Spa on the wildside at Armathwaite Hall

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It’s time to unleash your inner Bear Grylls with the ‘Wilderness Therapy’ break at Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa. Get back to nature and learn some wilderness survival skills on the shores of Lake Bassenthwaite in the Lake District surrounded by some of the UK’s most breathtaking scenery.

Get back to nature with wilderness expert Ben Mcnutt who offers a gentle introduction to wilderness living, teaching skills such as creating fire by friction, using carving tools, building effective natural shelters, cooking on a camp-fire and re-connecting with nature as you forage for wild foods and track mammals. You will also be taught the art of barefoot running and ‘movement naturelle’ before ending the day spending the night in a ‘Wild Camp’.


It’s not all about survival skills, there are some treats and luxury at the end. The next lunchtime you head to the spa for a soak in the outdoor hot-tub,  and then you can enjoy a 60 minute treatment and dine at the restaurant before retiring for the night in the luxury of this privately owned country house hotel which nestles in 400 acres of woodland.

Spend the following day making full use of the fabulous spa facilities which include a 16 metre infinity swimming pool with indoor waterfall, a thermal zone, a private spa lounge with a central fireplace, a ‘hush’ tranquility room with a veranda overlooking the gardens and a fabulous outdoor hydrotherapy pool.

Ben McNutt trained for many years with TV survival expert Ray Mears and went on to co-found his own company Woodsmoke in 2001. He has led training courses and expeditions to all corners of the world, from the Kalahari desert to the jungle interior of Borneo and the colder sub-Arctic so you will be in safe hands.

Armathwaite Hall Spa lounge and fire

The Wilderness Therapy Package includes:

Day 1 – Saturday November 22nd

Arrive AM – Wilderness Living and overnight Wild Camp

10.00 Camp intros and cowboy coffee

11.00 Introduction to knives and saws – whittling projects

13.00 Lunch including whole salmon ‘ponassed’ over an open fire

14.00 Natural shelters

16.00 Fire by friction

17.00 Campfire cookery, guests prepare their own fish or game

19.00 Campfire stories and chatter

Day 2 – Sunday 23rd November

AM – Natural Fitness followed by  – Spa Check In: Full access to Spa Facilities, 60 minute treatment, 3 course Brasserie Dinner, club room accommodation (upgrades available!)

08.00 Cooked campfire breakfast to include bannocks (trail bread)

10.00 Barefoot running techniques

11.00 Natural Movement skills –balancing, crawling, climbing, jumping, lifting etc

01.00 Spa check in and 2 course lunch

14.00 Full use of the spa facilities and a 60 minute face or body treatment

From 19.00 three course Brasserie Dinner

Day 3 –  Monday 24th November

From 07.30 Breakfast in the Lakeview Lounge

From 09.00am – Full use of the Spa Facilities followed by departure/checkout 11.30

Price: From £430.00 per person – based on two sharing a club room

So harness your inner Bear Grylls and learn the art of wilderness living and then enjoy your well earned break relaxing in the lap of luxury.

For further information contact Armathwaite Hall Country House Hotel and Spa, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4RE

For the hotel T: 01768 776551 E: or visit

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