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Smallwood House Hotel

4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Richard N Bradford, United Kingdom
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just returned from a two day break at Smallwood guest house for my wife's birthday . This place is spotless from the top to bottom with good selection for your breakfast and very friendly owners. Our room was at the very top with great views up to the fells, everything in the room was clean although had trouble with tv... More

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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review

Oh dear, so sorry you missed your bottle of wine. Send me an email so I am certain I have the right person and we can correct that. You were probably unsure whether to mention it when you were here, but a quick question of 'Do I qualify for the bottle of wine as I booked with you directly?' would... More

Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked last minute for a two day break as my husband had 2 days off work and myself recently had a baby. after ringing around many hotels and finding everyone had zero tolerance on babys and are in the dark ages we contacted Smallwood and they had no issues. Our baby is 5 months and is very good does... More

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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you, so pleased we were able to have you staying with us. Hope its not too long until we see you again. It is always worth booking directly with us, hope you enjoyed the wine. More

Sunderland, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent hotel, thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay. The hotel is located close to the centre of Ambleside, so a very short walk to local shops, pubs and restaurants. The staff were helpful and friendly, the room was very clean and breakfast was plentiful . We had a top floor room which overlooked the fells. Parking is provided at the... More

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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your very kind words. We enjoy what we do and it helps when you enjoy your stay as well. More

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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really comfortable room, spacious, nice decor, really clean. Lots of thoughtful additions for a b&b, hair dryer, kettle etc, lovely soaps etc. Good parking. It's nice when a b&b or hotel that is in a busy area says they have parking and you find they really do. Great breakfast. Location is great, right in the centre of Ambleside. Great welcome,... More

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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you, so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again soon. More

Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stayed for two nights, the rooms and hotel were very clean, and bed was very comfortable. Breakfast was excellent and plentiful (enough to last until your evening meal). The Location is very central and very important in Ambleside there is good parking, This small hotels lives up to its billing, will visit again next year.

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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you, so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again soon. More

Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

You get charged the full cost of the stay if you have to cancel within 21 days, and get sent a long list of terms and conditions when you book. I had to cancel through no fault of my own, so got stung. There are lots of B and Bs in this area so next time I will be more... More

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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review

Hardly fair to rate a place you have not stayed in is it? When you booked through a third party, it was stated that you would be charged for the first night of your booking. When you cancelled you were reimbursed less the admin fee. You would have found that if you had contacted us to explain that you needed... More

Kiama, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Chose this B and B from Trip Advisors previous reviews and it turned out to be excellent. Lovely large room on first floor, with King Size bed and extremely kind and hospitable hosts, very central to Ambleside which we needed and wonderful choice on the excellently cooked breakfasts. We have stayed in hotels all over the world where the choice... More

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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you, we are pleased you enjoyed your breakfast. It is always worth asking if we have a room available at the back of the building if you prefer. More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Perfectly located, good food, but our room was a bit small and tired looking. The bathroom was particularly tiny but everything in good working order. Breakfast was good, would prefer fresh fruit juice to the cheaper 'from concentrate' version. Locally hand made toiletries were very nice. I agree with others that the 10.30 checkout seemed a bit early and the... More

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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review

So sorry we didnt manage to meet all your expectations this time. Do please remember that you would have booked later and had one of the last rooms available. This room does have a small en-suite but is priced accordingly, even though you still have all the amenities that everyone else does including the spa facilities etc. We are a... More

Notts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Have just returned from a 2 night stay at Smallwood House. I stayed with my husband and our dog. We had a very nice twin room which was clean, smart and well equipped. The bathroom was immaculate with complimentary tioletries. Anthony and Christine were very friendly and helpful and all 3 of us were made very welcome. There was a... More

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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you, so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again soon. Remember to ring us direct for the best deals available. More

Leicester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I have visited Ambleside since I was a small child with family and this year we decided to try out a new place to stay and I can safely say we were not disappointed! I loved the decor of the B&B with each room having it's own personality and fabulous complimentary toiletries making it a home away from home! The... More

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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind comments. We hope its not long until we see you again. More

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Address: Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Smallwood House Hotel 4*
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Smallwood House Hotel is a family run bed & breakfast, offering quality 4 star accommodation and award winning Cumbrian breakfasts in Ambleside in the heart of the English Lake District.Being slightly larger than your average Cumbrian B&B, our guest house provides the perfect place to enjoy short breaks or longer holidays in one of our 12 comfortable, individually furnished bedrooms.Our relaxed and friendly B&B team will help you make the most of your stay, whether you are seeking a romantic getaway, family holiday, activity break or group vacation.Ambleside is the perfect choice for exploring the Lake District and Cumbria. Leave the car behind and take a bus trip to some of our lovely nearby towns and villages, such as Grasmere, Hawkshead & Keswick. If the weather is less than kind during your visit, there are plenty of indoor visitor attractions nearby, including the homes of famous Lakeland literary figures like William Wordsworth or Beatrix Potter. From the pier at Waterhead in Ambleside you can take a boat trip or cruise on Windermere to Bowness or Lakeside at the opposite end of the Lake. Windermere Lake Cruises sail all year and their boats offer you lots of protection from the elements. Remember, our B&B guests also have use of the luxury spa and swimming pool at a hotel just a few minutes walk away - a great way to relax during your break. We are in the centre of Ambleside, a bustling and vibrant small market town offering a good selection of specialist shops and great quality restaurants, bars and cafes. The town is great for shopping, with lots of independent shops that are a bit different to the norm, and some recognised brand names you'll know and love. Smallwood House Hotel has a private car park and offers complimentary WiFi access for our B&B guests. ... more   less 
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