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Welcome to Nanny Brow

Address: Clappersgate, Ambleside, LA22 9NF

Telephone: 015394 33232 015394 33232

Hotel Description

Nanny Brow stands majestically on the steep fell side of Loughrigg on its own private crag just west of Ambleside with unrivalled views down the River Brathay to the Lakeland Fells beyond. A short walk through semi ancient woodland takes you to a superb lookout to watch the sail boats on Windermere and a further pull takes you to Lily Tarn, Ivy Crag and miles of superb walks over Loughrigg Fell. The house is an Arts and amp; Crafts gem built in 1904 by the distinguished architect Francis Whitwell FRIBA. Whitwell, who practiced with Guy Dawber in London, came to Ambleside to settle and built his family home using traditional Lakeland stone on the solid rock of Nanny Brow. This imposing country house boasts many subtle features so characteristic of the Arts and amp; Crafts movement including gentle motifs of animals and flowers in the plasterwork, oak panelling and leaded oak picture windows facing the valley and the hills. We have sought to combine the relaxing air of a family home with excellent levels of comfort and service offering just ten bedrooms. Many of the original Arts and Crafts features have been retained, and complemented with antique furniture and contemporary fabrics. We have an elegant lounge for guests to use at their leisure, a cosy sitting room with bar and five acres of grounds to relax and explore as well as our own private car park. Furniture of the period is offset by luxuriously modern en suites, sumptuous beds, free wireless internet and digital televisions. All the rooms are individually designed and furnished with most having stunning views of the Lakeland fells. You will find our accommodation spotlessly clean, warm and spacious with friendly service and an award winning breakfast, just a few of the reasons why we have been awarded 5 stars by the AA. Come join us and let us help you unwind......

Our Facilities

  • Free Parking
  • Bar
  • Ironing Service
  • Bridal Suite
  • Internet Services
  • Wifi Available
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Vegetarian Food Available
  • Wedding Functions
  • Romantic Breaks
  • Walking Holidays
  • Country Retreat

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Hotel Reviews - Nanny Brow

Mini Break
Relaxing and welcoming, the Nanny Brow offers a wonderful experience, high standards and excellent quality food.

We will undoubtedly visit again and would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for a piece of luxury set in beautiful surroundings.

Paul Batty - 23rd Sep, 2013
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Well Done, Nanny Brow!
Excellent in every way. Difficult to find fault with. Obviously a great amount of thought has gone in to ensure that every detail has been covered.

Friendly, well-mannered staff.

All in all, we thoroughly recommend this place to anyone.

Mehta Rustom - 23rd Sep, 2013
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A Rare Treat
Our stay at Nanny Brow was an an experience of exceptional detail, nothing was too much to ask and when a taxi was not available and without any hesitation, the owners offered to drive us down to Ambleside for our cruise. Our room Skelet was lovely and the bed gave us a good night sleep with a great shower. The staff are very friendly and helpful and we would stay again without any hesitation.

John Basile - 16th Sep, 2013
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Nanny Brow
perfect in every way.

Van Nieuwer Burch - 11th Sep, 2013
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Nanny Brow Short Break
Excellent hotel, beautifully decorated and fitted out. A real home from home.

Very helpful staff, great breakfast, and home made cakes every afternoon.

Stephen Burt - 10th Sep, 2013
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Beautiful Location And Lovely People
From the moment my fiancée and I entered Nanny Brow, we felt as though we were staying in a home away from home. The charming décor, extensive facilities, and most importantly the kind and approachable staff made our trip to the Lake District more memorable than I could have imagined.



I had planned on proposing to my girlfriend (now fiancée) during our stay, and Sue was fantastic. She was more than helpful in suggesting proposal locations, and you never felt as though anything you asked her was too much trouble. She went out of her way to make sure our special weekend was magical, organising champagne, chocolates and room decoration when we arrived back after the proposal. She also sent me through restaurant recommendations which helped me find two of the best restaurants I have ever visited, as well as booking taxis for us.



Our room was beautiful - very clean, warm, light and perfectly sized. We had a very large en suite, and a really powerful shower. There was also surprisingly quick internet inside the room, which was great for contacting friends and family to tell them the good news. The breakfast was great - locally sourced and cooked to perfection.



Nanny Brow's location is brilliant - the views from the front are magnificent. It is also within very short driving distance of some of the most beautiful spots in the Lake District (the Langdale Valley is just 10 minutes down the road and offers some really beautiful scenery).



Overall, we had an amazing stay at Nanny Brow, and I am sure that my fiancée and I will be returning at some point in the future to re-live what was a magical weekend for us both.

Josh Hardman - 4th Sep, 2013
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Perfect Break
Great location, admirable hospitality and excellent breakfasts.

Mr. Duncan Brown - 3rd Sep, 2013
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A Memorable Stay
From the moment we arrived, we felt moved by the house and its stunning location. The days progressed with a strong sense of being guests in a well kept home in which our hosts would do anything needed to make us content and to enjoy our time in Cumbria. Well done Nanny Brow. Impossible to fault you and your fantastic house .

Nigel Sagar - 1st Sep, 2013
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Fantastic B&b
Thank you for a fantastic stay, this B&B is beautiful. The service was great, the breakfast was lovely. We stayed in the Skelwith room which we highly recommend. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Chrissy & Marc x

Christina Harvey - 22nd Aug, 2013
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Nanny Brow Weekend
Spent a very pleasant weekend here in August.Mark who greeted us warmly gave us a guided tour of the hotel with detailed explanations. The room(Lingmoor) was luxurious and the bathroom with a double shower was quite unlike anything we had had experienced before.

Before arrival we had received a detailed list of recommended eating places in the area, together with a lot of useful information.

The breakfast provision was superb as was the staff throughout the hotel. Nothing was too much trouble- when we couldn`t hire ataxi locally, Sue offered to drive us there for a donation in the charity box. She and Peter went to great lengths to explain all our searching questions about the restoration of the building. We have given Nanny Brow a 5 star rating and will certainly come back again. The only niggle we had was a stronger light needed over the bathroom mirror and I understand this is being attended to.

David Moye - 20th Aug, 2013
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Pearl Anniversary Trip
We stayed at the nanny brow for two nights to celebrate our pearl wedding anniversary. Our room was lovely with beautiful views and some nice touches-homemade cake and even an anniversary card and bubbly. Breakfast on both days was delicious with good quality produce and lots of choice. We would highly recommend the nanny brow and definitely plan to return.

Janice Jevons - 17th Aug, 2013
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Excellent Stay Ay Nanny Brow
We had a wonderful short break at Nanny Brow and its beautiful surroundings. The room was perfectly clean and comfortable and the house itself was lovely and welcoming (especially the pets!). The delicious breakfasts set us up for fantastic days discovering the surrounding landscape, and Nanny Brow is the perfect place to come back to and relax. Highly recommend it and would definitely return!

Annique Reynolds - 11th Aug, 2013
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Attractions - Nanny Brow

Windermere Steamboats Museum - Windermere - Museum

Windermere Steamboats Museum - Windermere - Museum

Distance 4.51 miles (7.22 km)
Windermere Steamboats & Museum is located on a former sand wharf site where, for many years, barges unloaded gravel dredged from the bed of the lake. When this operation ceased in 1975, the Windermere Nautical Trust acquired the use of the site and the Museum was built in 1976-77 with the help of The Maritime Trust and the English Tourist Board. For a great day out visit the Windermere Steamboats & Museum situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere. This Windermere attraction offers a unique and historic collection of Steam and Motor Boats. Steam Launch Trips, Shop and Refreshments. The Museum is open 10am to 5pm daily from mid-March to the first week in November

World of Beatrix Potter - Bowness-on-Windermere - Landmark

World of Beatrix Potter - Bowness-on-Windermere - Landmark

Distance 4.91 miles (7.86 km)
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction can be found in Windermere. The attraction as won a number of awards and is One of the Top Ten most Popular Visitor Centres and the centre is a place for all the family young and old. Within the centre you will discover Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and all their friends in a magical indoor recreation of Beatrix Potter classic tales, with the sights, sounds and also the smells of the countryside. You will be able to see Mrs. Tiggy-winkle in the Kitchen, go past Jeremy Fisher's Pond and even walk through Squirrel Nutkin's Old Oak Tree? Also at the centre you will be able to learn more about Beatrix Potter's life in the Hidden Beatrix Potter's presentation and video wall. Take a break in the Tailor of Gloucester Tea Rooms and then a visit to shop where you can browse and purchase top quality Beatrix Potter merchandise.