As you may remember last month. I told you about the deal we came across thanks kindly to the folks at Bespoke Offers and their useful website. So, as it tends to, time moved forward and before we knew it was time to jump in the car and head north to The Lake District to stay at which is situated in the countryside between Workington and Whitehaven. As we turned off the main road and onto a short country lane to reach the hotel we were greeted by a beautiful sea view which you can also sea from the hotel grounds. We didn’t do a lot of research into the hotel before arriving so it was a pleasant surprise to be met with. We checked in really easily, simply handing over our Bespoke Offers voucher (when you buy a deal through Bespoke Offers you are essentially buying the ‘deal’ and the voucher, you then arrange your date to stay with the establishment and present your voucher upon arrival) and given our key.
We made our way up to our room which sadly did not have a sea view, although due to the layout of the building I suspect few do. The room which whilst a little small was very pretty with lovely high ceilings but also clean, tidy and not so small that you felt stuffed in. The bathroom was lovely with a great sized shower. Our bed and pillows were very comfortable too and despite both nights being hot (wahey, English summer made it up north!) we both slept really well. For the price I think our room was very well appointed, nicely kept and spotlessly clean. The only downside was the the windows over looked a door to what I assume were the kitchens so we heard a lot of clattering and banging about but it wasn’t a problem in ‘unsociable’ hours and didn’t prevent us from relaxing or sleeping.
As soon as we had dumped our bags we headed off to explore the local area (more on that soon) but came back in the evening to have dinner in the hotel restaurant. Guests who booked with this deal also received a discount on evening meals but honestly the food was so nice we’d have happily paid full price. I had some beautifully cooked scallops and salmon whilst over looking the Solway firth from the window and whilst I can’t remember what Mr Thrifty had he said really enjoyed it. The staff were really lovely but we felt the service was a bit overly stuffy with lots of unnecessary ‘madam’s and ‘sir’s thrown about which seemed a bit much for a 4 star hotel. We drifted off to the bar before taking our drinks outside to sit under the trees to watch the sunset. Mr Thrifty tried a local bitter called ‘Aurora’ which is brewed nearby in Whitehaven, which was really subtle but a great drink. The grounds of the hotel aren’t extensive but they’re nicely kept and the views are utterly wonderful. We were blessed with amazing weather whilst we were away so for both nights of our stay we ended the day gazing out over the fields, watching calves run around whilst the sun set over the Solway Firth.
Breakfast (which was included in the deal) was really good. We had plenty of choice and both plumped for a cooked option along with fruit each day. Their Cumbrian sausages in particular were really lovely as was the black pudding. Breakfast felt like a far more relaxed affair and we were left to linger over our toast and drinks without people fussing or cleaning around – which I have had happen in far too many hotels for my liking. The only grim part was watching two members of staff having a bit of a row about needing a printer in the office and ignoring us waiting at reception but it wasn’t bad enough for us to knock off any points. All in all our two night stay at The Hunday Manor was really lovely. I still can’t believe how nice the hotel was, for the most part it was decorated beautifully, the staff were friendly and we were made to feel incredibly welcome. As we hopped in the car I asked Mr Thrifty ‘when can we come back?’