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2 The Old Coach House

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage, everything there we needed for a nice weekend in Ambleside."

    Very comfortable an clean. Only downside is the very tight parking, which actually didn’t affect us as there was nobody in the other cottage while we where there but would have been a very tight squeeze if another car had been there, but on the upside at least it has its own parking.

    Reviewed by Shane4.4Nov 2023

  • "A cosy cottage in the heart of Ambleside, we could not have asked for a better location to spend 3 nights for our 1st wedding anniversary."

    The cottage is so close to everything Ambleside has to offer. We spent 3 nights with 4 adults and our 2 dogs. They have really made the most of every bit of space. I would recommend those people who generally get up first in a morning to take the largest bedroom as this looks out on the living area so could be woken up but this was not an issue for us. The parking space is tight as previously written in other reviews but totally doable and great to have a parking space right in the centre of Ambleside. The cottage has everything we could want and would not hesitate to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage only slight issue is the size of the parking space."

    Having a large estate made unloading and loading quite difficult when the other space was in use.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that you had difficulty with parking, however Ambleside is an old town where providing larger parking spaces is not possible. We are glad that you enjoyed the cottage. Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil3.8Oct 2023

  • "Arrived after a day walking in the rain to find the property had not been serviced."

    No clean towels or bedding and not cleaned. There was mess in the toilet but found out not really previous occupiers fault as toilet flush was faulty. Might be called dog friendly but nowhere within 10 minute walk to let dog out at night or in morning. Place itself was lovely and i expect if it had been cleaned and we didnt have dogs it would have been ideal

    Reviewed by Mark2.8Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely comfortable week stay."

    Parking was fine for our Golf, traffic will go around if you need to adjust in order to reverse in which is a must unless someone can back you out. The selector dial on the oven seems to be broken, could manage but took a while to find the right setting and then had to switch off completely to turn it off. All in all though everything was great.

    Reviewed by Sara4.4Sep 2023

  • "First time visiting Lake District and we enjoyed our stay at No 2."

    The cottage had everything we needed. The location was fantastic and very comfortable and clean. We would visit again.

    Reviewed by Mary1.3Sep 2023

  • "Lovely property, close to all shops and pubs."

    Perfect for what we needed. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Jordan4.1Aug 2023

  • "Information booklet not up to date, smoke alarm had to be taken down due to battery needing replacing, ignition switch on the cooker broken, not by us i might add, toilet needed several attempts to flush, toilet seat in need of replacing, cottage in general in need of a refresh."

    Reviewed by Colin3.1Aug 2023

  • "Really nice cottage ideally located with Ambleside centre just a few minutes stroll away."

    Very well equipped and gave us a feeling of a real home from home after a busy day out. Parking was tight but once parked in our allocated space on the first day we didn't need to get the car out again all week with all bars, cafes etc so nearby and buses regularly accessing the likes of Windermere and Grasmere on the doorstep and so cheap. The cottage was exactly as advertised on the website and we really couldn't fault it .

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2023

  • "We were very happy with our stay at 2 The Old Coach House."

    It's perfectly located at the bottom end of Ambleside within easy reach of everything we needed. The mezzanine bedroom is a super feature and the bed was really comfy. There's plenty of space and the kitchen is extremely well stocked with all the pots, dishes and utensils you could want (however, the cafetiere was broken unfortunately). Thanks for the Prosecco and the half pint of milk too - much appreciated! There was actually a heatwave in the Lakes while we were there, but the cottage is naturally cool (thanks to thick stone walls, I guess) which was fantastic. Parking is tight but really not a problem. If we had to find fault, a more powerful shower would have been good, and it took us a day or two to work out the "knack" for flushing the toilet but that would really be nitpicking. Most important Rosie the dog loved the cottage too :-)

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable stay, and found that the property had everything that you needed. We hope to welcome you and Rosie the dog again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patrick4.7Jun 2023

  • "A wonderful little cottage, really well located on one of the main streets in Ambleside."

    It has a very well equipped kitchen, great heating and hot water and comfortable seating area. One downside is that there is only one bathroom but otherwise it's all fabulous and I would absolutely stay there again!

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you had a lovely stay. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Laura5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and very well done up."

    Perfect location for Ambleside and walking and very little need to use the car. I thought with 4 of us in the house for 3 nights it would be noisy but it wasn't at all. Very warm and cosy cottage with very efficient heating.

    Thank you for your comments. We are glad that the 4 of you had a lovely time and enjoyed the areas attractions. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Liz4.7Mar 2023

  • "We had a nice stay but we did find a few things that assisted in our decision to come home a day early."

    The open plan nature of the property means noise travels a lot, the fridge made a noise all night which is heard in the main bedroom. This was also the case for traffic, which went on till early hours and the boiler coming on and off, which we couldn’t change on the hive system. The open plan nature also doesn’t help rain noise on the velux windows, (which in the lakes is obviously frequent) not sure anything could be done about this though This bedroom has a very firm mattress also which wasn’t to our taste. The shower screen needs attention as after use it allows water to collect on the wooden floor and bath mat which ended up sodden. As per other reviews, sofa very uncomfortable for any period of time. The cottage was really nice, but I don’t think we would stay again bearing in mind the quality of sleep we got. The parking is also a slight issue, we couldn’t get out the car once parked when the neighbouring property had a car parked, had to climb in from the passenger side. We used the public car park in the end. Much easier and less risk of damaging the car. If you go with these things in mind, you will enjoy your stay, but they did impact on ours.

    Thank you for your feedback on your holiday at 2 The Old Coach House. We've taken on your, and other guests' comments, and we have now replaced the sofa and chairs, and have installed a new, Quiet Mark Approved fridge-freezer. We love the quirky layout of the property and agree that with it being open plan, sounds sometimes can travel, but hopefully this will help. As stated, the cottage is on a main road, albeit set back. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about the Cumbrian weather! The parking is tight - parking is at a premium throughout Ambleside - but as mentioned in a previous response, we can safely park our 4x4 while the other space is occupied. We are pleased that you were able to find alternative parking for your car close by. Our Agent, Lakelovers, are based only a few minutes away and would have been happy to attend to look at the heating settings and anything else so that you were not disturbed unnecessarily. Guests are provided with their contact information at the time of booking. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katherine3.4Dec 2022

  • "Lovely little property, just perfect for us."

    Great location and very cosy. The chairs in the lounge area are a little uncomfortable for sitting in the evening but that would be my only observation. Extremely well equipped, clean and nice layout.

    Reviewed by Judi4.4Oct 2022

  • "I think the property was lovely ,but i think the sofa was uncomfertable to sit in for long."

    Not a real problem for us as we were either out walking or in the pub in the evening .Also maybe a little dark as no windows downstairs but all in all a very lovely stay.Many thanks to all for our beautiful Ambleside stay .What a beautiful place and we hope to come back to cumbria soon .

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Sep 2022

  • "Excellent location and facilities, and very clean."

    Liked the milk and Prosseco left for us. We would definitely return. Only downside was the parking space provided will only suit a small car. I could not get my SUV into the space with another car parked. Free parking is available a couple of minutes away though.

    Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes, the space is quite tight. We can manage to get our 4x4 in there with a car parked in the other, but we've had practice! it's easier if you back in ;-) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Apr 2022

  • "Very comfortable and unexpected space considering the small frontage."

    Just as a suggestion - we felt that some coat hooks near the front door would have been very useful ( for coats / dog leads), and if there had been space for a shoe rack for wet boots. But it was such a great use of space and the main bedroom was beautifully lit and decorated. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Mar 2022

  • "Very good location will stay there again"

    Reviewed by Gerardine5.0Mar 2022

  • "A fabulous little cottage right in the centre of town."

    Had everything we needed and is a stylish place to stay- just wish we could have recycled items. We will be coming back!

    Thanks for the review, glad you enjoyed our cottage. We thought the same about the recycling so we've now got a new bin provider who sort through and recycle as much as possible - Property Owner

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Mar 2022

  • "Brilliant location and a beautiful place to stay, we will be booking again."

    Reviewed by Faye5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely property."

    Perfect for a short break. I forgot to take a few bits like washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets but it was all there, which just makes it easier. Great directions and information before getting there. Close to town centre, walks, lakes, food shops, takeaways etc. We had a lovely weekend, would definitely book again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Jill4.7Mar 2022

  • "Wonderful stay despite the terrible weather!"

    Perfect location for this cosy cottage. Everything we could need was included and the welcome Prosecco was a lovely touch. Would stay again and recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2022

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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.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x mezzanine king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x queen-size
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi, Roku smart TV stick for guests to access their own streaming services
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Allocated parking space for 1 medium car
  • Small outdoor area at front with bench
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles, Lake Windermere 0.6 miles
  • Indoor storage for two bikes
  • Note: The property is next to a main road and there is traffic noise during the day
  • Note: There are small steps leading up to the bathroom, living area and stairs, please take care
  • Note: There is limited side access to the queen-size bed
  • Note: There is a small, glass floor panel in the mezzanine king-size looking down onto the sitting area, please take care
  • Note: Check-in at 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • EV Charge Point available (shared with neighboring property) app required

The property

2 The Old Coach House is a quirky, semi-detached stone cottage located in the bustling town of Ambleside, Cumbria.

With easy access to local amenities and Lake Windermere, the property welcomes a couple, family, or friends looking to share.

Why not bring along two canine companions, for a staycation in the countryside.

Find your allocated parking spot and admire the exterior of this classic former coach house.

Accommodation Inside you'll find trendy furnishings throughout, alongside original features with tall ceilings and exposed wooden beams; follow the hallway through to the open-plan living space, sure to be the social hub of your holiday!

Rustle up home-cooked meals in the well-equipped kitchen, whilst your guests uncork a bottle of wine and toast to your retreat.

Dine at the eye-catching, black and white dining table, before settling into the sitting area to catch up with your loved ones or watch a show on the TV.

After outdoor adventures, step inside the contemporary, ground-floor bathroom to wash the day away with a relaxing bubble bath or a hot shower.

The handy utility cupboard is just next door to throw muddy walking gear into the washer/dryer!

Climb the stairs and choose between two light-filled bedrooms; the mezzanine king-size zip/link is a quirky space to rest your head, with a balcony and a small, glass floor panel overlooking the living areas and wooden beams overhead.

Next door, the queen-size is a snug, pretty room to hunker down before the next day's adventures. Location On your doorstep you'll find fantastic attractions and amenities; Ambleside is home to plenty of pubs, restaurants, cafés and shops for your self-catering stay, along with cinemas and bars for evening entertainment!

Adventurous guests will relish Ambleside Climbing Wall, whilst Waterhead sits at the northern tip of Lake Windermere for incredible views, where guests can enjoy cruises, boat trips and watersports with fabulous rural surroundings.

Historians can visit the ruins of a 2nd-century Roman fort and National Trust's Wray Castle, or pack a picnic and take a stroll through magical woodlands to marvel at Stock Ghyll Force, a popular attraction not to be missed.

Take a short drive to Windermere, a bustling town for climbing up Orrest Head for panoramic views, strolling around Cook House Gallery or visiting beloved characters at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

To the north lies Grasmere for Wordsworth fans and avid walkers; visit the Wordsworth Museum and discover the poet's former home, follow the circular route along River Rothay, followed by a traditional pub lunch.

Spend the day in Keswick to discover Derwent Pencil Museum, illusion exhibits at Puzzling Place, or spend the evening watching a play at Theatre By The Lake.

You'll be in a prime spot for the best of the Lake District with a stay at 2 The Old Coach House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Grasmere 4.4 miles; Windermere 4.7 miles; Keswick 16.7 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

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