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Central Lakes- Rustic Lodge
Holiday park · 4 guests · 3 beds · 1 bathroom

Central Lakes- Rustic LodgeTaking bookings 3 night minimum, and no Sunday arrivals.Suitable for 2 adults and 2 children. Travel cot available. Beautiful sunny, light south facing lodge. Level pitch with own parking space. Fully equipped bedding, towels, high speed internet, smart TV with Netflix plus DVD Blu-ray player. Pub and coffee shop within easy walking distance. Ambleside 3 miles. Closest supermarket 2 miles at Chapel Stile. Perfect for walks, bike rides straight from the door. See red squirrels and relax.

Offer: Lake District boutique luxury farmhouse
Entire cottage · 4 guests · 2 beds · 2.5 bathrooms

Offer: Lake District boutique luxury farmhouseThis is a special low-occupancy 40% discount offer on selected off-peak dates at the luxury boutique property One Long Houses, Kentmere in the Lake District. Maximum 4 guests using 2 beds/baths. Stunning views across the Kentmere valley to the mountains beyond. Very well equipped. Barn living room, hall/snug, kitchen, gallery-library and sun/dining room - warmed with two wood-burners and an open fire. There are numerous walks straight from the door.

Beautiful Lakeland home, picturesque convenient location in Central Lake District
Entire cottage · 5 guests · 3 beds · 2 bathrooms

Beautiful Lakeland home, picturesque convenient location in Central Lake DistrictAmbleside self-catering accommodation rarely comes in a more picturesque setting. Stableman's Cottage, set up perfectly for self catering, is situated within part of the historic country house of Stepping Stones, once owned by William Wordsworth's son. The house overlooks the famous stepping stones across the River Rothay at the foot of Loughrigg fell surrounded by beautiful countryside. This lovely location is amazingly within walking distance of the bustling village of Ambleside, a short drive to Grasmere and the popular tourist villages of Bowness and Windermere. Also a short stroll away is the hamlet of Rydal where there is a local pub and tea rooms. Combining characteristic features of exposed beams and vaulted ceilings with tasteful comfortable interiors and modern appliances, the cottage is well-equipped for self-catering and the perfect base in which to explore the Lake District. Having 3 bedrooms and 2 bath/shower rooms, the cottage layout is ideal for families (suitable for children from age 5+), groups of friends or two couples wishing to have separate private bathroom/shower facilities. Stableman's offers a lovely private 'home from home' and is an ideal Lakeland retreat …. comfortable accommodation, stunning views, fantastic walks straight from the door, an abundance of local wildlife, a myriad of local eateries, well located for visiting tourist attractions …. and much much more. Our weekly changeover day is Friday although out of the main season we offer weekend and short breaks. We are officially rated 4* by Visit England and have experience of letting out our holiday home for many years with excellent reviews. Please note that this property is not suitable for a loud party of guests and we do not accept stag/hen parties out of respect to the other holidaymakers at Stepping Stones who have chosen our location for its peace and solitude.

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  • Kitchen
  • Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free parking on premises
  • Air conditioning

Cottages in Ambleside

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  2. Glenridding
Cottage in the Lakes
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  2. Bowness-on-Windermere
5* Pet Friendly Lakeview Apartment
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  2. Cumbria
Ambleside, How Bank, Luxury House with Hot Tub
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  2. Thirlmere
Castle Rock Cottage
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  2. Burneside
Braeside Studios- Garden View Room
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  2. Bowness-on-Windermere
Potters Lodge detached cottage with Private HotTub
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  2. Cumbria
The Bothy - secluded in The Lake District
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  1. Entire cottage
  2. Bowland Bridge
NEW - 5 Star - Luxury Riverside Retreat
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  1. Entire cottage
  2. Bowness-on-Windermere
Biskey Place -charming 2 bed cottage in Bowness
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  2. Satterthwaite
Milky Way View, Grizedale Forest
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  1. Dome house
  2. Cumbria
GeoDome on the edge of the Lake District
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  1. Hut
  2. Cumbria
The Den - Scandinavian BBQ Cabin - Lake District

Welcome to Ambleside

The quintessential Lake District town, Ambleside sits in prime position near the northeastern tip of Windermere, England’s largest natural lake, surrounded by the incredible mountain scenery of the Lake District National Park. First-timers often orient themselves in Ambleside to get a sense of the region’s charms and heritage before exploring its wilder realms. Bustling streets are lined with cute tearooms and ice-cream parlours, gift shops, real ale pubs, the occasional Thai or curry restaurant, and dozens of outdoors stores stocking all the gear required for tackling the mighty fells. The tiny 17th-century Bridge House, on a bridge crossing Stock Ghyll beck that flows through the town and once powered its industrial mills, is one of Ambleside’s most photographed scenes.

How do I get around Ambleside?

Most visitors drive to the Lake District, leaving the M6 motorway that runs north-south near its eastern fringe for a network of winding country roads. Drivers should prepare to encounter high passes, hairpin bends, flocks of sheep, and herds of dawdling hikers. The Lakes has two major train stations, Penrith and Oxenholme (closest to Ambleside), with intercity connections. London to Oxenholme takes under three hours, and a link to the major international airport of Manchester (MAN) takes 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The airports, and Ambleside itself, offer car hire, while a local pay-as-you-go car club has electric cars and two-seater Twizy vehicles. Alternatively get around on the Stagecoach bus service covering the whole national park, book private minibus tours, or hire bikes locally.

When is the best time to book a Ambleside vacation rental?

Lake District weather is variable in that it sometimes rains lightly, sometimes heavily, and often horizontally. It’s one of the rainiest regions in the United Kingdom (there’s a reason for all those lakes after all) yet spellbindingly sunny days can materialise at any time. June to September can be positively balmy. Wild swimming in inky lakes and turquoise river pools becomes irresistible, and many cultural events take place. But even August can be cold and drizzly for days on end. As a famous honeypot, Ambleside heaves with holidaymakers in high summer, so plump for May or September if possible. Even the frozen depths of winter have a special beauty, when frosty walks end delightfully with fireside pints in cosy pubs.

What are the top things to do in Ambleside?

Loughrigg Tarn walk

A short but scenic hike leads up from the town to a round, mirror-like pool tucked into the flanks of Loughrigg Fell. After admiring views of the Langdale Pikes from the smooth bridleway path circling the tarn, hikers can continue up the modest peak, then forge on to Rydal Water and Grasmere. Alternatively, head south down to the village of Skelwith Bridge for a cool drink and a look at Skelwith Force waterfall, before a 10-minute bus ride back to Ambleside.

Armitt Collection

Ambleside has art galleries aplenty, from the naff and commercial to this excellent venue, also a museum and library. Dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the Lake District, it features Beatrix Potter first editions and her botanical watercolours, plus work by artist Kurt Schwitters. There’s information too about the Ambleside Roman Fort, built during Hadrian’s reign in the 2nd century, whose stone ruins can be visited for free just outside the town.

Ambleside Climbing Wall

On rainy days, hit this indoor rock climbing wall for taster sessions, private lessons, bouldering, or unsupervised climbing on a towering 10-metre-high wall, depending on your level of skill.

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