I think the reception we received was superb from the second we walked into the building. The hotel is spacious and roomy, a period property in nice well kept grounds above the road and set back and lined with big mature trees to dampen the noise from the passing traffic. Apparently they are having a refurb in the hotel, which will be nice, but it does have character and a warm feeling, this is mainly down to the girls running the place, they are really friendly and genuinely nice and also very helpful, they have a great breakfast to set you up for the day too. It's a 15 min walk into the town, or a 2 minute bus ride just across the road from the property. We sat under cover of the pagoda for our packed lunch prior going for a walk, it was nice and pleasant. A two minute walk and your at Ambleside pier, great for a boat ride or ice cream. We recommend walking across to the pier and then go on the back road into the town, you get to see more of what the town has to offer, I.e a nice park, rugby field, crazy golf, cinema and abundance of well crafted architectural buildings mixed with stone and slate. The locals appreciate your business and the ambience of the town felt really friendly. Overall a lot crammed in such a short stay, but it was a great place to visit and we will return.