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Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

Reviews & Ratings

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "We found it comfortable and spacious, good location and very easy to feel at home in."

    I appreciated the rapid replacement of the freezer. The oven and dishwasher both worked despite their age and lack of visible oven controls! Also quite hard to get the bath plug in properly but all minor details in a very nice cottage. Worth warning people that there are no supplies ie not even salt and pepper in the house! We would happily stay there again.

    Reviewed by Kate4.7Oct 2022

  • "We were really pleased with this accommodation which was spacious and comfortable in a secluded location."

    We did several walks from the door including Wansfell Pike and the Fairfield Horseshoe. The centre of Ambleside is within easy walking distance too.

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Aug 2022

  • "Property was really clean, nice and convenient to the city centre."

    Definitely worth of money. The view was amazing, waterfall sound was soothing. In house fecilities were up to the mark. Beds were so comfy. Few issues we had face in the bathroom where fan was not working and water force from shower was very slow and drainage was blocked too water was unable to pass. Otherwise we had a great time at the villa.

    Reviewed by Komal4.4Jun 2022

  • "The furniture (sofa's) in the living room were uncomfortable."

    The table light in the living room did not work. No table for use on the balcony. Light missing from the cluster in the kitchen. Kitchen units tired, door almost falling off. Old used soap left in the shower tray and bathroom sink was dirty. Double bed mattress was uncomfortable. The upstairs landing floor outside the twin room was dangerous with the floor giving way under the carpet. Generally the whole property is old and needs a makeover. It was over priced compared to other properties used with Sykes. We will not return to this property. Despite this we had an enjoyable week and continue using Sykes for holiday breaks at the moment.

    Reviewed by Trevor2.8Sep 2021

  • "The worst cottage we’ve ever stayed in!"

    It’s uncomfortable, dated and dirty. We’ve booked many times with Heart of the Lakes and the standards have always been very high and we’ve always had a lovely relaxing time. Unfortunately, Blencathra did not meet these usual standards. The first issue was parking as our car, an Hyundai Tucson, could not fit in the garage. We were not aware this was our only allocated parking space. To be fair to HotL, they agreed we could park outside so this was no longer an issue. With regards to the cottage, it was so dated and uncomfortable. All three beds were extremely uncomfortable and mattresses must be about ten years old as we were literally sleeping on springs. We complained from Sunday to Thursday but got no where and HoftL said it was not their responsibility to ensure the standards of the cottage but we’re the responsibility of the cottage owner. On Tuesday, someone came to the cottage and put a duvet under the sheet of the double bed as a way to make it more comfortable. The beds are so far gone that this did not help. Nothing was done about the other two beds. In addition to this the sofa was dirty, smelly, threadbare and all base cushions were so old and had no support that relaxing in the evening was difficult. The house had many cobwebs and had clearly not been cleaned properly or thoroughly. I’d definitely give this cottage a swerve and what I’m most disappointed about is that the company we booked through blamed the cottage owner and took no responsibility. I hope our concerns are addressed for future bookings so no other families are subjected to this on their holiday.

    Reviewed by Joanne1.3Aug 2021

  • "The photos online don’t do the cottage justice."

    It is cosier and Nicer than I thought it would be. Lovely comfy sofas and the bedrooms had nice cupboard space. Also the living room was a good family game area. The flat is on multiple levels so everyone had a room to go to be alone if needed. However the cleaning could have been tad better - but that’s usual with these quick changeover properties - we spotted a couple of spiders in ceiling and bits left inside drawers. The kitchen was well equipped but agree with the other reviewer that a few more large mugs would be good so you’re not running the dishwasher everyday. Also I doubt all kitchen utensils are cleaned properly and much felt untouched for a while. The mattress was pretty bad in main bedroom - old and when one person moves the whole thing squeaks and moves. We loved the distance to town (away from the bustle but only a few mins walk up/downhill which we liked for the exercise). I also loved the sound of the waterfall behind the flat - you couldn’t hear when the windows were shut but it was really relaxing so we left them open. I would stay again if not for the mattress. (Also I was told there would be mattress protectors but there weren’t.). I would also say Ambleside is much much nicer to stay in than Bowness or the More touristy towns - which are more like a commercial in shops and atmosphere than you want when you come to the Lake District (friends staying In Bowness much preferred Ambleside).

    Reviewed by Rita3.8Aug 2021

  • "Most uncomfortable double bed (firm +++) I have ever slept on."

    Kitchen needing modernising. Good location but due to above would certainly not book again

    Reviewed by Edward2.8Jun 2021

  • "All as described and clean."

    Just what we needed. You may want to stress that parking is in a garage and give access dimensions. Some estate residents are particular about parking and it helps to have some skill in manoeuvring in tight spaces (which not all visitors do!)

    Reviewed by Janice3.8Jun 2021

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x second-floor double, 1 x second-floor twin
  • Bathroom with P-shaped bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • First-floor sitting room with balcony
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Allocated parking for one car
  • Balcony with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.3 miles, Please note this property is undergoing a full refurbishment September 2022.

The property

Built as part of the original mill building, this three-storey terraced property rests in the prestigious Falls area on the outskirts of Ambleside.

A wonderful choice for a small family or couple, Blencathra is suited for both those seeking a relaxing holiday away from the crowds and those looking to explore the tourist attractions of the Lakes.

After a day of high level fell walks, put your feet up in the first-floor sitting room, opening up the balcony doors to let in the fresh breeze of the countryside, or take some drinks outside and enjoy the last of the evening sun surrounded by your loved ones.

The kitchen/diner is appointed with everything you could need for a weekend away, including a washer/dryer if your adventures take off on a muddier route.

Head to the second floor and discover the bedrooms, comprising of a double and twin, along with a bathroom with bath and shower over.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find many walks from the door and down the hill towards Stockghyll, an area of pretty woodland and cascading waterfalls.

Ambleside is close by and retains a unique atmosphere whilst offering a range of independent shops, numerous cafés, pubs, restaurants and two cinemas for those rainy days.

Take yourself further afield and enjoy the stunning scenery on the Windermere cruisers before jumping off and exploring the quintessential villages of Bowness and Ulverston.

A stay at Blencathra promises a delightful retreat, at any time of 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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Please note this property is undergoing a full refurbishment September 2022.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas