A selection of the many comments we have received in our visitors book:
Very many thanks for our recent three days break at Rydal Hall from 18 members of Jesmond Parish Church. We all very much enjoyed our stay – it was a great base from which to go out and explore the area. We much appreciated all that you did for us – accommodation and excellent food – all was very much appreciated! We hope to stay at Rydal Hall again.
(Rev Dr) Alan Munden, Jesmond Parish Church, Newcastle upon Tyne
Always a pleasure to return here – our little retreat and refreshment time. We have enjoyed good company and good food. Our room was very comfortable and the views magnificent. Thanks to everyone at Rydal Hall for making our stay so pleasant and welcoming. We look forward to our return in the future. God bless you all.
Congratulations! A warm welcome and offer to carry my suitcases up 2 flights much appreciated. My room was very comfortable with excellent bathroom facilities – hot water always without wasting water to get it. All meals excellent – delicious evening meals without enormous helpings. Public rooms very attractive and asnwered all our needs. (Art room excellent and light good.) Perfect gardens etc. without sight of a gardener! Thank you for a most enjoyable stay.
Another brilliant retreat – thank you. It is such a good idea to keep the large tables for meals – so many friendships are formed, and no-one feels alone. Apart from the lovely rooms at the front of the house, room 16 is the best I’ve stayed in. The room is cosy, the bed so comfortable and the shower is fantastic. Thank you. God bless. Love to all.
Thank you for everything!
Everything superb, with a very friendly atmosphere.
The meals have been superb – very imaginative ideas, especially for vegetarians. (I am not one, but could have chosen that option every night, and did, twice.) So congratulations to the chef. Portion sizes are just right – quality rather than quantity is always very wise. And the size of bowls/plates etc. reflect this. High standards of service in the dining room, friendly, efficient. Everything well presented and hot.
Excellent menu choices and imaginative vegetarian dishes. Delicious meals, very well presented, always hot, and gracious staff who sense sensitivity. Will be pleased to recommend Rydal Hall to others and most appreciative of this first experience of staying here – do hope to be blessed with/by another visit.
Excellent. I had a fab time. Staff very helpful. Gorgeous grounds. Lovely rooms. Fabulous food. Thanks and God bless.
Really good that you cater for special diets without fuss so people who need to follow them know they are catered for and don’t need to ask about each item on the menu. Lovely peaceful atmosphere and friendly staff. Thank you for the help with the internet and garages and tyres.
We have been very lucky and had lovely weather for our visit, the grounds are lovely and I’m sorry I won’t be here to see all the borders in their full glory. Thanks for making my visit so enjoyable, to everyone.
Many thanks for the warm welcome and amazingly upgraded (last here a few years ago). A lot of hard work goes into appearing relaxed and welcoming, with nothing too much trouble! Many thanks.
I would love to come again!
No TV – congratulations! Keep it that way. Many thanks.
I really enjoyed my weekend. The beautiful grounds and the peacefulness of everywhere outside. Could feel God’s presence every place. The facilities were really great. Beautiful bedroom, bathroom with all mod cons. Food was excellent and staff very friendly and polite. God bless you as you seek to serve Him.
Excellent catering but main dish portions of meat and fish could be doubled. Whoever makes those tray-bakes – especially that chocolate biscuit cake – give them a pay rise!
Enjoyed everything about Rydal, including the fresh new look in the dining room. Thank you for your gracious welcome.
Lovely. Friendly. Problem with shower sorted out promptly and without fuss. The gardener kindly dug up a bit of a plant which I admired – so I will have a bit of Rydal to take home with me. Thanks so much.
Excellent food. Appropriately sized portions. Lovely rooms. Helpful staff. Beautiful surroundings. Good having tea/coffee available downstairs.
This is an amazing place. The location is stunning, the building is fascinating and the food outstanding. Particularly the vegetables, which were cooked to perfection. The opportunity to meet other people, either on interesting courses or just visiting, was an added bonus.
Fantastic week painting icons in such a wonderful setting. Looking forward to coming back with my family – I have three children under 9 who would love to stay here. It’s been a truly superb course. Thank you very much.
Excellent shower facilities and very spacious room for one person. Beautiful view from the window and a very quiet part of the building. Very comfortable bed. Zzzzzz. Thank you.
Lovely everywhere – staff, food, building, garden, tea & coffee facilities, a home from home.
Excellent. A jewel in the crown of the Carlisle Diocese. Keep up the good work! Thanks to all the staff.
Such lovely friendly staff who were so helpful and accommodating. Lovely clean and modern accommodation. Really nice surroundings. We’ve all had such a lovely time. Thank you for being so accommodating to the children. It was lovely to come here and find they were allowed to go anywhere, including the grass in the formal garden!
Thanks for relaxing and well-fed few days. Staff were kind, considerate and friendly. You have a “gold nugget”here.
The dining-room staff were extremely efficient. The meals were delicious and varied. A stunning location.
Really lovely – very relaxing. I would love to ring my husband but he would miss the TV in the room. Many thanks.
You have achieved a balance of excellent service with informality… Sufficient it seems to make a bishop(s) laugh!! Many thanks!
Beautiful place, wonderful hospitality. Only improvement would be better WiFi. Thank you.
Well looked-after by cheerful and friendly people in beautiful surroundings – superb . . . Sorry not to be staying longer!
The serenity and friendliness and ethos was remarkable. It was certainly the ‘escape’ I needed. Pressure removed.
Rydal is fantastic and very good value for money. Thank you.
This is an excellent venue for this residential course. It provided a safe, peaceful atmosphere with extremely good hospitality and a feeling you were being cared for.
Excellent – very comfortable and spiritual.
It was lovely and catered for my dietary needs brilliantly.
Fantastic – what more can I say?
The venue was wonderful in every way. The comfort of the room being matched with excellent food (plenty of it) and of course peaceful surroundings. These all contributed to a ‘therapeutic’ and ‘learing’ environment.
A most marvellous place – ideal!
Fabulous – I hadn’t expected such comfort and warmth. There is also an excellent combination of feeling cared for personally, yet feeling also free to do what you want.
Wonderful stay. Excellent hospitality in a wonderful house and setting. Thank you. Lovely set-up for meeting people.
Thank you for the ‘great’ attitude of all the staff. Attention to detail and kind actions have been appreciated.