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Rothay Manor, Ambleside, Lake District
This charming Regency villa, with its distinctive balcony and mature gardens, is only 10 minutes' walk from Ambleside, but as it's surrounded by high hedges and woodland still offers plenty of privacy. Interiors are refreshingly light and uncluttered, still with original features, and elegant country house bedrooms that spoil you with top-quality extras. Throughout the hotel, with its several sitting rooms, the feeling is calm and relaxed. For many, the big draw is the three-AA Rosette dining, a formal affair served in the lovely light dining room. There's also a more casual lounge menu. Relax and enjoy a potter around Ambleside or Windermere's lakeshore, or pack your boots - dog as well - and enjoy longer walks.
We love taking a pleasant, crowd-free walk from the hotel along the River Rothay to pretty Rydal Water.
The beautiful Langdale valley is nearby for walks, and Ambleside offers a number of popular traditional tea rooms.
By car: the hotel is 1 hour 40 mins from Manchester, around 3 hours from Edinburgh and 5 hours from London. There is free parking on site.
By train: trains run from Manchester Piccadilly (just over 1 hour), London Euston (3 hours) and Edinburgh (2 hours) to Oxenholme Lake District station. The hotel is a 30-minute taxi ride from the station. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Rothay Manor is perfect for people who enjoy their food, and who want country house style while still being close to a town. The elegant dining room, with its dark-wood floor, soft-grey walls, sweeping windows and well-spaced tables makes you feel special.
Service & Facilities
Afternoon tea in one of the lounges is an indulgence that's hard to resist. There are eight dog-friendly rooms, and dogs are allowed everywhere except the main dining room, although owners with dogs can eat in the adjoining Brathay Room.
- Facilities for disabled guests
- Room service
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The loveliest rooms have balconies with views of garden and fells. All rooms, not just the top tier, have coffee machines, bathrobes and homemade cookies.
Classic, Classic Plus, Superior, Superior Plus, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Noble Isle toiletries, TV, free Wi-Fi, selection of fairtrade tea and coffee, Nespresso coffee machine, fluffy towels and bathrobes, comfortable seating area
Food & Drink
There's a good, in-depth wine list that's not too overwhelming, with an emphasis on smaller producers and Spanish wines. Breakfast has nice touches like homemade sourdough, while cooked dishes include truffled mushrooms, plus a full grill with hash browns and Cumberland sausage.
Restaurant: 3 AA Rosettes, seasonal produce, formal fine dining. Dinner a la carte £60, five-course tasting menu £70, seven-course tasting menu £90. Open every day for dinner.
Brathay Room: informal, bar menu served 6-9pm. Afternoon tea served daily, £24.50pp.