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What We Love

  • A peaceful, Grade II listed country stay at the head of Lake Windermere, with award-winning diningTaking long walks to explore the enchanting lakes, mountains and woods that surround you
  • Homely and traditional accommodation in the heart of the Lake District National Park
  • Acquainting yourself with the small but charming village of Ambleside 

What To Know

  • Located in the heart of the Lake District of England
  • Don't miss the decadent afternoon tea
  • The historic hotel was built in 1825
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A traditional, Grade II listed country hotel in a spectacular Lake District location, near Lake Windermere - breakfast and dinner included

The Lowdown

The historic Rothay Manor is a Grade II listed country abode in the very heart of the Lake District National Park. With a cosy, traditional vibe, it offers a homely retreat set in well-tended gardens and views that will have you reaching for your walking boots.
Exploring the world-famous Lake District and the many historic sites nearby is sure to work up an appetite, which is lucky because this hotel offers seriously impressive gourmet dining with award-winning breakfasts, three-course dinners and decadent afternoon teas.
This simple and charming retreat couldn’t have a better setting – you’ll find yourself on the edge of the lovely village of Ambleside, just moments from the tip of the stunning and vast Lake Windermere. If you’re looking for natural Britain at its most beautiful, you’ll certainly find it here. Rothay Manor earned itself a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

How to Get There

Rothay Manor
Rothay Road
Ambleside, United Kingdom


Afternoon Tea, delicious

Really enjoyed our tea here. Nice selection of teas. Sandwiches were delicious (coronation chicken very good!) and they catered for a fish allergy really well. Scones were gorgeous - mind you I think 3 scones (1 cheese and 1 fruit and 1 plain) is a bit much - perhaps have an alternative savoury item? Anyway, the cakes were so tasty - in particular the chocolate and marzipan torte was so light and the millefeuille incredibly delicate but packed with flavour. All finished off with a yummy mousse. Staff very welcoming and helpful.

Top Notch.
Ed B

We stayed for 3 nights including dinner.
Rothay Manor shows how a country boutique hotel should be. Modern and luxurious, with an old fashioned understated style.
Fresh and clean interiors.
Our room was spacious, and luxurious. It had a soft, woollen style. Solid quality furnishings. Huge comfy bed, fine bedding. Deep, rich curtains..
The bathroom was bright, clean, classic, yet modern.

The staff and service were impeccable. Smart and stylishly dressed in matching woollen waistcoats. Formal, relaxed and friendly. Thoughtful and intelligent. Something special these days.
The fine dining is something we have little experience of. However we found it an amazing experience! Perfect, attentive, choreographed service by the waiters. Immaculate, miniature artistic dishes of fine food, served over several courses. Unusual ingredients and tastes. Wine and water conscientiously topped up.
Traditional English Breakfast was great. Attention to detail maintained even here.
Afternoon tea, was fantastic. Impeccable service again in a warm, comfortable lounge.
The scones must have been freshly baked by the chef.

Plenty of parking space. Great walking routes straight from the hotel, in all directions.
The hotel is set between a triangle of main roads, just outside Ambleside. It is surrounded by a large garden and trees. It has limited views. It is not in a pure, quiet, rural location.
However the hotel, the staff and the food more than makes up for this.
A great hotel. Thanks so much!

A peaceful haven in busy Ambleside

Ambleside has some amazing restaurants but for a town of its size and popularity, it seems to lack much high quality boutique accommodation. Rothay Manor has been around for many many years and I remember it as a child occupying a strategic position on a roundabout just on the south side of town and on the bridge to the Coniston/Langdale Road.

My wife and I stayed there recently. We were immediately welcomed and able to leave our car and baggage despite turning up well before lunch. when we returned from our walk we were shown to a beautifully refurbished room (Classic plus I think - room 10). It is large and the comfortable with modern furnishing and a first class bathroom. The public rooms are also beautifully decorated and with a welcoming open fire in the bar/lounge. The staff were friendly and attentive and happy to chat if you wanted but were never intrusive or "over the top". The service was excellent. There was a good wine list in the bar and the drinks were all served well.

Breakfast was excellent. There is a restaurant that is reputedly first class but we did not dine here as we had arranged to visit one of the other very fine restaurants in town.

It is very quiet and peaceful but might perhaps feel a little too formal for some tastes. The grounds are attractive and despite being on a busy roundabout, the beech hedge damps down the traffic noise.

Will definitely return.