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Skelwith Bridge Hotel
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Ambleside
Certificate of Excellence
merseyside
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21 reviews
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“Great”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

Great hotel, considering its pet friendly hotel Skelwith it is very clean, with smart decor.
Perfect for us, family of 4 and a large dog.
Eat with family and dog in the great real ale bar.
Only thing I would add is a cleaning area outside ( hose pipe ) to clean boots and dogs down after a good days walking.
We have stayed twice and will be staying again

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

We have just stayed for 2 nights on the current special Winter Warmer break. We could not fault a thing. The hotel is spotlessly clean, warm and welcoming. The food was exceptional - hang on to your chef! The hotel uses local produce where possible and we enjoyed a 3 course meal each evening with coffee and mints served in the lounge by a roaring fire. Breakfast was another feast with the hotel's own free range eggs and the delicious Cumberland sausage. There are beautiful walks immediately on the doorstep so we didn't have to use the car at all, just as well as we experienced some quite Wintry weather! We can't recommend the hotel highly enough, the staff were the best and we appreciated all the attention to detail.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

This was our third stay and as usual the place didnt let us down. Perfect location for walking to places like The Drunken Duck Pub, Hawkshead and arounf Elterwater. The rooms are adequate and good for dog owners. The food wasnt as good as normal and there was no steak left on our second night. Bit of a let down along with the price of the lager...... Take your own with you

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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oxford
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

First visit... A very comfortable, clean hotel with friendly and attentive staff - especially the young Polish woman serving breakfast, who was delightful. Dinner is tasty and hearty - none of your nouvelle cuisine rubbish here, which usually means tiny portions. Bedroom well-equipped and comfortable - two ten-hour nights' sleep. Cosy real fires scattered around and the residents' bar welcoming.

A real haven after a hard day on the hills and, really, the type of unpretentious hotel that is redolent of earlier, more leisurely times, and the sort of place you don't often come across - especially in the South of England.

A twin room with three-course dinner was £70 per person, which given the quality of accommodation and food represented excellent value for money.

Ideally placed for exploring the Lake District, whether or not you are a walker or climber.

Only slightly sour note was the television loudly tuned to football but, as this was in the public bar, it was easily avoided by using the residents' facilities. Plus the inane background noise of local radio at breakfast when, given that most of the residents seem fairly advanced in years, classical music - or even no noise at all - would have been more welcome.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Widnes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

This is our second visit within the last three years, we would have come more in the summer months but we have a caravan in the dales so we have to use that. I would highly recommend this hotel to any one especially dog owners, they do not discriminate against dog owners you will have deluxe rooms made availbale to you, the only place they cant go is the restaurant which is understandable. The staff are very friendly and attentive and the food and wine selection is exceptional and also you get value for money. The setting is breathtaking and the hotel is an old coach house which has not be updated because it would spoil the ambiance.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

Just been back to Skelwith bridge Hotel again. First time since change of management. Everything good as usual, although the staff didn't seem quite as enthusiastic and the food wasn't quite as good as before, although the evening meals were still good to excellent (all excellent previously). If you want lots of space in your bedroom go for a superior room, the standard rooms can be a bit cramped, depending which one you get. Great location for access to walks from Coniston, little langdale and great langdale. Also virtually next door to Chesters - a cafe and gift shop that does superb lunches (we ate there at lunch on all 4 days!)

Room Tip: If you want lots of space upgrade to a superior room.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Cumbria
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

This wasn't our first stay but was the first time we'd spent New Year in the hotel and as usual we weren't disappointed. A previous reviewer described it as a comfortable pair of old shoes and that is spot on, don't expect the world and you'll be fine. Our room was most acceptable although this must be the last bastion of the clingy shower curtain, even Premier Inn have sorted that one! The food is good and there's plenty of lounge space to sit about and just think about your next meal. This visit we noted a lot of guests with dogs indeed the hotel encourages them and allows them everywhere except the restaurant, dogs we don't mind but wish their owners would realise we aren't all as keen on them as they are.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Skelwith Bridge Hotel
Address: Ambleside LA22 9NJ, England
Region: 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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