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Fern Cottage

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "Stayed over Christmas and a little tree was set up with a couple of xmassy decs, no welcome pack such as milk left, which would have been nice."

    Its a really great cottage, all very well presented and cosy during our stay, a welcome retreat from the awful weather we had! Just a short walk into Ambleside with just everything that you want/need, shops, pubs, cafes, great walks from the village and we parked the car using permit left and it did not move until the day we left. Def unload car in the health centre car park as its not safe on the main road. LIttle things were missing in the cottage: corkscrew/bottle opener, washing up liquid (although dishwasher tablets provided), make sure you also take toilet roll and kitchen roll as again not really provided. We had our golden retriever with us, so the kitchen was spacious for her, but wet dog and a pale carpet was a challenge. We always take extra towels and blankets for the floor to help us not worry about the carpets! Remember to take everything you need for your bowls provided and front door opens straight onto pavement/road. Just something to be aware of with pets and children.

    Thank you. We’re very pleased that you had a cosy Christmas in our cottage, despite the rain. We’re not sure what happened to the washing up liquid but will follow up. There is a drawer with 2 corkscrews, a bottle opener, can opener etc. etc. but perhaps you missed it. If you visit again, and we hope you will take advantage of the discount for returning guests, it is in an internal drawer above the crockery. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.7Dec 2023

  • "I spent 2 weeks with my family at the Fern Cottage."

    It was absolutely amazing. The location is perfect and easily accessible by bus. There are plenty of beautiful walks which we really enjoyed. The cottage had everything one could have asked for and it's all great quality items provided (especially the kitchen). It felt like home.Thank you to the owners for putting in soo much thought. We have stayed in a lot of properties over the last few years in Windermere, Grasmere and Keswick and this was the best experience we have had so far. We will definitely book again.

    So pleased you enjoyed our cottage as much as we do and we would be happy to welcome you again. Return bookers also receive a 10% discount. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harshita5.0Sep 2023

  • "We enjoyed the stay."

    We had everything we needed.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a fantastic holiday with amazing weather!"

    Lots of walking and recommend Matthew's Bistro for food!

    Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Ambleside."

    Cottage very comfortable. Very relaxing. Thank you

    May 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in Fern Cottage."

    Lovely cottage. Well presented and maintained. Good facilities. Quiet at night. Excellent comfortable sofas. Great location close to the centre of town. Pity about parking but we didn't have any issues parking in the Rydal Rd car park. And used the GP surgery at the weekend to unload and load the car. Otherwise parking would have been an issue. Double bed in main bedroom needs the mattress replacing. My husband slept in a huge dip! Otherwise comfortable. Glass shower screen didn't really keep the water inside the bath/shower - often leaked onto floor. Lovely cottage. We would use again.

    Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you really enjoyed your stay and had no problems parking with the permit. We will adjust the shower door as necessary. The mattress is high quality pocket sprung, of medium firmness. Mattress preference is very individual and we are sorry that this was not ideal for you. We hope you will visit again soon and take advantage of our discount for returning guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Katie3.8Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and great service from Heart of the Lakes."

    Recommend walking Ambleside to Rydal Water and a bit further afield the Buttermere circuit is well worth the drive.

    Feb 2023

  • "A charming beautifully decorated home,wonderful weather too !"

    Thank you.

    Christine Ford,Jan Pritchard And Alfie The Dog.Nov 2022

  • "A very comfortable, well laid out cottage and so cozy!"

    our first proper holiday in 3 years so a very relaxing week with fell and tarn walks, Easedale tarn was stunning Blea tarn anazing for it's reflection, great photos thank you so much! One request, can the oven have an extra shelf please, it was a bit tricky.

    Sue,Jerry&Layla A Crazy Cockerpoo !Nov 2022

  • "Nice cottage, very handy for shops etc, would come again."

    Don & Joyce OgdenNov 2022

  • "This is a delightful and comfortable house artistically furnished."

    We found the shower a bit of a challenge and regretted wasting a lot of water whilst we mastered it. The outside space was restrictive for a dog - but lovely walks close at hand. Would certainly recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Jun 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay."

    Could tell cottage has had an update as freshly painted and decorated. As prepared meals in cottage could have a few more cooking utensils and bowls. Helpful with parking permit and proximity to town.

    Reviewed by Joyce4.4May 2022

  • "Great place to stay."

    Very clean and spacious. Happy to visit again. Only down sides were a bit of traffic noise off the road but mainly he old mattress in the main bedroom needed replacing as the springs have gone.

    Thank you for your review. Weâ??re pleased that you enjoyed your stay. As regards the mattress we have turned it and checked carefully. It was bought shortly before lockdown and is a high quality pocket sprung mattress of medium firmness on a wooden slatted base which allows good air circulation. We know that mattress preferences is very individual and are sorry that you were not as comfortable as hoped. We hope that you will stay again and are pleased that we are now able to offer a discount to returning customers. For further information please contact Heart of the Lakes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charlie4.4Apr 2022

  • "Lovely and beautifully decorated cottage and good location for exploring the Lake District from the door."

    The owner has left lots of useful recommendations for local walks. Shower - either hot or cold water and therefore but challenging to shower children. When we came; dishwasher had some water inside as it was switched off half way through the programme probably by the previous visitors. It would be very helpful if at least small soap was in the bathroom. It was our first stay where no soap provided. We would like to come back.

    Thank you for your review. We loved the pictures that the children left in the visitors book and are pleased that you had a good holiday. We are sorry that you had difficulty with the shower. We have checked the thermostat and left instructions for use in the information folder. We have also requested the reinstatement of soap. We hope that you will stay again and are pleased that we are now able to offer a discount to returning customers. For further information please contact Heart of the Lakes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Iva4.7Apr 2022

  • "Excellent stay, 2nd time here around."

    The properties location and space/comfort are the main reasons we came back. Negatives are the uncomfortable double bed needs replacing and whilst I understand there is Covid protocols I do think not having any soap in the bathroom and being asked to strip the beds are both unnecessary considering it’s a virus we all have to live with now! I saw the prices were going up about 20% for next year, that’s a big increase!

    Reviewed by Barry4.7Mar 2022

  • "Make sure everything is ready on time!"

    Reviewed by David4.1Feb 2022

  • "Lovely accomodation, had a brill holiday."

    The Tudor FamilyFeb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage!"

    Thank you. Recommend the Tap Yard in Ambleside especially on deal night.

    The Thorntons North Yorkshire.Feb 2022

  • "We loved staying at Fern cottage for our first trip to the Lake District."

    we had a very comfortable stay with everything we needed. We would love to stay again to explore this beautiful area more.

    Angie,David, Aidan,Ella And Alice The Dog.Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic base to explore the lakes for 2 adults, 1 child and a dog."

    Loved being in Ambleside, so pleased we chose it for our home for the 7 days we were here. Weather was fab with only 1 wet day. Did so much in and around with more to do on our next visit.

    Monk FamilyJan 2022

  • "Had a lovely time in Ambleside."

    Fern cottage was perfect for what we wanted. Great location, would love to come again to continue exploring.

    Lucy,Tom And Horris (the Dog)Jan 2022

  • "We loved the property and the area."

    So convenient - we left the car in the car park the whole time we were there (thanks for the permit). The cottage we found very comfortable, clean (except the toilet brush) and tidy. The information pack was really useful - good recommendations for pubs/restaurants and local walks. Not a lot negative we can say. Unloading/loading on a reasonably busy road is inconvenient but can’t be helped. Also, we had to contact Sykes to get information about the parking permit.

    Thank you for your review. Weâ??re glad you found the information pack useful. There is now a new toilet brush! In future the parking permit will be left in the cottage which will hopefully be more convenient for our guests. We hope that you will stay again and are pleased that we are now able to offer a discount to returning customers. For further information please contact Heart of the Lakes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.4Oct 2021

  • "Nice home. Large living area and well though out area for boots and coats."

    Some mold around the back door. Could do with 2 parking permits as we were 2 couples. Quite a lot of road noise in front bedroom. The double bed needs replacing, extremely uncomfortable and creaking. Mattress was far too soft, kept rolling into middle of bed. A little disappointed by the cottage, mostly due to the bed, wouldn't stay here again due to it. Re the company- Tried to contact the office on Saturday, the 1st day of our stay, multiple times - the phone did not ring on either number and no way to leave a message. No where on your website does it say office opening hours so we had no way of knowing what time we could get the parking permit.

    Reviewed by Francesca3.4Oct 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage."

    Clean, warm, spacious and a convenient location. A home from home. Two small observations...while there was plenty of hot water the shower was a challenge; it was almost impossible to get the right mix of hot and cold. Also, from the blurb I had expected a garden or at least a reasonable patio. But overall, I loved it. Eileen.

    Reviewed by Eileen4.7Sep 2021

  • "“We arrived at your very beautiful cottage - the sort of place you walk into and smile!"

    Mr HolwayDec 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.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview and Bose Sound System, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking available in nearby car park
  • Small patio with seating
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • No travel cot or highchair available at this property

The property

Fern Cottage, located in the heart of the Lake District, offers a number of fabulous walks and amenities on the doorstep making this the ideal home-from-home.

This terraced cottage offers spacious and affordable accommodation for a family and their dog who want to recharge their batteries in the Lakes at any time of year.

As soon as you step inside you will feel the warmth of this welcoming cottage which has a sitting room to relax in after a day of exploring.

Relish a challenge of cooking for the group using the gas oven and hob, set within the sleek kitchen with tiled flooring, and let the pots simmer away as you sip on a glass of wine perched on the work surface.

As the evening draws to a close, discover the two neutrally decorated bedrooms, including a double room at the rear with lovely fell views and a twin to the front which is ideal for children.

Outside is a small patio area with garden furniture where you can sit back and relax amidst the picturesque fell surroundings.

With a number of walks from the door, Fern Cottage is an ideal choice for any outdoor enthusiast – you can walk to the summit to begin a trek up Red Screes or explore the Fairfield Horseshoe for some fine views looking over much of the Lakeland.

Ambleside is the perfect location for a Lake District break – not only is central to the Lakes, it offers an array of boutique shops, traditional inns, restaurants, three cinemas as well as mini golf, tennis courts and a bowling green.

Take a walk to Waterhead Pier and catch one of the famous steamers to Bowness or take a scenic drive over the picturesque Kirkstone Pass to romantic Ullswater and Wordsworth Country around Keswick and Grasmere.

For those seeking greater outdoor activity, Grizedale Forest is well worth checking out, with a variety of mountain biking trails, off-road Segway adventures, horse riding and Go Ape Tree Top challenges on offer.

Fern Cottage is a lovely, well-furnished cottage from which you can explore the Lake District National Park, all-year-round.

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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