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Busk Cottage

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041568)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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13 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely stay, enjoyed by all the family."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by ClaireMar 2022

  • "A sweet cozy cottage, super warm after a long walk and only a quick stroll (down hill) into Ambleside."

    It could do with a bit of decorating but this did not distract from the quaintness of the cottage.

    Reviewed by FionaFeb 2022

  • "So cosy and warm, very close to all amenities."

    Loved it and would return

    Reviewed by ElaineJan 2022

  • "Quirky little base for 2 adults, 2 teenagers and a dog."

    Warm and cosy, close to everything but far enough to be peaceful too. Weekend stay to visit son who lives locally so suited our needs. Needs a little TLC in places but nothing too off putting. Fine with the dog too, lots of walks straight out the door so did not experience any issues with 'lack of outdoor space' as you are surounded by it.

    Reviewed by ShelleyNov 2021

  • "Cosy cottage in great location to explore Ambleside and Lake District."

    Bedrooms small and mattress not great.Parking a problem as have to find space in another road as you could not park outside.Otherwise well equipped kitchen and TV channels good.

    Reviewed by GeraldineSep 2021

  • "The main problem for us was that the cottage was described as pet friendly but there was no back door or any outside space for the dogs so we had to trudge halfway up a steep road in order to toilet the dogs early every morning and late at night."

    It really spoilt our holiday. It doesn’t mention in the description that there is no outside space at all. We wouldn’t have stayed there if we’d known. It spoilt the holiday. The cottage itself was in a fantastic location. It was ok. Very small but we knew that. A few little things that weren’t quite right. The toaster only worked in one slot. The washing machine/dryer was useless. The layout of the living room could have been better, there was no room for the folded table. Also no welcome pack that we have always got with Sykes. We loved Ambleside and have booked for next year but in a better cottage with a garden. My advice is to read the reviews.

    Reviewed by LauraAug 2021

  • "Great location for walking into Ambleside and directly out onto the fells and we had a wonderful week."

    Busk Cottage was lovely and cosy for a family with two children but would be cramped for four adults. I think the living room furniture could be re-thought to allow a small table to be up all the time, I don’t think the folding table is a good space-saver as actually when it was up there was very little space to put the chairs around it. The whole place could do with a deep clean: it was clean on the surface but details like the freezer needs defrosting, under the furniture was very dusty. But that’s probably true of my own house so can’t complain!

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2021

  • "The cottage was cosy & comfortable, the only downside's are the absence of a parking space & the lack of outside space."

    Otherwise a good base from which to explore the lakes

    Reviewed by CallumJul 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Busk cottage."

    The location and suitability of the house were excellent. It would have been nice to have a few spare things left in the cupboards e.g. toilet rolls. It would also be good for you to establish a base in Ambleside for key collection such as a local pub or newsagent. Parking is quite difficult in the close area. Otherwise we will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by PatrickJul 2021

  • "You need to introduce key safes."

    Picking key up is a real bind. After rereading all literature and trying to ring 3 times, didn't know if I was supposed to drop key at office. As this didn't fit in with our plans for last day of our holiday, I posted them back through property letter box. Everything else was fine.

    Reviewed by RogerMay 2021

  • "A great cottage, fantastic location, far enough outside of Ambleside to be quiet, but only a two minute walk into the town."

    Parking was not an issue. A great spot to explore the lakes from. Would heartily recommend.

    Reviewed by SamMay 2021

  • "The cottage was smaller than expected from the photos."

    It was fine for 2 people but would have been very tight for 4 people. It would not have been suitable for 4 people to sit down and eat. It was also inconvenient to have to pickup and drop off keys at the Windermere office. The location of the cottage was good and there were lovely views from the front.

    Reviewed by CarolynMay 2021

  • "Beautifully equipped flat; one of the best I've stayed in."

    Warm and confortable, thanks for a super week!

    Mrs HookeyNov -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.


  • Over 2 floors
  • 2 x bedrooms; 1 x double, 1 x twin bedroom, bathroom, lounge with dining table, kitchen and nearby on lane parking.
  • Gas central heating, Wood burning stove, Bathroom with power shower over "P" shaped bath, Lake views from bedrooms, Wi-fi, Electric oven, Gas hob, Microwave, Fridge, Washer / dryer, Dishwasher, 3 minutes to village centre, Nearby on lane parking, Bed linen and towels provided.

The property

This wonderfully romantic Lake District cottage nestles in a pretty, elevated row just a 3 minute stroll from the shops and restaurants of Ambleside and the shores of Lake Windermere.

Away from the rush, you'll savour your contemporary creature comforts, including a well fitted bathroom.

But you'll fall head over heels for the period charm of this lovely little hideaway; picture postcard whitewashed exterior, cosy living room with woodburning stove, all topped off with fabulous Lakeland views from the bedrooms.

At the heart of the Lakes, Busk Cottage serves as a romantic Lake District bolt hole for couples, a superb base for walkers or a cosy, convenient family holiday home well-placed to enjoy the delights of Ambleside.

Entrance straight into the cosy, pretty lounge with wood burning stove and Lakeland slate floor.

A neat little kitchen is well-equipped.

First floor: Chic double bedroom with a wonderful window view.

Attic floor: A cosy twin bedroom with attic ceiling and star-gazing skylight. Busk Cottage is perfect for a couple or small family of 2 adults and 2 children.

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

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About the location


Windermere 4 miles; Grasmere 4 mile; Keswick 15 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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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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