4.5
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What We Love

  • World-class dining and gorgeous lake views in northern England, with breakfast and dinner Dining at a property that was twice-named the "Best Dining Hotel in the World"
  • Staying on the edge of Lake Windermere, in the heart of Lake District National Park
  • Soaking in the outdoor hot tub with a glass of bubbly and gorgeous lake views

What To Know

  • On 67 acres of beautiful woodlands, with a sculpture garden
  • Reserve a table at the Michelin-starred British restaurant
  • Sip wine in the hot tub on the terrace and watch the sun set
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Overview

An elegant country house in England's Lake District, with a gourmet, 10-course Michelin-starred dinner

The Lowdown

A white ivy-clad house sitting on a velvet sloping lawn above Lake Windermere, The Samling Hotel and its Michelin-starred and three AA Rosette-awarded restaurant in the Lake District National Park are certainly not short of romance. With views out across the water, refurbished bedrooms you can imagine Beatrix Potter curling up in, and an award-winning restaurant, it’s a dreamy country respite with a thoroughly poetic setting.
Named ‘Best Hotel in the UK Runner-Up’ in Sunday Times Travel awards, ‘Best Dining Hotel in the World’ at the Boutique Hotel Awards and packing three AA Red Stars, you know you’re staying in a special hotel. Pushing the boundaries with inventive and exciting dishes, head chef Nick Edgar (from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons) takes the hotel’s restaurant to the next level. And, following a recent refurbishment, it now holds a wine cellar, chef’s table, demonstration kitchen and bar, so you’ve everything you could need for a truly indulgent gastronomic experience.
Whichever room and multi-course combination you choose, it’ll be be a winner – think deep soaking tubs, fine fabrics, spectacular views and a hot tub. With past guests at The Samling rumoured to include Tom Cruise, Brangelina and the Beckhams, this is a truly exclusive 11-bedroom hotel. Oh and we forgot another accolade – The Samling Hotel is a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Winner for Top Hotels for Romance in the UK.

How to Get There

The Samling
Ambleside Road
Windermere, United Kingdom

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 794 Reviews
Amazing food but service needs attention
Reviewed 2 days ago

Recently had a romantic celebration meal in the restaurant with my wife, we've eaten here many times before but the restaurant was refurbished just over a year ago and we wanted to go back to the amazing setting they have created. As with previous visits the food was outstanding, we had a 5 course taster menu with wine selection and can honestly say every dish was fantastic and the wine choices were perfect. The chef and his staff are clearly at the top of their game!
Our only disappointment was the service, there was no clear maitre d' and so there was not that special touch that this brings to a high class restaurant of this kind. We don't mind the high prices as long as you get the attention that needs to come with them. We were not offered any of the extras at the end of our meal like cheese boards or coffee and once the main service was over we felt forgotten. My score reflects the very high standard of the food and setting but i do feel the establishment needs to find some local staff that give you the feeling they can sell you the specialness of the Lake District and the Samling experience.

65th birthday treat for hubby
Reviewed 4 days ago

Beautiful evening at the Samling Restaurant- the ambiance perfect - great service and a fantastic meal. Definitely recommend a visit here if you want a special night out. We went for the 3 course menu with wines and could not have eaten any more! Every course fab.

'Exquisite'
Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel and room is beautiful, light, elegant, quiet, perfect housekeeping, lovely scent, high quality bath products, faultless really (Thirlmere). The service style was perfectly balanced, being very attentive, yet quiet and demure, barely there which is just my style. Tiny mushrooms at breakfast were perfect, as was the departure flapjack. 10/10 for everyone who is a part of this superb hotel. Would be useful to have a pen in the room, and a breakfast card at turn down (or left outside as I didnt want turn down) because I prefer breakfast in my room away from other guests who are usually rude or irritating. That particular morning involved trying to avoid being irritated by a couple who were pinching things off other tables when the girl's back was turned and bickering, so it ruined the breakfast experience a little.

Four course tasting lunch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Magnificent, delicious, elegant, delightful.

Without doubt one of the best meals I have ever experienced. Each of the four courses we had was its own taste sensation.
Beautiful surroundings, friendly and not stuffy welcome. Individually designed menu fantastic presentation. Attentive and knowledgable staff. And as a fine dining experience it’s competitively priced

There were nice extra touches like canapés, sour dough great and seamite (like Marmite but made with seaweed - they ought to market it).

Honestly what is not to like.

And added to that - it’s a mini modern art gallery - which we loved.

We’re local but would happily travelled hundreds of miles for that!

Superb setting, food and service
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the restaurant for a celebratory birthday meal. A really fantastic seasonal menu with amazing attention to detail on the food, and an exceptional service team who explained each dish. The wine pairings were excellent.

The views over the lakes and hills were breathtaking, the full floor to ceiling glass windows are spot on.

Many thanks for a great experience.