If you’re looking for a stylish base between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, book a stay at the Absoluxe Suites.
Located in the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, Absoluxe Suites is a collaboration between Aquajade Bathrooms and smart home technology company Majik House.
It first opened its doors in 2019 with the aim of offering guests ‘absolute luxury’, hence the name.
And with decadent bathrooms, uniquely-themed rooms, and easy-to-use smart tech that genuinely enhances your stay, we think they might have achieved it.
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Absoluxe Suites co-owner Carol Burrow says the aim is to create a welcoming environment that evokes all the senses from the moment you walk in the door – and that’s exactly how we felt when we arrived.
Prior to our stay we received an email containing a video explaining how to check ourselves in, as well as helpful suggestions of things to do and advice on where to park, so finding and letting ourselves into the charming townhouse was easy.
Inside we were greeted by ambient music and lighting, a spa-like scent from a giant diffuser and stunning artwork on the walls, making us feel immediately immersed in luxury.
There are four individually themed suites at Absoluxe, each designed to transport you to a different corner of the world: The Oasis, The Orient, The Columbus and The Parisian, where we stayed for a night.
The first-floor couples retreat is inspired by impressionist paintings in 19th century Paris and oozes romance and femininity.
Like the other suites, the pink paradise comes with everything you’d expect, and a little more.
There is mood lighting you can control from bed, automated blinds, two TVs that blend into the decor when not in use and beautiful artwork – all created by Absoluxe’s very own in-house artist and interior designer, Sally Proctor.
Our suite also had a separate dressing area, traditional French-style bathroom, an ivory carved bed with velvet upholstery and a dreamy freestanding copper bath.
Cumbria’s Bath House bath salts make for the most relaxing of bubble baths. Other in-room extras include Nespresso machines and a minibar fully-stocked with drinks and snacks.
But it was the small touches that really made our stay so memorable – from a remote that illuminates when you pick it up, to a jar of cotton pads and buds in the dressing area, you get the feeling that literally everything has been thought of.
Guests who want an even more indulgent stay can choose between The Orient and The Oasis suites, each of which come with their very own hot tub and terrace and are perfect for those extra special anniversaries or honeymoons.
FOOD AND DRINK
Absoluxe doesn’t have its own restaurant so we opted to eat out in a nearby town. However each suite comes with a ‘dine-in box’ featuring plates, cutlery, napkins and more so guests wanting to order a takeaway from one of the local restaurants can enjoy their food from the comfort of their room.
While there might not be an on-site dining room, breakfast is still very much on the menu thanks to a partnership with The Sun Inn and Restaurant, recipient of an AA Breakfast Award.
Located just a two-minute walk from the suites, we were delighted to find a good range of cooked and continental breakfasts using plenty of local produce.
We both opted for a Full English, which came with smoked bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, field mushroom, white and granary toast and our eggs of choice (fried), and was just what we needed to start the day right.
THINGS TO DO
Ideally located between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale provides a stunning backdrop to your stay.
Set right in the heart of town, you’ll find plenty of pubs, award-winning restaurants and boutique shopping right on the doorstep, so make sure you take a walk around the area before you leave.
For more active travellers, a stay at Absoluxe Suites enables you to get back to nature with countless walking routes in and around the town.
Known to locals as ‘the 99 steps’, the Radical Steps — a climb linking the River Lune to Ruskin’s View — offers the perfect challenge to walk off a hearty breakfast, with a beautiful view at the top to boot.
We loved how friendly, knowledgeable and attentive our host Carol was, checking that we were happy with our suite once we checked in, and even giving us a tour of two of the other suites.
The free parking pass provided was also super handy and allowed us to park in different car parks around the town during our stay.
Staycation destinations in the area often tend to fall into one of two categories – a B&B guesthouse or classic country house hotel.
From the chic decor to the smart technology — and that bath tub — Absoluxe provides something different and is the perfect choice for couples wanting a little extra luxury.
Rooms start from £220 a night
Book a stay at Absoluxe Suites here
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