Take the load off at this relaxing country house hotel, where creature comforts abound. Dog-friendly rooms include generous Yorkshire made beds with Egyptian cotton bed linen, feather pillows and duvets, fluffy towels, WiFi, SKY TV and Noble Isle toiletries.
Dogs can take their pick of several room and suite categories. All dog-friendly rooms have external access, or their own enclosed courtyard, perfect to stretch out ones’ paws post snooze.
Classic Rooms with their wood panelling and Farrow & Ball colours are delightful haven’s in which to switch off. Found on the ground floor they have super-king size beds. One of these rooms is quite close to the road, so if you are a light sleeper you may prefer to ask for the quieter of the two rooms on booking. There is also a dog-friendly Classic Plus Room, which offers more room for bigger paws.
Lucky pups may also take their pick from the Family Suites, Garden Suite or Junior Suite. The Junior Suite is tucked away in a cottage in the hotel’s grounds. It has its own parking space, shared garden and Nespresso. To really indulge, pick the charming Garden Suite. It comes with a wood burner, perfect to snuggle up by, as well as its very own hot tub to ease those aching muscles. Family Suites meanwhile are ideal for a family-friendly, pet-friendly trip to the Lakes, with their two bedrooms.
Circled by pretty gardens, there are plenty of grassy nooks to sniff out. Dogs are recommended to stay on their leads while enjoying the gardens as there is a road surrounding the hotel, as well as the odd deer popping by to say hello. The real adventures, however, abound all around, with the Lake District’s largest lake, Windermere just 15 minutes’ walk away.
While the hotel does not have its own leisure facilities, as hotel guests you have access to a local spa, gym and indoor pool.
Dogs are welcome to join you throughout the hotel, including the lounges with their garden views, the only exception is the main restaurant.
Indulge at the hotels 3 AA Rosette awarded, fine dining restaurant. Focusing on seasonal produce and modern British cooking, 5 and 9-course tasting menus are on offer, along with vegetarian options. Alternatively, select from the A La Carte menu. The hotel also prides itself on its wine list – handpicked, with a focus on small producers.
For a simpler, casual meal that you can also enjoy with your dog, take a pew in the Brathay Lounge, where homely favourites such as burgers, cottage pie and fish of the day are served.
Room service is available from the lounge menu.
When you’ve hiked the fells, make sure to save a spot for the hotel’s classic afternoon tea, which can be enjoyed in one of the lounges with fido at your feet.
A children’s menu is also on offer, although this is not available in the main restaurant.
Nestled at the heart of the Lake District, dog-friendly Rothay Manor is a pawfect point from which to explore. Set in its own gardens, the hotel is just a short walk from Ambleside town centre, which is in itself a tourist spo. The hotel is also just a short walk from the northern tip of famous Lake Windemere. Get your bearings on the local lake cruise, which is dog-friendly, and is a lovely way to spend a day out.
From the hotel itself, there are many walking opportunities and the hotel staff are on hand to offer advice. There are also maps available.
With the Lake District surrounding you, you will soon discover why this is one of the UK’s most popular national parks. Every season offers a different, colourful treat and your pup will love exploring the craggy hills and fresh lakes as much as you. With so much to see, don’t miss our guide to the best of the dog-friendly Lake District. Pack your wellies, a good few pairs of socks and fido’s long lead and you’re ready to go! For inspiration see our dog-friendly Lake District destination page.
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Address: Rothay Manor Hotel, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0EH
You will find Rothay Manor just a short distance from one of the main tributaries in the Lake District, the A591, which runs through the centre of Ambleside. Just pop the postcode n the SatNav and you will easily find the hotel. Parking is available for guests.
The nearest train station is Windermere, which is around a 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel. The West Coast Main Line offers services to Oxenholme from conurbations, such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. From here you connect to Windermere. Make sure to arrange a dog-friendly taxi in advance. If possible, in order to enjoy the magnificent Lake District to the full and for ease of exploring together, we recommend you hire a car.
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