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The Samling Hotel

Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1LR England
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#4 of 19 hotels in Windermere
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An elegantly luxurious Lake District hotel, sitting above Windermere with extensive views south and west. Offering exceptional Fine-Dining, and one of the world's best wine-cellars, backed by discreetly attentive service.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Hiking
Baggage storage
Concierge
Dry cleaning
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
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Minibar
Flatscreen TV
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Mark P wrote a review 19 Feb
Gillingham, United Kingdom9 contributions12 helpful votes
We visited the hotel for the weekend and was without doubt a really lovely experience. The setting for the hotel is very centrally situated with great views of the lake, our room had everything that you needed in it and was beautiful and clean. We dined in the restaurant all weekend with the food and wine being top quality but nothing stood out as much as the staff their, they had a wonderful way of making us feel at home with their relaxed approach. We’re definitely going back it’s a great hotel
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Laura C wrote a review 17 Feb
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I’m not one to write a review, but this stay was absolute perfection from start to finish. From the moment we walked through the door the staff attended to our every need. They are so friendly, helpful and down to earth. The hotel decor is exceptional, the attention to detail is beautiful. We were delighted when told that we had been upgraded to a luxury room overlooking the Lake. The room was huge with a beautiful sitting area, dressing area and a stunning marble bathroom, the mini bar was well stocked and the Nespresso coffee machine was excellent. The bed is one of the best I have ever slept in, so comfortable. We booked the private hot tub over looking Lake Windermere, robes and flip flops are provided in your room for this. The experience was fantastic, we enjoyed a bottle of sparkling wine whilst watching the sunset. There was a buzzer to ring for more drinks/requests, this was a nice touch and meant that they didn’t have to check if you needed more drinks all the time. Before dinner we sat in the lounge, the staff were incredible and talked us through all of the different cocktails, even bringing us the quirkiest bottles and glassware to show us from behind the bar. I would 100% recommend trying the Dodo cocktail, the presentation and taste is fantastic! We enjoyed the 7 course tasting menu, each course was incredible but I especially loved the ‘Samling House’ surprise at the end of the meal, such a lovely touch. After dinner we had drinks in the bar, the bartender was amazing, we had a great laugh with her and felt very comfortable. A lot of hotels at this level can feel very stuffy, but The Samling is the opposite and we were made to feel welcome and comfortable. The Samling definitely feels very exclusive and we cannot wait to return very soon.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Claire B wrote a review 13 Feb
Essex, United Kingdom25 contributions66 helpful votes
I was very lucky to return to The Samling this weekend after over 20 years and it was just as lovely as I had remembered. The staff really make this place special, nothing was too much trouble. The vegetarian tasting menu was fantastic and the setting and ambiance perfect for couples. I’d recommend booking the hot tub with champagne (even in the rain!). It would have been nice to have more storage space we stayed 4 nights) and I would have preferred a log fire over a television (on the chimney breast) but these are small points that didn’t take away from the great overall experience.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Richard wrote a review 12 Feb
Tenterden, United Kingdom7 contributions12 helpful votes
This is one of the best hotels I’ve stayed at. The service is outstanding and the food tastes unbelievable. Try the tasting menu - it’s amazing, and book the private hot tub - the views are incredible. The staff are very attentive when needed but you are also left alone to enjoy the privacy and calmness The Samling has to offer. 5 out 5 on every level!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andrew wrote a review 5 Feb
York, United Kingdom4 contributions5 helpful votes
"A Disheartening Experience at The Samling" My recent experience at The Samling Hotel was not only disappointing but profoundly unsettling. My family and I were eagerly looking forward to our stay, only to be turned away upon arrival because we had our 20-month-old baby with us. This exclusion was unexpected and not communicated during the booking process—neither over the phone nor on their website or any affiliated booking platforms. The manner in which we were informed about this policy was both shocking and humiliating. A staff member approached us during check-in to question the presence of our baby in a manner that lacked both professionalism and empathy. This was compounded by a suggestion that we should consider leaving our children at home in the future, a comment that was as surprising as it was inappropriate. What was meant to be a romantic getaway quickly turned into a distressing ordeal, leaving us to scramble for alternative accommodation. This incident not only disrupted our plans but also cast a shadow over what was intended to be a relaxing weekend retreat. The lack of transparency and the abruptness of the staff's approach were not in line with the hospitality one would expect from a hotel of such repute. This experience has prompted me to question the hotel's adherence to principles of inclusivity and fairness, as outlined in the Equality Act 2010. The absence of clear communication about such a significant policy and the manner in which it was enforced upon our arrival was both disheartening and unacceptable. I cannot recommend The Samling to families or anyone who values clear communication and a welcoming atmosphere. This experience was a stark reminder that hospitality should be inclusive and accommodating to all guests, a standard that The Samling, unfortunately, did not meet during our visit.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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csjohnstone wrote a review 1 Feb
Glasgow, United Kingdom23 contributions5 helpful votes
Excellent hotel, amazing Michelin star food, very friendly, helpful staff, our suite was probably the best hotel room we've stayed in (2 floors, bedroom in a mezzanine, living room and huge bathroom down below. Can't recommend highly enough, I'll be back for the next big celebration
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Date of stay: January 2024
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tonka100 wrote a review Jan 2024
london216 contributions225 helpful votes
This place is beautiful and reminds me of great small boutique hotels in northern spain. The staff are amazing. Attentive and caring. Felt that the restaurant for the non tasting menu occasions was a little too quiet. The view were stunning but the main dining room felt soulless. Too industrial. Maybe needs some art or something to soften the harshness when table cloths dont exist. The bar and staff were fabulous. But for us the food for us was over salted.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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winston smith wrote a review Jan 2024
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The view is beautiful, the rooms superb and the food and wine world- class. Others are probably better qualified than I am to comment on the detail of those matters. What sets The Samling apart for me is that everything is done with a great generosity of spirit. And that is a rare quality.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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ClareLeyburn wrote a review Jan 2024
Leyburn193 contributions83 helpful votes
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I was lucky enough to be treated to a birthday stay earlier this month. What a treat indeed. Our room was fantastic (Grasmere). The views from our three windows were simply awesome despite the gloomy weather. The food and wine and breakfasts were super. Staff very friendly and hospitable. Absolutely a five star experience. Loved it.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Grasmere great room. Ample parking. Dont eat before dinner!!
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SM_travelbug wrote a review Jan 2024
Stroud, United Kingdom33 contributions15 helpful votes
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My husband and I decided in June that we wanted to be away for Christmas so after searching for hotel packages we chose the Samling. We were able to pick a specific room from the category we decided on which was Thirlmere, one of the luxury doubles. An emperor size bed, a separate sitting area with L shaped sofa and TV on the wall and a large bathroom with double sink, bath and large walk-in shower. It was the perfect place to relax during a weekend of total indulgence. The package included a wine tasting on arrival on Christmas Eve, 3 course meal, lunch and dinner on Christmas Day and breakfast on Christmas and Boxing Days. We skipped breakfast on Christmas Day thinking of how much food there would be later and that was definitely the right choice. Wonderful food, beautiful flavours, fantastic bread baked on the premises and a huge wine menu with types and prices to suit everyone. If we lived nearer we would be regular visitors. The staff were lovely! Given they were working during the whole Christmas period and not with their families anyone could be forgiven if their hearts weren't really in it. Not so here. Everyone was a delight to talk to, so friendly, helpful and informative. If you're thinking of a Christmas away from home I would highly recommend The Samling.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t eat for a week before you visit!
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£388 - £490 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United KingdomEnglandCumbriaLake DistrictWindermere
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Samling Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Samling Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Waterhead Pier (0.6 miles), Jenkin Crag (0.2 miles), and Borrans Park (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Samling Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Samling Hotel?
Top room amenities include a minibar, a flat screen TV, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at The Samling Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Samling Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Samling Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Waterhead Coffee Shop, Restaurant at Samling, and Table 22 Restaurant.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Samling Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to The Samling Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Townend (1.4 miles), Rydal Mount & Gardens (2.9 miles), and Bridge House (1.2 miles).
Does The Samling Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.