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The Three Shires Inn

4-star4 stars
Little Langdale, Ambleside, England, LA22 9NZ, United Kingdom

4-star inn in Ambleside with restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Free full breakfast, free WiFi and free parking
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Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival.
  • Lovely hotel with exceptionally clean, quirky rooms and beautiful modern bathrooms. It's…Mar 21, 2020
  • Property is in a beautiful location, staff are very friendly and helpful.Dec 2, 2019

The Three Shires Inn

from £114
  • Standard Double Room
  • Superior Double Room
  • Deluxe Suite
  • Standard Twin Room
  • Superior Twin Room

What’s around The Three Shires Inn


  • Skelwith Force - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Tarn Hows - 2.8 mi / 4.5 km
  • Lake Windermere - 5.4 mi / 8.7 km
  • White Platts Recreation Ground - 4.7 mi / 7.6 km
  • Armitt Museum and Gallery - 5.1 mi / 8.3 km
  • Ambleside Pier - 5.2 mi / 8.3 km
  • Helm Crag - 5.3 mi / 8.5 km
  • John Ruskin Museum - 5.3 mi / 8.5 km

Getting around

  • Windermere Station 15-min drive
  • Staveley Station 20-min drive
  • Foxfield Station 20-min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 10 rooms


  • Check-in time 3 PM-9 PM
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 10 PM.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this property can only accept bookings for essential travel or stays. You may be asked to provide evidence of this on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the property

Food and drink
  • Free full breakfast daily
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Raised toilet seat
  • Low-height counters/sink
  • Grab bar - near toilet

In the room

Home comforts
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


On-site venue – This restaurant specialises in British cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are required.

The Three Shires Inn’s small print

Also known as

  • The Three Shires Inn Inn
  • The Three Shires Inn Ambleside
  • The Three Shires Inn Inn Ambleside
  • The Three Shires Inn Inn
  • The Three Shires Inn Ambleside
  • The Three Shires Inn Inn Ambleside


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We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for The Three Shires Inn

  • Are pets allowed at The Three Shires Inn?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • Is parking offered at The Three Shires Inn?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at The Three Shires Inn?
    You can check in from 3 PM to 9 PM. Check-out time is 10:30 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near The Three Shires Inn?
    Yes, there's an on-site restaurant that serves British cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Three Shires Inn (1-min walk), Eltermere Inn (1.9 mi) and Maple Tree Cafe (2.1 mi).

Recent reviews

Superb 9.2 From 26 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
Peaceful retreat
Really enjoyed our stay at Three Shires, fabulous walking on the doorstep. Our room was very comfortable and clean but (Please put a mirror near to a plug) !! Food was really good the steaks exceptional. We will be back.
John, gb3 night trip
Very good 8.0
Hotel was very clean and comfortable and staff were very attentive. The slight disappointment was food service and quality. The fish used for the battered fish was pretty tasteless and to serve half a mushroom, half a tomato and two onion rings with a sirloin steak which with a sauce was costing £25 seemed parsimonious - the chips were good though!. A bit more thought needs to be given here. Otherwise a hake dish and the cheese board were very good. The TV in the room was also on the small side although you don't stay here to watch TV..
gb3 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
5 Star stay
Wonderful on all counts
Cornelia, gb1 night romance trip
Fair 4.0
Disappointment at value for money
The Three Shires is a pretty building adorned with lovely hanging baskets, however as a b&b it is overpriced for the size of the room and the size and quality of the breakfast offering. I believe the price is based on location, however there are much nicer places for less money in the area. Our room was ok, but the plumbing was not. I kid you not it was like a full blown symphony at times and from around 6.30am, I guess when people start to get up, it was just so loud and relentless you couldn’t go back to sleep. I don’t know if that was just our room or not. We were also asked for full payment on arrival. In all the b&b breaks we have taken, unless we paid last minute for a booking, we have never been asked for full payment 10 mins after arrival. We actually felt quite insulted, it felt like we weren’t trusted. The breakfast is ok but just that, the cold buffet style items were not great, and as for the toast! I witnessed a guest being basically told to leave the temp dial alone. I think the guest had assumed the amount of time the toast was taking it needed turning higher. Which leads me to the weird vibe from the lady in charge of breakfast who I believe is one of the owners. Brusque is the word that comes to mind, you felt intimidated about asking for anything. I wanted brown sauce but it wasn’t offered and I felt totally disinclined to ask. There was just no warmth at all. The evening meal menu was good, no complaints with that.
gb2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Excellent small hotel
Lovely location, comfortable room, excellent restaurant, friendly service
Alison, gb2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
On the road to Wrynose Pass
Stayed here for 3 nights and enjoyed the experience. Room was good with all the usual facilities including free wifi / tv / radio / tea/coffee/biscuits. Only ate there one evening due to other commitments but really enjoyed the meal. Breakfast was lovely with a good choice of cooked food + cereals. We would recommend the hotel without hesitation. Only point worth mentioning is the hotel road continues onto the Wrynose pass, be careful if your SatNav takes you out that way, it's not for the faint hearted!
valerie, gb3 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
A little gem
Stayed for 2 nights. Scenic location and great for walking, with a good selection of long and short walks from the premises and lots more within a short drive. Our room was very comfortable, not large but spacious enough, well equipped and had a bath/shower, very welcome after a long walk. The English breakfast was very good, and so were the lunch and 2 dinners from the restaurant and bar menus. Rounded off with a fine selection of local beers - all we tried were very good including the unusual local wheat beer - and some nice wines. Nothing much to criticise - our room could have done with thicker curtains for the bright mornings during our stay that's about it.
Russell, gb2 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Arthur, gb2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great location and great facilities
Stayed in the Suite. The rooms were spacious with great facilities. The bathroom especially. Food was good wholesome Pub grub and the beers were excellent.
gb2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Lovely place, perfect location
Lovely place, perfect location. Great attention to detail by new owners. Food delicious and rooms great with a comfortable bed - what more could you want?
Jenny, gb2 night romance trip

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