March 2019

Being a Tourist

By | March 4th, 2019|

This past weekend we decided to visit some of the local tourist sites.  Normally I'm more focused on getting out on walks, runs and bike rides, but with an injured husband, an injured dog and the threat of Storm Freya, it seemed like an ideal time to do something a little more leisurely. First port [...]

January 2019

Just a “little” spruce up…

By | January 10th, 2019|

It all seemed like such a good idea at the time, but now we're in the middle of complete and utter devastation I'm wondering what on earth we were thinking!! As is usual these 1st few weeks of January Rothay Manor closes for a short break, which is always a good time to get some [...]

December 2018

5 of the best – cosy winter pubs

By | December 6th, 2018|

Winter is here, and what better way to warm up from the cold then in a cosy pub?  Nowhere does pubs quite like Cumbria, with chilly fell-walkers warming by open-fires, wonderful local ales, and cheery atmospheres!  It's been a hard task, but I've taken one for the team and visited a number of our local [...]

November 2018

The Art of Giving

By | November 12th, 2018|

I'm not one of those organised types who manages to do all of their Christmas shopping well in advance, in a military-operation of lists and focus!  No, I'm the type to panic internet shop, narrowly making the last delivery date before Christmas! This year, I am hoping things will be a little different, with the [...]

June 2018

What to do in a heatwave

By | June 27th, 2018|

  It seems a little odd to be writing this post, it's not usual that we worry about being too hot in the Lake District!  While I have been sat on the Reception desk this morning, so many guests have asked me for recommendations on how to escape the heat, so it got me thinking, [...]

Rothay Manor Focus: Walking Holiday

By | June 14th, 2018|

We have recently been given the itinerary from our walking guides Anne Strange and Pip Line for our walking holiday in the Autumn, and it has inspired me to get out on some jaunts. I've been living in Ambleside for over 2 years, and there are still walks that I haven't discovered, and walks that [...]

March 2018

Lights, Camera, Action

By | March 24th, 2018|

The life of a hotelier is certainly interesting and varied.  Yesterday we became a mini production team when we visited the ever-charming Nicholas Merchant at his home near Harrogate for a short interview.  Luckily we were joined by the talented Polly Baldwin ( who is skilled at not only photography, but also videography, and she [...]

November 2017

Rothay Manor’s Focus: Photography Special Interest Holiday

By | November 1st, 2017|

Do you ever try to capture the scenery when you're out and about and always end up disappointed with how the photos turn out?  Me too!!  We are so lucky to be in the heart of the Lake District and to be surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the world, but the [...]

August 2017

48 hours in the Lakes

By | August 21st, 2017|

Before we were lucky enough to move to the Lake District we really enjoyed an annual holiday to Ambleside. We would plan for weeks the places we wanted to visit, the pubs and restaurants we wanted to dine at, and the Wainwrights we wanted to “bag”! So, it’s got me thinking, if I had just [...]


By | August 17th, 2017|

Nestled in the heart of the English Lake District, Rothay Manor is an elegant country house retreat, the perfect escape from the stresses of modern living. Step into a realm of old-world charm: relax by one of our roaring fires, indulge in our fine dining cuisine, or take a gentle stroll to England’s largest lake. [...]