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Ivy Guest House
Ranked #2 of 23 Hawkshead B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“EXCELLANT PLACE TO STAY....”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

Booked for 2 nights, what a fabulous guesthouse. The owners are hands on and cannot do enough for any of their guests. It appears that their main priority is ensuring each and every guest has a great stay, which we did. The property is spacious, very tasteful and very clean throughout. Rooms were again immaculate and very comfortable. I would not hesitate to recomend the Ivy to anyone looking for Lake District accomodaton. I have used tripadvisor for many years however I have never before stayed anywhere that prompted me to write a review, until now....... It really is that good...... Try for yourself and see..... Im sure you wont be disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights at the Ivy House and although the weather was wet and typically British, the welcome was warm and inviting. We had a room with 4 poster bed and 3/4 bed for family use. There were nice touches like Haribo and juice for the little one and chocolate mints for us. The room was clean and comfortable with views over the main street and hills beyond. Darren and his family were great hosts and having the use of a living room with huge TV, DVD player and log burner made for cosy nights in out of the rain.
Breakfast was freshly cooked to order with full english breakfast or any combination you could want. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again if visiting Hawkshead.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Shrewsbury
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Just stayed for the one night and wanted to thank Darren and his Mum for their warm welcome and service for the duration.
Nothing is too much trouble for these guys, from the moment we arrived, to the time of leaving.
Plenty of off road parking, large rooms with all facilities, and a superb breakfast.
Pub over the road. Not much more needed really!
Good luck with the venture Darren. You deserve success, with the effort you put in

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2012

We have just returned from a 3 day break staying at the Ivy Guest House in the wonderful village of Hawkshead.
We have stayed at a number of Guest Houses and Inns in the lakes over the years, but nothing compared to the ambience and customer service experienced here. After parking our car in the off street parking at the rear of the property we were met with a warm welcome from Darren our host, who offered assistance with the bags and quickly showed us to our room (No.1). The room was immaculate with the usual tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen freeview TV and quality toiletries (including quilted loo paper :-). The great thing about this room was the 6ft wide bed with a nice extra touch of mints on the pillows and the side view over the hills, and so peaceful, never slept so well away from home.
Breakfast, where we met Roz, Darren's other half, who was so attentive as to our needs, right down to the offering of extra coffee, toast and to take a pastry with us on our morning excursions of the lakes, again the perfect host and happy to have a chat, as was Darren about places to see and recommendations. Real genuine people.

If you want peace and quiet, lovely clean rooms, and brilliant hosts you must book this little gem in the Lake District. Deserves the AA / RAC 4 stars hanging from it's sign. We will be back definately.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

This terrific guesthouse in the heart of Hawkshead provides fantastic value for money. Hawkshead is a beautiful village with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, perfectly located for exploring The Lakes. Darren and his family are excellent hosts at Ivy Guesthouse, with good local knowledge and tips for first time visitors. The rooms are clean and spacious, and most have four-poster beds. Breakfast is included, with all options from continental through to full English. Parking is free and easily accessible at the back of the building. There is free wifi, with good reception throughout the building. The service was brilliant and we have absolutely no complaints. A great night's sleep every night!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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England
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

We have just returned from a 3 day break in the Lake District where we stayed for 3 nights at the Ivy Guest House in the quiet village of Hawkshead. Darren & Roz are wonderful hosts. Their welcome was warm, the stay comfortable and they went out of their way to improve our short break. To anyone looking for good accommodation we recommend the Ivy Guest House.

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Blackpool
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

We spent 2 nights here on the 30th June and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We were greeted by Darren’s mum who was very helpful and friendly and showed us to our room The Ivy is welcoming, and immaculately clean throughout. Our room was lovely and had all the little extras like fluffy towels, luxury hand wash & hand cream, chocolates & various tea’s, coffee & biscuits etc. Breakfast was tasty with a choice of cereals, fresh fruit, yogurts, toast & preserves and a cooked English Breakfast and a Vegetarian option was also available. There is the advantage of a private car park behind the property which was handy. The Ivy is in a fantastic location it’s a 2 minute walk to several pubs who all serve meals. Darren, Roz & Darren’s Mum are the nicest friendliest hosts you could ever wish to meet and they are very knowledgeable of the local area, and they will recommend places of interest to visit. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they will go out of their way to ensure their guests have an enjoyable stay. We had a wonderful time at Ivy House and we will definitely stay there again when visiting Hawkshead . It is excellent value for money and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ivy Guest House
Address: Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NS, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside > Hawkshead
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Hawkshead
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ivy Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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