Rothay Manor Hotel

Ambleside, Cumbria
+44 (0)1539 433605
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£240 - £650
per night

Grade II-listed country hotel with lovely gardens and an excellent restaurant, a short walk from Ambleside and the top of Lake Windermere


23 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£240 - £650 per night

The Experience

This tranquil 1820s country house has retained much of its original character, and is surrounded by mature gardens with no immediate neighbours so feels private. Jamie and Jenna run the place along with their team of friendly staff.

Bedrooms are comfortable and generous in size, some with patios or balconies, one with a hot tub. This is the kind of place where dogs aren’t just tolerated but welcomed, and there are several dog-friendly rooms with wooden floors and private garden areas.

Settle next to a roaring fire in the lounge with a good book and a drink from the bar, head to the Brathay Lounge for dog-friendly dining, or treat yourself to a lavish afternoon tea or a tasting menu in the three AA Rosettes fine dining restaurant, run by the talented chef, Aaron Lawrence. Ambleside is a 10-minute walk for a wide selection of shops, restaurants and art galleries, and Lake Windermere is just a short stroll further.

Rothay Manor Hotel - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Sampling the fabulous menu in the fine dining restaurant - created by chef Dan McGeorge, winner of Great British Menu 2021
  • The peaceful, comfortable bedrooms
  • The great sightseeing right on the doorstep
Rothay Manor Hotel - Gallery

You should know

  • Traffic in and around Ambleside can be hectic


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £240
10 Suites for 2
From £400
13 Twin/doubles
From £240


Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Other details
Minimum stay: 2 nights at weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Advice on walks.

Dogs £25 per dog per stay. Max. 2.

4 rooms are dog-friendly, all with external access or small enclosed courtyard. Gardens & masses of walks from the door; lake swims.

Dinner, 3 courses à la carte, £75. 7-course tasting menu, £95. Afternoon tea, £29. Sunday lunch, 3 courses, £39.50.


Lovely small hotel with friendly, efficient staff serving outstanding food. Comfortable rooms, with an extension opening in early 2022 of eight more rooms with terraces and a new reception and entrance. Some noise from the busy road.

Diane, Woburn

We had a lovely stay at the Rothay Manor Hotel. The room was spacious and comfortable, and the service was impeccable. We loved it so much we have booked to return later this year!

Jane, Chelmsford

Love the ambiance of the places - the bedrooms have style and great comfort. I would wish for nothing more than what is offered at this timeless hotel.

Colin, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

There are easy walks leaving from the hotel, Ambleside is a 10-minute stroll and it's about 15 minutes walk to the pier for cruises on Lake Windermere. Outdoor activities abound, from paddle-boarding on Coniston and wild swimming in smaller lakes and hiking or biking in Grizedale Forest, half an hour away.

Local points of interest from Jamie & Jenna Shail

  • Lake Windermere is just a 10minute walk along a beautiful stretch of the River Rothay.
  • Ambleside town centre is just a 5-10minute walk, here you will discover historical sites, beautiful areas of woodland and astonishing waterfalls.
  • For us the Lake District is all about getting outside, and there are so many amazing walks from the doorstep, from short ambles to all-day expeditions.
  • Ambleside is a food-lovers dream. At Rothay Manor you can dine in our 3 rosette awarded fine-dining restaurant or our Brathay lounge for a more casual experience.
  • Literary and Art history - from Beatrix Potter to Wordsworth the Lakes has inspired so many people, even Virginia Woolf once stayed at Rothay Manor!
  • The un-spoilt English Heritage, and sheer beauty of our surroundings. Come rain or shine, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, there is never a bad time to be in the Lake Distict!


Jamie & Jenna Shail

Jamie and Jenna used to run skiing holidays in France, but returned to the Lake District as they are passionate about the area and love to spend as much time as possible outdoors with their two spaniels. They’re also passionate about good food, and always dreamed of owning a fine dining restaurant. They aim to make their guests feel at home as soon as they walk through the door, and achieve this by having a friendly team who have the same dreams and goals.