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“The Samling,Windermere”
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The Samling Hotel
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Windermere
Certificate of Excellence
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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“The Samling,Windermere”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

Stayed for three nights in August 2011 in the Tyan room.Had wonderful view over the lake and breakfast served in the room each morning was great.Room very comfortable and peaceful,spacious bathroom.Food was fantastic although menu didn't vary over the course of our stay but still wonderful! Only criticism was the bedroom curtains were slightly threadbare but still a lovely room to be in.
Will definitely return,would recommend to anyone wanting a complete chill out. Also try the hot tub-August in Windermere felt like being abroad!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Southport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

Have had The Samling on my visit & stay over list for awhile now and finally stayed last night.
Booked into the Barker Brow Junior suite, about 50 yds from the main Hotel.
Greeted by The Duty Manager as we parked up in front of the hotel and signed in.
Asked to drive around the back to our Junior Suite and park the car right outside our suite.
Barker Brow suite has its' own seperate entrance, lounge downstairs and double sized bed in bedroom upstairs with en-suite bathroom, with seperate bath and shower cubicle.
Bottled waters, crisps,fruit and ice on a table in the lounge.

The lounge was a bit dimly lit, Manager went to turn on three sets of lamps but none worked, he thought the fuse had gone but it hadn't, he did say he would sort it out but he didn't come back again :(
Anyway great view out to the lake and warm and cosy lounge and bedroom, did not give us the Wow factor, basic decor, furniture etc.... Shower was good, however pillows on bed very thin and slightly uncomfortable.TV downstairs was stuck on one channel and we were informed someone would come and sort it out but again they didn't.:(
We were on the Gourmand taster evening for dinner. A series of 7 small courses of varying tastes and quite remarkable presentation at times. The food was good, the service you could not fault. Downside was the small dining room which was grey and had no atmosphere, no pictures or ornaments around. :( There were 4 other couples in the room - all tables nicely lit with candles and small vase of roses, so could have been a bit more intimate except they have all the big room lights on so it is fairly bright and sort of defeats the romance aspect to a degree.

Breakfast is usually delivered to your room, however we left our request on the door at 10pm the night before as requested only to find it still there at 9am. We telephoned reception and they apologised and within 20 minutes everything was delivered to our room, again the food was excellent.
To summarise, I think the food was a great experience and very good, staff very pleasant and helpful. However as to a second visit, not for us I am afraid. There are more better value Hotels in the area with more luxurious bedrooms and better ambience dining rooms.

I believe however there is now a new owner so maybe things will change at The Samling?

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cumbria, UK
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

we went to the samling a while ago for a meal, we opted for the a la carte menu but soon found out we definately got more than three courses. The food was out of this world, being a fussy eater myself i was apprehensive but i enjoyed every bit of it. My husband who is a bit of a foodie was needless to say, very happy with the superb quality of the food. The service was great, i was worried it would be "toffish" but we were treated with a warm welcome and some amusing one liners from our waiter. We were made very comfortable in the lounge and loved every second and would definately go back. The only problem was that we had not booked room, we regretted this instantly and would definately do that next time. It was a treat to remember for sure.

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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East Yorkshire
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

My daughters wedding celebrations were held here.
The party took over the place for nigts , three days, Brilliant. Graet with children.
Taster gormet multicourse meal provided fro the party a triumph. All staff superb. Some refreshing of decorations required but not an issue, no doubt to be addressed by new owners.
Drinks a tad expensive. Woould return for a quiet midweeker any time. Hill a challenge for people going down to lake who have problems walking,or breathing. Sit out from and enjoy the view. The occaison made it special would recommend to any wanting to treat themselves.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Gloucestershire, England
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

We booked The Samling as a half way stopover on our journey and took advantage of the great "Taste of The Samling" offer. No sooner had we booked and mentioned this to friends living in the area, than they wanted to join us for dinner too, having heard good things about the hotel. So, having telephoned to make the initial booking, we were then calling again to increase the numbers for dinner - none of this phased the staff at all and every call and enquiry was greeted with warmth and assurance that it was no trouble at all (I felt we were being bothersome!)

We received the warmest of welcomes on our arrival having made one or two "flypasts" before getting the turning right. The staff were universally charming - professional and courteous yet friendly and approachable. Our room - Methera - was lovely and we had great views over the lake, as expected. We were delighted to find a large, modern and well equipped bathroom too and appreciated the large fluffy towels and fresh white bedlinen.

Dinner was outstanding and exceeded all expectations, in spite of our realisation that The Samling is noted for fine dining. Beautifully presented dishes, very well served with accurate descriptions and the patience to answer every question about food or wine, we enjoyed a delightfully sociable meal in completely unstuffy surroundings. The tasting menu was hugely enjoyed by all and will be talked about for some time, I know.

We will certainly return, as indeed will our friends. In the meantime, we'll add The Samling to our list of most comfortable boltholes.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

We stayed at The Samling in December for three nights.

As there was quite a bit of snow around when we arrived, getting up the steep and narrow driveway to the hotel was a bit of a challenge, but we made it.

The welcome was warm and the hotel and room were both cosy - our room was upgraded FOC as they were quiet and we had a lovely view and a gas fire which was great.

The food at The Samling is very good, although the dining room is less relaxing and comfortable than the lounge areas. Service was excellent and the dinner menu was decent value. Wine list was so-so.

Overnight it had snowed quite heavily and to my amazement the staff had used a leaf blower to clear the worst of the snow from the drive, and when our rear wheel drive car struggled in the car park, they even dug us out! Amazing service and totally beyond the call of duty.

Overall we would recommend The Samling for anyone looking for a small but stylish and friendly hotel in The Lakes, and hope to visit again this summer to see the area without the snow.

  • Stayed December 2011
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manchester
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Reviewed December 11, 2011

What a treat to stay at this hotel. Such a beautiful, exclusive setting away from the main road between Windermere and Ambleside. As other reviews mention, the driveway is rather steep but this is part of the charm of the place, and all vehicles have no issues making their way from the main road to the hotel building. All rooms have an individual style and layout which is lovely. We had exclusive use of the hotel on the first night of the stay as our party was fairly large. The service we received was second to none and our every need was catered for. The staff will stay up as late as you do in the bar to serve you drinks.
I would definiately recommend a stay here and the food is just glorious. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2010.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: The Samling Hotel
Address: Ambleside Road, Windermere LA23 1LR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Windermere
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Windermere
#6 Romantic Hotel in Windermere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Samling Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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