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Waterhead Hotel – Ambleside Hotel

A 4 star boutique hotel on the shores of Lake Windermere near Ambleside, Lake District

Experience everything the Lake District has to offer in a stylish, sophisticated and contemporary luxury hotel. The Waterhead hotel near Ambleside, cleverly combines a traditional Lakeland setting with the comfort of a luxury boutique four star hotel. Every detail is designed to offer a relaxed, intimate atmosphere, while its attentive, award winning service will make you feel right at home.

'a slick bolthole with the prettiest of views'
Best Hotels in The Lake District: The Telegraph (2016)
Couple stood looking out over the lake View Photos Enjoy the beauty of the Lakes


Waterhead hotel boasts 41 modern and stylish bedrooms with three categories of rooms to choose from. House rooms offer everything you would expect from a boutique Lake District Hotel. Classic rooms enjoy spectacular lake views over Windermere. Luxury lake view rooms have lots of extra special touches included from luxury bath robes and boutique toiletries to complimentary beverages and snacks such as Nespresso Coffee pods and Bedrock Gins.

Book a room direct with English Lakes to ensure you receive the best price for your stay at Waterhead hotel.

The Bar & Grill Restaurant

The Bar and Grill Restaurant at Waterhead hotel presents diners with a varied menu that champions local ingredients and puts a modern day twist on popular, Cumbrian dishes. Dine in a beautifully lit restaurant with subdued modern interiors designed to give a relaxed, contemporary dining experience.

Bar & Lounge

Waterhead Bar and Lounge offers diners an all­day menu within a relaxed, modern hotel environment. Enjoy the lake views from the comfort of the bar or lounge or take your meal 'al fresco' out on the hotel's lakeside garden and terrace. Afternoon tea is also served daily, which is extra delightful when enjoyed on the hotel lawn.

The Waterhead Garden

Out & About in Ambleside and the Lake District

Waterhead hotel, with its prime position on the shores of Lake Windermere, is just half a mile from Ambleside making it ideally located for exploring the Lake District. Visitors will also enjoy walking the fells, taking a Lake Windermere cruise or simply visiting the many local attractions in Ambleside and the surrounding area.

Family Hotel Breaks with Children

Younger children will also receive a Sam's Club goody bag on arrival, and our regularly changing children’s menus help provide a fun and varied stay for all the family.

Leisure & Beauty Facilities

Guests of the Waterhead hotel receive full complimentary membership of our sister hotel's leisure complex, the Low Wood Bay Leisure Club, located at Low Wood Bay just one mile away. Facilities include feature pool, hot tubs, steam room, sauna, gym, squash court and beauty salons, so you can enjoy being pampered after a long day of exploring the outdoors. Situated just one mile away, on the Lake Windermere shoreline, the Low Wood Bay Watersports Centre offers a range of instructional courses and tuition as well as lots of creative ways to enjoy the lake. Waterhead hotel residents can enjoy a discount of 10%.

Events & Activities

Waterhead hotel hosts an array of memorable and 'individual' events throughout the year such as our popular gin tasting evenings or special dinners. Check out our events and activities page to find out about our upcoming events at Waterhead.

Hotel Facilities

  • 41 Bedrooms with en-suite & daily housekeeping
  • Check-in from 15:00 & Check-out until 11:00
  • Restaurant, Bar & Grill
  • Free Wifi
  • Free guest parking
  • Electric Charging Point
  • Free Use of local Leisure club
  • Dogs welcome
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015
  • TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2015
  • 24 hour reception
  • Family Friendly

Additional Hotel Information

From our Guests at The Waterhead

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