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“Family Wedding”
Review of The Samling Hotel

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The Samling Hotel
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Hampshire
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Family Wedding”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Fantastic location, Lovely, if a little tired, room and absolutely fabulous food. However my two teenage sons were not too impressed with their " tough and re-heated " steaks. However I think this may have been caused by the wedding speeches they had to witness between courses !! - they were fed separately in another room.

The wedding itself was beautiful and went very smoothly in a lovely room over looking the lake. The staff were very discreet and professional, however an order pad might help them to get the correct drinks first time round !!!

Will be back for a weekend with hubby only as, I'm sure, The Samling will shine as a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

I would have liked to be able to do separate reviews for the food and the accommodation at the Samling. I communicated with the management by mail after our visit but have not had the courtesy of a reply so will share my feelings on Trip Advisor. It is hard to know where shabby chic becomes careworn neglect but our room - Barker Brow - must run it pretty close with worn, stained carpets, furniture with doors that would not close, holes in the chairs and ill-fitting windows. And my ultimate bete noire in an expensive hotel - thief proof hangers in the wardrobes - a feature that shouts 'we don't trust our clientele'. Don't expect bigger than a 5' bed.

But then the place redeems itself with magnificent dining. We ate there for both nights of our stay enjoying the taster menu with wine flight one evening and the a la carte offering the other. Both were excellent and the Samling richly deserves its recently awarded Michelin star. I agree that the dining room is a little lacking in atmosphere and, if you do not warm to the theatricality of Michelin starred dining, avoid it. But we awarded it top marks.

It is expensive - don't expect change from £1000 for a couple of nights' stay - which prevents me awarding a 5* review given the deficiencies in the accommodation. Probably best to stay elsewhere, pay for a taxi and get a dinner reservation.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

My husband treated me to a night at this hotel for my birthday. It is a stunning hotel. The grounds are beautiful with a great view of the lake. The weather was lovely while we were there so we had tea on the terrace looking out at the stunning views. Our room was at the front of the hotel with 3 windows over looking the gardens and the lake. We had complimentary water and crisps in the room. The toiletries provided were REN and you had two of each so no chance of running out. We had pre dinner cocktails in the lounge and then the 7 course taster menu with matching wines. The restaurant was very small and I think it was only hotel residents eating there that night. The food was spectacular and the presentation was fantastic. Our table was booked 7.45pm for 8.15pm and we enjoyed our meal at a leisurely pace & left our table to have tea & coffee in the lounge at 10.45pm. On returning back to our room we completed the breakfast menu & specified the time we wanted & it was served in our room at a bistro table positioned in the window so we could look out over the lake. This is definitely a hotel for a special occasion & I would recommend the taster menu & matching wines.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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cumbria
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34 reviews
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Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

Having been unable to get an evening reservation as they were full, we went for lunch instead. They still served both a taster and a la carte menu both of which were very appealing. We went for a la carte (at £60 pp) and I have to say it was exceptional ! The service was impeccable, the food amazing and the surroundings very comfortable. Can't wait to to back ....

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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14 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

The afternoon tea here is to die for. The whole experience is incredible, smelling different teas to chose what you want, presentation is fantastic. The hosts are impeccable, so accommodating and prompt. The view is breath taking, the sun was glorious that day so the lake shone. When having a peep inside the cleanliness was high and decorated beautifully. This trip was a treat, worth every penny! In love!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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wigan
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

This is a special place you can tell. Apparently a lot of celebrities stay here eg Tom cruise, and you can see why.
take note- The views are amazing from the grounds and some of the rooms- must be some of the best views in the UK, if not the whole world.
The main hub of the hotel itself is small- we were surprised (and a touch disappointed by that) but that was our only gripe.
We had the cheapest basic room- but it was very nice! service discreet but excellent.
Breakfast (and especially) Michelin star restaurant evening meal a good experience. I found Sharrow bay meal slightly better (especially value) but this was still excellent.
The hot tub outside has fab views too.
If we ever came back we would probably treat ourselves to a blowout room with views for a couple of nights.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We went to the lakes for my partners birthday and were looking for to ticking of another Michelin starred restaurant. Our room "Yan" had by far and away the worst mattress I've slept on in years, it should have been changed long ago. When asked at check out whether everything was OK i informed them and was met with a derisory response "We'll look into it, they hate it when i spend money". The same person was the same the previous evening when we requested to change choice of dessert.
Shame the rest of the staff where very friendly.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Samling Hotel
Address: Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1LR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Windermere
#6 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — The Samling Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
3 Aa Red Star Hotel 3 Aa Rosettes1 Michelin Star ... more   less 
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