About Smallwood House, Ambleside

Welcome to Smallwood House Hotel - Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria

Anthony & Christine have been welcoming new guests and old friends to Smallwood House for 24 years.  Our fine Victorian town house offers 12 comfortable, individually furnished bedrooms and we have been awarded 4 stars by our Visit England inspector.  We have also gained a Breakfast award thanks to the quality and content of our breakfasts, see the food page for more information.

The Lounge

Our warm, comfortable guest lounge provides the perfect place to relax after a day of activities, or to gather before an evening out in Ambleside.  We love to hear the laughter as guests can often be found playing games, chatting or reading from our selection of local books.  The open fire is lit throughout the winter, and occasionally when needed in the Summer!

Special occasions

If you're celebrating or if you'd just like to treat that someone special then we'll be happy to arrange flowers and champagne for your arrival.  Please let us know if you have any other special requests and we'll do our best to help.

Leisure facilities

We have arranged for our guests to use the leisure facilities at the Salutation Hotel and Spa which is just a 2 minutes walk away.  The Salutation Spa offers a beautiful 12m long swimming pool, sauna, steam room and indoor and outdoor hot tubs.  For the more active among you, their gym equipment is state-of-the-art with built in televisions and iPod docking stations.  We have 4 passes available at any one time for Smallwood House guests.

The Great Outdoors

Everyone at Smallwood House shares a passion for both the hotel and our surrounding area.  We've done most of the local walks ourselves (high and low level) and we're always delighted to share our knowledge.  Ambleside is a fantastic location to explore the wider Lake District and whether you're travelling on foot, by bike,car,bus or even boat we'll gladly help you arrange your activities.

We have a private car park behind the hotel, which is used exclusively for our guests. 


We offer complimentary wifi access throughout the hotel for our guests.

Nurture Lakeland

We are members of the visitor payback scheme run through Nurture Lakeland.  Nurture Lakeland is a registered charity which helps tourism buisnesses and individuals donate to conservation projects which will ensure that the Lake District remains a beautiful place to visit.  We ask all our guests to pay £1 supplement on their bill which goes direct to funding such projects.  If you's rather not take part, then we'll happily remove this cost, however.

Packed lunches

We can make up packed lunches for your day out, with our homemade gingerbread, sandwiches of your choice, a selection of fruit & biscuit and fill your flask .

The Lounge
In the lounge, guests can play games, chat together, read from our selection of local books or simply relax. The open fire (especially during the festive season) is an addition no one can avoid. We love to hear the laughter from a group of friends gathering in the evening before going out.

Pets are welcome and many return each year bringing their owners with them. We ask you not to take them into the dining room and to keep them on a lead when indoors.  We make a charge of £5.00 per night for a pet.

Everyone at the Smallwood shares a passion for the hotel and the surrounding area, if you wish to know more about the hotel and surrounding village & mountains do not hesitate to call and ask as we are all happy to share our knowledge. We look forward to welcoming you to Smallwood House Hotel. If you wish to make a reservation, please telephone, write or e-mail us.

Smallwood House Hotel, Compston Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9DJ
Tel: +44 (0)15394 32330
Proprietors: Anthony & Christine Harrison

Smallwood House
Smallwood House
Smallwood House