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“Great base for walkers and excellent value for money”

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Skelwith Bridge Hotel
Ranked #7 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed with a group of friends. Lovely location, friendly staff and comfortable. Rooms not luxurious but adequate and clean. Lovely log fire in reception area and bar and lounge great for a large group. Dinner menu was different on both evenings we stayed and excellent choices and very well cooked. Waiting staff were helpful and cheery. Breakfast excellent.

Room Tip: for a little more space, go for a deluxe double. Did hear that the rooms in the annexe were very col...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 28, 2013

Just home after another great 3 night stay at Skelwith Bridge. Our 4th stay and again it felt like coming home. It is not the smartest hotel, but it is a lovely country inn, somewhere that we can walk into with our walking clobber on accompanied by our 2 dogs, and we are made to feel completely welcome. Nice to see the same staff as our last visit which is telling these days.

We woke on Sat morning to a good foot of snow - the hotel had played a great part in helping motorists stranded on the road outside the night before - included a bus of kids who the staff at the hotel sorted hot drinks and food for at midnight.

Probably my favourite hotel - great walks from the door, excellent food, and nothing like getting back late afternoon to have a couple of hours in front of the fire with the dogs reading the paper. See you again soon.

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

We return every year for my birthday, and yet again we had a wonderful time, staff are excellent, food is fabulous, and the hotel itself is just so relaxing and the views are breathtaking. I would recommend this hotel to anyone, and not forgetting the excellent value for money, db&b not to be missed, they always have special offers well worth a visit.

Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 18, 2012

My wife and I were part of the annual review group mentioned by "burtoncle" previously. The food could not be faulted. My favorite dish on a previous visit was lamb shank which was food to die for. Every day of our strenuous walk I was kept going by the thought of another lamb shank at the end of it but to no avail, it did not appear on the menu once during our six day stay. Having said that, all of the meals were first class so I was not too disappointed.

My only fault with the hotel was that between four and six in the evening there was a definate shortage of hot water, which I suppose co-incided with the largest demand as walkers returned from the hills.

Room Tip: We chose a superior room which was wonderful although I believe that the standard rooms are perfectl...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

We visited the Talbot bar again recently and there was a marked improvement in the quality of food and service since our last visit realier in the year. There obviously been an effort to improve things.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

We stayed here two nights on the 29th and 30th November,2012. this was our second visit. We stayed in the disabled friendly Grasmere Room, good accomodation throughout. The bar was warm and friendly, a blazing real fire adding to the ambience. The lounge and restaurant were cosy and warm too, temperatures were below freezing outside. The staff were efficient and friendly and the food in the restaurant was excellent and varied, we ate there both nights. We would come back again.
Anne Macdonald.

Room Tip: They have a wheelchair friendly room. A walk in shower, and a bath.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

This is our first choice hotel in this part of The Lakes for our annual walking and MTB trip.
This year 13 of us enjoyed between 2 and 6 days of strenuous adventures on the hills which are easily accessible from the hotel without using the car.
The food from a full Cumbrian Breaakfast to a lighter fresh fruit and toast start to the day sets us up for even the hungriest of our group.
Dinner was as good as ever from a varied menu including a range of 4 starters and main course consisting of; fish, usually 3 meat courses and a vegetarian choice. Then a choice of sweets or cheeseboard and coffee served in the lounge.
The bar is well stocked with a good range of drinks for all tastes within our group.
Excellent drying room, although this year we had 5 days of sunny periods and just one of all day rain.
After 30 years of visitng SBH they still tick all the boxes for us.

Room Tip: The de-lux rooms are worth the extra cost although the standard rooms are more than adequate
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside LA22 9NJ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
#8 Family Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range: $119 - $175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Skelwith Bridge Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly located just a short drive from Ambleside, away from the hustle and bustle is Skelwith Bridge. Informal gardens merging seamlessly with the surrounding countryside, real log fires in the winter months and a traditional welcome, Skelwith bridge Hotel really is "your home away from home" The hotel boasts 28 bedrooms, all en-suite and all retaining the character of the original building. We are pleased to offer single, twin, double and king sized rooms available for bed and breakfast or dinner bed and breakfast at fantastically affordable prices all year round. We welcome a whole host of families with children young and old, couples, singles and four legged friends too! The hotel is a fell walkers paradise with many varied easy and more strenuous walks from our doorstep! We even have a drying room available for those wet days ... not that we have too many of those in The Lakes! A host of attractions and other activities are just a short drive or bus ride away including sailing, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, bird watching, golf, shopping, bars and restaurants, the historic houses of Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and Ruskin, the market towns of Keswick and Kendal, Grasmere and its world famous gingerbread, Take a cruise on the lakes with the steamers, the lakes aquarium at lakeside, traditional steam railway at Haverthwaite, Manicured gardens at Holker hall, and many more attractions too numerous to list! Our reception staff are always happy to suggest local attractions or walks and we have lots of information in our showcase at reception. ... more   less 
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