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Sleeps 8 adults Bedrooms 4 Pets 1 Welcome Region Cumbria & The Lake District Town/village Ambleside
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Welcoming Big Cottage, near Ambleside (1273LL)

Overlooking the River Rothay, this impressive house is enviably located only a short riverside walk away from Ambleside Village. The Property takes the lion's share of an impressive Lakeland residence, once home to Queen Victoria's physician. Now sympathetically restored, extended and styled with immaculate country house chic and Farrow & Ball colours, The Property provides luxurious holiday living in this fantastic location.

Walks, rambles and outdoor adventures will begin on your doorstep...there's a great local pub only a stroll away and the highly accoladed Cote Howe Organic tearoom is only a stone's throw away.

A real feature is the reception space: the dining room with elegant farmhouse table, open kitchen, enormous bay window and log-effect stove; the lounge with Sky TV (movies and sport) has French doors to the patio for al-fresco dining; and the sloping gardens have marvelous vantage points to the river and the fells beyond. Throw in pretty bedrooms and glossy bathrooms...we think you've found the perfect Lakeland retreat.


Accommodation in detail

A driveway leads to parking for 2-3 cars. Main front entrance to the double-fronted house, which is over 3 levels. Enter via slate floored hall, then down two steps to the family dining kitchen with large farmhouse table, log-effect stove, flat-screen TV and large bay window. Sitting room with 40" TV (Sky multiroom with movies and sport), modern gas fire, under-floor heating. French doors to the patio, with space for 8 to sit out. Cloakroom/shower room.

GRound floor: Bathroom with shower. First floor: Double en-suite shower bedroom with balcony, charming twin bedroom, also en-suite shower room, both with pretty outlooks. Lower ground floor (stairs down from dining area):Spacious king-size/zip-link bedroom (please request at booking) with TV, second good-sized twin bedroom, both with own direct access to a split-level bathroom with shower over bath.


Nearby Ambleside village is as much a place to embrace Lakeland village life as it is a base for exploring and walking in the Lake District. With a backdrop of lake shore and breath-taking Lakeland Fells, it's a wonderful base for a Lake District holiday even if you don't plan to stray too far from your base.

The village is steeped with history, scattered with attractive traditional Lake District cottages, and the contemporary shopping streets remain a delight to explore. Sample excellent cafes and acclaimed Lake District restaurants such as The Glass House, and stock up the kitchen or pick up a picnic at one of the excellent delis, such as the renowned Lucy's of Ambleside. Ambleside also has two quirky cinemas; Zeffirellis Cinema, Pizzeria and Jazz Bar, and Fellinis Vegetarian Restaurant and Studio Cinema.

Historic attractions include the much photographed 'Bridge House', which has to be seen to be believed, and the Roman Fort Galava just outside the village centre. William Wordsworth's former family home can be visited close by at Rydal Mount & Gardens - a must during your stay. If you are a Wordsworth fan, remember that Grasmere (his home during his most renowned years of work) is only a short drive north on the A591.

  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Garden Furniture
  • High chair
  • Telephone
  • TV
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Garden
  • Central Heating, Oil fired
  • Patio
  • Visit England Gold Award
  • Parking, Private
  • Parking, garage
  • TV, Sky or Freeview


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 1 pet is 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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