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The Fisherbeck
Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
Worcester. UK
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95 reviews
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“Brilliant find”
Reviewed May 5, 2010

We stayed here for three nights. Our room was brilliant with a kingsize bed, double ended bath and a walk in shower. The room was spotless and very warm, this was a bonus as during our stay it seemed to rain all the time. The water was very hot and this was very welcome after a long walk in the rain over the fells. The location is very good, you can leave your car at the hotel and its only a 10 walk into the centre of Ambleside.
I would recommend Jade Garden and Ambles to eat, both had very good service. Ambles used all local produce and once again the staff were wonderful. I would however advise to stay clear of Queens Hotel, said they used local produce but my pie tasted like it had been in a microwave and my partner food was very poor quality.
The breakfast at the Fisherbeck are brilliant, but its not a time to be on a diet. Its very hard to say no to fresh baked muffins ect....
I can't wait to stay here again and hopefully with some dry weather.

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Sydney,
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Reviewed April 21, 2010

We were lucky to choose this B & B on it's location to town. The minute I walked into the beautifully decorated room with it's little balcony basking in the afternoon sunshine I knew we would enjoy our stay. I had inspected 6 previous B & Bs but this one stood out. Service exceptional, food at breakfast was outstanding and the waitresses lovely (although some limited English) they did everything to help. The receptionists went out of their way with directions, drawing maps, tips on where to go.
We have already sent emails to Australia recommending to our friends if they go to Ambleside. One tip, bring your own hairdryer as the one supplied while efficient is not strong enough for really thick hair.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Rural Staffordshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2010

We were let down by another hotel in Ambleside at 4.30 on Good Friday afternoon. When the Tourist Information found us rooms at Fisherbeck, we were glad just to have a roof over our heads. However, the hotel proved excellent in every respect - lovely rooms (I can certainly recommend one of the newly refurbished suites - room 11 - real luxury). Breakfast was a highlight too - no self service buffet here - but a three course feast. More than enough to set the most energetic walker up for the day.

We enjoyed our brief stay so much, we have booked one of the Fisherbeck's self catering cottages for a family holiday in August - can't wait to return.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2010

Despite wintry weather - snow and sleet, the customary warmth of Gillian and Ray's team made our three day visit a treat. We stayed in a basic room which has been cleverly refurbished to provide warm and stylish accommodation in a restricted space. (See photos) We were able to relax in the comfort of the Fisherbeck and feel at home as we always do. We cannot recommend this B&B more highly.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Colchester, Essex
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Reviewed March 28, 2010

This was our sixth visit to the Fisherbeck and once again Gillian, Ray and their team ensured we enjoyed a memorable Spring break. The breakfast choice and quality would be hard to beat as would the view of Loughrigg Fell from our room. We have recommended the Fisherbeck to our friends and they have told us how much they have enjoyed their stays there. Ambleside has a good selection of restaurants and the famous Zeferellis Cinema all within easy walking distance.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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eastend
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Reviewed March 26, 2010

Wonderful clean and very recently refurbished rooms, incorporating a spa bath. The choice at breakfast is superb and caters for all tastes. Very helpful and informative hosts in Gillian and Raymond, who are always willing to offer advice on the best places to eat in the village of Ambleside. They also offer very reasonably priced light meals served in the recently refurbished residents lounge and an extensive selection of local beers, single malts and good quality wines. There is more than adequate parking space and all set in the most beautiful part of England. Worth going just for the superb breakfasts

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Dorset
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

OK, not my first visit, nor my first great review. I suspect that Ray & Gill hardly need any more praise to keep the place buzzing but another memorable visit of 4 nights in Spring has just flown by. I really do recommend the porridge with whisky soaked sultanas, followed by the exquisite smoked haddock. With this on board, one needs little more than emergency rations to get through a good day on the fells until dinner. Perhaps the most important feature is the seemingly unlimited piping hot water for the essential bath.
Having done 20 years in a service business not a lot different from B&B/Hotel, I can empathise with every aspect and I have seldom come across people who do it better.

In case you might think being 5 minutes walk out of town is an issue - take this on board - after a decent dinner in town, the walk home is very settling. We are back in September if not before. Thanks.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Fisherbeck
Address: Old Lake Road, Ambleside LA22 0DH, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ambleside
#3 Family Hotel in Ambleside
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ambleside
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fisherbeck 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WELCOME TO THE FISHERBECK. When you are away from home you want to be comfortable, so why not relax on our luxury leather sofas, enjoy a glass of wine, cool beer, cappuccino or latte, perhaps with a little something from our light bite menu. And then sleep easy in one of our individually designed bedrooms, some with fantastic views, balcony, spa bath or king size bed.If you are looking for a truly hearty well cooked breakfast, for several years we have been the recipients of the Good Breakfast Award. We make our own muesli, granola, breakfast muffins and rum butter. Eggs are collected direct from the farm for absolute freshness. Award winning bacon, sausage and black pudding are sourced locally and our smoked haddock and salmon are some of the finest in the north of England, all cooked for you personally. If you want to be well located with really great views of Loughrigg Fell and onwards to the Langdale Pikes, an easy stroll to shops, restaurants and the lake, we really are perfectly located in Ambleside right in the heart of The Lake District. Our 18 bedrooms are all en-suite and three feature balconies overlooking magnificent Lakeland views opposite. Supremely comfortable, the rooms are equipped with all the facilities you need for a luxurious stay in the heart of this most beautiful area. Our sheltered garden provides a tranquill place to relax and admire the glorious panoramic view of the Langdale Pikes, Wansfell and Loughrigg Fell. ... more   less 
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