The Samling Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Samling Hotel Windermere
Wonderful place to stay
We stayed at The Samling as a treat to celebrate a special occasion. We are difficult to please as we hate noise - not just from busy roads etc but from adjoining rooms. We booked The Bothy, which is a detached suite in the hotel grounds, specifically for this reason and weren't disappointed as the walls are solid stone. It is next to the car park & opposite the office, but we didn't find this a problem. The suite is lovely - very comfortable, big bed with crisp white linen plus a lovely sunny sitting room overlooking the lake. Both the bedroom and sitting room have patio doors out to a private terrace.
We found the service to be excellent, both in terms of room service and in the restaurant, not at all stuffy. There are no tea & coffee facilities in the rooms, and although it's quite expensive to have them brought to the room, it is a holiday after all, plus the drinks came with home made shortbread, all beautifully presented. Breakfast served in our sitting room was fantastic and always on time. Plenty of nice touches such as housekeeping turning back the bedcovers and putting a relaxing CD on for our return of an evening, umbrellas for guest use, lots of glossy magazines, tea lights in the bathroom etc.
The following are observations of what could be done better/changed:
- bedroom carpet had very obvious dirty footprints on it - would have expected the carpet to be cleaned prior to our arrival at such an expensive hotel.
- bedspread over the duvet had a dirty mark on it.
- the shower was an impressive sight, but would benefit from plumbing improvements and was quite difficult to operate.
Must stress that NONE of the above spoilt our stay and we definitely want to go back - it was so comfortable, quiet and relaxing.
Loveliest place I have ever stayed
I stayed here with my boyfriend for 2 nights in the Easter week. We got a really good midweek rate (150 per room per night including breakfast) and when we arrived we got upgraded from Barker Brow to Lethera. It is a gorgeous room, on 3 levels, with massive bathroom (lots of Molton Brown products) with huge tub and shower at the bottom, then a lounge with fire, cosy sofa, TV and then on the 3rd level a lovely big bed with gorgeous soft linens and pillows. Our room overlooked the lake and is in a separate building from the main house, near to the outdoor hot tub. The view is amazing!
We had breakfast served in our room which was absolutely yum, you order it the night before and its worth being a total pig as it's all so delicious.
Just a couple of minor complaints - our phone kept ringing with no-one on the other end, and I left laundry out but no-one collected it so I had to chase that. One of the waiters wasn't very gracious when serving breakfast - he bounded up the stairs to our suite, really noisy and told us breakfast was late as he was really busy. My pet gripe is when staff don't know what the soup of the day is (I used to be a waitress) and this happened every time we got room service. We didn't have dinner, but when we go back we will book in for that, as the restaurant looked beautiful. The lounge area is lovely with log fire and staff appear out of nowhere to see if you need anything. I recommend a hot chocolate by the fire!
Before we had checked out we were already talking about when we can go back - it was wonderful, can't recommend it highly enough. It dosen't matter if the weather is bad, you can just relax in your suite!
We stayed here on the final night of our honeymoon and we had very high expectations as it was so much more expensive than we could normally afford. When we told them that we were honeymooners we were told that a bottle of Champagne would be forthcoming but alas it never materialised. The rooms here are smaller than you may expect but very comfortable with an open fire and just the best view of Lake Windermere in the world. The service was very good but inconsistent. The dining experience was very uncomfortable as you are expected to know "the form" and taking canapes in the drawing room before hand is most certainly not us. A lovely setting, nice (but unexceptional - no tea or coffee facilities for example) rooms and the best breakfast I have ever had in my life. Go for the bacon butties alone!
Beautiful place, wonderful rooms! service inconsistent
What a lovely location! Wonderful views, a beautiful building and the best room we have ever stayed in (Manmire). This hotel is blessed with the most wonderful setting! We had a lovely time however, not a five star review due to the following:
- Inconsistent service. Hotel Manager wonderful but some of the staff did not have a clue!
- Bar is too bright. Turn the lights down! The atmosphere is far too formal in the bar because of this.
- Breakfast - my husband's did not arrive on the first morning, although mine did. Plus the menu states that they will cook you anything (within reason) however, the staff seemed unaware of this.
- Hot tub area a mess - I know it rained all weekend when we were there, however, this was a mess and should have been sorted.
These are small things however, it was expensive at £425 per night per room, so these issues should be ironed out.
Most Romantic place
There are simply no words to descibe how wonderful everything about The Samling is. We got married there Feb 2004, and could not have wished for a more special/romantic venue. Everything from a-z was taken care of. The rooms are simply gorgeous, fire places, amazing views, breakfast in bed etc. Honestly, both my husband and I are hard to impress, and we have yet to beat The Samling in our books. It is pricy but worth every cent.
Lovely Lake District Retreat
We were lucky with the weather in the Lake District when we went up in May but even if the sun hadn't shone our stay at the Samling would have been really lovely I believe. We stayed in the Blue Room in the main house. It was very spacious, with a great view over the lake. We really appreciated the relaxed attitude of the staff; they were attentive, friendly, chatty but paid incredible attention to detail without being stiff. The Drawing Room for pre-dinner drinks was very comfy. The food was very good and if you have food allergies they take those into account. Breakfast in your room was a great idea too. An all round very pleasant experience.
Very bad for booking
You can't book until 12 weeks prior to the date you stay which means trying to organise a summer holiday is impossible. I think they should stop thinking about trying to hold out for wedding parties and cater for everyone. Hopefully they will have a few empty rooms at peak times which will make them think twice.
of the best eating experiences of my life. the samling came highly recommended by several friends. location and the hotel was all you would expect, comfortable, homely, warm fires. service was attentive almost to the point of being pushy. restaurant ambiance and decor was decidedly average, food was not much better, took ages between courses..and when the food arrived it was not as good as one would expect for the price.
Save up-take someone you love and have the time of your life !! It just doesn't get any better than this July 2003
Fabulous - expensive but worth every penny (and probably more)!
Everything about The Samling whispers gently understated elegance and luxury. We stayed for two nights and although we've both travelled extensively and consider ourselves pretty hard to impress, we found it to be the best hotel we've stayed in by far. The bathroom was opulent with a huge double-ended bath, candles and a large jug of bath oil - perfect for that champagne-in-the-bath experience. We had a beautiful lounge area and a gorgeous galleried bedroom. Breakfast is served in your suite (unless you request otherwise) and so we started each day swathed in white robes, gazing over Lake Windermere whilst enjoying our breakfast feast - if this sounds sumptuous, it's intended to. Food at The Samling is absolutely delicious - we were amazed at the wonderful flavours, and I reiterate - we're really hard to impress. The service is impeccable, couldn't fault it at all. Go and be pampered - it's worth it. We've now got a Samling Fund for the next visit, because there will definitely be a next visit!
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