I’ve never written a TA report before, but on visiting this fabulous retreat on 9 and 10 September I was compelled to add a review. We came after searching for somewhere to stay for my girlfriend's birthday surprise treat. I looked at many properties in and around Windermere and Ambleside and they were either a bit 'twee' or ridiculously expensive. Then on Booking.com I found this place. What a refreshing find! Not too pricey for the service and fittings and in the perfect location: close to Ambleside for visiting/amenities, but not in the centre so you weren’t on top of anyone with no where to park. On visiting their own site, it was the view from what would be ‘our’ room that sold it to me, simply incredible!
We had arrived later than planned thanks to the congestion on the M6 but Sue still gave us an incredibly warm welcome, and made us feel at home right away. We stayed in the Lingmoor room which is directly over the main entrance and looks right down the valley, with so many beautiful contrasting colours for the trees and fells; a proper postcard view! And the room was simply gorgeous!! A very thoughtful mix of new technology where you need it, and beautiful antique furniture including an original French double bed and wardrobe. The bathroom was equally furnished to a very high standard, complete with a double power shower. Plenty of hot water, and gorgeous smelling toiletries completed the scene. Sue, bless her, had even given us slices of home-made cake on our arrival and then a little tiffin cake each on our second night!
The house is absolutely stunning, with many unique period Arts & Crafts features abound, and it made us feel instantly safe under its roof even though we had only been there for a few hours.
Breakfasts were plentiful, locally sourced and home-made where possible. Their own muesli and drop-scones with maple syrup and fresh blueberries in the morning were delicious as was the traditional Cumbrian full English.
Sue and Peter were so friendly; it was like staying with old friends. Nothing was too much trouble, from suggesting walks/places to visit, to discussing the fascinating history of the house, to making sure we had glasses for the champagne that I had brought with us. We asked them to join us for a drink of it on the Saturday evening, which then flew past as we were chatting in the lounge (also wonderfully decorated) for most of the evening. We even got to sample some of their locally sourced real ales (though for market research purposes only of course!!)
We cannot rate this place highly enough!! The only downer was that we had to leave, but we WILL definitely be returning. Sue and Peter showed us the room that would become their honeymoon suite, as they were investigating the wedding market. Perhaps the next time we visit, we will stay in here ;-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nanny Brow sits on its own private crag, near Ambleside with views down the Brathay valley. Direct fellside access for walkers and only minutes from the stunning Langdale Valleys. A relaxing family home with excellent levels of comfort and service. Spotlessly clean accommodation, warm and spacious with individually designed rooms, friendly service and great breakfasts. Come join us and unwind…… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nanny Brow Hotel Ambleside
- Nanny Brow Ambleside, Lake District