Rothay Manor

In large, landscaped gardens a stroll from Lake Windermere, this ‘friendly’ traditional hotel, after 50 years in the same hands, has new owners, Jenna and James Shail. More

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Rothay Manor
Rothay Bridge
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 0EH
England
015394 33605
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

19. 2 in bungalow in the grounds, 2 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 3 weeks Jan.

Facilities

lounge, drawing room, bar, 2 dining rooms, meeting/conference facilities, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, 1-acre garden (croquet), free access to local leisure centre.

Background music

all day in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 4 rooms and drawing room, not in bar or restaurant.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B from £135, D,B&B from £211. À la carte £42.50. 1-night bookings often refused Sat.

Good Hotel Guide Review

In large, landscaped gardens a stroll from Lake Windermere, this ‘friendly’, traditional hotel, after 50 years in the same hands, has new owners, Jenna and James Shail. ‘Everything has been spruced up,’ say Guide inspectors in 2016. Many staff have stayed on from the old regime; Peter Sinclair (who in the evening ‘took orders, served food and was ready to chat’) remains as manager. Most of the bedrooms are in the Regency house; for more space, splurge on a suite in a bungalow in the grounds. ‘Our pretty, charming room had a balcony overlooking the garden. There was a comfy bed, good storage, a small but efficient bathroom. Tea and biscuits were willingly brought to us on the lawn.’ In the candlelit restaurant, Brandon Shepherd, the ‘ambitious’ new chef, cooks ‘very fancy’ dishes. ‘We had a curious starter of heritage tomatoes with a mint sorbet; enjoyable turbot on green vegetables. Climbers would choke at the minute size of the starters and puddings, though.’ Find leaf teas and a ‘decent’ buffet at breakfast; ‘boring’ toast is saved by ‘delicious’ marmalade.

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Special offers

Winter in the Lakes

One-night Winter Escape package includes dinner, bed and breakfast package from £189 per room. Available Sunday to Thursday only until March 31st, excluding Feb 10th-15th. Two-night dinner, bed and breakfast package from £359 per room. Three-night dinner, bed and breakfast package, including tea & scones on arrival from £509 per room. Email hotel@rothaymanor.co.uk or call 01539 433605. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking

Upgrade voucher

This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.

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Rothay Manor
Rothay Bridge
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 0EH

Guest comments

'Comfortable, in pleasant surroundings. Very good food. But its chief glory is the staff under the relaxed supervision of Nigel Nixon. ' - Michael Barnett - March, 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 - June, 2011

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