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

"Lovely breakfast. Nice room. Excellent location."
Mrs K
Jul 15, 2019 - Wellingborough, 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. Guests get a discount at the property's sister restaurant, and free passes to a nearby health club.



  • 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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(58 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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Lovely breakfast. Nice room. Excellent location.
Mrs K Jul 15, 2019 Wellingborough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
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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The Gables is situated in a very central location with both private and on street parking. The room was spotless, the breakfast was excellent and the staff were very attentive. Nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommended.
David Jul 05, 2019 Lancs, United Kingdom
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Our stay at the Gables was perfect in every way. The location was amazing, as was the room .with wonderful views . Food was excellent and staff who were friendly and helpful.
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We would highly recommend The Gables who have gone that extra step to make their guests stay a wonderful experience.
Brian Jul 04, 2019 Coventry, United Kingdom
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Great location, lovely guest house , quick service and lovely breakfast to set you up for the day
Michael Jun 26, 2019 .south killingholme, United Kingdom
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A very pleasant experience. a very convenient location for sightseeing round the various lakes. Our room was very pleasant, clean and relatively quiet. The breakfast was excellent , very efficiently served. The accommodation has some lovely artistic touches and we felt all in all it was excellent value for money. We would certainly go back if visiting the lakes again
Dinah Jun 26, 2019 Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

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