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Rothay Garden Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Booked ahead to eat but the web pages were playing up and we gave up booking a room and stayed at the Moss Grove (separate review) . It is unlikely if the hotel is busy you would be Allocated a table next the window unless staying giving a garden view.We weren't but it didn't really matter being dark at 7.30. They have a separate vegetarian menu which was pretty good giving two choices. The menus is set at 3 courses. My wife had one of the best steaks for a long time. Presentation taste and service all excellent.

Fabulous location, fabulous room, fabulous food and fabulous staff. We wanted somewhere special to go to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary and special is without doubt what we got at Rothay Garden. There was absolutely nothing that we could fault during our weeks stay in the delightful Garden Suite with our own sun lounge and patio area overlooking the lovely gardens (red squirrels and a deer were visitors !!). The food was fine dining at it's best - beautifully presented and so tasty - in such lovely surroundings. And as for the staff - nothing was too much trouble and they were all so friendly and Chris, the owner, was frequently present. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from the centre of Grasmere and if you are of a certain age, you can travel for free on the open top bus all the way down to Bowness and to Kendal or Keswick on the regular service !!! Would we go again - you bet we will.

My husband and I stayed 2 nights in September, and wished we'd booked for longer! Everyone we met was friendly and very helpful. Nothing seemed too much trouble. The management staff were very visible, and clearly led from the front, which is not always the case in hotels or restaurants. The staff all knew their roles well and performed them perfectly. Wait staff at mealtimes walked round the restaurant looking at everything to preempt need, and so were always at hand when needed, but not intrusive. The food was wonderful, and my husband's food allergy was taken seriously but not treated as a problem. Our room was very comfortable, overlooking the river, which lulled us off to sleep each night. It was very clean, as were the public areas, and it was serviced during breakfast so was lovely to come back to. All in all, we couldn't think of a thing to improve, and we'll certainly be back

It had been some years since we had last stayed here and we had always loved the location and found the accommodation and service to be pretty good, but the Rothay Garden has now elevated itself to quite another level. The service was faultless (I clumsily spilt a water bottle on our bed and everything was sorted promptly and without fuss), our room impeccably clean and comfortable, with stunning views down to the river and up to the high fells, and the dining of a consistently high quality. The Spa provided a relaxing facility in which to shed the rigours of a day on the hills - it would be even better if space had allowed for a small swimming pool, but the beautiful garden more than compensates. Overall, we found nothing to find fault with and will certainly be back.

The drive to the Rothay Garden Hotel was lovely. We drove from Cheltenham and the closer to the lake district we got the more lovely the scenery. Our room faced the stream and loved the sound as we had our drinks on the patio. We had great dinners (two) and met the most lovely couple. So there was nothing but great memories to be had. Enjoyed the spa- jacuzzi and sauna. Staff was also excellent.

Beautiful hotel, lovely, friendly staff, thank you all for an amazing weekend. Thank you to the lovely chefs and the house keepers and just all the staff, nothing was too much for any of you. We will return.

Taking a risk to find a hotel that can meet my wifes Gluten Free needs can be tricky however The Rothay Garden Hotel in Grasmere deep in the wonderful Cumbrian Lake District excelled in meeting these needs. We used a Red Letter Day gift to spend 3 nights at the hotel and each one was spent in a pleasant room overlooking a gentle running stream. Enjoying the sounds of the countryside was a bonus from our room with its own small balcony. Although the weather was unkind it could not take away from the room location and view. The hotel is clean and welcoming with good parking space located just a few yards from Grasmere village with its own simple charm and a number of local attractions including Dove House, the home of William Wordsworth also Alan Bank the home of the founder of the National Trust. A most beautiful location. Staff at Rothay Garden were superb from Reception, Cleaners and Restaurant all were friendly courteous and supportive. A strong recommendation for the Restaurant staff , who also doubled up with other duties, exceeded all my expectations. Not only was the food superb, beautifully presented and tasty but the care in ensuring my wife had no worries about choosing and being advised on the Gluten Free dishes was exemplary. Congratulations and thanks for that. The set price dinner menu at £39.50 plus drinks per person was great value and the breakfast choice very good and sufficient. All hot dishes cooked fresh which was a bonus compared to many hotels who operate a buffet style. One final plus point was the after dinner coffee and petit fours served in a small but pleasant lounge included in the dinner price. A brilliant few days in fantastic surroundings , the Lake District and a hotel to match.

We've just returned from a great stay in this lovely hotel which is quietly situated on the edge of the village. The hotel only had adults staying which suited us as it meant our stay was very peaceful. The room was clean and very comfortable. The small spa was a great place to unwind at the end of a long day's walk; just a pity that some guests think they can reserve a heated bed for themselves by placing a towel and book on the bed and then using all the other facilities leaving the bed unused! Breakfasts were perfect and cooked to order. The service provided by the staff was polite and efficient. I can highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed here on my way back to Hampshire from Sutherland. I arrived in the village in the dark and the receptionist 'talked me in' and came outside to make sure I'd found it alright. I didn't feel like the 4 course dinner I had pre booked, but had a very good sandwich & sticky toffee pud at the bar, with a nice local beer recommended by the Barman. The rooms are a little bashed around the edges, but very comfortable and with nice toiletries in the en suite bathrooms. The Breakfast kedgeree was spectacular. My bill was amended downwards (to take account of the fact I hadn't had dinner) without my asking. My dog enjoyed his runs around the well kept garden too.

This is one of the nicest hotels in which we stay and certainly one of the best in the Lake District. As on previous occasions, we were very pleased with everything, our room, the staff and especially the excellent meals. The location is quiet but Grasmere is just a few minutes walk down the road and you can start many excellent lakeland walks from here.The local busses also stop just 300 yards away and with them you can travel all over the lakes.

Broadgate Ambleside England

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Grasmere, Rothay Garden Hotel is within a 10-minute stroll of sights such as Grasmere Garden Village and Helm Crag. This 4-star hotel has 30 guestrooms and offers free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a spa tub. It's in a national park and also close to St Oswald's Church and Wordsworth Museum.


Free full breakfast is served each morning from 8 AM to 10 AM. This hotel is home to a fine-dining restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


Rothay Garden Hotel's 30 rooms provide coffee makers, free bottled water, and phones. Guests can expect to find flat-screen TVs and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, free toiletries, bathrobes, and slippers. Other standard amenities include ironing boards and desks.

Property features

Rothay Garden Hotel features a spa tub, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. A stay here includes free parking. Front-desk staff can answer questions 24/7, and assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a terrace, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Room options

Superior Double Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Premium Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

87% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 861 reviews