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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "A beautiful well appointed home."

    Bedrooms beautifully furnished and extremely well stocked kitchen The only drawback we found that it would have been very handy to have had a small cloakroom toilet downstairs to use during the day.

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Jun 2024

  • "We've had a fantastic few days staying at "Archie's" It was the perfect location for us."

    Just a few minutes walk into Ambleside with plenty of shops to browse in, and so many cafes/restaurants for coffee breaks and food! The lake was just a few minutes away, and a fantastic regular bus service so no need to use the car. The house is beautiful. The bedrooms were spacious and we all enjoyed having the luxury of our own en suite bathrooms. Plenty of hot water, comfy beds, and the house was lovely and warm. The kitchen was well equipped and the welcome basket with teabags, coffee, biscuits and wine was very well received after a 5 hour drive. We would definitely recommend staying at Archie's and will return again.

    Reviewed by Susanne5.0Mar 2024

  • "Clean, warm,and close to Ambleside without being noisy."

    Extremely well equipped ,nicely furnished with ample seating. Upstairs lounge tidy, downstairs lounge well used with comfy seating but the sofas were shedding feathers which could be a problem for an asthmatic. The only minor problem was the outside lights to the car park didn't work which made it tricky in the dark icy conditions. Would definitely come again

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jan 2024

  • "Overall as usual an excellent stay Two points need attention 1 downstairs fed ..."

    Overall as usual an excellent stay Two points need attention 1 downstairs fed room and shower room like a sauna and we could not control the heating we had to call an engineer out to disable the underfloor heating completely 2 there is a roof leak causing a large damp patch to appear on the upstairs bedroom ceiling the one facing away from the car park When my daughter rang in to report the heating problem on the Saturday morning she spoke to a lady who was extremely unhelpful in fact she bluntly refused to speak to my daughter as the booking had been made in my name She quoted the data protection act as the reason despite my daughter who is a city of London senior solicitor assuring her that she could speak to her about the problem Eventually I had to ring someone called Simon who couldn’t have been more helpful and sorted the problem for us This made for a very stressful Saturday morning for my family I don’t know if the lady concerned was acting on instructions that you give to staff or just being extremely awkward but you need to address this issue Hence the low score on facilities and maintain and Ps the engineer who came out to sort the heating problem was excellent

    Thank you for your comments. We take all feedback on board, and we will look into the comments left further. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graham4.1Oct 2023

  • "Apologies, 3 glasses broke during our stay, all 3 emerged from the dishwasher broken."

    Archie's is superbly equipped and appointed, and that's why we've stayed 4 years running. We're ringing the changes next year, but I feel sure we will return again in the future.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2023

  • "This was our third stay at Archies and as usual it didn't disappoint."

    It was a large family gathering and there was plenty of space in the house for all of us.. The dog friendly gardens are a real boon and parking in the centre of Ambleside for four cars is a real bonus. Everything you need is provided for amply, and we would definitely recommend to our friends.

    Reviewed by R5.0Aug 2023

  • "Very nice house, and the team responded quickly to a maintenance issue"

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We are glad that we were able to resolve the issue for you. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by jenny5.0Jun 2023

  • "Your General Feedback Would you like to provide feedback about the holiday property?"

    This will be shared with the property owner. Overall a great house that suited our party and 4 en-suite bedrooms is great. This and its location made this our second visit. However we arrived to a bag of rotting rubbish by back door and extremely sticky kitchen floor. (Rubbish was removed once we reported it) Bedroom 1 sheets didn’t fit the bed and toilet cistern was constantly filling up. Bedroom 2 shower was very slow to drain, all toilet seats were loose and no soft closures. Bedroom 3 door soft close was broken so slammed shut. There’s a lack of drawers in bedrooms 2&3. Lounge sofas extremely uncomfortable, (they were bad enough last year so now desperately need replacing) Still got broken steps from dining room out to garden which are very dangerous. We reported these last year and comment in book said they’re repaired!

    Reviewed by Janet4.1May 2023

  • "Our second stay at Archie’s and would certainly book this property again."

    Perfect accommodation for our family group and two dogs. Ideal location with lots of good places to eat and drink. Very dog friendly. Heated towel rail missing in ground floor bedroom no. (4) this year.

    Thank you for your comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the dogs too! We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard4.7May 2023

  • "Beautiful property and ideal location."

    We had a leaky radiator but the friendly maintenance guys fixed it within 30 minutes. Excellent service.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We were glad that we were able to resolve the issue with the radiator. Thank you. We hope to welcome you back. The Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0May 2023

  • "Superbly equipped, very clean and spacious property."

    Great location. Some of the furnishings on the ground floor are looking a bit past it. Boiler failed a couple of times due to a leaking towel rail the maintenance team responded really quickly to rectify the issue.

    Thank you for your comments. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We are glad that we were able to resolve the issue with the boiler quickly. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is our third stay at Archies, aiming to book there for the summer and enjoy the garden."

    Great house, fantastic location,

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back for your 4th stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lila5.0Mar 2023

  • "Archie’s is a fantastic property."

    We were a group of 7 ranging in age from 14 to 80 and it covered all our needs perfectly. The property is really well equipped with everything you could possibly need. All of the bedrooms being en-suite was a definite plus for us and the two upstairs and ground floor bedrooms in particular were large and spacious and extremely comfortable. The smaller lower ground bedroom was great for the younger members of our group. As we had our dog, Henry with us we tended to base ourselves on the lower ground floor where the kitchen, dining room and snug are situated and access to the enclosed garden is from the kitchen. This worked perfectly for us and Henry was very happy in his new surroundings! The only slight issue I would agree with from earlier reviewers is that the smaller sofa and armchair in the snug may have seen better days. The upholstery is sagging a little which made it more difficult for the older member of our group to get comfortable. All in all a wonderful stay in a fantastic property and we will most definitely be back!

    Thank you for taking time to write your review, we are so pleased that the property met all your family needs and Henry had a great time too.Thank you once again and we hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2023

  • "Absolutely loved our stay at Archie's."

    Perfect location and facilities for our group of 7 - we couldn't fault it and will definitely be back again! Thank you

    We are so glad that you enjoyed all that the property and the area has to offer. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Feb 2023

  • "The property itself is lovely as is its location with free parking a definite bonus in Ambleside, and we had a great time especially as the weather was good for most of the week."

    There are however a few negatives that the owners / Lakelovers should address:- 1. The description of the property did not state that all the bedding was duck down. We had two in our party who are allergic to it and had to take antihistamine tablets all week. This needs amending as if we had known we would have recommended a change or looked to book a different property. 2. The sofas on the lower ground floor need their cushions changing, again they are feather down and used that often that they are now uncomfortable. 3. The bed in room 4 (LG floor) is uncomfortable especially the right side as you look at the bed. 4. When we arrived the cleaners hadn’t done a very good job, lots of dust under furniture/ tables especially on lower ground floor.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take all of your comments on board, and we will look into them. We hope to welcome you back to the Lake District again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Feb 2023

  • "As with previous guests, our only issues were with the lack of adequate heating in the 3 bigger bathrooms (or the ability to regulate it) and the need for replacement of the tired and not very comfortable sofas and armchairs in both sitting rooms."

    Thank you for your feedback. We will pass on your comments to the relevant teams to be looked into. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathleen3.8Jan 2023

  • "My family and I had a wonderful stay at Archie’s, couldn’t fault a single thing, Extremely comfortable, spacious and very well equipped."

    Acres of quality space both inside inside and out. An absolute credit to the owners who obviously take pride in presenting their property to the highest standard. We will definitely be staying at this property again in the near future.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad to hear that you had a lovely stay at Archie's. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2023

  • "The house is so clean and comfortable we all really enjoyed using it."

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Nov 2022

  • "Archies is a beautiful holiday Cottage, It is nicely decorated with such luxury finishes also lovely & clean."

    All the furnishings are very comfy & we spent most of our time in the evenings in the cosy lounge just off from the kitchen, it was a perfect place for friends & family gathering. Everything has been thought of to suit all generations, Its a well deserved five star accomodation.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Excellent property in a very good location, suited our extended family (4 adult couples) perfectly"

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great facilities."

    We have booked again (4th visit) - it seems a bit harsh that Lakelovers don't recognise loyalty or booking 12 months in advance. We met the gardeners and they were very engaging and are doing a great job. One minor minor point - there are only 3 teaspoons ??!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2022

  • "Ideal location for our family and friends holiday."

    The premises lacked nothing and catered for all age groups. Maybe some of the furniture is in need of replacing but is understandbly intended to cater for children and dogs as well as adults.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Aug 2022

  • "Archie's is a lovely property and it's situation is ideal with all the facilities of Ambleside just a stones throw away but we felt quite strongly that the property has put style over practicality."

    The sofas in both rooms lacked comfort and when I sat on the chair in the snug I was immediately enveloped in a cloud of dust! Also the bed on the ground floor was not the most comfortable. We were supposed to be joined on our holiday by our daughter, her partner, their 2 children and dog but unfortunately Covid got in the way so there were just 3 of us there. Once there we did wonder, how suitable it might be for children and dogs - too much 'stuff' and too many stairs. We were impressed with the bathrooms. Overall more plusses than minuses but not as good as we had hoped in view of the price we paid.

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Aug 2022

  • "Lovely house very comfortable makes a good stay for large families."

    Grandson loved the toys , very convenient for shops and visit’s to the park. Also great to be able to take the dogs.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2022

  • "Gorgeous, well appointed house in excellent location, with on site parking a real bonus."

    Beautifully decorated throughout, quality curtains / blinds and soft furnishings. Lovely bedrooms and bathrooms, we didn’t experience any problems with shortage of hot water, (as mentioned in previous reviews) but the pressure did drop in top floor shower if other appliances were used. Sofa’s could do with reupholstering, lovely to look at but not really very comfortable. Plenty of room for 6 adults and 2 children to spread out. We’ll be back and would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Janet3.4Apr 2022

  • "Archie's is magnificently appointed and equipped and in a great location close to all that Ambleside has to offer."

    We had a wonderful week celebrating a milestone birthday and could not have been happier with the accommodation which made our stay very special.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great property, lots of space for all of our party."

    Clean and well equipped in a great location a few minutes walk from the main centre. Some bits that could be improved are there are no TVs in any of the bedrooms it would of been nice to relax after a long walk. Also this property is just set back from a very busy road but has no gate on the main entrance unfortunately one of our dogs escaped and ran into the main road luckily she wasn’t hurt but a gate would mean this would be prevented. Other than that we would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Barry4.7Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful house, great for family with dogs or four couples wanting a joint holiday."

    Just needs a hot tub! Great location.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Feb 2022

  • "Fabulous accommodation."

    Photos really don't do it justice. Perfect location in the centre of Ambleside. Very well equipped. Beautifully appointed, fantastic sized rooms with amazing bathrooms. Perfect for our needs - 4 couples. Would definitely recommend and would stay again!!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Feb 2022

  • "We were a little wary of what we might find when we arrived at Archie’s, given some of the previous recent reviews…but we need not have worried."

    What a fantastic house to stay in with lovely huge comfy beds and beautiful bathrooms. Everything was clean and everywhere was warm. There was no radiator in the ground floor bedroom (the smallest) but the owners had put in a heater which was excellent. OK …there was a bit of an issue sometimes with water pressure but nothing to bother about. There was continual hot water for 7 adults coming in from walking and needing showers/baths. We throughly enjoyed our time at Archie’s and would definitely return here again for our annual winter break.

    Reviewed by Val5.0Jan 2022

  • "The property needs a really good clean."

    The sofa's are very uncomfortable and feathers falling out of cushions everywhere. The downstairs bedroom is really cold and the bathroom has a drain smell. The other three bathrooms are cold, the underfloor heating is useless. The reviews left in the guest book at the property repeatedly mention the above, going back as far as 2018. The good points are that the properly is in a great location for the centre of Ambleside, the property is big, lots of space and loads of parking at the rear.

    Thank you for these comments, we are sorry that your stay was not as expected. The underfloor heating has been reviewed and schedule adjusted, with an electric heater now available in the downstairs bedroom. Please report any cleanliness issues to Lakelovers on arrival, we are working together to maintain exemplary standards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle3.1Dec 2021

  • "Had a fantastic stay at Archies."

    The house is beautiful - loads of space, very well equipped, loads of toys that my little boy loved, and a really thoughtful welcome basket which even had treats for the dog. Felt thoroughly looked after. There were a couple of issues on cleanliness - simple stuff that could be easily fixed - dusty shelves and in need of a vacuum downstairs. I would also recommend putting an extra heater in the bedroom downstairs for the winter months. The underfloor heating didn't hold off the -2 degree temperature outside! But so many positive things outweighed these VERY minor grumbles. We would definitely come back!

    Reviewed by Jo4.7Nov 2021

  • "Had a lovely 3 night stay at Archies."

    Beautiful house in a prime location. Very comfortable beds. Everything you need in the kitchen for 6 adults and 2 children. Also on site parking for our 3 cars. Welcome pack on arrival. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Nov 2021

  • "The property is very well appointed with good quality furniture and fittings it is well set up for large groups."

    it was great for our family group of four couples and a baby with plenty of space over three floors. Also really well situated in the centre of Ambleside while still being tucked away and relatively quiet and peaceful. The beautiful bathrooms however where let down badly by poor water pressure on the top floor (showers coming to a halt if water being used elsewhere in the house) and worst of all a lack of hot water altogether at certain times of the day (not able to run a bath at 4pm after a long walk being one example) such a shame in such a lovely property. The house could also do with a good spring clean, however, because of the overall excellent standard none of these things spoilt our stay.

    Reviewed by David4.1Nov 2021

  • "Beautifully furnished, spacious but welcoming property with big comfortable beds and superbly appointed ensuites."

    Kitchen very well equipped and the lounge/snug layout worked well for our multi-generational party and the dogs. Flint, our miniature schnauzer loved it! Great location with easy parking and good internet connection and lovely secure gardens. The open plan area through entrance door for coats and boots etc was great for getting ready for walks. A very stylish yet practical property that was a pleasure to relax in after a day on the fells. Enjoyed our stay immensely and booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Sharron5.0Oct 2021

  • "This is a lovely family house rental, in a great location, but a few issues caused us problems: The broken toilet you informed us about on arrival took 4 days to fix - and only after numerous phone calls from us."

    Insufficient hot water through the day. We were unable to take baths when we wanted. One evening, we had very little hot water left at all. We need hot water 24/7 Insufficient domestic waste disposal facilities - one outside recycle bin not enough.

    Reviewed by Graham4.1Oct 2021

  • "Had an amazing holiday."

    How's is just incredible in an amazing location. Couldn't have asked for better.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Sep 2021

  • "It could have been cleaner."

    Lots of cobwebs. Stale bread in bread bin. Dog hair in kitchen and TV room (We don't have a dog.) "Welcome basket" generous. Extremely well equipped kitchen.

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Sep 2021

  • "Had a lovely break at Archies and the location was excellent."

    The bedrooms and en-suite were very nice. The garden was private and lovely to sit in as it was very hot when we stayed. The only negative was it needed a good hover in some places.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Jul 2021

  • "We love Ambelside have been 3 times with Lakelovers and not been dissapointed."

    Wonderful accommodation, near to the centre. House was four double bedrooms over three floors, big enough for our two households to have own space. Everything we needed was provided. Would love to have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Carole4.7Jun 2021

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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.


  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 4 x super king-size bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms (zip/link beds can be made up as twin beds upon request), 1 on the ground floor, 1 on the lower ground floor and 2 on the first floor
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Snug
  • Conservatory.
  • Gas central heating with underfloor heating
  • Double electric oven with induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Nespresso coffee machine, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 2 x cot and 2 x highchair available
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Enclosed patio gardens with furniture and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 4 mins walk
  • Shop 6 mins walk.

The property

This luxurious detached Lakeland house occupies a peaceful setting just off the centre of the bustling village of Ambleside and only a 5-minute stroll from the shores of Lake Windermere at Waterhead.

For a holiday with 'wow factor' - this is a special place and one to spend your precious time together soaking up Lakeland's luxuries.

A light and airy country Lake District atmosphere blends effortlessly with 21st century life - walk out of the dining conservatory or kitchen to the delightful enclosed patio gardens, for al-fresco living with views to Loughrigg and Wansfell.

Whether celebrating a happy event or just spending time with your favourite people, Archie's delivers sheer luxury and relaxation.

Enjoy the luxury chic bathrooms, sumptuous bedrooms, quality well equipped kitchen, a dining conservatory area fit for any gathering complete with relaxing snug / media room, a separate lounge, all wrapped up in sophisticated technology.

The front door welcomes you with traditional open entrance porch.

At this middle level there is a lounge with splayed bay window and views toward Loughrigg Fell.

Large king-size bedroom at this level with luxury en-suite complete with double ended designer bath and separate monsoon shower cubicle.

A glass divide has a staircase leading down to the snug / media room, a great place to unwind and spread out.

From here you enter the dining conservatory with patio doors opening onto the front patio garden complete with furniture and barbeque, superb for al-fresco life.

The beautiful kitchen is at this level with access to the rear patio garden.

On the ground floor is bedroom number 4 with en-suite monsoon shower room.

From the middle level an elegant staircase leads to the top floor where the view gets even better.

Here are 2 further king-size, en-suite bedrooms each offering king-size beds both with double ended baths and separate monsoon shower cubicles.

A peaceful yet very handy spot just 2 minutes stroll from the heart of Ambleside.

a contemporary, characterful Lakeland village with a spectacular backdrop of Lake District fells.

Ideal for walking, cycling or boating activities, it’s also a lovely spot for contemporary shops, leisurely lake cruises, acclaimed Lake District restaurants and cosy traditional pubs.

There are 2 cinemas, a Jazz bar and the Lake Cruises leave regularly from Waterhead, a great way to explore without driving.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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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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Please note this property has 4 zip link beds. These will be made as a Super King by default. Please contact the call center should you wish it to be a Twin.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas