Merry Christmas Everyone!

.Merry Christmas, it’s been a busy one with lots of fabulous Christmas Party nights and festive goings on leading up to the big day here! Our Three night Christmas package has just come to a close and a great time was had by all. We are  now getting ready for our New Year extravaganza to welcome in 2014. The main man himself took time to pop in and see us all at the hotel on Christmas Day- we all enjoyed seeing him!


Wild Man of Windermere

Mike Durkin our Head Chef has been enjoying his usual dips and swims in Lake Windermere in all weathers ….. brrrr. He was recently joined by our friends from BEST WESTERN who wanted to catch his antics on film (just to prove he is totally bonkers wild swimming all year round!). They had a great day’s filming and hopefully some of the footage will be used on a BW advert for the new outdoor programme ‘Out and About’ ITV 8pm Friday 1st of November. So keep your eyes peeled you may just catch a glimpse of our Mike in action !

What’s New…

We have had a busy old September and the weather has been quite kind to us on the whole bit of an Indian summer in parts really! Not quite sure who stole September it seems to have whizzed by so fast. Still busy re vamping the exterior building ‘Doddy’ our full time painter has almost finished painting the outside. The new entrance on the front of the hotel is almost finished this leads into a  new area of the restaurant which is ideal for private parties. We are just waiting the arrival of our new furniture for the front of the hotel which will be exciting! Paul our GM has been busy with the Great North Run finishing in a very respectful 2 hours 30 mins and Sue our GM has enjoyed entering the Cross Bay Walk for the first time – think this was done at a more leisurely pace!

We have a new Westie Bear in fact two ! He has had a bit of a make over we hope you like them – now they can get up to double trouble around the hotel!

Ambleside Sports



A great turn out for the sports Geoff did a fabulous job as president great speech and lots of prize giving – we loved the rosette! Paul was on hand to as a fully paid up committee member helping out on the day … well some one has to keep the porto loos in shape! A great day was had by all and over 25 junior runners from Ambleside took part in the junior fell race with a third place in the under 14′s and first local home well done Luke Bowen! Ambleside Sports  a great day out always the last Thursday in July come a long next year and join in the fun, Paul may be promoted next year to car park attendant!





Busy Busy…

Paul and Stuart Tour de Staveley

Pam and Alan enjoy the hot tub and views over to Loughrigg Fell

Ambleside Rushbearing

Well the weather has been glorious and summer is here at last. Lots of things going on very busy indeed, Rushbearing in Ambleside was great with a huge turn out for the procession around the village. Followed by an open air service and then picnic tea and sports for the children and of course the fell race up Loughrigg, a great day was had by all locals and visitors a like.

Westie our Westmorland Bear has also been busy nipping over to Staveley to watch Paul and Stuart in the Tour de Staveley cycle ride and checking out the fabulous local gala over at Chapel Style in Langdale last weekend.He has also been busy getting our latest room ready for occupation Rothay the hot tub is up and running and it had its first guest’s to stay and they really did enjoy the hot tub …. just fantastic and what views over the town and fantastic fells.

Breaking News …. Food Glorious Food

We would just like to say a great big thank you to all of our guests who have submitted their emails and received their special dinner voucher. We are now bringing that particular offer to a close and vouchers will no longer be accepted after the 30th of June 2013.

But we wanted to let you know our New Fantastic News

We are very excited to announce that in July 2013 we will be launching our fabulous new Brassiere menu, to replace the existing Restaurant and Bistro Menus- now that’s something to tickle your taste buds! We think this fantastic new menu has something for everyone


If you are Westmorland Club member and you still have a dinner voucher to use … don’t panic! You will receive a £28 allowance per voucher towards the new menu, as will guests who book on Dinner Bed & Breakfast. We will still have a resident’s only dining area as before, where we use our finest cloth napkins and still provide a traditional individual restaurant style service, but we think this new menu will give more choice and satisfaction to all.


If you haven’t yet joined our Westmorland Club we’d love to have you on board. A one off payment of £13 is all that’s needed to unlock a host of amazing benefits….. dinner vouchers, 10% off food, drink and standard rates, a special gift each time you stay and a regular news letter to keep you up to date with the gossip  and goings on here at The Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa. Remember only our Westmorland Club members receive our best and most exclusive offers!


Contact our reception team and get signed up today …. It’s just too good to miss!


Don’t forget the best way to keep up with all the fabulous news of what’s going on at The Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa is by the joining Westmorland Club and also following us on Facebook or Twitter as ‘There is never a dull day at the Sally’!



Westie’s Blog – Sports Roundup

Well  it’s been another busy few weeks here especially sporting wise! Westie had a great time following the Fred Whitton cycle challenge around the Lakes. A gruelling 112 miles taking in Wrynose,Kirkstone, Whinlatter and Honistor to name a few. Stuart our very own Bradley Wiggins and maintenance Manager managed an amazing time of 7 hours 42 minutes a PB!

Also on the sporting front Paul our General Manager completed the Keswick mini Triathlon at the Keswick Mountain Festival, he swam, ran and cycled his way into 173 place out of 250. For a first attempt we think that’s fantastic well done Paul ….’ Iron Man’ challenge next perhaps!




Westie’s Blog ….. busy week!

Hi I’m Westie the Westmorland Bear a permanent member of the team here at the hotel. I have had such a busy week, firstly I helped our photographer Ben Barden  with some new pictures for the hotel and boy was that hard work, with all that camera gear to carry around I was worn out. Then the nice chaps from the lift company came to do a service on the lift, so obviously I lent a hand there.

With all this hard work and the arrival of a new hot tub for one of our soon to be finished feature rooms I’m looking forward to the weekend off , or  perhaps a pamper at Oxley’s or a nice swim in our pool to chill out…. it’s hard work being a hotel Bear!!