William Wordsworth described the Lake District as 'the loveliest spot that man has ever known'. He shared his passion for its inspirational landscape of rugged mountains, reflective lakes, doughty stone villages and valleys with fellow poets and artists - as well as generations of visitors who come here to hike, sail, fish or just admire their beautiful surroundings from a lake cruise. A quarter of a mile from the head of Windermere and within a short walk from Ambleside, Rothay Manor is a fantastic base for exploring the region. The elegant Regency house is perfectly set in its own landscaped gardens. The hotel is is warm and welcoming in style with thoughtfully decorated bedrooms. The 2 AA Rosette-winning prepares imaginative and beautifully presented food sourced from local ingredients. Guests can use the pool, sauna and steam room at a nearby leisure club without charge. There is also a fantastic programme of special interest breaks between October and May, ranging from painting and antiques to walking, gardening, bridge, to Scrabble.