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A vibrant town surrounded by magnificent Lakeland Fells, by the shores of Windermere.

As a gateway to the stunning Langdale Valley, Ambleside is a magnet for visitors seeking a relaxing break or outdoor enthusiasts looking for a challenge. Offering easy access to a wide range of activities, including water sports, walking, climbing and cycling, Low Wood Watersports and Activity Centre caters for all tastes and abilities.

Unsurprisingly, Ambleside is known to many as the walking capital of South Lakeland and is abound with routes, from lakeside strolls to gruelling fells. For a less challenging walk, Loughrigg Terrace provides breathtaking views over Grasmere and Rydal Water, while Jenkin Crag provides the perfect spot for a romantic picnic.

The fells just west of the town offer a great introduction to cycling in the Lakes, while those looking for a more strenuous ride should try the bridleway that links Ambleside with Troutbeck. Located in the town is the iconic Bridge House; one of the most photographed spots in the Lakes. There are also lots of wonderful literary and artistic heritage here which can be explored in the town''s galleries and museums and a plethora of specialist shops selling everything from outdoor equipment to local art and crafts; look out for the Made in Cumbria logo to show you are supporting the local craftsmen.

The ideal location for a rural break, search Ambleside holiday cottages today.

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  • Scafell Apartment

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: W41228

    Stunning views of Lake Windermere
    Four poster bed

    Whitecraggs is a truly magnificent setting amidst 3.5 acres of landscaped grounds designed by the famous Kew Plant Hunter, William Purdon, with mature specimens of rare trees and alpine plants, these three holiday apartments form part of Whitecraggs, a converted country house. On two levels, Black Combe Apartment (ref W41226) provides spacious accommodation with a romantic four poster bedroom. Skiddaw Apartment (ref W41227) provides cosy accommodation on the ground floor looking out over the gardens to Lake Windermere, whilst Scafell Apartment (ref W41228) is a delightful first floor apartment. At the northern tip of the lake, centrally placed for the Lake District National Park, there is abundant walking, fell climbing in the nearby Langdales, water sports or simply wandering around charming Ambleside, which dates back to Roman times. From here you can take the steamer to explore villages on Windermere’s shores, as well as Grizedale forest. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electricity included. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Shared 3.5-acres grounds. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. No smoking. NB: There are steep sloping banks in the grounds.

  • The Nest

    Kirkstone near Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC123290
    High up on Kirkstone overlooking Ambleside in the tranquil Stockghyll Valley, The Nest sits on a 2700 acre traditional working Lakeland farm estate. Originally the old horse carriage house, The Nest provides comfortable and cosy accommodation in the form of a one bedroomed annexe. A bird watchers haven where Buzzards fly above the neighbouring farmland and where Highland Cattle, Herdwick sheep and other rare breeds graze and wander freely. The elevation provides magnificent Lakeland views in every direction and the rurality provides darks skies for amazing star gazing. An ideal base for fell walking, cycling or just chilling out. The Nest is accessed by a steep track which is not tarmacked but is well worth the adventure, a true ’getaway from it all’ retreat.

    This property can be booked together with Willow Cottage (CC123284), Hazel Cottage (CC123280) and Oak Cottage (CC123293) to accommodate up to 12 guests. Ideal for parties or weddings, you can even land a helicopter in the grounds!

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Living area: With electric wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: Galley style with tiled floor, electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Small shared courtyard. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from a spring. NB: No children under the age of 12. Access via a rough track.

  • High White Stones

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC123175
    Situated in an enviable position of ‘Old Ambleside’, this Grade II listed 17th Century cottage apartment offers luxury and charm in abundance, perfect for a romantic and relaxing stay any time of year. It is nestled on a quiet lane in the conservation area amongst the oldest and quaintest properties, yet it is only 200 yards from the shops, pubs and restaurants of this popular village with an array of easy or strenuous walks direct form the doorstep.
     
    With many original features this cottage enjoys up to the minute facilities and home comforts, including bath sheets large enough to wrap around and luxurious goose down duvet and pillows, with non-allergenic alternatives if required. It has a sunny garden with patio and seating for al fresco dining. High White Stones offers contemporary styling whilst retaining its cosy character and charm with oak beams throughout to create a 4* luxury holiday home.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is gas central heated and comprises:
    Entrance via the original stone steps and hall ideal for bike, coat and boot storage.

    First Floor: Lounge/diner: With LCD TV/DVD combo complete with facility for memory stick, hard drive and Freeview, CD/radio midi system, stylish contemporary wall hung gas fire, dimmable lighting for a romantic evening and a wide range of books, maps, guides, games and DVD’s.
    Kitchen:  Extensively fitted and equipped with dishwasher, gas hob, electric stove, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, microwave and a vast array of cooking utensils.
    Bedroom 1: Contemporary bedroom with oak beam ceiling, king size bed and co-ordinating accessories and radio alarm clock.
    Bathroom: Luxurious and spacious en-suite facilities with oak beam ceiling, large separate glazed shower cubicle, deep bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels provided. Wi-fi internet access availableGarden with patio and seating. Parking is generally available in the lane and a free parking permit is provided for nearby Rydal Road car park and most other South Lakeland car parks.

  • The Old Coach House

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC123254
    Situated in the small hamlet of Clappersgate, just a mile from the popular village of Ambleside, The Old Coach House is the perfect choice for a couple looking for that rather special bolt hole, away from the hustle and bustle and somewhere to relax and spend some precious time together. The level walk into the village is a pleasant 15 minute stroll. Ambleside is well stocked with shops, bars and restaurants as well as interesting attractions and activities for all ages.
    Beautifully presented to offer stylish and up to the minute facilities, this cottage style apartment has been thoughtfully created from an ancient former stable block and coach house. Quality fittings have been perfectly married with well chosen decor and accessories to create an eclectic mix of character and charm. It has the advantage of private, off road parking as well as a private patio and direct access to the foot of Loughrigg Fell. The Old Coach House comprises of access to a shared garden on the banks of the River Rothay, across the road from the cottage, ideal for romantic picnics at the water’s edge

    Ground Floor: The Old Coach House has night storage heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance into open plan living space with...
    Lounge area: with comfy leather corner suite arranged around the wall mounted electric fireplace and TV DVD.
    Kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, washing machine and fridge with small ice box.
    Bathroom: with travertine tiles, shower over bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 1: Elegant with ornate wrought iron four poster bed and co-ordinating décor and furnishings. There is also a charming dressing room with chaise-longue.

    All fuel and bed linen provided. Sorry, no travel cot available.Outside: private parking for one car. Small patio with furniture provided. Shared communal gardens and river frontage across the road.

  • The Hollies

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC123110
    This traditional Lakeland stone cottage is sure to be in demand from couples looking for a cosy cottage within a short stroll of the village. The property is situated on the end of a terrace of two cottages, nestling into the hillside below Wansfell, with views across the town to the fells beyond. All the amenities of Ambleside are within walking distance, with the rest of the Lakes only a short drive away.

    Ground Floor: The Hollies has gas central heating and is tastefully decorated and well equipped with quality furnishings throughout and comprises:
    Dining/lounge: With TV, DVD, CD player, welcoming log fire, oak table and chairs.
    Kitchen: Equipped with electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with oak furniture and superb rooftop views to the nearby Loughrigg Fells.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, hand basin, WC and useful drying cupboard.

    All electric, logs and bed linen provided. Sorry, no cot available. Wifi internet available.On street parking.

  • Bessyboot

    Troutbeck

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC126113
    Set in an idyllic location in the very heart of the Troutbeck valley, Bessyboot, named after a favourite walk of the owners in the Northern Lakes, is a rather special place, just for two, somewhere to get away from it all and to spend precious time together. A walker’s paradise, Troutbeck offers walks for all abilities and being only a few miles from both Ambleside and Windermere, a host of other attractions and amenities can be reached by car, public transport or foot. This traditional Lakeland hamlet retains the original post office and general store and two good country pubs are within walking distance, The Mortal Man and The Queen’s, both serving local ales and home cooked fayre.
    Refurbished by local craftsmen, Bessyboot has been beautifully created and dressed in a traditional style with a contemporary twist. Bessyboot has everything for two that our discerning guests have come to expect from our quality self catering cottages, a well equipped kitchen, fully tiled wet room and comfy leather sofa strategically placed in front of the fireplace for you to snuggle around in the cooler months. The private terrace, with creative seating, is just the spot for taking in some more of that view and an aperitif before dining ’al fresco’ when our weather will allow.

    Ground Floor: Property has underfloor and electric heating and comprises:
    Entrance: Into open plan living accommodation with...
    Lounge area: With leather seating arranged around the electric stove and wall mounted TV with DVD and Freeview.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With dishwasher, electric double oven, ceramic hob, microwave and fridge with small freezer box.
    Wet room: With shower area, wash basin and WC.
    Bedroom: With double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Although there is no washing machine within the property, the owner is happy to organise to do laundry for you at a small charge per load, further details are in the property. Sorry no cot available. Wi-fi access available (Please note this is a limited connection, it is good enough to search on google and check emails, but not strong enough to download information)Outside: Private patio with furniture provided. Roadside parking in front for one small car.

  • Garden Flat - 7 Badgers Rake

    Ambleside

    Grade
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    Ref: CC123129
    The Garden Flat is a ground floor apartment at Badgers Rake. The superb apartments are perched in an enviable position above the village of Ambleside with magnificent views over Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe. The apartments are in an ideal position for a peaceful and relaxing break, yet within easy reach of all local shops, bars and restaurants that Ambleside has to offer.
    This property can be booked together with Squirrels Nest 12 (123132) .

    Ground Floor: This is a ground floor apartment, double glazed, heated by storage radiators with fell views and comprises:
    Entrance hall: With large storage cupboard.
    Lounge/Dining Area: Open plan with tall wall mounted electric fire, leather sofa, coffee table, dining table and chairs. Digital TV, twin DVD/video and radio. Patio doors to private seating and spacious communal garden. Views to Loughrigg and Fairfield.
    Kitchen: Well equipped fitted contemporary kitchen area with electric cooker and induction hob, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and slow cooker.
    Bedroom 1: Modern fitted double bedroom with plenty of storage space.
    Bathroom: Fully tiled with heated spiral towel rail, shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Patio doors lead to private patio and spacious shared gardenLarge communal garden that has a designated BBQ area. Communal washer/dryer for guests use. Garage and one additional parking space in front of the apartment. Pets by arrangement but must be kept on a lead in the garden and all soilage removed.

  • Wansfell Heights

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC123194
    Centrally situated in the ever popular village of Ambleside, Wansfell Heights offers stylish refurbished accommodation for two. On the second floor of this rather imposing Victorian building, the apartment enjoys views over neighbouring rooftops to the fells and village beyond and is a most comfortable base from where to explore the whole of the Lake District, either by car or public transport. Contemporary styling has been carefully introduced to blend well with the traditional features of such a building and to create a comfortable, quality feel throughout. Ambleside has a good selection of interesting shops and tea rooms and a wide range of bars and restaurants serving cuisine from around the globe.

    Second Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance hall leading to:
    Lounge: With TV, DVD and CD Hi-Fi.
    Kitchen: With washer/dryer, fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob, microwave and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With four poster bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. No cot available. Free Wi-Fi access is available.Private parking for 1 car. Due to the large number of internal stairs to access the apartment, we do not consider it suitable for the infirm or for those with babies.

  • The Moorings

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC123240
    The Moorings enjoys a magnificent setting just metres from the pier at Waterhead, Ambleside, the focus of many a picture postcard featuring the Lake and her famous Steamers against a backdrop of Ambleside’s famous fell range. The village centre, offering an eclectic mix of shopping and eating is a level mile from Waterhead, a manageable walk with a couple of watering holes along the way or short trip on the open top bus or electric carriage that runs frequently throughout the main season.
    The Moorings is tucked away behind the main thoroughfare, the ground floor portion of a traditional, Victorian terrace and offers stylish, comfortable accommodation for two, just the spot to relax, unwind and share some well deserved down time together. Good facilities, including deep cushioned sofas, a tranquil bedroom and bathroom ensure you can instantly get into holiday mode.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises:
    Rear entrance into....
    Living/Dining room: With deep cushioned leather seating arranged around the electric fire, digital TV with DVD and CD/Hi-Fi.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen, towels and hairdryer included. Travel cot available.Outside: Private parking for one small car and small seating area. Narrow access to car parking space.

  • Archway Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC123208
    Archway Cottage is a very special love nest for two, tucked away from the hustle and bustle in the older conservation area of the village, yet only a stone’s throw from the very heart of Ambleside. This popular village is the perfect choice for the first time and returning visitor and has an excellent selection of shops, bars and award wining restaurants and traditional pubs serving speciality beers, home cooked fayre and with the occasional live music in the evenings. Walks for all abilities can be enjoyed straight from the door onto the slopes of Wansfell, Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe.
    This unique property has been thoughtfully designed to make best use of the space available and picturesque setting, the result being a contemporary and quality holiday home with a wealth of interesting features, beautifully dressed with stylish fabrics and accessories. Much thought has been taken in creating exposed oak woodwork to compliment the original trusses, a bespoke fireside seat beside the wood burning stove for two and a stunning, romantic mezzanine bedroom area with glass and stainless finish, created by local craftsmen, vaulted ceiling and huge beams. Glimpses of the local fell ranges can be had from the living area, sufficiently tempting for those walkers among you across to Loughrigg and the Fairfield Horseshoe and, guests can simply park up for the week and enjoy the delights of this lovely part of Lakeland ’au pied’ or by bicycle, storage available for your wheels.
    Comments From The Visitor’s Book
    Zoe & Matt ‘We had an awesome time at archway cottage .It’s been perfect & just what we needed ‘
    Lucinda –Suffolk ‘Nicely decorated, excellent position and has wonderful views’
    Gareth & Mona ‘Cottage great –a fine recluse, the living area has everything a couple needs and the kitchen more than capable’
    Helen & Ben- Manchester ‘An ideal base to explore the area ,a cosy place to come back to after long walks ‘
    Debbie & Barry –Kent ‘Very cosy with log fires, I just love the little wooden hearts everywhere-very apt for being a love nest’
    Kym & Jono ‘The cottage was what we expected, very well finished and of good quality’
    Karen & Andy ‘Liked the quirky cottage enjoyed the views and appreciated it being so near the town centre’
    Mark & Steph ‘Property converted to an immaculate standard-quality of woodwork and fittings is excellent-loved it’

    Ground Floor: Property has night storage heating and comprises:
    Wet Room: With shower area, wash basin and WC

    First Floor: Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, washer/dryer and fridge.
    Dining/Lounge: With wall mounted TV and DVD and wood burning stove (fuel not provided).
    Narrow stairs to....
    Mezzanine Floor: Double bedroom area with oak floor and exposed beams
    External drying and store room with freezer.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry, no cot availableParking permit provided for one car for use on nearby car park. Separate bike shed.

  • Jackdaw Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: CC123285
    This quaint one bedroom cottage is set in the very heart of Ambleside. Jackdaw Cottage is the perfect getaway and spring board to the Lakes. It is a cosy cottage with gas log burner effect fire. The holiday home dates back from the 18th Century and was part of a working community within Ambleside which had various types of industry. A good quality bed dressed in crisp cotton sheets guarantees a restful night’s sleep after a day on the fells or sightseeing. You can come back and rela and enjoy that well deserved break. A gentle stroll will bring you to Waterhead Pier where you will find the famous Windermere Lake Steamers offering the chance to cruise across to Bowness or Lakeside whilst taking in some more of the area’s stunning scenery.

    Ground Floor: The property is accessed by nine steps, and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with tiled floor, gas log burner, 22" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room: Spacious with tiled floor.
    Kitchen: Spacious, farmhouse style with tiled floor, electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, basin and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Small patio area with garden furniture at the front of the house. Private parking for one car. Sorry, no children allowed - two adults only.

  • The Poppies - Neaum Crag

    Skelwith Bridge

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC123167
    The Poppies is a lovely ground floor apartment, tastefully furnished and decorated in a welcoming and comfortable style. The apartment is situated within the Neaum Crag Estate; a gorgeous woodland setting with exclusive apartments and wooden lodges, overlooking a small open tarn with views through to the fells and an abundance of local wildlife, including red squirrels. The estate covers some 18 acres of beautiful private grounds in an area of real seclusion at the entrance to the Langdale Valley, with many lovely walks available directly from the door. The Poppies is situated in a central position within the Lake District National Park; perfect for easy access to all the main attractions. This makes the location an excellent choice for visitors to enjoy the peaceful setting in an area of scenic paradise for walkers and climbers alike.
    There is free use of the estate Log Cabin Leisure Club on-site with small indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, Wi-Fi, table tennis (open March-mid November).  

    Ground Floor: The Poppies has electric and night storage heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance hall: With useful storage for coats, boots and walking gear; leading to open plan living accommodation.
    Lounge/dining area: With TV, DVD player/HD recorder, CD player (i-pod compatible) Wi-Fi access and FM/DAB radio. A selection of books and local maps are available to use. The feature electric stove effect fire provides instant extra warmth if needed on chilly winter evenings. Double doors from the lounge lead onto a south facing patio area with outdoor furniture to relax, watch the local wildlife and enjoy the woodland and mountain views.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, dishwasher, coffee machine, under counter fridge - freezer and washer dryer.  
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with plenty of good storage and patio doors leading out onto the patio area.
    Bathroom: With electric shower over bath, hand basin and WC.

    All electric  included.Wi-Fi access available in the property. Sorry, no cot. Two patio areas with bench. Private parking for one car, with further guest spaces available NB: There is a large pond within the grounds.

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