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The Gables

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Why We Love It

  • This Victorian guesthouse is a few minutes' walk from Ambleside, "a popular centre for Lake District excursions" (Fodor's)
  • Lake Windermere is five minutes' drive away
  • There are a host of walking and cycling trails accessible from the hotels' doorstep including Ambleside to Troutbeck

Enjoyed This
(23 Member Ratings)
"The staff and management"
09. Nov 2018
Bury, United Kingdom

Map & Directions

Limited parking is available. The guesthouse is near the A591, approximately 30 minutes' drive from the M6. Oxenholme Lake District station is roughly 35 minutes drive away.

Rooms & Rates

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The Gables in Ambleside has easy access to the natural wonders and pretty villages of the Lake District National Park.

The Victorian property is on the edge of parkland a few minutes walk from the centre of Ambleside, "an attractive little town" which is "a favourite base for hikers" (Lonely Planet). 

Lake Windermere is five minutes' drive away and Bowness is 15 minutes' drive from the guesthouse. Coniston Water, offering "a quiet beauty that sets it apart from the more popular destinations" (Rough Guides) is around 25 minutes by car. Bustingly Kendal, home to the famous mint cake, is 30 minutes' drive away.

The Gables' 19th-century exterior gives way to a modern interior, which features a guest lounge. Complimentary cooked breakfast made from locally sourced ingredients is served in the informal dining room hung with colourful artworks, and further amenities include bike storage and a drying room. Guests get a discount at the property's sister restaurant, and free passes to a nearby health club.

Pets are allowed at the hotel (supplements apply).



  • No pets allowed
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4-8pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18. For arrivals outside of the opening hours please contact the hotel directly for further information.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 8.30-10.30am.

Children and additional guests: There is no extra bed available.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm AET

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(23 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Sheila's Cottage (t/a The Gables) over the past 15 months.
4.1 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The staff and management
Other Comments
They provide all facilities including ice machine and fresh milk.
anthony 09. Nov 2018 Bury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location is perfect. Great breakfast. Clean comfortable room.
JULIE 05. Nov 2018 Consett, United Kingdom
Other Comments
We did get good parking spot but parking at the hotel is very limited.
Sergei 01. Nov 2018 Northwich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Perfect location and really friendly and ultra efficient staff. Spotlessly clean.
Julia 01. Nov 2018 Ashford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location, parking, comfortable room and great breakfast
Christopher 10. Oct 2018 Kidlington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Proximity to town. Good breakfast.
pamela 06. Oct 2018 St Albans, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
It was clean, the staff who worked in the breakfast room were polite and friendly.
Other Comments
Our stay was in an Attic room with condensation streeming down the single pane windows when the heating was on. Following night no heating, so the room was very cold. The request for heating was'nt well received neither was the advice regarding where's the best place to park. I'd rather pay more for a stay in the Lakes and meet friendly hosts, i.e. people who enjoy their job.
Patricia 03. Oct 2018 Poulton-le-Fylde, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
quiet rooms , good breakfast, thanks
Veronica 03. Oct 2018 Settle, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
In the centre of Ambleside. Convenient for shops, restaurants, buses.
Other Comments
Very comfortable, friendly b & b. Excellent breakfast and many extras that make a holiday special. We had a lovely stay and look forward to returning.
Veronica 01. Oct 2018 Southport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Service and breakfast. Very welcoming and friendly place.
Jonathan 27. Sep 2018 Norwich, United Kingdom

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