History of The Langdale Estate
17th Century Woollen Mill
The Estate began life as a small woollen mill where wool from
local flocks was processed on machinery driven by the fast-flowing
of the Great Langdale Beck.
Elterwater Gunpowder Works
In 1823 a local entrepreneur with an interest in quarrying, saw
the potential for the manufacture of gunpowder on the site. The
seclusion, natural waterpower and a growing demand from the Lakeland
mines & quarries ensured success. Within a few years the Elterwater
Gunpowder Works was not only supplying the domestic industry, but
also exporting to North America & South Africa.
The powder works closed in 1930, a victim of the depression & the
development of more modern explosives, such as dynamite.
The Langdale Estate
A local landowner, recognising the potential of the unique location,
bought & developed the site as a holiday resort. By the late
1930's, accommodation consisted of a small hotel, several furnished
cottages, dormitories & a guest house. There were also a number
of rustic sleeping cabins scattered around the idyllic 35-acre
The Langdale Partnership
In 1981, when the Estate came up for sale again, it was bought
by a group of local businessmen who established the Langdale Partnership.
The idea was to create a high-quality timeownership resort in an
area of outstanding natural beauty, when second homes were in high
demand & short supply. 80 Scandinavian-type lodges were carefully
sited over an area of 35 acres & the small hotel was converted
into a luxury Hotel & Country Club.
Langdale Leisure Ltd
Sold to Matthew Brown, a northern-based brewing company in 1987,
some months later in 1988 the business was acquired by Scottish & Newcastle
Breweries who had bought Matthew Brown. In 1996 Langdale was purchased
by Langdale Owners plc, all of which are Langdale timeshare owners,
who thus have effective control of the entire resort.