The Samling Hotel
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... than the 10 bed room partiers. I can’t handle all of that tonight, especially when I have a book to get started on and up and out at 5:00 in the AM. We are going to stay at a pub hotel right down the road tomorrow and there is going to be plenty to explore. It feels good to be back in a big city with everything happening around me. The small town the past 12 days had really gotten to me.
So let a new chapter of my life begin. Let’s turn another page ...
Denise at Gates travel said she'd get back to me with potential deals for hotel and flights. that was on Saturday, it is now Tuesday and she's not got back to me yet. I so want to get this holiday booked so that I can start planning. I'll ring her tomorrow. In the meantime, I've spoken to three other travel agents, all of whom are checking hotel prices and ...
... but I do like to win"!), Matt rapidly overtaking us both and Guy doing well too. Ice creams sitting on the benches revived us a little, to be joined by Andy until the place closed up at 6.30pm - Guy disappointed we didn't have time for tennis - another day perhaps! We were all pooped so bought a few bits from Tesco Express (almost as exciting as the French supermarkets!) and waved Sal and Sam off - sadly having to return to work - before a quiet evening in. ...
... Central Park. Of course the flight and cost is important, but if we're staying in a hotel then it is important that it looks like a hotel because we will want to take photos of us standing outside the it - isn't that what you do when you're on ...
Steve : 6 days of riding together and it could last on longer!!! Three wanted to see the Tour De France and three wanted a lie in. Three riders set off at 6am to be in Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales by 11am to be part of the TDF experience. Three others took the opportunity of a short day to prove that it is possible not to be ready before 10am, alledgely. The town of Hawes had made an amazing effort to decorate itself and the surrounding peaks, and the atmosphere ...
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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.
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 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!
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:
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
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!