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Review of Ambleside American-style Compston House B&B

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Ambleside American-style Compston House B&B
Ranked #6 of 105 Ambleside B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“A really memorable place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

The Lake District is full of many b&b establishments of varying quality but if you are looking for somewhere that stands out from the crowd and provides a really memorable holiday experience then Ambleside 'American-style' Compston House B&B is the place to stay! My wife and I have just returned home from yet another visit there as Sue and Jerry have made it into such a unique place where guests are warmly welcomed. Each room is themed to a particular state and the house is full of American memorabilia, lovingly collected over the years. Everything is very well maintained and beautifully clean but it is breakfast which carries the most memories! Jerry conducts the breakfast room like a true maestro and creates a really great atmosphere. The choice and generosity of what is on offer is amazing and fully deserves the English Tourist Breakfast Award of which they are so proud! We hope to return agai to sample more of Sue's pancakes, muffins and eggy bread!!

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St Helens, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

Our fourth get together with friends in Ambleside and our fourth stay at Compston House. We would not bother to book any other accomodation, as everything at this "Little piece of America in the heart of the English Lake district" is absolutely great.
Sue & Jerry obviously work very hard to maintain their very high standards for visitors, yet are always cool calm and helpful at all times.
The breakfast menu is the best. Try the all American breakfast with the pancakes its brilliant, you can even have more if you really can manage it.
A weekend away walking with friends around Ambleside is such a pleasure. Staying at Compston House makes it perfect.

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Guisborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013

Please see our review of 6/10/2012-We went with our same friends to the same rooms on 17/4/13 - 20/4/13 & everything was excellent yet again! Attention to detail is second to none & this visit was just as good, if not better, than the first - if that was possible! We're already planning our next trip. Thanks Jerry & Sue

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2013 via mobile

This was my second trip here and loved the stay as much as first. I would recommend the place to anyone. Good location, and the hosts are lovely. Breakfasts are fantastic, especially if you're a walker and need to fill yourself up, as I felt as though Gerry would not let me go until he was satisfied I was full. Loved it!

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Chester le Street
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013

Sue and Jerry know how much we love sharing their home - we have been coming back several times every year since 2001. We want everyone who uses Tripadvisor to help them decide where to stay to know that they won't find a better place in the Lakes. You will find Compston House, which is centrally located in Ambleside, is immaculately clean, comfortable and homely; the breakfasts are of the highest quality and you can have whatever you want from a wide variety of options; and the hosts are the icing on the cake. Sue and Jerry are the most welcoming, friendly, helpful and pleasant people we have have ever met - a perfect partnership. We will keep coming back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013 via mobile

Having experienced the holiday of a lifetime on a road trip down the west coast of the USA last year, I thought it would be a nice idea to stay here and sample American style breakfasts once again (though sadly not American style weather!)

So, my wife and I stayed for two nights in the Florida room and thought it was a brilliant little treat - Sue and Jerry were excellent hosts and made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived.

Our room had the benefit of its own space in a private car park which was literally a 30 second walk from the B&B - this was very handy for all my wife's heavy suitcases...

The Florida room itself was lovely - it was huge, light and airy, toasty warm and had 3 windows with great views from each.

The room was painted white with a cheerful beach themed wallpaper border and even the carpet looked like a sandy beach! White furniture and a comfy bed completed the room, the tea and coffee making facilities in the room were appreciated and even the tv was white and sat nicely with the decor.

It is clear that a lot of thought and care has been put into designing the rooms - in fact, it was as though we were in Miami Dade itself but without the threat of being stung by an indignant Box Jellyfish or chomped by an enraged Carcharodon carcharias.

As for the en suite bathroom, I found it more than adequate, with a handy newly installed illuminated mirror which Sue was very proud of! If I had one tiny complaint I would say that the paper bath mats were a bit annoying but I fully understand the necessity of them for eco-friendly reasons.

Sue & Jerry provided us with discount vouchers for a couple of local restaurants which were appreciated although we must confess we didn't use them, having previously experienced the delights of The Glass House a couple of years ago (see review), we settled on a visit to Dodds on the first night and Hooked in Windermere on the second night.

In the morning, breakfast was served in a bright and cheerfully decorated front dining room - you can contemplate the ominous grey clouds descending on Loughrigg Fell while you eat which certainly helps when deciding whether to go back to bed or not.

Breakfast itself is clearly the star of the show here. Served by the friendly Jerry with an occasional appearance by the chef Sue, it was a real treat. You can start with fruit, cereal or yogurt and then have the cooked breakfast of your choice from the smorgasbord of tempting goodies on offer! I haven't enjoyed pancakes as good as these since our trip to the United States, they were served with a vat of maple syrup and my only complaint about them was Sue's flat refusal to give me her recipe!

An absolute must for me is good coffee with breakfast and here it is served properly - rich and strong in a big cafetiere with the promise of more in the unlikely event that it runs dry...

Another high point for me was the clear mastery of bacon on display here. Unlike the curled shoe tongues normally consumed in English B&B's across the land, in Compston House the bacon is thick, crispy and of a hearty, rough-hewn meatiness not normally seen on these shores - it looks as if it was taken off the pig while it was trying to escape. Lovely!

Radiant with cholesterol and contentment, neither of us were particularly hungry for the rest of the day and breakfast is probably the thing I will miss most about this awesome place.

We would recommend Compston House without hesitation. Thanks to Sue and Jerry for your hospitality and kindness, we hope to stay with you again in the future. God bless America!

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

Stay at Compston House and you are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome from Sue and Jerry, nothing is too much trouble.We stayed in the Texas room which was extremely comfortable and spotlessly clean. The highlight was definitely the breakfast, we have visited America several times but Sue's pancakes are the best we have ever tasted, can't wait to go back for more!

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Property: Ambleside American-style Compston House B&B
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 #6 of 105 B&Bs / Inns in Ambleside
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Number of rooms: 9
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