About Us

The Melrose Guest House, in Ambleside is personally run by owners Jim and Monique Nelson who took over the establishment in October 2017. The property was built circa 1880 and has undergone a renovation and modernisation programme over several years to update the traditional lakeland slate property which will continue in order to provide a relaxing, calming and homely feel. The house boasts many features such as the stunning 'Red room' Victorian fireplace, which takes centre-stage and is marvelled by all.

In 2015, Melrose was awarded a hall of fame certificate of excellence by trip advisor and then in July 2016, the Melrose was presented with a silver award by Visit England for its high quality of accommodation and customer service and also the Visit England breakfast award. These were followed in 2017 by a recognitions of excellence award from Hotels Combined and afterwards Melrose received a Gold Award from the Cumbrian Business Environment Network for its contribution towards environmental sustainability. The Melrose has also won several awards from the horticultural society for its flower window tubs and hanging baskets, Come in the Summer and you will see the house looking its best, bedecked with beautiful hanging baskets and overflowing window tubs. There is a wooden bench and patio table at the front of the house where you can relax amidst the flowers and watch the world go by.

Ambleside is undoubtedly a beautiful place to live and visit. To ensure further generations also have the opportunity to enjoy it, we endeavor to play our part in conserving the natural resources by actively participating in sustainable tourism. We have an Environmental Policy in all the guest welcome folders, so you can see what we do and also the part you can play whilst staying with us.

Melrose is ideally situated in the centre of Ambleside. It is close to the Market place where the Ambleside bus stops, so ideal for guests travelling by public transport. We have off-road parking for up to six motorbikes. We also have three secure car parking spaces, available on a first come basis for a small charge. Practically everywhere within the National Park can be reached within one hour's drive. Many fine scenic walks, both easy and more challenging, start from Ambleside, which is 1 mile from the head of Lake Windermere. Some of the locations seen in the recent 'Miss Potter' film, are within easy walking distance from the house, e.g. Loughrigg Tarn and Loughrigg Terrace.


Our Facilities


  • Credit Card
  • Family Rooms
  • Wifi
  • Luxury
  • Vegetarian
  • Walking Holidays