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The Samling Hotel
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

My wife and I stayed at Samling for our ‘mini-moon’ in late July - immediately after our wedding - with the goal of staying in a ‘retreat’ style hotel with great food and relaxation after the madness of the big day and its build-up. It fit the bill perfectly.

Our room (Dovenest) was roomy, romantic and individually decorated, and was set back in the gardens of the hotel. We were comfortable there from the moment we arrived.

The standard of food was exceptional. We booked in for a magnificent fine dining meal and were given some excellent advice on menu and wine choices based on the impressive knowledge of the duty manager, Johnny.

The thing that stood out most from our stay was the level of service we received. Samling is by no means a budget hotel, but we truly got what we paid for: superb personal service – particularly from the duty managers – and lot of little touches (chocolates every night, welcome champagne) that truly marked out our stay as special.

Finally, if the weather is as glorious as it was for us in late July, we’d highly recommend the open-air Jacuzzi, which has stunning views of Lake Windermere.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank RobandAimie
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Reviewed 3 February 2014

Saw a great winter offer for the Samling and took it up mid January. Its a long way from Berkshire but sometimes you just have to go! Tricky to find in the dark but well worth it when we eventually got there. Umbrella cover appeared and the car parked for us. We stayed in the Tyan room which was stunning but as it was dark we did not peek out the window. The Samling had been awarded a Michelin star since we booked so our expectation was much hightened.
The bar is warm and intimate with service quiet and efficient. My wife ordered Crawfish and I Venison. The dining experience was very 'Michelin' very minimal with somewhat quirky presentation including the dry ice treatment for the taster. It was a little over the top for us and we were surprised when asked about the food my wife said the fish was a little tough the waiter agreed! No more said. My Venison was wonderful and the cheese at the end stunning. Quantities not so good.
We chose Cumbrian breakfast in our room next morning and what a delight, our little round table in the window looked right out over the lake, it was cloudy but with early shafts of sunlight breaking through onto the water, stunning, as was the breakfast.
So, stunning hotel, great views, great breakfast. Dinner costly and minimalist as often Michelin provides. Pleased we went.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

I did not stay in the hotel but my partner had planned for us to have our evening meal here at The Samling Hotel. As we arrived we were greeted by the front of house who took our coats and sat us in the waiting lounge with champagne and canapés. The lighting was dim and the ambiance was perfect with the burning log fire as background noise. After being shown to our table we were brought a selection of breads and our drinks were refilled. We selected from the al la carte, for starter I chose the Shetland Salmon with Baby Beetroots, Liquorice and Grapefruit. The salmon was cooked different to my usual taste of smoked salmon, very raw, however was perfectly cooked with just the right amount of flavours coming through from the liquorice sauce and the beetroots complimented the dish well. My partner had the Beef Tartare with pheasant egg and thoroughly enjoyed this dish and exclaimed it was the most delicious starter he has had. A 3rd course was brought out which was a small appetiser, fish – which was again, very tasty. For main we both chose the Venison with Roasted Butternut & Salsify served with Goats Curd, Chestnuts, Walnuts and Truffle. The meat was cooked absolutely perfectly, the portion size was just right and the sides around the meat went very well with the dish. Before our deserts came we were brought a pallet cleanser which was very decorative with a dry ice effect and a lime sorbet. I had the Chocolate Delice with Smoked Nikka Sauce and Salted Chicory Ice for desert, it was very rich but the portion size was just right following the meal I had just had. Throughout the courses our waiter (who was superb) informed us of the beautifully prepared food we were about to eat and kept our wine glass full throughout. They had asked us if we were at the hotel for any particularly occasion and we informed them we had got engaged that day, to which they advised us the champagne we were drinking was now complimentary and the grey goose and lemonades we had ordered were made into doubles on the house. This was just a few examples of the second-to-none service we received all evening. It really was a perfect ending to a perfect day. We will certainly return when we come back to the Lake District.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Laura W
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

Stayed in the Dovenest so our dog was very happy to be coming with us. Great food with some table theatre available, restrained but helpful service, great views. Relaxing. Superb - we will return. It does beg the question though what does it take to be higher than the 5th best hotel in the Lakes !?

Room Tip: Dovenest for pampered pets
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank R A
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

The whole experience was incredible. We stayed in the Bothy suite and enjoyed a wonderful 3 course dinner in the restaurant. Our suite overlooked Windermere Lake with spectacular views even on a wet January afternoon. The attention to detail in every respect was impressive. The hotel atmosphere is one of complete relaxation

Room Tip: If you a need an escape or real threat then book into the Samling
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank ColinG1000
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