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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

Enjoyed This
"Very pleasant, shame about limited parking."
Oct 11, 2019 - Altrincham, 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.

Enjoyed This
(53 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Sheila's Cottage (t/a The Gables) over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.9 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.8 Value for the Money
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Request for early breakfast was rejected
Dorothy Oct 12, 2019 Inverness-shire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very pleasant, shame about limited parking.
Other Comments
Bigger bed option would be good.
Bernadette Oct 11, 2019 Altrincham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly welcome and told all necessary details about meals and room. Comfortable and attractive bedroom. The breakfast was a meal to look forward to and plenty of choice. Attractive and well set out dining room.
Other Comments
A hotel to look forward to another stay.
Maureen Oct 04, 2019 MorecambeMorecambe, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very enjoyable, tea & coffee facilities very good
Peter Oct 04, 2019 Wirral, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very clean, comfortable B&B with friendly staff, overall a very pleasant stay
Other Comments
Idealy situated in Ambleside for all amenities and just a short walk to lake Windermere.
David Oct 02, 2019 Hartlepool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The Gables was in an excellent position in the centre of Ambleside but not noisy.The rooms were lovely,a very good breakfast and very friendly staff,and dog.Nothing negative to say about it.Lots of great restaurants within walking distance.
Other Comments
Keep up the good work,you do a great job.
denise and john Sep 28, 2019 Lancaster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel was very easy to find and walking distance to all amenities. A warm welcome on arrival was received and help was offered for any luggage up to your room. The room was well laid out and clean with washing facilities supplied along with a hairdryer. We found the bed comfortable. Our room was located at the front of the hotel but was not disturbed by any noise, as the road in front of the hotel finished at the church. We found it to be a great base to explore other areas of the Lake District. There was plenty of choice for breakfast and the staff were very friendly.
Linda Sep 28, 2019 Blackpool, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
This B&B has the perfect location for the town restaurants, bars and walking. The B&B is lovely up to date and really comfortable, also has a drying room for those wet days when you get soaked!. Our room was modern, clean and had a lovely comfortable bed. The breakfast was also good and the staff more than helpful.
Helen Sep 26, 2019 Barnsley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic quiet location. Lovely friendly and helpful staff. Delicious breakfast. Comfortable beds. Will definitely be back.
Pamela Sep 22, 2019 Southport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
three day stay - was good value. Owners very helpful and informative. Excellent breakfast.
Other Comments
lovely place to stay
Julia Sep 21, 2019 Sale, United Kingdom

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