This stylish 18th-century house, is set in 67 acres of grounds, and enjoys an elevated position…
“Some of the finest views (and best food) of any hotel or restaurant in the lakes.” - AA Inspector
With impressive views down to the tranquil waters of Lake Windermere, The Samling makes the most of its wonderful position. It’s very much a classic Lakeland country house hotel, set in charming gardens and grounds and stylishly updated for the 21st century. Inside, its elegantly contemporary, shades of grey and neutrals with colour highlights. Some of the art is properly notable, sketches by Picasso and Salvador Dali amongst others. The restaurant is a modern extension, all slate and glass, with floor to ceiling windows making the most of those views. Staff are smart, the style formal and minimal, with crisp linen, and downstairs there’s a kitchen table opposite the pass if you want to feel like part of the action. The highly seasonal tasting menus feature modern British dishes with strong classical roots, and there’s an impressive wine list with a good selection by the glass.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 40
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 5
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines over £30: 1200
- Wines by the glass: 60
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Cumbria's rugged yet beautiful landscape is best known for the Lake District National Park that sits within its boundaries. It’s famous for Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, and Derwent Water, ‘Queen of the English Lakes'. This beautiful countryside once inspired William Wordsworth and his home, Dove Cottage, in Grasmere is a popular museum. Another place of literary pilgrimage is Hill Top, home of Beatrix Potter, located near Windermere. Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers and Jemima Puddleduck were all created here.
Much of Cumbria is often overlooked in favour of the Lake Distirct. In the south, the Lune Valley remains as lovely as it was when Turner painted it. The coast is also a secret gem. With its wide cobbled streets, spacious green and views of the Solway Firth, Silloth is a fine Victorian seaside resort. Other towns along this coastline include Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport. Carlisle is well worth a look – once a Roman camp, its red-brick cathedral dates back to the early 12th century and its 11th-century castle was built by William Rufus.
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