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“A little bit of heaven in Hawkeshead”

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The Old School House
Ranked #7 of 23 Hawkshead B&B and Inns
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

We were fortunate to book 2 rooms for a couple of nights this fall at this lovely B&B. David and Sarah made us feel right at home. They served us a wonderful breakfast - at a time that we wanted it served!. We have never experienced this at a B&B before. This is great when you are on holiday and don't necessarily want to get up at 7:30 to make an 8:00am breakfast! The rooms were clean and had all the amenities and the beds was comfortable. There was port and sherry waiting for you at the end of a busy day site seeing - nice. You will not be disappointed with David and Sarah's hospitality and the fact that you are right in the village makes the location very convenient. You can walk to everything.

Room Tip: We were traveling with our Daughter and Son-in-law and we were in Wordsworth and Ruskin. Both rooms...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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HawksheadCumbria, Manager at The Old School House, responded to this reviewResponded April 19, 2013

So pleased you all enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

As other reviewers have said, this place is a fabulous find. Right in the centre of the gorgeous village of Hawkshead, the Old School House is welcoming and comfortable, and Sarah and David couldn't have made us feel more at home. Tea and scones on arrival was a lovely treat, and pre-dinner port in the cosy living room was a definite bonus. Everything we could have needed was provided, and the owners were helpful and accommodating. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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HawksheadCumbria, Manager at The Old School House, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2012

Thank you for your comments. We are thrilled you and your family enjoyed your stay and have booked to stay again within the near future.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We stayed at The Old Schoolhouse on a Saturday with two friends. We were made to feel very welcome by Sarah and David. Macey the black labrador was also very friendly and welcoming.Little touches like tea,coffe,scones and cake on arrival were very nice. There was even a tray of port and sherry in the lounge for guests if they wanted a pre dinner drink. The rooms were spotless and the place is full of character. We needed a taxi for that evening and David offered to arrange that for us.Breakfast was excellent and freshly cooked to order. We would definitely recommend this as the place to stay in Hawkshead. Our friends felt the same and we all plan to return.

John and Elaine
Thornton

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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HawksheadCumbria, Manager at The Old School House, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to post this review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and would love to see you again in the future.

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

My wife and I stayed at The Old School House B&B the owners David and Sarah made us so welcome, when we arrived we were greeted with a nice cup of tea homemade cakes and a friendly smile, Sarah and David couldn't do enough for you to make your stay a pleasant one and the house is spotless and the all English breakfast set's you up for the day, the house has so much character and the rooms still have the old windows and fireplace it's really homely, we will be going back to Hawkshead it's a lovely place and we wouldn't stay anywhere else but the old school house and look forward to seeing Sarah and David again.

Barry&Jackie

Manchester

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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HawksheadCumbria, Manager at The Old School House, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2012

Thank you for your lovely comments. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and found our B&B suited your needs. We have tried to blend the old features of the house with the modern conveniences of the 21st century. Thank you also for putting us on your company website. Let's hope your wedding customers come to the Lakes for their celebration! See you next time!

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We stayed there Friday and Saturday night of the August Bank Holiday weekend and we must say it was excellent. Tea and cakes on arrival was a very welcome touch. Breakfast is cooked freshly for each guest and the use of the linen room to dry out our walking gear was a great bonus. Sarah and David deserve to do well in their venture as nothing seemed to be too much trouble for them. We look forward to using them again the next time we stay in the Lake District. Stephen & Christine.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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HawksheadCumbria, Manager at The Old School House, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2012

Thank you for taking time to place this review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the mountain walks. Sorry you needed to use the drying room but it was typical bank holiday weather on one of the days and our drying room just fit the bill for you! We look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This quaint b&b is clean & tidy with lovely homely touches. We were given a warm welcome of tea & scones and shown our rooms (with comfy beds). The lounge and dining areas are beautiful and roomy- home away from home. Breakfast was nicely cooked and there was plenty to choose from. We will definitely be staying again if we are in that neck of the woods. Thank you for a lovely stay!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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HawksheadCumbria, Manager at The Old School House, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2012

Thank you so much for your kind and prompt response. You must have written it the minute you reached home! We were pleased to be able to offer you rooms on a last minute basis after your other accomodation was double booked. We hope you enjoyed your brief visit to Cumbria and hope to see you all again!

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Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stayed 3 nights at the Old School House, which overlooks fields and hills. Sarah and David were superb hosts - they made us feel so welcome with tea, coffee and fresh home made cake. The house is old but modernised sympathetically retaining its old features and fireplaces, full of character.
The large en-suite bedroom was so comfortable, spotlessly clean, quiet, well furnished with tea and coffee making facilities and modern TV.
Everything you wanted for breakfast was there, most enjoyable and taken on a solid oak table in a separate dining room. There was the added benefit of a separate lounge with a TV and games. Their black labrador Maisie was so well behaved. A delightful B&B. We would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing break or as a centre to visit the Lake District and we are booking again next year.

Room Tip: Rooms to the front have better views but all are good.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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HawksheadCumbria, Manager at The Old School House, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2012

We are pleased you enjoyed your visit and plan to return. We are grateful that you took the time to write the review and that it is so positive. Thank you so much. We hope the comments you have left are helpful to others who are looking for somewhere to stay. Looking forward to seeing you next time.

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Address: Old School House Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NT, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside > Hawkshead
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Hawkshead
Price Range: $117 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Old School House 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A historic property within 2 minutes walk of the centre of Hawkshead. The house was the former home of Wordsworth's head master and retains many original features. The back of the house dates from the Tudor period. Come and stay in this historic house which has been lovinngly renovated to ensure our guests have all the comforts of the 21st century.Beautiful garden, parking, a secure garage for cycles, free wi-fi. Complimentary afternoon tea and cake. We look forward to welcoming you! ... more   less 
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