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Smallwood House Hotel
Ranked #54 of 103 Ambleside B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Lovely perfectly located B&B”
Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

We were in room 3 - cosy and the bed was so comfy. Nice locally sourced toiletries and underfloor heating in the bathroom.

Breakfast was really good - so much to choose from. I'm veggie and they had lots of options including veggie sausages which was great. Christine was very attentive to any dietary requirements which was great.

The location is fab - walking distance to everywhere in the centre of Ambleside. We enjoyed sitting in the evening sun out the front of the Salutation Hotel, good Italian food at Tarantella and good Thai food at Jintana. The Lily had a great atmosphere as well as modern rustic decor. We didn't eat there but the food looked really nice and it was always packed. There was often live music too.

We took Teddy on a walk up Castle Cragg - fun! :)

Thank you for a lovely stay Christine!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 23 April 2014
Teddy, now adopted the name of Livingstone says 'Thank you so much for taking me on a walk, I had such a nice time with you. What lovely people you are'
We were very pleased to have you staying with us as well. The location in Ambleside is great, surrounded with all those lovely eating places, all within a few minutes walk.
We hope to see you again soon.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Stayed at Smallwood House 17/04/14 - 19/04/14.

Had a fantastic stay. The room was lovely and the breakfast was great with a wide selection.

Christine, the owner, was lovely and could not do enough for us.

One of the great features of this B&B is that you can use the spa up the road free of charge - which is great after a long day of walking!

We even took Smallwood's teddy up Helvellyn for his photograph!

We would most definitely stay again.

Andrew & Callie

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Teddy says thank you so much for such a lovely walk. He has wanted to go up Helvellyn for some time now. It was a pleasure to have you staying with us. Do come back soon.
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2014

After a trying a few others on our frequent visits up to this part of Lakes, Smallwood is now our B&B of choice. Comfortable well presented and clean rooms, a warm welcome and what's more a car park right in the centre of Ambleside. The breakfasts are great, and although they might start a little late if you need to be out the door early, just ask and they will make sure the cold options are available. They even helped us out when we'd been let down by another establishment in a different part of the Lakes and needed some last minute accomodation on a busy weekend. And finally, keep this bit to yourself, passes to the Salutation Hotel's Spa, Gym and Pool; which is the best part of that hotel and for less money than staying there...what's not to like! The prices are bang on par for Ambleside, but what you're garanteed is somewhere that earns the price with service rather than just exploiting their location.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quiter, whilst some of those on the top have slightly reduced head room.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 21 April 2014
Thanks for letting everyone know what good value we offer. The use of the leisure facilities is so lovely at the end of a days walking or for relaxing in the middle of the day. Hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We stayed at Smallwood House for the 2013 New Year. The location is excellent with 2 restaurants right next door and many more a stones throw away. There are also many outdoor clothing shops within a short distance.

Anthony was very knowledgeable of goods walks from the guesthouse, so you don't even have to drive your car. Christine was on hand for breakfast and the choice was amazing.

Ambleside is one of my favourite destinations in the Lake District and Smallwood House is a brilliant base for touring the area. Even when we left on the 2nd of January, lots of new guests had arrived, proving this place is very popular. On our next visit to the Lakes, we would definitely try to stay at Smallwood House again.

Room Tip: Lots of floors, so choose the lower levels if you don't like stairs. The breakfast choice was am...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
Thank you, we hope to see you again very soon.
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

We have passed this hotel many times while in Ambleside and have always thought we would like to stay. We have just stayed for a couple of days and we were not disappointed. On arrival we received a warm welcome and were quickly checked in and shown to our room.
We stayed in room 7 which was clean and spacious with a lovely shower room.
The breakfast was very nice with plenty of choice. We would definitely like to stay again and would recommend to others

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 2 January 2014
Thank you for your comments. It is always nice to know that you have enjoyed your stay here. We hope to see you both again soon
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Hull, UK
2 reviews
Reviewed 30 October 2013

Warm, friendly welcome with clean, comfy rooms. Superb breakfast. Ideally located in the heart of Ambleside with private parking which is a great bonus around here. Some rooms are up 3 flights of stairs. Highly recommended.

Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 1 November 2013
Thank you, its always nice to know that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for letting everyone else know, we do really appreciate it.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2013

My wife and I stayed for a few nights and were very pleased that we did. It’s a great location, has parking, comfortable beds (all feather / down bedding) and reasonably sized comfortable rooms with an en suite bathroom (with a bath).
We had a small issue with the first room we were designated to, but this was resolved quickly and without incident and we moved to a top room which had a nice view overlooking Wansfell Pike.
Breakfasts had a good range of choice (Full English, Eggs and Salmon, porridge, fruit) and were brought to us with friendly service. Sausages weren’t really up too much, but they were edible and we set out each day "well fed" for some long walks.
I’d happily stay here again and recommend to a friend.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Smallwoodhouse, Owner at Smallwood House Hotel, responded to this review, 26 October 2013
Thank you for your review. We do aim to sort out any problems as soon as we possibly can and it is good to know that you enjoyed the room with the views towards Wansfell beautiful when the sun sets on it. Sorry you weren't keen on the sausage, they are quality sausage from the local butcher but maybe not to everyone's taste. If you mention it when you come next time, we can arrange to get a different one for you to try, we are always open to new suggestions from our guests if they would like anything different.
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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 #54 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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