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Smallwood House Hotel
Ranked #58 of 103 Ambleside B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
horwich
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“friendly personified”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

just spent 2 nights at the Smallwood Hotel. great little place, clean and comfortable. What makes this place special are the owners who are friendliness personified. Nothing was too much trouble.Perfectly placed in Ambleside for all the eateries and pubs. Breakfast second to none and cooked to perfection. definitely a keeper. Looking forward to going back..

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 17 September 2013
Thank you, we look forward to seeing you again. Perhaps you will come on one of our winter specials we send to our previous guests.
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North West England
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

You 'll see from my other reviews that we stay in Ambleside quite a bit. I've been in a number of B&Bs and Smallwood is as good as any.

Very central location, classic Lake District style B&B, spotlessly clean, cosy atmosphere, and probably the best breakfast I've had.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 17 September 2013
Thank you ever so much, so pleased to hear you enjoyed your breakfast. Hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Me and my husband stayed here for 4 nights early September. Our room was lovely and everywhere in the hotel was extremely clean. The staff are all very friendly and always available to answer any questions or help you with anything. Breakfasts are very good, lots of choice and excellent service. Our break was fanatastic and Ambleside really is a great town to visit, the smallwood house hotel was the icing on the cake and we would definitley return. Thank you to everyone at smallwood house hotel for making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 13 September 2013
Thank you very much, it is always so nice to hear that you did enjoy your stay. We hope to see you again soon.
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2013

We have just spent a long weekend at the Smallwood House Hotel, which in fact was the forth time we have stayed with them. Having had favoruable experiences each time I have never left a review, but our most recent visit really warants a special mention. From the moment we arrived, nothing was too much trouble and we were made to feel very at home with minutes of arriving. You could say it was a real 'home from home', which made for a very enjoyable weekend.

Our hosts were very helpful with advice on the best places to eat, go walking, the weather forecast and even the best places to go for a short run in the town. The weather on the weekend we stayed was varied but even after a day's walking in a heavy downpour, our hosts were there with the offer of newspaper to help dry our boots out, and the provision of heated floors in the ensuite bathrooms was a great benefit when we were soaked to the skin. This was very refreshing when other hotels often resent people dripping wet walking through their hotels.

I cannot speak highly enough of this hotel. I have stayed in many hotels across the UK and in the Lakes and this is my favourite by far. Great hospitality, friendly, lovely clean and comfortable rooms, tasty and varied breakfast options and a fantastic location in the middle of Ambleside. I will certainly be back. Great for couples and groups alike too. Be sure to try it for yourself and you won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 7 which was at the front of the building with great views over the hills. Not too...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 23 August 2013
What can we say in response except thank you. It is always a pleasure to welcome your little group to the Smallwood House and we hope its not too long until you venture back again.
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Ruthin
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

We booked for two nights but loved it so much we stayed a third!The location is great with parking at the rear.The bedrooms spotless,lovely decor and the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in!The breakfast was delicious especially the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and spinach with toasted brioch.The owners are very friendly and extremely helpful and also we must mention the lady who helped at breakfast was very polite.Our teenage boys were in their element aswe were within a stones throw to three small cinemas,so two nights entertainment sorted.We dined the first evening at Mathews Bistro which is right next door which was ideal,the food there was first class!Thank you so much for a very enjoyable stay,we would thoroughly recommend your Hotel and we hope to return in the near future.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 23 August 2013
So pleased you found us and we hope to see you many more times. Perhaps the boys will even have one last holiday with you just so they can go to the cinema again.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013

After a mixed bag of b&bs on out trip around north wales and northern england, it was wonderful to find this place. The welcome was great, our room was very nice, modern, and spotless. The beds were fantastic and the best sleep of our trip and there was plenty of space for the cot (we did book the superior room). The breakfast menu was very long and of a high standard, great coffee too (very important for a coffee freak like me).
Would defiantly stay there again if we were in the area. Parking at the back was great and we were allowed to stay a wee bit after checkout too. Thanks for the use of the dining room btw :)

Room Tip: our room was at the front which is on the main road, the back of the building is quieter
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 15 August 2013
Thank you for your comments, we hope its not too long until we see you all again. Its always nice to see the children growing over the years they visit, some even return one day with children of their own.
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Evesham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2013

This is a small hotel in the middle of Ambleside and so easy to go for a short walk out in the evening after a busy day in the lakes. There are numerous restaurants and pubs with prices to suit any pocket, and a cinema if you fancy seeing a current movie. The hotel itself is clean and comfortable with a warm friendly welcome, excellent service, good sized rooms, luxurious beds, hot showers and good quality shower gels and lotions. The car park is a bonus and mugs for tea are a good size too. A good breakfast menu with well-cooked food rounded off a perfect weekend away. We shall definitely return.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2013
Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to have you staying with us, so pleased to hear that you enjoyed staying here and in Ambleside. As you mentioned it is a perfect place to base yourself in to visit the Lake District. We do hope this was just the first of many more visits for you and look forward to welcoming you here again soon.
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Property: Smallwood House Hotel
Address: Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #58 of 103 B&Bs / Inns in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Smallwood House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Smallwood House Hotel is a family run bed & breakfast, offering quality 4 star accommodation and award winning Cumbrian breakfasts in Ambleside in the heart of the English Lake District.Being slightly larger than your average Cumbrian B&B, our guest house provides the perfect place to enjoy short breaks or longer holidays in one of our 12 comfortable, individually furnished bedrooms.Our relaxed and friendly B&B team will help you make the most of your stay, whether you are seeking a romantic getaway, family holiday, activity break or group vacation.Ambleside is the perfect choice for exploring the Lake District and Cumbria. Leave the car behind and take a bus trip to some of our lovely nearby towns and villages, such as Grasmere, Hawkshead & Keswick. If the weather is less than kind during your visit, there are plenty of indoor visitor attractions nearby, including the homes of famous Lakeland literary figures like William Wordsworth or Beatrix Potter. From the pier at Waterhead in Ambleside you can take a boat trip or cruise on Windermere to Bowness or Lakeside at the opposite end of the Lake. Windermere Lake Cruises sail all year and their boats offer you lots of protection from the elements. Remember, our B&B guests also have use of the luxury spa and swimming pool at a hotel just a few minutes walk away - a great way to relax during your break. We are in the centre of Ambleside, a bustling and vibrant small market town offering a good selection of specialist shops and great quality restaurants, bars and cafes. The town is great for shopping, with lots of independent shops that are a bit different to the norm, and some recognised brand names you'll know and love. Smallwood House Hotel has a private car park and offers complimentary WiFi access for our B&B guests. ... more   less 
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