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Waterwheel Guesthouse Information


Our enchanting guesthouse, in Ambleside, has three beautifully furnished bedrooms, each with its own bathroom; perfect for a luxury or romantic break in the Lakes. The Grade II listed building is around 350 years old and nestles in an idyllic village-like area of old Ambleside, facing the Stockghyll stream and waterwheel. Set in one of the most picturesque towns in the Lake District, The Waterwheel Guesthouse is just a short walk from a great selection of shops and boutiques, and also many restaurants and hostelries. Our affiliation with the Ambleside Salutation Spa provides an opportunity for you to relax in their outdoor spa pool, or maintain fitness levels in the indoor pool and gym.  Warm yourself up, after a cold day in the fells, in the sauna and steam room - all within a few steps of the guesthouse! We provide the towels - don't forget your swimwear. This is a complimentary facility for our guests. If you feel like venturing a little farther afield, the nearby Kirkstone Pass offers a spectacular drive to one of the highest points above the Lake District where the views over Windermere and the Lakes are truly stunning. Ambleside is also centrally placed if you would like to visit the historic market towns of Kendal or Keswick. A break in the Lake District, at the Waterwheel Guesthouse, offers many opportunities for those who enjoy outdoor pursuits. Windermere is just 5 minutes away, by car, and has opportunities for sailing and windsurfing and of course some wonderful walks along the shores of the great lake. For those who prefer more adventurous walking opportunities, Scaffel Pike and Striding Edge offer a challenge to even the most hardenend of walkers.


  • Baggage store
  • Free high speed internet
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Wakeup call
  • Bike lock-up


  • Free parking
  • Off-site parking


  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Fine dining
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Lake
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Art galleries & museums
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Shopping
  • Shopping - boutique
  • Skydiving
  • Walking
  • Water activities


Check in: 16:00 till 19:00
Early check-in available on request
Check out: 10:30
Child Policy: Adults only
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Pets: No pets
Accommodation type: Guest house
Booking Terms and Conditions


  • Road from Burton-in-Kendal Services (31.0 miles)
    Sat nave postcode LA22 9DT. From Junction 36 of the M6, take the A590/591 to Ambleside (20 miles, 25 minutes). Continue through Ambleside centre, passing the Church spire on your left and continuing up Compston Road, past the shops, keeping to the right hand lane on this one way road. Turn right at the traffic lights at the top of the street, then first left (30 metres) at the Post Office onto North Road. 20 metres on the left is the entrance to a car-free cobbled alley (Bridge Street).
  • Train from London Euston (280.0 miles)
    The nearest major railway station is at Oxenholme (Kendal). London and Glasgow line trains stop here. From Oxenholme, you can transfer onto a Windermere bound train, stopping at Windermere station, which is 4 miles from Ambleside. Taxis and buses will be available at Windermere railway station.


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