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Review of Hillsdale in Ambleside

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Hillsdale in Ambleside
Ranked #5 of 105 Ambleside B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Ellesmere Port, United Kingdom
1 review
“Great break away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

Me and my fiance have just got back from 3 nights in ambleside at the hillsdale b&b and would recommend this to anyone we cant fault this in any way, It was very well located in the town of ambleside, george had great knowledge of the lakes and was there if you needed to ask any questions about anything. The room we stayed in was very clean and well presented with everything you needed, coudnt fault the room, shower etc was great, The full english breakfast was fantastic filled us up for the morning, all staff there were brillant thanks very much for a great break away before we have our baby thanks again george,lyndsey and emma you were all great :) xx

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Christina J
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HillsdaleAmbleside, Owner at Hillsdale in Ambleside, responded to this review, December 14, 2012
We are really pleased to see from your Review on here that your three nights stay with us were so enjoyable. The weather, although cold, must certainly have helped too! We hope you will make a return visit some time soon to see the refurbished en-suites when they are completed at the beginning of February! Have a great Christmas and all the very best for the New Year and the birth of your baby!
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

A well located B&B in the centre of the town, with all the comforts you need. Booked at the last minute as a stop over on a trip home from Glasgow. Ambleside was busy, and had to book a table for a evening meal. Booked meal at "Preist Hole" before arriving at Hillsdale, but George had a great knowledge that would have helped had we needed it. Breakfast was hot, tasty and filling - setting us up for the day.
The only down side was a small en-suite, but it was perfectly adequate and spotlessly clean.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Gillian_Tony
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HillsdaleAmbleside, Owner at Hillsdale in Ambleside, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
We just wanted to thank you for leaving your lovely, positive comments on the trip Advisor Review site. It is always uplifting for us to receive such complimentary feedback, and spurs us on to keep on improving! I am not sure whether George had time to mention to you that we are beginning a program of upgrading all of the en-suites, starting at the end of this month, and continuing after Christmas into January. We hope that, although we are unable to make them any bigger, the new en-suites will have a certain "wow factor" to make up for it!! If you make a return visit some time we hope you will like the changes we are making.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

This is a really great place to stay in a lovely part of the Lake District. Although we have visited Ambleside many times, it was clear that George is a mine of local information for walks, restaurants etc. Excellent breakfast and comfortable rooms. Hope to get back soon.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DAVIDH4254
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HillsdaleAmbleside, Owner at Hillsdale in Ambleside, responded to this review, November 3, 2012
We just want to say thank you so much for posting such a super Review of Hillsdale on the Trip Advisor site for us! We are really pleased that you had a lovely stay with us and that George, with all his chattiness was a good help to you! We will be delighted if you return to stay with us again some time. L & G
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

Very good location in the centre of Ambleside which is close to all restaurants/pubs and ideally situated for walkers to explore the fells and lakes. We stayed for ten nights and had room 6 on the top floor which has a view of Wansfell from the window it is a double bedded room decorated in greens and creams it was very cosy and quiet and we both slept well. Good choice of breakfast each morning which was always well cooked piping hot and nicely presented and lots of tea/coffee and toast to go with it. George the owner is a natural host making everybody feel at home and welcome he is also a mine of information on local restaurants, places to visit and walks. This was our first visit to the Hillsdale B&B but it was so good we will be visiting again. Thank You George and Lindsey.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank debglennmercury
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HillsdaleAmbleside, Owner at Hillsdale in Ambleside, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
It was really nice of you to take the time to write such a lovely review of your experiences staying with us at Hillsdale and what a lovely photo you have submitted of the red squirrel which you came across on the Coffin Route between Ambleside and Grasmere! We are so pleased to hear that you had a lovely time whilst staying here in Ambleside. Thank you!
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Norfolk, England
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50 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

This place is REALLY good. George and Lindsey go out of their way to make you feel at home. It's comfortable, friendly and brilliantly situated in the middle of a lovely little town with dozens of eating places and a couple of cinemas (two of them linked to a couple of the best vegetarian restaurants we've ever been to) within a couple of minutes walk (Fellini's is across the road). We booked in for a week to walk the surrounding fells and it was heaven. Four of the six classic Lakeland walks we did (including the stunning Fairfield Horseshoe) were from the front door, our car being left locked away safely in Hillsdale's own off road parking area, a few minutes walk away. George, who did most of the front of house business, was a mine of information, knowing all the walks and eating places. He always made a point of talking to all the guests during breakfast - which was a daily treat - and has the knack of making everyone feel like welcome family friends. Our bedroom (room 6), though not large, was clean and comfortable, especially the bed and it was great that we were spoiled for choice every night over where to go to eat. Given that we booked only a week or so before so were taking pot luck, we feel we struck gold.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank norfolknobs
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HillsdaleAmbleside, Owner at Hillsdale in Ambleside, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
We are really grateful to you for taking the time to write such a smashing review for us! It was a real pleasure to have you stay with us and hope to see you again some time! George and Lindsey
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San Mateo
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

I had been hiking and camping for days in the Lake District but a severe weather warning of heavy wind and strong wind meant a speedy bus to Ambleside and looking for "vacancies" signs. I walked around a number of streets and picked on the Hillsdale. Very welcoming and considerate staff for a "off the street" stinky hiker and an excellent room. Very welcoming, warm, roomy, and contrast from tent and damp. Very good breakfast, food was excellent quality, lots of offers of more toast, and a very good positive atmosphere from the hosts chatting with the fellow guests and clearly showing a very strong customer focus. I was happy being there, I could tell the same from the other guests. Happy to stay again. Struggling to find a complaint, I did find the room warm in arrival, I cranked down the heating and the window (nosebleed top floor) was safely only allowing a narrow opening but I sat by the window and enjoyed the fell views, whilst the room cooled, that's the only negative I can think of, and of course many others not spending all day lugging a house on their back would not notice the heat but enjoy.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nigel H
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HillsdaleAmbleside, Owner at Hillsdale in Ambleside, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Very many thanks for taking time out to post such a lovely Review here for us on Trip Advisor. We are really pleased to hear that you had a great stay with us!
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Royston, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

We have just returned from our third stay at Hillsdale and we had another fantastic time. As I have said in my previous reviews, you can't fault the rooms. They are spotlessly clean and tidy and have everything you need for a comfortable stay. Lovely comfortable bed, nice bathroom and tea and coffee making facilities and biscuits! George as always was a star! He is always happy to help whether it was which walk we should do next or where to go for dinner, he is full of useful information. The reviews have mentioned before about the fantastic breakfasts and we are proof of how good they are as we managed to climb to the top of Scafell Pike and back on breakfast alone! We will definately be going back again!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank AlisonHerts
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HillsdaleAmbleside, Owner at Hillsdale in Ambleside, responded to this review, September 24, 2012
Wow, that's a lovely Review - thank you very much Alison - we are delighted to hear that your third visit was so enjoyable. We love it when guests return to stay time and again - it shows us that we must be doing something right!! Compliments such as yours make the job so very worthwhile! We look forward to your next visit!
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Property: Hillsdale in Ambleside
Address: Church Street, Ambleside LA22 0BT, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 105 B&Bs / Inns in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hillsdale in Ambleside 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This charming Visit Britain 4*Bed and Breakfast property, with free off-road parking for each room, is conveniently situated in Ambleside town centre in the very heart of the English Lake District, Wainwright's Walking Country. The beautiful waters of Windermere, Rydal and Grasmere are within easy walking distance as are the historic homes of Wordsworth, Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. Each room has been individually styled - as the B&B has been created from an original Lakeland Stone townhouse, so typical of Ambleside, no room is the same shape or size, but we hope that each one is as comfortable, attractive and pleasing as the next! All rooms have either a double or king sized bed, newly refurbished en-suite shower room and flat screen TV. Hospitality trays, hairdryers, wine glasses and corkscrew come as standard. Free wi-fi is available. Prices include a selection of breakfast choices. ... more   less 
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