Rothay Manor Hotel at Ambleside

By the scenic town of Ambleside, in the heart of the Lake District, Rothay Manor offers a truly enchanting experience for those seeking a blend of history and luxury. This hidden gem has a rich heritage spanning over 200 years, and its historic charms are sure to captivate even the most discerning traveler. From the moment you step foot on the grounds of Rothay Manor, you are transported to a bygone era of grace and elegance.

I was needing somewhere with a central location in the Lake District as I had lots of exploring and hiking to do. Plus I needed dog friendly. And I wanted to spoil myself with some lovely food. Rothay Manor ticked all the boxes.

Rothay manor from the front

As you explore this exquisite property, you’ll be delighted by its beautifully manicured gardens, where you can take leisurely strolls and soak in the tranquility of the surroundings. Inside, the manor’s interior exudes a timeless sophistication, with its tastefully decorated rooms and period features that pay homage to its past. Whether you’re relaxing by the fireplace in one of the cozy lounges or indulging in a gourmet meal at the award-winning restaurant, every moment at Rothay Manor is an elevated experience.

With its convenient location in the centre of the stunning Lake District National Park, Rothay Manor is the ideal base for exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful retreat, this hidden gem will leave an indelible impression on your heart. Welcome to Rothay Manor, where history, charm, and exquisite beauty await.

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History of Rothay Manor

Rothay Manor holds a history that dates back to the early 19th century. It was originally built in 1823 as a private residence for a wealthy merchant, a Mr John Crosfield. It was then known as Rothay Bank.

Throughout the years, it has been lovingly restored and transformed into the exquisite manor it is today. The manor became known as Rothay Manor when it was transformed into a hotel in 1936.

hotel from the garden with seating

Architecture and design of Rothay Manor

As you step into Rothay Manor, you are immediately greeted by its lovely architecture and design. The manor seamlessly blends the old-world charm of its historic roots with modern comforts. The exterior boasts a classic late Georgian style, with its symmetrical facade, sash windows, and elegant proportions.

Inside, the manor’s interior exudes a timeless sophistication, with its tastefully decorated rooms and period features that pay homage to its past.

bed in the room Rothay manor

The exquisite dining experience at Rothay Manor

One of the highlights of my stay at Rothay Manor is the dining experience. The award-winning restaurant offers a gastronomic journey that will leave you craving for more. The talented chefs at Rothay Manor take pride in using the finest locally sourced ingredients to create innovative and mouthwatering dishes. Indulge in a culinary adventure as you savour each bite, accompanied by a carefully curated selection of wines. The elegant and intimate atmosphere of the restaurant adds to the overall sensory delight, making every meal an unforgettable experience.

tasting menu starter

I had a choice of style for dining, fine dining in the AA rosette awarded restaurant or by the wood burning fire in the other restaurant with earthly dishes as pasta and steaks.

It was fine dining for me, I wanted to spoil myself. Recommended from there is the 8 course decadent tasting menu.

Tasting menu

An evening of true tasting delights it was! Firstly can I give my thanks to the Head Chef, Dan, who kept on producing course after course of delicious and truly appealing dishes. This is one of those tasting menus that although smaller dishes each course it has been made up perfectly so that by the end you are completely satisfied.

beef dish on menu

I am not even showing every course here, so you can get what I mean. From starters to desserts there was always something new and exciting coming next. Even on the side there was an array of bread and butters that had so much freshness and flavour it is impossible to describe, honestly.

home made bread and butters
vegetables course at rothay manor

From sole to venison, from beef to lamb to kale. The tastes just kept on coming. What made it even more special was the natural warmness of the staff serving. Speaking of serving you also have the option of having this tasting menu with the wine/champagne with each course that fits best.

fish course at Rothay Manor in Ambleside

And who can say no to 2 small sneaky desserts in there too! A great way to round a great meal off I am sure you agree.

dessert at rothay manor on the tasting menu

Accommodation options at Rothay Manor

Rothay Manor offers a range of luxurious accommodation options to suit every preference. From elegantly appointed rooms to spacious suites, each is meticulously designed with comfort and style in mind. The rooms are tastefully decorated, combining classic elements with modern amenities. Sink into plush beds adorned with crisp linens, and enjoy the tranquil views of the gardens or the surrounding countryside. Every detail has been carefully considered to ensure a restful and rejuvenating stay.

I had a balcony overlooking the front that was a treat to sit with a drink and watch the world go by in peace whilst overlooking the well maintained and colourful gardens.

Dog Friendly

I must add that Rothay Manor is very proudly dog friendly, great to see as many want to walk the fells here with their dogs.

lounge area inside Rothay manor

Activities and attractions near Rothay Manor

With its convenient location in the centre of the stunning Lake District National Park, Rothay Manor is the ideal base for exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The hotel is within walking distance of the shores of Windermere.

Lace up your hiking boots and embark on breathtaking trails that lead to picturesque vistas. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Ambleside with visits to local museums and galleries. For those seeking adventure, indulge in water sports on the nearby lakes or try your hand at rock climbing. No matter your interests, there is something for everyone near Rothay Manor.

  • Visit Lake Windermere: Enjoy the largest natural lake in England, offering stunning views and opportunities for boating, kayaking, and sailing.
  • Explore Wray Castle: Discover this Victorian neo-gothic castle with beautiful grounds and panoramic views of Lake Windermere.
  • Hike to Stock Ghyll Force: Take a scenic walk to see this impressive waterfall nestled in the woodland near Ambleside.
  • Visit Bridge House: Marvel at this iconic tiny house over Stock Beck, which once served as an apple store and is now a local landmark.
  • Tour Hill Top: Explore the former home of Beatrix Potter, the famous children’s author and illustrator, and see her beautiful gardens.
  • Discover Rydal Mount: Visit the historic home of poet William Wordsworth, surrounded by picturesque gardens and offering stunning views of Rydal Water.
  • Go on a scenic drive along Kirkstone Pass: Experience breathtaking landscapes as you navigate through this high mountain pass.
  • Enjoy outdoor activities: Take part in outdoor pursuits like mountain biking, rock climbing, and fell walking in the picturesque Lake District National Park.
  • Visit Armitt Museum and Library: Explore this museum dedicated to the cultural heritage of the Lake District, showcasing art, photography, and literary exhibits.
  • Explore Ambleside Town Center: Wander through the charming streets, browse local shops, and enjoy a variety of cafes, restaurants, and traditional pubs.

How to book your stay at Rothay Manor

Ready to experience the historic charms and exquisite beauty of Rothay Manor? Booking your stay is simple. Visit our website and select your desired dates, accommodation option, and any additional services or packages. Our friendly staff is on hand to assist with any questions or special requests. Prepare to embark on a journey of luxury and tranquility at Rothay Manor.


Rothay Manor is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of history, charm, and exquisite beauty. From its rich heritage and stunning architecture to its beautifully manicured gardens and award-winning dining, every aspect of Rothay Manor is designed to create an unforgettable experience.

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or an adventure in the outdoors, Rothay Manor provides the perfect base to explore the wonders of Ambleside and the Lake District National Park. Book your stay today and discover the magic of Rothay Manor for yourself.

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