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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


4.5 Very Good 699 Reviews
Birthday gift🙂
Reviewed 20 hours ago

We had a 2 night break as a birthday surprise. Because of limited mobility of 1 of our party we stayed in the hotels classic bedroom which was more like a classic small suite. Access was easy , it is situated on the ground floor close to the dining & bar area & hotel entrance. The hotel is a few minutes away from Ambleside and very close to Lake Windermere.
The facilities in our room were excellent, the ensuite in our room was a huge wet room with plenty of grab rails allowing the less abled guest to shower & use the WC. facilities safely. The hotel also provided a mobile shower seat that did require 2 people when used (1 person to apply the breaks).
The food served during our stay was excellent,the breakfast menu was varied we were spoiled
for choice. In the evenings the hotel offers a la carts & bar meals,we chose the bar meals during our stay,again the food we had served was excellent.
The decoration and furnishing was very tasteful& comfortable.
The hotel staff were courteous and made us feel very welcome from our arrival to departure.
It will always be a special birthday gift remembered with fondness

Dog Excrement
Reviewed 2 days ago

The last thing one expects to find in the so called Wansfell cottage is a turd. Behind the TV as clear daylight, a bowel release from a small hound. Congratulations to the Housekeeping department on a thorough check. A four star hotel!!
Needless to say my wife and I chose to dine elsewhere. I can't quite remember if stool was included in the tasting menu. Truly shocking and unprofessional.

Anniversary weekend
Reviewed 6 days ago

Just returned from 2 nights at the Rothay Manor. On arrival we were informed that we had been upgraded to one of the newly refurbished bedrooms which was a nice surprise as we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. A beautiful room with an enormous and extremely comfortable bed. The bathroom was well equipped with double ended deep bath and walk in shower. There is a very well stocked bar and lounge on the ground floor together with the restaurant. We were pleased that we had booked evening meals as the weather was terrible so we had no need to leave the hotel in the evening. The food in the restaurant is fine dining and totally delicious. The staff are all very friendly and a good source of local knowledge. Excellent choice at breakfast with good quality ingredients. This is not a large hotel and it is in the process of a gradual update of the bedrooms. I hope that visitors old and new are able to continue to enjoy this lovely little hideaway and appreciate what the owners are trying to achieve.

Silver Wedding weekend
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a a genteel hotel. Lovely surroundings nice public areas, very professional and attentive staff and fabulous food.

We enjoyed 2 evening meals both excellent with the 8 course tasting menu exceptional, particularly with the matched wine pairings. I think I probably had the best dessert I have ever eaten which was simply described as "rhubarb" on the menu.

There was also a couple of nice little extra touches as it was our anniversary which were very much appreciated.

I would say that whilst our room was very comfortable and spacious there were some areas for improvement, which given the fact that some rooms have been refurbished, may be part of a long term plan.

One negative was the plumbing which was a little noisy from the room above.

I was delighted with the flowers organised by reception for my wife which were magnificent are still blooming now. You never know when you order something like this whether they will be value for money but these definitely were.

All in all a really great weekend that I hope we will repeat in the future.

Average hotel with above average price tag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our room was reasonably spacious and was clean. The bathroom adequate though slightly ‘tired’ with ordinary quality toiletries. There was no air con or fridge. Outside the room a noisy fan (possibly from the kitchen) kept switching on and off all night. On the plus side, the staff were friendly and the breakfast was good. Overall comment - At over £230 a night for a garden view room we had expected something a bit more special than this.