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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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  • Overbeck Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123247
    Just 500 yards from the centre of vibrant Ambleside, Overbeck Cottage is one of two small cottages adjoining Riverside Lodge, a property of immense charm and character in a unique location on the banks of the River Rothay which flows through the grounds of the property before running into Lake Windermere.  Within a level stroll from the cottage you will find a host of restaurants and activities to suit all ages. Ambleside is well served with numerous attractions including two cinemas, the Armitt Museum depicting the life and times of the village, tennis courts, bowling green and even an indoor climbing wall. Overbeck Cottage is a four star, quality self catering cottage offering great character and charm for two occupants, the perfect choice for a romantic break at any time of the year. The cottage offers mesmerising views of the riverbank from all rooms, across the lush green garden areas and beyond to Loughrigg Fell, very tempting to the walkers among you! Overbeck Cottage has a outdoor patio overlooking the river and a spacious car park just across the private foot bridge from the property.The property is within a few metres of the River Rothay (which flows through the garden) where fishing is available:Type of fishing: limited fly fishing. Locals tend to use worm or spinner.Type of fish: The river holds brown trout. Very occasional late season salmon and sea trout turn up. Chub and roach are possible but unlikely.Licence: An Environmental Agency rod licence is required. These are available online www.postoffice.co.uk. The stretch of water is outside of WADAA control hence no additional licence is required. Months: 15th March – 30th September. Closed season is 1st October to 14th March. Additional details about this can be found at www.lakedistrictfishing.net.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space with...
    Kitchen: With fridge, 4* freezer, electric oven, induction hob and microwave. Door to patio overlooking river.
    Lounge: With feature electric firesuite, Freeview TV and blu-ray player. The dining table is strategically placed to take in the wonderful view of the river and grounds from the Juliette balcony

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: King size bed, hairdryer and clock radio alarm.
    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, wash basin and WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no cot or high chair available, as the property is not suitable for babies or children, couples only will be accepted.  Free wi-fi internet access provided.Outside: Private off road parking. The access to the property is from the main parking area and via a private footbridge. You can pull up on the roadside if you wish to unload directly outside the property. Patio area with seating. Shared garden area

  • The Dove Cot

    Clappersgate near Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC123163
    Set in Clappersgate, within a small complex of properties, just off the road between Ambleside and Skelwith Bridge, Clappersgate is at the entrance to the Langdale Valley and literally on the doorstep of some of the most wonderful walking opportunities in the whole of the National Park.
    Refurbished to a very high standard and with great attention to details, the Dove Cot has been transformed into a super holiday home with well chosen accessories which compliment the original, characterful features.

    The Dove Cot can be booked together with Halfway House (123145) to accommodate up to nine guests.

    Ground Floor: The Dove Cot has oil fired central heating comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Open plan with ornamental fireplace, TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: Fully fitted with electric oven, ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave and dishwasher.
    Bathroom: Luxury bathroom with round Jacuzzi bath, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with king size bed and romantic lighting.

    All electric, fuel and bed linen included.Outside laundry available in stable block with washing machine, tumble dryer and ample storage for bikes, canoes or small boats. Decked patio area with seating. Parking for one vehicle is available. Sorry, this property is not suitable for babies or children.

  • Archway Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    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.

  • Willow Retreat

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    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.

  • Bessyboot

    Troutbeck

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • La’l Tethera

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC127050
    Ambleside is a super base for a first or return trip to Southern Lakeland. Awash with a host of activities for all ages and abilities, there’s certainly plenty of attractions to enjoy throughout the day and into the evening yet peace and tranquility can always be found on the slopes of the surrounding fell range, the top of Loughrigg a manageable hike, well worth the effort.
    Centrally placed for enjoying all that this Lakeland village has to offer, La’l Tethera is a superb, stylish bolt hole for just for two, somewhere to relax, unwind and spend precious time together. Light and airy and beautifully dressed with calming décor and co-ordinating neutral fabrics, this first floor apartment is well equipped with up to the minute facilities for a self-catering break, whatever time of year you plan to visit.

    First Floor: La’l Tethera has gas central heating and briefly comprises:
    Entrance via external steps to inner hallway leading to:
    Open plan living arrangement:
    Kitchen:
    With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
    Lounge: With seating arranged around the gas wood burner effect stove and TV with DVD. The oak dining table is well placed between the two areas.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, oak furnishings and views across the village towards Loughrigg.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
    Washing machine and tumble dryer available.

    All electric, bed linen and towels provided. Sorry, no travel cot or highchair available. Parking permit provided for one car to use on nearby car park.

  • Middlebeck Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123246
    Just 500 yards from the centre of vibrant Ambleside, Middlebeck Cottage is one of two small cottages adjoining Riverside Lodge, a property of immense charm and character in a unique location on the banks of the River Rothay which flows through the grounds of the property before running into Lake Windermere. Within a level stroll from the cottage you will find a host of restaurants and activities to suit all ages. Ambleside is well served with numerous attractions including two cinemas, the Armitt Museum depicting the life and times of the village, tennis courts, bowling green and even and indoor climbing wall. Middlebeck Cottage is a four star, quality self catering cottage offering great character and charm for two occupants, the perfect choice for a romantic break at any time of the year. The cottage offers mesmerising views of the riverbank from all rooms, across the lush green garden areas and beyond to Loughrigg Fell, very tempting to the walkers among you! Middlebeck Cottage has a outdoor patio overlooking the river and a spacious car park just across the private foot bridge from the property. Middlebeck Cottage can be booked in conjunction with Overbeck Cottage Ref 123247 which is next door.The property is within a few metres of the River Rothay (which flows through the garden) where fishing is available: Type of fishing: limited fly fishing. Locals tend to use worm or spinner.Type of fish: The river holds brown trout. Very occasional late season salmon and sea trout turn up. Chub and roach are possible but unlikely.Licence: An Environmental Agency rod licence is required. These are available online www.postoffice.co.uk. The stretch of water is outside of WADAA control hence no additional licence is required. Months: 15th March – 30th September. Closed season is 1st October to 14th March. Additional details about this can be found at www.lakedistrictfishing.net

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Entrance into.....
    Lower Ground Floor: With 4* freezer and secure storage for bikes. Door to patio overlooking river.
    Stairs to.....
    Upper Ground Floor
    Open plan living space with.....
    Kitchen Area: With fridge, freezer electric oven and induction hob and microwave.
    Lounge: With a wood burning stove (fuel not provided), Freeview TV and blu-ray player. The dining table is strategically placed to take in the wonderful view of the river and grounds.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: Delightful king size bedroom with en suite shower, wash basin and WC

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no travel cot or high chair available as the property is not suitable for babies or children, couples only will be accepted. Free wi-fi internet access provided.Outside: Private off road parking. The access to the property is from the main parking area and via a private footbridge. You can pull up on the roadside if you wish to unload directly outside the property. Patio area with seating. Shared garden area

  • Jackdaw Cottage

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Low White Stones

    Ambleside

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC123174
    This refurbished, luxury grade II listed, 17th Century ground floor Lakeland cottage is ideally located in the beautiful conservation are of  ‘Old Ambleside’. A short 200 metre stroll brings you to the centre of this popular village with its many varied shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes. An abundance of both easy and strenuous walks and activities are available straight from the door.
    Low Whitestones is located on the ground floor with original exposed oak beams, a flagstone floor and a large Lakeland stone fireplace (logs available locally) making the cottage particularly cosy and romantic. A slate bench by the front door offers a sunny seat both morning and evening.
    Lovingly cared for and tastefully furnished the cottage offers a wide range of facilities in a stylish, traditional setting with lots of rustic character and home comforts including wrap around bath sheets and luxurious goose down duvet and pillows (non allergenic alternatives available if required).

    Ground Floor: The property has been completely redecorated and refurbished throughout.
    It is fully gas central heated and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: Open plan area with superb open fireplace, LED TV, DVD, video, CD and radio and wide range of books, guides and maps.
    Kitchen: Fully fitted and equipped kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, fridge and microwave
    Utility room: Fully fitted with washer/dryer, freezer and plenty of space for storing outdoor gear.
    Bedroom: Charming bedroom with oak beam ceiling, king size bed, French style hand painted furniture, hairdryer and clock radio alarm
    En-suite: with bath and shower over, hand basin, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels provided. Wi-fi access availableParking is often available in the lane and a free parking permit is provided for nearby Rydal Road car park and most other South Lakeland District Council car parks.

  • Granary Cottage

    Troutbeck

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC126103
    Part of a Grade II listed building, Granary Cottage offers a delightful and a peaceful location in the heart of the historic village of Troutbeck. The building dates back to 1650 and the cottage occupies the former granary to the adjoining farmhouse. Inside, the property has been decorated, furnished and equipped to a high standard whilst maintaining many original features including massive oak beams. The views over Applethwaite Common and up to Froswick and Ill Bell are stunning.Whilst there is no garden, there is an outside seat at the top of the cottage steps and a bench with outstanding views to the fells just across the road.Troutbeck village is within the Troutbeck Conservation Area and affords a picturesque setting on the west side of this glorious valley set between Troutbeck Bridge and the Kirkstone Pass. It is an example of a linear settlement of medieval origin with original drinking troughs visible along the road. Townend (National Trust), a traditional Lake District farmhouse, is a short walk away and there are wonderful longer walks from the village including over Wansfell to Ambleside. Holehird gardens are just two miles away, website info here - www.holehirdgardens.org.uk.The village boasts two excellent hostelries, the famous Mortal Man (free Wi-Fi) and The Queen’s Head*, both of which serve delicious food. A addition to the village delights is the shop and tearoom (www.troutbecktearoom.co.uk which are just round the corner from Granary Cottage. The shop has an excellent stock of food, drink and household necessities, has daily papers (except Sunday) and lots of homemade foods are cooked on the premises.The cottage is available for two adults or one adult and one child. One baby can be accommodated if guests bring their own travel cot.*Sadly, The Queen’s Head suffered a serious fire in June 2014 and will be closed for some time whilst restoration work takes place.

    Ground Floor: Bedroom 1: Bedroom (with additional electric heating) accessed down a very narrow staircase with super kingsize bed and en-suite with shower, hand basin and WC.

    First Floor: Granary Cottage has oil fired central heating throughout and comprises:
    Lounge/dining area: Open plan, accessed via external staircase, with TV and DVD/Hi-Fi.
    Kitchen area: With electric combi-oven, ceramic hob, fridge and dishwasher.

    All oil, electric and bed linen provided. Sorry, no cot available. Property not suitable for children. Wi-fi access availableRoadside parking. Seating for two people outside the front door of the cottage.  

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