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
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
This was a belated birthday treat and we sampled the 4 course tasting menu which I enjoyed on the whole - alas my partner wasn't as impressed and he normally eats anything put before him! Very ambitious dishes which didn't quite hit the mark. I understand a new head chef is pending......
The staff were great and the public areas magnificent - check out the artwork hanging in the lounge areas - as are the views across the lake.
There is no disabled parking area although valet parking is on offer and there are a few steps up to the hotel to take into account for the less mobile.
For the 5th or 6th time I took friends to enjoy the truly memorable experience of dining at The Samling, above Ambleside in the Lakes.
From the initial warm greeting at the door, the breathtaking views from the restaurant, and of course the exquisite food seved by friendly efficient and knowledgeable staff, the experience was yet again worth every penny.
Whilst mentioning' pennies' let me just say that you can experience all the above without breaking the bank! Just try choosing from the set menue. You will be pleasantly suprised.
Do give it a try.
The hotel, the staff, the views, the gardens and the location are all amazing
The food is trying to be amazing, but to be honest, just didn’t hit the mark taste & flavour wise. The matching wines on the tasting menu were superb
Sadly, I don’t think we’ll go back :(
Free parking, free Wi-fi, lovely staff team
We spent 3 nights on dinner, bed and breakfast in this lovely small privately owned luxury hotel during the Feb mid-term break. This hotel is effectively a child free zone. Also dog free. Thus if you are the type of adult who wishes to avoid hotels overflowing with families and or dogs during mid-term school holidays it is for you. It was very quiet when we stayed for a romantic mid-week break
Excellent tasting menu at dinner. Much local produce.
Fine dining experience. With or without wine pairing. An extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff. As far as i know the restaurant did have a Michelin star in the past under another chef. The present chef and restaurant staff is doing a good job to regain such award.
Well appointed bedrooms with lovely views of Lake Windemere.
Sadly it rained relentlessly during our stay. However this is not unexpected in this part of the world at this time of year. We will make another trip back in summer time for a contrast
Definitely recommend a visit here for a night out or a stay. Food is excellent, the views over the lakes and hills are breathtaking, and the floor to ceiling glass windows in the restaurant are a great design feature
From our arrival to the moment we checked out and were sent off with a bag of goodies for the journey home, the discreet attentiveness and service was excellent