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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 722 Reviews
Sunday lunch
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a lovely Sunday when in the lakes. We were surprised at the good value for a height dinning restaurant. Lovely home cooked better and flavoured butter. Good crawling with my pork. Just a lovely afternoon. Staff were good and had good knowledge of the menu and the wine.

Nice hotel.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bedroom was very comfortable and clean.
Staff were helpful and friendly.
The hotel is walking distance to Ambleside and not far from Grassmere.
They have fine dining but I’m afraid it was not to our taste so we had the bar food.
Unfortunately we found the bar food portions quite small.
The cooked breakfast was overdone, so next day we had the continental but that was quite boring and a few croissants to chose from.Also waitress insisted on serving up our toast so early it got cold before we could eat it.
We would like to mention polish waiter David who was a delight,also other gentleman member of staff who loaned us a map.
This hotel has a lot going for it accommodation wise but the food and variety and portion sizes for us were a problem.
Maybe in future we will go into Ambleside to eat .
I would like to go back and see if there are just a few changes,that would make our stay a better experience.

Within walking distance of town
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Accommodation is very comfortable here and there is adequate car parking, and the hotel is close to town. The chef is enthusiastic about fine dining which is an experience but not for those who expect meat and two veg. The staff are always pleasant and helpful and are at always at hand to make your stay a pleasant experience. The only downside was that of the quality of breakfast did not compare to that of our first visit, approximately four years ago, more attention needs to be paid to the quality of the bacon and sausage for the price of the tariff, though the the choice and presentation was very good. There are plans to extend the property and would hope that the standard of high service does not get lost lost nor its individuality.

A real treat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had stayed here previously. This is a very comfortable hotel. It is luxurious with fine food. It’s a traditional hotel with modern dining. It’s a joy to stay somewhere with real air and windows that open rather than air conditioning. Lovely aromatic real fires in the bar area. Great place to escape the rush and busy-ness of life.

Relaxed and refined
Reviewed 1 month ago

Stayed for a couple of nights, only wish it was longer. Will definately return soon. Room 1 was spacious and very tastefully decorated. Fittings and soft furnishings were elegant and high end. Touches such as the chilled water jug, underfloor heating and illuminated shaving/make up mirror are evidence of an experienced interior designer.
A la Carte menu was superbly executed by chefs and front of house staff were very attentive and knowledgeable on every aspect of the dishes. Extensive menu for vegetarian guests and many dishes already paired with recommended wines. Loved the tasting platter and amuse bouche as they offered some very original creations.
Bed was huge and so comfortable, immaculate linen and slept soundly. Refreshed and ready for the day ahead, the breakfast was so well thought out. Huge selection of cereals, nuts, cold meats and pastries in addition to a very comprehensive breakfast menu. Highly recommend the Florentine Eggs and the Full English was beautifully presented with the very finest local produce. Delightful. Will be telling all family and friends that this hotel is a must.