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Briardale Cottage

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Pet-friendly

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21 Customer Reviews

  • "Generally lovely , cottage had everything you need."

    Perfect location just back off the main town with shops and restaurants

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and all that the area has to offer. Lakelovers Owner Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Dec 2023

  • "The cottage is cosy and in a perfect spot."

    The garden is wonderful, but for what we paid, it wasn't the usual standard we are used to. The manuals just had instructions for items, nothing interesting to read at all. No plastic bags for the waste bin, thankfully we had brought some with us, no "welcome pack", toilet seat loose in bathroom. Just basic things were there really, we don't have this in other Sykes properties and we've stayed in a few. Also had to move cobwebs from three rooms. So a bit disappointing on arrival, but we made the best of it and enjoyed the Lakes, didn't ruin the holiday. One last point .. parking .. it states one small car in the description. I have a Fiesta, but with the other cars parked up which were 4x4s, was impossible to park, so we parked in the main car park down the road which was £38.50 for a week.

    Reviewed by Edwina4.4Jun 2023

  • "We had a fabulous week at Briardale Cottage, it was lovely and comfortable, very clean we will certainly recommend this cottage to others."

    The only reason I didn't leave a review in visitors book, I didn't have a pen! The only thing I would suggest, and this isn't a criticism, but a slip mat in the shower would be safer than not having one. My husband who has a knee injury didn't feel safe whilst showering. But like I say, it's a polite suggestion. Thank you for making this holiday such a memorable one, and the pub around the corner The Golden Rule is very welcoming! Great atmosphere! Kind regards Lorraine Miller

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.7Jun 2023

  • "The property was clean with all that was needed for a comfortable break."

    Appears to have a new shower with a good strength and although boiler, which also seemed new, was in the bedroom, it was very quiet and did not disturb. Property ideally situated and with a seated area in the garden is perfect for those sunny days.

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

    Reviewed by Iain5.0May 2023

  • "Few thinks maybe could do with update or replace the gas oven took time to ..."

    Few thinks maybe could do with update or replace the gas oven took time to ignight and the sink does smell quite bad needed to clean frequently

    Thank you for your comments. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comment on board. Thank you. The Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7May 2023

  • "We had a lovely 2 nights, cottage was great!"

    We will definitely be back.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay! We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Apr 2023

  • "The key question is always "would I stay here again?"

    " and this time the answer is unfortunately no. On the plus side the property has an absolutely fantastic location, 60 secs walk from town, a pretty (but not enclosed) garden and a nice wood burner. The negatives far outweigh these positives though. There is a very bad smell in the kitchen, like years of grease are ingrained in it and a strong smell of drains from the down stairs toilet. Try as we might with candles etc we could not cover it and it returns very quickly, it's really unpleasant. The next main issue is that the boiler is very noisy and it's in a cupboard in your bedroom, we had to turn it off each night to be able to sleep which results in a freezing cold house in the morning. The shower is also a really, really old design with very bad water pressure so no refreshing hot shower after a day on the hills. Finally the place is just in dire need of upgrade, very tired decor throughout and comes with the absolute bare minimum essentials when you arrive, every other cottage we've ever stayed in had more. The "welcome pack" for this cottage is just a book of equipment manuals and risk assessments rather than the usual personalised book about the cottage and how to make the best of it. Seems like it is being run with minimal effort and investment. We enjoyed our week in Ambleside as always but compared to other similar priced properties we've stayed in before this one was a let down.

    Reviewed by Chris2.2Mar 2023

  • "Exactly as advertised will definitely recommend but more important we will be back"

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sadie5.0Feb 2023

  • "I thought the house had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay."

    It would have been better with a key safe at the property rather than having to collect and drop off the keys at the office, also the parking was very tight and maybe an option to use the large open car park across the road foc would have been appreciated.

    Reviewed by Tim3.4Oct 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our first stay at Briardale, great location being close to Ambleside with beautiful south facing views of the fells from the garden."

    We didn’t have any problems with on site parking of an estate car like we thought we might from reading the listing- diagram in the porch was super helpful! The only thing we feel could and should be improved is the high level cleaning- lots of visible cobwebs which had built up over time. We are definitely looking to return for our next visit in the new year! Thank you for a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Emma3.8Sep 2022

  • "Great property which had everything we needed!"

    Set in a great place and local to all amenities. We had a wonderful stay Thankyou!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2022

  • "This cottage is perfectly situated in Ambleside and ideal for 2 people."

    There were a couple of things that were disappointing though. The wood burner in the fireplace was not laid with logs which would have been handy as there were none in the cottage. We couldn't turn the central heating on and we were cold. Also, very basic cooking items such as salt, pepper and oil were not available to cook on arrival. I understand that perhaps we should have brought these with us, but other cottages we have been to have supplied small amounts of these. The pillows on the bed need renewing too. In saying all of this though, we had a really good holiday in the cottage and all of the above did nothing to spoil it.

    Reviewed by Barbara3.1May 2022

  • "Had a lovely week at briardale cottage ."

    Car parking was a bonus and had no problem, although I can see it could be . I think there was 3 private spaces and 5 cottages. We was approached by a holiday maker arriving just after us as they thought we were in their space , but showed our clear instruction that if belonged to our cottage. There is a car park very close at a cost of £35 a week , we had looked into this before hand as wasn’t sure we’d fit our car into the space . Garden area is lovely and the property is a very cosy clean little cottage very close to all amenities. Lovely log burner but no wood was provided. Lots of wardrobe Space and a handy porch for all your walking gear . We had a fabulous stay and would recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Apr 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with great amenities and space for two people and a dog."

    Reviewed by Leonie5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage in a fantastic location, we would book this again!"

    The living room with its log burner was great for chilly evenings, and the little patio was a lovely suntrap in the evening with a beautiful view for al fresco dining. The bed was comfy. As described/shown in the photos of the property, the bathroom is rather small but not an issue for two people, plus there is a downstairs loo. The kitchen is relatively small but we found it well equipped with pans etc, it had everything we needed. We had no issues with parking during our stay, reversing into a good sized space at the end of the lane, but we imagine in peak season if all the cottages are full it might be a bit more challenging dependent on how others park their cars. The pub (The Golden Rule) just around the corner was definitely a bonus!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful little cottage and was immaculately clean."

    Home from home with everything you need to cook. Small complaint of boiler being in bedroom, when it’s cold and you need the heating, the boiler kicked in and woke us up frequently. Also perhaps the provision of a first aid kit should be provided.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Feb 2022

  • "Excellent customer service, lovely cottage , with everything you need to have a lovely break away"

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a good stay at Briardale cottage, it just wasn't up to the standard of previous cottages we have stayed at."

    It was a little tired and in need of some refurbishment, and the dead mouse on the glass above the stairs was the first thing we saw everytime we passed it. Personally we like a tv in the bedroom and there wasn't one, we understand that's not for everyone but makes a difference to us. It was useful to have a parking space right outside our cottage and to be so close to the town is perfect. The usual information pack that we read as soon as we get to any of your cottages was pretty much empty, not the usual standard we've come to expect from staying in one of your cottages. These are helpful, everything in one place to refer to if you have a query but you'll see what I mean when you look at this cottage's pack-empty. It was a comfortable stay but I'm a little disappointed that we've booked the same cottage for next April.

    Reviewed by Karen3.1Aug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, well equipped with an amazing view of the fells from the back patio/garden!"

    An extremely relaxing stay!

    Reviewed by C5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage comes with allocated off road parking."

    However, the parking space was extremely difficult to get in and out of (and we have a small car) and we were reliant on the other tenants in the cottage block parking considerately - which unfortunately sometimes didn’t happen. Would have preferred a parking permit to avoid the daily parking trauma.

    Reviewed by Jillian3.8Jun 2021

  • "Great cottage, excellent location."

    Fantastic week spent in the beautiful Lake District.

    Mrs ClarkDec 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.


  • One-king size double bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Lower-ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with TV and woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating, log burning stove
  • Gas cooker and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, TV, CD/radio, Wi-FI
  • Sorry Travel cot and highchair not available
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Parking for one small car on street
  • One small dog allowed
  • No smoking.

The property

Briardale Cottage is a charming early 20th century property, one of six pleasant terrace houses situ-ated in a quiet cul-de-sac yet close to Ambleside’s many attractions.

A short stroll will take you to the centre of town for a romantic meal or a relaxing drink in the one of its many restaurants, bars and cafes.

Enjoy browsing the shops, catch the latest film at one of the two excellent cinemas or enjoy a river walk through lovely Rothay Park.

If you feel more adventurous take on one of the acclaimed Lakeland trails such as the walk to the top of Wansfell, Todd Crag or the more challenging Fairfield Horseshoe and all from your own door-step.

After a busy day, relax with your favourite drink, dine alfresco or take time out to admire the lovely views in the peaceful communal gardens, where the table and chairs on your patio await.

You will appreciate the peacefulness as there is no passing traffic.

Arriving at the cottage, unload the car from your own parking space which sits right by your front door.

Enter the enclosed porch entrance and store your outdoor wear.

Sit on the leather sofa and feel the cosy warmth of the log burner set into the deep fireplace.

Explore further to find your charming shaker style kitchen and dining area with cream units and wooden worktops.

The lovely shared rear garden can be reached along a small hallway through the back door.

This cottage also benefits from a convenient downstairs bathroom.

Climb the stairs to discover your good-sized bedroom with king-size bed and fitted wardrobes with plenty of storage, as well as a contemporary bathroom where you can enjoy a refreshing shower.

With so much adventure right on your doorstep, Briardale Cottage offers a wonderful base for your next family holiday to the Lake District.

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: Logs arent provided, these can be purchased from Ambleside petrol station on Lake Road

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas