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Rothay Manor Hotel & Fine Dining

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Why We Love It

  • This Cumbrian hideaway is "perfectly located for touring the Lakes" (The AA), & is 10 minutes' walk from Lake Windermere
  • The recently refurbished hotel holds 2 AA Rosettes & is set in the picturesque, fell-ringed town of Ambleside
  • Grizedale Forest & John Ruskin's home of Brantwood are 20 minutes' drive away

100% (55 Member Ratings)

"Lovely surroundings, friendly staff"
26. Jun 2017
Bolton, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The nearest station is Windermere, which has direct services to Oxenholme Lake District. From here trains run to London, Glasgow, Manchester Aiport, Birmingham and Edinburgh. A taxi from Windermere to the hotel takes 10 minutes, or take the Bus Rail to the Hayes garden centre in Ambleside, a 6-minute walk away. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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Rothay Manor Hotel & Fine Dining is a country-house hotel set in Ambleside, a pretty Lakeland town with remnants of a surprisingly industrial past. A quaint water mill, a 17th-century stone bridge and cosy, slate-roofed pubs are a few of the quirks you'll find in this fell-encircled town.

There is an abundance of things to do in the surrounding area. You can join a launch cruise from Waterhead (within a 15-minute walk of the hotel), and Lakeland Pony Treks operates from Troutbeck (12 minutes' drive away), and provides another way to see the undulating terrain. Alternatively, drive 20 minutes and hike trails lined with ancient beech trees at Grizedale Forest, or explore the personal treasures of John Ruskin at his home Brantwood (open daily; Wed-Sun in winter).

The Grade II-listed hotel, built in 1823, holds 2 AA Rosettes for its fine-dining cuisine. As well as Sunday lunch and afternoon tea, the restaurant serves a menu of gourmet dishes. We like the sound of the Cumbrian partridge soaked in Madeira and flavoured with star anise, or the cauliflower cheese made with truffled camembert.

Bedrooms have Egyptian cotton sheets and feather-down duvets and pillows. Classic rooms are at the side or rear of the hotel with views over the River Rothay towards Loughrigg Fell, or over Ambleside towards Wansfell Pike. Front-facing Superior rooms have a balcony or terrace with garden views, and Suites are great for those who like a little more space.

Guests get free use of the swimming pool and gym at the Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa (subject to availability), which is a 10-minute walk away. Wi-Fi is free. Dogs can stay in some rooms for £15 per dog, per stay (enquire on booking).

Click here to see our list of 101 Things to do in The Lake District.



  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free


  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Sitting area
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Roll-in shower

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am

Children and additional guests: Extra guest charges apply as follows: £20 per person, per night for children aged 11 and under. Extra bed on request in limited rooms only, please enquire directly with the hotel for availability before booking. This includes breakfast, and other meals are charged as taken. There are no extra beds available for adults.
Infant's cot/cribs available on request, free of charge, for children aged 2 and under. This includes breakfast, and other meals are charged as taken.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy levels.

Pets: Dogs are allowed on request and in limited rooms: £15 per dog, per stay. Please enquire directly with the hotel for availability before booking. 

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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100% Positive
(55 Member reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Rothay Manor over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.9 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Lovely surroundings, friendly staff
karen 26. Jun 2017 Bolton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food was amazing.
Other Comments
Wonderful experience. Lovely staff. Would love to return.
Mr C 14. Apr 2017 LANCASHIRE, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Wonderful hotel in an excellent location. Amazing breakfast
Other Comments
The breakfast was one of the best we have ever had. Everything was homemade and cooked to order. The fresh fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice were amazing
Bev 11. Apr 2017 bedale, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Everything about the hotel was extremely good. I cant fault anything.
Sheila 09. Apr 2017 Gateshead, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The breakfast was good and the staff and service was particularly good
Other Comments
Dinner was really poor We both chose the vegetarian option as our main course and it was a very small portion and tasteless We were unable to have afternoon tea because we had not pre-booked although there was nothing on the website to state that this was required and it wasn't that busy.
Mel megitt 06. Apr 2017 Manchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A short walk into Ambleside and a great location for the Langdales, Hawkshead and Coniston as well as Windemere&Bowness and Rydal, Thirlmere, Grasmere and Keswick with accessible car parking in a country house hotel Excellent and extensive breakfast with efficient and effective waiter service. Table linen and good quality cutlery, stylish food. Dining room overlooking garden. Walk in shower room and bedroom well presented - clearly we had a bedroom for clients with disabilities. Well serviced and with all amenities as listed Prosecco on arrival - well chilled and a large glass too.
Other Comments
This is a country house hotel and reception is low key - billing can be slow although we did not experience that ourselves. May have groups of people on courses - they can be loud!!
Mrs Janice J 08. Apr 2017 Morpeth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Having firstlass service from all the staff -from arrival to departure. We were celebrating our golden wedding anniversary and it was perfect in every way. Lovely room, excellent food, beautifully presented and explained to us by lovely waiting staff. We were made to feel very special. Thank you all so very much.
Elaine 28. Mar 2017 Malton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The evening meal was amazing
Other Comments
The care and service from the staff
margaret 18. Mar 2017 Redcar, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The whole experience from Reception to breakfast on the last day was memorable. The quality of everything was first class.
Geoffrey 11. Mar 2017 St Helens, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room was lovely, very spacious and comfortable. All the staff were very friendly. We particularly enjoyed the wine tasting evening on Friday.
Janette 20. Mar 2017 Harrogate, United Kingdom

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