A delightfully elegant country hotel, where the fine dining is exquisite!
Nestled in the heart of the English Lake District, Rothay Manor Hotel is a truly memorable place to stay.
Brilliantly located in Ambleside and the Lake District at the turn-off to the Langdales, half way between the town and Engand’s largest lake, which is in easy strolling distance. We’ve actually been driving past Rothay Manor Hotel for years, and we’ve even walked past it several times too, but can now safely say we would make sure this is a future stopping-point!
Think Regency decor with a country house feel – unpretentious yet formal with crisp white linen
and exquisite service standards.
There are 19 individual rooms here and we found them particularly well appointed and practical for modern requirements, with USB sockets by the bedheads so you could reach your phone while re-charging. Everything had been thought of, through to mirrors being well positioned for lights and sockets. Each room comes complete with en-suite, flat screen televisions with Sky TV, Molton Brown toiletries and large fluffy bathrobes and towels. Accessible and dog-friendly rooms are also available.
Where do we start? Not often are hardened travel writers left speechless, but then one person’s gastronomic utopia might not be the same as another’s. It was definitely ours, and a delightful fine dining journey through subtle flavours and textures which left us wanting to return as soon as possible.
The Designated Driver cocktail comes highly recommended, and we loved the fact that there was something for everyone on the extensive wine list.
We enjoyed afternoon tea in the beautiful garden, relaxed in the lounge while thumbing through the Beatrix potter book out on display, and found ourselves unwinding quickly here. Staff made us feel really welcome, and nothing was too much trouble. It’s the kind of hotel where after visiting once you’ll feel like a regular guest.
If you feel like a day fell walking you can request a mountain pack, and you can start your day with the papers and a very good breakfast including home-made preserves.
PROS: Outstanding dining experience, accessible suites, dog friendly, easy parking, wonderful
ambience and great service.
CONS: We really didn’t find any – we absolutely loved it!
Rooms start from £99 a night and we felt that was good value for such a lovely hotel. Make sure you book for dinner – and if you can, a multi-course Tasting Menu – it’s part of the experience and absolutely divine! The owners here have examined the fine detail, and the standard of both the service and environment is exceptionally high. There’s plenty to enjoy within walking distance so for a real treat we would recommend a stay of at least a couple of days at Rothay Manor Hotel, although a week would be the ideal to really make the most of it!