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Set in the historic Rydal Valley, amidst the fells, sits Crow How Country Guest House. Crow How is situated in 2 acres of private woodland gardens surrounded by countryside views, the Fairfield Horseshoe and Loughrigg Fell. It is set next to a working farm, a 15-minute walk from Ambleside town centre.

Clean modern rooms are en suite and all have TVs and radios. All rooms have seating areas and most have king sized beds. Most rooms have no shared walls. Wi-Fi is available.

Crow How Country Guest House serves a traditional Cumbrian breakfast. The shops and restaurants of Ambleside are 15 minutes' walk away whilst Grasmere is only a 10-minute drive. At Waterhead catch frequent boat trips to Bowness and Lake Windermere.

Crow How provides a visitor pack highlighting the many attractions of the area, including bus and boat timetables. There are also five golf courses within an hours' drive.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

Crow How Country Guest House has been welcoming guests since 21 Aug 2009.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.6)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Free private parking available on-site


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Property questions and answers
Browse questions from guests for anything extra you want to know about the property
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  • Do you take dogs. We have one small pekingese dog can you accommodate
    Hi, thanks for getting in touch. I'm sorry we don't allow dogs inside the property but thank you for your interest in Crow How.
    Answered on 12 July 2020
  • Do yuo have twin bed rooms or single rooms?
    All our guest bed rooms have either a king size or super kings size bed except for our flexible room which has a king size and a single size bed.
    Answered on 5 September 2020
  • Are dogs allowed?
    Thanks for your interest in Crow How - I'm sorry we don't accept dogs.
    Answered on 3 January 2020
  • Hi how long to walk into Ambleside and is it over fields or a path (heels) ! thanks
    Hi, It's a 10-15 minute walk into Ambleside by pavement. I hope this helps.
    Answered on 29 September 2020
  • Is it safe to walk to/from town in the dark alone? If not, is there nearby places for dinner? Thanks.
    Yes it is safe to walk to and from Ambleside. The pavement is on the same side as us so you don't need to cross any roads. We would recommend a torch ..
    Answered on 30 September 2020
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Host Information

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In a stunning rural setting in the historic Rydal Valley amidst the fells and surrounded by Rydal Farm, this grand Victorian building was built as a farm house in 1848 from the stones of ancient Rydal Hall before being converted into a Country House.
Crow How is a family run Country Guest House run by Andrew and Jill Horrax, and their family.
Located just outside Ambleside, heart of the Lake District with many varied walks from the door.
Language spoken: English
Property surroundings *
Facilities of Crow How Country Guest House
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Alarm clock
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Hiking Off-site
Media & Technology
  • Streaming service (like Netflix)
  • iPod dock
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Secured parking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment and family services
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Carpeted
  • Fan
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

Crow How Country Guest House takes special requests - add in the next step!


16:00 - 21:00


09:30 - 10:30


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children older than 12 years are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

Cots and extra beds are not available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Maestro Mastercard Visa Crow How Country Guest House accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests must be quiet between 23:00 and 07:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Children under the age of 12 cannot be accommodated.

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to help protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Please inform Crow How Country Guest House in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

This property will not accommodate hen, stag or similar parties.

FAQs about Crow How Country Guest House

  • Guests staying at Crow How Country Guest House can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.1).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Gluten-free

  • Room options at Crow How Country Guest House include:

    • Double
    • Triple

  • Crow How Country Guest House offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking

  • Check-in at Crow How Country Guest House is from 16:00, and check-out is until 10:30.

  • The prices at Crow How Country Guest House may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Crow How Country Guest House is 0.7 miles from the centre of Ambleside.