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  • VisitEngland 4 Star Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast with 4 rooms £52 pppnb, £53-£104 prpnb


Dower House

Dower House


The house overlooks lake Windermere, 3 miles from Ambleside. Situated through the main gates of Wray Castle and up the drive. A bird-watcher's paradise.

Tea/coffee making in bedroomsUnlicensedPacked lunches providedSpecial diets availableLounge for residents' useIroning facilitiesPrivate parkingGardenTotally non-smokingBuilding of historical interestCentral heatingElectric shaver pointsTelephone (public)Television availableFishingPony trekking/horse-ridingGolf available (onsite or nearby)Vegetarian diet availableSingle sex groups welcomed

Children welcome from any age.


Wray Castle,
Low Wray,
LA22 0JA


Wray Castle,
Low Wray,
LA22 0JA


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Map reference: NY 373010  Lat: 54.40057 Long: -2.96730


  • Tea/coffee making in bedroomsTea/coffee making in bedrooms
  • UnlicensedUnlicensed
  • Packed lunches providedPacked lunches provided
  • Special diets availableSpecial diets available
  • Lounge for residents' useLounge for residents' use
  • Ironing facilitiesIroning facilities
  • Private parkingPrivate parking
  • GardenGarden
  • Totally non-smokingTotally non-smoking
  • Building of historical interestBuilding of historical interest
  • Central heatingCentral heating
  • Electric shaver pointsElectric shaver points
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Television availableTelevision available
  • FishingFishing
  • Pony trekking/horse-ridingPony trekking/horse-riding
  • Golf available (onsite or nearby)Golf available (onsite or nearby)
  • Vegetarian diet availableVegetarian diet available
  • Single sex groups welcomedSingle sex groups welcomed

Children welcome from any age.


Mature / Senior Couple D R
United Kingdom
21 July 2021
Rated as 5 out of 5

“Fabulous place for a relaxing break”

Margaret is a superb hostess - friendly and genuine, she makes you feel right at home. Absolutely nothing is too much trouble for her, she works her socks off and it shows - the place is spotless, the food is excellent, the beds comfy, the towels clean and the water hot, exactly what you want. This is old-fashioned hospitality at it's absolute best, I can see why some guests return year after year. Margaret can provide evening meals on request (except Saturday, she has to have some time off!) - at the moment it is difficult to book somewhere to eat in the evenings so it's worth taking the plunge and eating here instead - home made, first class food, three courses plus coffee/tea and mints for £30 per head is superb value - bring your own wine or beer and she'll pop it in the fridge so it's nice and chilled - as I said, nothing is too much trouble!

The location is incredible - a b&b next door to a castle on the edge of Lake Windermere with views to the fells, come on, it doesn't get any better! I've knocked a star off because it is a little remote - it's a decent walk along twisty lanes to get to a bus stop so if you fancy leaving your car behind and exploring by public transport then you're out of luck, but you can drive to Ambleside, park up and catch the open-top bus from there.

There is a lovely sitting room/tv lounge with views over the fells where you can sit and watch the myriad wild birds eating from the feeders or just chill and read a book - this is life at a slower pace and none the worse for it.

If you're looking for big fluffy robes and spa slippers; gong baths and yoga; or massage beds and oils, please don't come here - there are plenty of places for you elsewhere. Leave Dower House for those of us who want a relaxing break in a stunning setting with old fashioned hospitality which is sadly going out of fashion except in special little places like this, so shhh, don't tell everyone, it's our secret...

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Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • Surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance is
    • YesGravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to:
    • YesLounge
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and wall
  • YesGuest information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesBedroom furniture can be re-arranged if requested by guest
  • YesBedroom with non-allergenic bedding available
  • Bathrooms available with:
    • YesBath with shower
    • YesBath


  • YesEntrance well lit
  • YesBell at main entrance


  • Meals for guests with special dietary requirements can be provided:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliac)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan