The Samling

Ambleside Rd., Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1LR, England

On its own sculpture-dotted 67 acres not far from Ambleside and Windermere, this place oozes exclusivity from the moment you enter the long, winding drive. Today the hotel is favored by the rich and famous and garlanded with multiple awards, but it avoids the snobbishness sometimes found in similar establishments. Rooms are elegantly traditional though not fussy, and have pretty wallpapers, natural tones, fireplaces, slate-floor bathrooms, and roll-top tubs. Service is a good mix of professional and friendly, and the lake views are fantastic. The well-regarded restaurant specializes in creative local fare; you are unlikely to have previously tried torched-smoked eel or star anise baby carrots, but this is the place to do it. Book well ahead for the best prices and choose a package that includes dinner.

PROS

  • set on gorgeous private estate
  • superb restaurant
  • celebrity guest list

CONS

  • exclusivity doesn't come cheap
  • steep climb up from the lake
  • outside Ambleside

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Romantic
Sophisticated
Countryside
Casual Chic

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 015394-31922

HOTEL DETAILS

12 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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