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 colorful 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' favorite part of Ambleside, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

The Waterhead Inn has been welcoming guests since Jul 10, 2007

Property Highlights

Located in the best-rated area in Ambleside, this hotel has an excellent location score of 9.5

Great Food: Meals here are highly recommended!

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

Breakfast Info

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

Free private parking available at the hotel


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4 reasons to choose The Waterhead Inn

  • Prices you can't beat!
  • Booking is safe
  • Manage your bookings online
  • The staff speaks English
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Hotel area info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
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What's nearby
  • Rydal Mount & Gardens
    2.1 miles
  • Rydal Water
    2.3 miles
  • Grizedale Forest
    3.6 miles
  • Lake Windermere
    3.8 miles
  • World of Beatrix Potter
    4.2 miles
  • Hill Top
    4.7 miles
  • Tarn Hows
    4.8 miles
  • Coniston Water
    6.8 miles
  • Lakes Aqaurium
    9.8 miles
  • Scafell Pike
    10.2 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Cafe/Bar Waterhead
    0 miles
Top attractions
  • Kendal Castle
    11.2 miles
Natural Beauty
    0 miles
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1 Restaurant On Site

    Bar & Grill

    Food: British, Local, Grill/BBQ

Amenities of The Waterhead Inn
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace
  • Garden
Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Canoeing Off-site Additional charge
  • Fishing Off-site Additional charge
Food & Drink
  • Fruit Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne Additional charge
  • Kids' meals Additional charge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Secure parking
  • Daily housekeeping
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • Key access
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • English
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House rules The Waterhead Inn takes special requests – add in the next step!


3:00 PM - 11:00 PM


7:30 AM - 10:30 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

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

Crib and extra bed policies

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are allowed. Charges may apply.

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 that special terms apply for group bookings of 4 or more rooms.

Please note rooms accommodating pets may be limited. Guests who wish to travel with pets are advised to inform the property in advance. There is a GBP 10 per pet, per night extra charge.

When booking more than four rooms, our group terms and conditions will be applied - for further details contact us directly.

Pet-friendly rooms are limited. A GBP 10 fee per pet per night applies and guests are required to inform the property in advance. Special conditions apply for bookings of 5 or more rooms. When booking 5 rooms or more, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

FAQs about The Waterhead Inn

  • Guests staying at The Waterhead Inn can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.9).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

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

  • The Waterhead Inn has 1 restaurant:

    • Bar & Grill

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

  • Check-in at The Waterhead Inn is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

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

    • Car 2h

  • The prices at The Waterhead Inn may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Room options at The Waterhead Inn include:

    • Double
    • Suite

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

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing