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

Best View Hotels in Ambleside - Cote how organic b&b

This 4 star B&B, one of the very best view hotels in Ambleside, is unique for a couple of reasons: Firstly there’s the obscenely beautiful setting, which makes for gorgeous panoramas from all angles. At the same time, the small, family run Cote How belongs to a select group of only 3 hotels in the UK to be endorsed by the Soil Association as an official organic guesthouse. For a visitor, the upshot is delicious homemade food, sourced locally with a scrupulous eye for quality. Double rooms begin at £120.

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2. The Crow How Country Guest House

A 10-minute walk away from the centre of town, this Victorian farmhouse is situated in two acres of woodland within the historic Rydal valley. Towering Fells and mountains surround this rural idyll, and from the front of one of the most popular hotels in Ambleside you can enjoy spectacular views over the dale below. Anyone with a sense of adventure will be itching to get out onto the hillsides when they’re this close. Doubles start at £78.

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3. The Three Shires Inn

Tucked into the south slope of little Langdale, this 19th Century coach house has great, uninterrupted views over the unspoilt Lake District countryside. Best of all, this little establishment is one of the most secluded hotels in Ambleside and is situated well away from the main roads to ensure a peaceful stay amid the majestic hills and valleys. Doubles from £80 a night.

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4. The Eltermere

Another venerable establishment, the Eltermere Inn was founded in 1756 in the village of Elterwater to the west of Ambleside. Nestled in a dramatic mountain scene, this 15-room inn provides stunning panoramas from all sides and is a perfect vantage point for the small Eltermere lake a little way down the hillside. Double rooms from £100.

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5. New Dungeon Ghyll

One the best view hotels in Ambleside, the family-owned New Dungeon Ghyll commands a magnificent prospect of the pikes and fells that make the Lake District world famous. The building is set in 6 acres of gardens and grassland, which are perfect for long summer evenings. In colder weather you can bask in the glow of log fires. Double rooms from £80 per night.

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So that was our look at the best view Ambleside hotels. All of the hotels featured here provide useful hiking tips, should you feel inspired to get a little closer to the scenery.

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