Cottages in Ambleside

Ambleside is bustling! On every Lake District visitors shortlist, this small town attracts millions of visitors every year and is in an ideal location for exploring the national park.

Ambleside is a pretty town at the head of Lake Windermere and has inherited a rich history from ancient times. Its name derives from the Old Norse for ‘river sand bank, summer pasture’ and there was also a Roman fort, Galava, which housed 500 soldiers to protect the South Lakeland fells from invasion by the Picts and Scots.

The main architecture of the town is Victorian however, one of the most picturesque buildings is the tiny 300 year old Grade 1 listed Bridge House. This is perched on top of the bridge over Stock Ghyll. It is thought to have been a store for apples but is now owned by the National Trust. A short stroll from here will take you to Stock Ghyll force, a spectacular 70 foot waterfall which is especially beautiful in spring when the daffodils come out under the trees.

The town was originally a centre for the wool trade and agriculture but is now geared towards visitors to the area with many pubs, restaurants, two cinemas and a wide selection of shops. If you want anything for outdoor pursuits you will find it here. Ferries across Windermere can be taken a short distance away from the town centre at Waterhead Pier.

Ambleside has many famous associations. William Wordsworth lived in nearby Rydal but worked for a time to support his writing as a Distributor of Stamps in Ambleside. There is also the Armitt Museum celebrating other famous figures of the Lake District including Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. St Mary’s church was designed by George Gilbert Shaw and is of the local blue stone with an unusual sandstone spire.

Whether you are interested in the history of the area or want to enjoy the many outdoor pursuits available in this spectacular landscape, Ambleside provides an ideal base for your holiday in the centre of the Lake District.



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Ambleside, Lake District

GL083

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£411 - £616
per week
From £317 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • A beautiful cottage in the small hamlet of Clappersgate, only a mile from the bustling market town of Ambleside. The perfect cosy retreat for 2 people to explore the Lake District
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 1 mile

Clappersgate, Lake District

GL036

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£411 - £671
per week
From £317 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • This former dairy dates back to the 1830's and the beautiful interior is offset by its lovely furnishings and fabrics. The River Brathay is close by where seating has been ideally placed for enjoy the surrounding tranquillity.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.9 miles
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Windermere, Lake District

GL091

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£391 - £615
per week
From £302 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • On-street parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Little Langdale, Lake District

GL031

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£431 - £676
per week
From £332 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Set in a beautiful wooded area on the edge of Little Langdale, this cottage has a rich history and is part of a small group of buildings perched on the bank of Brathay River.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 1 mile

Windermere, Lake District

GL061

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£481 - £661
per week
From £370 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A perfectly located duplex style property in the centre of Windermere
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Skelwith Bridge, Lake District

GL048

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£341 - £571
per week
From £265 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Langdale Way is a homely and well equipped first floor apartment for two people with stunning views from it's own private balcony.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.6 miles

Elterwater, Lake District

GL050

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£371 - £531
per week
From £287 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Garden Cottage is the perfect cosy cottage for 2 people looking to explore the Lake District National Park.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.1 miles

Grasmere, Grasmere

GL002

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£491 - £786
per week
From £377 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Boasting stunning views over Grasmere Lake, Heron Pike and the surrounding fells, this contemporary studio is perfect for a couple looking for a relaxing retreat in the Lake District. Must be booked with property GL007 or GL008.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.9 miles

Ambleside, Lake District

GL063

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£461 - £786
per week
From £355 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • An open plan 18th century cottage with contemporary interior. This property for 2 is located in the hamlet of Clappersgate, just a short distance from Ambleside.
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Pub 1 mile

Elterwater, Langdale

GL001

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£441 - £731
per week
From £340 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • This cosy apartment is the perfect base for a couple looking to explore the local countryside. Located in the heart of Elterwater, it is the perfect location for walking opportunities in the Lake District. Your furry friends are welcome too!
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking
  • Pub 0.2 miles

Clappersgate, Ambleside

GL028

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£451 - £796
per week
From £347 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • An eclectic looking property offering homely decor, the traditional cobbled court yard outside offers a lovely view and the garden provides a little haven amongst the greenery. Inside, the wood burning stove keeps you cosy on colder evenings.
  • 3 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.9 miles

Elterwater, Langdale

GL003

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£451 - £821
per week
From £347 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • This cosy, terraced, stone cottage was formerly a Joiners workshop and makes a great base from which to explore central Lakeland. A perfect location for walking whilst the attractions of Grasmere, Windermere and Hawkshead are all within easy reach.
  • 3 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Parking permit provided
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.1 miles
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