- Off road parking
- Cot available
- Pub/shop < 1 mile
- Washing machine
- Broadband / WiFi
Reviews & Ratings
66 Customer Reviews
Spotlessly clean, very well maintained, great facilities and the perfect location in the centre of Keswick. Could not fault it. Would definitely recommend. I will book this accommodation on my next visit to Keswick
"Positives Great accomadation, warm, comfortable, everything you need."
We said we would return again, until. Negatives, stripped the beds as requested and to my dismay the Duvet was badly stained, looked like dried urine, to think we had slept in that bed for a week turned my stomach, won’t be returning. Very disappointing. Andrea
Thank you for your feedback we are delighted that you had an enjoyable stay in Amba. Thank you for your feedback regarding the quilt on one of the beds please accept our apologies that it was stained and had not been noticed by the caretaker, we have new removed the stained quilt and replaced all the quilts with new. Kind Regards The Owner. Property Owner
"Lovely clean and well equipped apartment, in a great position, with a handy parking space across the road."
Only slight negatives, were the noise from the taco bar next door until midnight or so, & the very squeaky floor boards below and above us. Also, a coffee table &/or a pouffe in front of the two settees would have been very useful for us personally. We found the leather settees a bit cold & slightly uncomfortable, but on a positive, the heating was good, & the beautiful Xmas tree was very much appreciated with it being Xmas week. All in all, a good apartment.
"Amba is a lovely apartment."
Very well equipped. A bathroom and en-suite was really good. Lovely and comfortable and clean apartment. Very central to everything. Would definitely book again.
"Great apartment with everything we needed right in the centre of town."
Only slight drawback is the early checkout, especially on a Sunday morning… 9.00am & have the car moved also. The reason seems to be extra cleaning due to Covid 19- whilst I applaud the cleanliness I do think a slightly later checkout would be very welcome by many guests- it all seemed like a massive rush at the end of our break.
"First the positives: -Very central property, handy to have parking nearby."
-Kitchen well stocked; bathrooms small but decent, recently refurbished. -Owners provide a wealth of dvds, books, guides, games etc… lovely touch. -Everything clean and worked fine -Comfy beds! Now the less good: -Noise!!! Terrible soundproofing. On the Friday and Saturday nights the Tapas Bar outside all windows plays loud music outside and has people talking loudly until 0030. Listing should mention this. With all windows closed, it kept us awake. Quieter the rest of week. On Tuesday night, the people in the (holiday) flat above Amba decided to do washing between midnight and 0230am. Machine so loud it might as well have been in our bedroom. You will literally hear every footstep from the flat upstairs. May not bother you; it really grated with us. -Some areas looking a bit dated and tired, notably carpets and cushions. -0900 checkout is unwelcome, especially having been kept up by noise the night before. But then to ask guests to empty the bins and recycling too? Come on… this takes the p***. Overall: the 4 stars is for the flat, minus the noise issues. Decent enough if you don’t mind noise and/or go to bed late, but we’d not return.
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We are sorry to read about the noise issues you had. The building contains both residential and holiday lets and so there is a message in the communal hallway requesting rubbish is taken to external bins. This is due to previous holiday makers leaving bin bags in the communal areas. The check-out time has recently be changed to 10am and a note has been left on the dining table to this effect, in-case the update was not received prior to pre-holiday e-mails were sent. We are glad that you enjoyed the central location of the property and all that the property had to offer. Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner
"Lovely as always"
"Property is nice and clean alround very nice comfortable property,nice position for all amenities,only setbacks are the times for entry and departure ie 16 00 hrs entry and 09."
"The only problem we had was the 9am kick out which is going to far you have to ..."
The only problem we had was the 9am kick out which is going to far you have to get up early to pack and get of the car park so I will not be going back to amba again I have read other people's feed back the same so the owner does not care the rest of our stay was great
"Front window looks onto a tapas bar roof."
Can be a bit noisy at weekends until midnight. Very comfortable accommodation. Apartment spotless and very clean. Very nicely furnished and decorated throughout. Lovely central location. Parking bay very narrow, luckily I have a small car. Yes I would stay here again.
Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and found the property to be clean. We take all comments on board. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner
"Very impressed with the apartment in terms of location, cleanliness and equipment/facilities."
"Very comfortable stay."
Ideal location for the town and exploring from the door. Flat was well equipped and nicely renovated and decorated.
"This apartment was lovely, had everything that you needed, it was in the centre of town ."
Close to parks bus stops.
"Very nice apartment in the heart of Keswick."
We were very comfortable our entire stay. It was wonderful being able to walk to everything, and even better to have a nearby parking space when we needed to use the car. I wouldn’t hesitate to book again for our next trip to Keswick.
Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back again. The Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Team. Property Owner
"The accommodation was spacious and really lovely, it had everything we needed, from a well stocked kitchen of utensils/crockery, dining table, washing machine, to netflix, when the weather sadly wasn’t that great."
Able to control the heating ourselves was great, at times it was very cold outside, but thankfully much warmer inside. A lovely modern bathroom and on suite, modern furniture, very clean and tidy accommodation. Beds were comfy and furnishings, curtains/bedding etc were great quality. Location to the centre/shops was brilliant. This was our 5th stay in Keswick, we love it so much. The only minor negative feedback is the booking out time of 9am and also having to leave the car park at 9am too. Never had to leave this early in other accommodation. Meant the last day (a busy Saturday) felt sadly very rushed and as we couldn’t find a space without additional cost, we came home earlier than planned and as usual, (without our end of holiday cafe breakfast treat) which kind of felt we cut short our break away.
"Very convenient, and lovely and warm!"
"It was lovely to find that both bathrooms had been completely redone and were fantastic , much better than before , also a new job as the old gas one was very difficult to use sometimes but generally it was as brilliant as always ."
We have never not enjoyed out many stays at Amba and always look forward to another one providing we can afford it
We are glad that you appreciated the improvements made to Amba and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner
"Great Central location."
.well stocked and comfortable apartment for a great stay...definitely shall stay again at the amba...just 1 negative and its not really about the facilities but the early checkout 9.00 a bit early!!!!
"The accommodation was very well presented on arrival."
Spotless and very well equiped with everything you require for a short or long stay. Ideally situated in the center of town, it allows you access to all pubs, shops and local walks. We will return at easter and are looking forward to it already. Many Thanks.
"We have stayed in Amba for quite a number of years now and have always enjoyed our stay."
On our recent visit we found that the fridge did not seem to keep things very cold and the tumble dryer didn’t seem to tumble. It just seemed to bake the items to the drum, and required prying out
"We stayed here last year and were impressed this time with the new cooker."
Had a problem with the toilet in the en-suite and reported it. Went out for the day and on our return late afternoon the problem had been totally fixed. Would recommend this flat to anyone. Noticed updates with furniture and general care and cleanliness of flat totally acceptable. Thank you for a lovely stay.
"We found this property excellent for location, facilities and cleanliness!"
! Added bonus of DVDs and books also. We would definitely recommend this property to others and would return in a heartbeat!! Only negative was having to leave no later than 9am as we felt this was too early (we did know this when we booked) and feel maybe 10am or 11am would be better! Look forward to returning.
"We have stayed at Amba several times and like the location, size and comfort of the accommodation."
It is well equipped for most needs. On the down side, the checkout time of 9am is a never-have-I-ever had to before thing. It's shame, to have to get up and get out, when the new occupants won't be checking in until 4pm. This has a poor last day of the holiday vibe. Also, there were a few cobwebs, and the bathroom radiator was dusty/mucky.
"We have stayed several times at Amba and always enjoyed our stay."
The only problem is the toilet in the en-suite -it is very difficult to flush so needs some attention.
Thank you for your recent feedback regarding your stay at Amba. We are planning to refurbish both the ensuite and main bathroom towards the end of the year, and will have a look at the flush. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner
"A lovely place to stay."
So close to the centre and lovely views of Latrigg, Skiddaw and Causey Pike from the lounge window!
"The check in and out time is not in keeping with other holiday lets and I would take this into account when I need to find accommodation again."
Otherwise all great thanks
"Bath and hand towels not the greatest of quality, bed pillows have seen better days."
Apart from those couple of issues our stay at Amba was superb, great kitchen facilities, decent TV, wonderful selection of lake district books and would certainly stay again.
"Excellent apartment, our third stay, not disappointed"
"The property overall was ok but there are a few little issues that need ironing out."
There is no igniter on the cooker hob top which meant we couldn’t cook anything in a pan. Also this is not very safe as while we were trying to get the cooker to work obviously gas is escaping. Secondly the tumble dryer on the washer doesn’t work - this meant that after three very wet days in the lakes we had wet clothes all over the apartment trying to dry them - we appreciate that dryers aren’t cheap to run but if there is one you expect it to work Finally, there is nothing that the owner can do about it but the noise from the restaurant downstairs is much greater than we expected - not so much guests but the operations such as emptying the bottle bank after closing or very early in the morning
"The apartment is very nice, comfortable, very clean, furnished with everything we needed and a great location."
The car parking is a little tight but fine. We would consider staying again. The singular downside is the ES Tapas Bar opposite with outside seating which is below the apartment windows in the alleyway which was nosey. It would be better if the outside seating was only allowed until 21:00. The staff were also turning the music up inside at 22:30 until 23:00 with all the windows open, which was annoying.
"Just spent a weeks holiday staying at Amba."
Location of this apartment is fantastic and right in the heart of Keswick town centre. Spacious accommodation and ideal for a couple or a family of 4 people. Just to expand on others comments that it is right next to a Tapas Bar but there was little noise from there only people chatting and this never caused us any issues even with the windows open. Only thing I would say to be aware of is that the space to park your car is a little tight so just beware if you have a larger car but other than that a fantastic place to stay. So good we have already booked the same place for next year.
Had all the facilities we could have asked for. It was nice that the owner allows dogs. Our springer spaniel settled in straight away and chilled out on his own bed which we brought with us. Would definitely return.Don’t be put off by the Tapas Bar located nearby. We had the windows open each evening and had no problem with any noise whatsoever. Just the sound of people quietly chatting and enjoying themselves, which is nice to hear in the background anyway after the covid lockdowns and it stopped early evening.
"Lovely apartment in centre of town."
Great to have a parking space. Full details given on key collection and drop off, very easy to do. Had a lovely stay and no problems. We have stayed here before and would stay again. Thanks
"Nice comfortable flat for 3 or 4 people, a handy location for the centre of Keswick with all amenities within walking distance."
There is a bar next door with outdoor seating, however patrons do seem to leave quietly at 11pm so there is a background noise till this time, but personally we didn't find it obtrusive, you are after all in the centre of town. The en suite is a little on the small side but quite adequate for it's purpose, the car parking is in a dedicated car park across, a short trek if you need the use of your car during your stay & we would consider staying there again.
"Lovely apartment, very central, and handy for shops and bars."
The only fault was the showers, as we couldn't have a hot shower, but it seemed to be a problem with all the apartments, so probably a problem with the water supply rather than the shower, wouldn't stop us from recommending, or booking again.
"Amba is a very comfortable apartment, would stay again."
Would be good to have rubbish and recycling facilities more easily accessible.
"We stayed in this property 5 time’s now And have always had nothing but praise, but this time the apartment was very dusty which was a surprise especially at the moment!"
! My husband suffers with dust allergies and my dog has severe dust allergy, my husband was sneezing like mad and his breathing got bad and my poor dog has lost her fur on her chest and legs . This is the first time we have had an issue
"The Apartment was very nice and did everything it needed the only thing that is not mentioned was just below the main windows was a Tapas bar with outdoor seating which stays open playing loud music and when the customers have gone the staff are shouting and music playing and this goes on till approx 11."
30 pm.The weather on the week we were there was hot and humid so you had no choice but to leave every window open so it became difficult to sleep until after 12 midnight.Looking at the layout of Amba I assume it’s the only apartment affected by this.
"3rd visit to these appartments and hope to come back soon."
We love the location and the appartments are perfect.
"Great location, lovely airy, clean apartment and well equipped."
The big let down was the noise and smells. The Bar es tapas bar is located across the narrow alleyway and a fairly large pop up gazebo was erected every day , around 4.00 pm and dismantled around 11.30 pm. The noise from the people availing themselves of this facility was very, very loud and very annoying, you would almost think that they were sitting in the lounge of the apartment. Unfortunately, we both have lung problems and need to have adequate ventilation, so the windows needed to be open and the strong smells from the very spicy food was quite overpowering and nauseating. We also experienced much thumping about from the above apartment, from children running around, which started quite early in the morning - no lie ins for us!! I am sorry to say that these problems really diminished our enjoyment of our stay in Keswick.
Many thanks for voicing your grievances regarding your stay at Amba. The property owner and our quality assurance team have received your feedback, and we will ensure to look into the points you have raised. While surrounding areas to property's with the Sykes portfolio are not the responsibility of the owner or Sykes, we still want our guests to have a satisfactory holiday experience. If you wish to discuss or elaborate more on the issues raised, please feel free to contact the Sykes office on the details below, quoting your booking reference number and any other information that may assist us in providing the best possible outcome and customer service. Lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 9pm. Property Owner
"The apartment was 15C when we arrived."
I am used to arriving in a previously warmed apartment, so was quite surprised. There are no recycling facilities and the kitchen bin was broken. The plumbing in the en-suite bathroom needs attention. Apart from those things, we had a great week in a lovely apartment. Office staff are friendly and helpful. The parking lock needs attention. On 2 occasions we were locked in the Carpark, unable to open the mechanism of the padlock to get out. On a third occasion, we were asked to help someone else who couldn’t get out.
"We really enjoyed our stay in Amba, the apartment was spotlessly clean and the communal areas of the building well presented."
The property was well equipped with good quality cutlery and crockery. The apartment had good wifi throughout, the TV in the living room has iPlayer. Shame there isn't a TV in the twin bedroom. There was also a good selection of books and DVDs available. The flat also has its own dedicated parking space in a car park across the road. However, if you have mobility difficulties this property may not be for you. The lift is very small (3 people can just about squeeze in), and there are three steps in the corridor on the way to the apartment. It is quite a trail from your car to the apartment, though there is a loading bay outside the building.
"A well positioned and very well equipped apartment."
Read the advice carefully re the parking space - it is against the far wall of the car park. A spare set of keys would have been useful as would a window Karcher (or similar) as there was a lot of window condensation In a couple of rooms. Would probably not be a problem apart from in Winter.
"We have stayed at this apartment 4times it’s so nice."
It’s very clean and comfortable and the welcome tray in kitchen is a nice touch. It’s in the heart of keswick and right by all the shops and it does have a lift for anyone who struggle’s with stairs. will be booking again with Sykes Cottages’s for next yr . Would highly recommend to everyone
"Lovely apartment well appointed and well situated"
"Great location, but car parking is not near the apartment."
A Tapas bar is only yards from the lounge and bedroom windows and was very noisy on Friday night.
"We very much enjoyed our second visitto Amba."
It is a lovely comfortable flat. There was some noise from nearby but not enough to disturb us. There was everything we needed. Our 11yr old staffy loved it.
"This is a great place to stay if you want a central location, in Keswick."
There was plenty of space for our family of 4 and our Pointer. However, the main double bed is very uncomfortable (you would do better on the floor or on one of the sofas) also, the tapas restaurant (located opposite the living room, but at ground level) is noisy Friday and Saturday nights - and when the weather is sunny - so be aware of this if you are coming with younger children. Finally, the curtains in the twin room are very thin, in contrast to the other rooms, you may need to hang something over the window to keep the light out during summer evenings. Apart from these downsides Amba is a great place to spend you time in Keswick!
"The apartment was ideally situated, access was under cover, a lift available for heavy luggage, pet friendly, the parking wasn't very clear!"
there are 3 x no.4 parking spots as one of the posts had been laid down I choose that spot which happened to be the wrong one, on returning to my car later I found a curt note on the windscreen, there was just the one set of keys making it awkward if we both wanted to go out separately,
"The apartment was clean and well equipped and in a perfect location for us as we attending the Convention."
Other reviewers commented about noise from the Tapas bar, there is noise occasionally but it didn’t bother us much. The bathrooms are a little tired but they were clean and functional. We very much enjoyed our stay.
"The towels in the apartment had a very musty smell which my wife tells me either indicates poor washing or that they have been stored damp or for a prolonged period without washing."
I pointed this out to staff at the office when returning the keys. The allocated parking space is awfully small and the overhanging tree definitely needs to be pruned back to allow better access. Both my wife and I have no mobility or size issues but getting in and out of the parking space was extremely tight. Noise from the Tapas bar directly below the apartment was also a bugbear with the fine weather, people sitting outside partied until after midnight making it very difficult to get to sleep.
"Have stayed at Amba 4 times now as it’s in such a perfect location always very clean."
This time it had additional things like towels and a tray in kitchen with a few bits on which was a nice touch. Lady from office even phoned to say if we need anything just to pop in or call and wished us a lovely holiday. Whoever was staying upstairs had 3 small dogs that where getting left in apartment and were barking quite a bit which was annoying! But that’s wasn’t down to agents that run Amba
"The apartment was very spacious and well-appointed, and had good quality amenities."
There was even alovely view of Skiddaw, even though we were right in the heart of Keswick.
"AMBA was exceedingly well equipped and with very comfortable beds."
The staff on Station Road were most helpful and went out of their way to assist when we messed the television settings up.
"The flat was lovely, clean with everything we needed and so close to the town."
The only problem we had and it was quite a problem, was the bar, directly below the lounge and bedroom windows. People outside having drinking and smoking until the early hours. It was extremely noisy, we did complain to the bar but they didn’t take any notice. The windows are only single glazed so it sounded like this was all happening in the room. 3 out of the 7 nights we had a problem with this, one night being the bar staff having an altercation outsides until 130 in the morning. Obviously not the letting agency fault but it would put me off returning to the same flat.
"1. We were assaulted with very unpleasant, staled, wet carpet smell!"
We had to open all windows just to breath. 2. I noticed mold in the windowsills as I opened the windows! 3. The en-suite shower didn’t work. 4.,The en-suite’s toilet doesn’t flush properly and when I opened the tank to try to fix it, I noticed mold inside the tank as well!
Many thanks for your feedback, we have fed your comments back to the owner in order to maintain our property standards. Your views are as valued as your initial booking so that we can keep providing the best UK holiday experience. Your points will also be reviewed to ensure that our property descriptions are accurate and not misleading. If you feel that you'd like to discuss your points further, please don't hesitate to call on the details below. Our lines are open 7 days a week from 9am until 7pm. Property Owner
"Great place to stay with all you could need."
Only problem was where the parking was there was a large tree near that shed lots of sticky, fluffy stuff over the car that was hard to get off.
"The description should have pointed out that, despite there being a lift to the first floor, and the apartment being all on one level, there are 4 steps to negotiate between the lift and the apartment."
We had 2 guests with limited mobility in our group, and I had chosen this property because I believed there were no steps to negotiate.
"The flat was very clean, spacious and well equipped."
Close to all local amenities, and we would definitely stay here again.
"This apartment is really well equipped with everything you need for a comfortable weeks stay."
I’ve now stayed at this apartment on 4 occasions all at different times of the year. The only criticism we have is that the property would massively benefit from double glazing. The condensation in the bedrooms is really bad during the night. It got so bad some mornings the carpet was wet because of this problem. But all in all a very good week had by all.
"Comfortable and spaceous centrally located 1st floor apartment."
Lift worked fine. Well equiped, clean and tidy. Parking is close by with allocated/padlocked bay. Pub/tapas bar is opposite. Nice view of moutains from living room.. even nicer hiking up them! Enjoyed our short stay, would stay again.
"Great location in centre of town."
Apartment had well equipped kitchen with dishwasher. It was clean and comfy. Working lift was very much appreciated by my mother in law. Bit noisy from.pub goers in the street below on the weekend but not enough to spoil the holiday. Shower in ensuite low pressure but reported abd assured wiuld be looked at before next people went in. Ww would definately book with sykes and use these apartments again.
"Can highly recommend the Oddfellow arms pub and restaurant almost right across ..."
Can highly recommend the Oddfellow arms pub and restaurant almost right across the road from the apartment for quieter and more family friendly use upstairs food is excellent and prices won't break the bank
"The apartment was lovely we were very comfortable."
The only disappointment we had was the view from the front window. It said on the advert a view of the fells, all we could see was a roof top, a little of the fells in the corner of the window but the advert was a little misleading. Also very noisy at nights from below. Didn’t let it spoil the holiday though.
"This holiday apartment was was in the town centre so very much in the ideal location."
Everything is in walking distance. We have stayed here before and will definitely be staying in same place again
"This apartment is perfectly located, right in the centre of Keswick, and was so clean, warm and comfortable."
The facilities were excellent and I really appreciated the little essentials provided such as washing up liquid, cleaning products, kitchen rolls etc as some self catering lets we have used before do not provide any of this. Little touches like this really make a difference - We will definitely be back and would highly recommend both Amba and Lakes Cottage Holidays to others.
This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.
- All first floor
- 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
- 1 x twin
- Bathroom with bath, shower over bath, basin and WC
- Sitting room with dining area
- Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer washing machine & heated airer and dishwasher
- Gas central heating
- TV with sound bar and DVD
- Wi-Fi and a selection of books
- Fuel and power inc. in rent
- Bed linen and towels inc. in the rent
- Travel cot available
- 1 x Private parking space
- 2 x pets welcome
- No smoking
- Shops, pubs and restaurants 1 min walk
Amba is ideally located in a very central location close to the market square in Keswick. This first floor two bedroomed apartment with lift access has a cosy and homely feel with a glimpse of the fells from the lounge.
Amba offers guests one double bedroom with en-suite shower room, basin and WC, one twin bedroom, kitchen, sitting room with dining area with a good selection of books and local maps.
Keswick is located in the Northern Lake District an ideal base from which to explore the delights of Lorton, Buttermere, Borrowdale and Ullswater. Whinlatter Forest Park is only ten minutes drive away and offers activities for all age groups which include Go Ape tree top adventure, orienteering, mountain biking and the Gruffalo trail. Amba is ideal for families or couples wishing to explore the Northern delights of the National Park.
About the location
Bassenthwaite 7 miles, Ullswater 16.6 miles; Cockermouth 13 miles.
The popular town of Keswick is the holiday centre of the North of the Lake District and has plenty to offer the visitor at any time of year. The town boasts numerous shops and restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as offering miniature golf, excellent parks, the famous Theatre by the Lake, a charming cinema, the Pencil Museum, a climbing wall, fishing and great mountain biking opportunities, whilst the beautiful lake of Derwentwater at the head of the stunning Borrowdale Valley is only a few minutes walk from the town centre. Nearby, between Braithwaite and Buttermere is the beautiful Newlands Valley, while picturesque Bassenthwaite Lake is well worth a visit. From a gentle countryside ramble to a challenging hike up Skiddaw or the famous Catbells, there really is something for everyone. Visit Castlerigg Stone Circle, the Jennings Brewery and Mirehouse, a grand house and gardens on the shores of the Bassenthwaite Lake, or take a fabulous boat trip around Derwentwater. With plenty of attractions for the kids, lovely parks and the nearby Lake District Wildlife Park this is a great Lakeland destination whatever the time of year.
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