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Hilber Cottage

(Ref. 1085219)

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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6 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely cottage and in a perfect location; just outside the main town but just a 5 minute walk to all the shops and restaurants etc."

    Everything you could possibly think of or require for cooking is provided in the kitchen, although we only ate breakfast. And when the evenings got chilly the almost instant heating quickly made the cottage warm and cosy. Our only complaint is the mattresses in the bedrooms could do with being replaced as they are about past their best. Not that it stopped us sleeping after enjoying the hikes and walks around the area. Highly recommend this cottage for a stay In Ambleside.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Sep 2023

  • "Firstly we had an excellent time at Hilber Cottage and we would definitely stay again when back in the Lake District."

    The cottage is large and the interior had been furnished to a high standard, photo's don't really do it justice. There are some improvements/ things to note which could make the cottage even more perfect and without people saying the owners would never know. - a mirror on opposite wall then coming out the drive, it is dangerous coming out the drive as you can't see left or right, a mirror would help so much. - bath taps, the hot and cold water taps are fitted the wrong way which could lead to someone scalding themselves. - no wardrobe to hang clothes in the main bedroom - basics / necessities, we know it's minor but little things really do do a long way. It would be nice to walk into the cottage where the basics such as salt & pepper, toilet roll, firelighters, logs etc had been topped up. Overall our stay really was fantastic and we have already recommended it to our parents, and we would recommend it for anyone looking to stay in Ambleside (as long as you don't mind a 10min walk back up hill to the cottage).

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7Feb 2023

  • "Great cottage, great views, fully equipped, only 3 of us stayed in the end therefore only having one bathroom was not a problem."

    Close enough, to be able to walk jnto Ambleside but you needed a reasonable level of fitness to walk back. Parking one car was fine but would have been pushed to get two in. Would book again.

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0May 2022

  • "A short hike up the hill from Ambleside, this end-terraced cottage was beautifully decorated, immaculately clean and contained everything you could need."

    Our long-weekend stay was made possible, that with permission from the owner, we could charge our car with a granny cable. We'll definitely add this to our list of return-visit holiday properties.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Apr 2022

  • "Cottage warm and generally comfortable."

    Mattress on double bed uncomfortable and big tear in duvet cover. Kitchen well equipped and appreciated the cleaning kit . Vehicle access is tricky and some users would find very difficult. No starter kit left for fire.

    Thank you very much for the feedback, we genuinely appreciate you taking the time to let us know how you found the accommodation and the service. We only recently took the decision to let the cottage that has been a family holiday home for over 15 years, and as such we are doing what we can to ensure that clients have the very best experience possible. Over the past 6 months we have equipped the cottage with brand new beds and mattresses, but I appreciate that mattress choice is very personal and may not be to everyones taste. We are sorry to hear that you found the duvet cover to have a tear in it and have feedback to Heart of the Lakes as they provide all towels and linnen. Sadly we are unable to provide a fire starter kit as we do not live locally, but it is usually the case that there are some left over firelighters and kindling from the previous guest. We are sorry that you found parking tricky, there is off road parking for 2 vehicles and have previously been able to accommodate 2 large 4x4’s at the same time. Once again, thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, we are always keen to hear from clients and where we can will always try to your feedback to improve the service we offer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Feb 2022

  • "Great little cottage just outside of Ambleside, very cosy with the log burner on in the evenings, 5 minute walk into the village which has everything you need in terms of shops / pubs / restaurants etc."

    It’s worth noting the walk back is up a very steep hill, wasn’t a problem at all for us but may be for others. The cottage itself was clean, comfortable and well equipped, with allocated off road parking directly outside the property, which can sometimes be hard to come by in The Lakes. The log burner was easy to use and the cupboards were well stocked with various board games - there is a TV however we did not use it. Phone signal is intermittent however there is adequate wifi. Although there was only the two of us, you would comfortably fit 4-6 humans in this property. The bed was very comfortable and it was pleasant to wake up to the sound of sheep and tiny horses, with lovely views onto Wansfell / Loughrigg out of the windows. We queried if we were the first guests in this property as no one had signed the guest book or left a review online prior to our visit. Ultimately, having stayed in many Lake District properties over the years, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would absolutely consider staying here again. The only constructive criticism is that there was no welcome pack - it is rare for properties not to leave these in this day and age - some milk and biscuits would have saved us from having to go straight out to the shop on arrival before we could have a brew (however in fairness there was some tea / coffee left in the cupboards, as well as various frozen items, ? from previous occupants).

    Reviewed by Dale5.0Nov 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.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin, 1 x bunk room
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am

The property

Tucked away on the iconic 'Struggle', connecting Kirkstone and Ambleside.

Within the sought-after Lake District National Park, rests this charming, white-washed holiday home, Hilber Cottage.

Idyllically positioned in a semi-rural setting and framing scenic views across the surrounding countryside to Loughrigg, Hilber Cottage makes for a lovely base for both families and friends looking to explore this picturesque region.

Two off-road parking spaces greet you upon arrival, making loading and unloading an easy task; step over the threshold and enter into the handy entrance hall to discard your muddy boots and walking gear after a day of adventure.

Be welcomed into the snug sitting room, where you can look forward to putting your feet up and relaxing on the sofa to catch up on your favourite television series with a crisp glass of wine as the rustic woodburning stove crackles nearby.

Make your way through to the adjoining kitchen/diner, home to a well-designed kitchen, fully-equipped with a range of modern amenities such as a handy washing machine and dishwasher, as well as a sociable dining area with seating for six.

Cook up a storm and gather together with your loved ones around the table, or in the warmer months, step outside to indulge in a spot of alfresco dining on the patio, backed by the far-reaching views of the surrounding fells.

As your eyes grow heavy, climb the stairs to the first-floor where you'll find three thoughtfully laid-out bedrooms, a bunk room, suitable for adults and children alike, as well as a king-size room, and a final twin room, each boasting a light and airy decor and providing ample storage to house your belongings.

Servicing the property is the family bathroom, fit with both a bath and overhead shower, presenting guests with the option of a quick morning rinse or an indulgent soak.

A short walk from your doorstep will bring you into the heart of Ambleside, where you'll find a host of fabulous amenities to assist with your self-catering needs; indulge in a spot of pub grub in a quintessentially English setting at The Ambleside Inn, catch a spot of live music served alongside a refreshing pint of cask ale at The Lily Bar, or pick up some last-minute ingredients at the village store.

There's plenty to see and do in the area, with the cultural heritage of the Lake District on display at Armitt Library & Museum Centre and the remarkable waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force, cascading 70-ft through the nearby woodland.

Avid cyclists can take on the ascent to the top of The Struggle, a challenging trail running alongside Hilber Cottage toward Kirkstone Pass, where the summit is located at 446 meters above sea level.

Spend a fun-filled day out visiting the popular town of Bowness-on-Windermere, where you can discover the stories of the famed writer at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, try your hand a sailing with a boat trip on the lake, or get dressed to the nines and enjoy a night on the town. Get better acquainted with your surroundings and embark on an adventure through the varying terrains and landscapes of the Lake District National Park; challenge yourself with a hike to the peak of Scaffel Pike, the tallest mountain in England, stroll through the vibrant grounds of Stagshaw Garden, decorated in trees, shrubbery and colourful flowers, or walk alongside the banks of Lake Windermere, soaking in the peaceful ambiance of the tranquil waters.

Whether you're looking for adventure or relaxation, Hilber Cottage offers the perfect base.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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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