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Bield How

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our sixth stay at Bield How."

    It is a great base location with off road parking, easy access to plenty of walks and all that Ambleside has to offer. Sadly the Aga was not working this time, due to it needing some maintenance. Additionally, we did find that some of the crockery and cutlery was not clean and everything had to be washed before use. We do however hope to return again in the future.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Nov 2023

  • "A really comfortable stay enjoyed at BH ."

    The accommodation lives upto it's written blurb . The owner is very generous if you need to have the heating on at extra times also the emersion heater if required . We were very pleasently surprised at the comfort that is there and also the room sizes . This was our first stay there but have planned to return ,health permmited , next year . Thank you to the owners your honest description deserves success .

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Our second visit to an excellent location and spacious holiday home."

    We used it as a base for daily walking trips, leaving the car in the parking space provided, and had everything we needed for cooking, relaxing and recovering from our adventures. The local bus station is so useful, and being within walking distance of the pier too. Our only criticism was the bathroom cleanliness - same as last year. We had to clean the drains to get the shower to drain, which given there was no cleaning equipment in the property was pretty unpleasant.

    Thank you for your feedback - we are glad that you enjoyed your second stay at our home in Ambleside. We, like you, are disappointed at the standard of cleanliness you have reported and have raised it ourselves with Heart of the Lakes as they are responsible for the cleaning of the property. We hope to welcome you to Bield How again soon! The Owners - Bield How Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah4.4Jul 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed Beild How."

    The accommodation was perfect for us. Ideal location and with everything we could have wanted. We could not find anything about it worthy of criticism and would rate this place very highly.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Bield How. We are grateful for all your lovely comments. We hope to welcome you again soon. The owner relations team - Heart Of The Lakes Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

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

    This will be shared with the property owner. Great stay and lovely property, some advice meant to help... The 'codes' for Netflix and Sky were not available and a call to request them from H of the Lakes was never returned. Several taps need were dripping slightly. Sticky wardrobe doors in main Bedroom Old tech tungsten bulbs in bedside lights very hot; dangerous? Toaster not operating correctly, worn out? Some grease spots left by cleaners and the old kettle was badly furred up, but replaced on request after 24 hours. But, aside from these points a lovely home with great appointments and 99% spotless.

    Reviewed by Patricia3.8May 2023

  • "Generally happy with the property."

    Cons: Bathroom sanitary ware could be cleaner and no cleaning products provided to improve. Kitchen quite outdated and tired but not a major issue Bed quilts too warm for summer weather TV remote did not work, even after changing the batteries Pros: Great location and access to Ambleside King bed a big plus for us and comfortable Good wardrobes, with plenty of hangars Good showers Pots, pans and glassware all immaculate

    Reviewed by Glenn3.4Aug 2022

  • "The location was excellent on the edge of Ambleside village."

    Access to pubs, restaurants and walks meant we didn’t have to use the car too much. The cottage had good facilities and was very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Marc5.0May 2022

  • "Property felt like a home from home which was to a high standard."

    My only negative and this is tiny the inner back door was sometimes awkward to gain entry and you had to jiggle the key in the lock but on the whole a very enjoyable week with everything within walking distance and bus stops if you need them very handy.

    Reviewed by Willy5.0Feb 2022

  • "The house has a nice sized lounge, and a large kitchen dining room, which we spent most of our time in because of the AGA cooker keeping it lovely and warm, very nice."

    I'm a recently retired gas engineer, so having a central heating system that wasn't reduced or limited via room stat in any way was very welcome. The AGA cooker heats the water very well, just the one comment though as the temperature gets quite high, maybe a little note stuck to the wall?

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lounge furniture a bit uncomfortable,probably due to large volume of guests"

    Reviewed by Victor4.4Nov 2021

  • "This was our 4th or 5th stay at Bield How, so it felt like coming home."

    The property is well equipped, perfectly located, with off road parking, great views and we found it clean and comfortable. We hope to return again in the future.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Oct 2021

  • "Bield How is looking a little bit tired."

    The kitchen needs updating, the double mattress needs replacing and the sofas in the living room have seen better days. The Aga is great, we didn't need to put the central heating on because it was warm with the heat from that. The bathrooms are fine with a nice big shower cubicle in one and a big bath in the other. A few cobwebs on the ceilings but don't think this is up to the customer to clean the ceilings.

    Thank you for your comments. Although when we, as owners stay at Bield we find the bed perfectly comfortable we have taken yours and other comments on board and have replaced the king mattress. We will also investigate replacing the sofas. So pleased that you enjoyed the Aga! Please always contact Heart of the Lakes with any housekeeping issues during your stay and they will come and resolve them immediately. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Donald3.1Sep 2021

  • "Bield How is a lovely property, but the comfort of our stay was severely marred by the Aga."

    It was a mild week in September and when we asked for the Aga to be switched off, we were told the owners would not allow it. The property was therefore stiflingly hot, even with windows wide open. Not great for the environment either, to be wasting all that energy. Also, calling Heart of the Lakes and getting through to someone at Sykes in Chester lacks the personal service and local knowledge that we used to experience in the past. We wouldn’t book this property again during the months when the Aga is on.

    Unfortunately, our Aga does not cooperate well to being turned off and on and requires an Aga service engineer to turn it back on again hence our reluctance to agreeing to it being turned off totally. We would not have had an issue with it being turned down if that request had been made and will make that clearer in our instruction file. As previously noted in a response to another comment, we will take the warmer weather in September into consideration and not have the Aga turned on again until October in the future. We are sorry that your stay was not as expected on this occasion but look forward to you rebooking again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy4.1Sep 2021

  • "We've stayed twice before but I would no longer recommend the property."

    The owner insisting that the Aga oven stays on at optimum level (this issue isn't mentioned in the property description) is absolutely ridiculous. Arriving on a warm day, the oven was belting out so much heat that it must have been over 30 deg C in the kitchen. The only way to manage it was to open every window in the property and use the large fan continuously in the lounge. I note that the visitors book has been removed from the property (as mentioned by previous holidaymakers) but the numerous requests in the property mentioning not to try and adjust the Aga shows that others have experienced the same. Goodness knows how the cleaners manage. It's very sad as the owners have clearly put a lot of effort into making it a nice property - but their love of an economic fuel bill overrides their concern for guests

    Unfortunately, we were not aware of you requesting to adjust the Aga during your stay. We are happy for Heart of the Lakes to adjust the Aga during a stay but prefer visitors not to adjust it for themselves as it requires delicate balancing to get it back up to temperature for cooking which is what many of our visitors enjoy. We do not have the Aga on during the summer but in previous years our visitors in September have been grateful for the heat provided by it being on so we have always had it put on again at the beginning of September. However clearly climate change is having an effect and we will take your comments on board and not have the Aga turned on again in future until October. Our visitors book sadly had to be removed as a result of the Covid considerations when we were requested to remove all unessential items from the property. Hopefully in the future the visitors book will return again as this has previously provided feedback on potential improvements. As owners we have tried to incorporate our visitors requests to the best of our ability as we want our visitors to enjoy the house as much as we do. We are sorry that Bield How did not live up to your high Expectations from your previous visits on this occasion but hope that you will return again sometime in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gerald2.8Sep 2021

  • "Cleaning not so good oven pans, carpet and fridge."

    Tv too small and no cinema on sky. Sofa is not comfy Other than that it was absolutely fine.

    Reviewed by Mike3.1Aug 2021

  • "Had a great week."

    Please note following regards to property that would help to improve guests stay in future. Lights out in dbl bedroom. Carpet in dbl bedroom not hoovered. Fans in bathrooms not work. No oven glove. No visitors book. handles lose in kitchen. Door to main bathroom sticks. Net curtains falling off window a lot. no hairdryer.

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.8Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful views from this property."

    Miss PepperDec 2019

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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.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with gas fire
  • Gas central heating with gas fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with SkyQ with Netflix and DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car in shared driveway
  • Patio with table and chairs
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Cot and Highchair are not available at this property.

The property

Resting in an elevated position equally between Lake Windermere and the centre of Ambleside village, with fine views to the fells around, is this detached holiday home, Bield How.

Tastefully furnished and decorated in a contemporary style while boasting an excellent position within the Lake District National Park, Bield How is the perfect base for a family in pursuit of an adventure-filled holiday.

Head through the door at the side of the property into the hallway where you can hang coats and leave boots before finding the sitting room.

After a day of traversing the fells, look forward to putting your feet up whilst catching up on your favourite shows, with the added bonus of a living flame gas fire to keep you toasty.

Discover the light and airy kitchen/diner for all your culinary essentials, including an electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher and a handy washer/dryer if your trails take off on a muddier route.

As the evening draws to a close, catch your rest in the master bedroom, kitted out with a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over, while the twin room serves perfectly for children and benefits from an en-suite shower room.

Both bedrooms have wall-mounted flat screen TVs and fitted cupboards for storing your personal belongings.

The patio area to the front of the house offers you a tranquil spot to enjoy a drink whilst admiring views of the fell, plus there is also off-road parking for one car on the shared driveway.

Positioned close to the Waterhead district of Ambleside, you are not far from the pier which provides regular cruises across the lake, offering you a chance to see the beauty of the area with stop-offs at Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside.

Get to know your surroundings by taking a walk into the town centre where you will be spoilt for choice by the quaint selection of shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants and even an independent cinema.

Venture out of Ambleside and visit Wray Castle for the day, which has a huge, largely undiscovered gravel beach of its own, and was Beatrix Potter’s first Lakeland holiday home at the age of 16.

With attractions to suit all ages, a stay at Bield How promises to be an adventure at any time of the year.

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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Note: Access to the property is up a number of steps, may unfortunately not be suitable for those with limited mobility

This property offers the following short breaks:

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