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High Wray Farm
Ranked #36 of 103 Ambleside B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 30, 2012

From the welcome to the rooms to the breakfast it was a series of highs. Added to this excellent value for money. Cosy rooms with all the facilities you need,spotlessly clean and very comfortable beds. Breakfast is worthy of the numerous awards it has won. The owners are delightful, friendly and helpful. This is what top end B&Bs are all about.
There are some lovely walks right out of the door and you are close to many of the lakes attractions. Only three (possibly a fourth single with one of the doubles) so its popularity mean you may have to book well ahead - it will be worth it.

Room Tip: Twin room has bath/shower (not sure about doubles). All rooms are quiet.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

My husband and I have just returned from a long weekend staying at High Wray Farm. We were greeted on arrival by Sheila who was so welcoming with huge smiles, pots of hot tea and coffee and delicious home made scones with jam and cream. How spoiled we felt from the first moment we arrived. High Wray is a working farm and a family home as well as providing B&B accommodation and is steeped in history which we could so easily picture in the peaceful surroundings. Some of the views from the house are stunning even if the sun didn't shine very much. The lounge was very cosy with an eclectic mix of comfortable and interesting furniture and our room was very comfortable with everything we could wish for and despite some touches replicating original 17th century detail which could be seen in original furniture and beams, the en suite bathroom was very much 21st century and beautifully appointed with lovely thick white towels including enormous bath sheets. We arrived back after a day out yesterday to find the wood burner fire crackling away and with candles lit on the slate hearth. We sank into comfortable chairs and relaxed in companiable silence enjoying the quiet and calm which felt a world away from our usual hectic lives. As other reviewers have said previously, the breakfasts are delicious with juice, yoghurts, a wide choices of cereals, hot food both vegetarian and not (the sausages were heavenly), different breads to eat fresh or toast with selections of local relish and jams on offer and plentiful tea and coffee. We were also able to make a selection of drinks in our room and Sheila had also supplied some home made shortbread which was as light as a feather. We highly recommend High Wray Farm which is well placed for so much in the area and we hope to return some time. Our weekend break away was simply wonderful. Thank you.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

We discovered this treasure of a B&B about 13 years ago and, like many of the other guests, have been back year after year. Sheila's warmth and friendliness, and her eye for detail, are second to none. The rooms are cosy, clean and immaculate as well as being tastefully decorated in a style befitting this old characterful stone cottage.

The lounge, with its woodburner and cosy atmosphere, is perfect for relaxing in after a day's walking or sightseeing. There are a number of walks in the wonderful surrounding countryside which can start from the door of High Wray, after indulging in one of Sheila's magnificent breakfasts which will keep you going until the evening!

Unquestionably, the best B&B we've ever experienced.

Sue & Richard, Norfolk

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

Been staying at High Wray Farm for 12 years now. Every visit is an absolute delight and it is 100% for sure that we will be going back. For those wanting to stay outside the main centres it is difficult to imagine that anywhere would give a more enjoyable experience.

Rooms are always immaculate, breakfasts are wholesome, well cooked and regularly tweaked to individual tastes. The welcome is the warmest that we have every experienced and somehow whilst putting a huge amount of work into to ensure that all who stay have the best experience possible, Sheila makes it all look so effortless. You will not be disappoint.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

For the past decade my wife and I have stayed at High Wray (situated on a quiet country lane and boasting spectacular views) once or twice a year, so feel well qualified to write a review. However, on putting pen to paper, or more accurately, fingers to keyboard, I find it difficult to encapsulate how good this place is.

On arrival Sheila will normally ply you with tea and cake (and rarely take "No" for an answer!). Fellow guests may often be found slumped in a state of torpor in front of the seductive wood-burning stove in the cosy lounge.

Well-equipped bedrooms beckon weary travellers to comfortable beds. Early risers can help themselves to tea, coffee and biscuits, but restraint is advised as breakfasts are to die for! Dieters beware! If you are only allowed one meal a day make sure that this is it. Locally sourced produce cooked to perfection.

And "perfection" is the word which can be applied to all aspects of our most recent snowy stay. Well done Sheila (and Chris!). Keep up the good work. Look forward to seeing you for a week in June.

John H

Room Tip: No pets in B&B but there is a self-catering cottage where pets are allowed. All rooms in B &a...
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

I stayed here for the weekend earlier in the year with my husband and two children (age 11 and 14) The rooms are beautiful; cosy and immaculately clean. The beds were very comfy and were dressed with the best smelling linens I have slept in. Sheila- the owner- was really friendly, offering advice on the local area (and great cake!) without being too intrusive.
The choice of breakfast was really extensive - far more than you would expect from a small B and B. Food was well cooked and thoughtfullly presented.
Keep doing what you're doing because you're getting it right.
Thank you - we will be back.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

We stayed here for one night last week and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
We were welcomed with tea and cakes and made to feel very at home, our little boy was very impressed with Sheilas cat pippin and would have stayed in the B&B all day!
Our room was Claife as was very comfortable. We had everything we needed and as someone had said there was a fridge with fresh milk and cafetieres for fresh coffee, which was great.
Breakfast was lovely although we would have preferred it earlier than 830am but that's just cause we're very early risers. My son enjoyed his sausages and i had more or less a full english. Fresh bread was out for you to toast with plenty of cereals and jams and marmalades.
We stayed as a family and have a fairly boisturous 7yr old. With the property being old it is obviously creaky and with the upstairs being fairly cosy and compact we felt we had to be very quiet to respect other guests. Plus, and i know you don't go on holiday to watch TV but we find it's always a must with a 7yr old so not having one in the room was a slight disappointment.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with family
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Address: High Wray, Ambleside LA22 0JE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 103 B&Bs / Inns in Ambleside
Price Range: $110 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — High Wray Farm 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
High Wray farm lies amid the rolling hills above the quiet western shores of Lake Windermere, from here you can stroll along the quiet lanes and explore the beautiful lake shore paths, This charming National trust property has many original features dating back to 1628, Our pretty bedrooms are comfortable warm and cosy, a friendly welcome awaits those seeking comfortable accommodation set amid beautiful Lakeland scenery. ... more   less 
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