The Waterhead Hotel is voted one of the best in Britain

Waterhead Hotel


A major public poll by Trip Advisor has listed Ambleside’s Waterhead Hotel as one of the best in the UK, just scraping into the Top 25 listings ahead of many world famous London Hotels

The Waterhead Hotel has clearly managed to exceed expectations of its guests with its stunning lakeside locaiton, luxury interiors and outstanding service.

Situated in Ambleside, Waterhead is an easy drive from Windermere and offers a Jacuzzi and a sauna. It is the perfect base for those wanting to be surrounded by nature, with the Lake District National Park just steps away.

This 4-star hotel provides meeting rooms, an express check-in and check-out feature and a 24-hour reception. The in-house spa offers a chance to get pampered and relax.

Rooms at Waterhead Hotel provide a stylish space to unwind, complete with an iPod docking station, slippers and a flat-screen TV. Each includes a private bathroom with bathrobes, a shower and a hair dryer.

A satisfying breakfast is prepared each morning at Waterhead, and there are numerous restaurants and cafés close by. Guests can experience European cuisine in the restaurant’s modern setting.

Waterhead Hotel is an ideal base to explore Windermere Lake and Grasmere Lake, as well as everything the local area has to offer. Additionally, a range of tourist attractions are in easy reach.

The Waterhead Hotel was one of two hotels in the lake district to be listed in the UK’s Top 25 Hotels, and other being Cedar Manor Hotel nearby in Windermere.

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The Top 5 Best Budget Hotels in Ambleside

Ambleside, on the north shore of Lake Windermere, is the perfect base camp for adventures off into the moody wilderness of England’s Lake District. This is paradise for active holidaymakers – spectacular hillsides, shimmering lakes, and quaint little villages are all waiting to be discovered.

If you’re planning to spend most of your time on the trail or climbing up a rock face, then the chances are that you won’t be too picky when it comes to hotels in Ambleside.

What you need most is a comfy bed, hot shower and a satisfying breakfast so you can be refreshed and ready for the next adventure. Just for you, here’s our pick of the best budget Ambleside hotels:

Budget Hotels in Ambleside - Wanslea Guesthouse1. Wanslea Guesthouse

Located a few hundred yards away from Windermere is this cute and friendly 4 star guesthouse, rated by the AA as one of the best bed and breakfasts in the UK.

Wanslea offers specially furnished themed rooms for the more daring guests, though a restful stay can be guaranteed for all. The lake is almost on your doorstep, with the town centre and amenities all only minutes away on foot. Doubles from £50 a night.

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Budget Hotels in Ambleside - Lake House, Waterhead Bay2. Lake House, Waterhead Bay

One of the best budget hotels in Ambleside, Lake House opens out onto Windermere and offers gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding peaks.

Here the elegance of a boutique hotel is combined with the homeliness of a guesthouse – families are welcome and a complimentary playstation is available to keep the kids entertained. Doubles start at £49.

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Budget Hotels in Ambleside - Lakes Lodge3. Lakes Lodge

Another family-friendly establishment, this B&B is up there with the most popular Ambleside Hotels. Lakes Lodge is right in the centre of town, making it a perfect starting point for your excursions.

Even better if you’re travelling by two wheels – the hotel offers a secure garage for bikes and motorcycles. Double rooms as low as £49.

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Budget Hotels in Ambleside - Melrose Guesthouse4. Melrose Guesthouse

Also located in the streets of Ambleside town is this family-run and classically furnished Victorian B&B. All the building’s original interior features have been preserved, yet the Melrose is still equipped with modern conveniences such as free Wi-Fi.

One reason why the Melrose is among the best budget hotels in Ambleside is the human touch – the owners here have a rich depth of knowledge of the surrounding area and are happy to share suggestions on walking routes and sightseeing. Doubles from £60.

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Budget Hotels in Ambleside - Cherry Garth Hotel5. Cherry Garth Hotel

Run by two sisters, this welcoming guesthouse is located between Windermere and Ambleside, so you get the best of town and country here.

The Cherry Garth is set in an expanse of greenery, and the summer gives the less intrepid souls the chance to relax in a beautifully tended garden with the surrounding Lakeland Fells creating an impressive backdrop. Double rooms start at £55.

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Thanks for checking out our selection of the best budget Ambleside hotels. If you’re after an inexpensive option for hotels in Ambleside, then the various family-run guest houses will provide a comfy home from home.

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The Top 5 Best View Hotels in Ambleside

The English Lake District’s spectacular scenery has inspired artists and writers for centuries. In fact, some of this region’s exceptional popularity is down to the romantic poet, William Wordsworth, who sang the area’s praises, ensuring that generations would show up to see what all the fuss was about.

Today most visitors come to test their endurance in this formidably rugged setting by mountain biking, hiking or climbing. Others prefer a less hands-on approach, and instead sit back to enjoy the view from the comfort of a garden the fireside.  Many Ambleside hotels cater to this sedate kind of visitor, and are blessed with some of the best vistas you could hope to witness. So just which ones make our list of the best view Ambleside hotels?

1. Cote How Organic Guest House

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