Rothay Manor

Value offers

César award in 1992

‘Comfortable, welcoming and very professional’, this traditional hotel has many fans. 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 (recently redecorated) 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 and a good selection of DVDs to borrow’. The best rooms have a balcony and views to Wansfell Pike. Guests can explore the landscaped gardens; take a short walk to the head of Lake Windermere; or look out from the restaurant over afternoon tea, with its ‘large selection of cakes’. Breakfast is informal and ‘substantial’. (J and MB)
  • 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 but not in lounges, bar or restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2015] per room B&B £100--£220, D,B&B £155--£275. À la carte £32.50. 1-night bookings often refused Sat.