Famous Names...

As well as the most breathtaking scenery in England, the Lake District has also been home to many famous names through the ages.  You too can discover where they lived and worked, and the part they played in making the Lake District the great destination that it is.

GRASMERE'S MOST FAMOUS SON - William Wordsworth - perhaps the man who epitomises the Lake District more than any other, Wordsworth lived in and around Grasmere for most of his life.  Nearby Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount are Wordsworth attractions, as are the main fells which inspired his immortal poem, beginning "I wandered lonely as a cloud.."

Sir Chris Bonington – mountaineer and leader of several major expeditions, including Mount Everest, Chirs Bonington loves the beauty and majesty of the Lake District hills and is a resident of the area.

Lord Melvyn Bragg – the author and broadcaster was born in Wigton, and wrote The Maid of Buttermere and many other works.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge – a poet and writer, and regular visitor to the Wordworths, Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived at Keswick.

Fletcher Christian – Famous for his part in “The Mutiny on the Bounty” – and played by Marlon Brando in the film of the same name, Fletcher Christian was born near Cockermouth.

John Cunliffe – creator of Postman Pat, John Cunliffe set the Postman Pat books in Kendal and the remote valley of Longsleddale (doubling for Greendale in the books and TV series).  He lived and taught in the area.

Hunter Davies – the leading broadcaster is perhaps the Lake District’s biggest living “fan”, having written many books about the area, including “The Good Guide to the Lakes”.  He was born in Carlisle, and lives between London and Loweswater.

George Fox – founder of the Quaker movement in 1647, he lived in Ulverston between 1670 and 1675.

Stan Laurel – famous as the thin one of comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston, a town which still celebrates his life in its festivals and attractions.

Katherine Parr – the sixth wife of Henry VIII and the only one to survive him, Katherine Parr was born in Kendal.

Arthur Ransome – famous writer of children’s classic “Swallows and Amazons”, which is also the subject of a soon-to-be-screened BBC film (some leading members of the cast even stayed at Rothay Garden during the making of it!). Arthur Ransome spent his childhood summers near Coniston Water and moved to the area in later life.

Alfred Wainwright – creator of the hand-drawn Wainwright guides to the fells and many other books about Cumbria.

What the papers say

“For a hotel that will give you a warm, friendly welcome and provide impeccable facilities and service, plus food of quite sensational standards, then you need look no further.”
LANCASHIRE EVENING POST
“Grasmere has built a reputation for good places to stay, and top of that list must come the Rothay Garden Hotel.”
BRISTOL EVENING POST
“An oasis of luxury on the edge of Grasmere.”
NOTTINGHAM EVENING POST
“Wonderful, truly wonderful! Loved the hotel, what a fabulous setting is…… The food was spectacular. I can't remember when I've had a better weekend...”
CARLISLE NEWS & STAR
“The Rothay Garden has all the ingredients for a perfect few days’ holiday.”
THE LAKES MESSENGER
“Many hotels lavish attention on restaurants and lounges and skimp on bedrooms: the Rothay Garden gets the balance right.”
WESTERN DAILY PRESS
"The perfect place to stay....stunning views and a remarkably intimate atmosphere where members of staff treat guests as old friends"
DAILY MAIL ONLINE
“A real flower-shrouded oasis in Grasmere is the Rothay Garden Hotel on the edge of the village ... Head chef Andrew Burton’s extensive menus tantalise the taste buds.”
ABERDEEN EVENING EXPRESS
“The Rothay Garden offered comfort, cleanliness and the sort of food for which some people would die … Here was a hotel which placed its guests above all else … Heaven on earth.”
YORKSHIRE POST
“Perfectly positioned on the edge of Grasmere village … The food is something you should be warned about – dinner was absolutely gorgeous and five courses long.”
MATURE TYMES
“The elegant hotel is set in two acres on the edge of Grasmere village, whose charm is greatly enhanced when the crowds dissolve in the evening … Don’t plan an extensive lunch!”
BIRMINGHAM POST
“A very special hotel in a very special part of England … The food is of the highest quality … After a hard day’s exploring, the ravenous diner can enjoy top-class gourmet food.”
COLCHESTER EVENING GAZETTE
“For a special treat, I really couldn’t recommend this place highly enough … The staff are very friendly, the service is excellent, the rooms are lovely, and the food is divine …… I don’t think I could find fault with the hotel and would
HULL DAILY MAIL
“We did have the perfect answer to our exertions, plunging into our en-suite whirlpool bath in the delightful Rothay Garden Hotel, which provides an oasis of luxury on the edge of Grasmere.”
NOTTINGHAM EVENING POST
“Outstanding … an excellent base from which to explore the Lakes all year round … At the Rothay Garden you’re sure of superb service. And the outside world takes second place to the luxuries of the hotel’s cosy lounges, scenic views and
SOUTH SHIELDS GAZETTE
“For something a little extra special, the splendid Rothay Garden Hotel provides the perfect cuisine … comfortable and classy … memorable enough to attract diners from as far as Newcastle.”
BOLTON EVENING NEWS
“The warmth of the after-dark welcome at the Rothay Garden Hotel set the scene for the rest of our stay … We won’t wait until the next anniversary to return.”
WEST LANCASHIRE EVENING GAZETTE
“An ideal location from which to explore a piece of heaven on earth.”
ONTARIO FREE PRESS, CANADA
“The hotel oozes comfort … Me, I stayed in the hotel garden with a beer. And even there, the views were spectacular.”
PETERBOROUGH EVENING TELEGRAPH
“Food at the Rothay Garden is gourmet standard – every night.”
CHESTER CHOICE
“We really did have a fabulous time and the food was out of this world – especially for a village which specialises in gingerbread!”
SHROPSHIRE STAR
“Food at the Rothay Garden is beautifully cooked, and portions are perfectly sized….expect a courteous welcome and a relaxed atmosphere”….
GOOD FOOD GUIDE

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