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!


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’!