Riverside Hotel

Under Loughrigg, Ambleside, LA22 9LJ, United Kingdom
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Fantastic stay at Riverside

by TripAdvisor Member Cheekylou

Highly recommend a stay at Riverside. Brenda and Dave were excellent hosts, and recommended walks and restaurants in Ambleside.

Location: A few minutes walk through the park, was secluded and quiet. Beautiful gardens. Loved the fact it wasn't on a road full of B&B's!
Rooms: comfortable and spotlessly clean - lovely view of the hillside:
Breakfast: Delicious - beautifully presented and the homemade breads were a great touch.


by TripAdvisor Member Scoobydoo007

We have just returned from a fantastic 2 day break in what can be described as the best B&B we have ever stayed. Brenda and David are brilliant hosts without imposing. Room 4 and ensuite which we stayed in was clean and fresh and we were provided with bottled water, tea, coffee and biscuits. The breakfast was the best, I am a vegetarian and I still enjoyed a full english, with beautiful homemade bread. Would not hesitate to return and highly reccommend to all.
Ambleside as some lovely eating places we tried Zefferellis 2 course meal with cinema ticket for £16.95 each, the meal was beautiful, the place had a wonderful atmosphere. We also tried Sheilas Cottage which was not the best. Other good places to try are Glass House, Lucys on a Plate and Lucy 4.

Beautiful setting, wonderful fot vegetarians.

by TripAdvisor Member beaupoet

We have just returned from a two night stay at the Riverside. Although it was a busy bank holiday weekend, we felt we were in the peace and tranquility of the beautiful Cumbrian countryside. They B&B is on a quiet road right next to the River Rothay. We arrived early, but could drop off our bags until our room was ready. We were given a key and came back after lunch to find our bags in our room. David and Brenda are very friendly, yet the place is large enough to feel that you're not intruding into someone's house. Complimentary biscuits, mints and a selection of drinks were in the room. There was a folder of information about Ambleside which is an easy 10 min stroll into town. There are beautiful terraced gardeds which we were free to sit in. Breakfast was wonderful. Fruit smoothies, homemade bread. The full veggie breakfast included homemade potato cakes. I would definitely recommend it!

Great time

by TripAdvisor Member tracytinm

Have just come back from staying here and had a great time. Riverside is a small walk from the town but even after dark this is no problem (torches are provided...) Rooms are nice and the owners really can't do enough to help including photocopying maps and letting you know the most suitable walks. For me the best way to rate somewhere to stay is whether you would go back and I certainly would......and very soon I hope....


by TripAdvisor Member Pete3080

Just read all the reviews and am disappointed that so many others know of this haven. It gets more difficult to get in. We've been lots of times.

It must be just about the best B&B with the best hosts in the world. They always greet you and say a long goodbye and look after your every worry. Even the old labrador is glad to see you. You sort of want to help them.

Breakfast with large choices of breads, including fresh home-made and fruit bowl with yoghurt.

Drinks of local ale in the garden. No traffic here on the narrow lane.

Rooms warm, well decorated and very clean with everything working.

Plenty of parking, we just leave it there for a few days and walk round.

Great setting on Loughrigg and nice not too far walk into town where we go to Zeffirelli's or Lucy's.

Keep quiet about it, we don't want everyone to know.

Very homely at the riverside

by TripAdvisor Member LondonKitch

Arrived at the riverside and was welcomed by both owners with suggestions for local walks and nice places to eat for the evening.
The B+B was rather like a small hotel, very cosy and comfortable but plenty of room away from other guests.
Breakfast was perfect and David was always around to offer help when required.
I strongly recommend this hotel and the surrounding area, plenty of scenic walks close by, stunning views all around.

Best restaurant we found was called LUCYS ON A PLATE, great service and wonderfull food.

What a great retreat!

by TripAdvisor Member himalheidi

It's rare to find a hotel where the hosts give you such a lovely and warm welcome!

The room, with its fourposter bed and spa bath, was fantastic, with lots of lovely little touches, like some fresh roses in a vase.

The breakfast, especially the daily changing home made speciality bread, was excellent (for carnivores as well as veggies).

If you are looking for a retreat that is within easy walking distance of Ambleside yet still secluded enough to feel like a peaceful retreat, then this is the perfect location!

A little gem

by TripAdvisor Member elderberrybelle

We have just returned from a two night stay at the Riverside Hotel in Ambleside, Lake District and wished we had been able to stay longer. The hotel is set along a small river neatly tucked away on a small driveway just off the main route into Ambleside. The hotel is a wonderful dry stone building with outstanding character. The entrance to the hotel welcomes you into a large living room type area with a beautiful fire and cosy surroundings, almost like stepping back in time a little because of its charm. The room we stayed in was on the top floor, floor three, with an ensuite shower. The room was very comfortable, well heated and had a lovely view of the river. The hotel is on a bed and breakfast basis and the food was a delight, plenty to choose from and the quality of the cooked food was excellent. The owners of the hotel, Brenda and Dave are very welcoming and make you feel very much at home the moment you arrive, when we left both came to talk to to us and we felt this was a very nice way to part, we couldn't fault any of it. The hotel's location is again an excellent feature and accessibility to the local area is within very easy reach, but you are not caught up in any touristy hustle. The hotel is a small walk away from Ambleside, about ten minutes, and in Amleside you will find all normal amenities, there is plenty of parking there but it is just as easy to walk. In Ambleside you will find plenty of restaurants but research them first before you go and make sure you book, even at this time of year you have to book. Ambleside overall is a very pleasant base to explore from and we very much enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning to Riverside.


by TripAdvisor Member Atlas786

We have just return from a weekend break at the Riverside Hotel. Both of us being slightly obsessive with hygiene were slighty apprehensive having not stayed at a B&B before, but the riverside exceeded our expections. Our room and indeed the rest of the hotel was lovely (home from home). David and Brenda were there to greet us on our arrival and were extremely helpful, offering us advise from good walks, places to eat and even a rucksack (which we had forgotten to pack). If I was to be extremely fussy than the time window for breakfast could be a little longer, as it is breakfast is served between8.45- 9.30am however Brenda's homemade aprioct and walnut bread made up for missing a lazy sunday morning in bed!!!!!!!!!

Danger Mouse and Penfold


by TripAdvisor Member Shaunandmandy

Just returned from a 2 day break at Riverside, the place is absolutely fantastic. Brenda and Dave are the perfect hosts, and Dylan the dog is very friendly. Dave helped us chose a lovely relaxing walk and they are both really knowledgeable to help with whatever you want to know. Nothing is too much trouble. The breakfasts are really good, especially the homemade bread, be sure to try it. We had a lovely view from our room out on to the gardens and the Fells in the distance. This was our first time in The Lakes and we will definately return to Riverside. We looked at lots of different hotels and b+b's before chosing Riverside and we certainly made the right choice.


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