesSeparate shower unit with support handrails available
  • YesBathroom with emergency call system available
  • YesBedrooms available with en suite bathrooms suitable for guests who use a wheelchair
  • YesBedrooms available with separate, private or shared bathrooms suitable for guests who use a wheelchair
  • YesBathrooms available that have been specially adapted for wheelchair users

Entrance

  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance well lit
  • YesBell at main entrance

Dining

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Meals for guests with special dietary requirements can be provided:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliac)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan

General

  • YesProprietors/staff available 24-hours
  • YesEmergency evacuation procedures for guests with disabilities

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