With wonderful countryside views, this stylish hotel is 2 minutes' walk from the centre of Ambleside. It offers free Wi-Fi and a tasty breakfast.

All the bedrooms have en suite facilities and hairdryers and guests can enjoy free tea and coffee making facilities.

The Gables Guesthouse Ambleside has a spacious dining room providing traditional English cooking with continental and vegetarian alternatives. Locally sourced products are used where possible.

Secure bike storage and drying facilities are available at the property.

This is our guests' favourite part of Ambleside, according to independent reviews.

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

The Gables Guest House has been welcoming Booking.com guests since 15 Mar 2010.

Property highlights

Situated in the best rated area in Ambleside, this property has an excellent location score of 9.6

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

Breakfast info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free


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This property is part of the Travel Sustainable programme, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.
Property questions and answers
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  • Is there somewhere nearby that I can park that won’t cost a fortune ,
    Yes, there's plenty of overnight on-street parking and we will always point you in the right direction for free parking.
    Answered on 2 October 2019
  • Are dogs allowed
    If you ring us to book then yes but otherwise no.
    Answered on 13 July 2020
  • Do you offer spa access at the nearby hotel on any rates ?
    No sorry - after lockdown our local hotels and spas are only catering for their own guests I'm afraid.
    Answered on 13 July 2020
  • Do you have either a lift to bedrooms or, a downstairs room please? Are you near to a bus stop?
    We have two downstairs bedrooms, a twin and a double but there are 6 steps up from the pavement into the house. The bus stop is a short walk away, ma..
    Answered on 11 April 2022
  • hi i,m looking at booking at your hotel, whats the best way to get to your hotel when i get off at Windermere?
    Either by taxi or bus from Windermere station - it'll take around 20 mins by bus ad 10 by taxi
    Answered on 16 July 2021
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Host Information

Host review score

The Gables has been a labour of love for the last 16 years - our daughter learnt to walk in the hallway and most importantly, it is our home. We have upgraded the property during this time and now have 14 lovely bright ensuite bedrooms to accommodate our guests. We also own (for the last 23 years) a nearby restaurant, Sheila's Cottage so our hearty Cumbrian breakfast is based on the good food ethics that we employ there - locally sourced and cooked to order.
Ambleside is situated right in the heart of the Lake District National Park with beautiful scenery and amazing walking opportunities from our doorstep. We are within a one minute walk of lovely independent shops and an array of dining experiences ranging from pubs and cafes to cosy restaurants and fine dining. Lake Windermere is a one mile walk away where you can cruise to the very southern end or just take a short ride and opt out at Wray Castle for a lovely walk.
Language spoken: English
Property surroundings *
Facilities of The Gables Guest House
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Towels/sheets (extra fee)
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Tennis equipment Additional charge
  • Mini golf Additional charge
  • Horse riding Off-site Additional charge
  • Bowling Off-site Additional charge
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing Off-site Additional charge
  • Windsurfing Off-site Additional charge
  • Fishing Off-site Additional charge
  • Tennis court Off-site Additional charge
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Radio
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne Additional charge
  • Tea/Coffee maker
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Luggage storage
Reception services
  • Invoice provided
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Adult only
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Carpeted
  • Fan
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

The Gables Guest House takes special requests - add in the next step!


16:00 - 20:00


08:30 - 10:00


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 are not allowed.

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 Solo The Gables 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 22:00 and 08:00.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

Please note that late check-ins (after 20:00) have to be arranged at the time of booking.

Please be aware that the property is unable to accommodate late-check out requests.

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

Food & beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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.

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service operating hours.

Please inform The Gables 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 The Gables Guest House

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

  • Guests staying at The Gables Guest House can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.5).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • À la carte

  • Room options at The Gables Guest House include:

    • Double
    • Twin
    • Single

  • The Gables Guest House is 250 yards from the centre of Ambleside.

  • The Gables Guest House offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Bowling
    • Tennis court
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Mini golf
    • Windsurfing
    • Horse riding
    • Tennis equipment

  • Check-in at The Gables Guest House is from 16:00, and check-out is until 10:00.