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Gale Lodge Cottage

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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23 Customer Reviews

  • "Have stayed at Gale Lodge with the family a few times and the cottage’s size, location and facilities are perfect."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2024

  • "The property is in an excellent position close to the village and has lovely views from the living room and main bedroom."

    The only negative is the internet is patchy and drops off all the time, so watching the television through the smart TV is terrible and frustrating.

    Reviewed by John4.1Dec 2023

  • "As always a lovely Christmas stay."

    Be back next year and for the additional days! THANK YOU

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Dec 2023

  • "This the second time we have been this year and it just gets better but the ..."

    This the second time we have been this year and it just gets better but the central heating broke down on the Thursday and response time was excellent fixed and back on within a couple of hours seen the temperature was below freezing most of the time but still had a great time and got away just in time on the Saturday before the big snowstorm

    Reviewed by Gavin4.4Nov 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay in Gale Lodge, the accommodation could really do with some modernisation and a good deep clean but the space, location to Ambleside centre really makes up for it."

    All amenities were in the cottage, 1 car parking space round the back and 1 additional space that is shared by the 4 cottages. It's a quirky cottage so you don't want to lose that but the damp in the en-suite is an issue and you really wouldn't want to use the downstairs bedroom in winter. Points needed to be made but please do not let it put you off as it's a great cottage, we honestly had the best time

    Good to hear you had a great holiday. Since your stay we have been busy. The main bathroom has been fully treated, repainted with mould resistant paint and a high power extractor fan fitted. 5 new modern anthracite radiators have been installed including in the downstairs bedroom. The stairs and landing have a new striped carpet before Gale Lodge was deep cleaned. Hopefully we’ve addressed your feedback, thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian3.8Nov 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay at Gale Lodge."

    Really spacious cottage, kitchen was amazing & well equipped. Loved sitting around the table over dinner discussing our day!

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely."

    So we'll equipped and comfortable. We had a lovely week. Just a couple of small things... The latch on the gate could do with some attention and there were snail/slug trails in the living room every morning. Molly (pup) did try to find where they were coming from but to no avail.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was very comfortable,well equipped and well placed."

    It was a lot larger than we thought it would be.Would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "Bring an old property we found it quite dark apart from the conservatory and downstairs bedroom."

    There were small steps up and down between downstairs rooms and uneven floorboards which could cause some people to trip. This was not the owners fault but maybe would be good to explain in description. Everything else was ideal and we had a great holiday.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you had a great holiday at Gale Lodge Cottage. We appreciate all your comments and suggestions and we will be sure to pass these on. We hope to welcome you back. The owner relations team - Lakelovers Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rena4.4Jun 2023

  • "It’s in a really good location and the kitchen fully equipped to suit all ..."

    It’s in a really good location and the kitchen fully equipped to suit all tastes living area well equipped to suit all the only downside to it was it was Not cleaned and some of the beds where not made up would book again

    Thank you for your kind comments. We apologise for the issue with the cleaning and the unmade beds. We were glad to be able to resolve the issue. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gavin4.1May 2023

  • "Lovely stay at Gale Lodge Cottage, the 2nd time we’ve stayed here and love the location, so close to the centre of Ambleside with loads of great Shops, Bars, Restaurants and really great access to the Lakes Bus Service which meant we only took the car out a couple of times during our stay."

    Cottage is spacious, well stocked with the basics, 3 beds and 3 baths/en suites so plenty for a family of 4 and 1 dog. Private parking is always helpful particularly for loading and unloading the car. The cottage is part of 3 cottages in the same building but is still very private. It’s about 50yds from the main road through Ambleside but still really peaceful and quiet with some awesome views of Loughrigg from the main bedroom window. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Apr 2023

  • "This is one of the best cottages we have stayed in."

    We loved all the period features, it was cosy, close to Ambleside, had great parking, and the beds were really comfortable. The lounge is packed with books and games to keep you busy and the conservatory is a beautiful place for breakfast or relaxing any time of year. The view of Loughrigg from here is gorgeous. The boot room was a particular favourite of ours; meaning dirty boots, the bike and wet clothes could be aired out of the way of eating and relaxing. The fact that each bedroom had its own bathroom and shower was another bonus. This is a really beautiful, dog friendly period property, we couldn't fault it and we will definitely be back!

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and the views. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Feb 2023

  • "Our family had a fantastic time at Gale Lodge Cottage."

    We have rented quite a lot of properties over the years but this one definitely tops the list. It is in an ideal position close to shops, restaurants, pubs and great for walks. The cottage has absolutely everything you could wish for. No complaints whatsoever. I would highly recommend Gale Lodge Cottage and will definitely be booking it again.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Dec 2022

  • "Great stay once again."

    Made our Christmas special. Lots of lovely memories. Thank you for the goodies. Boiler pressure went down so heating went off but very quick, efficient service from Sykes. Downstairs bathroom - no hot water but water hot everywhere else in the house. Mentioned that when the maintenance team came. Just thought you might need to know. Always a great place to be stay with everything you need. Thank you.

    Hi Angela - glad you had another lovely Christmas and great to welcome you back year after year. Sorry about the hot water in the sink - a quirk of next door's boiler breaking down!! Take care and enjoy 2023.... Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Dec 2022

  • "We thought the property was excellent."

    It's a great position & the owners provided everything that was required to enhance our stay. We were very lucky with the dry spell & although it was very cold, the heating in Gale Lodge was very good. The only issue we had was poor internet connection but that is a Lake District issue. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay & will highly recommend Gale Lodge.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Dec 2022

  • "Love this cottage."

    Been back 3 times already and will be back again. Kids love ‘their’ bedroom slightly away from everyone too. Great sun trap outside. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2022

  • "On the web site it says main bedroom with bathroom and shower and then second bedroom it says double and on suite but it is actually down the hallway and it also doesn’t state the other bedroom is off the conservatory!"

    ! Other than that all was good

    Thank you for your helpful comments, we have amended the description accordingly. Glad you enjoyed GLC hope to see you again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen3.8Aug 2022

  • "We have used the cottage for a number of years."

    I have already booked it for next year.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent cottage, we will be back!"

    Reviewed by James5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent in every respect and the heating worked throughout unlike the last cottage we were in."

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Dec 2021

  • "Once again a really fabulous holiday in a great location."

    We were especially glad of our own parking space as this year everything was so busy. Lakelovers provide easy and professional booking and all the information we needed promptly. A folder of useful info at the cottage is also helpful. Looking forward to returning

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Jul 2021

  • "Excellent and comfortable house in a fantastic location"

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2021

  • "Cottage is large and close to the centre of Ambleside."

    The conservatory was lovely for breakfast in the sunshine. There was plenty of crockery and utensils for cooking.

    Dr BhimaMay 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.


  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size (one with en-suite bathroom with double ended bath with shower over, basin and WC, one with shower room with basin and WC), 1 x twin room on ground floor
  • Ground floor shower room with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room
  • Conservatory.
  • Gas central heating with gas feature woodburning stove
  • Range oven with gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Selection of children books, toys and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available
  • Private patio with furniture
  • Off road parking for 1 car, one additional shared space
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 2 min walk
  • Shop 4 min walk.

The property

Retaining its traditional character as part of a 17thC gentleman’s residence, this elegant Lodge Cottage provides sophisticated living space and true relaxation with far-reaching views over the village to the Lakeland Fells. Entrance porch, spacious hall, fitted-out 'boot room' and ground floor shower room / WC.

Well equipped 'farmhouse' kitchen with large dining table.

Bright and spacious lounge, with elegant oak beams, relaxing furniture and wood-burner fireplace, leads to the conservatory and twin bedroom on the ground floor with access to the private patio.

Upstairs is the spacious master bedroom, panoramic window and luxury en-suite with double-ended bath.

The second cosy, kingsize bedroom with contemporary shower room.

Ambleside is a contemporary, characterful Lakeland village with a spectacular backdrop of Lake District fells.

Ideal for walking, cycling or boating activities, it is also a lovely spot for contemporary shops, leisurely lake cruises, award-winning Lake District restaurants and cosy traditional pubs.

There are 2 cinemas, a Jazz bar and the Lake Cruises leave regularly from Waterhead, a great way to explore without driving.

The tiny 'Bridge House' is one of the most photographed places here, sat on a bridge in the middle of the village.

There is also the remains of a Roman fort, Galava.

One of William Wordsworth's former family homes can be visited nearby at Rydal Mount & Gardens.

His Grasmere home, Dove Cottage, is also worth a visit and only a short drive away on the scenic A591.

You can also head over the equally scenic Kirkstone Pass to the beautiful Ullswater Valley.

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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2 small/medium sized dogs welcome.