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Smallwood House Hotel

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Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Vaxjo, Sweden
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't get better service... Perfect rooms, parking, breakfast, bathrooms etc. We in the management should visit a customer in Accrington, more then one hours away, and I suggested a stay in Ambleside and Smallwood... They all looked a bit "why" but after the all said "when is the next time"

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

Thank you, it was lovely to have you staying with us all the way from Sweden. We hope that your business visit was a success. So pleased that your colleagues want to come again soon we will look forward to seeing you all again. More 

Grimsby, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here over the Easter weekend with my daughter & boyfriend who were returning guests. Rooms beautifully decorated and very clean. Breakfast was amazing and really set us up for the day. The hotel is situated in the middle of Ambleside and therefore a perfect base both for walking and also sampling the many cafés & restaurants. Would recommend... More 

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

Thank you for your lovely review. It is always good to know that you enjoyed your stay. As you mention we are also in the centre of everything and so very convenient for walks, pubs & restaurants. Even the cinema is only just a hop,skip & a jump away. See you again soon. More 

Mold, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A guest house, a bit bigger than the usual and its slap bang in the middle of Ambleside. We were there for the weekend and the hospitality was outstanding, really lovely owners. The room was clean and adequate. The breakfast had great choices. I will be staying again

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

So pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. As you mention we are wonderfully convenient for all the amenities of Ambleside and the surrounding fells. Hope this is the first of many visits for you, so much to see, do and walk. More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We have stayed at Smallwood House Hotel several times before, and we really love it :)! Ambleside is a wonderful part of the Lake District, and this is such a friendly and comfortable place to stay. The welcome, the comfortable rooms and delicious breakfasts are just 3 reasons why you should visit. We're sure you will keep coming back, like... More 

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

Thank you, we love to see you too. As you say even at this time of year, Ambleside is still such a great place to visit and as we are right in the centre, with parking...even better. See you again soon. More 

Lancashire
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This is the second time our walking group have stayed here and I'm sure we will be back as it's ideal for what we want. Right in the centre but space for all of us to park, very clean and comfortable, great breakfast and of course, fantastic base for walking. The owners were away but arranged for a family member... More 

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

Thank you, sorry we weren't here ourselves to see you and the rest of your group, but we know that you will still be well looked after. so pleased that you all had another good weekend together, hope there are many more for you all. More 

chippenham
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Just got a card from Ambleside for Christmas which was a really nice thought. Will definitely have to make an excuse to go again next year,lovely hotel and lovely landlady! Really good location,and glad we stayed there.

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

Thank you for your review. Hope you dont need to wait for an occassion like the Commonwealth Games next time though - in fact who needs an excuse? Just say, 'Lets Go to the Smallwood' We are always happy to see you again. More 

Wigan, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

What can I say that has not already been said about Smallwood Hotel and the owners. We have just returned from a long weekend with our children and grandchildren the visit being Ambleside's Christmas lights being switched on and all the festivities around the day. It was all very enjoyable and Christine and Anthony couldn't be more helpful and friendly... More 

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

It was lovely to see you all enjoying the Christmas Lights Switch On weekend. Each year the weekend gets better so hope you will all come and see it again next year. Thank you More 

London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Booking at the last minute I hadn't expected to be lucky enough to get an affordable single room, but I did. Right in the centre of Ambleside so within 5 minutes walk of lovely bars, restaurants, shops and every outdoor clothing shop known to mankind ! My single room was small, but absolutely perfect. Tea making facilities,hairdryer, and good quality... More 

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

Thank you, we do hope that next time you will be able to stay for longer but we do understand that not everyone can stop for a fortnight - nice as that would be. More 

Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Smallwood is right in the centre of Ambleside, so is handy for the shops and restaurants. Room was a good size, clean, with king-size bed which was very comfortable. It was great that there was off-road parking at the back of the hotel, if a little tight. Good selection of breakfast choices, from cereals, fruit and yogurt to a rather... More 

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

Thank you, its good to know that you enjoyed your stay and lovely to hear that you will return, hope its not too far away. We have some Autumn, Winter & Christmas breaks available now. More 

ravensthorpe
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

2 day break in the Lakes, Smallwood is an excellent location in centre of Ambleside, room was very comfortable and clean, breakfast was spot on, all the staff/owners were very helpful and we would all certainly book again.

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

Pleased you enjoyed your stay, and found everything so convenient. The top floor does give you the best views too. More 

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