Rothay Manor

Ambleside, Cumbria

The flower-bedecked balconies at this manor house hotel offer spectacular views to Wansfell Pike. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

The flower-bedecked balconies at this manor house hotel offer spectacular views to Wansfell Pike. Dating from 1823, it stands in wooded grounds on the edge of Ambleside. ‘Young and ambitious’ owners, Jamie and Jenna Shail, have been updating the interiors since taking over in 2016 – eight guest rooms were renovated this year. Trusted readers who knew the place of old were ‘very impressed’ to find it ‘maintained to a high standard’. All bedrooms have a mini-fridge, Noble Isle toiletries, fluffy robes. One of two dog-friendly ground-floor rooms has an accessible bathroom, the other a small courtyard garden. Balcony rooms have a luxurious bathroom, a coffee machine. The look is contemporary, with Farrow & Ball finishes, designer wallpaper. The latest innovation: a hot-tub suite. At dinner, chef Daniel McGeorge’s cooking is ‘a class act’. Seasonal, locally sourced dishes include Lavinton lamb loin, sweetbreads, rib, roots, sea buckthorn, cime di rapa. From a no-less-ambitous vegetarian menu: goat’s cheese and honey pastilla, cucumber, spring onion, olive. Your dog can join you in the lounge, where simpler fare includes fish of the day, and a Cumbrian staple, sticky toffee pudding.

Hotel details

Address

Rothay Bridge
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 0EH
England

Telephone

015394 33605

Bedrooms

19. 2 in bungalow in the grounds, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 3 weeks Jan.

Facilities

lounge, drawing room, bar, 2 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, 1-acre garden (croquet), public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

all day in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 4 bedrooms, public rooms, not restaurant, £20 per dog per stay.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B small single £110, double £165-£250, D,B&B £215-£365. Dinner £49-£55, tasting menu £65. Normally min. 2-night bookings Sat.