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Gale Mews

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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Fabulous property this was our second stay with friend's,booked again for November."

    Our only issues Main bedroom shower door Twin beds mattress was hard making them a little uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Apr 2024

  • "Gale Mews is one of the best properties we have every stayed in, great layout, ..."

    Gale Mews is one of the best properties we have every stayed in, great layout, everything you will ever need, 2 very spacious bathrooms and a great kitchen, even though it took us a while to find the cutlery drawer

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Oct 2023

  • "We’ve stayed at Gale Mews for several trips now but are gutted we can’t stay ..."

    We’ve stayed at Gale Mews for several trips now but are gutted we can’t stay again as we need to bring our really well behaved dog

    Reviewed by Tonya5.0Oct 2023

  • "Gale Mews is a lovely cottage with beautiful view and garden, which we could use ..."

    Gale Mews is a lovely cottage with beautiful view and garden, which we could use as the weather was so better than we expected - we reported a couple of issues which did not impact our stay

    Reviewed by Jillian4.4Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic! Possible the best rental we have ever stayed in."

    Usually the pictures are misleading but not on this property. Excellent proximity to pubs and hiking just right from your door. We did 2 Sykes cottages for a week each, first in the Cotswolds and then here. Wish we had stayed for 2 weeks here instead!! Semi serious question, is this home for sale? We are close to retirement and could be interested.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2023

  • "Our second stay, lovely property in beautiful Ambleside but very disappointed that over a year on two issues still remain - the fire has still not been repaired and toilet flush in main bathroom remains problematic."

    Didn't even report as numerous references in the visitor book and other reviews with responses such as 'waiting for replacement part'. For the price, now £1500+ for peak weak would expect features to be in working order (or at least acknowledged as an ongoing issue when advertised or through email contact prior to arrival). Bed in main bedroom like sleeping on a brick with cheap duvet and pillows, no cushions on sofas - living room lacks comfort after long day waking, especially if it's been wet. Generally a lovely property, but others around with log burners or working gas fires would be our preference in future for the price. Heating system effective though and it is a lovely property in a good spot. Arriving to other people's walking boots in the porch doesn't make it feel like home for a week, but these could have been left from the last guests rather than there permanently.

    We were very disappointed as the owners to read your feedback. We were of the opinion that the issue with the gas fire had been resolved and have contacted the maintenance dept in advance of reading their response above. I am sure they will rectify both of the problems you have noted without delay. The mattress in the main bedroom is firm by choice and the pillows are hypoallergenic for obvious reasons. We removed the soft furnishings in the lounge when Covid struck as they cannot be cleaned in between guests, feeling that most guests would prefer that these are still absent. The issue of the previous guest's boots is a new one for us! The usually excellent cleaning team must have missed them! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Simon3.4Aug 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday."

    The cottage was modern, clean and comfortable. Great location and we hope to be back one day.

    Many thanks for your positive feedback - we hope you will be able to return to Gale Mews in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2023

  • "Spotlessly clean, well-equipped, well-located property with stunning views."

    If bringing 2 cars the second one should be on the small side. Warning: you do need to jump to get to the bed in the single room! Teen son was quite happy; mother would have found it impossible! Would happily return.

    Thank you for your feedback - we are please that you enjoyed your stay in Gale Mews. We park our Passat estate on the smaller of the two parking spaces but it does need some careful positioning! The data on the website does state that the single room has a cabin style bed. We hope you manage to return to stay again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a fantastic week staying in Gale Mews."

    A lovely property with everything we could have wanted. Beautiful garden and excellent location too.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Apr 2023

  • "We have visited Gale Mews on four occasions over the years and the refurbishment has turned it into a lovely holiday home."

    Well placed for access to amenities and for walking. Just a slight reduction in comfort and maintenance as the dining chairs were a bit unstable. The livingroom fire and the dining room television did not work. Just minor points which did not detract from the enjoyment of our holiday.

    Thank you for your feedback, we have made a note of your comments. We are so glad that you like the refurbishment and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. The living room fire is awaiting a replacement starter unit. The dining room TV ariel had been detached and it works perfectly on re-plugging it in. We have tightened all the chairs in the dining room but did not find any that were particularly loose. The floor is slightly uneven in places (it was built in 1880!) and this may give the impression of the chair(s) being unstable. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil4.4Mar 2023

  • "Gale Mews is a lovely, comfortable home and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there."

    It was spacious, by far the cleanest property that we have stayed in for years and plenty of cooking utensils which made it easy to cater for the family. The entrance hall with space for our walking boots, fleeces and waterproofs made this an ideal base for us. 10/10 for everything. We will definitely book this again.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fabulous location House was as advertised , clean and well equipped."

    It was chilly the first night and the heating worked but the gas fire did not and precious guests had noted this. Disappointing it had not been fixed. The sofas are very low , too low for comfort if a tall person. We considered booking again but between our first look at the website to check availability and going back the following day to book the price had risen by £ 200. I spoke to the team and this is apparently like the airlines , if people are looking they hike the price. We were upset and have booked with an individual home owner to return to the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Ami4.7Sep 2022

  • "We found the all the facilities to be first class."

    We very much appreciated all the renovations which had been carried out since our previous visit in 2019. The standard of cleanliness was excellent and gave added pleasure to our visit. We much appreciated too the patio improvements and the landscaped garden. Unfortunately the weather was not conducive to outdoor eating.

    Reviewed by M5.0Jul 2022

  • "The only downside is the single bed - it’s far too high and would cause ..."

    The only downside is the single bed - it’s far too high and would cause problems for some people - it should be mentioned in the description

    Thank you for your feedback. The data on the website does state that the single room has a cabin style bed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Quentin5.0Jul 2022

  • "We have stayed in Gale Mews for many years and it is simply the best self catering cottage in the district."

    The improvements are generally great, the garden (terrace) has become a bit bleak (and windy) and could use some planters and a brolly! But the house is still warm and comfortable and is always our first choice.

    Reviewed by Roberta Jean4.4Jul 2022

  • "The photos in the advertisement showed the back of the property but not the road side."

    This would have given us a better indication of the property on the road when driving up the road. Whilst the information states that there is parking for two cars, one would have to be extremely small. Property is very well equipped and it was great to have an area for wet coats and muddy boots. Kitchen had all the equipment you could want for catering for a family. All other rooms were well furnished and comfortable. If the property were to be filled with a family it would be useful to have access to extra toilet rolls and towels, although there was a washing machine and drier. The property had been cleaned well but some of the cutlery was dirty. Although it did not affect us, access to the property for anyone with mobility issues would prove challenging. We would definitely use this property again.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Jun 2022

  • "Great cottage - very comfortable and clean."

    This didn't affect us but worth noting that anybody with any mobility issues will find it very difficult to access.

    Reviewed by Justin5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely house in a great position overlooking the town - the views more than compensated for the steep walk back!"

    Excellent interior design and level of equipment made for a very comfortable stay. Dependent on your group size, it is worth being aware that the 3rd bedroom is small and the raised bed will limit its usefulness. We were sorry to leave and hope to be back

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Mar 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation in a super location."

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay, the new decorations are great and the cottage was very clean."

    We’ll be back next year! Thanks so much

    Reviewed by Tonya5.0Oct 2021

  • "Perfect holiday, after a two year absence due to the pandemic."

    House ideally located within 5 mins walk of the heart of Ambleside, and contained everything we needed for a home from home holiday.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Sep 2021

  • "Excellent property in a great location."

    We were expecting 1 large drive for 2 cars however there are 2 drives that are really tight, suitable for reverse parking a family sized car and a small car

    Reviewed by Elaine4.7Aug 2021

  • "Absolutely loved Gale Mews."

    Perfect location, everything you could possibly need and super clean. The views were lovely from the cottage windows and everything has been done to a high specification. We highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday staying at Gale Mews."

    The property was clean, spacious, comfortable and it was great to have views across Loughrigg from every room. Dinner and drinks on the patio overlooking the mountain were a highlight.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage in as great a condition as it was when we stayed last year."

    Will definitely book again. Our two small cars were fine but two large cars would struggle with the size of the parking spaces (as advertised in the description). Feel the service is definitely less personal since Sykes took over. Small, practical queries not handled in the same efficient way that HotLs used to.

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Jul 2021

  • "This was a last minute booking but what a find."

    Obviously a much loved cottage. It is beautifully decorated, the kitchen is modern with high quality equipment and had everything we needed. The whole house was in superb condition throughout and was warm and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2021

  • "We had a fantastic family holiday and made some wonderful memories; we would absolutely recommend this place to anyone wanting to go to the lakes."

    It was very central to ambleside and it fitted out to a very high standard, its very comfortable and family friendly. This break was just what we needed in this current pandemic. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Danielle5.0Dec 2020

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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: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine
  • TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • No travel cot or highchair available at this property
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.13 miles, pub 0.14 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm and check-out by 10am

The property

A spacious and comfortable detached stone built house, c1875, in an elevated position and ideally located only a short walk up the hill from the village centre, Gale Mews will offer up to five guests a fine comfortable base for their Lakeland holiday at any time of the year.

There are extensive views across the village rooftops to the fells beyond and a lovely landscaped garden with a large enclosed terrace with outdoor furniture where you can relax on sunny days.

A second paved patio area at the bottom of the garden boasts a large wooden arbour for those early evening sundowners. Walks from the door will keep the most active members of your party happy whilst the village centre boasts a wide choice of local shops, pubs and restaurants for all your day to day needs.

Ambleside has a five-screened cinema showing all the latest films, a climbing wall, a recreation ground with bowls, boule, crazy golf, putting and tennis, and there are lake cruises on Lake Windermere all year round. Accommodation:The entrance hall with boot-store and downstairs cloakroom with wc and basin leads via twin doors to an impressive fully fitted designer kitchen/breakfast room with views over the terrace and fells beyond from the bay windowed seating area.

A wall-mounted flat screen TV with integrated DVD provides a second media centre.

A door opens from the breakfast room into the spacious sitting room with a further bay window with views, a woodburner-effect gas fire and leather suite.

A wall-mounted, flat-screen, internet linked TV with HDMI connected DVD player and the mini-hi-fi provide entertainment when required.

Another door allows direct access to the terrace via a vestibule area. Stairs from the sitting room lead to the first floor landing and hence to three good bedrooms all with fell views – the master has a king-sized double bed, fitted wardrobes/cupboards and en-suite shower room with power shower, basin, wc and heated towel rail; in addition there is one twin and one single bedroom with its feature cabin style bed (higher than a standard single).

A large family bathroom has a bath, a separate large shower cubicle, basin, wc and heated towel rail. Gale Mews has a light and sunny atmosphere with good views from all the main windows. Outside: Most attractive, enclosed, south-west facing garden with large terrace and steps down to the lawn and separate patio area.

The lawn and lower garden can also be accessed by a path from the main driveway.

Patio dining table with all-weather self standing parasol

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

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