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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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  • Willow Retreat

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC123298
    Set above the popular village of Ambleside and close to the spectacular 70-foot Stock Ghyll Force waterfalls, Willow Retreat is an ideal getaway for couples. With plenty to do in the area, from walking on the fells right from the door to nearby sailing, paintballing, mountain biking, climbing and range of places with famous literary connections to explore, you’ll never be bored. A pleasant stroll down the River Rothay and past the famous Bridge House leads you into Ambleside where you will find a whole host of quality independent shops, galleries, good pubs serving award-winning local ales, restaurants and cafés to suit all tastes. When you want a bit of relaxation time, Willow Retreat is a cosy, quiet and comfortable base. Finished to a very good standard, the ground floor apartment has open plan living with a cosy sitting area, dining area and well-equipped kitchen so you can chat through your plans for your holiday while one of you cooks and the other sets up the night’s DVD watching. When you can’t resist the call of sleep any more, after a day packed with activities, you can enjoy the large, stylish bedroom with sumptuous bedding adorning the kingsize bed where you’ll dream of the next day’s fun!

    This property can be booked together with Oaks Retreat (CC123237) to accommodate up to four guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With gas cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Shower room: With shower, WC, heated towel rail and washer/dryer.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • The Moorings

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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.

  • Skiddaw Apartment

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W41227

    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 ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom. Shower room with 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.

  • Fellcroft

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123266
    Set in one of the oldest parts of Ambleside, Fellcroft enjoys a very central location just a stone’s throw from this popular and well appointed village. Brimming with shops, bars and restaurants to suit all palates and pockets. Ambleside offers some superb walking opportunities for all ages and abilities and for a thirst quenching drink upon your return, why not try a pint of local ale at either The Golden Rule or The Unicorn, both just strides away from Fellcroft.
    Set out over three floors and beautifully styled throughout, Fellcroft is the perfect base for a romantic break at any time of the year. Exposed beams, a wood burning stove and slate floors all add to the character and charm whilst the traditional cottage feel, married here and there with a beautiful French theme and roll top bath add a certain ’je ne sais quoi’ to this perfect haven for two.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Middle Floor:
    Spacious Lounge: With wood burning stove (fuel available locally), TV and DVD.
    Wet room: with shower, wash basin, WC, heated towel rail and underfloor heating.
    This is on a half landing leading down to...
    Ground Floor:
    Spacious Kitchen/Dining room: With bespoke handcrafted units, Belfast sink, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, microwave and gas cooker with double oven and hob.
    Access to rear where you will find a bench seating area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Beautifully styled with double bed, feature fireplace and free standing double ended roll top bath.

    All gas, electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot and high chair available.Parking permit provided for use on several nearby car parks in Ambleside and throughout South Lakeland. One well behaved pet welcome. NB:The steps to the front door can be slippery when wet.

  • The Poppies - Neaum Crag

    Skelwith Bridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    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.

  • The Lawns, Carr Crag Pavilion

    near Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC123244
    The unique, semi detached residence offers great character and charm and is situated just above Skelwith Bridge, between the villages of  Grasmere and Ambleside at the start of the beautiful Langdale Valley. The Pavilion building was architect designed and built in 2006, the result of which is a delightful property offering quality accommodation. Substantial grounds surround the property including over an acre of natural wooded gardens with expanses of lawns and trees perfect for adults to relax and children to play. Frequented by a wide variety of wildlife including deer, the location offers some of the finest walking within the Lake District National Park right from the doorstep either into the Langdales for some serious climbing or along to Loughrigg Tarn or Skelwith Force waterfall for a more gentle amble beside the River Brathay to Elterwater and the heart of the Great Langdale Valley.

    The Lawns is well presented in a traditional style and well equipped for a self catering break at any time of the year. The wood burning stove is perfect for snuggling around in the cooler months and the comfy bedroom ensures a good night’s rest for all. The property has its own private patio area with furniture provided from where to sit out and take in the delightful grounds. Two good eating places are on the doorstep if you choose to have time out of the kitchen, Chester’s by The River and The Talbot Bar at Skelwith Bridge Hotel, both offering food throughout the day and into the evening.

    The combination of a rare and superb setting, along with easy access (car less if preferred) to the entire valley and the amenities of the nearby villages, makes Carr Crag the perfect choice for your holiday retreat.

    The Lawns, Carr Crag Pavilion can be booked in conjunction with Carr Crag Pavilion Ref 123243 which is next door.

    Ground Floor: The property has night storage heaters and comprises:
    Entrance via French doors into open plan living area divided by the fabulous dual aspect wood burning stove (fuel available locally).
    Lounge Area: Has large areas of window giving stunning views of the grounds and thier natural beauty, digital TV, DVD and radio/CD player are all available.
    Kitchen: Wrapped in granite tops, useful island, Belfast sink, dishwasher, washing machine, range cooker, fridge, freezer and microwave.

    First Floor: Dressing area to the master bedroom.
    Bedroom 1: King size bedroom with range of fitted units.
    Bathroom: With large shower area, bath with hand shower attachment, wash basin and WC.

    All electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair available through Cumbrian Cottages.Outside: Private off road parking for two cars. Patio area with seating provided and access to 2 acres of shared grounds.

  • The Nest

    Kirkstone near Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    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.

  • Westside

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123226
    In the very heart of popular Ambleside, Westside is perfectly positioned for enjoying a vibrant village based holiday and sampling all of the excellent amenities and attractions on hand, most of which are a level stroll from this stylish apartment. Ambleside is also, however, equally suitable for those wishing to spend the majority of their days on the magnificent fells and to return to quality accommodation at the end of your day
    The owners of this first floor apartment, are lovers of the great outdoors themselves and wish only that their guests will enjoy the excellent facilities they have provided here at Westside. The lengthy stone mullioned windows, recently exposed to their full potential during major refurbishment, allow plenty of light to flood through the open plan living space whilst offering guests good views of the surrounding fell range and the opportunity to plan your route for the coming day. The well fitted bathroom is on hand to help soak away those aches and pains whilst a quality and comfortable king size bed will ensure a good night’s rest in readiness for the day ahead.

    First Floor: Property has a mix of under floor and instant electric heating and comprises:
    Shared entrance leading to the first floor.
    Small Hallway: Leading left into open plan living space
    Lounge: With slate floor, comfy seating area, HD Freeview TV, DVD and dining space.
    Kitchen: With washer/dryer, microwave, fridge with small freezer box, electric oven and hob.
    The living area has direct access onto a metal fire escape.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With tiled floor, shower over bath, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Outside: Private parking for one car. Sorry, no children.

  • Oaks Retreat

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123237
    Set close to the tumbling waterfalls at Stockghyll, Oaks Retreat enjoys an enviable position above the vibrant village of Ambleside, close enough to enjoy a wealth of attractions and facilities when needed but far enough away to soak up the peace and quiet of this former woodland area and enjoy some well deserved time together. Ambleside has an eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants to suit every palate and sufficient activities to suit all ages and abilities. Close to the foot of Kirkstone Pass, Oaks Retreat offers almost instant access to the Lakeland fells and the owners have supplied a range of walking books and guides to help you plan your route.
    Refurbished to a very good standard Oaks Retreat is a spacious and stylish apartment all on one level, offering excellent facilities for a self catering break. The thoughtful owners who live adjacent have provided a lovely bed and mattress dressed with quality duvet and linens to ensure a restful nights sleep and a shower room with power shower to sooth those aching limbs. The sumptuous leather sofa offers the chance to snuggle up and take in a DVD or catch up on the soaps whilst the covered patio area will enable you to holiday outdoors when our typical Lakeland weather will allow!

    This property can be booked together with Willow Retreat (CC123298) to accommodate up to four guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Dining area: With patio doors to covered terrace.
    Kitchen area: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Covered verandah with furniture. Private parking (1 car). No smoking. No children or babies.

  • Nutkins Nook

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123268
    Perfectly positioned for exploring the towns and villages of the South Lakes, Nutkins Nook enjoys a quiet location, set just off the A591 close to Brockhole Visitor’s Centre where you will find beautiful Thomas Mawson designed gardens, a treetop trek and access to the shores of Lake Windermere and a host of waterborne activities.
    All on the ground floor, this charming studio apartment is very spacious for two, equipped with quality fixtures and dressed with stylish furnishings and accessories. Private parking is on hand and with a bus stop at the end of the lane, you may choose to simply park up and forget the car for the week.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Entrance into open plan living space.
    Lounge/Dining area: With TV, DVD and i-Pod docking station.
    Kitchen: With dishwasher, electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer and microwave.
    Bedroom: This offers lots of storage space and two twin beds on a wooden frame with quality mattresses.
    Shower room: Fully tiled with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric and bed linen included. Sorry no travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi available. Outside: Off road parking for 1 car. Visit Britain Gold awarded property.

  • Squirrels

    Neaum Crag, Skelwith Bridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: LZB

    Overlooking a small tarn with views towards the Langdale Valley, this tastefully furnished, ground floor holiday apartment has a well-appointed patio, tempting visitors to sit out by the tarn and drink in the peaceful surroundings. Forming part of a complex, gentle strolls may be enjoyed in the
    2½ acres of shared woodland with tarn, whilst an inviting shared indoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi and sauna augment the already fine facilities. Enveloped by superb scenery, it is set in an excellent central location for walking, touring and participating in water sports. Ambleside 3 miles. Windermere 8 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub/restaurant 1 mile.

    Living/dining room with electric fire, kitchen area and patio doors to sitting-out area overlooking tarn. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full NSH and bed linen included
    • Towel hire £2.00per person
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared payphone
    • No garden – small sitting-out area
    • Shared 2½-acre unspoilt woodland
    • Parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (open 2nd March–16th November) with Jacuzzi and sauna
    • No smoking
    • NB: Tarn in woodland

  • Scafell Apartment

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

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