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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 658 Reviews
Another first class stay.
Reviewed 12 hours ago

Sometimes you go back to a place you have enjoyed and it is just not the same, and not in a good way. We have visited Rothay Manor a few times now and it does not fail to provide a comfortable, relaxed environment with the option of extremely good food, too. The hotel is pet friendly, which is ideal for us, but no-one need worry about being surrounded by dogs. There are a few rooms where fabulously behaved dogs may stay and they need to keep out of the main restaurant and lounge.
The menu may at first seem limited, especially for vegetarians ( my wife is one) but the chef has asked what he can do to make a few changes and it seeems to me that great efforts have been made to give us some really delicious meals. I do not feel that I need to look anywhere else and I normally like to look around. We have another stay booked later in the year and are looking forward to it. All hotel staff make the effort, so a chance to say, thanks!

Lovely hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed 3 nights DBB for a short break. A lovely hotel, spacious room with a balcony overlooking the garden. Friendly staff and excellent service. Fine dining restaurant serves delicious and inventive food. I would agree with previous reviewers that the a la carte portions are a tad small - the 8 course tasting menu is intended to provide a full meal, so 3 taster size courses makes for a light meal, even with the amuse bouche and pre-desert. Wonderful breakfast with lots of choice (truffled mushrooms on toast were especially yummy).

Excellent couple of days
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent two nights for birthday treat. When we arrived we found that our room had been upgraded and it was newly decorated with a large comfortable bed. A great start! Dinner was incredible. The chef is a genius. The menu was interesting - for a starter I enjoyed a langoustine with pigs trotter. Different! But absolutely fabulous. Pigs trotter by the way was some ' pork crackling" the food was amazing and in between courses we were brought little delicacies of food. The staff were efficient and friendly. The one and only downside was the music at breakfast.

High end hotel with fine dining in the heart of the Lakes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my second time visiting, had a really good experience 5 years ago at the same hotel which influenced my decision to book again. I stayed one night this time. The room is really spacious with lots of luxurious amenities provided. The bathroom is also very spacious with a deluxe bath tub, really nice for a good hot bath after a whole day of walking. Dinner is fantastic as expected with a three-course menu, a very wide variety of choices available. Breakfast also excellent. Will definitely visit again.

Excellent hotel but poor reception
Reviewed 1 month ago

My wife and I stayed for 3 nights and had a lovely room in this comfortable hotel. The bar staff and the dining room staff were friendly and helpful and the tasting menu excellent. But what let down our stay was the cold attitude of those who staffed reception. They just could not have cared less whether you were there or not. This extended from a total lack of interest at checkin, to almost ignoring you as you walked by them during your stay, at times being non-exhistant so that bar or waiting staff had to stand in for them, and eventually when we checked out it took the person on duty all of their time to get me my bill which then proved to be wrong. Unfortunately this let down all the good work by other staff in the hotel. A shame.
Ratings - 4* for Service and Value, 5* for location.