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Smallwood House Hotel

4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
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Ranked #37 of 82 Ambleside B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
Davyboy278 Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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14 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Manchester, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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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
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

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We enjoyed a 3 night stay at the Smallwood, Anthony & Christine were very welcoming and helpful, lovely breakfast with a very good choice on offer. The rooms were large, beds comfortable, modern and spotless. Would highly recommend a stay here, has a great location and car parking as a bonus.

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

Thank you very much, it was nice to meet your little group this year. We hope that you will be one of the groups we have returning each year or even twice a year to get their 'fix of the fells' We have so many returning guests its always so nice to catch up with them again. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at small wood May bank holiday , Top class place, All very modern , extremely clean, brilliant choice for breakfast. Will definitely return in the future. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay .

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

Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay as our aim is for you to enjoy your well earned break. We hope to see you again so. 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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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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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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