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The Waterwheel Guesthouse
Ranked #11 of 103 Ambleside B&B and Inns
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esher, surrey
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“So good I almost don't want to tell anyone else”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

A beautiful room, fabulous bathroom, warm and friendly welcome, truly amazing breakfast, we never want to stay anywhere else. Extra touches included chocolate cake in the room, port, selection of teas including herbal and natural toiletries from Faith in Nature. Excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

From the first moment to the final goodbye, the friendly Nigel and Julie made us feel very welcome.

The B&B is perfectly located, and with three rooms feels comfortable, cosy, and peaceful, and you can certainly tell that much attention has been paid to the details: from the delicious-smelling shower gel, to the fresh kippers for breakfast, and the port and chocolate cake waiting for our return from the Lakes, everything was perfect.

We would definitely come again and strongly recommend a stay here.

Thank you Nigel and Julie!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2012

Warm welcome from Nigel on arrival. Stockghyll room was lovely and comfortable with a view of the waterwheel. Everything was spotless and beautifully decorated. Some excellent touches - parking permit, homemade chocolate cake, decanter with port, tea tray, soft towels and nice toiletries. Breakfast was freshly prepared and there was a good choice of fresh fruit salad, cereal, yogurt, juice and Julie's homemade jams as well as cooked items. As we were there on Valentine's morning we were also offered a glass of Buck's Fizz at breakfast - lovely!
We would certainly hope to return at a later date.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mirfield West Yorkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

We love staying at the Waterwheel so much we've made in our annual winter break.
Julie and Nigel are the best hosts,making us feel so welcome. Nigel makes the best chocolate cake, which is just what you need when playing cards in their cosy breakfast room on a cold November afternoon!
Breakfast is a treat. The room and the fab bath are hard to beat.
The location is perfect. If it starts to rain when you've set off for an evening in one of the many good places to eat, you can run back to collect an umbrella from the umbrella stand in the hall!
We'll be savouring the thought that we'll be back there again in November.....

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

stayed this weekend, was a very pleasant weekend with lovely hosts and room and fab breakfast. We will definately return and have come home chilled and rested (well apart form all of the walking and sightseeing). Had a great meal in Matthews Bistro and the Waterwhell is in a fab position and full of character.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

We stayed at the Waterwheel in September 2011. We loved the central location (but in a quiet little street tucked away from the town centre); Nigel and Julie were really friendly and we felt very comfortable staying in their house! The breakfast was one of the best we had on our holiday. It can be a little tight getting up and down the stairs with luggage, so if you're travelling with lots of stuff, it's not ideal! Also beware if you're on the tall side. The rooms were really comfortable with lovely touches such as a small decanter of port, everything was clean and beautifully maintained. Would definitely recommend to someone looking for a comfortable B&B in a central location.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

I booked this as a surprise silver wedding celebration night after researching ambleside b and bs and hotels on Tripadvisor as I find their reviews on the most part a good indicator of what a place is actually like. You obviously have to read a few to gauge consensus, but it has always stood us in good stead.

This was booked as a secret, known to everyone except my wife who was not told of the final destination until we reached the outskirts of the Lakes (where we coincidently stopped for lunch at a pub called ...The Waterwheel!!)

Nigel was in on the subterfuge from the beginning and was also aware of the special occasion and they did us proud. The room (Stockghyll) was perfect and as hosts Nigel and Julie could not have been better. Top notch and thankyou for making our silver wedding so lovely.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Waterwheel Guesthouse
Address: 3 Bridge Street, Ambleside LA22 9DU, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Ambleside
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 103 B&Bs / Inns in Ambleside
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Waterwheel Guesthouse 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This Grade II Listed building sits on an ancient cobbled street overlooking Stockghyll stream. All the shops and restaurants of Ambleside are a short stroll. There are just 3 bedrooms, all doubles, each with a Victorian style iron bedstead. Each room has its own bathroom with a bath, shower and heated towel rail. Victorian landscape prints, original slate floors and quality antique furniture all add to the historic and charming atmosphere. A parking permit for the nearby car park is provided.Please note, there is a 2 night minimum stay and 3 nights minimum on bank holidays. ... more   less 
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