The Waterhead Inn

Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 0ER

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With Waterhead Pier handily opposite and an easy stroll from Ambleside centre, The Waterhead Inn, and the Lake House, is an ideal springboard into the magnificent Lake District and gives many an option, whether you’re stopping off for a relaxing drink, enjoying a spot of good, home-cooked food with superb views to match or winding down with a pub stay away.

Open daily throughout the year, be sure to have The Waterhead Inn on your list to stay for accommodation in the Lake District. Tuck into our stand-out Cumbrian fare and enjoy a great choice of hot and cold drinks inside our relaxed bar and dining areas or from our outdoor terrace with its unparalleled lake views.

Property Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Beer Garden
  • Dog/Pet Friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Hiking

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Rooms

Check in from 3pm

The Inn Collection Group aims to combine real beer, great food, and comfortable rooms within each of its venues across the north of England, which is why we put such a focus on combining all three at our establishments. Our experience suggests that the best way to relax and unwind is to stay at a convenient inn where you can eat, drink, and sleep without having to travel to and from different places; everything you need is in one convenient location, so travelling is minimised and your enjoyment is maximised.

This popular country inn sits just off of Windermere, the UK’s largest lake, which makes for the ideal place to soak in some natural scenery and relax, unwind, and forget about your busy life back in the city for the weekend.

Our dog friendly rooms extend a warm welcome to four-legged friends too, meaning you’ll never have to leave your canine behind! Simply add this option during the booking process and enjoy a wonderful stay with your dog by your side. 

Please note, images showcase room types as accurately as possible, however rooms do slightly vary. Contact our central reservations team on 0191 580 3610 for more information.

Waterhead: Double Rooms

Waterhead: Double Rooms

Cosy and comfortable rooms with a double bed and an en-suite bathroom.

  • 2 people
  • Coffee and tea
  • Free Wifi
  • Hairdryer
  • TV

Our double rooms located in The Waterhead Inn are cosy and comfortable, furnished with a large double bed, desk area and an en-suite bathroom. With a wide range of facilities, including complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

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Lakehouse: Double or Twin Room

Lakehouse: Double or Twin Room

Spacious and comfortable rooms with a king sized bed or two singles and an en-suite bathroom.

  • 2 people
  • Coffee and tea
  • Free Wifi
  • Hairdryer
  • TV

Our double or twin rooms located in the Lakehouse at The Waterhead Inn are spacious and tastefully decorated. Furnished with a king sized bed (twinned upon request), a desk and seating area and an en-suite bathroom. With a wide range of facilities, including complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

Check-in and dining are located at The Waterhead Inn which is across the road from the Lakehouse rooms. Please note that there is a slight incline to access these rooms so may not be suitable for people with mobility constraints.

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Waterhead: Classic Double or Twin Room

Waterhead: Classic Double or Twin Room

Spacious and comfortable rooms with a king sized bed or two singles and an en-suite bathroom.

  • 2 people
  • Coffee and tea
  • Free Wifi
  • Hairdryer
  • TV

Our classic double or twin Rooms are located within The Waterhead Inn. They offer a King sized bed or two singles upon request, a desk area and an en-suite bathroom. With a wide range of facilities, including complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

Please contact us prior to booking to request a twin bedroom as these are subject to availability.

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Waterhead: Classic Double or Twin Room with View

Waterhead: Classic Double or Twin Room with View

Spacious and comfortable rooms with a view over the lake, furnished with a king sized bed or two single and an en-suite bathroom.

  • 2 people
  • Coffee and tea
  • Free Wifi
  • Hairdryer
  • TV

Our classic double or twin rooms with a fantastic view of the lake are located within The Waterhead Inn. They are beautifully furnished with a king sized bed or two singles upon request, a desk area and an en-suite bathroom. With a wide range of facilities, including complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

Please contact us prior to booking to request a twin bedroom as these are subject to availability.

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Lakehouse: Family Room with Sofa bed

Lakehouse: Family Room with Sofa bed

Spacious family rooms with a king sized bed, an en-suite bathroom and a sofa bed perfect for children.

  • 3 people
  • Coffee and tea
  • Free Wifi
  • Hairdryer
  • TV

Our Lakehouse family rooms are larger more spacious rooms located in only moments from The Waterhead Inn. Guest Check-in, breakfast and evening dining is at The Waterhead Inn.

These rooms are furnished with a king sized bed or two singles upon request, a comfortable sofa bed perfect for children and an en-suite bathroom. With a wide range of facilities, including complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

The Lakehouse Rooms are located up a slight incline and there are stairs within the building so may not be suitable for guests with mobility constraints.

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Waterhead: Superior Double/Twin with View

Waterhead: Superior Double/Twin with View

Spacious and welcoming rooms with a king sized bed or two singles, a spectacular lake view and an en-suite bathroom.

  • 2 people
  • Coffee and tea
  • Free Wifi
  • Hairdryer
  • TV

These superior double or twin rooms located in The Waterhead Inn are the perfect place to relax & enjoy the views! They offer a king sized bed that can be twinned on request, a desk area, an en-suite bathroom and a spectacular view across the lake. With a wide range of facilities, including complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

We do have certain rooms within this category that are accessible. Please contact us prior to booking to check the availability and request one of these bedrooms if required.

The images provided are a representation of each individual room type – room specifics do vary. Please call us directly for any specific room requests.

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Lakehouse: Superior Double/Twin with View

Lakehouse: Superior Double/Twin with View

Lakehouse rooms are welcoming and spacious, with a king sized bed or two singles, a spectacular lake view and an en-suite bathroom.

  • 2 people
  • Coffee and tea
  • Free Wifi
  • Hairdryer
  • TV

Our Lakehouse superior double or twin rooms with a view are located only moments from The Waterhead Inn. These rooms feature a king sized bed that can be twinned upon request, a desk and seating area and an en-suite bathroom. With a wide range of facilities, including complimentary WiFi, flat-screen TV and tea & coffee making facilities.

The Lakehouse Superior rooms can be located on various floors and are varying in size including some that feature lower ceilings due to the design of the room.

Check in and dining are located at The Waterhead Inn which is across the road from The Lakehouse Rooms. The Lakehouse Rooms are accessed via a slight incline so may not be suitable for guests with mobility constraints

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Food & Drink

Food service: 7:30am – 9:00pm daily

Whether you’re getting ready for a day’s hiking or have worked up an appetite after wandering lonely as a cloud, you’ll appreciate The Waterhead Inn’s hearty helpings of delicious home-cooked fare.

Offering freshly prepared and cooked Cumbrian and British pub classics, look forward to mouth-watering dishes, full of local provenance at every bite, while you look on to one of the best views in the Lakes.

Fuel up for an action-packed day, or simply take your time relaxing into the day with a full Cumbrian breakfast while you enjoy the views. The Waterhead Inn breakfasts can be enjoyed whether you’re staying with us or you’re popping in for a great breakfast and the best lake views.

Drop by for brunches and lunches, while evening meals including sublime puddings at The Waterhead Inn as the sun sets over the lake are not be missed.

Explore

Hidden in the heart of ancient Cumbria in North West England lies a National Park known the world over. The Lake District boasts stone circles, glacial lakes, magnificent views, and a history dating back to the Neolithic Period - all waiting for you to discover.

  • 10 minutes drive to Wray Castle

  • 15 minute drive to Grassmere Gingerbread

  • 20 minute drive to Coniston

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