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Self Catering & Cottages in Ambleside

The diverse geography of the Lake District means it can be both majestic and pretty. Ambleside certainly falls into the latter category, nestled as it is amongst lush green countryside and fells, with a market cross and stone bridge. Whatever time of year you visit, you’re sure to fall head over heels for its charms. Ambleside has been inhabited by ancient Britons, Romans, Vikings and Victorians and has long been a top destination for walkers and nature lovers. Read more

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54.423483, -3.011350

Centrally located in the very heart of the Lake District National Park, this well presented farm cottage offers peace, tranquility and superb walks (plus a pub!) on the doorstep and all the amenities of Ambleside just two and a half miles away. Situated at Skelwith Bridge, the area is a walker's paradise and a great base for exploring the many attractions of this beautiful part of Cumbria. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£460 to £720

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

54.422712, -2.986026

1 Brathay Fell is an opulent, ground floor apartment that offers magnificent accommodation and bids the perfect abode for your time in The Lake District. Nestled at the foot of Loughrigg Fell and with views from the apartment towards the northern end of our best-known lake, Windermere, 1 Brathay Fell is ideal.

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.384983, -3.000479

Rose Barn is an immaculately appointed barn conversion sleeping 6, providing modern day accommodation less than 1 mile from Hawkshead village, and even closer to the quaint hamlet of Outgate.

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £1200
Short breaks from £150 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.432582, -2.965438

Perfect for couples or a solo traveller, Rydal is beautifully and comfortably furnished with everything you could need for a great stay. 

Weekly price:
Please enquire with owner

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.429509, -2.962654

Hidden down a quiet track, Clover Cottage is a secret holiday cottage in Ambleside with a private garden and parking. This one-bedroom property is ideal for couples or individuals, including those with a dog, and is very well-equipped for a self-catering Lake District holiday. It's so wonderfully peaceful that you'll hardly believe you're within strolling distance of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and other amenities. Ambleside is on the northern shore of Windermere with easy access to spectacular walks, fantastic cycling routes, and the sights and attractions that bring millions of visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site every year. 

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £1200
Short breaks from £105 per night

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

54.431023, -3.004027

Ellers Cottage sits close to Loughrigg Tarn and enjoys spectacular Lake District views. Recently built in a traditional Lakeland style, the cottage can sleep five people in three bedrooms and is ideal for families or friends staying in the Lake District National Park. Ambleside is ten minutes away, and Grasmere and Windermere are also within easy reach. There is ample opportunity for walking, cycling, fishing, golf and sightseeing all within a few miles so you can plan the perfect Lake District holiday.

Weekly guide price:
£515 to £795

5  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.389153, -3.013655

Sitting in an idyllic Lakeland position perfectly sandwiched between Hawkshead and Ambleside, Pepper Cottage has country charm oozing in from every window and a modern stylish interior that ensures a high level of comfort throughout your holiday. Dogs are welcome to come along and enjoy the incredible walking on the doorstep. Just a mile from the excellent Drunken Duck Inn and with a plethora of attractions close by, this welcoming holiday cottage provides an ideal self-catering base for exploring the Lake District.

Weekly guide price:
£656 to £1188
Short breaks from £91 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.410197, -2.915328

This romantic barn oozes character and charm and provides a luxurious 5 Star retreat right in the heart of the Lake District in the stunning Troutbeck Valley. Sleeping two guests in one king-sized bedroom, and located just a short stroll from Lake Windermere and an excellent pub, Townfoot Barn is the perfect retreat for couples looking for a slice of Cumbrian paradise. Dogs are welcome too. Breakfast basket provided. Sorry but short breaks are not available, just weekly or longer bookings taken throughout the year. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £825

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 5 Star

54.434357, -3.034998

Sitting in the stunning little hamlet of Elterwater surrounded by mountains, Townfoot Cottage offers all the right ingredients for those who appreciate a stylish interior mixed with country cottage charm (log burner included!). Dog-friendly with superb walking from the front door. This stylish holiday cottage is an ideal base for exploring the Lake District National Park. Weekly (or longer) bookings offered all year round, sorry but short breaks are not available. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£575 to £1100

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

54.420980, -3.011811

Greenbank House is a spacious 5 bedroom house set in its own garden with ample space for 10 people.  There is one double bedroom and one twin room on the ground floor in the main house,  one double room (en-suite) and twin room on the first floor in the main house and a double bedroom in the annex. It is located in the heart of the lake district between Ambleside,  Grasmere and Coniston. Some of the best walking in the lake district starts from its front doorstep.  It has exceptional facilities by way of 3 kitchens, 4 bathrooms and plenty of living space and a games room.  It has pubs and cafes within walking distance and a short drive brings you to the hustle and bustle of Ambleside and lake Windermere. 

Weekly guide price:
£1800 to £2300
Short breaks from £400 per night

10  |   5  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.427719, -3.008237

A luxurious holiday lodge ideally positioned in Loughrigg within the Langdale Valley under three miles from Ambleside in the Lake District National Park. With Coniston, Grasmere and Lake Windermere nearby, and the many amenities of Ambleside close to hand, this is a good base for exploring the areas many attractions, walking or simply relaxing in stunning scenery.

Weekly guide price:
£680 to £1200

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.410264, -2.934713

Beautifully presented, this delightful detached holiday home with log burner enjoys an enviable position in the popular Lakeland town of Windermere. Fantastic location for a luxury break with a country house hotel serving fine food just a two minute stroll away. Whether you want to relax, walk or explore the national park and its many attractions, this is an ideal retreat. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£690 to £2190

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

54.433633, -2.962954

A traditional Lakeland cottage ideally placed in the village of Ambleside near Lake Windermere in the heart of the Lake District National Park. With a host of attractions within easy reach and superb opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts on the doorstep, this is an ideal retreat for active people or those who want to explore the national park and Cumbria.

Weekly guide price:
£270 to £620
Short breaks from £54 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.431097, -2.960545

This lovely house is in Ambleside, within walking distance of shops, restaurants and pubs. It has beautiful views of Wansfell Pike, Ambleside and Pavey Ark, and there are fantastic footpaths and cycling routes from the door, including to Fairfield Horseshoe and Stock Ghyll Force. Ambleside is in the heart of the Lake District National Park, close to favourite sights and attractions like Windermere and Grasmere. Holly Howe Cottage sleeps up to six guests over three floors, with a layout that makes it ideal for couples as well as families and friends.

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £825
Short breaks from £100 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.452808, -3.004197

Escape to the serene beauty of the Lake District at Brockstone Grasmere Cottage. This charming holiday cottage, which sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms, sits on a quiet lane beside the Wordsworth Walk. The path runs between the churchyard in Grasmere where William Wordsworth is buried, to Rydal village where he lived for most of his adult life and wrote many of his most famous poems. Ambleside, Keswick and Kendal are all within easy reach, as are Windermere and Hawkshead. Whether your goal is to scale Scafell Pike or do nothing more energetic than meander along country footpaths and reward yourself with a soak in the spa bath and a glass of wine, Brockstone's location surrounded by glorious Lakeland scenery and with no passing traffic, lets you feel like part of the landscape rather than a merely interested bystander.

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1235

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.437348, -2.959275

Cat-Owl Cottage is on a quiet residential street in Ambleside, a short walk from shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and other amenities. The self-catering holiday home is a stylish vision with soft shades reflecting the gorgeous natural colours of the lakes, mountains, and flowers, making the Lake District a stunning place to visit in any season. The layout is ideal for families with space for six people to sleep in three bedrooms, an enclosed garden, off-street parking (comfortably for 2 cars) and bike storage. Pets and smoking are not permitted, so this property is also great for people with allergies.  The cottage has a large and stylish games room, the perfect place to have fun on a rainy day.  

Weekly guide price:
£625 to £1150
Short breaks from £150 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.433643, -2.959456

Dating back three hundred years, this Lakeland holiday cottage has lots of character features and provides comfortable traditional accommodation. Well located, the self-catering cottage sits in a peaceful position in the village of Ambleside near Lake Windermere in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Perfect for walkers and those wanting to explore this beautiful part of the UK.

Weekly guide price:
£310 to £660

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.428714, -2.963592

Offering ground floor self-catering accommodation, this comfortable holiday home sits in an enviable position in the heart of the Lake District National Park in the popular town of Ambleside. Windermere and a host of attractions are a stone's throw away and the area offers super opportunities for walkers, water lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Weekly guide price:
£420 to £950

6  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.433648, -2.961679

Sitting quietly beside the shores of Windermere, Ambleside has been a favourite holiday destination for generations. This welcoming cottage has everything you need for a self-catering holiday in the Lake District, including a location within strolling distance of the town's shops, cafes and pubs. Silver How sleeps up to five adults (or four adults and two children) in three bedrooms and has lovely views of Heron Pike. It is close to favourite attractions including Loughrigg Fell, Grasmere, Waterhead Pier and Stock Ghyll Force. With short breaks available outside of peak season, the house is perfect for families, friends or couples at any time of the year.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £900
Short breaks from £100 per night

4-5  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.428235, -2.964015

A cosy, stylish retreat for two in the heart of the Lake District National Park in the popular Lakeland town of Ambleside. Ideally located and perfect for couples and singles wanting a walking holiday or an exceptionally comfy self-catering base from which to explore the area and its many attractions. Pubs, restaurants, shops and even a jazz club a short stroll away.

Weekly guide price:
£620 to £850
Short breaks from £110 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

About Ambleside

The sense of history permeates the streets, feeling solid and reassuringly permanent. There is nothing trendy about Ambleside. Its appeal has drawn people for thousands of years, and is likely to do so for thousands more.

There is so much to see and do in the Lake District and Ambleside is slap-bang in the centre of it all. If you’re feeling energetic you can walk the 11 mile loop to the top of England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, or simply take a stroll into neighbouring Grasmere via Rydal Water, treating yourself to a delicious afternoon tea and a look around Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. Ambleside is also near Troutbeck, Loughrigg, and Scandale Beck. Give your hiking boots a rest and rent a bicycle, or enjoy nothing more strenuous than browsing Ambleside’s boutiques – how you spend your day is entirely up to you, but you certainly won’t be short of options!

You would struggle to believe that you are less than two hours from Manchester and Liverpool, three hours from Edinburgh, and just an hour from the Scottish Border, as you drink in Ambleside’s unpolluted air and calm atmosphere. If you decide to leave the car at home, the nearest train station is a mere four miles away in Windermere and well serviced by taxis.

You can’t beat Ambleside as a base for your self-catering holiday in the Lake District. It is all here waiting for you to discover.