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Idle Mill 1

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Idle Mill is in a fantastic location with everything on your doorstep from walks to shops to bars and great restaurants"

    Reviewed by NealNov 2023

  • "Amazing stay."

    We found the apartment perfect for us a family of 4 (with a 2 year old and 4 year old). We would definitely look to stay here again. The location ideal!

    Reviewed by StevenOct 2023

  • "We stayed last year and decided to return again."

    To be honest a little disappointed this time. Wasn't cleaned to quite the same standard with a few hairs around and a couple of cobwebs. Windows were pretty dirty as well. Also some cutlery diminished, presumably taken, or damaged and not replaced. Limited number of mugs, ok for just the two of us but if four were there the dishwasher would be on overtime! Not sure if the extractors in the bathrooms worked as it got very hot in there. Sorry this sounds a bit negative but it could be really nice again with just a few touches. Rooms were nice and airy, although a full length wardrobe in the road side bedroom would help with hanging dresses or trousers from. Don't mind about whether you publish the feedback or not.

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2023

  • "The apartment was spacious, very clean and well-furnished in a great location."

    The car parking permit was a boon and we were able to park easily each day. The boiler is quite noisy but fortunately was not a problem at nights. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by MaureenJul 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Idle Mill 1."

    Perfect location and property and facilities presented to a very high standard. It truly was like a home, with everything you could want, very relaxing. The parking permit was incredibly useful. That said, with such a high standard, the showers were a little disappointing. The water pressure was very poor and also the floor in the second shower room was very slippery. Indeed I slipped, knocked off the drain cover and stood on the plastic upstands of the drain twice. Ouch. That said, we would definitely return, and are already planning to. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by SiobhanApr 2023

  • "Lovely apartment in a great location."

    Some fantastic shops and restaurants within metres and the parking permit makes it easy to get around.

    Reviewed by StheneboeaApr 2023

  • "Very nice property."

    Clearly there is an issue with the boiler which needs attending to, we did call out a plumber who checked and we had to reset several times over the week but some clients may not be comfortable with that as I’m in the building trade. Consider changing mattress in bedroom as not that comfortable but overall a high standard and great stay

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2022

  • "Great place to stay with top of the range fittings."

    Very good position to reach all the lakes and very handy for local restaurants. Spotlessly clean and we felt very relaxed there.

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2022

  • "A really lovely property, extremely well thought through with everything you needed for a comfortable stay."

    We would absolutely return here and would happily recommend it to others too. My week didn't feel long enough for all the Lakes has to offer, so it's a real consideration to return to here and to Ambleside in the future. There were many touches to the property that again all I can say is extremely well considered by the owners. Brilliant break, sad to be home.

    Reviewed by PatriciaAug 2022

  • "Another wonderful stay at Idle Mill!"

    Reviewed by JosephApr 2022

  • "Loved the Idle Mill 1 apartment, great location tot."

    .will definitely revisit

    Reviewed by JanetApr 2022

  • "Fantastic location, lovely apartment (beds amazing, sofa uncomfortable)."

    Had everything you need. Shame we had to speak to the Mountain Warehouse due to alarm going off right outside the car park bedroom. Initially they said it was the doors and ring the number on the box. Next time I did and the alarm company said they had no out of hours number for the company? Did alert Love Cottages who concluded that it’s an outside noise so not their issue (and nobody else had complained),, not really the response I expected after paying for a quality accommodation.

    Reviewed by KatieFeb 2022

  • "Very comfortable apartment - everything worked well."

    Fast WiFi, good and easy to use Smart TV. Great location. We hope to stay again sometime soon.

    Reviewed by DavidJan 2022

  • "Really pleased with Idle Mill 1 - excellent location; apartment great with everything we needed for the week."

    Very spacious making it ideal for 4 adults.

    Reviewed by JulieSep 2021

  • "This is a stylish, comfortable apartment in the heart of Ambleside and all it has to offer."

    However, people should be warned that, due to the proximity of the apartment to the centre of Ambleside and being between a main road and car park, it can be noisy at times. We were frequently woken up on weekday mornings at around 7.00am by delivery vans/lorries, the council sweeping machine, etc. One morning to was just after 6.00am. Also, there was sometimes significant noise from the apartment above - one evening it sounded as if they were dragging furniture around!! One more thing is that one of the showers was not working because the previous tenants had not reported it until the day they left. It took nearly a week for it to be fixed. Will we get any compensation for this? The telephone numbers on your information Email were also out of date, so perhaps the previous tenants could not get hold of anybody to report the shower problem. I hope the numbers have been updated.

    Reviewed by GarySep 2021

  • "Very convenient location, we were able to do most of our hikes directly from the flat, without taking the car."

    The flat was very neat, clean and practical. We really enjoyed our stay and would consider coming back!

    Reviewed by Marie-lucieAug 2021

  • "Directions to find property need updating."

    The restaurant adjoining the apartment has changed names so we drove past it.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "It was a beautiful property in a fabulous location and was nice to have somewhere comfortable to relax in after a day out walking."

    I would definitely recommend the property to others.

    Mrs E RumneyNov 2018

  • "The flat was warm and comfortable which was welcome as we were somewhat damp at times."

    The facilities were excellent and it was beautifully clean thanks to the two lovely ladies who were just finishing off as we arrived a little early. would certainly consider booking this property again

    Mrs CurranSep 2017

  • "This property has a modern, clean and functional design, whilst still feeling comfortable!"

    Very high standards. Great location.

    Mrs LloydSep 2017

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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.


  • Over 1 floor
  • 2 x bedrooms; 2 x super king size with hairdryers (1 zip link-please specify on booking), 2 x en suite bathrooms, open plan lounge / kitchen / diner,
  • Breathtaking panoramic 'bird's eye' views
  • Gas central heating
  • Contemporary gas fire
  • Central village setting
  • Wi-Fi
  • Washer/dryer in utility room
  • Electric oven
  • Gas hob
  • Microwave and dishwasher
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Lavazza coffee machine (there will be some pods provided on arrival)
  • Glass viewing balcony
  • Riverside seating
  • Parking permit for 1 in nearby SLDC car park
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Cot and highchair available on request.

The property

Five star luxury by the river at the heart of Ambleside!

Idle Mill 1 is an impressive apartment set in a slate-built former fulling mill, and you are so close to the action, yet still pleasantly tucked away in your own supremely high-end Lakeland retreat.

With all the conveniences of modern comfort, we know you will just love staying with Lakelovers here! Just offset from the epicentre of cosmopolitan Ambleside, this is high style apartment living at its finest.

You will enjoy the proximity of the thriving village centre, with its fascinating array of shops and attractions, cinema and recreation ground, and its superb selection of bakers, coffee houses and restaurants.

You are very close to one of the best restaurants in town, in fact, with the Flying Fleece occupying a portion of the same mill building as your apartment.

The old mill retains many original features, including the millrace and wheel.

Stock Beck babbles charmingly beneath your windows, and the rustic and extraordinary Bridge House straddles the waterway. After your explorations of the area and conquests of the fabulous surrounding fells are done for the day, there is nothing better than relaxing in the beautifully presented open-plan living space at Idle Mill 1, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, remarkable views, viewing balcony, and stylish sofas.

The quality and luxury is extended to the comfortable bedrooms and their en-suites, too.

Ambleside is an exciting destination all year round, and Idle Mill 1 is a brilliant choice for a party of four to enjoy it to the full.

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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