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Rothay Manor Hotel & Fine Dining

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This Cumbrian hideaway is "perfectly located for touring the Lakes" (The AA Hotel Guide 2018), and is 10 minutes' walk from Lake Windermere
  • The hotel is set in the picturesque, fell-ringed town of Ambleside and has a 2-AA-Rosette restaurant
  • Grizedale Forest and John Ruskin's home of Brantwood are 20 minutes' drive away

Enjoyed This
"Very accommodating to our dietary Requirements.The whole experience was Perfect!"
27 Mar, 2019 - Selkirk, UK
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Rothay Manor Hotel is a country-house retreat in Ambleside, a pretty Lakeland town just to the north of Lake Windermere. A quaint watermill, 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 area. You can join a launch cruise from Waterhead (within a 15-minute walk of the hotel), while Lakeland Pony Treks is a 20-minute drive away near Troutbeck. You can also drive 20 minutes and hike trails lined with sculptures and ancient beech trees at Grizedale Forest, or explore the personal treasures of John Ruskin at his home Brantwood (open daily; Wednesday-Sunday in winter).

The Grade II-listed hotel was built in 1823 and holds two AA Rosettes for its fine-dining cuisine. As well as traditional Sunday lunch and afternoon tea, the restaurant serves a variety of gourmet dishes created using locally sourced produce.

Bedrooms have Egyptian cotton sheets and feather-down bedding. Classic Plus 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.

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. 

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


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

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.

Pets: Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

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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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(23 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Rothay Manor Ltd (t/a Rothay Manor Hotel & Fine Dining) over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Main course of fine dining dinner Luke warm and sent back ,extortionate prices for a large glass of wine £12 No one asked when leaving How our stay had been. Overpriced for what was delivered
Other Comments
Room required some painting, outside false window louvresall paint peeling ,bathroom towel radiator loose ,TVs no sky movies said in hotel information this was available
Leslie 29 Mar, 2019 Congleton, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very accommodating to our dietary Requirements.The whole experience was Perfect!
Other Comments
We were given a parking disk for local parking which was very useful.The magnolia tree in the beautiful garden was in full bloom.
Peter 27 Mar, 2019 Selkirk, UK
Enjoyed Most
All round good experience
Other Comments
Wine good but expensive
Andrew 27 Mar, 2019 Isle of Bute, UK
Enjoyed Most
all of it
Other Comments
super staff....
colin 25 Mar, 2019 Barrow-in-Furness, UK
Enjoyed Most
Everything was prefect. Food was gorgeous
Caroline 19 Mar, 2019 Leeds, UK
Enjoyed Most
The food was exceptional, it was just the stay we needed, relaxing, beautiful room, lounges to relax in and great service.
Other Comments
Thank you for such a wonderful stay and we will definitely be returning.
Luke 27 Feb, 2019 Ulverston, UK
Enjoyed Most
Food was superb.
Other Comments
Great staff and hotel in a great location
Douglas 20 Feb, 2019 Manchester, UK
Enjoyed Most
Fabulous hotel, very clean, newly refurbished, lovely staff, great location. Loved it!
Other Comments
Can't wait to go again
Lisa 19 Feb, 2019 Wilmslow, UK
Enjoyed Most
Amazing dinner - the rhubarb soufflé was delicious
Juliet 13 Feb, 2019 Shrewsbury, UK
Other Comments
Loved the whole experience from the check in to departure we were made to feel very welcome
Rachel 13 Feb, 2019 Grange-over-Sands, UK

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