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The Old Vicarage

Vicarage Road, Ambleside LA22 9DH, England
The Old Vicarage
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely B&B which beats a lot of hotels on facilities. The location in the middle of Ambleside is fantastic. It's family run and everyone is very friendly and helpful. Great facilities and excellent breakfasts. We always love staying here, our fourth visit in five years!

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OldVic, Owner at The Old Vicarage, responded to this review

There can be no greater accolade that people returning to our B&B again and again, so we'd like to thank you for a) your loyalty and b) you lovely review. It's interesting you mention 'facilities'. We're a B&B but understand that we can't promise sunshine every day of the year. To counter this, the swimming pool, sauna and hot tub... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely stay for 2 nights in the Garden Suite with our dog Baylee. Great access straight into gardens and wooded area so very convenient if you are bringing your dog. Hotel is in a fantastic location for walking and right in the centre of Ambleside. Friendly team and brilliant breakfasts. Thank you for a wonderful time. Hope to see you... More 

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OldVic, Owner at The Old Vicarage, responded to this review

Hi Alison and Richard, You chose the perfect room! Not only for you, but for Baylee as well. As you said, with the Grden Suite, you've got direct access to the garden, but also a nice decked area to sit outside (should the weather be favourable). We're glad you liked the location (it's great to be able to leave the... More 

Lancashire
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Lovely friendly people, clean and comfortable room, excellent breakfast choice and located in a quiet location with a nice park adjacent for the dogs. Nice to have off road parking at the old vicarage. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we will be bringing the dogs back again soon. located in the centre and only a half hour walk away... More 

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OldVic, Owner at The Old Vicarage, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. We're a family owned and run business, so it's reassuring to get such positive feedback. We're unusual in having the private parking for all our guests, especially when only 2 minutes from Ambleside's village centre. It's important though, as parking is not easy (or cheap) in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

A comfortable, centrally located B&B in Ambleside which benefits from a nice heated swimmingbpo, sauna and hot tub, ideal to ease those aching legs after a walk around the Lakes. Also benefits from plenty of parking spaces and excellent choice of breakfast served every morning. Facilities in rooms good with TVs , DVDs wifi and good selection of DVDs /... More 

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OldVic, Owner at The Old Vicarage, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your recommendation and for highlighting the pool, sauna and hot tub - people who enjoying walking do appreciate these! Unfortunately we can't guarantee sunshine so the DVD collection and small library of books do help at certain times. We hope we can welcome you back to The Old Vicarage soon. More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

all the staff were friendly and happy to help. every room we went into was very well maintained. they offered a good choice for breakfast. weather was good so we didnt use indoor pool, sauna and hot tub but they all looked clean and it would have been lovely to use them on a bad weather day. they welcome dogs.... More 

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OldVic, Owner at The Old Vicarage, responded to this review

A great review - thank you. We're always pleased to hear those positive staff comments - we're a family owned and managed business and we take great pride in it. We're delighted you had good weather when you stayed. It does occasionally rain here :) but the pool, sauna, hot tub, large dvd selection and small pool table do help... More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We had a very comfortable stay at the dog friendly Old Vicarage, a great B & B in a very convenient yet quiet location, just a short stroll from the centre of lovely Ambleside. It serves a good breakfast and has facilities which set it apart from many ordinary B & B's, including an indoor pool, sauna, large jacuzzi and... More 

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OldVic, Owner at The Old Vicarage, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. When we put the pool, sauna and hot tub in, we were trying to set ourselves apart from other B&Bs in the area. Like yourselves, most people enjoy those extras and as you mention, the private parking is a real boon. Thanks for saying you'd return - that means we're doing something right and... More 

Suffolk, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Had 3 nights here for my partners birthday, as usual it was raining for most of our stay so we made good use of the pool and jacuzzi, also the library of films to watch. Liked our 'Upstairs Downstairs' room and as we are used to a superking bed at home it was nice not to have to compromise on... More 

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OldVic, Owner at The Old Vicarage, responded to this review

The swimming pool, hot tub and sauna really are a god send when the weather is particularly bad. Yes, there are lots of indoor attractions to visit, but sometimes it's great just to kick back and relax (in your bathrobe and slippers!). That's why we're also happy to encourage people to bring a bottle of wine back and sit out... More 

Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

My husband and I plus our 2 beagles stayed for one night in the Garden Suite. It was perfect. Upon arrival we were immediately made to feel welcome - dogs too! The Garden Suite is ideal if you have dogs. It has a large terrace area (much bigger than it looks in the photos) which is 100% secure. There is... More 

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OldVic, Owner at The Old Vicarage, responded to this review

One night is never seems enough, does it? We're pleased you're planning another visit and we'd be delighted to see you all again! As dog owners ourselves, we love having them to stay and yes, the Garden Suite is perfect for easy access to the grounds. We find that both our duplex suites are very popular with returning guests, they... More 

alnwick,northumberland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Just home from a superb 2 night break at the Old Vicarage. Room 10 is a lovely upstairs/downstairs suite. Spotless,with everything & more that you need. Staff very friendly,excellent breakfasts & a good relaxing pool and jacuzzi. So many eateries to choose from & as we were celebrating we had a splurge meal at the Old Stamp House,WOW!!

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OldVic, Owner at The Old Vicarage, responded to this review

We LOVE room 10 too, as do many of our returning guests. Thanks for all your comments - with all that positivity, we'll be looking forward to hosting you again the next time you come to the Lake District! Oh, and yes, we have a great selection of restaurants/eateries in Ambleside. We're delighted your celebration went well at the Old... More 

Bolton England
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Just spent 3 days at the Old Vicarage and had a lovely time. Amblesdie is poor for parking but you dont need to worry as there is plenty of parking at the B&B in the heart of the village and my car never moved. The superior room was spacious and light with all the amenities that you need. The bed... More 

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OldVic, Owner at The Old Vicarage, responded to this review

Abandoning your car in our private car park once you've arrived is a great tip for potential guests! You can easily walk to anywhere in the town and there is very easy access to some lovely walks locally. When you think about it, a 'bed' should be a really important part of 'bed and breakfast', so we're delighted you loved... More 

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