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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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The refurbished restaurant with views over the hills was excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful. The bar and lounge were very comfortable for before and after dinner drinks. The rooms now need a little updating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Top class staff, nothing too much trouble. Room really comfortable and hotel in a perfect setting on the lake shore. Our dogs were made very welcome. A genuinely dog friendly hotel. Food in the restaurant consistently missing something.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a lovely hotel and wonderful stay I have just had the hotel is very nice and clean the staff are very friendly and the gin menu well that's another story. The drinks are expensive so me and my partner took a walk 10 minutes up the road to the town centre were they were much cheaper and the atmosphere... More 

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A lovely hotel, situated at the far end of Windermere. We had a beautiful Lakeview room that was spotless - thankyou. The bathroom was great with a big almond shaped bath. We appreciated the fruit in the room, gingerbread and teapot. We liked the turndown service which we haven't experienced for a while . I loved seeing the swans on... More 

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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for an overnight stay to celebrate our anniversary. The hotel was perfect. Our room had a stunning view of the lake. We had dinner in the restaurant, and both our meals were divine. The gin selection was a nice surprise. Breakfast was excellent.Throughout our stay the staff were very polite and helpful. A very enjoyable stay, thanks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have travelled all over the world stopping in many beautiful hotels but they would all struggle to compete with the view we had from our room, the staff were extremely friendly and the food was excellent and the gin selection was just the icing on the cake, I would highly recommend stopping at this hotel and definitely look out... More 

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I stayed at waterhead for a weekend in July. The food, service and room were all first class. It was a special weekend for us as I proposed to my girlfriend whilst here (thankfully she said yes!) couldn't have chosen a better place in the UK. Will definitely be returning here every year.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked a one night stay last minute and were not disappointed. Location: over the road from the lake with free parking. It is about a 10 minute walk into the centre of Ambleside. The room: decent size, comfy bed. Nice complementary tea and coffee and grasmere gingerbread. Probably worth the upgrade to overlook the lake- we were looking at... More 

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Sharm El Sheikh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just spent a lovely weekend at the Waterhead, wonderful location excellent service & food was scrumptious. It was the perfect place to spend a weekend after a hectic week at work. Hopefully we will be back again before the end of the summer. Jacqui Edwards St Helens

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Boston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had Dinner for 6 at the Waterhead. I started with mackerel followed by chicken from the grill. We had a great Sauvignon Blanc and a baileys cocktail to finish off. Best evening meal we had on holiday. Nice surroundings looking on to the lake. Good service and the restaurant seemed to be well managed.

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