Rated 'Excellent' on TripAdvisor and 9.4 on

Trip Advisor

From birthday celebrations to a base for walking adventures, Elder Grove holds happy memories for many people. We are lucky to welcome back many lovely guests from all over the world. Hear what they like best about our Ambleside B and B:


Had a smashing time at The Elder Grove. Great hosts, thank you for a relaxing time and those scrumptious breakfasts too! Be back in September.


Anne & Ken

Thanks for a lovely stay in Elder Grove on Saturday night. Room 4 was just perfect and I loved the decor!  It was spotlessly clean with a beautiful bathroom which had quality products in it. Breakfast was very relaxing with local produce used for hot choices and lovely hand prepared fruit salads and home made muesli. Room was also beautifully decorated to reflect the Lakes.

I would highly recommend staying here.


Julia & Kim

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you – fabulous location, affable hosts, spotlessly clean bedroom and wonderful breakfast. You’ve got it just right,keep up the good work! Looking forward to returning soon!


Another 5* stay at Elder Grove! It’s always welcoming, peaceful and immaculately clean. I appreciate the lovely toiletries and the availability of fresh milk to use in the bedroom. The breakfast is excellent, beautifully cooked . I appreciate the fresh fruit salad in pots. You are both doing a great job. Thankyou.


My boyfriend and I stayed with you this past weekend and had such a lovely time despite being effectively snowed in! The staff we met really made our stay that much more enjoyable. The room was super clean and the food was amazing. Thanks for a superb and cozy stay!


Elder Grove is the perfect B&B — welcoming, comfortable, thoughtful and with a really fantastic breakfast. It’s also very close to all the Ambleside buses and the centre of town.

Beverley & Ramon

Stayed at Elder Grove in September 2023 for two weeks. The weather wasn’t great, but Matt and Lucy made it a really enjoyable stay.  The accommodation was excellent and the breakfast was first class.  It was nice to relax in the bar after a walk down to the Lake in the evening. Looking forward to our stay next year at the Elder Grove.

Karen & John

Hi Lucy and Matt, from a lovely warm welcome, excellent room and a delicious and varied breakfast with impeccable service, what more would you want?  We loved our stay.

Donald & Alma

Thank-you so much for the lovely night we had at your B&B. Everything was perfect, from the location, the attention to the little details in the room, the excellent breakfast and the warm welcome from both of you. Now that we have found you will definitely be returning for some more of the same.


Excellent B & B

We 3 had a fabulous stay for two nights this week . It’s in a great location, in the centre of Ambleside and has good, onsite, safe parking. Complete with perfect, friendly ,warm, welcoming hosts for whom nothing is too much effort . The rooms are spacious and included lovely, fluffy pillows, comfortable beds, good deco and very clean. We enjoyed the best  traditional Cumbrian breakfast , with a choice of a variety of local good quality produce, tasty home made marmalade and muesli. Well catered for people with varying dietary needs. There is an ample choice of teas, coffees,  jam and bread. Good advice given re trips, local walks and places of interest.

Thank you very much Matt and Lucy for  being fantastic hosts and making our stay a wonderful and memorable one. I will certainly recommend this place to my friends  and wider family hope to return in the near future. Please can you kindly order good weather to go with my stay for my next visit.


Lucy & Matthew

just a personal note of thanks for a wonderful stay in Elder Grove on our first visit to Ambleside for my swim event & family weekend .

Everything could not have been better, hope to return soon.

take care ,good luck

many thanks Derg

Bernie & Mike

Matthew & Lucy run a fabulous B & B in Ambleside. We were warmly greeted. Our room was beautifully decorated. The toiletries are top class. The whole guesthouse is outstandingly clean. Breakfast is a treat , all freshly cooked to the guest’s specifications. Matthew is a wealth of knowledge re walks & trips. He’s never put us wrong in any of his suggestions. This was our second time to come from Ireland to stay in Eldergrove & we’re looking forward to staying there again in the future. Top marks to them for running such a wonderful place.

Audrey F

Many thanks Lucy & Matt for yet another lovely stay.

You always go that extra mile which makes all the difference to a Holiday.

Already looking forward to the next time.

Beverley M

Thank you both for making our holiday a lovely stay.  Everything was just perfect.  The breakfast was excellent and the room was very comfortable and clean.

We look forward to seeing you in September for an even longer stay.


Our third visit to this lovely B & B the breakfast was the best we have had in a very long time, the room was lovely, warm, clean and the bed was very comfortable, will definitely be back soon, Thanks to you both for making us feel very welcome.

Raffaella & Bob

My husband and I stayed at your very nice Bed and Breakfast this past July for 9 nights and we had a wonderful time. Your hospitality was exceptional, we loved your thoughtful and knowledgable advice about places to visit and how to best reach them, we enjoyed the conversation and we very much liked your very generous breakfasts (egg and soldiers was one of my very own new favorites). It is obvious that you care about those details that enhance the comfort of your guests for your place is extremely cozy, clean and cheerful and I will be sure to recommend it to any friends who may be thinking of visiting the Lake District.

In short you are wonderful hosts and you run a very tidy and cosy Bed and Breakfast, I hope our travels will take us to your shores once more!

Julie L

I just wanted to drop you a line to say a huge thank you for an amazing stay at Elder Grove. You have an award winning formula with your attention to detail, awesome breakfast and customer care. Thank you once again. As Arne said, I’ll be back!

Martyn & Lesley

Thanks, Lucy and Matt for another lovely stay at Elder Grove.

We really like staying here so it was an obvious place to come to celebrate our 40th, Ruby Anniversary.  Such a handy base for staying in the Lakes and just a stroll to the shops, restaurants, cafes and cinemas in Ambleside. As usual, we found our room to be very clean and comfortable with an attention to detail which we like, plus you admirably rose to the challenge of our dietary needs!…well done!

We’ll be back! (not meant in any sinister way!)



I recently stayed in your wonderful B&B.A very warm welcome from Matt.  My single room was very cosy and I had a great night’s sleep.  Bath was a nice bonus after a full day’s walking. Full Cumbrian Breakfast was superb.  Matt served and entertained everyone. I would definitely return here again and will highly recommend your B&B to friends and family.

Keep up the good work everyone and hopefully see you soon.

Gail & Friends

“Thank you for our stay last week. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay but, as returning guests, that was never in question!

The rooms were very comfortable and clean with carefully considered toiletries and accessories. We really appreciated the fan and thoughtful touches such as the biscuits with the tea tray. 😊

The breakfast choice was amazing, with something to suit everyone. We have stayed in a fair number of hotels and B and Bs but your breakfast surpasses them all.

You have a super business in a wonderful place with excellent access to walking in the surrounding area.

Thank you for making us feel so welcome. You are excellent hosts.”


John & Lorna

“Stayed for 3 nights at Elder Grove as our first holiday in nearly 2 years due to the pandemic. What a treat it turned out to be, a superb establishment with quality decor and fittings. The hosts Matt and Lucy were charming, friendly and very professional in all aspects. The location is excellent for Ambleside centre and beyond, and with private parking on site Elder Grove is the perfect place to stay.

Breakfast was first class enhanced by the use of local produce with all permutations available to order. The review could go on and on but in essence, this is a superb venue where the highest of standards are being maintained throughout. Elder Grove is strongly recommended for those looking for a well run, quality establishment at a sensible price.”


Anne-Marie and Robert

“I thought you were lovely hosts and made us feel very welcome.  Elder Grove is in a great location.  Super comfy bed and a good selection of hot drinks in the room (loved the biscuits).  Everything spotless and the breakfast was first class. Although we only stayed overnight we would certainly recommend and will return.”

Mags and Ray

Just a note to say thank you for our stay 6th-8th December.  This is our second time at the Elder Grove and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay thank you.  We particularly liked the little details such as the hot water bottle, the umbrellas (needed in December or any month in the Lake District!), how you can use the hotel for a swim and the fabulous breakfast. Both the staff, Matt and Lucy are all lovely and we’ll surely be back.

Jack C

“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Elder Grove. Matt and Lucy were very welcoming and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable.

The room was very comfortable with a modern bathroom and everything we needed for our stay. It also had a lovely view out over Loughrigg Fell. The honesty bar is a great idea, and we used this on both nights we stayed. We would not hesitate to recommend Elder Grove and we will hopefully visit again soon. “