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Sleeps 10 adults Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms 3 Pets 2 Welcome Region Cumbria & The Lake District Town/village Ambleside
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Spacious Barn Conversion, near Ambleside (1396LL)

The Property is set in an elevated position above the village of Rydal and just yards away from Rydal Mount, the one time home of the poet William Wordsworth. Offering beautiful south facing views across the valley in the direction of Lake Windermere, this semi-detached barn conversion has been finished to a high standard and offers quality accommodation in a great location and is a very popular property for extended family gatherings and groups of friends looking to relax and socialise.

The upside-down lay out of the property allows the principle living accommodation to take advantage of the best views. With a large social lounge and family dining table both taking advantage of the double sided log burning stove, a great kitchen, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, plenty of outdoor space, a terrace, ideal for alfresco dining, mountain bike storage and parking for five cars this popular cottage is great for every occasion whatever the time of year.

From the cottage there is a choice of walks direct from the door being located at the start of the popular "Coffin Route" from Rydal to Grasmere that offers beautiful views to Rydal Water, Grasmere and Loughrigg Fell, for those seeking the thrills of the high fells the footpath onto Nab Scar leads to the spectacular Fairfield Horseshoe, a favourite with many Lakeland fell walker. Within the village the popular Badger Bar is a welcome retreat at the end of the day serving a range of local beers and home cooked bar meals.

Accommodation in detail

The front door opens to an inner hallway that links the four ground floor bedrooms and from here stairs climb to the first floor. The lounge offers a selection of comfortable sofas arranged around the double sided log burning stove, which is shared by the large, family dining table. Window seats offer views across the valley to Lake Windermere making this a great space to relax and socialise with family and friends.

The kitchen is well appointed and well equipped with a dual fuel range cooker with five ring gas hob and electric oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and all you could need to cook up everything from a hearty breakfast or a celebration dinner. The large snug offers a great additional living space with comfy leather sofas and large screen smart TV and a handy drinks fridge!

There are five bedrooms to choose from; the master bedroom is on the first floor and is presented with a king size bed, offers great views and is complemented with an en-suite bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC. There are four further bedrooms on the ground floor; a king size bedroom with en-suite shower room, a double room, a twin room and the final room which can be made up with either a king size or twin beds (please specify when booking). These bedrooms are complemented with a family shower room with walk in shower basin and WC and two additional cloakrooms.

The utility/boot room area offers plenty of secure storage for mountain bikes, canoes and outdoor gear and is equipped with a washer and drier plus an additional freezer.

To the side of the cottage there is a hillside garden that offers great views from the south facing terrace, complete with outdoor dining furniture. To the rear of the property there is a large patio area and a great outdoor table tennis table. To the front of the cottage there is private parking for up to five cars.


This secluded retreat is located in an enviable position adjacent to Rydal Mount, the home of William Wordsworth until his death in 1850. The poet's favourite viewpoint can be reached on the western end of nearby Rydal Water, and the tranquil surroundings are truly inspirational - not just to writers!

This is a superb property providing access to walking routes from the door. The property is situated on the picturesque Rydal/Grasmere circuit walk and at the foot of the well-known Fairfield Horseshoe. Mountain bikers and cyclists will envy this superb location as there are some of the best challenges in the British Isles on your doorstep.

This beautiful barn has two tea rooms with gardens within strolling distance and is also only a short distance from the vibrant village of Ambleside. Here you'll find an interesting range of local shops, tempting delicatessens, traditional Lakeland pubs and top-class restaurants - even a cinema and live music bar. Lake Windermere can also be enjoyed from Waterhead Pier, where ferries depart regularly to Bowness and Lakeside. At the foot of the road a convenient bus service runs regularly along the main A591 between the various towns from Windermere to Keswick.

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  • Accommodation, ground floor
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden Furniture
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Water Views
  • Garden
  • Central Heating, Oil fired
  • Patio
  • Parking, Private


Check in / Check out

Standard check-in is 4pm and standard check-out is normally 10am on your day of departure. In some cases these times vary. Always check your booking confirmation paperwork for correct timings.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.


Known as one the best towns to use as a base for exploring the Lake District, Ambleside is located on the edge of Windermere, England’s largest natural lake making this region a favourite with water sports enthusiasts and walkers. As a gateway to Scotland, this area has several interesting Roman fortresses to visit, such as Galava, Ravenglass and Hard Knott Fort.

The Lake Windermere ferry is a convenient service for crossing the shores and exploring the area, with cruises and boat hire available. A popular local attraction is Hill Top, the farmhouse owned by Beatrix Potter which is worth a visit for fans of the author. An iconic building of Ambleside is the tiny Bridge House over Stock Breck, and a short walk from the town is Stock Ghyll Force where there is a safe railed off point to view the impressive 70 foot waterfall.

Wray Castle is a great family day out, with dressing up for children and lots of outdoor space with play equipment. Grizedale Forest has numerous walking and cycling trails with a Go Ape tree top obstacle course on site. The Armitt Museum houses a gallery and collection of museum exhibitions. Open to the public, Dove Cottage was the family home of William Wordsworth and guided tours are available of the small museum and gardens. Also in the area is Rydal Mount House with portraits and memorabilia of the poets work.

Cumbria & The Lake District

The rural county of Cumbria is one of the most attractive in England. It contains the whole of the area known as the Lake District, as well as the northern part of the Pennines mountain range and, somewhat counter-intuitively, a part of the Yorkshire Dales.

The county is replete with attractions for the visitor, its historic heritage ranging from houses and gardens to stone circles and activities ranging from walking and climbing to watersports and fishing. Cumbria's lakes, valleys and fells can loosely be broken down into eight areas.

The North Lakes are the most popular with the serious outdoor enthusiast and the South Lakes draw most of the holidaymakers. The Western Lakes are less busy but still hold some varied attractions and appeal to the walkers as well as families and groups. They are home to England's tallest mountain, known as Scafell Pike.

East Lakes has its quota of mountains too, including the well-known Helvellyn, and is a fairly quiet area. Visit the Eden Valley and North Pennine area for wilderness, castles and rural villages, or perhaps consider North and South Cumbria. In the former we find Hadrian's Wall and the city of Carlisle. In the latter, coastal resorts and the biggest town, Kendal. Finally, the edge of the Yorkshire Dales is a beautiful part of Cumbria with country pubs, easy walking, and a thriving arts scene.

Area Cumbria & The Lake District Nearest pub 1 miles


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