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4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Wray Castle Estate | Lower Wray, Ambleside, England
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The Dower House
Ranked #43 of 83 Ambleside B&B and Inns
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dower House has an excellent location - far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby towns to ensure that the only noises you hear are the birds and sheep in surrounding fields, but only a few miles from Ambleside or Hawkshead if you want to venture out for dinner (by car). It has beautiful views of the... More

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Salford, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Just came back from a one night stay at dower house . we were visting friends who were staying in ambleside and we got in at dower house at last minute after endless searching for a hotel or b and b with vacancies. would just like to say now it is a gem of a place. traditional lake district style... More

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Flint, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Stayed for three nights over the Easter weekend. Margaret is an excellent hostess very accommodating to our requests for packed lunches and thermos flasks of coffee. The bedrooms are cosy and clean. Some have excellent views over lake Windermere and surrounding fells. An excellent choice of delicious breakfasts are served each morning. Will certainly book again next time we visit... More

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Hertford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We only had time for a one-night stay (this time) but were very impressed by the warm hospitality and culinary expertise of our discrete host, Margaret - her rhubarb and ginger crumble was exquisite. We stayed in the Wansfell Room which allowed us a glimpse of the grounds of Wray Castle "next door" and a stunning view down to Lake... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Nice clean, friendly and comfortable. Open fire in the evening, nice breakfast, right next to Wray castle and really nice owner. Didn't eat dinner so can't comment, otherguests were as positive as we were about the place. In that category of difficult to find in the dark without a Sat nav but not far from Ambleside. No pubs within walking... More

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Dronfield, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

The Dower House is in the grounds of Wray Castle, and overlooks the hillside leading down to Lake Windermere, and over to the hills beyond. Just to sit in the lounge with such a view is a holiday in itself. The house is warm and welcoming, beautifully and sensitively decorated, and great care is taken to make sure that the... More

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

My partner and i have just returned from a four day break at The Dower House and once again were delighted with every single aspect. We love The Lake Distrct as a whole and spend as much time as possible up there(happily we only live just over an hour away) we aim to stay over once a month or so.We... More

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15 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

I have just returned from a very quick trip to the Lakes, where I took part in the Fred Whitton Cycle Challenge; however a very early start for this ride (6:45AM) & travelling up from South West England meant I needed somewhere to stay, preferably close to the start in Coniston. A few Internet searches showed that it is exceedingly... More

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

Have stayed in the self catering cottage bit of The Dower House twice and it is really excellent. Cozy, a home from home and a fabulous view. Ate at the B&B one evening and the food was lovely. Really lovely. Have returned and will do so again.

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Alberta, Canada
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525 reviews 525 reviews
111 hotel reviews
271 helpful votes 271 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

This is a National Trust Property, leased by the owners, and converted into a B & B. We are fanatically devoted members of the National Trust, but this was a first stay as guests in a NT property. We were most impressed. Margaret is a most gracious hostess, and a wonderful cook. We ate at the house most nights, and... More

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Address: Wray Castle Estate | Lower Wray, Ambleside, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Hotel Class:4 star — The Dower House 4*
Also Known As:
The Dower House Ambleside, Lake District

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