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Idle Mill 2

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "First class accommodation."

    Can’t fault it. We will definitely be returning. Thanks very much for lending us your beautiful home ☺️

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The property was in a great location and was very spacious. The towels were so soft and fluffy! Great to have a few logs, fire lighters and kindling for the fire. Thankyou. Given the price we paid we expected a welcome pack of things such as milk, butter, bread etc. and maybe a few store cupboard items such as oil for cooking. The microwave, oven and fridge were dirty and needed cleaning prior to use. The knives were also blunt and could do with being replaced. Overall a great stay. Thankyou.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.1Mar 2024

  • "Unfortunately unable to recommend."

    Flat adequate but charged£120 on the basis of some very blurred pictures of alleged damage. Impossible to identify either damage or location even though we requested additional information. Would avoid at all costs.

    Reviewed by Rachel3.8Feb 2024

  • "We have holidayed in this apartment several times over the years."

    The sofa is unfortunately now too low for our needs and therefore we struggled to be comfortable in the living room. The rest of the apartment was comfy and well equipped. Ideally situated close to all amenities

    Reviewed by Patricia4.7Jan 2024

  • "Our first time staying in Idle Mill 2, we were pleasantly surprised at how spacious it was."

    Two en-suite bedrooms were an added bonus, and the beds were really comfy. We would stay there again

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay once again."

    Very clean 5 star apartment. Warm and inviting. Very central for facilities and easy for parking at this time of year.

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a great stay at Idle Mill 2, it’s a perfect accommodation for friends to go away together!"

    In the heart of Ambleside it was so convenient to go downstairs with all the shops & cafes right on your doorstep. It was super clean, comfortable and well equipped. We would absolutely recommend staying here and will be back!

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Nov 2023

  • "This is our second stay in this beautiful flat, and we 'treat' ourselves to it after a year of climbing in some fairly remote parts of the Lake District whilst walking the Outlying Fells."

    It's lovely to come back to somewhere so warm and comfortable, and which is so conveniently located. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2023

  • "Superb apartment, spotlessly clean in a great location."

    We’ve been twice already and will undoubtedly be back!

    Reviewed by Jody5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great property, just a few comments; 1) There were no blinds in back bedroom (only front), so it was too light for my daughter (curtains too thin) - recommend to add blinds to help sleep 2) Front bedroom was very noisy from the road traffics (only room with old sash windows which didn’t block out any noise) - difficult to solve but worth to mention on the description (had to sleep with earplugs) Everything else was great!"

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic. I’d like to move in permanently."

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Aug 2023

  • "The apartment exceeded my expectations."

    Great location - we loved hearing the sound of the stream at night, popping to the Apple Pie bakery, and of course the view of Bridge House. Also very comfortable and well equipped. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2023

  • "The apartment was really lovely but we will not be returning as the 2 flights of stairs to gain access was a problem for us as we are both over 70."

    once inside it was ideal. We would have enjoyed a balcony as we managed to be in the Lakes with glorious weather. In the bedroom, not the master, I found putting clothes on the rail you needed to be a giant. same with the microwave, I am quite tall but both areas caused me grief. Apart from the above it was a lovely stay, close to all amenities which was a blessing, we would recommend this apartment to family.

    Reviewed by Doreen5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a great stay."

    The accommodation was excellent and the location perfect. We would definitely stay again next time we visit Ambleside

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was probably the best property in ambleside we have stayed in over all the years we have been coming here."

    It was everything it said and more, can't wait to return.

    Reviewed by Marie4.7Mar 2023

  • "We love Idle Mill 2 (and Idle Mill 1 as we've stayed there before and rebooked for Christmas)."

    Lovely property with everything you need provided. Location is excellent it's the main reason we book it so handy for everything. Love the views and handy parking too.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jan 2023

  • "Great place to stay over the festive season."

    Very comfortable and centrally located. Great walks from the door, even though the weather was against us. Hadn’t realised how busy Ambleside was over NY and the traffic noise in the bedroom was noticeable.The apartment itself was a bit more tired than previous feedback had suggested: various items broken or stained. When we emailed, and phoned, about lights not working we were told ‘leave it with us’ but nothing happened for the rest of the week.

    Reviewed by Anneke4.4Dec 2022

  • "Excellent location for walking access to the town of Ambleside and its facilities."

    The accommodation was first class, modern, clean and welcoming. The front bedroom faces on to the main road, but there was very limited noise from the traffic. The parking permit was blessing. Overall, a very good apartment.

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Dec 2022

  • "Only 1 bin liner and 2 dishwasher tables for a 7 night stay."

    Heating needs sorting we turned it down to 10 degrees and still had to open patio doors mid November.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Nov 2022

  • "Beautifully appointed and maintained property, spotlessly clean and centrally located in our favourite place in the Lake District."

    What’s not to love? Already booked our return for next year - highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Jody5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely apartment in a great location - very spacious."

    Lots of walks from the doorstep and great bus service if you want to leave the car behind and travel further afield. Have stayed at Idle Mill 2 a few times over the years and have always been extremely satisfied with the accommodation. Super comfy huge bed and quality linen. Car park pass for the car park is a bonus. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great apartment and well situated in Ambleside."

    Only issue was the bed as very soft and so caused back pain. Otherwise fully recommend.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely week staying at Idle Mill 2."

    The property was lovely and clean on arrival. We were advised that one of the shower was not functioning prior to our arrival but this was rectified quickly and did not cause us a problem. The property is in a great location in the heart of Ambleside and we would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Jul 2022

  • "Excellent property, very clean, great space for 4 adults."

    Brilliant location you can just park the car and walks, shops, restaurants all on your doorstep, would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Our favourite place to stay in the Lakes."

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    The facilities were brilliant and in a fab location. The only issue we had was controlling the heating. The heating seemed to be either on or off. We tried changing the thermostat but could not change the heat level - we were either very warm or a tad chilly. Would definitely stay again though as we muddled through the heating.

    I am really sorry to hear about the heating problem there are thermostats on each radiator so you can change the temperature in each room. As always please call the agent if you have any problems they are always there to help. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Feb 2022

  • "This is a more expensive 5 star property."

    The position with car parking and quality fixtures ,fittings together with wood burner and elevated position justify its score.

    Reviewed by Ian3.8Jan 2022

  • "As expected as we’ve been before, great location and flat, only issue is in summer it is uncomfortably hot due to a recirculating air system from the boiler room."

    We brought our own duvet as thick winter duvets on the beds.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.1Aug 2021

  • "Lovely place and location."

    Although I would love to stay there again, unfortunately, I would have to think twice, as the parking was a massive problem...one day on returning from our day walking, we had to wait 35mins to get a space. Just a shame there isn't a designated space for the property.

    Reviewed by A5.0Aug 2021

  • "Fantastic location and views from apartment"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2021

  • "Simply wonderful The best place we have ever stayed in."

    We will definitely be back again soon.

    The Harris FamilyJul 2018

  • "Wow, lovely place with everything we need to be able to use as a family base."

    Very relaxing. We will be booking again.

    Joe, Victoria & JacobJun 2018

  • "This is our second time in this apartment in two years and the standard has been well maintained."

    Great central location for easy access to Ambleside and the surrounding area. The parking pass is much appreciated.

    Phil & AnnMay 2018

  • "We have stayed in a lot of self-catering properties over the years but never have we had one quite as comfortable, well-equipped and centrally located as this apartment."

    Jamie & RachelApr 2018

  • "Having stayed here twice before, we knew this was the ideal location for our honeymoon."

    We love the place and enjoyed our stay.

    Derek & GlynnisApr 2018

  • "Great apartment in great location Fulling Mill really good."

    We could only do short walks so Loughrigg Tarn, Skelwith Bridge to Elterwater, Tarn Hows and our favourite Blea Tarn.

    Liz & GraemeMar 2018

  • "We’ve stayed here several times and we’ll certainly be back."

    We love the high standard evident throughout – design, build, styling, equipment, maintenance, cleaning and communication. We only hope it doesn’t become so popular that we can’t book it ourselves!

    Caroline & MarkMar 2018

  • "Great apartment!"

    We’ve had a great time. Really like the style and comfort. And wifi. We’ll be back.

    Kim & MarkMar 2018

  • "Absolutely lovely apartment."

    Very well equipped and we all loved sitting in the big chair looking out the big window. Has made for a very relaxing stay and we hope to return.

    Catherine, Rob & AndrewMar 2018

  • "Our third visit to Idle Mill."

    We absolutely love this apartment. Centrally located and wonderfully equipped with everything you need. Looking forward to the next time.

    Lawrence & LorraineFeb 2018

  • "After 50 years of visiting the Lake District, this apartment certainly gave us the WOW factor."

    Everything has been done to a high specification and it is in a wonderful location – central for lovely walks and a wide variety of restaurants.

    Roy & MargaretFeb 2018

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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.


  • 2 super king size bedrooms with hairdryers (1 zip link, can be made up as twin on request), both with en-suites with power showers and double ended bath
  • Open plan living space with kitchen and dining area.
  • Gas central heating and wood burning stove
  • Electric oven with gas hob
  • microwave
  • fridge/freezer
  • dishwasher
  • washer/dryer
  • Lavazza coffee machine (there will be some pods provided on arrival)
  • TV
  • DVD
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking permit for 1 vehicle
  • Riverside seating
  • Pubs and shops nearby
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Cot and highchair available on request.

The property

Situated in the heart of cosmopolitan Ambleside, this stunning apartment offers contemporary Lakeland living at its finest.

Idle Mill is a superb glass and stone conversion of a traditional mill building and adjoins The Flying Fleece.

The property is entered via a glass bridge over the adjacent river.

Here guests will find a relaxing seating area and access to the apartment’s penthouse level where a viewing balcony and full length windows make the most of the outstanding views.

This wonderful rental has been awarded 5 stars, and it’s not hard to see why.

Oak floors, superbly comfortable sofas and modern wood burning stove make the open plan sitting room both cosy and chic.

To one side of this lovely room are the dining area and kitchen which is sleek and wonderfully well-equipped, designed to blend unobtrusively into the space.

Both of the property’s luxury bedrooms have wonderful views of the surrounding countryside in addition to their own decadent bathrooms.

The village of Ambleside is a destination in itself.

Gorgeous boutiques, tea rooms and cafés around every corner and specialist shops for walkers, climbers and lovers of the great outdoors.

Waterhead Pier is only a short walk away, with lots of eager ducks to feed and Windermere Lake Cruises departing regularly for Bowness and Lakeside.

The historic village of Grasmere is close by as are lively Windermere and the picturesque village of Hawkshead.

Where better to spend your precious time than here in Idle Mill?

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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