Opulence and muddy boots make for a Lake District destination with fine food and views
The moment you swing your vehicle into the gravelled car park of the Rothay Garden Hotel, you just know you are in for a quality Lake District experience.
I visited shortly after Lockdown 1 and it was immediately apparent that health and safety and covid guidelines were being taken extremely seriously.
Guests are expected to wear masks in the hotel unless eating or drinking; rooms have stickers on the room doors to highlight a deep clean has taken place and housekeeping do not enter the room during your stay. However, you can request towels, toiletries etc at any time.
Rothay Garden is renowned for good food and wine and it also boasts stunning accommodation, a fabulous spa, beautiful gardens and it is in an amazing location in Grasmere.
Following the UK Government’s four-week lockdown announcement, the hotel is looking forward to reopening and welcoming guests back on December 2.
Oh, my word, boutique all the way. It is a luxuriously elegant Grade II listed country house retreat.
This four-star hotel delivers a fabulously unique combination of oozing opulence while welcoming muddy boot wearers. Dogs are also welcomed and there are plenty of areas for our four-legged friends around the hotel and they can join their owners in the Brathay Lounge at dining times.
And for a spot of decadence, the classic afternoon tea with finger sandwiches, home-made scones with clotted cream and home-made jam, mini cakes and desserts is not to be missed.
The Rothay Garden’s bedrooms and suites, 30 in total, have won numerous awards.There are six different tiers of bedrooms and suites, all spacious and individually decorated, many with a balcony, French doors or private patio offering the most incredible views.
I stayed in the junior loft suite Stone Arthur which is named after the fell over which it looks. It is on the hotel’s second floor and had the comfiest king size bed and separate seating area.
The food at Rothay Gardens is exceptional and is the best I’ve had in Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere over the last few years.
The restaurant is celebrated for its cuisine and one of only a handful in the area to have consistently been awarded two coveted AA rosettes.