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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 #38 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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This B&B is hidden away in a beautiful location just next to Wray Castle and its lakeside surroundings but it is worth the trouble to find it. The en suite room we stayed in was smallish but certainly, clean, tastefully furnished and the bed was super comfy which is sooooo important and just what you need after a hard days... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Just back from a long weekend. Dower House is a real gem in the most perfect location. We stayed in the Wansfell room, which has the most magnificent views of Lake Windermere and fells. We took our mountain bikes and you can cycle from the door to the bridlepaths around the lake, claiffe heights and Grisedale forest. Margaret was so... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 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
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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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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
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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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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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