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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous cottage, very cosy and comfortable."

    Perfect location in the heart of Ambleside.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2023

  • "Great location - our third time staying there - we will be back again next year"

    Reviewed by Ranald4.7Sep 2023

  • "Very comfortable extremely well equipped kitchen and surprisingly spacious."

    The only issue was the very noisy fan running all night across the street above the cookhouse gallery. There was some rubbish left outside the yard hence 4 for cleaning but otherwise a great place to stay

    Thank you for your feedback. There is secondary glazing in both bedrooms so we are surprised noise was an issue. If you need air in the bedrooms, the bathroom and shower rooms have windows at the rear of the property We apologies for the fact rubbish hadn't been removed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Aug 2023

  • "The Cottage was centrally located and so handy to explore all of Ambleside."

    So close to bars, restaurants and coffee shops. The Cottage was very well appointed and beautifully decorated. The Kitchen was very well equipped and the Owners left foods for us to use. The beds were so comfortable and the 2 bathrooms was so useful and lovely to have. Great showers too! Our one very minor critique is the pillows in the master bedroom are in bad need of renewing. They’re lumpy and bumpy with no support whatsoever, but that’s the only negative aspect we found.

    Many thanks for your positive feedback. Your comments have been greatly appreciated and we are replacing all the pillows. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carla5.0Aug 2023

  • "The back courtyard was open/shared with the next door cottage."

    As we had a dog he went onto their section . They didn’t mind but may not have liked this. Perhaps you could be more specific in your description.

    Thank you for your feedback. We will look at the description to ensure that it is accurate. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane3.1Aug 2023

  • "Ideally situated, very well presented and good for four folks and the drag."

    We are glad that you enjoyed your holiday at Birchcroft Lakelovers Owner Relations Expert Property Owner

    Reviewed by J5.0Jun 2023

  • "Property is lovely and very well equipped with everything we needed for our stay."

    Great location in the centre of Ambleside.

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

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4May 2023

  • "Unfortunately I am only 5"2." I had difficulty getting into was too tall for me. Also the second step into the kitchen was a bit high for me. Apart from that we loved the cottage.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We do find that beds are down to personal preference. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0Apr 2023

  • "Had a long weekend here and absolutely loved it, fantastic cottage in great ..."

    Had a long weekend here and absolutely loved it, fantastic cottage in great location, the accommodation had everything needed for the stay and parking permit was very useful and easy to use, no complaints

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and that the cottage had everything you needed. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "Great value."

    Great location. Well equipped. Please don’t change!!!

    Thank you for your very kind feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jan 2023

  • "Enjoy your stay at the cottage."

    In a nice location very comfortable and spacious good layout. Would go back again.

    Reviewed by Joseph4.4Nov 2022

  • "Very comfortable and in a perfect position"

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "The only problem we had was no dustbin outside so previous user’s bin bag left in yard was attacked by vermin."

    I called Lakelovers and they came next day with a wheelie bin so all sorted. No info or facilities to recycle rubbish.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.1Oct 2022

  • "Excellent property in a superb location with everything on the doorstep."

    It was nice to leave the car on the car park for the duration of our stay and walk from the front door!

    Reviewed by Grant5.0Sep 2022

  • "Loved the cottage."

    Great location with car parks in walking distance. Everything explained well. When back in England we will try and book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great cottage in a perfect location for everything"

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Sep 2022

  • "Cottage was as expected and it served its purpose."

    If there are any areas to look at I would say the rear garden patio picture on your site makes it look large where in fact it’s a picture of the shared patio. The cottage was clean but we dropped a pen which went under the sofa and it’s never seen a vacuum cleaner. Finally a better explanation of the parking arrangements is definitely needed as I thought the permit allowed you to park outside the property and I got a ticket on the first morning at 10 past 10 in the morning.

    Reviewed by Dave4.1Aug 2022

  • "Lovely clean cottage in a great location."

    Very small shared yard if you have dogs with you but wasn’t a problem for us. Tumble dryer didn’t get warm/hot to dry washing but didn’t spoil our stay in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Lee3.8Aug 2022

  • "Great location."

    Nice layout. But it seemed ‘lazy’. Dishes needed re washed. Things you would normally expect as a ‘starter’ not there (couple of dishwasher tablets. Kitchen roll. Empty toilet roll holders). Didn’t feel ‘clean’ on arrival. The kitchen itself is a bit ‘tired’. … and a really strong smell of ‘dog’. Suggestion might be to change out the rug in the lounge. Arrogant. I wouldn’t stay here again. Not for this price.

    Thank you for your observations. This is a self catering holiday accommodation so guests are expected to provide their own supplies. Lakelovers housekeeping are in charge of cleaning we apologies for their omissions. They do provide 2 dishwasher tablets and refill toilet roll holders if required. In addition to Lakelovers’s cleaning the rugs are shampooed every 6 months and the carpets each year as part of the deep clean . Unfortunately the day you left the rugs and stair carpet were shampooed . Property Owner

    Reviewed by William3.1Jul 2022

  • "Hi as I said in last email to lake lovers that the attitude of your colleague called Keith was shocking."

    He arrived with the key which was not in Keybox which we had been waiting to get into cottage. We said at long last to him he did not like this and told us do you want me to take the key back to the office. I said off course not and that his behaviour was really shocking. As we paid alot of money my mother could not believe it. Have had no response as of yet from Lake lovers. Regards Craig Brown

    Reviewed by Maureen4.1Jul 2022

  • "We have stayed at Birchcroft 3 times now."

    We love it!!!! The cooker hob didn’t work for us though despite maintenance showing up and checking it. The iron wasn’t working but was replaced while we were there when we alerted lakelovers. The tumble dryer does not seem to work properly (takes ages no matter what setting and doesn’t really dry). So in sum we love the house and location, but just some electrical goods might need to be checked.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Jun 2022

  • "A lovely old property, the only critic with a dog the outside space is very small and shared"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "Had a lovely week in Birchcroft."

    Have stayed in Ambleside and the surrounding area numerous times, twice over the road in Roseberry Cottage. This was through Lakelovers. Comfortable cottage and very central. Couple of cleaning issues which need to be dealt with. Garden tiny and not ideal for a dog but we were out walking every day so not a huge problem. Would recommend and will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.1May 2022

  • "The cottage was everything we could have asked for, and so very conveniently located in the middle of town, with the car park a short walk away."

    Lovely downstairs space, where my kids chilled and we played guitars round the dining table, a well equipped kitchen and great to have 2 bathrooms upstairs. The only challenge was I couldn’t work out what to do with recycling rubbish, and I missed the sign saying to put the bins out on Wednesday until Thursday - it would help if that was in the info folder

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Apr 2022

  • "Great property."

    Parking permit could do with being left out, we would've missed it had we not looked through the book on the first night. Fabulous location though & really comfortable.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Dec 2021

  • "We’ve stayed at Birchcroft several times."

    Information is lacking on how to operate several of the appliances and it would be helpful if that were corrected. Some of the information is incorrect such as the notice about the cleaners leaving crockery freshly washed in the dishwasher and how to use the heating controls. Where are the outside rubbish bins? The red light in the electric heater in the fireplace has never worked all the years we have been coming and it would add a cosy feel to the cottage

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7Sep 2021

  • "Lovely house located centrally to all amenities and exactly what we were hoping to have during our stay."

    The house is maintained to a very high standard and all facilities work as expected. Your company communications before, during and after our stay is prompt and up to date. Thanks for a wonderful week of stay at Birchcroft. Would love to book it again if we return to Lake District.

    Reviewed by Rubinsson Thomas5.0Jul 2021

  • "The central location of Birchcroft makes it so convenient."

    Parking is usually no problem and the buses to all parts are just round the corner. Lots of cafes, pubs and restaurants nearby. As are Ambleside’s excellent range of shops, bakeries and mini markets.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Apr 2021

  • "Cottage was spotlessly clean, kitchen very well equipped."

    Great flat screen smart Tv. If you want a central town location then it’s smack bang in middle of Ambleside on a nice street. Our biggest issue was that the bed in the bigger ensuite bedroom isn’t comfortable. Mattress very soft on an old springy divan base, so bad they we made the kids swap with us after second night and gave them the best room. The outside area is tiny, really just a bin area. It was cold but glorious sunshine when we were there so we stayed out in country pubs and headed back early eve, but had it been summer we’d have missed outdoor space.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback on your recent stay. We are glad to hear you had a lovely week. Since your comments the owner has replaced this mattress with a new firmer mattress. We are sorry this wasn't in place for your stay but rest assured this is now resolved, we do hope we can welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Apr 2021

  • "We have had about four Lakelovers holidays and generally been impressed with the quality of the accommodation."

    Birchcroft was a disappointment. A poor unhomely layout with seating furniture pushed against wall. Uncomfortable to view TV, which was a smaller screen and poor quality colour. The sound system was for an I-Pod!! Most appliances similarly old and outdated. Generally, a spartan living area and very 'tired'. I did attempt to put the rubbish out - it meant struggling with a large 'wheelie' bin - shared between two properties, down steps and through a passage way to put it onto the pavement of a back road. The bin was emptied and I had to retrieve the bin from a different location and bring it back to the space. Happy with internet speed, parking, upstairs accommodation. But overall, this wasn't up to the standard I have experienced with previous properties.

    Thank you for your feedback Mr Simpson. We thank you for your observations which we have now rectified. During lockdown the kitchen has been updated including a ceramic hob. The property has been decorated throughout. A new larger TV has been installed to enable visitors to access their Netflix, Amazon Prime, iPlayer and other accounts. A DVD is also connected to the TV. I am sure this will benefit our new and regular guests. Thank you once again for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin2.8Dec 2020

  • "A lovely cosy little cottage in the centre of Ambleside, great base for walking."

    Lovely and clean inside and full of character. Despite the central location very quiet. Wonderful walks around the area and some spectacular views.

    Mr FiddlesNov -0001

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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 king size with own bathroom, 1 x double with own bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, and dishwasher
  • Smart TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking permit for one vehicle in nearby car park
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile

The property

Birchcroft, a heavenly Grade II listed property, is situated in the heart of the lively village of Ambleside.

Still with its original flag floors and exposed oak beams, this whitewashed cottage is the very essence of Lakeland charm.

For guests intent on a relaxed break in Ambleside and those looking for a base from which to explore further afield, Birchcroft makes a magical choice. In the beamed sitting room, two inviting leather sofas snuggle round the feature fireplace with its electric wood burning stove.

There’s no cosier spot in which to hunker down with a glass of wine and good book.

The separated dining area is perfect for leisurely breakfasts and sociable evening meals that last for hours.

By contrast, the kitchen is a bright and modern space, well-equipped with stylish units and all the appliances needed to make Birchcroft a home-from-home.

Upstairs are two pretty bedrooms, one king size and one double.

Both rooms come with plenty of storage space and each has its own private bathroom or shower room and TV.

The back door of the cottage leads out to a patio area and supplied is a central Ambleside parking permit.

The village itself is hugely popular with foodies, walkers, culture vultures and shopaholics.

There are two quirky, independent cinemas to choose from, Windermere Lake Cruises depart regularly from Waterhead Pier, crossing the lake to Bowness and Lakeside and numerous wonderful walks begin in and around the village.

Where could be more perfect?

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas