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Kirkstone Cottage

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 968995)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was clean, cosy and very well equipped."

    Our only criticism is that in the description and photos it is not apparent that the cottage is on the corner of the main road through Ambleside. All the windows face the road. The double glazing is very good but, when it was warm you couldn't really open the windows because of the cars and pedestrians. We still enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by RobertJun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in perfect position to cover the local area."

    The shower pressure could be better and a heater in the lounge would help those like us who are novices with a wood burner. Yes it is on a main road as highlighted in other reviews but that didn't worry us and did not wake us up early, in fact after 6.30pm it was very quiet. Thank you for a great 4 days.

    Thank you for your positive response following your stay Agree we need to update the shower and underfloor heating . There is underfloor heating in the lounge and hallway by bathroom . Agree Ambleside does get quiet from 5-30 ish .and must guests love the central location Property Owner

    Reviewed by ColinMar 2022

  • "Cottage was very cosy and had a well equiped kitchen."

    The location was excellent on the doorstep to lovely walks, shops, bars and restaurants. There is traffic noise however we were aware of this and it was absolutely fine. The bathroom was a little cold and could do with a radiator or underfloor heating (same as the rest of the house). The shower pressure was poor and may require updating but did make use of the Amazing bath tub! We would definitely recommend & hopefully be back Thanks for a fantastic week :-)

    Thank you , so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Kirkstone Cottage. We will update the shower and add underfloor heating to the bathroom . We love the freestanding bath too . Thank you for recommending and hope you return soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by SusanFeb 2022

  • "We have had another comfortable stay at Kirkstone cottage ,everything Inside is really clean and cosy our only thing we think needs doing is a paint on the outside of the cottage it is looking a lot tired and grubby it doesn't give a first impression but as we have stayed before we knew what is inside , and this year we had a lovely cosy log burner on the cold wintry nights ."

    And also new blinds on all the windows. Upstairs The bedroom is really comfy and plenty of space for clothes and like I've said before the bed is sooo comfy We will definitely be returning

    Thank you for your positive feedback on your latest visit , appreciate you have been before . We have updated the cottage including a wood burning stove and better wifi . We will be painting the outside but it s difficult to arrange until the better weather . Hope we can welcome you again to Kirkstone Cottage . Many thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by LindaFeb 2022

  • "Cottage very clearly has issues with damp."

    The smell is apparent whenever you walk in. It rained most of the time we were there and large wet patches began appearing on the bedroom walls. Its also on a very busy road, and is noisy from traffic from around 6:30am. Wouldn't recommended this cottage, especially for the price we paid. Also the wifi doesn't work!

    Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry you were disappointed with your holiday. We were aware of the issues with damp, however due to the extraordinary season with staycations we were unable to get in to rectify this until now. The cottage has been renovated and now has a wood burning stove to snuggle in front of, the damp issues have been added and the wi-fi has been upgraded and working perfectly. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AdamOct 2021

  • "There is quite obviously a problem with damp/mold/mildew within the property as the first thing you notice on entering is the overwhelming musty smell."

    This is predominant in the lounge and bedroom. We did have windows open to ventilate as my husband is asthmatic. The bathroom in particular has a major problem with mold being all over the privacy screen at the window. We didn't even attempt to touch it as it looked so bad. There is no means of steam extraction in the bathroom except for using the window but as the property is right on the main street, you have to be fully clothed before opening and closing the window. I would think a privacy glass plastic film would be better for the windows here rather than the moldy roller blind. It's a shame about the musty smell in the property as it's in a great location and is the perfect size for a couple's getaway.

    Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry you were disappointed with your holiday. We were aware of the issues with damp, however due to the extraordinary season with staycations we were unable to get in to rectify this until now. The cottage has been renovated and now has a wood burning stove to snuggle in front of and the damp issues have been addressed. We hope we can welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JeannieOct 2021

  • "Although we did have WiFi there was no Internet connection which renders the thing useless."

    For many people this would be a showstopper. There needs to be honesty about this on the listing details. There is however a very good 4G connection which for us saved the day. A rack for putting shamooo/shower gel in in the shower surely is a must and a hook for flannels too. There were cobwebs everywhere and lots of spiders. As we're in our early 70's with slightly dodgy knees we found the steep drop down from the gate to the front door difficult. Again this needs to be declared in description or perhaps an additional step could be put in place. Other than these few niggles great location and comfortable bed.

    Thank you for your feedback, we have recently renovated the cottage and it now has a wood burning stove to snuggle in front of. The wi-fi has been fixed and is now working perfectly with an upgrade in place. We hope we can welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by RonSep 2021

  • "Internet connectivity is an unexpected issue."

    Some coat and hat hooks near entrance would be very useful. Also the bathroom doesn’t have enough storage to put the various toiletries on.

    Reviewed by Wen-yuanJul 2021

  • "Outside of property needs a clean up, we had to sweep patio before it was tidy enough to use."

    A small table outside would greatly improve the patio. Front door and outside fabric of property requires a decent clean up, it is not a good first impression to a luxury cottage. WiFi very poor, not adequate for working from home!

    Reviewed by JamesJul 2021

  • "We had an enjoyable break."

    The location is great regarding access to Ambleside facilities and walks. We had not realised that the cottage is right on the main A591, but in fact traffic noise was not an issue. The cottage needs more cutlery to enable more efficient use of the dishwasher. The wobbly loo seat needs sorting. The parking space is a bit awkward, but we didn’t need our car during the week, so this was fine. Performance of the internet was dreadful and it was five days before we got a connection. This was a pain because things like boat trips and visits have to be booked online.

    Reviewed by RichardJul 2021

  • "The front door could benefit from a net curtain or roller blind for a bit more privacy but without blocking out too much light."

    The heavy door curtain blocked out too much light. Also the bedroom window could do with a roller blind like the one in the living room. Overall though we loved our stay and were very comfortable. The shower cubicle would be improved if there was a rack or shelf to put your shower gel, soap, shampoo on.

    Reviewed by ElaineJun 2021

  • "I would like to add that I did find it slightly noisy , I understand that it is a busy place and lots of people come and visit."

    I would recommend net curtains or blank out blinds. This would give guests more privacy when chilling out in the Cottage, there where quite a few time I saw people looking in, however as I said it a beautiful place to visit and I shall return I

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2021

  • "Everything was wrong, upon arrival there were 2 recycle boxes on the wall they had not been emptied for some time, apparently one plastic bottle in with the glass container and there was a note left saying as much and would not empty said boxes."

    The settee was so uncomfortable, so deep that it was impossible to sit comfy, a footstool or pouffe would have helped, low wattage so it took all day to recharge anything, WiFi was very hit or miss, bathroom could do with a good bleaching, upside down light switches, older people must be aware that the staircase is quite narrow and no hand rail, just the bannister on one side. Bedroom window closer is broken, hence cannot close the window,. We felt it was so so claustrophobic and dark, and at times felt as if we were in a goldfish bowl, as folk were gawping in, and on show all the time, no privacy as the footpath was immediately outside the front window. Finally the traffic noise was horrendous, we did not appreciate that it was the main road in or out of Ambleside, from 6am til, 10pm it was exceptionally noisy. Sorry, but would not recommend it.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that the cottage did not meet your expectations. The recycling boxes do not belong to Kirkstone Cottage, they belong to the neighbour and should not have been left on the wall. The Wi-fi can be intermittent in rural areas unfortunately. The wattage in the cottage is the same as any other property. The property is in the centre of Ambleside as described and as the Lake District is busier than normal this year, unfortunately some traffic noise is unavoidable. Please be assured that any other comments will be taken into account and resolved if necessary. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith ElaineSep 2020

  • "Missed the fact that the cottage was by a junction on the main road so a lot of traffic and pollution at certain times of day."

    Otherwise a great location - would highly recommend the Golden Rule Pub a few yards up the street. Biggest drawback was the lack of usable WiFi - customers should be warned they will have to use their phone data if they want to make any bookings, look at maps or even read the news online. Cottage itself was comfortable and well equipped.

    Reviewed by JackJul 2020

  • "We had another fabulous stay in kirkstone cottage in Ambleside it has all ..."

    We had another fabulous stay in kirkstone cottage in Ambleside it has all amenities We were very comfortable in our stay and would definitely recommend Sykes cottages and we will be returning to Ambleside to the cottage in the future There is lots to do round Ambleside and we used the bus service to get around and to Windermere and Grasmere and Keswick Thankyou for making our stay with you so comfy and cosy

    Reviewed by LindaFeb 2020

  • "We have stayed in Kirkstone cottage several times."

    We love the cottage and it is perfectly situated in Ambleside. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Ambleside is ideal for us as you can be in the busy town with plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs but you can easily walk away from it to enjoy the countryside. Once we have parked the car there is no need to use it during our stay.

    Reviewed by BettyJan 2020

  • "Kirkstone Cottage is a lovely place to stay and has everything you need."

    It is very cosy with the underfloor heating and the bed is so comfortable. The kitchen is very well equipped and we would stay there again. We found the parking space difficult due to the size of the vehicle in the next parking space, but we were happy to park in the Car Park over the road.

    Reviewed by MargaretNov 2019

  • "Kirk stone was a very pretty and well equipped cottage with adequate parking right outside the door."

    The cottage is right in Ambleside close to all amenities, shops, bars and restaurants; which are the positives! The negatives are: There wasn’t any where to put toiletries in the bathroom, an extra shelf would be advantageous, or a little table. Once we started to look around we felt the decor was a little tired! Damp stains and some peeling paint in the lounge, paint scratches all up the stairs and corrosion on the loo seat fittings and the shower surround. The bedroom ceiling was very high and I’m sure difficult to get at, but it was dusty with cobwebs in the corners! ( not pleasant) We did have nice time, we were very lucky as the weather was practically Mediterranean. But those little things we’ve mentioned, definitely took the edge of the break!

    Thank you for staying in Kirkstone Cottage and we are sorry the cottage did not meet your expectations. As owners we do pride ourselves on the standards of our cottages and regularly decorate and update our cottages. Unfortunately due to the property being fully booked this year we have been unable to get in earlier to address the decorating, however this is currently being carried out. We hope we can welcome you back again in the future to see the finished result. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2019

  • "The shower tray is very slippy it is a smooth tray with no dimples could do with a shower mat of some kind."

    As we entered a piece in the visitors book we noticed this has been mentioned a few times by previous residents. Hair dryer needs checking it kept cutting out when cable was moved. Overall this cottage is really good in a wonderful position, close to all amenities most people would need on holiday. Fantastic bus service for a walking holiday especially if you have a bus pass.

    Thank you for your feedback, we have now replaced the hairdryer and have added a none slip mat to the shower for the benefit of future guests. We are pleased other than these issues you enjoyed the cottage and your holiday and hope to be able to welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DMay 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Kirkstone cottage it was so lovely and cosy , we didn’t use the car for two days we had no trouble parking our golf in the allocated space the cottage had everything we needed the underfloor heating was a treat and the bedroom was a good size and the bed sooo comfy The kitchen was very well equipped and the bathroom was a good size with a roll top bath ."

    The cottage is in a great location and there is plenty to do in Ambleside we will definitely return

    Reviewed by LindaApr 2019

  • "Kirkstone Cottage is a very well situated, clean and well equipped cottage."

    We had a fantastic week walking the surrounding area and only used the car twice. Would definitely return to the cottage again. Just one concern for future guests, the kitchen table is very unstable (which had been noted by other guests as far back as six months ago)

    We are glad that you had a fantastic week and do hope you return! Thank you for letting us know about the table, I can confirm that this has since been fixed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SallyMar 2019

  • "We have stayed in Kirkstone cottage several times so obviously like it and know what to expect."

    We love the location and general comfort of the cottage. As we usually go in winter, the heating is important to us and this seems to work well in most areas despite us not having any idea how the controls work. A shame though that the underfloor heating in the bathroom is out of order. We will no doubt return.

    Reviewed by BettyJan 2019

  • "A little more parking space ok for small car."

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2018

  • "Love this cottage - it's our second visit there and we plan to return."

    It's perfect for two people and the location for all amenities is ideal.

    Reviewed by FionaSep 2018

  • "The cottage was well appointed with every facility you could need."

    It's well located for the market square, shops, pubs, and there are many excellent walks that can be done from the doorstep. The cottage is rather close to the A591, which was rather busy when we arrived, but it was quite quiet in the evenings, so not really a problem. (Note: I think there might be a fault with the underfloor heating in the bathroom. I followed the instructions provided but the panel on the wall was quite dead and the floor remained stone cold.)

    Reviewed by RobertAug 2018

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kirkstone Cottage."

    It's in a great location and the parking space is a real bonus. The only negative point was the cleanliness - there was an overwhelming smell of 'wet dog' in the living room on occasions and a stale smell upstairs, especially in the cupboard, which clung to our clothes. I think better ventilation e.g. in the bathroom would be helpful to combat the odour. The shower cubicle would also benefit from being resealed to tidy it up and a build up of rust removed from the plug.

    Reviewed by LauraAug 2018

  • "Cottage is well placed in Ambleside even though it's on a very busy road !"

    . A few things in cottage need sorting like the constantly dripping kitchen tap (read comments book and it's been like it for a while !! )also a couple of extra tea towels would be good . overall the place was clean apart from a few cobwebs here and there and a lick of paint in a few places would give the place a lift ..

    Reviewed by SeanJul 2018

  • "Cottage was extremely comfortable and well situated near the town centre."

    Although on a busy road you could not hear any traffic noise from inside the cottage. The service from Sykes was excellent, I was contacted on the first day to ask if everything was okay. I will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by DeniseMay 2018

  • "Lovely cottage only drawback was noise from the main road very early in the morning but still an excellent central location x a very attractive cottage."

    Enjoyed our stay there

    Reviewed by MaryApr 2018

  • "Very stressful time trying to park the car, there is four spaces in the area for parking, kirkstone cottage allocated space does not have a dropped curb, also has a wall protruding into the front, if the people go out that leaves you trapped in the space, the weather at the time was snowing and ice, trying to reverse your vehicle up into this space was so stressful, it's on a steep hill and close to a roundabout, remedy,TAKE FOUR FOOT OF WALL."

    Having just spent thousands on a new car the parking could be better. We had booked this cottage for april but having found the access was terrible we decided to cancel it with in the fourteen days, no such look Contacted Sykes Cottages five times, the owners offered us an alternative date somewhere else, which was not suitable for us, but the owner was adamant we should pay the full deposit, I think this very unfair, also stated in the cottage is wifi don' t be taken in by this, it is very poor, if we had known would not have booked in April, Girls in the Sykes office were very helpfull to try and address the problem, hope Sykes can rectifie some of thes issues before other people have a problem, look in visitors book we not only one to complain about parking and wifi. Losing nearly 200 pounds for a deposit is wrong through not our fault. NEED TO AMEND THE DISCRIPTION ABOUT PARKING AND WIFI

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2018

  • "Lovely perfect location for Lake District adventures."

    Suggest thicker blinds in the bathroom as people could see in.

    Reviewed by SamFeb 2018

  • "Great cottage, clean and tidy and superbly located, minor point is WiFi was NoFi but maybe that was a good thing."


    Reviewed by RyanFeb 2018

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  • One king-size double bedroom
  • Ground floor bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Electric central heating with underfloor heating in the lounge
  • Woodburning Stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, DVD player, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen, towels and bath robes inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for one medium sized car
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk.

The property

Kirkstone Cottage is said to be one of the oldest cottages in Ambleside and dates back to the 15th century.

Perfect for couples, this retreat offers a romantic break all year round with scenic attractions on your doorstep.

Upon entering you will be welcomed by a charming sitting room, home to a leather sofa, and an arm chair.

Relax in the evening amongst the ornamental features and enjoy a cosy night in.

The kitchen is complete with charming units and is a comforting place to prepare those home cooked meals before sitting down at the nearby dining table.

The bathroom is a wonderful arrangement for getting ready in the morning, or simply relaxing after a long afternoon.

Both a roll-top bath and separate shower cubical set the room off well for an elegant yet quirky ambience.

Wander up to the first floor where you will arrive at a king-size double bedroom with exposed beams with the room furnished in a pine overtone and overlooking the Little House on the Bridge.

Characterful with patterned bedding and wall mirrors, this room promises a peaceful sleep night after night.

For some fresh air, you can rest on the outside bench and take in the lovely location.

The town of Ambleside is ideal for central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away.

There is plenty to enjoy here from cruises, boat trips and watersports.

On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland boasts lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach.

You are guaranteed a pleasant stay whatever you decide.

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About the location


Windermere 4 miles; Grasmere 4 mile; Keswick 15 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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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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