Reviews - Ivy Guest House
A Real Gem -
We had a relaxing peaceful stay. Darren is an excellent host and cook,also very knowledgable about the area so can advise on places to visit. The rooms are spotless and cosy and Ivy house has a real family atmosphere. Hawkshead is a great little village to stay in too. Hope we can come back one day. Very genuine people .
Reviewer:Sally L | Sun 26th May 2019 | 3 weeks ago
Ivy Guest House - Simply The Best -
If anyone is searching for a superb B&B in Hawkshead then stop your search here, you've found it. I and my wife stayed at Ivy House Guest House for 3 nights and I can honestly say we couldn't have found better accommodation to begin our holiday. Our room was beautifully presented, spotlessly clean and attention to detail was second to none. You will receive the warmest and friendliest of welcomes and made to feel at home from the moment you arrive. Darren, our host, could not have been more accommodating to make our stay one of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences. Darren also cooks the breakfast, and wow, what a breakfast. Whatever your preferences you will not a find a better range of choices. Fresh fruit, yogurts, fruit juices and a vast range of serials to choose from before you begin your 'Full English' If you prefer, choose a combination from a list given to you each day, and Darren will freshly cook your requests each morning. Tea, Coffee and Toast come in abundance, all served in a spotlessly clean breakfast room. Believe me, this really is the best B&B and incredible value for money. You've found the best, so stop your search, make your booking and start looking forward to an enjoyable stay in one of the prettiest villages in the Lake District. We can't wait to return again next year.
Reviewer:Robert C | Fri 24th May 2019 | 3 weeks ago
Beautiful place -
I’ve stayed at the Ivy Guest House a couple of times and it will always be my first choice in the area. Really friendly place, beautiful location, nice rooms and great breakfast - couldn’t ask for more.
Reviewer:Kathy G | Tue 21st May 2019 | 4 weeks ago
Brilliant breakfasts good selection my husband was impressed with the bacon.
Reviewer:Lynda B | Mon 20th May 2019 | 1 month ago
Great Stay -
Myself, wife and four year old had a fantastic stay at Ivy Guest House. We were made to feel very welcome and guest house is in a great location to explore lake district. Room andbreakfast were both really good and would highly recommend staying here
Reviewer:Martin W | Wed 8th May 2019 | 1 month ago
Ivy guest houae -
Nice old house in a beautiful areaWith charm all amenities required and Daren an excellent host
Reviewer:Trevor B | Mon 6th May 2019 | 1 month ago
Nice place -
Breakfast deliciousBeds comfortableStaff very accommodating and friendlyBeautiful little villageI would recommend
Reviewer:helen l | Mon 29th Apr 2019 | 1 month ago
Ivy guest house Hawkeshead -
Fantastic place to stay. Hosts very welcoming. Clean and comfortable. Great breakfast. Would certainly stop here again
Reviewer:Diane S | Sat 27th Apr 2019 | 1 month ago
Lovely stay -
Just stayed for one night midweek. We were greeted by Darren who is a wonderful host, and were shown to our very comfortable ensuite room. Good facilities, and a range of good quality toiletries, much better than you expect from a BnB. Good breakfast with excellent local produce. Nice to see Darren taking time to speak with his guests once breakfast had been served. He was assisted at Breakfast by Heather who was also very friendly and attentive. Definitely stay here again if we are in the area.
Reviewer:Peter H | Fri 26th Apr 2019 | 1 month ago
Would definitely recommend -
Had a lovely stay at Ivy Guest House and received a warm welcome on arrival. It is in the very centre of Hawkshead and alo had a lovely breakfast the following morning.Chris and John
Reviewer:CHRIS F | Thu 25th Apr 2019 | 1 month ago
Easter Bank Holiday Weekend -
My wife &I stayed for 3 nights over the recent Easter Weekend, &had a great time.The hospitality was second to none, &the breakfasts were excellent.Darren &his team did a great job of looking after us &our Jack Russel, Fin! (they are very dog friendly, &made us all feel very welcome)The guest house is in a perfect location in Hawkshead village, which is central for the whole of the south lakes area.We would definitely recommend the Ivy Guest House for your next visit to the area.
Reviewer:Simon T | Wed 24th Apr 2019 | 1 month ago
Great place for dogs! -
Had such a lovely time here, the staff were very welcoming and friendly. Offered advice on walks and places to eat. Dogs aren't allowed in the dining room, but the staff went out of there way to set up breakfast for us in the study so we didn't have to leave our anxious dog in the room. Its in an amazing location, right across from one pub, and next to the small town. If you prefer somewhere a bit quieter, Hawkshead offers the perfect respite from the crowds of Bowness and Ambleside. The whole town is dog friendly. And they don't play favourites as there is also a Cat Cafe!Room was slightly on the small size but this was reflected in the reasonable price. They have bigger rooms, I'd definitely stay here again.
Reviewer:Zoe W | Tue 23rd Apr 2019 | 1 month ago
Best stay -
Had 6 days, which was great. Comfy bed, cosy room, hot showers and great breakfasts.Very kindly hosts, hope to visit again soon.
Reviewer:Jennifer H | Thu 11th Apr 2019 | 2 months ago
Recent stay -
Nice clean accommodation. Excellent breakfast. Would highly recommend.
Reviewer:John L | Wed 10th Apr 2019 | 2 months ago
Our Weekend Break -
Ivy Guest House was recommended to us and we would have no hesitation in recommending our friends to also stay there. Very welcoming, we felt at home immediately. Bedroom spotless, breakfast more than satisfying! Looking forward to our next visit.
Reviewer:Mr & Mrs T C | Tue 19th Mar 2019 | 3 months ago
Fishing trip -
Excellent place lovely shower &comfy bed in cosy little village
Reviewer:christopher h | Wed 6th Mar 2019 | 3 months ago
Ivy Guest House, Hawkshead-
Excellent on all counts.
Reviewer:Rob B | Mon 10th Dec 2018 | 6 months ago
Ivy Guest House, Hawkshead-
Excellent on all counts.
Reviewer:Rob B | Mon 10th Dec 2018 | 6 months ago
best anyone could wish for -
Fabulous.Very friendly host and staff. Knowledgable about not only the lake district but best way to travel through to next destination.Would be pleased to recommend this guest house to any future traveller.
Reviewer:theresa b | Fri 9th Nov 2018 | 7 months ago
Ivy Guest House-
Perfect stay as always at the Ivy, one of the best b&b's in the lakes. Darren is the perfect host. Will return soon.
Reviewer:Bob N | Thu 8th Nov 2018 | 7 months ago
Super welcoming & amazing -
We absolutely loved staying here. We felt welcomed and comfortable. The room was warm and clean and the breakfast incredible....
Reviewer:Michael C | Thu 1st Nov 2018 | 7 months ago
Wonderful stay in Hawkshead at Ivy House -
We had a suberb stay. Warm welcome, comfortable room and delicious breakfast at Ivy House. Well placed on the main street of the village- a short stroll to pubs, cafes and an ideal base from which to visit the lakes. We will certainly be returning in the near future.
Reviewer:Carole B | Sun 28th Oct 2018 | 7 months ago
Ivy Guest House-
A truly lovely guest house with a great host Darren, and with friendly and likeable staff. Great breakfast and wonderful location for exploring the lakes .
Reviewer:David T | Fri 19th Oct 2018 | 8 months ago
Ivy Guest House stay -
Clean rooms and very friendly. Very accommodating for a late arrival. We were running late with 2 tired children. Easy access to room. Super breakfast and very friendly breakfast lady. Nothing was any trouble. Will be staying again!
Reviewer:Tara Z | Mon 15th Oct 2018 | 8 months ago
Just had a fantastic 2 night stay at ivy house totally impressed with room and all the attention to detail extras supplied by amazing host Darren who supplied one of the best breakfast ever will definitely be returning and no hesitation in recommending thanking you so much
Reviewer:Andrew N | Tue 9th Oct 2018 | 8 months ago
Lovely stay in a perfect location -
Great b &b accomodation in a beautiful village. Location was perfect and accomodation and breakfast at The Ivy were very good. Our host was welcoming and very obliging. Would highly recommend. And dogs are welcome!
Reviewer:ROBERTA G | Tue 2nd Oct 2018 | 8 months ago
IVY HOUSE AFTER 50 YEARS -
Revisited Ivy House 50 years after our honeymoon there.It is a lovely welcoming, comfortable guest house in excellent position for village amenities.Darren is a wonderful host and produces a great breakfast!Ivy House is as great as all that time ago.We hope to come back before too long.
Reviewer:Elizabeth D | Sun 30th Sep 2018 | 8 months ago
Genuinely dog friendly -
We recently visited with two springer spaniels and they could not have been made more welcome. Apart from the dining room, they were welcome in all the public areas. And the humans are welcome too.
Reviewer:Mr. David S | Fri 28th Sep 2018 | 8 months ago
Meet Lakes addicted cousin from Oz -
Very. Hospitable for dog and man....and wife!Excellent food.Plumbing a bit noisy - cold water tank above our room!
Reviewer:Richard B | Thu 20th Sep 2018 | 9 months ago
Enjoyable stay at Ivy Guest House - would return again! -
Very welcoming host and friendly staff. Room and others areas homely Comfortable and clean. Nice and quiet ambience. Would have preferred semi Skimmed Milk to Skimmed at breakfast lols!
Reviewer:Diane J | Mon 17th Sep 2018 | 9 months ago
Lakeland Gem -
Very pleasant stay at Ivy house, Darren was the perfect host, lovely,cooked breakfast, plenty of free parking,a house and bedrooms full of character and knick-knacks, would definitely recommend for a pleasant, restful stay, guests have full use of the lounge, a full ten out of ten.
Reviewer:mark o | Sun 9th Sep 2018 | 9 months ago
The Four Poster Bed -
We had a lovely stay here. Lots of walking and plenty to see.Ann, being small, had to have the stool to climb into bed, which made us both giggle!Breakfast and amenities were very good.
Reviewer:JOHN H | Thu 6th Sep 2018 | 9 months ago
Lovely guesthouse -
Very clean and comfortable, and delicious breakfast!
Reviewer:Rachel G | Tue 28th Aug 2018 | 9 months ago
This is our third time and it was just as good as the first time. Darren is always friendly and makes a great “full English”.Always comfortable and clean, will definitely be coming back.
Reviewer:Fiona W | Tue 28th Aug 2018 | 9 months ago
Two day Break -
Alan and I always enjoy our stay in Ivy House.Cannot fault anything.The room and beds were comfortable.The breakfasts were fab.the little things ie shampoo etc were lovely as was your welcome.We will be back next year.
Reviewer:Pamela R | Sun 26th Aug 2018 | 9 months ago
Very friendly IVY Guest HOuse -
A beautifull location with a very friendly host and staff. We had a two night stay and the opportunity to make a wonderfull walk as suggested by our host!
Reviewer:Frank \'t H | Sun 26th Aug 2018 | 9 months ago
Mini break -
Couldn’t fault this hotel, from booking to vacating hotel, 100% service, nothing too much trouble, fantastic location, warm and welcoming, lovely rooms and great breakfast, great value for money,would highly recommend and will most definitely return, thank you
Reviewer:Karen M | Mon 20th Aug 2018 | 10 months ago
overnight stay -
A most enjoyable stay, friendly atmosphere and everyone most helpful.
Reviewer:Joy H | Fri 17th Aug 2018 | 10 months ago
Absolutely amazing place to stay. Room was spotless, breakfast was lovely and location was spot on. Would highly recommend
Reviewer:melanie w | Wed 15th Aug 2018 | 10 months ago
well pleased -
First stay here. Large ground floor room with comfy beds.Plenty of room for dog crate.Friendly hosts and good fresh cooked breaky. Only negative is £10 a night for our dog is a bit steep.
Reviewer:peter c | Tue 14th Aug 2018 | 10 months ago
Our stay at Hawkshead-
Picture perfect, beautiful guest house, kept very clean. Family room with the four poster bed and beds for children was very comfortable. Breakfast was great!!! We had a superb time, the mattress in the 4 poster bed wasn’t great, shower was low pressure.
Reviewer:Shirley J | Tue 31st Jul 2018 | 10 months ago
Gem in the lakes-
Excellent location , great Breakfast ,Comfy bed , Quaint Cottage ,Good friendly Staff ,loved it !
Reviewer:david b | Tue 31st Jul 2018 | 10 months ago
Ivy Guest House -
A delightful place to stay. We were warmly welcomed as we parked the car by Darren and then shown to our beautiful rooms. Charming touches thoroughout the house and an outstanding garden in front. We had delicious breakfasts every day and the service was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend this lovely guest house in Hawkshead, which is also well located in the Lake District.
Reviewer:Janet C | Sat 28th Jul 2018 | 10 months ago
Hospitality st it’s best. -
Excellent stay and breakfasts not to be missed. Darren and his staff committed to make guests feel comfortable and at ease. Our stay in the Lakes was that more enjoyable because of our accommodation. Definitely return. Full marks.
Reviewer:Derek B | Mon 23rd Jul 2018 | 11 months ago
Short break -
It was a very homely and friendly B&B great location to stay and visit surrounding area. Particularly Hil top farm ho e to Beatrix Potter. Lovey English breakfast that sets you up for the day.
Reviewer:Edwin b | Thu 19th Jul 2018 | 11 months ago
Full Marks -
A very positive tone was set when Darren greeted us as we got out of the car.Our rooms were comfortable, cleanand quiet.The breakfast menu provided a wide choice of options and the coffee was good.I really appreciated parking on the premises where the car was safe.
Reviewer:Caroline T | Fri 13th Jul 2018 | 11 months ago
Ivy House -
Really enjoyed our stay. Excellent accomodation and a very warm welcome. Great breakfasts. Just one thing some rooms have baths some showers so be aware when booking.
Reviewer:Steve P | Tue 10th Jul 2018 | 11 months ago
Weekend stay -
Darren &Roz were as welcoming as ever, Ivy Guest House spotless as usual and our stay was made ever more welcome as our hosts invited us to watch the England game with them, their family and other guests! A perfect result of a weekend all round! We'll be back again!
Reviewer:John M | Mon 9th Jul 2018 | 11 months ago
We had a lovely few days at ivy guest house the staff were very friendlyand was very clean and tidy breakfast was lovely we shall be going again.
Reviewer:Christine S | Wed 4th Jul 2018 | 11 months ago
Ivy house review -
Ivy House is very clean, comfortable and accommodating. Darren is a great host who welcomes all his guests and makes them feel at home. Great breakfasts and nice little extras and finishing touches, such as fairy gardens and teddies.
Reviewer:Lesley T | Mon 11th Jun 2018 | 1 year ago
A return visit to a destination of fond memories after 20years. Time has moved on and terms now are B&B only.This I. Itself is a shame.BUT tradition as a friendly welcoming home of Lakeland hospitality remains..WONDERFUL
Reviewer:Robert B A | Wed 30th May 2018 | 1 year ago
Perfect location -
Right on the (very quiet) main Street of Hawkshead. Darren was brilliant and really looked after us. The lady who cooked and served breakfast was especially helpful and friendly and the food was amazing.Thanks!
Reviewer:Claire P | Tue 22nd May 2018 | 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Ivy Guest House -
We really loved the Ivy Guest House and Hawkshead. The host was very accommodating and I especially loved the idea of letting us fill out our breakfast request the night before. The bedroom was very nice and comfy and the town is terrific with several nice pubs and shops. We will be back!
Reviewer:Jacklyn K | Sun 20th May 2018 | 1 year ago
Absolutely love this bb . Lovely couple Darren and Roz cant do enough to make your stay enjoyable. Lovely touch for our anniversary little present in our room,what a beautiful touch. Outstanding breakfast as always. Love this place and would highly recommend it to family and friends .ThankyouEric&Andrea xx
Reviewer:Eric Andrea C | Wed 9th May 2018 | 1 year ago
Always a good and relaxed stay-
The Ivy experience is excellent and if possible gets better with every visit. Don't hesitate to book for a relaxed and special place in lovely Hawkshead.
Reviewer:john W | Tue 1st May 2018 | 1 year ago
A great B&B -
Lovely property in a beautiful little town in the lake district. The hosts were fantastic and could not do enough to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Reviewer:James A | Mon 23rd Apr 2018 | 1 year ago
Warm welcome and Dog friendly!-
A wonderful stay in the centre of Hawkshead village. Friendly and welcoming. Loved that Ivy Guest House is both child and dog friendly. Fabulous full English Breakfast. Car park is a very useful addition. Would definitely return!
Reviewer:Sue S | Thu 22nd Feb 2018 | 1 year ago
Fabulous stay at a lovely guest house -
What a fantastic weekend at Ivy Guest House. Darren &Roz went out of their way to make us welcome. A beautiful guest house in the heart of Hawkshead. Centrally located for all village amenities &fantastic walks on the doorstep.We will definitely be back!
Reviewer:Kathy F | Mon 18th Dec 2017 | 1 year ago
Fabulous stay at a lovely guest house -
What a fantastic weekend at Ivy Guest House. Darren &Roz went out of their way to make us welcome. A beautiful guest house in the heart of Hawkshead. Centrally located for all village amenities &fantastic walks on the doorstep.We will definitely be back!
Reviewer:Kathy F | Mon 18th Dec 2017 | 1 year ago
Ivy Guest House -
First time stay at the Ivy Guest House what a little gem.Rooms spotless and a great breakfast.Will be back next year with our two labs.
Reviewer:Philip T | Sun 12th Nov 2017 | 1 year ago
superb stay -
Another superb stay, wonderful B&B, clean, warm, with a fantastic welcome.Will be back...
Reviewer:Bob N | Sat 11th Nov 2017 | 1 year ago
comfort and convenient -
We enjoyed our stay at Ivy Guest House and we shall certainly return.
Reviewer:robert w | Mon 6th Nov 2017 | 1 year ago
2 day break -
We had a lovely stay with our daughter. Very friendly welcoming host,clean comfortable room and tasty breakfast. We would happily return.
Reviewer:Clare W | Sun 5th Nov 2017 | 1 year ago
Lakes walking weekend -
What a fantastic place! A real gem in Hawshead village, a great base to explore the surrounding fells. You get a lovely breakfast, very clean and comfortable rooms and super hospitality. We'll certainly be back!
Reviewer:Andrew G | Tue 31st Oct 2017 | 1 year ago
Nice room, Good location, Great breakfast -
Room was a nice size and without a spec of dust. The breakfast was great and would definitely go again.
Reviewer:Stephen M | Mon 30th Oct 2017 | 1 year ago
Brilliant location -
Great place to stay.Very welcoming hosts, with superb bedroom and it's so quiet at night. Parking in the middle of Hawkshead - what a find!
Reviewer:S E T | Sat 28th Oct 2017 | 1 year ago
Great Place -
We greatly appreciated the wonderful hospitality at the Ivy House in the lovely village of Hawkshead.Our room was clean and comfortable.Everyone we encountered at the Ivy House was friendly and helpful.Breakfast was great as well.I would highly recommend the Ivy House.
Reviewer:John W | Fri 27th Oct 2017 | 1 year ago
Autumnal stay -
The Ivy was our home for a couple of nights in October. As expected for the time of year the weather was on the wet side, but the Ivy offered a comfortable base to recharge and relax. The breakfast was really good, the quality of the bacon was exceptional.All in all, a great stay in Hawkshead for a reasonable price.
Reviewer:Uldis T | Fri 27th Oct 2017 | 1 year ago
6-8th OCT 2017 -
WARM ROOMS, WARM WELCOME, EXCELLENT BREAKFAST
Reviewer:Christopher F | Tue 10th Oct 2017 | 1 year ago
Thanks Darren -
Excellent breakfast, comfortable bed, convivial host.
Reviewer:Keith B | Sun 8th Oct 2017 | 1 year ago
Stayed in Hawkshead for the first one and couldn’t have found anywhere better. The owners and staff are so friendly and ready to give advice on where to goHighly recommended
Reviewer:Mr. Allan S | Fri 29th Sep 2017 | 1 year ago
Wonderful Place -
Had a great stay.Felt very welcome and comfortable.Darren provided great advice on things to see.Highly recommend!
Reviewer:Donald M | Tue 26th Sep 2017 | 1 year ago
Ivy Guest House -
Very comfortable guest house. Friendly and very helpful staff.Lovely area with some excellent walks.Highly recommended. Don.
Reviewer:Donald S | Mon 25th Sep 2017 | 1 year ago
something out of the ordinary. -
A clean, friendly &welcoming environment with charm, character &friendly hosts. A breakfast to die for &helpful hints &tips always on hand to assist you during your stay in this enchanting area.
Reviewer:Suzanne G | Sun 24th Sep 2017 | 1 year ago
A great b&b !!! -
We had a wonderfull time at Ivy Guest House. Darren was very helpfull and we got a lot of information about the surroundings. Beautiful room - great breakfast - good location.
Reviewer:Franky Van L | Fri 15th Sep 2017 | 1 year ago
Ivy house hotel Hawkshead -
We first stayed here 25 years ago and to our amazement after returning to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary nothing has changed other than a change of manager. It still remains a fantastic hotel small and friendly feels like home with a beautiful lounge to sit in and talk to other guests The breakfast was amazing cooked to order and nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely be going back a wonderful stay thank you.
Reviewer:Louise M | Sat 2nd Sep 2017 | 1 year ago
Fantastic Guest house -
Such a cosy and welcoming place, we both really enjoyed our stay. The staff were so lovely, friendly and helpful, the breakfast was delicious and it was situated in a lovely location.
Reviewer:Rebecca O | Sun 27th Aug 2017 | 1 year ago
The top dog -
This really was a most enjoyable stay. Darren &his family could not do enough to make us feel welcomed &relaxed. And made such a fuss of our dog Poppy! Lovely guest house, lovely part of the world. We will be back!
Reviewer:Chris L | Sat 19th Aug 2017 | 1 year ago
Will be going back. -
Family run friendly really nice and spotless home and cracking breakfast!!
Reviewer:Kevin W | Thu 17th Aug 2017 | 1 year ago
Great Weekend at Hawkshead -
We had a wonderful stay at The Ivy Guest House, the owners &staff where a pleasure to meet and it was a 10 second walk to nearest pub what else can you ask for.
Reviewer:Lee R | Mon 14th Aug 2017 | 1 year ago
Excellent place to stay. Loved it.
Reviewer:Naomi W | Sat 12th Aug 2017 | 1 year ago
Warmest welcome -
When we arrived we were met by the owners mum and she gave us the warmest welcome,the next day we met Darren at breakfast and again received a warm welcome. This guest house is beautifully decorated, it has everything you could possibly need supplied. The food is great and Darren and Heather cant do enough for you, they are incredibly warm and generous people. I would highly recommend this place, I know I'll go back.
Reviewer:Miss. Wendy R | Wed 2nd Aug 2017 | 1 year ago
Great Location -
The Ivy is ideally situated for exploring the Lake district with Hawkshead shops, pubs and cafe's right on the doorstep. Darren was a fabulous host who provided some excellent local knowledge helping us to make the most of our 3 days. The bedrooms were clean and very comfortable with various soaps and shampoo, chocolates and coffee/tea facilities. The cooked breakfast is a great start to the day and I recommend the thick cut bacon!
Reviewer:Paul S | Mon 31st Jul 2017 | 1 year ago
Excellent location and supeb sevice -
The guest house is located in a vety scenic area in Hawkshead. All the basics like a restaurant, supermarket, pharmacy etc. are within 100 meters.Darren really works round the clock to keep things perfectly in order. The room was nice and clean. Decent breakfast.In fact we forgot some items at the guesthouse which were dispatched same day by courier to our location in London. Very thankful to Darren for his support. Nice Indian restaurant at a 20 minutes diving distance.
Reviewer:Jameel A | Thu 27th Jul 2017 | 1 year ago
Friendly and helpful-
The couple running Ivy Guest House are very friendly and welcoming. My friends' dog was unwell and the Ivy House team organised a vet's appointment first thing on a Monday morning. As well as getting up extra early to prepare breakfast so that I could make a business meeting.
Reviewer:Daniel G | Wed 26th Jul 2017 | 1 year ago
Fab fab fab fab jist fab -
Every aspect is 5 star.if you go to hawkshead you would be a fool not to stop here
Reviewer:Peter S | Tue 25th Jul 2017 | 1 year ago
home from home -
We very much enjoyed our stay at Ivy Guest House.We were made very welcome as was our dog who entertained everyone by howling at breakfast time.The bedroom was very comfortable (lovely pillows) and nothing had been overlooked.Really good full English breakfast to start the day.Will stay here again when next in the Lakes.
Reviewer:Janet W | Mon 17th Jul 2017 | 1 year ago
Quaint and Peaceful -
"Have you ever been to the Lake District?"This is a fairly common question amongst people that love to travel and holiday-makers seeking a break within the UK. My response to this question had always been in the negative until two months ago when the decision to find out what all the noise about the Lake District was all about. I therefore did my research and discovered a little hamlet known as Hawkshead. Further investigation led to my communication with a gentleman known as Darren who is the proprietor and manager of 'The Ivy Guest House'.My connection with Darren over the phone was instant. I found Darren pleasantly open, friendly, helpful and trustworthy. I therefore wasted no time in finalising my holiday to the Lake District by making my accommodation arrangements with him. A few days before my arrival, circumstances compelled me to alter the dates of my stay. Darren, ever the gentleman and with his superior customer service skills, was able to make some changes to accommodate four adults. The 'Ivy Guest House' is the perfect setting for writers, meditators and those seeking a few days of freedom from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I found the 'Ivy' clean, adequately provisioned and peaceful. Darren also advised me on where to visit along with tips on what to do. English breakfast is well made and served and there is a supply of fruit, cereal and pain au chocolat that I developed a taste for. But most of all, Darren's customer service is simply exemplary and I would unhesitantly recommend the 'Ivy Guest House' and even come back.
Reviewer:Richard M | Sat 8th Jul 2017 | 1 year ago
lovely stay -
this is fourth time we have stayed here its a wonderful b&B with charming owners wouldnt dream of going anywhere else while in lakedistrict very good breakfast spotless rooms looking forward to next visit.
Reviewer:Mrs. Linda W | Sun 2nd Jul 2017 | 1 year ago
Birthday trip -
Had a great time, room comfortable with all we needed.Breakfast was really nice .Darren and Roz looked after us ,Ideal location for the village and surrounding areaThanks ,we will be back
Reviewer:Keith D | Fri 16th Jun 2017 | 2 years ago
Thanks for making us (and our dog) feel very at home - we enjoyed staying at Ivy Guest House.
Reviewer:Tom W | Tue 13th Jun 2017 | 2 years ago
Thanks so much for a lovely two night stay . We will definitely be back ! We felt at home as soon as we arrived. 10/10 👍
Reviewer:Mrs. Joy M | Fri 9th Jun 2017 | 2 years ago
Home from Home -
Friendly helpful staff. Very clean and comfortable, food 10 out of 10. We will being going, one of the best places we have stayed at
Reviewer:Anita S | Tue 6th Jun 2017 | 2 years ago
Bank holiday short break -
We were made very welcome by pleasant helpful friendly ownersRoom lovely, very clean &comfortable. Breakfast very nice plenty of choice well cooked. Great location for visiting many attractions.
Reviewer:Julia T | Thu 1st Jun 2017 | 2 years ago
2nd time at Ivy Guest House, great hospitality, lovely and clean, close to windermere, Grasmere etc
Reviewer:NORMAN H | Tue 23rd May 2017 | 2 years ago
a real gem -
i came here with a few friends and was greeted with a warm welcome by darren the owner.He made us feel welcome. the breakfast was great - the room was comfy. the lounge was great as me and my two friends had to ourselves.As we were leaving darren told us about a place down the road that we should see. There was no way we would have found it but.... WOW!if you visit ask darren to show you towards a nice local lake ;)
Reviewer:Martin F | Tue 23rd May 2017 | 2 years ago
Four poster comfort -
Been coming here for many years. It's a lovely guest house. Daren is a fine host! Wouldn't want to stay anywhere else in hawkshead.
Reviewer:Anthony O | Thu 18th May 2017 | 2 years ago
We loved it. -
Darren and Roz made us very welcome,the breakfast was very good also Darren had good local info to help with the best places to visit.The little touches in the room were very nice(our dog liked the biscuits).Hope to be back again soon.
Reviewer:QUINTON Y | Sun 14th May 2017 | 2 years ago
Home away from home -
Darren and Roz made my stay very comfortable, even to the point of organizing a prescription from their local doctor.
Reviewer:Pam F | Sun 7th May 2017 | 2 years ago
Pleasant and enjoyable -
Stayed in one of the cottages, which was well prepared and clean. We were made welcome on arrival and ach day. The breakfast was excellent with plenty of choices.Would suggest the shower floor needs a non-slip mat as the it becomes very slippery after use with the softness of water and soap/shampoo. We would certainly for. Return visit in the future.
Reviewer:Mr. Mike C | Wed 26th Apr 2017 | 2 years ago
Short stay -
A lovely place to stay,spotlessly clean,a good breakfast.The host Darren is very generous with his local knowledge without being intrusive.We would certainly return.
Reviewer:Marjorie Ann R | Sat 22nd Apr 2017 | 2 years ago
Welcoming Stay in Comfortable Home -
We were welcomed warmly even though we arrived out of check in time. Comfortable room and bed, good breakfast, and warm friendly hosts!Wifi was good too.
Reviewer:Evangeline T | Wed 19th Apr 2017 | 2 years ago
Short Break -
Really enjoyed our stay every thing was excellent again.Thank you Darren Roz and staff.
Reviewer:Mrs. Susan H | Tue 18th Apr 2017 | 2 years ago
Excellent Stay... -
An excellent stay in an equally excellent location. Welcoming, clean and a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day.The village also offers excellent places to dine in the evening and the now rare convenience of a post office, chemist and co-op.Thoroughly recommend.
Reviewer:Karen S | Mon 10th Apr 2017 | 2 years ago
We found the B&B excellent clean comfy and the breakfasts were the best.Darren was very helpful and kept us busy.
Reviewer:Richard P | Sun 9th Apr 2017 | 2 years ago
Weekend break -
We had a lovely time, the guest house is spotlessly clean, staff are all friendly and welcoming and hawkshead is a fabulous place to stay.
Reviewer:Amanda W | Wed 29th Mar 2017 | 2 years ago
Short break -
We stayed for 3 nights and were made very welcome,good breakfast and spotlessly clean would definitely stay again.
Reviewer:Mrs. Kay T | Tue 28th Mar 2017 | 2 years ago
Winter break -
One of the most comfortable, peaceful, clean and friendly place we have stayed in. Was sorry to leave after three nights. Will be back! Thank you Darren for the lovely breakfasts.
Reviewer:Miss. anita j | Thu 23rd Mar 2017 | 2 years ago
Fabulous as always -
Stayed in the double room in the lodge with a bath. The room was beautifully clean as always and Darren could not make us feel more welcome. Thank you.
Reviewer:Mrs. Lindsay L | Mon 20th Mar 2017 | 2 years ago
Friendly, comfortable beds, spotless, would thoroughly recommend
Reviewer:Alison J | Tue 14th Mar 2017 | 2 years ago
Great few days -
Darren was a great host. Breakfast was good quality. Rooms were great. Dog friendly it certainly is.Would definitely recommend it for a stay.
Reviewer:Mr. BarryReddington| Mon 16th Jan 2017 | 2 years ago
Great Stay -
Lovely clean and interesting property. Owner and staff are great.... would 100% recommend..
Reviewer:Richard B | Tue 3rd Jan 2017 | 2 years ago
Ivy guest house -Hawkshead-
Ivy Guest house is a beautiful building, as soon as I walked in the front door I loved it. Darren and his lovely Mum were so welcoming and made you feel at home straight away. I would not stay anywhere else in Hawks head other than here.
Reviewer:Christine C | Sat 31st Dec 2016 | 2 years ago
Great stay -
Second time here, as good as the first
Reviewer:Roy L | Thu 29th Dec 2016 | 2 years ago
Delightful B&B with lovely owners -
We stayed one night in this absolutely delightful B&B. It was spotlessly clean, the breakfast was great and the hosts went out of their way to make us feel welcome and looked after. Its a perfect location too, we will definitely return.
Reviewer:Rebecca G | Fri 16th Dec 2016 | 2 years ago
30th Wedding Anniversary -
Couldn't have found a prettier, more welcoming place to stay for our special day. Darren was helpful in finding a place to eat, in fact he phoned us in advance.The bedroom was lovely, everything you needed and more, including a really nice room spray.The breakfast waitress was pleasant and helpful. Only problem, the poached eggs were hard but we can live with that.Ala in all, an excellent, above standard B&B.
Reviewer:Christine W | Tue 13th Dec 2016 | 2 years ago
Darren, Roz, the service, breakfast, the bedroom, on site parking, cleanliness, location &all the facilities nothing short of 5*. Best place we've stayed in Hawkshead.
Reviewer:Mr. Keith B | Wed 7th Dec 2016 | 2 years ago
a little break-
we only stayed one night but it was very nice Darren the host was brill and made us feel at home it was a very nice stay and would recommend anyone to stay we loved it thanks
Reviewer:Ken S | Fri 2nd Dec 2016 | 2 years ago
We had a fantastic stay Darren and Roz are verylovely the room vas Great breakfast was fantastic would definitelystay again and would recommend it thank youSarah 😀👌🏼
Reviewer:Sarah M | Mon 28th Nov 2016 | 2 years ago
Chill out at the Ivy guest house -
Excellent place to stay, very clean and tidy and food was great. Booked up for next year already. Very pleasant and helpful owners and staff.
Reviewer:David L | Mon 28th Nov 2016 | 2 years ago
Fantastic 3 days!-
Very warm welcome and a very comfortable stay! Huge comfy bed and the best breakfast ever! Couldn't ask for more, Darren and Roz are perfect hosts and we will definitely be back!!!
Reviewer:Irene D | Thu 17th Nov 2016 | 2 years ago
Perfect stay -
What a lovely place -lovely room with a four poster bed excellent breakfast and run by salt of the earth West Midlands folk ( we are from Birmingham ! ) would definitely recommend it to friends and will certainly visit again
Reviewer:Gail W | Mon 14th Nov 2016 | 2 years ago
We stayed right in the centre of Hawkshead for bonfire weekend, Darren &Roz are excellent hosts, they couldn't do enough to ensure are stay was perfect.Breakfasts were the best we have had in the 7 years of us visiting the lakes.We will be staying again!
Reviewer:Jason B | Mon 7th Nov 2016 | 2 years ago
weekend stay -
Cracking stay really friendly great location will defo be back
Reviewer:Ian C | Mon 7th Nov 2016 | 2 years ago
First B&B in Hawkshead -
Friendly helpful staff made us feel welcome from arrival to departure. Clean comfortable accommodation. Excellent breakfast.
Reviewer:Geoffrey S | Sat 5th Nov 2016 | 2 years ago
Ivy Guest House Review -
Great place. Rooms clean and comfortable. Staff very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend and hope to stay again sometime in the future
Reviewer:Andy W | Tue 25th Oct 2016 | 2 years ago
Weekend break -
A very warm welcome. Room was clean and comfortable, very well kitted out with everything you need in a home away from home. Breakfast was just what is needed before a full day of exploring the beautiful near by countryside.
Reviewer:Julia M | Mon 24th Oct 2016 | 2 years ago
Lovely guest house, warm comfortable and very quiet. Friendly and efficient staff. Breakfast nicely cooked and generous portions will set you up for your walking. Very dog friendly. Would recommend this guest house highly. Thank you so much for your welcome.
Reviewer:Mrs. margaret b | Sat 22nd Oct 2016 | 2 years ago
Would definitely go back -
Great location, friendly host, nice breakfast
Reviewer:John E | Sat 22nd Oct 2016 | 2 years ago
Excellent accomodation, fantastic location -
We enjoyed our stay at The Ivy Guest House, the room was spacious, comfortable and had everything you would need, with some extra little touches. Darren was friendly and helpful. The location of the Ivy is fantastic, only minutes from the amenities snd attractions in Hawkshead. We will definately recommend the Ivy and hope to return soon.
Reviewer:Mrs. Deborah G | Mon 10th Oct 2016 | 2 years ago
A Warmer Welcome -
A very comfortable guest house with a really warm and friendly welcome.It was a lovely stay and I have no hesitation in recommending a stay there.
Reviewer:Susan H | Sat 8th Oct 2016 | 2 years ago
Thanks Darren and Roz for a wonderful stay. Such attention to detail, so welcoming and hospitable - absolutely perfect. Hope to see you again in the future.
Reviewer:Mr. Ross A | Fri 7th Oct 2016 | 2 years ago
Excellent Accommodation -
Stayed two nights at the Ivy Guest House.Spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Delicious breakfasts. Darren the manager and Heather who served our breakfasts were helpful and thoughtful. We'll be back!
Reviewer:Mr. Paul E | Sun 2nd Oct 2016 | 2 years ago
Enjoyable stay at Ivy Cottage -
A very warm welcome and cosy room (if a bit small) very comfortable.Hawkshead is a lovely place to with 4 good pubs within a 2 minute walk of Ivy Cottage.
Reviewer:Pat S | Sat 1st Oct 2016 | 2 years ago
Great place to stay -
We had 2 lovely nights at Ivy Guest House. Very comfortable, great breakfast and excellent hosts.The village is so quaint and a great base for walking.We will definately stay again.
Reviewer:Heather A | Thu 15th Sep 2016 | 2 years ago
Shame we have not been sooner -
All the staff went out of their way to make our stay a real pleasure. Will be a destination of choice from now on. The breakfast is great and the rooms excellent. Well done to Darren, Roz and their team.
Reviewer:Robin G | Thu 8th Sep 2016 | 2 years ago
Ivy House, Hawkshead -
Darren and Roz looked after us so very well, they couldn't have done more, what a lovely couple. We enjoyed our visit and will definitely be going back. The breakfast was fab too
Reviewer:Mrs. Fiona W | Thu 1st Sep 2016 | 2 years ago
Very comfortable stay -
we stayed for 2 night in August.Lovely room with en suite,very clean and nice toiletries in the bathroom. Breakfast was great . Staff super friendly would recommend this Guest House.
Reviewer:Adele R | Tue 30th Aug 2016 | 2 years ago
Ideal base -
Only had a few days in the Lakes and your guest house was perfectly placed for us. Very comfortable, quiet and super clean, thank you! Appreciated the tip about booking a pub dinner and loved the breakfast bacon - bostin'!
Reviewer:Mrs. Debbie W | Tue 23rd Aug 2016 | 2 years ago
Relaxing stay -
We have just had five lovely days in the lake District staying at Ivy Guest House. A lovely home from home, great hospitality and food and thanks again Darren for the excellent advice re walks in the area. We can fully recommend staying here you will not be dissapointed.
Reviewer:Mr. David M | Sat 20th Aug 2016 | 2 years ago
A lovely B&B -
We rented a family room for my two adult children and dog, and a double for my husband and I. for one night.Both rooms were very comfortable, the owner very welcoming, and Ivy house was fabulous, in a beautiful village.We hope to stay again!
Reviewer:Cathy T | Wed 17th Aug 2016 | 2 years ago
Relaxing break -
Just the place for a quiet relaxed break
Reviewer:Peter F | Mon 15th Aug 2016 | 2 years ago
August cold snap -
Many thanks for your hospitality on our recent stay with you,we were both delighted with your guest house and facilities offered.We were especially delighted with the the heating being on we had sat in a tent in a muddy field with the youngsters so much appreciated
Reviewer:Barrie J | Sat 13th Aug 2016 | 2 years ago
chilled break -
second time we have stayed here definitely will book again
Reviewer:George R | Thu 11th Aug 2016 | 2 years ago
Lovely, friendly B and B -
we were welcomed on arrival and shown to our rooms which were beautifully clean. Excellent facilities, comfortable beds and a very good breakfast. It is hard to ask for more, but a Cumberland sausage with breakfast would have been the icing on the cake. Very friendly. Would go again.
Reviewer:Michael O | Tue 9th Aug 2016 | 2 years ago
Lovely weekend away. -
We received a very friendly welcome at the ivy.Darren was very helpful in recommending walks and places to eat. The room was clean, comfortable and the breakfast very tasty. Would stay there again and recommend to friends. Thank you.
Reviewer:Graeme E | Sat 30th Jul 2016 | 2 years ago
Stay with a dog! -
A delightful, very dog-friendly house - warm welcome and very comfortable accommodation. Would recommend it and return when in the Lakes again. Thank you!
Reviewer:Alison M | Thu 28th Jul 2016 | 2 years ago
Pleasant surroundings, comfortable beds, large room, excellent service and good food. What's not to like !.
Reviewer:Philip D | Wed 27th Jul 2016 | 2 years ago
Very friendly. Clean and comfortable. Breakfast was delicious!
Reviewer:Mrs. Sylvia G | Sun 17th Jul 2016 | 2 years ago
Summer break -
Lovely house and village. Highly recommended.
Reviewer:Brian P | Sun 17th Jul 2016 | 2 years ago
Lovely stay -
Room very comfortable. Great superkingsize bed. The owner and staff are really friendly and the breakfasts were excellent. Great location.
Reviewer:Mrs. Caroline W | Fri 15th Jul 2016 | 2 years ago
lovely b and b -
very nice two night stay,comfortable room,great breakfast and darren was a wonderful host would recommend.
Reviewer:Philip C | Thu 14th Jul 2016 | 2 years ago
Very comfortable stay -
We spent one night at Ivy Guesthouse and enjoyed a very comfortable stay. Thank you Darren.
Reviewer:Richard W | Tue 5th Jul 2016 | 2 years ago
Fantastic B&B in a great location-
Staff friendly and helpful from the start. Location is 30 seconds from center of hawkshead. B&B is larger than the pictures would lead you to think - in a good way, feels like an intimate family run hotel
Reviewer:Jonathan M | Tue 5th Jul 2016 | 2 years ago
weekend stay -
very comfortable B+b. Made to feel welcome. Room very nice, comfortable bed. Good supply of very nice shower gel etc in bathroom. Breakfast was very good.
Reviewer:Mr. Andrew K | Mon 4th Jul 2016 | 2 years ago
weekend stay,jeffrey Buck & Andrew Hawtin -
My friend and I have just enjoyed a 2 night stay.Everything was perfect - the rooms,the food and the staff.We'd like to thank Darren and Roz,and their staff for a very pleasant and welcoming visit.
Reviewer:Jeffrey B | Wed 29th Jun 2016 | 2 years ago
Overnight delight -
Amazing welcome fro Darren.we were treated very well throughout our stay and made to feel like we were at home straight away. Lovely room although when we next stay we will take advantage of one of the bigger rooms. Amazing breakfast,couldnt fault any if it and service was relaxed and homely. Loved staying here would definitely recommend to anyone
Reviewer:Linda M | Sat 25th Jun 2016 | 2 years ago
charming b&b -
thankyou for another fantastic stay the room was perfect as usual great location,lovely breakfasts wonderful hosts a very relaxing stay thankyou and see you next year.
Reviewer:Mrs. Linda W | Thu 23rd Jun 2016 | 2 years ago
Super holiday accommodation -
A super venue in a beautiful village. Perfect for sightseeing in the Lakes. Wonderful hosts who were really friendly and helpful and provided a superb English breakfast !!!!
Reviewer:Edith H | Mon 6th Jun 2016 | 3 years ago
What a welcome ! -
Lovely rooms, perfect location....beautiful breakfast. We will return
Reviewer:Helen L | Sat 4th Jun 2016 | 3 years ago
ONE NIGHT STAY -
lovely clean hotel.Really friendly host's Darren and Roz .Breakfast very filling, plenty of everything.We will be going back for longer next time. Lovely little touches in room, Teddy on bed with chocolates in paws.just wonderful to chill here.
Reviewer:GAIL C | Sat 4th Jun 2016 | 3 years ago
Lovely guest house -
We really enjoyed our stay at the ivy guest house. Very comfortable clean rooms. Darren and roz were very friendly and welcoming hosts. The full english breakfast was lovely. The guest house is in the lovely little village of hawkeshead where there are plenty ofpubs, gift shops, a pharmacy and a coop. No complaints at all, we would definately stay here again. Thankyou
Reviewer:Tracey R | Mon 23rd May 2016 | 3 years ago
A real treat -
I booked this break as a surprise treat for my wife and we were not disappointed. We really enjoyed it the house was full of interesting things to admire, the room in itself was lovely and the breakfast set us up for the day.We found Darren and Roz very welcoming and friendly, there was however one downside....we had to leave so soon.... but hope to return one day. Thankyou again for a wonderful breakPete &Linda Taplin
Reviewer:Mr. peter t | Sat 21st May 2016 | 3 years ago
Excellent hosts in a cozy setting -
My husband and I were only able to stay a short while with Darren and Roz, but they went above and beyond to make sure that we had a relaxing stay at their lovely B&B. Truly, they are the most accommodating and wonderful hosts I've ever had! The village of Hawkshead was great for a quiet country retreat, and we loved how close it is to Lake Windermere. Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer. We cannot wait to return, and would absolutely recommend!
Reviewer:Mrs. MichelleB | Sat 14th May 2016 | 3 years ago
Another excellent stay -
Having stayed here before there was no doubt that if visiting Hawkshead why try somewhere new as this place is a little gem.The service you get from the moment you arrive is attentive, nothing is too much trouble.Darren and Roz are lovely people running a smashing guest house in a great village that we love and we will be abck again in the future.Thanks Darren and Roz.
Reviewer:Mrs. Joanne A | Mon 9th May 2016 | 3 years ago
Fab short break -
We had a fab time. Darren was extremely welcoming and provided us with excellent advice about walks in the area.The breakfast was excellent and set us up for the day. Will definitely visit again
Reviewer:Susan K | Sat 16th Apr 2016 | 3 years ago
Two night stay -
Ivy Guesthouse is in a great location with excellent hosts. Very clean and comfortable with a great choice for breakfast. Highly recommended, would definitely visit again.
Reviewer:Margaret M | Fri 15th Apr 2016 | 3 years ago
Great accommodation and location. -
We stayed for three nights in a family room. The owners were very helpful with information on where to visit. The accommodation was very comfortable and well presented and in a great location. It is within walking distance of four pubs serving good food and a handful of coffee shops. Would recommend.
Reviewer:Mr. catherine m | Sun 10th Apr 2016 | 3 years ago
Roz &Darren were the most amazing hosts.Their Inn is like an extension of their house, and they went out of their way to make us feel welcome and ensure we had the best visit to the lake district (well, apart from organise sunshine, but this is forgiven!).From a 5* breakfast in the morning (including a place set every day for our 1 year-old little girl complete with highchair and monkey cutlery!), to lighting a log fire in the evenings so we could warm up and dry out, we could not have asked for more.We'll be returning again soon!
Reviewer:Mrs. Lauren C | Tue 29th Mar 2016 | 3 years ago
What a delight -
Having chose the Ivy Guest House out of the blue, we were delighted with what we found. The room was as godd as one could expect for the price, but the comfort of the bed, the large shower and the provision of quality liquid soap, shampoo and room freshner made it exceptional. What stood out was the attention of Darren and Roz to making us so welcome, and the lovely extras found in the dining room.
Reviewer:Hamish C | Sun 27th Mar 2016 | 3 years ago
Ivy house hawkshead -
Four of us stayed here for three nights and darren and ros went that extra mile. They were very helpful with our planned walks. The guest house was very very clean and the finishing touches were remarkable. Breakfast was fab.
Reviewer:Mrs. Gwyneth W | Mon 21st Mar 2016 | 3 years ago
A happy experience -
Thank you very much to Darren and Ros for making our two day stay at Ivy Guest House such a happy experience. Our room was warm and cosy, with a very comfortable bed, and Darren's breakfasts are a real treat.As the notice on the door says, 'we arrived as guests and left as friends'.
Reviewer:Hilary C | Thu 7th Jan 2016 | 3 years ago
Absolutely lovely cosy guest house, very convenient in the village. Our 4 poster room was excellent, spotlessly clean and presented. Room to park,friendly welcome, super guest lounge and breakfast. Very pleased we stayed.
Reviewer:Roger H | Thu 31st Dec 2015 | 3 years ago
great hosts , very comfortable stayhome from home , will return soon
Reviewer:Antony H | Wed 16th Dec 2015 | 3 years ago
Work trip -
Lovely place, right in the middle of the village with parking.Nice room and great breakfast.
Reviewer:Terry C | Sat 5th Dec 2015 | 3 years ago
A Warm Welcome and a comfortable stay! -
Thank you to Darren and Roz for your warm welcome and comfortable room.Nothing was too much trouble (thank you again for my porridge!) Ivy Guest House is literally two minutes from the attractions of Hawkshead yet very quiet.Our bed was particularly comfortable (and large!)
Reviewer:Wendy C | Mon 9th Nov 2015 | 3 years ago
Superb and charming -
We enjoyed a short break and found the rooms, food and owners to be excellent, lovely old school charm.
Reviewer:Philip H | Sat 31st Oct 2015 | 3 years ago
Ivy guest house -
Wonderful 3 night stay in the four poster room with my twin sister and my daughter. We loved everything about Ivy guest house, the setting in beautiful Hawkeshead, the rooms, the geogious longe with wood burner where we shared wine with other families and the kids played cards! Pet friendly, amazing breakfasts with loads of choice and a big warm welcome from our perfect hosts Darren and his mam, a huge thank you to you both, we are well rested, spoilt rotton and very happy with our stay with you- we will be back!! Xxx
Reviewer:Ms. Sarah P | Thu 29th Oct 2015 | 3 years ago
little break -
Brilliant hotel . Lovely room . Brilliant hospitality .
Reviewer:Michael M | Thu 29th Oct 2015 | 3 years ago
Super stay love room 2 for families-
Once again 100% , to the ivy guest house ! Thank you to Darren and staff !RegardsLaura and family !
Reviewer:Laura D | Wed 28th Oct 2015 | 3 years ago
Lovely location -
We love the area and was lucky to be able to stay an extra night without moving accommodation. Ivy cottage was lovely and so centrally located in the quaint village of Hawkshead. Darren was very helpful giving us tourist advice. The breakfast was delicious.
Reviewer:ALISON W | Wed 16th Sep 2015 | 3 years ago
nice place to be -
good breakfast, nice home
Reviewer:Nicole Ecker Thomas B | Fri 11th Sep 2015 | 3 years ago
One night Stay -
Very clean and lovely looking room.Very friendly staff make you feel very welcome.Highly Recommended.
Reviewer:Charles M | Fri 28th Aug 2015 | 3 years ago
Couldn\'t be better! -
We had a lovely time at Ivy Guest House from start to finish. Rooms were of a really high standard, very clean and comfortable. Breakfast was superb and the location is fantastic. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and helpful and we are looking forward to our next visit already. Superb!
Reviewer:Adrian R | Mon 24th Aug 2015 | 3 years ago
Five Star Guest House -
A great clean,friendly and well located place to stay and I must mention how good the breakfasts were.Thanks to all for making our three night stay memorable,Peter &Kath Thompson
Reviewer:Peter T | Fri 14th Aug 2015 | 3 years ago
Two night stay -
A lovely bed and breakfast. Four poster bed in room with lovely welcoming touches. Darren and Roz were friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.
Reviewer:Michelle C | Mon 29th Jun 2015 | 3 years ago
Amazing. ......we had a fabulous few days at the Ivy Guest House and we would definitely stay again.
Reviewer:Mrs. Joy M | Sat 27th Jun 2015 | 3 years ago
Very comfortable stay! -
We had a 2 night stay in this lovely b&b. We were given a very warm welcome on arrival. The rooms had all the amenities you required and the bed was exceptionally comfortable. Breakfast was delicious! The owners of the guesthouse were very helpful in advising on great places to visit. Would definitely visit again!
Reviewer:Mrs. Emma D | Mon 22nd Jun 2015 | 3 years ago
Enjoy the experience. -
Perfectly situated in Hawkshead for wonderful walking, being able to start the day with a full english breakfast and finishing it in a very comfortable bed! Very clean whilst being very homely. Excellent hosts too!
Reviewer:Mrs. Alison H | Wed 17th Jun 2015 | 4 years ago
Fabulous Stay -
Lovely guest house, room fabulous with lots of extra little touches.Breakfast was great and the hosts are very friendly, we will definitely stay again!
Reviewer:Miss. Karen M | Wed 3rd Jun 2015 | 4 years ago
Nice room, great location, excellent hosts -
Warm welcome on arrival, lovely comfortable room, great breakfast,brilliant facilities, lovely house in a very nice village with great pubs. Nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely visit again.
Reviewer:Carol P | Wed 3rd Jun 2015 | 4 years ago
Lovely hosts -
Darren and Roz are such friendly, welcoming hosts. They were happy to take time over breakfast to chat and share tips for staying in the area. Speaking of breakfast, it was absolutely delicious ranging from cereals, yogurts and pastries to the most perfectly cooked hot breakfast. Our room was quiet and comfortable and provided a restful nights sleep in this homely guesthouse which is right in the centre of Hawkshead village. We were very happy with our stay and will certainly stay again when in the area.
Reviewer:Mrs. Sharron R | Mon 1st Jun 2015 | 4 years ago
Nothing is to much trouble-
We stayed at the Ivy for a weekend to celebrate a birthday with three other couples we were made to feel at home and nothing was too much trouble Darren and Ross really looked after us . Top weekend in a superb location , all that you could wish for to enjoy the craic with good friends.
Reviewer:Mr. Philip W | Mon 18th May 2015 | 4 years ago
Perfect in every way -
What a find this place is. The Ivy guest house is a brilliant place to stay.We arrived to a warm welcome from the owner and were taken up to our room where all the facilities were explained.Our room (number 1) featured a super king sized bed, lovely furnishings and to top it all a roll top bath in the ensuite bathroom.There were lots of good quality toiletries provided and some nice extra touches such as a tiny sewing kit really added to the luxury feel of the room. There is also a flat screen TV.We took our dog and the owners had thoughtfully provided a little bag of dog treats as well along with a mat for dog bowls.Breakfast was really great.Lots of things on offer such as pastries, fruit, yoghurt and fruit juice.The freshly cooked full English breakfast was really nice and you could choose any combination of different things to have which made the whole experience really good.The Ivy is a big house and offers a lovely guest sitting room with lots of books and information on the area as well as a TV.the whole place is furnished to a high standard and close to all the pubs and attractions in Hawkshead.If you are looking for a pet friendly guest house that provides a little luxury as well then you will not find anything better in the Lake district.
Reviewer:Gethin R | Tue 12th May 2015 | 4 years ago
Great guest house -
Stayed here for the weekend while attending a wedding. Darren and Roz were very welcoming and couldn't do enough for us. The house is spotless throughout. Breakfasts are fantastic. Would definitely recommend to anyone.
Reviewer:Wendy R | Mon 4th May 2015 | 4 years ago
Superb B&B -
Lovely, well appointed room with nice extra touches.Excellent choice at breakfast and very welcoming, knowledgeable hosts, for whom nothing was too much trouble.Next time we'll bring the dog too!
Reviewer:Sally C | Wed 29th Apr 2015 | 4 years ago
Welcoming & Comfortable -
Had a lovely weekend at Ivy.Hosts welcoming &friendly.Room very comfortable &food excellent.The extra touches in the room make u feel special.Chocolate &a teddy bear &the toiletries were lovely.The whole place made us smile, the little toys &quirky ornaments.Just likehome from home.Looking forward to returning in June &think this will always be our choice of stays in the Lakes in future.
Reviewer:Barbara L | Mon 20th Apr 2015 | 4 years ago
The Perfect Place -
From our first step through the door, we were delighted with the warmth of the welcome and ambience of Ivy Guest House. The finishing touches in the rooms, from toy hedgehogs to the chocolates, well laid tea and coffee trays, to the bathroom accessories, gave a homely feel. The beds were extremely comfortable, followed by a good variety of choice for a delicious breakfast. The personal touch of remembering our names made us feel valued guests;plus the welcome to the dog! We would happily return! Thank you Ivy Guest House.
Reviewer:Katherine L | Wed 15th Apr 2015 | 4 years ago
too short a stay -
An excellent establishnent with stylish decor and real sense of hominess. Great facilities including wifi family room and quality bacon. Will be staying again.
Reviewer:Charles H | Tue 14th Apr 2015 | 4 years ago
Ivy guest house, hawkshead-
Lovely listed house in the quaint medieval village of hawkshead. Very welcoming. Comfortable and clean room. The breakfast was very good and lots to choose from. We were given excellent suggestions of places to visit and where to eat. Will definitely be returning.
Reviewer:Linda R | Sun 12th Apr 2015 | 4 years ago
Really enjoyable stay at Ivy Guest House, lovely house &lovely hosts who are very friendly &knowledgeable about where to go and what to see in the area. A fabulous breakfast too, will go to stay there again.
Reviewer:Mr. Vincent R | Sun 12th Apr 2015 | 4 years ago
Loved it! -
My boyfriend and I were welcomed in to Ivy Guest house with open arms, our room was clean, airy and comfortable. The service was warm and friendly - at breakfast we were spoilt for choice. Our options for a full english were met at our preferences and cooked to a delicious standard. There are also cereals, fruits, yoghurts and pastries on offer.The staff took hospitality to a high level by talking with guests, asking about our day and our plans, giving their own suggestions.I know the weather is out of anyone's control but we were lucky enough to have glorious sunshine and the whole village was in a summer holiday mood.definately recommend this place, would like to visit again, thank you!
Reviewer:Miss. Amy R | Sat 11th Apr 2015 | 4 years ago
Such a welcoming home from home -
From our first arrival through to leaving 3 days later, Darren and Ros were the perfect hosts. We visited the Ivy Guest House as 2 couples on a long walking weekend in the lovely Hawkshead area. The breakfasts were truly first class - the bacon was probably the best we have ever tasted in a full English.We did 2 walks directly from Hawkshead. On the first we walked up to and around Tarn Hows - well worth visiting this National Trust area. The second took us on a walk over to Wray Castle and then down the side of Lake Windemere, over the lake on the car ferry and up to Bowness. From Bowness we caught the Windemere Steamer up to Ambleside where we caught the bus back to Hawkshead. A really wonderful day. Ros even offered to collect us from Ambleside if we struggled to catch the bus as it was a Sunday.There are 4 great pubs in Hawkshead. Only being there for 3 nights we only managed to eat at 3 of them, but these 3 all served excellent food and good beers. After an evening out, the Ivy Guest House has a relaxing lounge with an enormous TV (ideal for Match of the Day!) - they even provide wine glasses if you take your own bottle.A great stay in a super Guest House with a very welcoming and lovely couple. We will definitely stay there next time we visit the southern Lake District.
Reviewer:Mr. Brian W | Wed 8th Apr 2015 | 4 years ago
Very warm and welcoming people. Very clean. Comfortable rooms and great breakfast. We had a lovely experience. I would definitely recommend.
Reviewer:Jo H | Mon 23rd Mar 2015 | 4 years ago
Our second visit to stay at the Ivy Guest House and again fantastic from the welcome and care to the comfort and food which were all absolutely amazing. We were able to bring our dog who was equally welcome. Will definitely come again and probably bring more family members. Thank you to Darren and Roz with their staff who work so hard to create that special experience for all their customers.
Reviewer:Mrs. Jo D | Sat 21st Mar 2015 | 4 years ago
A perfect Getaway-
A lovely clean comfortable guest house. The staff are very friendly and can't do enough for you! Breakfast was delicious and cooked to perfection.
Reviewer:Janet S | Wed 25th Feb 2015 | 4 years ago
A great B & B -
Had a wonderful 3 night stay at Ivy Guest House. Darren was a great host for whom nothing was too much trouble. Room was bright, clean and comfy and breakfast was a treat. The log burner in the resident's lounge was a welcome bonus. Would love to return and would recommend it as a great base for exploring the area.
Reviewer:Mrs. Susan B | Sun 22nd Feb 2015 | 4 years ago
simply lovely -
A warm welcome from our host was the start of our time in the lakes. Our four poster room was cosy and ever so comfortable,a bed you didnt want to get out of in the morning comfy. Breakfast was superb. The finest bacon we've had in a very long time. the added bonus of tge log burner in the guests lounge just made it a wonderful stay. That we will happily return to
Reviewer:Nigel H | Sat 21st Feb 2015 | 4 years ago
Fab February break -
Just returned from a lovely 2 night break at the Ivy Guest house , ideally situated in the lovely village of Hawkeshead.Darren and Roz were so welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were spotless and comfortable , complete with a hearty breakfast. Would highly recommend.
Reviewer:Mrs. BarbaraL | Tue 17th Feb 2015 | 4 years ago
Lovely room and friendly service -
We had a great stay at Ivy Guest House. On arrival there had been a mix up with the rooms which was sorted very quickly and we ended up with a bigger room than we should have! Nice breakfast was served- although the latest we could have it was 9am. Maybe would have liked it to be 9.30/10. We were given lots of advice on what to do in Hawkshead and where we could go walking. Loved it, definitely recommend.
Reviewer:Jennifer C | Mon 5th Jan 2015 | 4 years ago
Darren &Roz absolutely fabulous hosts, we had a great time, Darren even stoked the log burner and we spent Saturday evening in the warm lounge, having plenty to slurp.Was just like being home from home, very comfortable and relaxing. And to really help with the Christmas theme as we were all in christmas jumpers, it started snowing on Saturday morning. :-) We will be booking again for next December but will be going back before then!Wonderful.
Reviewer:Mr. Paul K | Mon 15th Dec 2014 | 4 years ago
Birthday Celebration -
We stayed for one night. The room was lovely and the bathroom had a really nice slipper bath. Breakfast was filling and cooked well. Altogether a very good guest house.
Reviewer:Erin R | Tue 9th Dec 2014 | 4 years ago
A Must Stay -
Enjoyable stay, warm friendly welcome, comfortable room, a home from home definitely recommend staying here.
Reviewer:Julie A | Mon 13th Oct 2014 | 4 years ago
A few days away -
Hawhshead is a lovely place to visit and made even better by finding the right B &B. The Ivy Guest House was one such place. Clean, cosy and above all complimented by the welcome and hospitality of Darren.I recommend 'HIGHLY' the Ivy House Guest House, Hawkshead.
Reviewer:Eric P | Sat 4th Oct 2014 | 4 years ago
Probably the Friendliest B and B in the Lake District-
Lovely people make a stay at Ivey House a real treat.Breakfast is wonderful and sets you up for a day of walking or driving around the beauty spots.We will be back!
Reviewer:Mr. Brendan G | Wed 1st Oct 2014 | 4 years ago
We have found a little treasure on our doorstep.We live only an hour away,Hawkshead is beautiful and Ivy House was the treasure. Our host was lovely, the breakfast was delicious and our room was more than we expected. We will definitely book again.
Reviewer:Carol H | Tue 16th Sep 2014 | 4 years ago
Had a lovely ne night stay(wish it had been longer) in the Ivy House in September. Darren and his mm were the perfect hosts so lovely and friendly. .Breakfast was amazing....especially the bacon.Hope to stay again soon will definitely be back.Annette &JohnAyrshire
Reviewer:John M | Sun 14th Sep 2014 | 4 years ago
Excellent house and location -
Very very nice house, the room is cute, bright and cheerful, most of all, very clean.The bed is so comfortable that it's hard for us to get up early during the 5 days' stay there. :D Breakfast is big and delicious.And the location is easy to reach and find.It's near the bus stop.Compare to the B&Bs in Ambleside and Windermere, the Ivy's is quite and still very convenient.
Reviewer:Ms. Hongmin Y | Fri 12th Sep 2014 | 4 years ago
Beautiful location, lovely B &B, fantastic staff.I will return as soon as I can with my family, so I can share this gem of a place with them.
Reviewer:Mr. Nigel B | Tue 9th Sep 2014 | 4 years ago
very welcome couple and very clean and nice room and reception. We are really satisfied for staying there.
Reviewer:Raheleh Bagheri Z | Wed 27th Aug 2014 | 4 years ago
Weekend Getaway -
Fantastic guest house, Darren &Roz very knowledgable about the area and walks direct from the guest house.Rooms lovely and clean lovely fresh linen.Breakfast was perfect.What more can I say 10 out of 10 would stay again and recommend to friends.Thanks Darren &Roz
Reviewer:Wendy C | Mon 25th Aug 2014 | 4 years ago
Very good Omotenashi -
Good location, excellent hospitality. I will recommend my friends.
Reviewer:Yoshihiro S | Wed 13th Aug 2014 | 4 years ago
First stay -
Really lovely place to stay. Stunning village in a perfect location. Charming house grand yet cosy, in a nice spot. A very friendly and helpful welcome. Fantastic room with beautiful furnishings. lovely staff at breakfast and whenever we met them. Easy and convenient parking. Difficult to think how it could have been better.
Reviewer:Paul D | Sat 9th Aug 2014 | 4 years ago
Clean and pretty rooms and very friendly staff and I stongly recommend it to anyone.
Reviewer:Chan Yeob Y | Tue 5th Aug 2014 | 4 years ago
Another great stay at the Ivy Guest House in Hawkshead village.Made to feel really welcome again by Darren and Roz.Everything was perfect again, can't wait until our next visit.
Reviewer:Mr. Paul L | Sun 3rd Aug 2014 | 4 years ago
Short stay -
From the moment we arrived we felt comfortable. Darren's warm welcome in the car park put us at ease immediately, he even welcomed our dog Jess. The guest house is a lovely building, very clean and comfy. we had a room on the ground floor with a huge comfortable bed and plenty of room for Jess's bed too. It was like staying with friends and the attentive service at breakfast was greatly appreciated. We only stayed the one night but would definitely stay again if we are in the area.
Reviewer:Rosalie S | Mon 28th Jul 2014 | 4 years ago
We did not know Hawkshead before coming but had heard it is the prettiest village in the area.We were not disappointed.And the Ivy Guest House must be the best place to stay.It is central, friendly, with a proprieter who gives excellent directions on where to visit.Lovely food and accommodation.Thank you, Darren.
Reviewer:Lesley C | Sat 26th Jul 2014 | 4 years ago
Stayed for second time in May for 2 nights in this great little guest house .darren &Roz are 2 of the loveliest people I've met so friendly and welcoming make you feel so at ease guest house lovely clean and has own unique little extras to make stay special .amazing full English breakfast in morning set us up for day and huge selection of cereals fruit yoghurt juices etceverything prepared to your taste nothing to much for owners .all I have to say I would definetly recomend anyone to stay here and are hoping to return soon for 3rd stay .thanks Darren Roz &family hope to see you all soon .Jeff &jackie ..Glasgow
Reviewer:Mr. Jeffrey J | Thu 24th Jul 2014 | 4 years ago
Lovely Stay -
We thoroughly enjoyed our second stay, and a big thank you to Darren, Roz and team for making our time there so comfortable. Breakfasts were excellent, and rooms very clean and tidy. To top it all the weather was perfect. It's a 300 mile drive for us but we look forward to our next visit soon.
Reviewer:John M | Thu 10th Jul 2014 | 4 years ago
As Good As It Gets -
Although only our first short stay (but not our last), the Ivy Guest House was a fantastic place to stay. Darren is the perfect host and the place is a credit to him. A beautiful location to spend some time.
Reviewer:Gary P | Wed 2nd Jul 2014 | 4 years ago
beyond the call of duty -
Don't normally write reviews but in view of the service justifying the title couldn't do otherwise. Firstly only praise for the facilities and genuine interest to make our stay welcoming and comfortable;especially helpful were freshly made 'bacon butties' to speed our early departure for we had a plane to catch. However the service was beyond excellent and any expectation when two of our party later discovered they had lost / left their car keys at The Ivy, only when we dropped them back at their car, parked some 60 miles away. This was quickly overcome following a phone call and we were able to leave them there, whilst we continued to the plane knowing the keys were on the way courtesy of our caring hosts. Thank you!
Reviewer:Mr. John W | Mon 30th Jun 2014 | 4 years ago
Very nice place to stay, well recommended, nice and freindly couple, no pressure at all
Reviewer:Mr. Barry H | Sun 29th Jun 2014 | 4 years ago
Lovely B&B - very good breakfast and facilities. Darren was exceptional with his personalized service and the knowledge of the District.
Reviewer:Mrs. Margaret B | Mon 16th Jun 2014 | 5 years ago
Short stay -
Would have stayed longer if it had been possible
Reviewer:Christine S | Sun 15th Jun 2014 | 5 years ago
Home from Home -
Stayed here in the twin room with my friend when we were travelling together in the UK, we love Hawkshead so beautiful and lots to see and do,Ivy House truly is like a home from home, from the minute you step through that door you feel so welcome, Roz and Darren go above and beyond to make sure you enjoy your stay with them, wonderful breakfast, beautiful rooms, toiletries provided, biscuits for your cuppa and a jug of water with fruit juice cordial in the room,nice big shower, comfy beds, very quiet at night so no trouble sleeping and parking just at back of property. lovely people every one of them, a sign on the door"here as guests depart as friends"so true, loved it !!!
Reviewer:Mrs. Lynda C | Thu 5th Jun 2014 | 5 years ago
HIghly Recommended -
We stayed at the Ivy Guest House for two nights over a weekend &from the moment we arrived, both Darren &Roz were extremely welcoming. Our room was very clean &sufficient for what we needed. The Breakfasts were lovely &the service was impeccable.We would highly recommend the Ivy Guest house to anyone looking for somewhere to stay in the Lakes &we hope to return again the near future.
Reviewer:Gemma T | Wed 28th May 2014 | 5 years ago
Memory Lane -
Ivy House has changed little in 40 years, which was nice. Friendly welcome and felt very much at home. Full of suggestions for trips around, good breakfast comfortable bed and linens.
Reviewer:Mrs. Muriel J Trudie T | Sun 18th May 2014 | 5 years ago
Would recommend Ivy Guest House to anyone.Great hosts,great location,great breakfast.
Reviewer:Mr. Thomas B | Thu 8th May 2014 | 5 years ago
Thelandlord and his wife were very accommodating. They were friendly and knew about the area and were abreast of the latest news, like the ferry being closed. The hotel was clean and tidy and the food was exceptional. All in all a very good experience, We would stay there again if we were in the area.
Reviewer:Barry F | Sun 4th May 2014 | 5 years ago
We have just returned after 2 nights. Darren and Roz were very attentive.Nothing was too much trouble. Four poster bedroom was lovely.Breakfast was great. We would highly recommend this guest house. It's a lovely place to stay, we will definitely return.
Reviewer:Mr. Gary P | Sun 27th Apr 2014 | 5 years ago
Return Visit -
Our second visit to Ivy Guest House was every bit as good as our First visit with the warmest of welcomes and the heartiest of breakfasts ( excellent choice to cater for all dietary requirements ) Well appointed rooms &car parking facilities ( a huge bonus in Hawkshead ) Mine Hosts Darren &Ros are the most genial of people &always make time for a friendly chat. Our intention is to make a third visit in the coming year.
Reviewer:Paul S | Mon 14th Apr 2014 | 5 years ago
Very Pleasant Stay -
We stayed for two nights, Friday and Saturday. The Guest House is very clean and homely, and all the staff make you feel welcome and relaxed.Our room was very nicely decorated and a comfortable size with a four poster bed.The breakfast was lovely, with a good choice. They will even try to supply items not on the menu if requested which is not something offered everywhere.We would definitely stay again and look forward to returning.
Reviewer:Mr. Gordon M | Tue 1st Apr 2014 | 5 years ago
The Ivy Guest House is a brilliant home from home experience.Wonderful hosts......thank you xx
Reviewer:Mr. StevenW | Mon 24th Mar 2014 | 5 years ago
hawkhead b.b -
very friendly and pleasent place to stay . fantastic breakfast. very clean and so handy for the many attracions that the lakes has to offer . will definatly return.
Reviewer:Michael S | Mon 17th Mar 2014 | 5 years ago
Lakeland beauty -
Thank you Roz &Darren, wonderful hosts, relaxing and very attentive. Very friendly atmosphere and fantastic breakfast in the morning, some would say have a lie in, no no not missing that. We had a great stay, location perfect and so where the facilities. Definitely staing again this year, sooner than later. Many thanks again Steve &Karen
Reviewer:Steve B | Sun 16th Mar 2014 | 5 years ago
B'day w/e -
A lovely b&b! Made to feel very welcome and comfortable by Darren and all his staff - will definitely be back :
Reviewer:Donna H | Wed 19th Feb 2014 | 5 years ago
Best guest house we have ever stayed at.Will definitely stay there again.
Reviewer:Mr. Thomas B | Mon 10th Feb 2014 | 5 years ago
Angela & Simon -
We were greeted by a very warm and relaxed welcome by our hosts.Top weekend despite the weather.We shall return.
Reviewer:Miss. Angela W | Sun 9th Feb 2014 | 5 years ago
Great Long Weekend -
Darren &Roz made my friend &myself very welcome to Ivy House. They looked after our every need and were great in their recommendations both for shopping and places to go as well as places to eat. The food is freshly prepared &delicious the beds lovely and comfortable. Our room - No 1 had a slipper bath in the bedroom - wonderful to soak in at the end of the day. This was my second visit to Ivy Guest House and the service was great &Darren &Ros are so friendly - I will be back next year AGAIN!......
Reviewer:Mrs. Sue W | Thu 31st Oct 2013 | 5 years ago
Beautiful hotel, lovely hosts, perfect location. What more can you ask for? Will definitely return.
Reviewer:Miss. Stacey S | Mon 14th Oct 2013 | 5 years ago
Darren,Thank you for a wonderful stay we all much appreciated it and will be back soon.
Reviewer:Mr. Alan G | Mon 7th Oct 2013 | 5 years ago
SOC Weekend -
Great weekend at Ivy House - perfect for a group of friends to meet up - lovely communal lounge. Very well looked after all roundThank you
Reviewer:Mrs. Judith T | Tue 1st Oct 2013 | 5 years ago
A tick in every box. -
A group of 9 of us stayed at the Ivy Guest House during September. We had group booked as a mountain biking club riding around the beautiful area that has bucket loads to offer. From the second we arrived we were greeted and checked in. The owners are the friendliest and most helpful you could wish for, nothing was too much trouble. Our room was spacious, warm and very comfortable. Everything had been thought of. The breakfast was great, lots on offer and very attentive service. Certainly set me up for biking up many hills during our stay! This will be my first choice of accommodation when staying in Hawkshead.
Reviewer:Mr. Mark R | Mon 30th Sep 2013 | 5 years ago
Excellent as always -
Enjoyed our stay at Ivy Guest House again.Darren and Roz were lovely, caring, friendly hosts.We will return !
Reviewer:Mrs. Gillian P | Tue 24th Sep 2013 | 5 years ago
Excellent Stay -
A beautiful place with all the finishing touches to make our stay special. The breakfasts were great with a lovely variety to choose from. We would definitely return and highly recommend to others. Thank You both.
Reviewer:Mr. Richard P | Mon 16th Sep 2013 | 5 years ago
Wonderful b&b -
We arrived 3 hrs early but there was no problem. Siobhan made us toast, tea and fruit and we sat in the sunshine and relaxed after our long flight. Very clean, very comfortable and great breakfasts.
Reviewer:Mrs. Diane R | Mon 9th Sep 2013 | 5 years ago
Mine host -
Would recommend Ivy House to anyone wanting a friendly, relaxed atmosphere - the hosts Darren and Roz together with Darren's mum could not be more accommodating or friendly. The rooms are comfortable, extremely clean and have the added luxury of providing extra toiletry requirements such as body lotion, shampoo, cleansing pads, room spray, hairdryer, tea, coffee biscuits and even chocolate ! Breakfast is a feast for the most healthy appetite or caters for those watching their waistline. The house is in central Hawkshead with all the local amenities and pubs on the doorstep.Lots of local walks so no need to move the car from the private park at the back of the accommodation.Have returned here and will be back again in the future.Highly recommended.
Reviewer:Mrs. Judith O | Sun 8th Sep 2013 | 5 years ago
Ivy Guest House Hawkshead -
Fabulous four days, the nicest hosts you could wish for, superb breakfasts (the best I have had at a B&B). Would definitely recommend this guest house to friends and family and hope to return again next year.
Reviewer:Ms. Fiona C | Sat 17th Aug 2013 | 5 years ago
Set's the standard -
This is our second visit to the ivy and it won't be the last! If you want an example of how the B&B game should be done then I would strongly recomend checking out this place. From location to service there is nothing to fault here at all. It would definitely be my tip for number one stay in hawkshead.
Reviewer:Mr. Edward C | Mon 12th Aug 2013 | 5 years ago
Totally enjoyed our stay.Very comfortable guest house with very friendly and welcoming hosts.Couldnt fault anything.Will definitely go back.
Reviewer:Miss. KarenD | Mon 12th Aug 2013 | 5 years ago
Had a lovely relaxing time. Wonderful house so beautiful. Fantastic setting in magical Hawkshead village. What a treat. gorgeous food. Very freindly owners thank you Kat and Colin
Reviewer:Mrs. Kathleen C | Wed 31st Jul 2013 | 5 years ago
An absolute Gem !! -
We have just returned from a wonderful 4 night stay at The Ivy, where we were made to feel so very welcome, by Darren &Roz.The Ivy is a lovely place to stay, spotlessly clean, excellent breakfasts, fantastic hosts.We will be returning as soon as we can !!
Reviewer:Mrs. Carole R | Sat 20th Jul 2013 | 5 years ago
Lakeland Gem -
If you are planning a break in the Lakes and want an elegant, friendly and scrumptious stay, look no further than Ivy Guest House in Hawkshead.Six of us gather annually for a short break and happy chance brought us to Hawkshead and Ros and Darren. Our rooms, at the top of a magnificent Georgian staircase, were beautifully furnished and comfortable with lovely extra touches.The house is perfectly placed at the top of the high street, and althoughHawkshead is a busy attraction, it is wonderfully quiet at night.Thank you Ross andDarren for going the extra mile to make our stay so special.You deserve your success.
Reviewer:Mrs. Margaret R | Thu 18th Jul 2013 | 5 years ago
Thank You -
Thanks Darren and Roz for a lovely stay at the Ivy Guest House.Hawkshead is a lovely village and your accommodation likewise.Your hospitality was second to none and that made for a very relaxing stay,we look forward to a return in the near future.Keep up the good work, see you soon.Paul and Tracy.
Reviewer:Mr. Paul H | Tue 16th Jul 2013 | 5 years ago
Home from home -
We have just returned from a 3 night stay with Darren and Ros a lovely friendly couple who made our stay extremely comfortable and welcoming.The house is very well presented, extremely clean and the breakfasts were fantastic, we did not buy lunch once whilst we were there, no need we were set up for the day.We felt we could come and go as we please and Darren and Ros were always at hand if needed as they are only next door.We will definately come back !!
Reviewer:Mrs. CaroleD | Sat 29th Jun 2013 | 5 years ago
Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Ivy Guest House. A great host, beautiful breakfast and prime location made sure it will not be our last. We can definately recommend a stay here.
Reviewer:Mr. Jonathan G | Sat 22nd Jun 2013 | 5 years ago
just returned from a great 2 days at the ivy guest house,warm friendly welcome and stylish and clean accomodation,located in the beautiful village of hawkshead.would definetely recommend a visit and stay to anyone,and we will return next year!and the breakfast was great!!!!
Reviewer:Mr. Gary R | Thu 20th Jun 2013 | 6 years ago
Great Weekend -
Just back from two night stay at Ivy Guest House - our first visit which was selected by internet search. We were made really welcome and the accommodation could not be faulted. Loads of helpful advice from very friendly owners Darren and Roz and great breakfasts each day. Would definitely recommend !!!
Reviewer:Mr. Steven P | Wed 5th Jun 2013 | 6 years ago
Lovely stay -
Very kind and hospitable stay - Darren, Ros and Darren's mum made our stay very comfortable. Lovely breakfast and Ros even got some natural yoghurt for us. We met little dexter and hope his trip to the vet yesterday went well. Hope to return with Polly and Henry later in the year. Also met Andrea and Eleanor which was nice - so see you again
Reviewer:Ms. Jayne S | Wed 29th May 2013 | 6 years ago
Stay Here -
Having arrived mid afternoon we were cordially greeted by Darren &Roz &their 10 week cocker spaniel puppy. We were made to feel very welcome from the off &shown to our well appointed room equipped with t.v./dvd ( which we didn't use as the weather was so good we made the most of it.) Breakfast was served by Darren's mum with a cheery smile &what a good breakfast it was. Hawkshead is a great location &the accommodation is worthy of such a setting we wish them all the very best for the future &we fully intend to go back again. Paul &Helen Somerville
Reviewer:Mr. Paul S | Thu 23rd May 2013 | 6 years ago
Darren and Roz really know how to make you feel at home!From arrival to departure they were delightful, the beds were comfortable, food excellent and the atmosphere relaxing!Also a perfect stop for your Beatrix Potter exploration.
Reviewer:Mrs. Renee A | Sat 18th May 2013 | 6 years ago
Perfect Break -
We have just returned from a fabulous 4 night break at the Ivy Guest House. It really is a lovely place, and Darren and Roz are the perfect hosts, ably assisted by Darren's Mum. The breakfast was so good with plenty of choice we didn't need to eat again until the evening. There are several good places to eat in the village, which is lovely and unspoilt. The room and whole guest house was spotlessly clean, and Darren really makes you feel welcome and at home. He is very knowledgeable, and will assist with any ideas for days out. He even insisted on driving us to the Windermere ferry, as we wanted a car free day. All in all, we thoroughly recommend The Ivy, and hope to stay again in the near future, even though it's 300 miles from home.
Reviewer:Mr. John M | Sat 27th Apr 2013 | 6 years ago
April 2013 -
Three nights stay in beautiful Hawkshead was made more enjoyable by our stay at Ive Guest House. Would recommend to friends and family and would definitely go back again. Very comfortable acccomodation run by friendly, helpful family. Great breakfast and ideally located for anywhere in the Lake District.
Reviewer:Mr. Robert L | Wed 24th Apr 2013 | 6 years ago
Excellent place to stay -
Really enjoyed our stay at The Ivy Guest. Our hosts Darren and Roz were ever helpful be it where to visit or best place to eat out in the village. Our room was spotlessly clean and comfortable and the breakfast set you up for a days walking. We would certainly return.Pete and Jan Baines
Reviewer:Mr. Peter B | Tue 23rd Apr 2013 | 6 years ago
Staying at the Ivy House was like a home from home, very friendly and rooms so beautifully decorated and comfortable. We were made very welcome for our 2 nights B&B and as we were celebrating our mum's 70th, Darren pulled out all the stops by providing us with a champagne ice bucket and glasses so we could toast our mum with the finest Italian Torbato Terre Bianche Spumante Brut. Will try and get back to the Lake District within couple of years and we will definitely be looking up the Ivy House.Katherine Bird.
Reviewer:Mrs. Margaret B | Sat 20th Apr 2013 | 6 years ago
Home from home - but better -
From the warm hearted welcome to the end of our stay we were offered every comfort in this lovely home in a most beautiful setting. Darren is a superb host, totally caring and Chris , his mother was just like a"real mum "- a great team.
Reviewer:Mr. Ken H | Wed 17th Apr 2013 | 6 years ago
April in the Lakes -
We spent for wonderful nights in this very welcoming guest house. It was spotlessly clean, the breakfasts were very good and the hosts could not have been nicer.
Reviewer:Mrs. Barbara B | Mon 15th Apr 2013 | 6 years ago
Ivy Guest House -
We really enjoyed our stay with you and are looking forward to returning in October hopefully.Your accomodation is of an extremely high standard and quite individual, but very friendly and welcoming.
Reviewer:Mr. John J | Tue 9th Apr 2013 | 6 years ago
Home From Home. -
We really enjoyed our stay at the Ivy Guest House and the hositality of Darren and Roz made us feel very welcomed. The king size bed provided an excellent nights sleep each night and the very scrumptious breakfasts filled us up until dinner time. The log fire in the lounge provides a nice warm and relaxing environment after fell walking. The off-street parking is an added bonus and one less thing to worry about. We love Hawkshead and our stay at the Ivy Guest House just reinforces why we do.
Reviewer:Mr. Nigel T | Mon 25th Mar 2013 | 6 years ago
A wonderful place to stay! -
Thank you Roz and Darren for a really lovely couple of days, we really enjoyed our stay and would thoroughly recommend to anyone. You made us feel very welcome and nothing was too much trouble.Hope to stay again in the future!
Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are so pleased your stay with us was well enjoyed.Hope to see you and the boys and Phil again really soon.Best Wishes to you.Roz & Darren
Reviewer:Mrs. Emma D | Mon 25th Feb 2013 | 6 years ago
2 sisters 40 + -
Our most lasting memories of Ivy Guest House are not that of outstanding location or brilliant value for money which it most certainly is but that of the warmest and most welcoming welcome ever.The perfect and very difficult balance of a relaxed home from home, with every detail so thoughtfully provided, and nothing seems too much trouble, without intrusion into the very reason you go away, to have peace and quiet and recharge in the magnificent surrounding of the Lakes- right on your doorstep.This was my 2nd visit, the first was with my husband, and I know i will return again. Thankyou Darren and Roz . I wish you every success. Keep up the good work.
Great to see you again Mel. We are so glad your second visit was good as your first. Look forward to seeing you again.Thank you so much or your kind comments.Best wishes to you, your Sister and Family.Roz & Darren
Reviewer:Mrs. Melanie R | Sun 24th Feb 2013 | 6 years ago
Lovely break -
Great location. Very warm and welcoming hosts. Good breakfast and personal touch given throughout our stay.
Reviewer:Mr. John B | Wed 16th Jan 2013 | 6 years ago
Ivy Guest House -
We had an excellent and very comfortable stay.Darren and Roz treated us like family. The house is clean, warm and friendly.the room was well appointed and the bed was extremely comfortable.Breakfast was fantastic.We had such a pleasant stay that we have booked to stay again in the New Year.I cannot recommend Ivy Guest House highly enough.
Reviewer:Dr. Graham H | Mon 19th Nov 2012 | 6 years ago
Home from home -
Lovely place to stay in Hawkshead, really warm and friendly, lovely rooms all spotless and a great breakfast to start each day. Would recommend to anyone.
Reviewer:Mr. Peter M | Fri 16th Nov 2012 | 6 years ago
Relaxing Break -
We took advantage of a special 3 day break and had a wonderful time. The Ivy is in a great location at the heart of Hawkshead, with all amenities within easy reach. The accommodation was of a very high standard with a very relaxed and homely feel. Darren and Ros made us feel really welcome and were very friendly, We would definitely like to pay another visit.
Reviewer:Mr. Christopher M | Sun 21st Oct 2012 | 6 years ago
Absolute find. We spent a really enjoyable and comfortable weekend at Ivy Guest House. Roz and Darren are first class. We will definitely return
Reviewer:Mr. Kevin W | Sat 20th Oct 2012 | 6 years ago
short break -
From the time we arrived and the welcome we received from Darren the owner, until we left was superb. Our room was excellent and the added touches made us feel at home and made us feel like friends rather than paying guests. Nothing was to much bother and Darren takes an interest in you and will help guide you on things to do within the area. Enjoyed it so much we've already booked to go back in 7weeks time.
Reviewer:Mr. Cameron K | Fri 12th Oct 2012 | 6 years ago
A brief but enjoyable stay -
Wow, what a wonderfully comfortable bed, matched by the very welcoming and engaging staff... A home away from home. Ivy Guest House is quiet, well appointed, meticulously clean, and just next door to all the town's attractions. Highly recommended.
Reviewer:Mrs. Elizabeth H | Wed 3rd Oct 2012 | 6 years ago
Great stay -
We stayed a couple of nights with our one year old daughter.Our stay was great and our daughter was the centre of attention each morning at breakfast (which of course she loved!).The room was great and very clean, breakfast good and we were shown great hospitality.We would definitely recommend Ivy Guest House as a place to stay.
Reviewer:Mrs. Lindsay C | Wed 26th Sep 2012 | 6 years ago
Ivy Guest House -
We were given a very warm and friendly welcome by Darren on our arrival. The Guest House had lost none of its charm or character since our last visit 22 years ago. The decor and furnishings are tasteful including a lovely and comfortable bed. Breakfast was served by smiling Darren and cooked to order to perfection. We shall certainly be paying another visit soon.
And we so look forward to seeing you again sooner than 22 years this time.Best Wishes and Thank You again for your kind comments.Darren & Roz
Reviewer:Mr. Glenwright G | Sun 2nd Sep 2012 | 6 years ago
Stayed for one night and had a relaxing stay.Owners made us feel very welcome and the breakfast was superb. Hawkshead is a lovely setting.
Thank you David. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay with us.We hope we will meet again very soon.RegardsDarren & Roz
Reviewer:Mr. David C | Mon 20th Aug 2012 | 6 years ago
Couldn't wish for more -
Darren and his Mum went out of their way to make us comfortable during our 3 night stay.Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were extraordinarily friendly and sociable.The facilities were excellent and the food good.We could not have wished for more and wholeheartedly recommend this guest house.
Thank you so much for your comments. It is really pleasing to know our customers have had a pleasant experience. We hope to see you again soon.Kind regardsDarren & Roz
Reviewer:Mrs. Jane J | Sat 4th Aug 2012 | 6 years ago