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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 756 Reviews
Cancelled on us twice at short notice
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked to have lunch here as part of a trip up to the lakes to scope out venues. Booking was cancelled at short notice as they told us they had a wedding on the day of our booking. We did rearrange a date to eat there eventually and had a decent meal. given the faff of traveling up from London and arranging babysitters for the first cancellation they offered us another free lunch day. Guess what, same thing - less than one week beforehand and they cancel on us again - for a wedding. Trains booked, baby sitter arranged again. If these wedding bookings were already in the diary they should not be taking our booking, they should not be opening the restaurant on days they have ear marked for weddings. I very much doubt these weddings bookings come in a week before the event - so they couldn't work out they're double booked and give us notice months in advance?

Appalling admin, poor systems and a lack of integrity. Gilpin has been a much better alternative in my view.

Very disappointed, giving 2 stars as meal we had was ok for this type of restaurant, but nothing special

I know there are probably a few typos above and it might not read well, but don't want to waste any more energy on this!

Afternoon Tea!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a gorgeous Afternoon Tea here at The Samling!
On arrival the staff were very friendly and helpful, and we got seated in lovely comfy sofas with a great view. Gorgeous interior decor with a homely feel and very relaxed atmosphere. The afternnon tea arrived very nicely presented and all was explained to us, one of my favourite things was that we got 2 scones each and they were wrapped up to keep them warm. There was also a great supply of jam and cream for each person which you dont get in alot of places. The scones are my fave part of Afternoon Tea, as you can probably tell, and they were delicious!!
Not once did we feel rushed or out of place at all, I genuinley felt like I was at home.
As delightful as all the food was we couldnt quite manage it all so one of the staff packaged it up for us and we were able to take it home which was a nice touch.
I have had many afternoon tea's but this was by far one of ny favourites with the lovely staff and relaxed atmosphere which I have never felt anywhere else. We will most certainly be reccomending The Samling and will return.

It delivers 5 stars all over
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the moment you enter the reception, its 5 stars. Staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Our room was wow with a fabulous view. We had the 7 course dinner which was superb. Fantastic wine selection, not cheap, but part of the experience. View from the dining room may be the best in the country. Breakfast was another great occasion.We can't remember a better hotel in the UK.

Birthday dinner
Reviewed 1 month ago

Now I’m not about to go all AA Gill on you! I have neither the knowledge, experience or talent to articulate just what a fabulous experience dinner at the Samling is.

For me there are a number of criteria that need to be fulfilled for a truly magnificent dining experience.

The quality of the food, the service, the establishment itself, it’s location and the delightful company I’m blessed to share it with. The Samling exceeds in all respects.

We ordered the seven course taster menu. A fusion of Asia and Europe augmented with seasonal Lakeland all blended exquisitely, presented beautifully and tasted, every mouthful like an angels kiss.

The staff are immaculate, professional, yet personable and clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about their art.

I understand that the hotel has recently been refurbished. I’d describe it as contemporary, and very stylish. Joan Miro prints hang in the dining room, modern furnishings, yet comfortable and welcoming.

The location? Well in my opinion, the English Lake District is the most beautiful part of the world. The views from the panoramic dining room high above Windermere, approaching sunset will remain with me for ever 💕

I recommend the Samling without hesitation. It is simply one of the most wonderful places in the country to enjoy a special romantic dinner.

Damp squib
Reviewed 1 month ago

It was a special occasion. A very special occasion. Seventeen years together. Ten years married. Amazing. We wanted an experience to match. To celebrate our friends milestone.

Pre dinner cocktails provided colour and craic - in contrast to the the boring dull-greyness of the lounge reception area. Katie was exceptional with a quick wit which left us (me) nailed to the wall.

At £80 pp we took the 7 course tasting menu with £65 pp wine pairing. The glass dining room provides bedazzling panoramic views. But it was empty. Dead. Deserted. On a Friday night? Except two couples. Dishes demonstrated wonderful ingredients, creativity and technique. Wines flowed gracefully. Which should have made for a magical experience. Yet it didn’t. Why? Three possible reasons:

1. Sevice was too clinical. Too transactional. Too scripted. There was a sense of clock watching. Staff clearly wanted to get home.
2. The main course of lamb was luke-warm. It was delicious. But tepid. This was called out to the staff but nothing was done about it.
3. This was a special occasion. And we stated this when booking 3 weeks prior. Yet there was no acknowledgement. No mention of this by the staff. It was a missed opportunity.

The Samling has the potential to be a very special place. Offering a unique dining experience. Unfortunately for us it was a damp squib. We live in hope.