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Skelwith Bridge Hotel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Thank you for a wonderful stay.”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

We had read the previous reviews regarding this hotel and were a bit worried but needn't have been at all. I can see what people mean when they say places need updating but couldn't we say that about everywhere? Our arrival was handled in a friendly, helpful way and our room was delightful with a huge bed, lovely clean linens, fluffy towels and a good supply of toiletries and courtesy tray biscuits etc. Unlike the last place we stayed - which was more expensive and rated more highly by reviewers on this site - the tray was refreshed fully each day and more importantly the Skelwith Bridge was CLEAN.
The food was amazing with some unusual twists on classics - simply delicious. The home made ice cream tempted me to try it again the second night and I'm not really an ice cream fan!
The staff were a delightful mix of nationalities who all brought their own personalities to our stay making us feel welcome and valued.
Our dog was also made welcome and for our meals we were given a table in the snug which was set with the same linen and crockery as the main dining room so we felt valued even though we had the dog with us. The last 'dog friendly' place we stayed made us feel so uncomfortable that we will not return there but we will be back to the Skelwith Bridge ASAP.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2013

Have stayed here a couple of times and never been disappointed . The location is good . The hotel does need a little updating in certain areas but it is all very clean . The hotel is dog friendly, which is a bonus .
The food is excellent and there is a good choice . The staff are all very pleasant .
Would not hesitate in recommending this hotel if you want a traditional value for money stay .

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed September 11, 2013

Our last visit was a success though the stairs were hard work for our elderly dogs. The receptionist recommended the Grasmere room. She was right a real result for us all. Whilst the food is not haute cusine it is very good value and we enjoyed our stay, as ever staff helpful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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122 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We've stayed here several times before and have always have enjoyed our stay. We enjoyed it this time too but it is starting to look a little tired. The bedrooms in particular are in need of updating. The big positive about the hotel are its staff and the restaurant. Staff are friendly and helpful. The friendly barman, ken, is an asset to the place. The food continues to please with a four course menu with plenty of choice. Wine on the pricey side though, starting at £16.50 a bottle. The breakfasts are delicious, with again, a lot of choice.

The only negative is that they allow dogs to stay. Doesn't normally bother me, but after watching several soaking steaming dogs retiring to hotel rooms, it started to make me think about my own room and what had been rolling around the duvet!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2013

We decided on adding a night to a few days in the lakes and the Skelwith Bridge was the first hotel we looked at on the internet. We were pleasantly surprised by the prices and so decided to give it a go, as it was only one night. We were warmly welcomed and no fuss was made over a change of room arrangements. We had a double and a single and the price for both was less than for most twins in other places. The single was on top of the kitchen fan so there were smells when the window was open, but the double was very pleasant. We had a quiet night, the beds were very comfortable, and although some parts of the hotel are in need of updating it is exceptionally good value for money. Everywhere was very clean and all the staff were pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was very good

Room Tip: Rooms at the back have a pleasant view over trees fields and sheep
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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CO DURHAM
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2013

My partner and I stayed here with our dog over the bank holiday weekend and had a lovely time. The hotel had some great walks of varying lengths right on the doorstep, our dog had a brilliant time, in fact I think she enjoyed it more than us!
The room was a bit dated but spotlessly clean, we stayed in the Ambleside room in the annexe. It had everything we needed for our stay although it overlooks a road so there was a bit of traffic noise but can't say I noticed it during the night.
We stayed for 2 nights on the deal that included an evening meal. The food was very good with pleny of choice and the staff were very friendly and helpful.
Overall a good hotel within a short drive to Grasmere and Ambleside. We would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Hotel is a bit tired in parts and reception not always manned. Husband had to go and look for someone to give us keys despite ringing the bell at reception. Carpets and corridors need refurbishing but bedroom was a very pleasant surprise. Stayed 2 nights in Room 9 - a deluxe room which was quite spacious, clean and light, with a pleasant view of fields and hills ans wekl stocked with tea, coffee, hot choc etc. It was also above the bar where people sat outside having drinks and looked onto a main road. This did not affect us at all. We had a huge bed which was very comfortable with good quality bedding. Furniture is past its best and bottom of wardrobe was damaged. A little bit of wallpaper was peeling off the wall but the room itself was very pleasant and inviting. The en-suite had a bath with shower over, and a heated towel rail and lovely thick white towels.Toiletries are provided including shower gel, hand and body lotion and handwash. A very pleasant stay which was a special offer of £120 for 2 people per night(min 2 nights) which included breakfast and a 3 course evening meal. Very good value. Food was of high quality but limited menu for vegetarians. Staff very pleasant and efficient,

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Skelwith Bridge Hotel
Address: 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
#10 Family Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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