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Ghyll Heights

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "A nice property in a good location in Ambleside."

    It’s a steep uphill walk back from the town, but a lovely location with the bonus of a dedicated car parking space. Comfortable beds and lots of kitchen equipment. The heating system is probably a bit old, so the living room doesn’t get very warm, but the owners have provided a fan heater, so no problems there. Generally clean, but there are cobwebs in the loft room windows, some dusty ornaments and fluff and feathers under the sofas, but the important areas were sparkling! We’d definitely stay here again, and recommend Zeferellis restaurant, The Golden Rule pub, and the butcher on North Street.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.1Jan 2024

  • "The house was really lovely."

    Everything we needed. It was our first Xmas away from home so we where a bit dubious about what supplies where in the kitchen.. I am pleased to say that Xmas dinner was a success. The closeness to the town was brilliant as was the tranquility of the surroundings. Lovely decor throughout. I would like to point out though that the downstairs bedroom window did not keep out the light from the annoying light outside,so I didn’t get a good nights sleep..may I suggest a black out blind to ensure the light doesn’t penetrate the curtains,which where lined.. but the street light is so bright. We had a lovely stay however.. and would recommend to friends snd family.

    Thank you for your feedback; we are delighted to read that you had a lovely Christmas at Ghyll Heights. We will install a blackout roller blind in the downstairs bedroom, thank you for the suggestion. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2023

  • "We spent a lovely weekend break in this cottage, only 2 of us, and at a very reduced rate for last minute booking."

    The cottage was well equipped and warm. The plumbing was first class with an Aqualisa shower ! About 5 minutes walk into Ambleside.

    Reviewed by S K5.0Oct 2023

  • "Very clean and tidy accommodation."

    Well equipped. Comfortable beds. Parking space nearby was ideal.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely short break at the cottage last week ."

    We were 2 couples sharing the cottage and having 2 bedrooms on different levels gave us the perfect privacy which we were looking for . Communal kitchen and lounge meant we could spend some time together too . Cottage location is very good to walk to Ambleside town n lake , listening to the water fall made the stay extra special . Cottage is thoughtfully decorated n equipped . Given 4 stars for cleanliness as could see some dust on ornaments n table side lamps . Overall a good stay

    Reviewed by Nutan4.7Aug 2023

  • "A superb cottage in a wonderful setting."

    We were lucky in having beautiful sunny weather throughout our stay & being able to park the car under cover was a bonus & greatly appreciated. It was wonderful for my friend & I to have a large en-suite bedroom each, both comfortable & luxurious. A couple of suggestions would be the provision of an ice tray and a couple of small folding chairs to use on the balcony. Other than that both my friend & I were really happy with the accommodation & would happily return & recommend to friends & family. Thank you

    Thank you for your kind comments, it is nice to hear that you both had a lovely stay. We take your comments on board. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jun 2023

  • "Property was great, I’d suggest better than it looks in the pictures."

    Everything needed was available. Great location for the centre with plenty of shops and eating options. Would happily stay again and recommend to others.

    Thank you for such kind feedback. We are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your holiday at Ghyll Heights. We hope that you would return to the Lake District again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0May 2023

  • "My friends and I recently stayed at Sykes Cottage in Ambleside, a delightful home stay nestled in the picturesque Lake District."

    Our group of four found the experience to be mostly positive, with a few minor drawbacks that didn't overshadow our overall enjoyment. One of the standout features of Sykes Cottage was its spacious rooms. Each bedroom was thoughtfully furnished and provided ample space for relaxation and privacy. The beds were comfortable, ensuring a restful night's sleep after a day of exploring the stunning surroundings. We particularly appreciated the attention to detail in the living room decorations. The tasteful furnishings and charming decor created a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, perfect for unwinding with a book or enjoying quality time with loved ones. Location-wise, Sykes Cottage couldn't have been better situated. It is conveniently close to Stock Ghyll falls, allowing us to embark on scenic walks and immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of the area. Additionally, the iconic Bridge House was within walking distance, providing a fascinating glimpse into the region's history. The cottage's proximity to these attractions was a definite highlight of our stay, enabling us to make the most of our time in Ambleside. Moreover, proximity to the market and a well maintained kitchen was very handy. While our experience was predominantly positive, we did encounter a couple of minor issues which should be taken as a feedback to improve this lovely house. Firstly, we found that the bathroom door of the basement room was not closing properly, which was a slight inconvenience when privacy was desired. Secondly, the process of disposing of garbage wasn't as straightforward as we would have liked. Clear instructions or labeled bins would have made it easier for us to ensure proper waste management during our stay. The kitchen was not stocked with any staples, like pepper, sugar, tea or coffee which made us feel a bit unwelcome. As we have stayed in other Sykes cottages in Glenridding and it did have a nice welcome pack, I feel its more of a property related comment. Overall, our time at Sykes Cottage in Ambleside was thoroughly enjoyable. The spacious rooms, tasteful living room decorations, and proximity to Stock Ghyll and Bridge House added to the charm and appeal of the property. We would gladly recommend Sykes Cottage to fellow travelers seeking a comfortable and well-located home stay in the Lake District.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased to see that you found the property to be charming and cosy. We will ask our Maintanence Team to take a look at the bathroom door. We are sorry that the lack of staples, made you feel unwelcome, this is due to not all properties providing these due being self catering. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tarun4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely place everything as expected."

    Bank from town not good if you older or not good on your pins but we managed it fine otherwise everything was great

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

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Apr 2023

  • "The cottage was gorgeous!"

    My sister couldn’t believe she had a whole floor to herself

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Dec 2022

  • "Very practical holiday home in a good location"

    Reviewed by David4.1Dec 2022

  • "A lovely holiday home very well situated near to Ambleside."

    It's our second stay and we hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by James3.8Oct 2022

  • "This is a good value apartment with the discount."

    I would not have been happy to have paid the full price. The main bedroom is fine, but the rest of the apartment is tired - the sofas in the lounge uncomfortable. The main disappointment is the poor customer service. Now that you have been taken over and there is a remote call centre no one actually knows the property - which WAS a Lakelovers strong point. I asked two questions and both answers turned out to be wrong.

    Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry to hear you found Ghyll Heights to look tired. The property was decorated 2 years ago and the owner maintains the property regularly. The sofas are just 5 years old but she will keep your comments in mind. We are sorry you found the customer service poor and had been given the wrong information surrounding the parking and the location of one of the bedrooms. These comments have been taken on board for improvement moving forward and we have amended the description on the website to advertise this clearer too. We hope you otherwise had a great week in the lakes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Duncan3.1Sep 2022

  • "Few little niggles but overall a very good stay and is somewhere we have said we will return."

    The niggles were that the downstairs bedroom area did smell damp and could be quite strong as could smell it on the first floor when coming in from outdoors. Also the balcony was still out of use (been reported previously so not sure how long it's been inaccessible) and one of mornings was beautiful and would have been lovely to sit out there with a coffee listening to the waterfalls. However the property is very spacious, the beds are extremely comfy, the listing says two Kings but I think in the upstairs bedroom it must be a super king as was huge compared to our King at home. The kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans utensils, has a full size fridge freezer, dish washer and a washing machine, there was a small welcome pack with small washing up liquid, 3 dish washer tabs, a sponge plus a few tea towels. Location is good for town and only a 5/10 minute walk however listing should be clearer that it is a steepish hill back up to the property and if you have mobility issues this could be a problem.

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Aug 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage, very clean, luxurious furnishings made it feel a real treat."

    A fully equipped kitchen with everything you could possibly need, it is compact but okay for what we needed. 7 min walk from centre of Ambleside but it is very steep, lovely location next to a stream. Spread across 3 floors, it does say not suitable for children under 5 as there are no stair gates, my children are 5 and 11 and the youngest was absolutely fine. It is probably more aimed at 2 couples but we made it work for us. One bedroom, dressing room and bathroom in the basement and the other bedroom on the first floor with the most enormous bed and ensuite, there is no bathroom on the ground level where the kitchen and lounge/dining area are but you get used to it. Slight smell of damp as you go down stairs but no obvious sign of any issue and very minor. Board games in the lounge and DVD’s (in the dressing room), there is a DVD player and a smart TV so you can sign in to Netflix etc, just remember to sign out! Balcony out of order which wasn’t an issue as we had read in a previous review. This was our first time hiring a cottage and we were not disappointed, we had a fabulous time.

    Reviewed by Vicki5.0Aug 2022

  • "Property is in a good location about 5/10 minutes walk from the centre of Ambleside."

    Be aware that the walk into Ambleside is very steep so may not be suitable for all. Inside the property was very clean and the upstairs bathroom was modern and finished to a high standard. The downstairs bathroom was fine but not up to the same standard as upstairs. The kitchen is compact but did have everything that we needed. The lounge was comfortable and the wifi was very good. The balcony wasn't available and the owner had left a notice saying that they were awaiting a contractor. It didn't really affect the holiday though as it's only a small balcony and we probably wouldn't have used it much. All in all, it's a nice place to stay :)

    Reviewed by John3.8Jul 2022

  • "Had a great stay at Ghyll Heights."

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very much enjoyed our stay, would highly recommend to others."

    Reviewed by Sam5.0May 2022

  • "The property had everything we needed and in a good location."

    If you have young kids, please note that one bedroom is on top (second floor) and second bedroom is on basement. This is described in the listing, but it turned out a bit tricky arrangement for us. The basement also always feel cold, even though rest of property is warm. Maybe a heater can help in winters.

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.4Dec 2021

  • "The property was clean but a good dusting wouldn't go amiss."

    The windows were far from clear, probably due to the seal in the double glazed panes being comprised. The brochure states that there are 3 parking spaces, one being directly outside. This particular spot is marked with a V, which is a visitor spot, so is not directly associated with the property. Due to the apartment construction the lower bedroom and area had a musty smell. On the whole the property is warm and cosy and well equipped. The location is good for accessing both town amenities and the countryside.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Oct 2021

  • "Little hot water for a bath TV temperamental"

    Reviewed by Howard4.1Oct 2021

  • "We had a great stay at Ghyll Heights, location is fantastic for visiting the Lakes and towns around the Lake District (this is the reason we selected 'met expectations')."

    We felt the cleanliness of the cottage was not up to standard. The toilet upstairs wasn't very clean, dried urine on the underneath of the seat. Light switches and door frames were dirty, and some of the tiles in kitchen were dirty. Kitchen worktops and dining room table were not clean. The level of cleanliness overall was disappointing, as the later check-in time of 4pm is meant to allow for extra cleaning, especially with Covid still on the increase. I spent a while cleaning these areas when we arrived.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback further to your stay with us at Ghyll Heights, although your comments were disapointing to read. Had you let us know that you weren't happy with the levels of cleanliness during your stay we would have requested that the cleaner reattend. We're really sorry that your expectations weren't met on this occasion. We really hope that this didn't mar your stay with us and we really hope to welcome you again the not so distant future. Kind Regards, The Owners Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorna3.4Aug 2021

  • "Great location in The Falls."

    Super cottage on a pretty complex. Cottage was well equipped with lots of home comforts. A super base to explore The Lakes. Its our third Sykes Cottage in 8 months and they have not failed to impress us!! Roll on October for the next one.

    Reviewed by Amanda4.7Jul 2021

  • "We were expecting a balcony big enough to sit out on and to be able to see a waterfall!"

    All else was great!

    Reviewed by Byrpn4.4Jun 2021

  • "We keep returning to this cottage which says more than words……"

    Reviewed by Nicky5.0Jun 2021

  • "As well as the many walks in the local area we were able to enjoy from the front door, we enjoyed watching the squirrels in the near by woods, the sound of the owls in the evenings and the sound of the near by water falls."

    fantastic location for a Lakeland break. The only down side is the parking.the property information indicates parking for two vehicles, one under cover and one outside. The outside parking place is in fact a visitor slot and and is used by all the properties in close proximity of Ghyll Heights so a matter of first come first served gets the parking. A vehicle was parked in the visitor slot when we arrived and did not move the whole of the week

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 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.


  • Set over 3 floors
  • 1 x lower floor king size bedroom with dressing room and bathroom with shower over the bath, 1 x first floor kings size bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over the bath
  • Sitting/dining room
  • Kitchen.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, iPod docking station, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Balcony
  • Pub and shops nearby
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking.

The property

This modern riverside cottage, part of the contemporary Falls development, stands alongside Stockghyll Waterfalls and enjoys fabulous views from its own private balcony.

The property is just minutes from the heart of vibrant Ambleside with its host of restaurants, outdoor shops and boutiques.

Zeffirellis cinema, pizzeria and jazz bar is a treat not to be missed, and the adorable house on the bridge offers a lovely photo opportunity. A short stroll from the village and you will reach Waterhead and Lake Windermere.

Guests cannot miss the opportunity to take a cruise across the water to Bowness or Lakeside.

The picturesque village of Hawkshead is a short drive away, with Hill Top and the Grizedale Forest a little further on.

A car ferry crosses back to Bowness making the perfect route around the lake. This property is beautifully presented and having two large bedrooms with private bathrooms, ideal for two couples sharing or a small family group.

Ghyll Heights is arranged over three floors.

On the lower floor is a lovely king size room and bathroom.

A separate dressing room adds an element of luxury, and the outlook is charming.

The entrance hall leads to the main living area and balcony with a view over the nearby waterfall.

The kitchen is modern and well-equipped with everything needed to conjure up a hearty breakfast or evening meal.

Upstairs again to the second of the two king size rooms with en-suite bathroom.

Total privacy in a charming location.

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:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas