Ambleside, the Lake District

Friendly Victorian B&B in Ambleside

Enjoy a charming stay in our friendly bed and breakfast. We offer a home away from home, with striking views of Ambleside and the Lakeland fells beyond.

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Reasons for staying at Elder Grove

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Rated 'Excellent' on TripAdvisor and 9.7 on

Trip Advisor
Paul M

“Warm, comfortable rooms that are spotlessly clean. Superb breakfasts beautifully cooked and presented. Nothing was too much trouble and Matthew was a charming friendly host with a great sense of humour! Definitely be returning and thoroughly recommend this excellent B&B.”


“This is my third visit to Elder Grove since Lucy and Matthew have taken control of the place. The atmosphere is very welcoming as soon as you walk through the door. The breakfast choices are brilliant, with vegetarian options and the regular options you’d except from a Cumbrian B&B..”

Stephen G

“We had a lovely nights sleep at this great B and B. The service was great, warm and very welcoming. This was our first time away from a big chain hotel and it was worth every penny. I would happily stay here again. Thank you.”

Next large event near Ambleside
Keswick to Barrow
40-mile walking and running event
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New owners at Ambleside B&B
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  • The stunning view from one of our single rooms at Elder Grove. Join us for a break in the heart of the Lake District, and this could be the first thing you see in the morning too 😍 
We definitely get those 'pinch me' moments fairly often, and are incredibly lucky that this is our home - as well as a home away from home for so many lovely visitors.

Join us for a mid-week stay and avoid the weekend crowds.

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  • Known for being particularly tough, the Fred Whitton Challenge is a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District - and it's just under a month away! 
The route starts in Grasmere and takes in some incredible scenery, including the climbs of Kirkstone, Honister and Whinlatter; and the stunning Buttermere Lake. 
Whether you're taking part or coming to spectate and support, Elder Grove is the perfect base in the heart of Ambleside 🚲 The Fred Whitton Challenge takes place on Sunday 12th of May, and we still have some availability remaining - remember to book direct with us for our best rates.

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  • Who's for a cuppa in our cosy sitting room? ☕ We use hand roasted coffee and loose leaf teas from locally based @Penningtonsteacoffee who are family run (just like us) and have their roots in Kendal, just a few miles away. Time to pop the kettle on... #LakeDistrict #Ambleside #guesthouse #theplacetobe #familybusiness #coffee #teatime #localbusiness #staycation #bedandbreakfast #relax
  • Served in our green slate dining room (the slate is mined from local stone), we're very proud of our breakfasts here at Elder Grove! Whether it's a Full English, or fresh fruit and yoghurt from our breakfast bar, we make sure to work with local suppliers to create a truly Cumbrian start to the day. 
We also make all our own jams and marmalades, and offer a lazy breakfast until noon for those who want a lie in (because you're on holiday after all!). #LakeDistrict #Ambleside #breakfast #guesthouse #theplacetobe #familybusiness #staycation #bedandbreakfast #foodstagram #eatlocal
  • Less than a year after following our dream to run a Lake District B&B, this award means a lot to us. Thank you @travel_award and thank you to all of our lovely customers who have made everything possible. 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 
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  • Planning a trip to the Lake District for Easter, or popping up to visit friends and family? We've still got some availability left over the Easter weekend - book direct with us for the best rates.

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