The Gables

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • 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 property's doorstep including Ambleside to Troutbeck

"Excellent facilities, stall all very accommodating"
Sep 11, 2019 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
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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. Bustling 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. 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.



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

Room amenities

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


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Bathtub or shower


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

Checkout: Standard Time is 10:30am.

Children and additional guests: No extra adult, child or baby allowed.

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-Sun, 9am-9pm ET

Winner: People's Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite Customer Service

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.

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(66 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Sheila's Cottage (t/a The Gables) over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.7 Value for the Money
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Good Breakfast
John Sep 11, 2019 Newbury chaddleworth, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent facilities, stall all very accommodating
Jackie Sep 11, 2019 Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Very pleasant, well run guest house. Good location on the edge of Ambleside, short walk into the town centre. Lovely breakfast, great staff. Lou was most helpful.
Mark Sep 08, 2019 AltrinchamAltrincham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very helpful and friendly the room was very accommodating the whole experience was more than we expected.
Other Comments
The owner and all the staff were very friendly. Nothing was too much for them. We would recommend to others.
christopher ziajka Sep 05, 2019 gunnislake, United Kingdom
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Lovely breakfast. Nice room. Excellent location.
Mrs K Jul 15, 2019 Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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Excellent break. Hotel is in a great location for exploring the Lakes, Staff were very friendly and efficient, made us feel very much at home. Will definitely go back to this hotel.
SUSAN Jul 15, 2019 EAST BOLDON, United Kingdom
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TRACEY Jul 13, 2019 Chester le Street, United Kingdom
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Wonderful staff and spotlessly clean Guest House with breakfast to due for we would recommend and book again
Jul 13, 2019 doncaster, United Kingdom
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Rooms Very clean, the house well kept and tastefully decorated. plenty of choice for breakfast,
Barbara Jul 12, 2019 Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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We had a good time at the Gables, the staff very pleasant and helpful. The bedrooms were nice and clean. Breakfast choice was good and well cooked, It might have helped if breakfast started at 8.00am instead of 8.30am.
Other Comments
Car parking was a bit tight and only 8 spaces available.
Brian Jul 11, 2019 Abergele, United Kingdom

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