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The Samling

Last updated: 30 December, 2023

The Lake District is littered with big country house hotels, which makes the Samling – with just 12 rooms – perfect if you’re after something more personal.

Positioned on a hillside overlooking Windermere, and surrounded by a 67-acre estate of gardens, woodlands and grounds, it’s the epitome of low-key luxury. Rooms (all named after Lakeland lakes) are split between the main house and four sumptuous suites around the grounds. They’re elegantly appointed, and most offer stunning views over Windermere.

The hotel’s restaurant is another highlight, with panoramic glass windows overlooking the hotel grounds and the lake beyond.

Surrounding area

The hotel’s secluded location, surrounded by extensive private grounds, make for a delightfully peaceful experience.  You could while away the afternoon exploring the woodlands or landscaped gardens, or walk down to Lake Windermere and the bustling towns of Ambleside and Bowness.

The hotel also offers a range of guest experiences, from wine-tasting to wilderness adventures, and the new al fresco restaurant, The Gathering, makes an atmospheric place to dine when the sun shines.


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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed