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“Warm welcome, brilliant breakfasts & comfortably clean”

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Ambleside American-style Compston House B&B
Ranked #11 of 103 Ambleside B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

We booked at the last minute for a break between Christmas & New Year and were clearly fortunate to find that there was still one room available! Sue & Jerry were both there to welcome us, sort out the parking permit, answer questions about the town including where to eat that evening and then settle us in to our immaculately clean room. Yet, the best was still to come! Both of us have lived in the States so had high expectations for breakfast & we were not disappointed. Jerry's smile & chatter were gently amusing, the flexibility to make up your own breakfast was great and Sue's cooking was amazing; everything, including the famous pancakes, was beautifully presented & delicious. We definitely didn't need lunch! Sue & Jerry are clearly knowledgeable about the local area recommending walks & restaurants plus wet-weather activities. I left my walking boots in the room but we had a call that afternoon and the boots were put in the post. They arrived safely, after the New Year, and had been carefully boxed & wrapped; yet, another sign of the care & attention given to every detail of our stay. We have already recommended Compston House to family & would love to go back ourselves.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

We've stayed at Compston House many times after discovering it by chance. Despite it being nearly 4 years since our last visit, we received the same warm welcome and wonderful service. Compston House is always spotlessly clean, we love the themed rooms and it's in a great location for all that Ambleside has to offer. Sue and Jerry will advise on restaurants, places to visit and good walks. And the breakfasts are something we really look forward to. The only problem we have is deciding how many pancakes we can actually manage to eat! We'd recommend (and have done) Compston House to anyone looking for a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Our favourite is the Florida room but we've stayed in most now and love the US theme.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

I stayed here with my boyfriend and a couple of friends in Feb so that we could go walking. Sue and Jerry gave us a ring the day before to check our arrival times and ensure everything was ready for our stay, On arrival Jerry and Sue were there straight away to give us the parking permit and get us settled in our rooms which were absolutely spotless with brew facilities, toiletries and lovely views of the hills.

The ensuite is small but, again, spotlessly clean with a lovely hot shower and fluffy towels. We were given loads of helpful info about local restaurants and Jerry lent us his walking book :-)

At breakfast nothing was too much trouble...I had yoghurt with fresh fruit followed by pancakes, eggy bread, bacon and scrambled egg on the first day which was delicious. Jerry was keen for us to try everything we fancied and as much as we wanted and there was no pressure to finish if you'd overfaced yourself! We were really set up perfectly for a day on the fells! On Valentine's day we came down to breakfast to find a chocolate heart hidden under our cup...what a lovely treat! :-)

The bed was very comfortable and we had an excellent night's sleep. I have already recommended this place to a friend and will most definitely head back in future.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

We stayed here in September last year for 3 nights and I have been meaning to add a review. Sue & Jerry made us feel very welcome, helpful with restaurant suggestions and places to visit, The breakfasts were fantastic, you would not go hungry and Sue's pancakes were simply the best. Jerry would try and persuade us to have 'one more' in the morning and to be honest they were difficult to resist!! We stayed in the New York room which was a nice size, clean and confortable. With this room you also got a parking permit which came in useful. We love the lakes and Ambleside and if return would definately go back to Compston House!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

I can only add to the general praise for Compston House. Just spent three nights with snow and sub zero temperatures outside but the house was very warm and cosy inside, matched by the warm reception you will recieve from Sue and Jerry.
Very well positioned for restaurants, pubs and cinemas (three nearby) and although there is no parking on site (this is common in Ambleside) you are provided with a permit to park for free in local car parks.
Sue prides herself on her breakfasts and Jerry is a pursuasive advocate.Having worked my way down the option list over the last three days...but still not exhausted the menu I can confirm that their pride is completely justified.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

I'll keep this short as this was our second visit to Compston House. it's just as good as the last time with a warm friendly welcome from the owners, spotlessly clean throughout, comfortable accommodation and a delicious and plentiful breakfast.







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Reviewed 5 February 2012

I have just returned from a weekend here with my husband, we stayed in the New York room and it was perfect loved all those little touches. Sue and Jerry are wonderful hosts and do anything to make your stay warm and welcoming. The breakfasts are fab, they certainly don't want you to go hungry! We had lot's of snow on the sat but this didn't spoil our holiday and we have some amazing pictures. Ate in the evening at the Priest hole and Zeferelli's lovely meals at both. Will definately be back and perhaps would like to try out the Florida Room next time as this is our Fav holiday destination. Thank you Sue and Jerry for a wonderful stay.

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Address: Compston Road, Ambleside LA22 9DJ, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #11 of 103 B&Bs / Inns in Ambleside
Price Range: £79 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
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