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Waterhead

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Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0ER, England
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We stayed her this weekend with our dog, when we arivved we thought the hotel looked amazing the room had a joules dog bed and a teddy for the dog to play with. The waterhead is right on the lake and is next to all the pubs and lots of walks aswell. We had a meal at the hotel on... More 

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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I and my 13 yr old son stayed here over the May bank holiday weekend, we had a luxury lake view room it was just perfect. The room was very luxurious with attention to detail including a nesspresso coffee machine " my favourite!" Local gingerbread ,nuts, jelly beans, crisps and even a couple of very nice gin... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great location with plenty of pubs and restaurants close by, very friendly staff, nice room and views over the lake and very welcoming for the dog with a bed, towel, treats and bowls provided. Would definitely recommend this hotel.

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Warrington, UK
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Friendly and helpful staff, beautiful clean room and bathroom, huge comfy bed, view of the lake, fabulous breakfasts, complimentary nuts, jelly beans and gingerbread in the room, easy walk into Ambleside. Perfect. We'll be back.

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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is a while since we stayed here for two nights but after browsing and reading current reviews I thought I would add mine. This hotel is absolutely wonderful and probably one of the best I have stayed in. We had a large room overlooking the lake. I think it the discreet finishing touches which rate this above the others.... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Once again we have stayed at the Waterhead in Ambleside and once again it hasn't failed to impress us. Situated on the edge of Lake Windermere you couldn't ask for a better location, we were lucky and the weather has been great. The hotel and staff really couldn't do more for us the rooms were always immaculate with a host... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just returned from a fantastic stay at the Waterhead hotel. We had 3 nights booked as our honeymoon & even though we never told anyone it was our honeymoon we were treated really special. Our room 41, was lovely, spacious & had a large comfy bed. Room was clean, great bathroom & nothing was too much trouble, maids even brought... More 

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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We thought the hotel was splendid, delightful room and the staff were charming and helpful. Particularly liked the space age shower and the Gin & Tonics. Food was excellent too. Situated on the edge of Lake Windermere, what else could you ask for?

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have enjoyed two nights at The Waterhead. The hotel is lovely, the staff are wonderful and the food is amazing. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this fabulous hotel. We had a lovely meal in the dining room, the food was very good and the hotel catered for my food allergies too. The beds are really comfortable and our room... More 

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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead, responded to this review

Dear DebbieMalone Thank you for a great review of your recent two night stay at The Waterhead. We will of course always do everything possible to adequately cater for guests with specific dietary requirements and I was pleased to read that your dining experience was enjoyable. Please do not hesitate to contact us prior to a future stay so that... More 

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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have just spent another break in the Waterhead and as ever it was superb .our room this year ,a luxury lake view room was very spacious with every luxury you could possibly expect. You are indulged with luxury nuts, crisps,jelly beans ,gingerbread biscuits ,gin and tonics ,bottled water,fresh fruit,a coffee machine ,Tea pig teas and a free newspaper. Our... More 

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Waterheadmanager, General Manager at Waterhead, responded to this review

Dear Patricia S Thank you for a great review of your most recent stay at The Waterhead. I was delighted to read that this was enjoyable and we hope to welcome you back very soon. Best regards Matt Stanaway More 

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