Rothay Manor

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César award in 1992

‘Comfortable, welcoming and very professional’, this traditional hotel has new owners, James and Jenna Shail. Many staff have stayed on from the old regime. The Regency features of the house, built for a prosperous Liverpool merchant close to the town and Lake Windermere, have been retained. Tables are well spaced in the elegant restaurant where a new chef, Brandon Shepherd, serves a seasonal menu of tempting dishes, perhaps locally sourced barbecued loin of Hogget and pollock in squid ink. The desserts are ‘too good for those of us on a diet’, is a recent comment. The ‘immaculate’ bedrooms are ‘beautifully furnished’; bedside lighting might be ‘muted’ but there is ‘good storage’, a selection of coffee, tea and hot chocolate; a flat-screen TV . The best rooms have a balcony and views to Wansfell Pike. Guests can explore the landscaped gardens or take a short walk to the head of Lake Windermere. Afternoon tea is formally served in the lounge. Breakfast is informal.
  • Comfortable, in pleasant surroundings. Very good food. But its chief glory is the staff under the relaxed supervision of Nigel Nixon.

    Michael Barnett, 17/03/2012

  • Another delightful stay. Food as good as ever. Tea (it is renowned) in the garden on a f ine day is wonderfully relaxing. Breakfast sets you up for the day. The hotel caters for all ages, from tiny children to the decidedly aged. Disabled guests are unobtrusively looked after.

    Margaret Box, 10/08/2011

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Local attractions

The Lake District
The largest of the English National Parks and the second largest in the United Kingdom.
Beatrix Potter's Hill Top house
Hill Top is a time-capsule of Beatrix Potter's life. Every room contains a reference to a picture in one of her tales.
Windermere Lake Cruises
45-minute to three-hour cruises across Lake Windermere.

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Contact Details

Rothay Manor

Rothay Bridge AMBLESIDE Cumbria England LA22 0EH


015394 33605

Further Information


19. 2 in annexe, 2 suitable for disabled.


all year except 3--22 Jan.


ramp, 2 lounges, bar, 2 dining rooms, meeting/conference facilities, free Wi-Fi, ½-acre garden (croquet), free access to local leisure centre.

Background music

classical/'easy listening'/acoustic in restaurant, morning and evening.


all ages welcomed.


Well behaved dogs welcomed in four guestrooms and the drawing room.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per room B&B £100--£220, D,B&B £155--£275. À la carte £39.50. Sat nights require a minimum of a 2 night stay.