We booked The Samling as a half way stopover on our journey and took advantage of the great "Taste of The Samling" offer. No sooner had we booked and mentioned this to friends living in the area, than they wanted to join us for dinner too, having heard good things about the hotel. So, having telephoned to make the initial booking, we were then calling again to increase the numbers for dinner - none of this phased the staff at all and every call and enquiry was greeted with warmth and assurance that it was no trouble at all (I felt we were being bothersome!)
We received the warmest of welcomes on our arrival having made one or two "flypasts" before getting the turning right. The staff were universally charming - professional and courteous yet friendly and approachable. Our room - Methera - was lovely and we had great views over the lake, as expected. We were delighted to find a large, modern and well equipped bathroom too and appreciated the large fluffy towels and fresh white bedlinen.
Dinner was outstanding and exceeded all expectations, in spite of our realisation that The Samling is noted for fine dining. Beautifully presented dishes, very well served with accurate descriptions and the patience to answer every question about food or wine, we enjoyed a delightfully sociable meal in completely unstuffy surroundings. The tasting menu was hugely enjoyed by all and will be talked about for some time, I know.
We will certainly return, as indeed will our friends. In the meantime, we'll add The Samling to our list of most comfortable boltholes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 3 Aa Red Star Hotel 3 Aa Rosettes1 Michelin Star ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Samling Hotel Windermere, Lake District
- Samling Hotel