TWO South Cumbrian hotels have placed in a ranking of the top hotels in the country.

Rothay Manor, in Ambleside, has been awarded the accolade alongside two other Cumbrian hotels.

The dog-friendly hotel placed 36th on the list of top boutique hotels in the UK, decided by the Morning Advertiser, a hospitality-specific publication.

Jenna Shail, who owns the hotel, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be included in the Top 50 Boutique Hotels. It’s testament to our hard-working team, who really have gone above and beyond, this year especially with the challenges that the hospitality industry has faced.

"We’re also very grateful to our interior designer Matt at Dynargh Design whose design genius has helped to transform Rothay Manor into such a beautiful hotel.”

The Top 50 Boutique Hotels awards are voted for by the industry. It is a list of the best places to stay chosen by the industry, meaning these highly acclaimed venues are being given the credit by their peers as being the best in the business.

The academy is made up of more than 100 voters from across the industry.

The ceremony, sponsored by Taylor's of Harrogate, was held in York at The Star Inn The City, on Thursday, November 25.

The Yan @ Broadrayne, Grasmere, was the other South Cumbrian hotel to feature.

Ed Bedington, editor of the MA, said: "Demand for high-end, great experiences is something we're seeing across all of hospitality.

"Now, you can find the best places to eat, drink and sleep across the country."

The Cottage in the Wood, near Keswick, also featured on the list.

Rothay Manor prides itself on individually designed bedrooms and a three AA Rosette restaurant.

These are awarded to outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand recognition well beyond their local area.

The cooking is underpinned by the selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients. Timing, seasoning and the judgment of flavour combinations will be consistently excellent.