Awards & Reviews


Good Hotel Guide Gold Award Winner for featuring in every issue (35 years) and Cesar Award holder since 1992.

'The Oscars of the Hotel Industry' - The Good Hotel Guide nominates 10 hotels every year for the award, named after César Ritz, the most celebrated of hoteliers. These are for a mixed selection of places each of which is considered to be outstanding in its own class.
Hotels keep their César as long as they remain in the same ownership and maintain their original quality. Winning a César is difficult, sustaining it over the years is even more so. As always, the crucial test remains tthat laid down by our founding editor, Hilary Rubinstein, thirty five years ago: ‘A good hotel is where the guest comes first.’


Rothay Manor was awarded 1st prize in the 1979 ‘Make Teatime Special’ competition run by the English Tourist Board and a London tea firm. Described by judges as ‘an almost flawless teatime experience’, the hotel was selected from over 100 tearooms, hotels and restaurants. At that time, the cost was £1 per head so you can appreciate that the price has not gone up in line with inflation!  In 1982 it won ‘Best Afternoon Tea in Britain’ Award and its reputation has continued to grow, most recently being highlighted in the Times Saturday Supplement ‘The Knowledge —The Big Eat’  (21/10/06) as one of the best places to have Afternoon Tea.

Cumbria Tourism Awards:

May 2010   -  Finalist for 'Small Hotel of the Year'
                    -     Runner-up  'Access For All'     


May 2009                       -    General Manager, Peter Sinclair -  runner-up for                       

                                             'Most Exceptional Young Tourism Manager'  2009                                              
April 2008                       -    The only hotel restaurant to be short-listed (top
3) for                             
                                              the 'Taste of Cumbria' Awards 2008.
May 2007                       -     Julia Howarth (Head Receptionist): received a certificate for being a               
                                              top 3 finalist in the Cumbria Tourism 'Most Outstanding Customer

                                              Service' Awards
July 2006                       -     Small Hotel of the Year                        

September 2005            -     Silver Award: Small Hotel of the Year                            
July 2004                       -     Silver Award: Small Hotel of the Year

July 2003                       -     Highly Commended Small Hotel of the Year




BBC Radio Cumbria                                      Tuesday, 23rd December 2008

Celebrating Scrabble's 60th birthday, Gordon Swindlehurst, presenter of Radio Cumbria's Breakfast programme catches up with Marketing Coordinator Anne-Marie O'Neill on how the hotel's 2008 Scrabble Holiday went and plans for the 2009 holiday.

Radio 4  Woman's Hour Programme       Thursday, 6th November 2008

At the March 2008 Scrabble Holiday, journalist Kate Arkless Gray came and spent some time enjoying the holiday and playing some Scrabble (having previously only played Scrabulous on the facebook website), as well as interviewing the tutors, Kathy and Dave Rush, and her fellow players. Listen to what they had to say on the popular 'Woman's Hour' programme.


The Times, Travel Section                           Saturday, 19th April 2009 

Scrabble Weekend in Cumbria - Night on the Tiles

Aidoi? Za?   Kate Gray learns all sorts of new words as she joins fellow Scrabble addicts on a Lake District challenge.


BBC Radio Cumbria                                    Monday, 3rd March 2008

Gordon Swindlehurst, presenter of Radio Cumbria's Breakfast programme, interviews Anne-Marie O'Neill (our Marketing Coordinator) about the hotel's Scrabble Holidays.


Radio 5 Live                                                 Saturday, 1st March 2008

Scrabble Tutor, Kathy Rush, discusses the popularity of Scrabble with Radio 5 Live 'Weekend News' presenters Leslie Ashmall and John Pienaar.


BBC Radio Newcastle                              Friday, 8th February 2008

Marketing Coordinator, Anne-Marie O'Neill, was interviewed on the 'Drivetime' show by Martin Emerson about the forthcoming Scrabble Holiday.


The Westmorland Gazette                         Friday, 8th February 2008

Word's out about Scrabble breaks in the Lakes    by Caroline Barber

Dictionaries are at the ready at an Ambleside hotel in preparation for a Scrabble holiday launched in the wake of a national resurgence of interest in the game.


North West Evening Mail                          Tuesday, 5th February 2008

Night on the Tiles    by Richard Morris

STUNNING walks, breathtaking views and luxury hotels and restaurants are often what bring visitors back to the Lake District time and time again.Board games don’t immediately spring to mind when you think of one of the most picturesque locations in Britain. But that’s about to change.


BBC Radio Solent                                  Wednesday, 23rd January 2008   11.40am

Marketing Coordinator, Anne-Marie O'Neill, was interviewed on the mid-morning show by Jon Cuthill in relation to the Scrabble Holiday.


Yorkshire Post                                        Saturday, 19th January 2008

Far From an Uphill Struggle    by Paul Whitehouse

Suspicious of its reputation for rain, wind and big hills, Paul Whitehouse was won over by the Lake District during a luxury break at Rothay Manor.


The Guardian                                         Thursday, 17th January 2008

Bed & Scrabble Board     by Josh Spero

News that Facebook's Scrabulous may be shut down is being met with dismay by one Lakeland hotel - the on-line game has brought a surge of interest in its Scrabble holiday.       


Daily Mail                                                 Saturday, 12th January 2008

Souvenirs to Last a Lifetime  - Self-Improvement Holidays

Lake District Gardening Holidays

A seashell, a bottle of local liquor and a suntan were once essential holiday souvenirs. Today, you can have all these - plus a new skill. So if sitting with a novel in one hand and a cocktail in the other no longer hits the spot, its time to try a self-improvement holiday. Here is a selection of the best.

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