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Fernleigh Cottage

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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • cottage (9)
  • comfortable (7)
  • location (7)
  • stay (6)
  • clean (6)
  • ambleside (6)

16 Customer Reviews

  • "Having stayed in Fernleigh on several occasions previously we knew what to expect and weren’t disappointed."

    Excellent facilities and such a cozy ‘home’. Apart from the ideal location the other big positives for us are the parking with the property and the fact it’s dog friendly. We all had a thoroughly good stay and will be returning.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had a lovely week."

    The cottage is in a great location and parking outside the property is a bonus. The cottage is warm and spacious. It is a little dated in places. There is plenty of hot water and the bath is lovely. The showers lacked a bit of water pressure. Would stay here again due to the great location.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Oct 2023

  • "The glasses provided were very delicate."

    Two were chipped when we got there and one broke in my son's hand. I really don't want to be washing up on holiday, thicker glasses (even cheap IKEA ones) would have been safer and easier to go in the dishwasher.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7Sep 2023

  • "The cottage had a terrible smell in the lounge which got worse when the window in the lounge was closed."

    Although we had a dog with us the lounge made all our party feel really itchy and especially if we sat on the sofas. The carpet in the lounge was covered in dog hair as my socks were covered in hair. Carpet not tbest in a house suitable for 2 dogs. Very small kitchen, not the best accessories available either and not full sets of crockery. The gate to the bottom of the stairs was a very unusual feature!! There’s no photos of this on the listing, I wonder why?? The gate has a polite notice that dogs are not allowed upstairs. I don’t think this a necessary feature. Large bedrooms, fitted wardrobes has basic shelving inside there was an extension to the top of the dressing table? En-suite in main bedroom, the shower was grubby. The house was dated, decorated very basic, which wouldn’t be a problem if it was clean. There was no way we could have spent any quality time in the house, especially the lounge as mentioned above. We stayed at the property for one night and then came home on the Sunday. None of my family wanted to stay there. We have used the company for many years and this is the worst property we have stayed in. It wasn’t cheap, and I will not allow my family to stay in sub standard properly when you don’t feel comfortable with the surroundings. I did ring heart of the lakes to advise that we had left the property after one night and was told to make a complaint, no information was taken from me. I do not recommend this property at all and the owner needs to spend money to upgrade as there are far better properties in the same street which put it to shame.

    This is by far the worst report we have received in 20 years and we do not accept the contents. They are mischievous. If the property was in such a poor condition upon their arrival why did't they immediately complain to the agents? Why didn't they contact us, the owners? Why did they wait until after they left to raise their complaint? Clearly the issues could not be substantiated and would not bear scrutiny. We suggest the visitors had good reason the depart early but they were not based upon any property related issue. The cleaners are provided by Lakelovers and are well respected. They have been commended. The Vrbo visitors arriving 29/07/23 say'' The house had everything we needed . We would definitely return'' The Airbnb visitors arriving 02/09/23 say ''The property was clean and tidy. I would recommend the cottage to anyone. It was perfect for our stay. We had no issues. Bathrooms were 'squeeky clean'' Those leaving 16/09/23 commented upon the delicate glasses which will be replaced asap. None of these visitors mention smells, poor state of cleanliness or condition of the property. You can verify the Vrbo and Airbnb on the appropriate platforms. This report has been published to damage our well earned and honest reputation and we respectfully ask you to disregard them as not being representative. Maurice and Dot Denham (owners) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesa1.6Aug 2023

  • "A great stay, perfect location in Ambleside."

    Shops & restaurants close by. A very comfortable and warm cottage. Thank you

    Thrope PartyNov 2022

  • "Perfect position for exploring Ambleside and the South Lakes."

    A comfortable, well appointed cottage. We were glad to see previous feedback has been acted on, with new crockery etc. We found the cottage very clean and would happily return.

    Mrs AdamsApr 2022

  • "Location is everything with this cottage, very centrally located in Ambleside."

    The accommodation is comfortable and is of a good 3 star standard however, there are a few minor niggles. Cutlery and glasses are very limited. Two teaspoons is not really adequate neither were the very limited number of tumblers plus only four mugs were supplied and two of these had chips. The cleanliness of the property could also have been better especially considering that there should be more thorough cleaning due to Covid are the moment. It looked good at surface level however when plugging chargers in at the back of the bedside tables you could see that this was full of dust which had accumulated over more than a week or two. Similarly with the main bathroom, the surface levels were clean however there was lots of dust on top on the shower head. This also would have built up over time rather than just being missed once.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your break. We are due to do some work in the next month, so we will address the issues you have noted. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vicky3.4Dec 2021

  • "We had a very enjoyable week."

    ..Fernleigh cottage was warm & clean with very comfy beds. There were all the facilities that we needed! Millans park is a great spot for Ambleside centre with the main park just 5 minutes away. We all really enjoyed it. Gardens need some TLC but we are gardeners. Unfortunately, there was a dog left in the end cottage next door that barked & howled throughout the day, which was quite upsetting to hear because we take our dog everywhere. I understand this has nothing to do with Fernleigh cottage, but should be addressed for future guests if it continues. Thanks again.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Dec 2021

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the stay."

    The house is in a great location . Good heating, plentiful supply of hot water and comfortable bed.Something you require when on the hills all day. We had an occasion to contact the owner who responded immediately, which was very much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Dec 2021

  • "This is our second stay at this property and we will definitely be back."

    Brilliant location for walking and Ambleside . Very practical downstairs for dog owners . The utility room really useful for muddy walking gear and washing. Luxury bath for a soak after a day fell walking is perfect.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Nov 2021

  • "The description of the rear garden was most misleading."

    It was quite overgrown and we certainly would not wish to sit on the patio - as featured in the description of the cottage. This was most misleading. The tiles in the en-suite shower were showing black mould and although there was an ample supply of hot water, one wanted to vacate the shower as quickly as possible. The lounge and dining room were looking quite faded. Dining chairs were soiled. The sofas in the lounge were comfortable. There was a very strong smell of animal urine in the porch area.

    Reviewed by M3.4Oct 2021

  • "The cottage was really tired and the outside space very untidy."

    There was a smell in the living room which I'm not sure if it was damp or a doggy smell

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Sep 2021

  • "2nd time we stayed at Fernleigh."

    It's a lovely cottage well equipped and comfortable. Nice little outside areas back and front. Benefits from own parking space plus 2 parking permits.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Sep 2021

  • "Lovely house, clean and in a good location."

    However, our booking clearly stated 10am check out. When we saw a sign in the house saying 9am check out, we thought this was a mistake. The cleaner was waiting at 9am. This should be made clear on the booking to reflect this, as we felt rushed out. The master bedroom curtains do not cover the windows or have a black out lining, and let the sun in from early in the morning. The rear gate is not small dog friendly; it would be good if a wire mesh could be added as our dog managed to escape.

    Thank you very much for your comments and for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. Customer feedback is very important to help us continually improve our standards. We will check the departure times with the HK team and the owner, thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will also address the other issues you have raised too with the owner. Once again, we thank you for taking the time to give us your valuable feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harry3.1Jul 2021

  • "The cleaning of the house was poor apart from that it was a warm and friendly house"

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate the time taken to send your observations which we have now discussed with our housekeeping manager who will monitor this moving forward. Thank you once again for your feedback and we do hope to see you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.4May 2021

  • "Absolutely lovely house, perfectly set up and clean."

    Ambleside is fantastic, lovely places to eat and great walking. We will be returning

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2021

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  • Over 3 floors
  • 3 x bedrooms; 1 x master king size bedroom with en suite, 1 x king size, 1 x single
  • House bathroom
  • Lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility room.
  • Wood burning stove
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 minute walk to village centre
  • Enclosed patio garden with furniture
  • Bike storage
  • Parking permit for local on-street parking & unrestricted parking outside the cottage subject to availability
  • 2 pets welcome
  • Electric oven and halogen hob, Microwave, Dishwasher, Fridge & freezer, Washing machine
  • Gas central heating
  • Bed linen and towels provided.

The property

Fernleigh Cottage is an elegant and spacious stone built Lakeland cottage close to the centre of Ambleside.

Recently refurbished, the property sits over three floors and offers flexibility for families, small groups of friends or a couple.

With a relaxing atmosphere the house sleeps five guests, over three bedrooms, has plenty of living space and features that will enrich your stay.

There’s also some lovely views out to Loughrigg and Wansfell, an orchard garden that is great for children to play in or as a place for al fresco dining.

Unrestricted parking may be an option to the front of the property, but is not guaranteed.

Two visitor's parking permits are provided for cars in the surrounding streets.

Fernleigh Cottage is a fine place to spend a holiday and will leave you with a thirst to return.

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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