Regular Sharetime reviewer and timeshare owner Stephen Burton shares his thoughts on Langdale, a TATOC member resort, located in the Lake District.
Langdale was one of the earliest timeshare resort developments in the U.K and it’s my guess that, if there was ever a vote to decide the best resort in the country, Langdale would be voted best of all.
It comprises four resorts that are affiliated with RCI. They include Langdale, Chapel Stile Apartments at Langdale, Elterwater Hall at Langdale and Aroma at Langdale.
I have stayed on five separate occasions at this resort: four times at the main Langdale development and once at Elterwater Hall at Langdale.
Unlike others that have a significant number of units for re-sale, often at almost give away prices, Landgale has only a limited number of weeks available.
Indeed, many owners often enjoy a profit from the re-sale of their weeks – which is far from a common occurrence in other timeshare developments.
A principal reason for this situation is the location of the resort. Many of the lodges overlook a tarn (small lake) or are located by the side of a fast running beck (stream).
The other reasons are the high standard of the lodges and apartments and the superb on-site swimming pool and spa.
While I have not stayed at Chapel Stile Apartments, I am familiar with its location, just a few hundred yards from the main resort.
It is in the same building as Wainwrights Pub, named after famous fell walker and guidebook author, the late Alfred Wainwright.
The local Co-op convenience store is located just a few yards from these apartments, making it a very convenient location for shopping for groceries.
There are ten apartments at Chapel Stile and my understanding is that they are of the same high standard as the lodges at the main Langdale development.
I have stayed once at Elterwater Hall at Langdale. There are several apartments located in a large converted property just a couple of minute’ walk from the main development.
The apartment I stayed in was superb and had a sunken ‘Roman-style’ bath. It rates as possibly the finest timeshare apartment that I have stayed in during my 34 years of timeshare ownership.
Langdale is located in Cumbria, in the Lake District – the wettest part of England. Average annual rainfall is over seventy inches. In fact there are around two hundred days each year when rain falls for part of the day.
On average there are 145 dry days and 20 days when it will snow.
Many people come here for the walking opportunities. If, like myself, you prefer a fairly flat walk, then a walk by the river to Chesters tearoom is to be recommended.
If you like hill walking then those up Scafell Pikes, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Langdale Pikes are popular. I particularly like the walk around Tarn Howes, which is scenic and not too difficult in terms of hill walking.
There are two pubs located close to Langdale. The Brittania Inn is just yards from the rear entrance to the resort. This pub serves great fish and chips. The other pub is Wainwrights.
I guess it’s a matter of personal choice as to which of the nearby towns and villages are best to visit.
My personal favourite is Grasmere, a charming village right in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
It was once the home of the world famous poet William Wordsworth, and it’s possible to visit two of his former homes – Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount.
Other places of interest worth a visit are Ambleside, Windermere, Hawkshead, Bowness, Coniston, and Keswick. The last three are located by Lakes Windermere, Coniston and Derwent Water.
The famous author Beatrix Potter lived in the Lake District for a lengthy period of her life. Much of her estate is now run by the National Trust, which worked hard to keep the Lake District as a National Park.
One last point I should mention is that this resort is in high demand from RCI members all year round.
If you plan to visit, it’s important you put in an on-going search as early as possible to give yourself a reasonable chance of an exchange confirmation for this highly sought-after timeshare resort.