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The Old Vicarage (Ambleside)

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Address: Vicarage Road / Ambleside / Cumbria / LA22 9DH / England

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      07.05.2010 15:45
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      better places to stay in ambleside

      When staying in ambleside I usually go for a week and get a cottage however only going for one night and we wanted something a bit better than a usual guesthouse so looking on the website I chose this one. They only had a superior room available which was £110 for two people B&B but the facilities and details on the website looked promising so I booked it.

      Just off vicarage road, close to the church. Some great walks straight from the doorstep so no need to use your car once there. The local fish & chip shop is the closest shop which is approx 25 metres from door and then after that there are a steady stream of restaurants, bars, shops all one after the other. The location is perfect.

      The guest house itself stands on a fantastic site. There are little path ways running of from the main drive way with secluded seating areas for people to enjoy the piece and quiet. Birdtables and other wildlife encouraging items are dotted around which can make a cup of tea and a piece of cake very enjoyable.
      Inside I thought it looked a bit like a residential home. It was chintzy and a bit run down and a weird smell which I still cannot identify. Residents were welcome in the lounge and I suppose it was fairly comfortable but I would not want to spend a great amount of time in there.
      The house itself has lots of little corridors running of it, with owls everywhere....not sure why!! There were dvd's, videos and games dotted around as well which is a good idea if the weather is bad or even if you have children staying with you to help occupy them.
      Free car parking so no problem parking here as lots of places.

      A small swimming pool of approx 12 metres is in a basement with a sauna and Jacuzzi, great after a hard days walking and very relaxing. These close at 7pm but are open throughout the day and is in a very clean environment.
      A conservatory with underfloor heating with lovely views of the fells so if a bit chilly outside a comfortable place to sit.

      As I say I stayed in a double superior. This was a good size with a wide screen tv with dvd and video, a king size bed and a lovely window overlooking ambleside. The bathroom had a Jacuzzi bath and a decent shower which felt great after a hard slog on the fells. Bath robes and slippers were also in the room along with tea coffee making facilities. The robes, towels etc did look and feel as though they had seen better days and to be honest I was a bit disappointed by the lack of luxury in the room as for £110/night which is not an insignificant amount I had expected better. There was hand soap in the bathroom, but no little bottles of anything, no cotton wool or any of the nice touches that I think should have been there. The bed was awful. It was hard and uncomfortable, and the choice of pillows was either 1cm thick or 10cm thick, nothing in between. I had a dreadful night sleep and this was directly attributable to the bed.

      This was good, cereal, juice, tea/coffee, cooked breakfast. It wasn't the best I've ever had but certainly not the worst. It came promptly was well cooked, and hot when it arrived and was tasty as well. Nice little touches such as home made preserves and home baked bread may have been nice though as I have had these in other guest houses and you can certainly tell the difference.

      It was ok, not fantastic. When I checked out I told them about the bed, I was polite and just said that they may one to take a look at it. The guy I spoke to basically said there was nothing wrong with it and showed no interest whatsoever that one of his guests had not enjoyed their stay. I had also ordered a refreshments and had to remind them as they forgot to bring it, not a hugely negative thing but in a hospitality role not that positive either.

      Overall an ok stay but too expensive for what it was and wouldn't go back. There is too much competition to be having this much of an average stay for this kind of price in Ambleside.


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        10.04.2009 18:06
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        A lovely, charming little B&B in the heart of the Lake District

        When we decided to go to Ambleside for a few nights we originally planned to go camping, as our trip approached we were a bit unsure about how good the weather would be and at the last moment did a search for a cheap B&B. The Old Vicarage at Ambleside wasn't the cheapest of the B&Bs we found in our search, however it definitely stood out as somewhere we both wanted to stay. At £45 per night each it was a little more expensive than we'd planned (bearing in mind we had originally wanted to go camping) however it was well worth the money!

        Arriving in Ambelside we were pleased to discover the B&B wasn't slap bang in the middle of this busy, bustling tourist destination. While we did need to drive through the centre, the B&B itself was down a quieter road which was ideal for us. The car park itself was fairly compact and not the easiest to manoeuvre around when busy however there is ample parking spaces and as it was a private car park, off the main road we were happy to leave the car without worrying about security. We took our bikes with us and as soon as we arrived we were given the option of storing them in a secure shed.

        Walking into the B&B we were greeted a by a very friendly lady who checked us in quickly and made us feel very welcome. It was apparent from the outset that this is a family establishment, with children and animals more than welcome.

        The room itself was quite big, fairly old fashioned and what I would describe to be "chintzy" but it had a very comfortable bed and a lovely big bathroom. If anything the old fashioned style gave the place extra charm - I don't however know if all of the rooms are similar styles. Within the room we also had access to a fridge, some comfortable chairs and a tv and VCR. In the hall and landing there were bookcases full of books and videos which you are more than welcome to pick up and use if you would like to.

        Breakfast is served in the main dining room and was lovely. In my opinion we were provided with a delicious, hearty meal every morning to start the day.

        We found the location to be ideal, outside of the centre of Ambleside but only a short walk to the numerous pubs, restaurants and shops. The nearest lake is Windemere and we found the easiest way to get there was via bus however you could walk or cycle if you want to, we just decided to be lazy! It is also an ideal location to use as a base if you to visit other parts of the Lake District including Wordsworth's House at Rydal Mounts, Coniston Water and the breathtaking mountains.

        While the room, breakfasts and location are all extremely good reasons to choose the Old Vicarage the thing that attracted us to this charming little B&B was the fact that it had an indoor pool and we were certainly not disappointed! The Lake District is notorious for rain and sure enough while we were there it rained quite heavily. We spent an afternoon relaxing in the pool and jacuzzi and thoroughly enjoyed the facilities.

        Overall our stay at the Old Vicarage was comfortable and very enjoyable. The staff were friendly and helpful, the room was cosy, the breakfast was tasty and the facilities were of the highest quality. In my opinion it is well worth a visit!


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      A deluxe B&B boasting an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and hot tub, roof top terrace and car parking surrounded in the lovely wooded grounds of Ambleside.

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