Lake view
Pets allowed
Free WiFi
Free parking
Key card access
Daily housekeeping
Non-smoking rooms

Next to Lake Windermere, the stylish Waterhead Inn offers an onsite restaurant/bar and comfortable rooms, many of which have lake views. Ambleside is just a 10-minute walk away.

The spacious rooms each have a flat-screen TV, desk, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.

With colourful art and mood lighting, the onsite restaurant serves a creative British menu and traditional cooked breakfasts. There is also a garden terrace for al fresco dining.

Waterhead Inn is surrounded by the Lake District's popular walking and cycling routes. On site parking is available and Wray Castle and Windermere are just a 10-minute drive away.

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 Waterhead Inn has been welcoming guests since 10 Jul 2007.
Hotel chain/brand: The Inn Collection Group

Property highlights

Situated in the best rated area in Ambleside, this property has an excellent location score of 9.5

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

Breakfast info

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

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
The property usually replies within a few days
  • Can our dog stay in the room?
    We are a dog friendly hotel throughout. The only public area where dogs are not allowed is the main restaurant.
    Answered on 12 October 2021
  • Is a dog allowed in luxury double bedroom?
    All of our rooms are dog friendly.
    Answered on 30 January 2021
  • Do you offer a package? i.e. Bed, breakfast and evening meal?
    Dinner is available at the Waterhead. Check out our menus in the Waterhead - Waterhead Bar and Grill
    Answered on 3 March 2020
  • Hi there, is the car park just for residents and free, or is it for everyone and pay & display? We are staying with you this weekend and want to park..
    Our carpark is exclusively for hotel residents and is free of charge. The entrance to the car park is sign posted reading " Guest Carr Park ".
    Answered on 3 March 2020
  • Are pets allowed in all rooms or confined to certain rooms?
    We are a pet friendly hotel throughout and pets are allowed in all rooms and public areas except for the main restaurant.
    Answered on 12 October 2021
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Property surroundings *
1 restaurant on site

    Bar & Grill

    Cuisine: British, Local, Grill/BBQ

Facilities of The Waterhead Inn
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bath or shower
  • Private bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linen
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Canoeing Off-site Additional charge
  • Fishing Off-site Additional charge
Living Area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
Food & Drink
  • Fruits Additional charge
  • Wine/champagne Additional charge
  • Kid meals Additional charge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 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
  • Accessible parking
  • Daily housekeeping
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • Key access
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Carpeted
  • Ironing facilities
  • Pants press
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
Languages spoken
  • English

House rules

The Waterhead Inn takes special requests - add in the next step!


15:00 - 23:00


07:30 - 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 of any age 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


Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.

Maestro Mastercard Visa American Express The Waterhead Inn accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Please note rooms accommodating pets may be limited. Guests who wish to travel with pets are advised to inform the property in advance.

FAQs about The Waterhead Inn

  • Room options at The Waterhead Inn include:

    • Double
    • Suite

  • The prices at The Waterhead Inn 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 Waterhead Inn can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.8).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

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

  • The Waterhead Inn has 1 restaurant:

    • Bar & Grill

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to The Waterhead Inn by:

    • Car 2h

  • The Waterhead Inn is 0.7 miles from the centre of Ambleside.

  • The Waterhead Inn offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing

  • Check-in at The Waterhead Inn is from 15:00, and check-out is until 10:30.