Waterhead Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • "Comfortable and spotless, with excellent service" -- Fodor's
  • The hotel overlooks Lake Windermere and is a 15-minute stroll from the shops and pubs in the centre of Ambleside
  • There's a "stylish" (The Daily Telegraph) restaurant offering regional dishes with a modern twist, made from locally produced ingredients

"Smart hotel , lovely location, great attention to detail."
Jul 5, 2019 - Manchester, United Kingdom
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Waterhead Hotel offers "smart rooms, a snazzy restaurant and a lakeside position" (The Daily Telegraph), making it a great base from which to explore the Lake District's dramatic fells and pretty villages. The hotel is housed in a Victorian building that looks out over Lake Windermere, about a 15-minute walk from Ambleside town centre and Ambleside Roman Fort. 

The Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole is about a 30-minute walk away, while Grasmere is a 10-minute drive along the edge of Rydal Water; head there to visit two former homes of William Wordsworth: Dove Cottage and Allen Bank. Keswick, on the edge of Derwent Water, takes about 30 minutes to reach by car from the hotel.

Waterhead Hotel's interiors are "light and airy, with a bold, clutter-free style", says The Daily Telegraph, with bold wallpaper and art inspired by the local area. Guests can dine on brasserie-style dishes in the smart grill restaurant, sip cocktails on leather chairs in the bar with its floor-to-ceiling windows and relax on the lake-view terrace. Guests can use the facilities at the Health Club at Low Wood Bay Resort, the hotel's sister property, which is two minutes away by car or an easy 20-minute walk.

"Generous" (The Daily Telegraph) rooms are located in either the Victorian building or in the modern extension, built in a similar style, that adjoin and have indoor access to the main wing. Rooms feature splashes of colour and come with a TV, a DVD player, designer toiletries, locally made gingerbread and tea- and coffee-making facilities.



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour room service
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • DVD / CD player & library
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant


Check-in: Standard Time is 3pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Children and additional guests: Crib/Pack 'n Play available upon request, free of charge, for children 2 and under.
Please use the Special Request field to confirm the age of the third guest.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions and rate policies for information about room occupancy and prices.
Extra guest charges will apply as follows:
Breakfast is included.
Extra bed available upon request, for older children and adults: £25 per night.

Pets: Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Two dogs maximum per room are allowed on request and will be charged at 20 GBP per night, per dog.

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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(27 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Waterhead Hotel (part of English Lakes Hotels) over the past 15 months.
4.6 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.6 Rooms
4.8 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Smart hotel , lovely location, great attention to detail.
Mirela Jul 05, 2019 Manchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great Hotel excellent service nothing too much trouble for the staff. would definitely visit again
Other Comments
Great place to stay just outside Ambleside on the edge of Lake Windemere, very easy to catch the boat ferries to various points on the lake. Lots of walking routes and water sports available.
Debby Jul 02, 2019 Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Totally superb hotel, quality is the key word at the Waterhead; with a genuinely helpful and friendly staff we had one of our best weekends ever. The rooms are spotlessly clean and the location is ideal for Ambleside and Bowness. The open top bus was really convenient and because we purchased a group day ticket we were able to make several journeys really cheaply. I can't speak highly enough about this hotel - a little gem, we are already planning our next break at the Waterhead.
Chris Jul 01, 2019 Egremont, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendliness of staff. Laid back atmosphere in bar.
Other Comments
Breakfast and bar food excellent. Dinner not so good. It was OK, just nothing special.
Peter Jun 17, 2019 Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Getting to rooms and reception a bit of hike from carpark
Norma Jun 13, 2019 Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Clean & friendly
William Jun 07, 2019 Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
lovely hotel in a good position and friendly staff
keith Jun 07, 2019 Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food and service
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Loved our first stay with our baby at this hotel. We loved the food...the service...the comfy bed...the staff..the extras we got( gin, teas, chocs, ).the room and the view! All of it was fab !
Christina May 30, 2019 Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Other Comments
Excellent on all levels
Ann May 17, 2019 Sheffield, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Service and location
Other Comments
Longstanding excellence
Gerald May 15, 2019 Solihull, United Kingdom

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