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The Waterhead Inn

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In-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
In-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
In-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi
In-room safe, desk, iron/ironing board, free WiFi

Overview of The Waterhead Inn

The Waterhead Inn

4 out of 5

4.5/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.7/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Pet-friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast available
  • Business services

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
Lake Road, Ambleside, England, LA22 0ER

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationAmbleside Pier1 min walk
  • Popular LocationLake Windermere2 min walk
  • Popular LocationArmitt Museum and Gallery3 min drive
  • AirportBarrow-In-Furness (BWF-Walney Island)48 min drive

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About this area


Located in Ambleside, The Waterhead Inn is in a rural area and on a lake. Rydal Mount and Townend are local landmarks, and some of the area's attractions include Go Ape Grizedale and Kendal Museum. Lakes Aqaurium and Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway are also worth visiting.

What's nearby

  • Ambleside Pier - 1 min walk
  • Lake Windermere - 2 min walk
  • Armitt Museum and Gallery - 3 min drive
  • Brockhole - the Lake District Visitor Centre - 4 min drive
  • Wray Castle - 15 min drive

Getting around

  • Windermere Station - 8 min drive


  • Tarantella - 13 min walk
  • Fellinis - 15 min walk
  • Copper Pot - 15 min walk
  • Doi Intanon - 16 min walk
  • Sheila's Cottage - 16 min walk

About this property

The Waterhead Inn

Lakefront hotel with restaurant and bar/lounge
Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free hotel has a bar/lounge and a business centre. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, dry cleaning, laundry facilities and free newspapers are on-site. All 41 rooms provide conveniences such as electric kettles and free tea bags/instant coffee, plus in-room free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with digital channels. Guests will also find DVD players, hairdryers and safes.
The Waterhead Inn offers 41 forms of accommodation with DVD players and a safe. Flat-screen televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit and hairdryers.

Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and telephones. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available

Food and drink

  • Buffet breakfast available for a fee daily 9:00 AM–9:30 AM
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar

Things to do

  • Access to nearby health club
  • Access to nearby indoor pool

Family friendly

  • Access to nearby indoor pool
  • DVD player
  • Laundry facilities


  • Free newspapers in reception
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Wedding services

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Business centre
  • Meeting rooms


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Upper floors only accessible by stairs
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Smoke-free property

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets


  • Hairdryer
  • Shower/bathtub combination
  • Towels


  • Digital channels
  • DVD player
  • Flat-screen TV

Food and drink

  • Electric kettle
  • Free tea bags/instant coffee


  • Desk
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone
  • Safe

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Check-in from 3 PM - 10:30 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets are allowed for an extra charge of GBP 10 per pet, per night
Dogs welcome
2 per room
Specific rooms only, restrictions apply; pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Pet fee: GBP 10 per pet, per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, debit cards and cash

We should mention

The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section); guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Waterhead Boutique Hotel Ambleside
Waterhead Boutique Hotel
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Waterhead Boutique
Waterhead Hotel Ambleside
Waterhead Ambleside
Waterhead Hotel Ambleside Lake District
Ambleside Hotel Waterhead
Hotel Waterhead
Waterhead Hotel
The Waterhead Inn Hotel
The Waterhead Inn Ambleside
The Waterhead Inn Hotel Ambleside

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 78 out of 134 reviews
5 - Excellent 58%
Rating 4 - Good. 46 out of 134 reviews
4 - Good 34%
Rating 3 - Okay. 8 out of 134 reviews
3 - Okay 6%
Rating 2 - Poor. 1 out of 134 reviews
2 - Poor 1%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 134 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
A 10 minute walk to Ambleside, but otherwise a perfect spot by Lake Windermere’s northern shore. Helpful staff, and great restaurant food in the evening if you don’t want to go into the main village. The quality breakfast had perfect poached eggs.
Stayed 4 nights in Oct 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Property conditions & facilities
Perfectly located in Ambleside
The Waterhwad is perfectly located ocsted in Ambleside right beside Windermere. We could see the lake from our room. Quick efficient service in the restaurant. Sizable confortable room. I would stay here again.
Stayed 2 nights in Jul 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2021

4/5 Good

Stayed 2 nights in Jun 2021

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Lovely Hotel , great location, staff were very good and very helpful we were given a free room upgrade upon arrival the room was spacious and spotlessly clean and had a great view of the lake. Really enjoyed the breakfast plenty of variety. Would definately recommend.
Stayed 2 nights in May 2021