Lower Wye Ramblers

Many thanks to you all for all the wonderful food- ably supported by the efficient and friendly service. Despite the fact we have walked miles every day I suspect we will all go home heavier than when we arrived! Thanks you again on behalf of the Lower Wye Ramblers. April 2012

Thomas Rotherham College

A huge thanks to you & your team once again for a fantastic trip – the students are still buzzing & talking about it! The Instructors were once again brilliant & professional, accommodation just gets better every year & the food is top restaurant quality!!! Stick toffee pudding was the best I have ever had!!!! Glynn Jones - November 2011

Lucy Bennett

We hired the Glaramara for our wedding and everything completely surpassed our expectations. The whole day went perfectly and this was down really to all the fantastic staff who work at the Glaramara. The food was also delicious and there was plenty of it! I would recommend the Glaramara to anyone thinking about hiring the venue, the location speaks for itself and it is also great that all your guests can stay so no one has an excuse to go home!

Joe Crosby, General Manager, East Premier Inn

Thanks to you and your team once again for the fantastic service that we received. We all really enjoyed the experience, The rooms were clean and comfortable, the food tasted great and was served promptly and with a smile, the beer was cold and refreshing and the instructors were knowledgeable and reassuring.

Derek Smith

Hi, I would just like to thank all of the Glaramara staff, especially Leanne for providing such a wonderful wedding reception for my daughter Helen, and her new husband, Bob, on Friday 10th. August. I'm particularly grateful to Leanne for her guidance with the wedding cake, and keeping an eye on it for us. Would recommend a wedding/reception at Glaramara to anyone who wants things a bit different. Thanks. Derek Smith.

Katie Wells

Thanks to David, Leanne, Sharon and the team for a wonderful weekend!! Everyone had a great time, and we have 30 provisionally booked for next year! Thanks again, it was really special!

Wedding Venue

My son's wedding was held here and the whole experience was enhanced by the superb venue, wonderful staff and delicious food. Everyone was extremely helpful, friendly and pleasant and they really wanted us to have a special time, and we did. The planning was efficient but not officious and the whole experience was a joy and the happy couple had the day they had dreamed of. We had a good time too! Veronica Frost

East Cheshire Outdoor Group- November 2012 visit

To all the staff at Glaramara,Thank you so much for a brilliant weekend. Everyone had a great time- the food was fantastic & plentiful. the beds comfy ..... the staff were fantastic and everything run like clockwork- can't fault you!  Thank you again and I Hope we will be back ! Amber and all at East Cheshire outdoor Group

Borrowdale Fellrunners Annual Dinner November 2012

Dear David & Staff, Thank you so much for the beautiful Dinner on Saturday, It was enjoyed so much by everyone- Our Compliments to the Chef, We would love to return again next year, Thank you once again, Borrowdale Fellrunners

Langley Park School for Boys

'Dear Sharon & David. I just wanted to say a big thank you for your hard work last week. I think this years camp was the most relaxed and a great part of that is down to you at Glaramara. I have received many thanks from parents about the week and many boys are already signing up for next year. Stuart Edwards

Lisa & Simon Barker - August 2012

Dear Leanne, Just a note to thanks you and all the staff at Glaramara for making Simon's Birthday celebrations a sucess!  Once again, everybody had a fantastic time, both during the day and at the party.  Just need to think of a reason to come again!  Lisa

Amy Messenger - Daughter's Christening- June 2013

Hi Kevin, Just wanted to say a huge thanks you for today.  It went really well and the food was great.  Hopefully the bar will have taken a bit for you (sure the men helped out with that!).  Apologies for staying so late, couldn't seem to drage them away!  You have a great place there, you should definately push the whole function/wedding/christening etc., its perfect.  Anyway thanks again for everything.  Amy

Parent of Student from Romiley Primary School - July 2013

Dear Glaramara Staff, Thank you so much for giving our son, Edward from Romiley Primary School, such a great residential last week.  The activities were perfect and expertly lead by your capable staff and have develped all sorts of life building qualities for the childre.  Your stunning centre with lovely food, clean rooms and welcoming staff has been key to keeping the children well and safe guarded.  An unforgettable and character building experience.  Thank you very much.

Andrew & Louisa's Wedding - June 2013

To David, Kevin and All the Staff, Just a note to thank you all for making Andrew & Louisa's wedding weekend on the 22nd June 2013 a very special occasion.  All the staff couldn't have been more helpful and nothing was too much trouble.  The food, presentation and service was brilliant.  All our guests had a wonderful time and said how well organized you were to seat so many people.  We had on of the ensuite rooms which was top quality.  Congratulations to all invovled for making it such a memorable weekend for all our family and friends.  Once again thanks to everyone involved you were great.  Regards, Barbara Horsley (Louisa's Mum)

Ruth Foxon & Neil Hudson Wedding - September 2013

Thank you for helping us to have an amazing wedding weekend.  Glaramara is the perfect venue, it was lovely having everyone on one-site, have the most incredible views and sensational food.  Kevin and his team did an amazing job organising us, with a friendly, happy and practical approach, he made our wedding day easy even organising it from New Zealand.  Thank you Glaramara, David, Kevin and Team

Sherralyn Hoskins

I first visited Glaramara last year with a walking group and it left me with such a lasting impression.  I returned this year and found the 'magic' just the same.  Staff are second to none, food brilliant and attention to detail all deserves 5 stars.  Thank You. Stayed 6th - 9th February 2014

Easter Weekend 2014 - Thanks for another lovely stay !!!!

Thanks for another lovely stay

Hello David, Sharon & Kevin and everyone,

 Just wanted to say thanks for a fabulous Easter stay.  Warm welcome from Kevin.  Food as ever was delicious.  Sharon thanks for showing me the newly refurbished rooms (which are gorgeous) and the handy tip which I shall exercise on next visit.  David thanks for getting us from end of Saturday walk my legs have just about recovered (so unfit it is shameful).

This was my third Easter in Glaramara (and I choose to return because I have fallen in love with your part of the world) but I must say there is a real positive buzz about the place this time round and I wish you lots of success with the ongoing renovations to the building which just enhance its natural beauty and will without doubt lead to increased bookings just hope not so many we can't get in! You have everything going for you there. Good luck.

 Warm regards Honorah .

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P.S. Don't know who ordered the weather but two sunny Easters in a row must be good kar

Georgina & Josef - Wedding 11th-13th April 2014

Dear Glaramara Glaramara was the perfect wedding venue for us; the centre has hotel standard accommodation and catering, breathtaking surroundings and a relaxed, informal atmosphere. David (the owner) and Kevin (the manager) could not have been more helpful in planning and delivering our perfect day. The food was outstanding, the service was excellent and everyone had a fantastic time. We had around a hundred guests but the place never felt overcrowded, despite some typical Lakeland weather keeping everyone indoors. We cannot recommend The Glaramara Centre highly enough.   Joe and Georgina April 2014

Cathy Lawson - Birthday Celebrations March 2014

Dear David, Sharon, Kevin and the Glaramara Team It has taken nearly a week for me to come down from the high I’ve been on after such a fabulous weekend at Glaramara. A massive thank you to you all for helping to make this such a memorable occasion for both me and my friends. Everyone commented on how well you looked after us all and we all loved the food - it was superb! When I booked nearly a year ago, David assured me that this weekend would enjoy good weather and I’m delighted to say he was right! It was the perfect venue for what I wanted and it all worked perfectly thanks to the professionalism of the team. Thank you Sharon for your patience in organising so many people prior to the weekend! Good luck with the continuing renovations, the new double rooms are excellent. We’ll be back…..! With my very best wishes Cathy

Lilly Uk - Activity Weekend & Social Gathering May 2014

Hi David, Kevin and the rest of the team at Glaramara, My apologies for the delay in sending this through to you….I just wanted to send a massive thank you to you all at Glaramara for another absolutely amazing weekend for the Lilly family.  As always – the food was superb, the service outstanding and the instructors absolutely amazing.  We had quite a few new people coming along and they’re already looking forward to the event again next year. For me – it’s my absolute favourite activity out of everything we do as a Committee and epitomises what we stand for.  The fact that we have exclusivity creates a truly great environment for everyone and parents feel very relaxed knowing that their children have their ‘extended family’ to care for them. The instructors are great and pitch what they’re doing just right – they encourage and cajole but also are really sensible with regard to people’s limitations to when it comes to some activities.  Please pass on our thanks to them – over the years they’ve become our friends and we look forward to seeing them when we return each year to catch up on what’s been happening. I think you mentioned that you’d provisionally booked us in for next year from 29th – 31st May – I think there’d be uproar if we removed this from our Social calendar and as there were 4 Social Committee members on the event, I think we can safely say that it will run again next year! Once again, very many thanks for all that you do to make us so welcome.  The Centre is absolutely fantastic and with the improvements you continue to make there simply enhance what you already have. Thanks again and see you all next year!    

Thompson Party - August 2014

Excellent facility and activities.  Instructor Rachel was fantastic, friendly and fun!!  All the group loved their stay and we will definitely be back and recommend to others.

Free Summer Activity Sessions a Great Succes

During the summer months we offered some free activity sessions to primary aged children.  Over the 2 days offered we had over 30 children who each participated in Archery, Tree Climbing and Ghyll Scrambling while their parents and carers could take refuge in Glaramara House where tea and coffee and a comfy seat were on offer.  Some of the children's favourite moments and memories were... ' Climbing the tree was really great fun, I managed to nearly touch the top' Louisa (aged 8) 'Battling Simon our instructor in a really close archery competition'  Timothy Bond (aged 8) 'Splashing, dunking and Climbing through tunnels in Honister Ghyll' Hilton (aged 8) Please keep in touch with us through our web pages and our facebook and twitter pages (look at the right hand side of this page for the links!) for upcoming deals and freebies for all aspects of our business!!! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  

Moodie Party - July 2014

' I did not use your extensive services but it was nice to see all of the young people around the hotel grounds getting ready to participate in the varied activities.  From 6 year olds to teenagers -all well behaved and enthusiastic. The atmosphere in the hotel is very relaxed with no formal dress code which is refreshing.  The hotel is in a wonderful and tranquil setting and offers good value for money to individuals and families in a very friendly environment. '

Davies Party - August 2014

' Menu choice, food quality and presentation excellent served with efficiency and a smile.  Extras like chocs with coffee noted and enjoyed.  New wing showers great with innovative doors, Quality loo rolls appreciated.  Thanks see you again! '

Trevor Jeffries -Llangollen Ramblers - August 2014

'The Llangollen Ramblers group all appreciated the high quality accommodation and food.  Efficiency and friendliness of staff were appreciated too.  It is clear that efforts are being made to improve Glaramara even more - the new extensions and addressing the acoustic issue in the dining room.  Exciting development plans!'

Williamson Party - October 2014

'A very enjoyable few days.  The food in particular is wonderful and the new updated en suite rooms are lovely.  Will certainly come back again and will recommend it to my friends.'

Altrincham Grammar School for Girls - November 2014

"The best place I have ever stayed, especially with school groups.  Instructors excellent - friendly and not over familiar with students; polite, fun, extremely helpful to staff and students.  All staff extremely pleasant, could not be more helpful.  Food fantastic consistently.  I cannot fault anything - brilliant.  Hope to be able to come with my husband for a private stay, minus 60 children!  Perfect hospitality tray quantity.  Thank You!"

Beech Hall School - Parent & Child Weekend November 2014

Dear David, Sharon, Kevin, Graham, Simon and Rachel, Just an email to say a huge thank you for making the weekend so successful!! Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and all my new parents had nothing but good things to say! The accommodation is fantastic and makes a huge difference.  The food as always was great and the activities went down really well - the parents loved the Ghyll Srambling!! We finished off yesterday morning with a lovely walk at Whinlatter! Thanks once again. Kate

Lake District National Park Authority Conference December 2014

Hi Guys, Just wanted to say a big thank you for the last 2 days, members were thrilled and they want to come back again - which is what you want.  You have certainly made my life and my colleagues Heather's a lot easier with the way everything went to plan.  Food was fantastic apparently, I was not there to sample though and breakfast was wonderful.  What more can we ask.   Thanks again Liz PA to CEO, Directors and Chairman LDNPA

Jo & Paul - Wedding Ceremony & Reception- August 2014

To: Kevin, David and all the Staff at Glaramara Thank you so much for making our weekend at Glaramara so lovely.  We had a great time and would not have changed a thing. Thank You, Love Jo Hi, Just a short note of thanks for what can only be described as a great weekend.  You were all so helpful both before and over the weekend.  Food was great and the venue everything we had hoped for. Best Wishes, Paul

Brian Harris & Co Solicitors - February 2015

I write to thank you and your team for the most superb weekend spent at Glaramara. As you know we had not ever taken the whole firm with partners away before, it was a special weekend for us.  In fact the idea came about as a suggestion made by Graham, we are so glad that we did. The arrangements made between us worked perfectly from the moment that we stepped out of Penrith station to being deposited back there on Sunday afternoon having to slightly reluctantly make our return to the real world. The warm welcome that we received on arrival at Glaramara was outstanding and has been remarked upon by each of my colleagues. Glaramara is clearly very fortunate to be in your custodianship.  It is great to see that you are very sensitive and carefully steadily improving the fabric of this special building.  We all thought that the informal yet warm and relaxed feel of the place was a very special quality that you are clearly mindful of maintaining. We had, and greatly enjoyed two very special evenings at Glaramara, the food was simply fabulous, wholesome country faire served up the charm and joy and immensely enjoyed by us all.  When I say "all" you were actually catering for a group who enjoy good food and I am happy to report that each and every one has commented as to how bowled over they were by the amazingly high standard of the food and your team. I have quite a collection of photos that we took on our walk and in the event that you would like any please do tell me or perhaps you could delegate Graham to choose some for you.  I have also sung your praises to a friend of mine who is working in a company that runs in bound tourism.  He has expressed interest and I am seeing him for lunch next week, I will keep you posted. We hope to have the opportunity of coming to stay with you next year.  Meanwhile please do send my thanks and good wishes to your team With grateful thanks,   Jeremy

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Kym & Rob's Wedding July 2015

Kevin, David, Sharon, Gareth, Jonnie and all the staff Paul and I wish to thank you all for your brilliant contributions in making Kym & Rob's wedding the most perfect day.  The location is stunning and we had many favourable comments from guests who want to return.  All the staff were amazing and the day ran like clockwork, purely because of all your efforts.  The food was excellent, again comments have been so positive, delicious, quickly and efficiently served, best wedding meal ever, fantastic food, amazing breakfast.  Thank you for allowing Kym and Rob to put their own personal touches to the building.  Just the smiles on everyone's faces, and Kym and Rob's happiness showed how wonderful the day was.  A wonderful weekend to remember. Love from Deb and Paul

September 2015 - Wakeley Twins 40th Birthday

Dear David, Leanne, Kevin and all the staff at Glaramara Thank you so much for all your help.  We had an amazing weekend at your amazing venue.  The food was really good and everyone kept commenting on it.  There was so much space for us all and the kids.  Hopefully we will be back for our 50th! Lots of Love Anna Wakeley

September 2015 - Matt & Nicoles Wedding

Hi All, I would like to say a very big thank you for the wonderful effort you put in to make Nicole and Matt's wedding day so fantastic.  Please let the chef know the food was gorgeous.  Big thanks to Kevin and all the staff involved on the day.  Everyone was so kind and helpful.  All the guests thought Glaramara was a wonderful place. Big Thanks Gill & Alan MacGregor   To Kevin, David & Gareth, Also to every member of staff who worked so hard to make Matt and Nicole's Wedding the most perfect and magical day.  We all had the best day and have wonderful memories of a very happy day together.  Very many thanks. Kind Regards, Jill & Brian Reeve

Momentum World - December 2015

Dear David and Staff, I would like to say a very big thank you for the amazing week we had at Glaramara last week, the weather couldn't have been worse but this had no effect on how the week unfolded.  The centre goes from strength to strength and its very reassuring to know our project is in safe hands whenever we visit you. It always impresses me to see such professional staff as Laura, Graham, Simone, Tom, Sharon, Kevin (Leanne of course) and the kitchen and cleaning staff.  What makes it also very special is I personally feel a very warm connection to Glaramara and I feel excited every time I visit.  It has come a long way since 2004 when I first saw it. Please pass on Momentum's sincere thanks to all the team and we look forward to seeing you all in 2016. You need to be very proud of what you have accomplished David! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Paul x

Fluck Tours! - February 2015

Hi All, Just a quick email to thank you all for a great weekend! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Rooms were fab, food was great and the new reception area is superb.... everywhere is looking really good. All the children who took part in activities on Saturday said they had a top day, enjoying everything they did! Thank you Graham for making it so enjoyable for them. We had a fabulous walk around Derwentwater yesterday morning, the views were stunning, the weather play ball all weekend. We have some great photos which I will  share on your Facebook page. The weekend certainly saw the launch of Fluck Tours!!!  We will be back for more with even more participants!!Look forward to 2017 already. Best Regards, Kate x

Elanco/ Eli Lilly Social Club Visit May 2016

Just to say a massive thanks to you and the team for looking after our party so well once again this year.  We had quite a few new families and they all had the most wonderful time!  Your instructors are absolutely superb-they know just how to pitch it, especially for the children- and they were amazing with them all - especially with Erin the girl who had her arm in a sling- she was delighted she was able to do the archery and the abseil with her Dad. The team on reception are as always wonderful - sorry I only know Sharon and Kevin but I know there's another lady on the reception, as are the team in the dining room.  The food is truly amazing - better than ever, so thanks to the excellent chef and the team. Finally - the hotel just goes from strength to strength and the changes you have made are absolutely wonderful - great workmanship and excellent fit and finish.   Everyone is talking about next year already and I think we have agreed a later date. Thanks to you and your team for another successful weekend at Glaramara - our 'old faithful's loved it and our newbies can't wait to get back.   Julie

Tennis Star Joins Keswick School For a Great Adventure - June 2016

Year 8 Boys From Keswick School show off their teamwork and determination to British Tennis Star Anna Fitzpatrick!!! Read her blog about her experience below Group before scamble up Honister gyhll (Anna far right)Anna_Fitzpatrick_1Year 8 boys performing problem solving task Sky Sports Living For Sport Glaramara Centre visit A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to spend the day with a group of Year 8 boys at the Glaramara Centre in The Lake District as part of the wonderful Sky Sports Living For Sport programme, for which I am an Athlete Mentor. I arrived at the school thoroughly looking forward to a day of offering positive encouragement to the boys from the sidelines, while they worked together to complete various team building and problem solving tasks. And that was more or less exactly what happened...for the first couple of hours at least. Little did I know that shortly after lunch, I would be introduced to something called ‘ghyll scrambling’. Apparently everybody in Keswick knows what ghyll scrambling is, but I’m from Sheffield, and nobody in Sheffield has even heard of it! If anybody doesn’t know, ghyll scrambling is essentially rock climbing up very slippery waterfalls whilst the water cascades down in an effort to knock you back down the waterfall. If this isn’t difficult enough, you must attempt this dressed in a big woolly bear suit, oversized wellies that hold gallons of water to weigh you down, and a helmet that seems to attract hundreds of horse flies. I came to the conclusion whilst I slipped and plunged into yet another deep pool that I couldn’t stand up in, that they call it ghyll scrambling to hide the death-defying truth and pure dread that would be instilled in any potential ‘scramblers’ if the name reflected the reality. Now, you may be expecting to hear that I had a totally miserable afternoon. The truth however, is that it was one of the most superb and uplifting experiences of my life. The boys were fantastic, relishing the opportunity to work together as a team and helping each other tackle to ghyll. Special mentions go firstly to Alfie, who did an excellent job of conquering the incredibly challenging task, and inspired me to do the same, and secondly to Sam who often stayed behind the others to make sure that Alfie and I made it through each section safely, encouraging and supporting us throughout. Finally, a huge thank you goes to Mr Turnbull for organising the trip (but not for “forgetting” to notify me that I would be risking my life rock climbing up waterfalls!), to Miss Stephen for reassuring me that I would in fact make it through the day without ending up in A & E, to the Glaramara Centre for being such fantastic hosts, and most importantly to the group of Year 8 boys who made the day so special and memorable. Anna