The Gables

Kate Harden-England
Deal Expert

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

"All of it! Staff were friendly hotel was clean It was fab"
3 Dec, 2018 - Birmingham, UK
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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. 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 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

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 Sheila's Cottage (t/a The Gables) over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.8 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.6 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
All of it! Staff were friendly hotel was clean It was fab
Deb 03 Dec, 2018 Birmingham, UK
Enjoyed Most
Breakfast was delicious, good quality food and excellent service
Other Comments
Ideal location for a short break, close to all amenities. Staff were really friendly, would love to return.
Emma 27 Nov, 2018 Warrington, UK
Enjoyed Most
The location and ambiance
Other Comments
Lovely staff, great breakfasts
Peter 25 Nov, 2018 Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Enjoyed Most
Great location. The staff and owners were very good and friendly. Rooms were clean and nice. Breakfast was excellent.
Other Comments
Very good. Would definitely go back.
Ian 14 Nov, 2018 Gateshead, UK
Enjoyed Most
The staff and management
Other Comments
They provide all facilities including ice machine and fresh milk.
anthony 09 Nov, 2018 Bury, UK
Enjoyed Most
Location is perfect. Great breakfast. Clean comfortable room.
JULIE 05 Nov, 2018 Consett, UK
Other Comments
We did get good parking spot but parking at the hotel is very limited.
Sergei 01 Nov, 2018 Northwich, UK
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Perfect location and really friendly and ultra efficient staff. Spotlessly clean.
Julia 01 Nov, 2018 Ashford, UK
Enjoyed Most
Great location, parking, comfortable room and great breakfast
Christopher 10 Oct, 2018 Kidlington, UK
Enjoyed Most
Proximity to town. Good breakfast.
pamela 06 Oct, 2018 St Albans, UK

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