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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 736 Reviews
Dinner for two
Reviewed 2 days ago

On the way into the car park there is a rather large pot hole that needs filling in plus a few loose paving slabs outside, parts of the outside are beautiful and others need a little work.
We were greeted with a warm welcome and sat in a lovely lounge to peruse the menu, after ordering we received canapés which were very pleasant.
We had booked for 7.45 and we were seated at 8, the bread arrived quickly at the table and was of good quality with wild garlic butter and dill butter.
Amuse bouche was a nice touch and took the edge of waiting for our starter, I did think the wait between courses was a little bit too long, starters were very nice and well received.
We both felt the main courses could use a little work, I had the lamb, I loved the tempura oyster, the lamb was cooked perfectly but the lamb itself was a little tough, lovely flavours on the plate but I felt there needed to be a starch or more purée perhaps, not much on the plate.
My partner had the suckling pig and was underwhelmed with the dish, there was a quarter of a cabbage taking up most of the plate, we decided against dessert one because it was now ten to ten and two I wasn’t taken with celery, celeriac and parsley being components to dessert plates, soufflé looked fantastic but we heard two different versions of what flavour it was as they had run out of the banana as stated on the menu.
All in all a very pleasant evening was had there are just simple things to be ironed out to live up to the 3 rosette standard.

Paradise in the lakes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just on the outskirts of Ambleside very good location, this is a place where they love to look after you. We had a easy accessible cottage in the grounds two bedrooms , lovely seating area patio to sit out, excellent bathroom, all the staff are very friendly and helpful

Lovely 2 night stay
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family 2 night stay was just lovely. Our dog friendly room was perfect and the little things provided for him were much appreciated - we had a lovely little outdoor space too. Apart from the doggy stuff the room was very tastefully decorated and comfortable. The staff were lovely and attentive without being overbearing. Breakfasts were fabulous and certainly kept us going until lunchtime. Great location for walks, boat trips and town centre. Would definitely return if we visited the lakes again.

3 Night Stay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for 3 nights at the Rothay Manor. Overall it was an excellent stay. The fine dining on our first evening was a bit fussy and long drawn out but the food was very good. The next 2 evenings we had the bar menu which was very good. Breakfast was excellent. Staff were very good and the waiting staff have been well trained BUT not quite well enough. We had to ask for toast one morning at breakfast, on a couple of occasions the waiting staff leaned over one of us whilst serving another and did not serve the 2 ladies in our group first all of the time. This is nitpicking but it is the little things that would have made us give the hotel an excellent score not very good. Beds were very comfortable and we slept very well. Cleaning was to a very good standard. We were a bit puzzled that there were robes in the room but no slippers. The receptionist made a mix up of our bill and our friends. We also overheard another couple saying to the receptionist that there was a problem with their bill. Very careless. Overall a very good hotel and we would recommend but only if you get a special deal with Secret Escapes!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went for dinner tonight and it was really quite impressive. Great service. The port selection (tasters) was great as was the cheese board choice. Would thoroughly recommend this restaurant and probably is my new local first choice!