Rothay Manor Shortlist*

Ambleside, Cumbria

Jamie and Jenna Shail’s manor house hotel dates to 1823, but its tastefully refreshed style and ambitious cooking place it squarely in the 21st century. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Jamie and Jenna Shail’s manor house hotel dates to 1823, but its tastefully refreshed style and ambitious cooking place it squarely in the 21st century. Individually decorated bedrooms, including a newly refurbished suite, are equipped with bathrobes, a coffee machine and Fairtrade tea; the best rooms have a balcony overlooking the landscaped gardens, the wooded grounds and the fells beyond. In the fine-dining restaurant, chef Daniel McGeorge’s dishes are ‘a class act’; the laid-back lounge has simpler fare. Guests have complimentary use of a local health club in town. Easy lake walks and hilly hikes are within reach – especially ideal for doggy companions, who are made very welcome inside the hotel and out.

Hotel details

Address

Rothay Bridge
Ambleside
Cumbria
LA22 0EH
England

Telephone

015394 33605

Bedrooms

15, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except 3–22 Jan.

Facilities

bar, lounge, drawing room, restaurant (3 dining areas), in-room TV (Sky), civil wedding licence, 2-acre landscaped gardens (croquet), public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

all day in bar, lounge and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 4 bedrooms, public rooms, separate area of restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £180–£350, D,B&B £290–£460. 3 course À la carte £60, 5-course tasting menu £70, 7-course tasting menu £90. 1-night bookings normally refused Sat, bank holidays.