Dalston, Nr. Carlisle, Cumbria, CA5 7JX
Tel: 01228 710271. Fax: 01228 711273
Tariff: B& B Double or Twin Room £175 per night „
Situated just a few miles from Junction 42 of the M6 and just a couple of miles south west of Carlisle Dalston Hall is well situated for business in the Carlisle area and as a pleasant stop if travelling further North.
The Hotel is a former 15th Century mansion with extensive grounds and gardens. The Hall has a substantial history and was used by Generals laying siege to Carlisle during the Jacobite Rebellion. Inside the hotel many original features remain including a superb banqueting hall complete with minstrels gallery above. There is no doubt this hotel would make an excellent venue for a wedding or similar celebration. It would provide some excellent places for formal photographs both inside the hall and outside in the gardens.
As a hotel it has about 20 bedrooms all of which seem quite comfortable though not exactly spacious. All have en-suite bathrooms which are well equipped and well decorated. There is the usual supply of soap and shampoo for guests. Each room has tea and coffee making facilities but the hotel has a comfortable library and tea could also be taken here.
The restaurant was very quiet each time I stayed there and is a bit dark and lacking in atmosphere. At weekends a pianist plays and this would possibly help the ambience. The food is excellent and makes much use of local produce. Unfortunately when I stayed there a week or so ago the Foot and Mouth epidemic was playing havoc with local markets and more animals found there way to Great Orton MAFF disposal site 3 miles away than to the market.
A single room cost £70 and the meal came to about £25 for two courses plus coffee.
The Dalston Hall Hotel is good but what lets it down really is its situation. You are not really in the heart of the lakes or by the sea or by any area of particular natural beauty. In short you need a reason to be there. If you are though you will be well looked after.
Coming from Plumbland in the Lake District, my wife (as a newly wed it amuses me writing that!) wanted our wedding ceremony to be held at Plumbland church near to her home and the following celebrations to be near by.
We spent a number of weekends travelling across to the Lakes (we live in Newcastle Upon Tyne) looking for a venue for the 'do'. After visiting more than 20 different venues we narrowed our choices down to a select few, then finally deciding upon Dalston Hall. We made this decision based on cost, the numbers the hotel could accommodate for the wedding breakfast, the setting and the location of the venue.
At first we were a little unsure about Dalston Hall. It only has 13 rooms which was far too few for our number of guests and we had read some unflattering reviews on websites such as this. We overcame the rooms issue, however, by hiring a local coach company to ferry guests to and from accommodation in Carlisle and, after visiting a number of times, we decided to go ahead and ignore the poor reviews.
When the big day arrived our decision to hold our wedding reception at Dalston Hall was more than rewarded. Thanks to the hard work of all the staff we had the most perfect day imaginable. We arrived to drinks and canapés on the lawn, during which a large number of our guests complimented us on our choice of venue commenting on the idyllic setting. Once the reception drinks had been finished and photos taken we moved inside for the wedding breakfast. The service was excellent and the food was as good as in any top class restaurant (a considerable achievement considering the numbers being catered for!). During the meal the wine was topped up without request and the champagne delivered with perfect timing for the speeches. Later on in the evening we were all treated to a professional fireworks display (well worth the additional cost) which delighted our guests.
Karen, Jannie (apologies if thats mis-spelt) Charlotte and the rest of the staff were both friendly and informal whilst being thoroughly professional. One single friend attending the wedding summed up our feelings when he said I need to find a girl to marry just so we can get married here!
We would recommend Dalston Hall as a wedding venue to any one who might be considering it.
This is a 15th century castellated mansion, it is in the heart of Dalston village, a quaint village 15 minutes away from the historic city of Carlisle.
I stayed there with my husband for two nights, and dined in the Grill Room on our first night. The meal was fantastic, my husband ordered a porterhouse steak and i have to say it was the largest steak we have ever seen! The meat was cooked to perfection, I had the tuna which was freshly caught. For dessert I had the chefs recommendation of the strawberry cheesecake which was delicious and my husband had the toffee pudding it was fantastic.
I would defintely recommend this hotel, the staff were very courteous and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. This is an excellent country house hotel!