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Ambleside Lodge

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Ambleside Lodge,
Rothay Road,
LA22 0EJ

Tel: 015394 31681


Our Lake District bed and breakfast, Ambleside Lodge, was originally built circa 1875 as a Gentleman's residence, and was named "Rothay Holme" after the River Rothay which flows from Grasmere into Lake Windermere. Owning most of the land surrounding the church, both sides of the river and down to the lake, it commanded a respectable and enviable position in the community.

In 1912 it was then bought by the local council, and used primarily as council offices until 1978. The field was used for the local sheep auctions on the last Friday of every month, and one of the ground floor rooms was occupied by the local dentist.

The third owner of the property was the National trust, whom for 14 years used the building as their offices, and then finally after being empty for two years Rothay Holme was returned to private ownership.

Beautifully restored, and tastefully decorated, it reopened its doors to provide quality and elegant Lake District accommodation to those visiting the National Park.

Featuring some exceptional examples of original oak panelling, dating back to 1654, and brought here in 1875 from local churches, the skills and craftsmanship that were used, can now be shared by all, in the different rooms throughout the building.
Most of the walls are between 2 and 3 feet thick and are primarily constructed from Lakeland stone.

The name was changed, after much deliberation, to prevent confusion between the many other hotels, guests houses and private homes all bearing the name "Rothay" in their title, and Ambleside Lodge Bed and Breakfast adequately described the current lifestyle of the property.

The lodge is situated in Ambleside in the heart of the English Lake District, 2 minutes walk from the centre and about 5 minutes walk to Lake Windermere. There are over 30 pubs and restaurants within walking distance from the Lodge. No need to drive as our own car park can accommodate over 20 cars.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Lake District bed and breakfast accommodation in Ambleside.


Ambleside Lodge has 18 bedrooms which are all en suite. All our rooms are different in sizes, decor and amenities. All our rooms have digital colour televisions and DVD players with a selection of films available throughout your stay. A wireless internet access point is available for our guests.
We have 8 rooms on the ground floor and 10 rooms on the first floor.
We have a selection of standard rooms, twin rooms, superior rooms which comprise a 4 poster bed and some with Jacuzzi bath.

Four poster bedrooms with en suite Jacuzzi

We have 5 large 4 Poster rooms with Jacuzzi bath and dining table for breakfast service in the room at extra cost.
We have communicating rooms for the family being made of 1 double room en suite for the parents opening on to a twin bedded room en suite for the children.
We have a large 4 poster room with Jacuzzi bath and dining table dedicated for couples who wish to bring their pet on vacation with them. The particularity of this room is that it is on the ground floor and has a door opening onto the outside.
We are a non smoking Lodge and people who have not yet been able to kick the habit normally gather in the front veranda outside the main entrance.
We are secluded away from the main road into Ambleside as we have our own drive and are situated in a 2,5 acre site with mainly woodland. This feature is particularly appreciated as all our rooms are quiet and offer peace and serenity.
We have our own car park.


Ambleside Lodge is pleased to offer the facilities of one of Lakeland’s finest Leisure Club including a 20 metre swimming pool, a spa, sauna, steam room, sanarium, tropical shower, deluge shower, Exercise studio and Tennis court.

Bedroom Facilities
All our rooms have en suite facilities.
8 Ground floor rooms , 10 on the first floor.
A good mixture of room lay-outs : Single rooms, twin rooms, double rooms, double room with King Sized bed, 4 poster rooms, some with Jacuzzi bath, some with dining table and chairs for breakfast service in the room.
Family rooms ( communicating rooms) or very large rooms with extra bed.
General facilities
Free car Park on site.
Digital Colour TV and DVD players in the rooms.
Wireless Internet access point.
Laundry facilities.
Wet clothes and shoes drying facilities in our boiler room.
Free use of the Langdale leisure club.
Pets welcome but we are limited in the rooms availability.
Tennis court, mini-golf available next door.
Lake District Golf courses in Windermere and Kendal.
2 minutes walk to the centre of Ambleside.
5 minutes walk to the Lake Windermere steamer departure jetty at Waterhead pier.
Ambleside Lodge is set in a 2,5 acre site made of lawn and woodland.


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