The English Lake District is ideal for bon vivants. In the last couple of decades, standards in catering at Ambleside Hotels have been raised to an unprecedented level, appealing now to the most discriminating tastes. With a huge selection of cosmopolitan restaurants, and the chance to try a range of distinctive local ales in cosy pubs, a food and drink connoisseur’s cup runneth over here. If the good life’s what you’re after then a few exclusive hotels in Ambleside can cater to your every whim. These are featured in our glance at the top 5 best luxury hotels in Ambleside:

1. The Waterhead

A recently redeveloped townhouse, this stylish 4-star hotel has a contemporary take on luxury. Each room has an array of gadgets, such as a large flat screen TV and an iPod dock alarm clock, while in bathrooms you’ll find the shower to end all showers. Lap up the gorgeous views over Windermere and first-rate service at the pick of the best luxury Ambleside hotels. Doubles start at £144. Compare Prices Now…

2. The Old Vicarage Bed and Breakfast

Don’t be fooled by the name; the Old Vicarage can’t really be compared to other B&Bs as it combines the cosiness of a guesthouse with touches that you would normally only expect from a modern luxury hotel. For instance, you can take your family dog with you and share a pot of tea with the owners, but still revel in contemporary décor, a flat-screen TV and a spa bath in your en suite facilities. At home among the best luxury Ambleside hotels, the Old Vicarage even comes complete with an indoor pool. Doubles from £140.  Compare Prices Now…

3. Ees Wyke Country House

This Georgian manor house sits on an area of raised ground a small way from the west bank of the Windermere, which furnishes it with incredible views of many of the Lake District’s most celebrated natural wonders. From the terrace in summer – or the lounge in winter – you can take in the pikes (North English hills) and luxuriate in the hotel’s classic décor and first class service. Doubles from £112.  Compare Prices Now…

4. Brantfell House

Touted as a boutique guesthouse, Brantfell provides well-appointed accommodation for discerning visitors and is commonly rated as one of the best luxury Ambleside hotels. All of the modern conveniences you would expect from a high-luxury hotel can be found here – LCD TVs, free Wi-Fi, DVD players and designer en suite bathrooms with spacious double-width showers. All meals are made to order, and guests have complimentary access to Low Wood leisure club nearby. Doubles from £70.  Compare Prices Now…

5. Wordsworths Guesthouse

If you’re after something more intimate then this charming, beautifully decorated guesthouse near the heart of Ambleside is the place to go. With only 5 bedrooms room availability can be an issue, but if you are lucky enough to stay here you can be certain of informal face-to-face service, breakfast made to order, and plenty of helpful advice from the friendly owners. Doubles start at a reasonable £70.  Compare Prices Now…

So that was our rundown of the best luxury hotels in Ambleside. If you want to treat yourself in a natural idyll, then check out the plush accommodation on the banks of the beautiful Windermere.

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