Photo: Rydal Hall, Ambleside

A free six day bus pass is available if you book in the hall for 7 nights Dinner Bed & Breakfast

Rydal Hall

The main Hall has 30 bedrooms, sleeping up to 50 guests. Most choose to stay full-board, but for those who prefer, we also take bookings for Dinner Bed & Breakfast or simply B&B. Bookings can be made by groups or just private individuals looking for a break.

Each room offers simple but comfortable accommodation complementing the surroundings and character of the Hall. All rooms are supplied with bed linen, towels, toiletries, hospitality trays and free wifi. Hairdryers are available to borrow from Reception. In keeping with our primary purpose as a retreat house, bedrooms do not have televisions or telephones, but there is a television and DVD player in The Library for houseguests to use.

Rydal Hall is in a lovely setting with the Fairfield Horseshoe and Nab Scar as a backdrop. All bedrooms have at least a limited view of the surrounding landscape. Rooms at the front of the Hall have fantastic views over the formal gardens and down the Rothay Valley and we charge a £5 per person per night supplement for these rooms.

Most bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms; 3 rooms have private bathrooms adjacent to the room and 2 rooms share a bathroom. Guests in the 5 rooms without en-suite bathrooms are provided with a bathrobe to use during their stay.

Single and double rooms are available; in addition, we have a few rooms for 3 to 4 people.

Accommodation options:

"Full board" includes 3-course dinner, full breakfast, lunch and mid-morning and afternoon refreshments with tray bakes.

"Half board" includes 3-course dinner and full breakfast.

Breakfast includes bacon, fried or poached egg, tomato, hash brown and beans. A variety of fruit juices (orange, apple and blackcurrant), prunes, grapefruit, yogurt and cereals. Tea & coffee with toast with different types of spreads and croissants. Cow’s and soya milk.

Lunch could vary from soup and sandwiches to a salad, cold meat buffet or a 2-course hot lunch.

Meals in the dining room include vegetarian and gluten-free options; other dietary requirements can be catered for but please let us know in advance.

Please note that as Rydal is a retreat house, our dining room is set up a little differently from a standard hotel. We have set mealtimes, and guests sit together around four communal tables.

Sample breakfast menu

Sample lunch menu

Sample dinner menu

Our bar is usually open from 6pm until 10pm and other times by arrangement. If you would like service outside these times, please ask at reception and if you are planning to bring a group please let us know what bar times you require. Our licence hours are between 10.30 am until 11pm.

We serve a wide range of drinks including: bottled local beers, bottled cider, bottled lager and wine by the glass or bottle, spirits and soft drinks. Drinks can be taken through to the dining room to accompany your meal.

For guests who wish, our chaplaincy team can be available by prior arrangement and we can provide areas for quiet contemplation, including our chapel where simple services are held daily.

There is one wheelchair-accessible bedroom on the first floor with level access to an en-suite wet room. First floor rooms are accessible via a chairlift for guests with reduced mobility.

If you have any queries or any particular requirements, please let us know when making an enquiry and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Terms & Conditions Individual Residents

Come and discover Rydal Hall - Many thanks to Robert Duncalf, who took this video using a drone and kindly gave us permission to use it.


Tariff 2020

per person per night
24 Hours Full Board  £98
Dinner Bed & Breakfast £82
Bed & Breakfast £62
Garden view room supplement £7
Dog (2 rooms available): £7 per night

Tariff 2019

per person per night
24 Hours Full Board  £95
Dinner Bed & Breakfast £79
Bed & Breakfast £60
Front view rooms
Dogs: £5 per night

  • We have 2 dog friendly rooms and an easy access bedroom with wet room and emergency pull card.
  • We offer a 10% discount for churches and registered charities on rates for Day Delegates, Hall accommodation and Bunkhouse. Proof of eligibility should be provided when booking.
  • Discounted rates:
    • children under 4 years: No charge
    • ages 4-9 years: 25% of adult rate
    • ages 10-14 years: 50% of adult rate
    • ages 15-17: 75% of adult rate

  • Rydal is a wonderful place to come. Excellent service and excellent staff and food. It is great to see Rydal Hall is looking after the environment, a beautiful, peaceful place with Christian values. I would recommend...
    Mo Sproat August 2019

  • Once again a lovely stay
    Ms Anne Coxhead August 2019

  • A lovely room, I appreciate the tea, coffee, biscuits and everything you need just in the right place. Not too hot or cold, excellent shower very important! A real luxury stay!
    A Wilcox June 2019

  • Most enjoyable stay, thank you! Lovely food and most wonderful view from my room, which I want to bottle and take home.
    M. Walker June 2019

  • I had a lovely time staying here and specially enjoyed the textile art installations in the woods and making new friends.
    May 2019

  • Many thanks - you have made us very comfortable, well fed and welcomed.
    May 2019

  • Thank you for a wonderful stay again! Lovely food at evening meals and good choice at breakfast. Rooms are clean, nicely and comfortably finished. Tea & coffee replenished as well as the yummy biscuits. Staff are...
    May 2019

  • Lovely stay - room was great. Food as ever of a good quality and tasty but what makes the stay great is the lovely stall, really friendly and ready to help at every opportunity
    May 2019

  • Wonderful, gentle place to be. Welcoming, helpful staff. Grounds so calming
    April 2019

  • Thank you for a wonderful stay. The room was lovely. The staff have been marvellous. The food was more than I expected in every way.
    April 2019

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