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Buttonhole Cottage

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "As regular stayers at Buttonhole, we were disappointed with our November 2023 stay."

    The cottage was not to the clean standard expected - floors not swept or vacced, kitchen surfaces with crumbs and tea stains, crumbs stains and old paper towels in fridge and kitchen drawers, all surfaces covered in dust, ash left in fire from previous guests, lots of pet hair around the property including in the bed (our allergies are usually manageable with antihistamines but these weren't helping because there was so much build up of pet hair sticking to our clothes and on sofa etc), cobwebs with flies in them, poor plants in bathroom not watered and dying, used up reed diffusers still in place, shower needs some TLC. The lounge sofa is a sofa bed so not designed for comfort at all - most nights we opted to go to the bedroom instead so we could stretch legs out. The rug has been removed from the lounge making feet on the floor very cold! Even with the heater and fire on, the lounge struggled to get warm due to the continuous draughts coming from front and back doors. Perhaps a heavy curtain on the back door will help? Listing needs updating - no Alexa and no Netflix account signed in on TV. Due to the cleanliness issues, we did decide to end our holiday two nights early unfortunately. Such a shame because we used to love this cottage so much and coming to stay... but sad to say, we wont be returning again unless cleaning is improved drastically :(

    Reviewed by Emma1.9Nov 2023

  • "A very cosy and comfortable cottage."

    Reviewed by Jayne3.8Oct 2023

  • "This is our third stay at the cottage and we would return."

    It's a great base, central but quiet. A couple bits of feedback though, the sofa is incredibly uncomfortable, not what you want after a long day on the hills! And there is not a great deal of space to dry clothes after a wet walk as only two small hooks by the door. An airer would be really useful to hang up our clothes in the bathroom where there is some floor space and heating. Other than those things the cottage had everything we needed for an enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by Lucy3.8Aug 2023

  • "Charming cottage, clean and well situated for either the pier or the town centre."

    However, parking is very tight. Walking from the pier or town back to the cottage however is very steep so you need to be reasonably fit. I would suggest that the settee needs replacing as has lost its firmness and now quite uncomfortable; I found it difficult to stand from a sitting position. The outside space at the back could do with a bit of tlc, replacing the dead plants and maintaining the seating area by keeping it clean and dry. I think the stairs may struggle to pass building regs now as quite steep with no handrail. However, comfortable bed; nice big stand alone bath with complimentary choices of Radox; big shower. Some nice touches; complimentary chocolates, beers, orange juice, milk and dog biscuits. Everything you need such as pots and pans, oven trays, ironing board, hairdryer.

    Reviewed by William4.7Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Had everything you needed and a very nice selection of welcome treats on arrival. The bed was very comfortable. We really enjoyed our stay here.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jul 2023

  • "I really enjoyed my stay here."

    The cottage is cosy, nicely decorated and well equipped. It's slightly out of Ambleside centre which I appreciated as it was quiet, but it is up a small hill so just something to be aware of! The bed was comfortable. The bath tub does take a while to fill, but is lovely and deep for a nice soak after long walks. The water pressure in the shower isn't that strong. The kitchen had everything I needed (plenty of pans, good knives, grater etc) to cook. Minor note if you are a coffee drinker - there's only a one cup cafetiere/french press. You can do some great walks from here - over to Grasmere, around Windermere and along to Troutbeck. Overall I would recommend this cottage and would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jul 2023

  • "Lounge furniture very uncomfortable."

    Garden furniture unusable due to being very dirty and very wet. Shower very slow to drain away. Sealant and door seals dirty and mouldy. Only 1 Bath towel and 1 hand towel per guest for a full weeks stay. So disappointed we left earlier than planned.

    Thank you for your comments. We apologise for the issues that you experienced with the cleanliness of the property. We do find that sofas are down to personal preferences. We take your comments on board and will let the relevant teams know. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by David2.5Jun 2023

  • "Cosy, comfy makes you feel relaxed."

    Nice touches in the cottages. Close to town centre. Just what you need to wind down.

    Reviewed by John3.8May 2023

  • "Nice little cottage, ideally located just outside of the village."

    Nice extras on arrival…like wine, chocolates etc. Parking was a little difficult outside the cottage.

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are so pleased to read that you had a lovely stay. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely Cottage, well equipped ."

    Nice extra touches too, wine biscuits etc.. Very comfortable bed, large bathroom. Nice quiet area. Make sure you take logs for the log burner. A little drafty from the front door though, just needs the gap down the left side looking at.. but overall a very pleasant stay.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Jan 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage every needed for a wonderful holiday!"

    Will book again soon

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Nov 2022

  • "Wonderful cosy cottage, our favourite in Ambleside so far."

    We'd definitely book this again. Loved all the welcoming treats, particularly the dog friendly ones!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage, exactly what we wanted."

    Great bedroom and bathroom. Downstairs small but cosy, only downside is the bed is a bit uncomfortable, the kitchen cupboards need a good clean and the garden needs cutting back from above the back wall. The cottage is in a great spot, close to town and within in reach of all other areas. We loved it and had a great time and would go back when we can

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.1Sep 2022

  • "A lovely little cottage in a great location out of the centre of Ambleside, but close enough to walk to."

    The cottage was ideal for me and my dog

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was a booking to visit the lakes while our son swam the length of Windermere in the One Way Swim competition."

    Have to say we are proud parents as he won the whole thing, unexpectedly! The cottage was fine for our needs, albeit rather small and dark downstairs. There was a musty odour throughout which wasn't pleasant at all and we couldn't pinpoint it. The bedroom was lovely, bed comfy, bathroom good although I love a long hot bath soak and I didn't see the tiny notice that said the boiler needed priming half an hour before, so I ended up with a lukewarm bath, which wasn't ideal after the miles of walking we had done that day. The location was perfect and it was fab to be able to walk into Ambleside and take the dog for walks locally, although it was almost too hot one day to walk at all. The little extras and treats were very welcome, thank you. We couldn't park outside the first day as someone had inconsiderately parked lengthways against the advice and left no room, but we found somewhere not too far away, off road. The second and third day we could park outside. Cute little courtyard area and we saw birds of prey above which was fab. Lots of info left for the local area too. Just a bit pricey for what it was (as so tiny) at £600 for 3 nights, but then it was August in the Lakes!

    Thank you for your feedback. The issues you have raised will be looked into. Thank you for staying at buttonhole cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janine4.1Aug 2022

  • "Great little cottage, good Location."

    Personal touches, dog welcome pack, beers, mint cake, fresh flowers etc made a great welcome. Would recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, conveniently but peacefully located 5 minutes walk away from Ambleside centre."

    Thoughtfully fitted out and wonderful welcome pack. The photos don't fully do it justice.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage great location and the welcome packs were exceptionally good."

    Highly recommend.

    Thanks very much for staying at Buttonhole cottage. Glad you had a great time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Bryan4.4Jul 2022

  • "Great place to stay."

    Pretty little private garden, with good facilities in the house. Comfortable bed and lovely bath, perfect after walking. Thanks for the little supplies that made it so we could have a brew and biscuit once settled in.

    Thank you so much for your lovely words. Really appreciated. Hope you come again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0May 2022

  • "A lovely property in a great location."

    Exactly what we wanted and more. Beautifully dressed for our arrival with welcome extra touches. Would thoroughly recommend

    Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at buttonhole cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in an excellent location."

    The only problem is that a spring appears to be broken on the left side of the bed. This led to a very uncomfortable 3 nights sleep for one of us. Apart from that, we had a wonderful time.

    Thanks so much for your feedback. Apologies for the mattress. We have ordered a new premium mattress which is on its way. We do hope you will stay with us again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula4.4Apr 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay - just marred at the end due to another cottage two doors down that parked their two HUGE cars (a BMW X5 and VW Transporter no less) right opposite on the fence side."

    This essentially meant Buttonhole and the one next door had lost their parking space. As they were sat out, I asked the owner to possibly moved and they literally just ignored me - if you are also the owner of 2 Busk Cottages it might be an idea to clarify where their parking is(?). Other than that the cottage and location was fantastic though.

    Reviewed by Dan4.7Mar 2022

  • "Comfortable and well equipped cottage 5minutes from centre of Ambleside."

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Dec 2021

  • "Lovely Cosycottage with many extras."

    In a beautiful location in Ambleside

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Nov 2021

  • "The bed was uncomfortable."

    After a day of walking and cycling it was so needed to recover. Otherwise an excellent cottage with many additional gifts which made it special.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.4Oct 2021

  • "We had an amazing holiday at button hole cottage."

    It was a fabulous place to stay and all of the little extras were appreciated and used! We regularly stay in the Lake District but for a cottage this was by far our favourite accommodation to date. The owners really have thought of everything and the use of space in this small cottage was excellent. Would recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Sep 2021

  • "We had a great stay at Buttonhole Cottage."

    Its well situated within Ambleside and its a great base for walks into town and the fells beyond. The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay, however the only negative feedback was the mattress topper was too soft in the middle, making it difficult to turn over in the night! We would stay again at Buttonhole, just hopefully with a comfier bed next time!

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7Sep 2021

  • "We both found the bed to be uncomfortable."

    It appears to drop from the centre, either way. The duvet is 15 tog and a little warm for the time of year. This is our only issue because other than that everything else was spot on, with everything else of high specification. This means the cottage feels homely and somewhere you can spend evenings in comfort after long days on the fells. Good spot, minutes away from key amenities, yet distant enough to be peaceful. We would definitely consider staying at Buttonhole Cottage again; sometime soon, hopefully.

    Reviewed by Simon4.7Aug 2021

  • "The only issue we had was with parking there is not enough parking spaces to ..."

    The only issue we had was with parking there is not enough parking spaces to allways be able to park your car outside the cottage, as it id positioned on a very narrow lane, an on a few occassions had to scour the nearby streets to find an alternative space, apart from that everything was great

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2021

  • "Absolutely charming little cottage full of character and nice little decorative touches."

    Comfortable, all the key amenities, well situated near the centre of Ambleside a 5 min walk away. Would stay again!

    Reviewed by Stefan4.7Jul 2021

  • "Beautiful and well equipped cottage that we’ve now stayed in 3 times."

    Spotless with little added touches to make it feel like home

    Reviewed by Pam5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage to stay in, great location and well equipped and very comfortable especially the bed."

    Only downside there was never enough hot water to fill the bath.

    Reviewed by Hazel4.7May 2021

  • "Great little property."

    Great location. We had an issue with the bed but the owner was super helpful about fixing it, and even dropped round a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine.

    Reviewed by Tim4.4May 2021

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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 bedroom: 1 x king with smart TV
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area, sitting room with wood burning stove.
  • Electric storage heating, wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Netflix, DVD, CD, Alexa, Wi-Fi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On lane parking
  • Gravelled patio with pizza oven and furniture
  • no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 minute’s walk.

The property

If you are looking for that romantic break, this tradition Lakeland cottage is the one for you.

Close to the Lakeland town of Ambleside and a short walk to Lake Windemere where you can take a cruise or hire a boat.

A short walk takes you to the town, where there are many excellent, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Buttonhole Cottage is perfectly placed to explore the Lake District and has an abundance of walks from your doorstep. The cottage is tucked away from the hustle and bustle and is full of charm.

Park in the lane and on entering the cottage you will step into the sitting room with character beams, wooden floor and a tradition fireplace with wood burner.

A great place to relax after a walk or a days sightseeing.

A few steps take you to the kitchen and dining area where you will find everything you need to cook up that romantic meal or hearty breakfast.

Unwind in the comfortable first floor bedroom with king size bed, smart TV and separate walk in wardrobe.

The stylish bathroom has a luxurious roll top bath and separate shower.

Outside is a rear gravelled patio with a fantastic pizza over and garden furniture.

An ideal place to sit and read a book or enjoy a glass of wine with your homemade pizza.

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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