Glen Rothay Hotel
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Glen Rothay Hotel

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4.7 of 5 bubbles
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4.1 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Famous Lakeland hotel & Inn perfectly located between Ambleside and Grasmere. Huge rooms with 4-poster beds. Woodland and mountain views all around, and a 2 minute walk to the lake. We have a relaxed and informal atmosphere, and take pleasure in serving good home-made food and local real ales
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Kids' meals
Room features
Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Rydal, Ambleside LA22 9LR England
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Jason-Manchester wrote a review Aug 2020
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for two nights at the end of Aug 20 and had a great stay. A friendly welcome met us, which was echoed by the bar and restaurant staff throughout our stay.

We had the fantastic Kentmere room, which was huge! More than enough space for us both in the Super Kingsize bed, with two single beds for the kids, plus a separate lounge area looking out of the bay window. The bathroom was also very spacious with beautiful, modern decor, which must be relatively new.

We ate in the hotel on the first night (had pre booked elsewhere for second) and it was really enjoyable. We had the Goats Cheese Tart and Scotch Egg for starter which were both lovely and hearty. We then had the Steak & Ale Pie for mains, which was massive and really tasty. It was packed full of big chunks of tender beef with a full flavoured gravy. We had a kids’ fish and chips which was also very big. It looked like an adults fish cut in half. My daughter ate a lot for her age, but there was still loads left. I’d love to try the adult version. It was all very reasonably priced too.

Breakfasts were all nice on both days too, with a hearty full Lakeland breakfast and eggs benedict being my choices.

The location is a mix of being far enough out to be away from the crowds, but also close enough to amenities being in between Ambleside and Grasmere. Both are accessible by nice walks, albeit each would take around an hour for adults (or 3 hours with my kids). Right across the road is a gate and bridge to access Rydal Water, with the nice walk through the woods, along the shore and then up and back round to the caves.

After our walk we had a couple of pints in the bar with a couple of bowls of chunky chips. I would recommend their own Badger Pale Ale, which was lovely. I had a few whilst we stayed, along with a few cold Pravha lagers (Staropraman’s less potent brew). We needed to warm up so stayed inside, but there are two nice beer gardens, one at either end of the bar/hotel. Also got a nice bottle of Malbec to take back to the room on the first night.

We also watched the badgers being fed on the badgercam! Just got the kids ready for bed when we saw a group of people outside, so just looked on the website and pointed through the window. Will be better prepared with coats and wellies next time.

All in all, we had a great time and will definitely stay again.

It’s a historic, Cumbrian country inn, and has the traditional period features you would expect. It has creaky stairs and so on, but that’s all part of the character. Prices are market value for the area and we feel we definitely got good value for money in the Kentmere room (see the website for pictures).

We stayed during COVID precautions, which were a good balance of being safe and sensible, but not over restrictive.

Regards
Jason
Manchester
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ray T wrote a review Feb 2020
12 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As in the title. "Dont let the youthful appearance of the staff fool you!" we were met and greeted by the duty staff who were so attentitive and professional.

We booked the Hotel very last minute due to an illness. Upon arrival I was expecting to get a box room at the back end of nowhere. what we got was an exceptionally well appointed room with views through the surrounding woods. Ideal for me and my bird watching activities. The weather was attrocous but I could sit there in the warm, dry and comfy room surrounded by the sounds of nature.

Once comfy we were met by the staff who showed us a wonderful small menu but it catered for every taste. A well stocked bar and a ready smile from all staff made us feel welcome.

Although the hotel is situated on the main arterial route from Windemere to Keswick we never hear the noise of the traffic for most of our stay.

The food was excellent and the Cumbrian Breakfast was only matched by the enthusiasm of all staff who, it appeared, just wanted our stay to be the best it could be taking in to account the storms raging outside.

Be aware that the Hotel is situated on the side of Rydal Water and many walkers and transient visitors frequent. Some with dogs, some without.

All in all a fantastic stay. Couldnt ask for any more. Excellent value. Excellent food. Excellent beer and most of all, EXCELLENT and very WELCOMING Staff.

Thank You.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask For DORAS ROOM. The view is wonderful. Uninterupted woodlands with a myriad of birdlife!!!
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Laura H wrote a review Feb 2020
Birmingham, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Came across this little gem by accident on booking.com after looking for a hotel after we’d moved to Shap where we’d booked two nights but the state of the room gave us reason to leave. Spoke to the owner on the phone who was extremely accomodating and even beat the booking.com price! We stayed in the beautiful bluebell cottage, beautifully decorated. Able to park the car next to it and could just let the dog straight outside. Room was extremely clean. Absolutely love this place! Fantastic location and aiming to be back at Easter. We had an evening meal in the bar.... burger was to die for! Meals are extremely well priced and definitely worth the price. Aimed to have dessert but the meal was so big we had no room for anything else. Breakfast was gorgeous!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Eliz_1979 wrote a review Aug 2020
Doncaster, United Kingdom87 contributions31 helpful votes
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
We are regular visitors to the lakes and have stayed in many b&bs/ hotels. We are both key workers and after having our leave cancelled due to COVID this was the first chance we had to get away together as a family.

We booked the hotel after reading the trip advisor reviews , but I think they must have stayed at a different hotel!

On arrival as soon as I entered the foyer area my heart sank, the carpet was dirty and almost threadbare. We were given the keys and shown to our room, Windermere we booked this because we have a teenage daughter and on the pics seemed to have an adjoining single room, Nope you open the door and the my single bed is there like in the hallway! And I’m afraid to say it just got worse.

The decoration is nice and the bathroom tiles and suite are lovey, but it’s grubby, dirty and needs TLC. I didn’t even want to walk on the carpet with bare feet 😟 it’s rough round the edges and for the price I would expect it to be better.

The shower screen needed a good scrub with a brush and bleach! The bed smelled fuzzy , home in the upholstery on the chair, see the pics they speak for themselves.

I hate to leave negative reviews, but honestly it was bad. In fact 30 mins after check in we started searching for another hotel but everything was booked up! If we could have found one we would have left.

The breakfast was okay, and I have to say all the staff were friendly , it’s a lovely old building but really needs some money spending on it and a better cleaning team!

Even the grounds are unkept, glasses isn’t he tables outside left all night. I even heard a customer ask for an ashtray and was told by a member of staff they didn’t have them, and to throw it in the floor Cos that’s what she does!

Again such a shame , it could be v good. I have never begrudged paying my balance on check out before , but this one stung! Never again.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Stephen W wrote a review Jul 2021
3 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Upon arrival we couldn’t find staff to check us in, so as advised by the sign at reception we went to the bar.

The young lad on the bar seemed confused by this because ‘I’m working the bar not reception’, so told us to wait at reception and he will find someone.

The lady who eventually came was really nice, and tbh the only member of staff that day who was any help. She was lovely and helpful.

Later we wanted to have a drink outside, so again as advised from a sign, we went and told the lad at the bar we would like a drink and could we sit outside. He suggested we go to the other side of the hotel and wait to be seated, before asking if we were guests and then he told us to go sit down, and someone would come to us, a waitress handed us a menu and off we went.

20 minutes later, a different lad came and asked if we’d like a drink. That drink took 10 minutes to come, and we asked for chips and onion rings too. We didn’t receive any cutlery, or condiments till we asked.

I felt like the staff just couldn’t be arsed. It seemed none of them wanted to be there and at every point we were asking for things, it felt like we were being awkward, when in fact all we wanted was a drink and some chips.

The lad on the bar needs retraining. I spent years managing a hotel bar myself, and he seemed incompetent at best. The other staff were clearly angry with his speed, and I can’t help but think that affected their work efforts too.

Everything, seemed hard work that day for them.

The breakfast staff, were efficient and polite.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Briwink1957 wrote a review Apr 2020
United Kingdom7 contributions12 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in the daffodil room for 3 nights.the room was clean with all the basic amenities but when shower gel and shampoo was used had to ask for replenishment.dissapointed that the restaurant was closed but when I told the staff it was our ruby wedding anniversary they opened it up for just me and my wife. the table was set with candles and flowers ( nice touch) and the food was great.breakfast was good but the plates were cold so the food soon went cold. great location for walking but at £125 per night not really value for money.
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Date of stay: March 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: If staying in the cottage a torch is vital
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Melanie H wrote a review Sept 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My son and I spent a week here in early September. Because a friend was joining us partway through our stay we got a triple room, and there was even a small private balcony with stairs up to a beautiful little mossy hill. Perfect location for walking, with easy access to footpaths to Grasmere, Ambleside, Rydal Cave, Loughrigg Fell… The whole place is wonderful and quirky in all the right ways, and the food is delicious. They are also very conscious of allergens. The staff were friendly and helpful, with a special shout-out to Katie, Abbie, Alex and Andy for being so lovely and putting us all at our ease. We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Greg O wrote a review Jun 2021
Welford, United Kingdom15 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stopped by for lunch and with such an array of outdoor seating during this busy period a table was easily found without booking.
They have a lovely terrace thats in the sunshine so the location is great.

Great food very reasonably priced and the Staff were really friendly often stopping by for a chat and to fuss our Norfolk Terrier.

We will return many times when holidaying in the Lakes.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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andreaw20 wrote a review Apr 2023
lancashire122 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This stay was incredible from start to finish. The room in the cottage behind the hotel was just fabulous, so clean, a bit quirky, very quiet and peaceful, with the biggest and comfiest bed ever. The Badger Bar was great too, with lots of little side rooms, great ales, amazing food, and the most helpful staff. Breakfast was fabulous and plentiful. The location is great in terms of places to walk (Rydal, Loughrigg, Coffin route, etc) but also lovely to meander into Ambleside through Rydal Mount. There is a bus which stops a little way down the road and only costs £2 to get into Ambleside if you didn't want to walk. The surprising, unexpected and incredible sight of 4 badgers was just great. We were stood watching them for ages. Thanks so much for a wonderful stay. We can't wait to return!
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Annette C wrote a review Feb 2020
5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Loved our stay here. Fab room with an enormous bed and freestanding bath. Freshly cooked meals, great breakfasts, a good selection of real ales and a log fire to keep out the winter chills and sleeting rain. The staff were helpful and knowledgeable about the area and had lots of great tips for places to explore and things to do in Rydal and nearby Grasmere. The badger cam is a bonus! Looking forward to a return visit!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Pen asked a question Apr 2019
Selby, United Kingdom70 contributions34 helpful votes
Does this hotel have room service? Thanks
Answer from TimF752
Preston, United Kingdom8 contributions11 helpful votes
Not officially, but the staff are so helpful and friendly that I'm sure bringing something to your room wouldn't be a problem. In any case, the vast majority of the rooms are in the main building very close to the central amenities, including the Badger Bar, Oak Room (dining room) and Breakfast Room. The only exception is the Cottage which comprises 4 rooms which are about, I'd say, 30 seconds stroll from the main building.
stayinalive1965 asked a question Apr 2017
Cumbria, United Kingdom699 contributions87 helpful votes
How far away is this from the centre is it walking distance?
Answer from GRHManager
Rydal, United Kingdom
It is just over 1 mile from Ambleside, in the little village of Rydal. A nice 20minute walk
hefeiti asked a question Jan 2017
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Can I know some group tour from the hotel can be arranged
Answer from GRHManager
Rydal, United Kingdom
Hello This company does mini-bus tours from the hotel mountain-goat. Based in Windermere The hotel is 2km from Ambleside. There are buses (at least 1 per hours) or taxis
mitolover wrote a tip Apr 2024
Hyde, United Kingdom8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check out the badger cam & pop down to see the badgers when they actually come out!"
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Jeff S wrote a tip Apr 2024
Formby, United Kingdom12 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Lovely location, staff friendly but food service questionable "
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jayne wrote a tip Sept 2023
Oxenhope, United Kingdom1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stay in Ambleside as you’d get better value for money"
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coaltit wrote a tip Jun 2023
North Shields, United Kingdom8 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Best meal in ambleside so far, albeit Rydal."
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Alex wrote a tip Jun 2023
Manchester, United Kingdom143 contributions22 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking in-front of the cottage is not guaranteed"
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PRICE RANGE
£105 - £181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
glen rothay rydal
LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandCumbriaLake DistrictAmblesideRydal
NUMBER OF ROOMS
13
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Frequently Asked Questions about Glen Rothay Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Glen Rothay Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Ambleside Cowhides & Sheepskins (1.3 miles), Easedale Tarn (2.4 miles), and Holehird Gardens (4.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Glen Rothay Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Glen Rothay Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Glen Rothay Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Glen Rothay Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tacos Del Sol Ambleside, The Old Stamp House Restaurant, and Fresher's Cafe.
Is Glen Rothay Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.09 miles away from the centre of Rydal.
Are pets allowed at Glen Rothay Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Glen Rothay Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Townend (3.6 miles), Rydal Mount & Gardens (0.4 miles), and Bridge House (1.4 miles).
Does Glen Rothay Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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