Stoli’s Blog

Let me introduce myself my name is Stoli and I live with Paul (hotel General Manager) in a very nice house in Ambleside. I have my own self designed room downstairs and even have my own “key”. Sometimes I wander upstairs to lie in front of our large wood burner and relax after a hard days walking and eating.

I am used to being photographed Best Western have recently photographed me for a brochure to promote there dog friendly hotels.

I am 9 years old and suffer the usual old age dog problems. Paul takes me to see a nice vet locally if I am ill and who even removes sticks from my throat which I love picking up from my local river. I love walking the Hills and Dales of the Lakes and  I’m particularly good to take out providing you mention the word “biscuits”.

I would love to see and talk to all my doggy friends when you can come to the Hotel. I can show you good doggy walks and pubs where you are made very welcome and are even given biscuits on arrival.

Please contact the hotel with your photo’s and tell me about yourselves, I will try to include them in my next blog. 

I am told that lucky dogs may be able to have a photo taken with me at the Hotel.

I will now “Paws” for thought and finish my blog. Looking forward the hearing from you all with your news for my next monthly blog.

Till then it’s ‘rover n out ‘ from me – Stoli




January News

Well January has got off to a flying start with lots of guest’s taking advantage of our fabulous Winter Warmer rates and popping in for a post festive break. We are also keeping busy with a little refurbishment room 101 is having a complete make over and should be ready soon, we are looking forward to the exciting new scheme. It’s certainly keeping our maintenance gang of Doddy, Gerry, and Stuart on their toes and out of mischief!

Not to be out done Oxley’s are having a make over too, with the addition of a fabulous new hair salon  in the Spa. We are looking forward to the new feature- no more bad hair days at the Salutation! More details when its up and running.

Mike Durkin our Head Chef (aka wild man of Windermere) celebrated  a special birthday this week, you know the ones that require a zero on the end! He started his birthday off with a birthday dip in the lake of course and then attended the Bond Dinner here at the hotel (no not the 007 kind!). The 187th Annual Dinner to celebrate the Ambleside Association for the Prosecution of Felons, a tradition that dates  back to 1813.We managed to interrupt the proceedings to present Mike with a birthday cake just to keep him in the lime light after his TV appearance. We are sure he has lot’s more celebration to do – got to make the most of it!

Happy New Year Folks!

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and our best wishes for 2014.

Our New Year celebrations were fabulous everyone enjoyed themselves, still busy with guest’s arriving today and tomorrow for the weekend. ‘Our’ Charlotte on reception got the New Year off to a great if chilly start by taking her first dip in Lake Windermere. She was in safe hands or should we say flippers- with our own celebrity chef  Mike aka the Wild Man of Windermere! They both enjoyed the early morning swim and Mike is hoping she will  try the Great North Swim in June – looks like we could have quite a team entering from the hotel & Leisure Club!