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Little Robin Cottage

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage is delightful with lovely views over Ambleside and Wansfell and we had a great stay but there were a couple of little niggles that led me to give 4 rather than 5 stars for cleanliness and comfort."

    The cottage itself was spotlessly clean and we were warm and comfortable but although we didn't use the "sit ooterie" to the rear of the property, we did pop down to take a look and found some ? dog poop (possibly fox poop), on the cobbled ramp at its lower end. We also found the cottage a little cramped and the stair gate awkward as it kept springing out every time we shut the sitting room door and it's frame at floor level was definitely a trip hazard.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Feb 2024

  • "This cottage is everything it states on the advert and is lovely and cosy with a modern twist."

    The only negative is the cottage wasn’t cleaned and we walked in after what should’ve been a 3 hour journey that turned into 7hrs due to the storm to dirty bedding and towels from the previous occupants on the floor and no replacement bedding insight. After making a call to the main desk we were told it had been missed off the list for a clean . Having wanting to put our feet up we had to turn out again so the cleaner could arrive. Not a great start to our break .

    We were very concerned to hear about your experience and have asked Lakelovers for an explanation as to why the cottage was not ready for your arrival. We changed managing agents last year and it appears that the booking the week before yours was the last booking organised by the old agent. I don't think they advised Lakelovers that guests had been and this confusion is being given as the reason for the clean having not been scheduled. Nevertheless that is not your concern and you had a right to expect the place to be clean and the beds made. I can only apologise for this and hope that Lakelovers took appropriate action to sort the situation. We hope this will not stop you from staying again. Richard & Diane (owners) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Naomi3.1Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage - a credit to the owners."

    Well equipped with some lovely extra touches, including the welcome pack and under floor heating. Quiet area, but only a short walk to the centre of Ambleside.

    Delighted you enjoyed your stay. I think the weather was not the best for your stay but I hope you found the cottage cosy & warm. Ambleside is still active all year round so there is always something to find in the town. We hope you will come again. Richard & Diane (owners) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Dec 2023

  • "A lovely little cottage, with everything you could possibly need."

    Dressing room for extra storage if required. The lower floor utility room is excellent for wet clothes and dogs. We arrived with the snow and the major incident, however the cottage is warm and cosy and the village has everything you require. The gas fire is an added bonus to take the chill off and you don’t have to keep worrying about stocking up with wood. Walks from the doorstep and gorgeous views from the living room. Some pint glasses might be helpful. A pint of milk in the fridge for arrival would have been gratefully received. These are just very minor things. The locals who live in the street were lovely and this is one of the best cottages, for all round meeting our needs, that we have stayed in.

    Thank you for your comments. We appreciate all constructive feedback and do act on it wherever possible. Unfortunately milk in the fridge cannot be organised as Lakelovers cannot provide a service for perishable goods. You should have received a welcome pack of tea, coffee and sugar, together with a bottle of Prosecco which we hope will compensate. We are glad you enjoyed your stay despite the atrocious weather. We arrived the week after for a few days and piles of deep snow were still visible on the road sides! We hope you will stay again. Richard & Diane (owners) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annette4.1Dec 2023

  • "We’ve just returned from a very comfortable stay at Little Robin Cottage."

    The cottage has everything that you need in a lovely quiet location at top of Ambleside. Perfectly situated for wandering down into town and also close to the start of some fabulous walking routes, we didn’t need the car once while we were there. Like home from home for us and would definitely love to have stayed longer.

    Thank you for your feedback, and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We're the same in that we park the car when we get to Ambleside and usually manage to avoid using it again until we leave! Hope we see you again. Richard & Diane (Owners) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Nov 2023

  • "Fantastic stay cosy and comfortable extremely well looked after everything you ..."

    Fantastic stay cosy and comfortable extremely well looked after everything you needed for a few nights break under floor heating was lovely all appliances were very much appreciated loved the shower and heated towel rail and mirror

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage is very cosy and comfortable with all mod cons and we absolutely loved the walks from the door step (not having to drive anywhere was bliss)."

    Just a minor thing, we have not been able to use the facilities in the basement because of the step step down and also the sensor light was behind the gate so does not come on till we get to the bottom step to shut the gate, so a bit challenging negotiating the steep narrow passage. There was also a big pile of bird’s droppings outside the door to the basement , so have not been able to get in or sit in the garden (not wanting our dog to roll in the droppings or having to step on it to get into the basement). That aside, we have had a wonderful time walking and relaxing afterwards in your lovely cottage. Thank god the sun shone, we were expecting rain according to the weather forecast. Thanks you so much for letting us and our furry baby have it for a week.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you and your doggie enjoyed your stay. We take your comments on board. Thank you. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline4.7Sep 2023

  • "Lovely holiday."

    Cleanest cottage I have ever been in. Very cosy and comfortable. I met the cleaning lady as I was leaving and thanked her. She was delightful. Care taker was brilliant, coming out on a bank holiday Monday. My fault!! I couldn’t get the password to work for the wi fi or find the key( under my nose) to the utility room!! Big thank you to both of them .

    Thank you for your lovely comments, and for the appreciation of the work done by the cleaning and care staff at Heart of the Lakes. I'm delighted you had a lovely holiday and hope that we can welcome you back again one day. Kind regards, Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Antonia5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely cottage,had every thing we needed for a week when the weather was awfully wet."

    The large bedroom window which showed such beautiful views was fantastic and a tranquil place to sit and relax. Bathroom with shower worked well and was easy to use,tap ind hand basin was a bit loose though. We used the small upper room to sit and read in during the times we were a bit limited by the weather. Living room also was set out very nicely and also had a wonderful large window to look out of over other gardens which were very green and lots of birds to watch. Only downside for us was the SMEG cooker and the baby gate frame as injured my toes on it. Thank you for the Prosecco a nice welcome to the start of our holliday

    Reviewed by Elaine3.4Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful little cottage, really well equipped."

    Out of the way in a busy little town with great walks at the doorstep. Perfect for the two of us

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, perfect for staying in Ambleside, near enough to the centre and far enough away from the hustle and bustle."

    Once there, didn't use our car, walked or caught a bus or the ferry.Would recommend the cottage very highly, the only thing that I could have done with was a hair dryer.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take your comments on board. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edward4.7May 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a secluded area with amazing views."

    Very comfortable with lovely furnishings. Slightly tricky entrance to passage into garden which is not suitable if any mobility issues. Oven also tested our intelligence, got there in the end though. Failing this we had a lovely week with lots of good walking straight from the cottage door. Thank you

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the views! We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you back. The Heart of The Lakes Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne4.7May 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect for us - a mature couple who love Ambleside and walking!"

    The layout of the property was really cleverly designed. The shower was excellent. Loved the button on the wall, which got the water hot before we stepped in the shower. The bed was very comfy as well. The little dressing room was a bonus for storage of items that we didn't need for the week eg suitcases etc. The hot water tap in the kitchen was also a novelty. Instant cup of tea! Fantastic views from both the living room and bedroom. The gas fire, with the remote, was very effective and a bonus for instant heat after a cold, rainy day. Parking was never an issue. The cottage is situated in a very quiet and accessible location and only a 10 mins walk down to Ambleside Granted not everybody would enjoy the walk back, as it is quite steep and requires a bit of effort! The weather was pretty wet all week, apart from one day when we were able to travel to Grizedale Forest where we hired bikes. Highly recommend for an active day! The only thing we didn't like was the TV on the wall, but that is a personal matter as we do not have a wall mounted TV at home. We found it a little uncomfortable when watching in the evening. A very, very small complaint! In terms of maintenance we did not think the radiators upstairs were that effective and the top half of the bathroom one was cold, suggesting it needs bleeding. However none of these issues affected the enjoyment of our stay at Little Robin Cottage and we would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Gill4.1Dec 2022

  • "Robin Cottage, perfect spot for a break for 2, plus Lola the chocolate lab."

    Stunning views from the cosy lounge and bedroom, tasteful and high quality furnishings throughout. Special mention goes to the remote control gas fire (not sure who loved it more, us or Lola). The button at bathroom door to start the shower is also a great idea. Even enjoyed the short walk back up the hill from the village , certainly got the heart pumping but don't be daunted by it. Never used an induction hob before but followed the clear instructions provided in welcome book and didn't have any problems. We enjoyed everything about our stay and will definitely be back.

    Thank you for you comments, we really appreciate them. Glad you found the hob straightforward. I agree with you about the walk up the hill, it's a good way of getting a little exercise if you have been eating out. Hope to see you again. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Noel5.0Nov 2022

  • "Fantastic little cottage for 2."

    Everything was catered for. Comfy warm bed. Cosy lounge and a bonus of an electric charge point. Will definitely recommend this cottage and will probably stay again,

    Thank you. I am glad you found it comfortable. Hope we will see you again. Richard & Diane. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2022

  • "The cottage is very well appointed - and very comfortable ( though small) the utility room in the cellar is a great addition, but we had to be careful on the stone steps as the light did not always come on automatically."

    My only other issue as the cook, is the hi tec hob. I found it very difficult to use, the touch controls seem to have a mind of their own - I did read the instructions, but sometimes it took minutes to get the child lock to turn off. We had an issue with a loose tap in the bathroom basin, but full marks to Sykes for getting that fixed very promptly. Please put a hook in the key safe! Its very hard to lodge the key in there as it is so smooth inside Joe & Margaret 01- 03 Nov

    Thanks for your comments. Apologies about the tap, but I am pleased that Heart of the Lakes fixed this. I have checked the light in the passage to the Undercroft and cannot find a fault, but I'm sorry of you had difficulty with this. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joe4.7Nov 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, hill not a problem, challenge yes."

    But we are 75. And wife has a replacement knee. We managed. It was only silly things that didn't seriously effect us.. the dog gate and my toes had several arguments. Should have removed. The slight step in bathroom has obviously been kicked and the flooring loose The cooker however is the main downer. The induction very temperamental and we are used to one. It could be the saucepan we're not really ideal for it. We have had similar problems with this mixed metals plate before. The oven we didn't fancy using as not happy with Gas and this wasn't easy.

    Glad you enjoyed your stay. I note your comment about the dog gate but we have found that if we take this away we end up with dogs upstairs in the bedrooms, so we leave it in place even when guests have no pets. The step in the bathroom has been fixed, thanks for letting us know on this. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Greg4.7Oct 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Little Robin Cottage, the owners have thought of everything and great views from the picture windows."

    We locked ourselves out one day and within 5 minutes a lovely man came with a spare key, great service!! We used Alexa a lot to play music and chill in the evenings. Thanks for making our stay such a lovely one, we'll be back x

    Glad you had a great time. I hope we will see you again. Delighted that Heart of the Lakes were able to sort you so quickly when you locked yourselves out. We've all done it! Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7Sep 2022

  • "A lovely cottage to stay, furnished and decorated to a high standard."

    Thank you. We appreciate your comment. We hope you enjoyed your stay. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Trixy5.0Sep 2022

  • "A lovely house, immaculately furnished and equipped."

    Wonderful views across the hills and valleys. The only issue was parking outside the property. during the whole of the stay a car was parked directly across the entrance gate which made access difficult and charging of the car impossible.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2022

  • "A lovely cosy cottage on a very quiet( hilly) road."

    Parking was never a problem. Everything you need for a home from home. Love the boiling water tap!!

    Reviewed by Cathy4.4Jun 2022

  • "Robin Cottage is beautifully decorated and well furnished."

    We love bed the location although it is a steep climb from the town, but that is part of the experience of the Lakes.

    Yes, I'm afraid it is! But their is not too much that is flat in Ambleside! Ambleside can get very busy in the summer and the walk does take you out of the busy area. Glad you enjoyed the cottage and we hope to see you again. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely time, and the location is good for exploring the surrounding area, the only down side was that there was no mention of the very steep hill up to the cottage which necessitated use of the car for going out in the evening ,(we are of that age) also we had to pay for parking each evening as a result."

    Thank you for your comments and we are glad you had a lovely stay. With regard to your comment about the hill, we do say in the particulars that the cottage is 'in a raised position', and of course there is not much in Ambleside that is on flat ground! However, we do take this on board and will amend the description and highlight this more. The benefit of being up the hill is of course the view and the privacy, but I do understand your point. Thanks again. Richard & Diane. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2022

  • "We were very impressed by the quality of the furnishings and the owners have provided everything possible to make the cottage very comfortable."

    Just one point that may help - clear uncomplicated instructions for the hob and oven would help for those future visitors « without technical skills » !! I would be happy for the feedback to be used but not my comments about the hob!

    Diana. Thank you for your comments & feedback. There are summary instructions in the Information File as we are aware that the appliances can be a little difficult. We'll check that they are still there and have not been taken out. I hope we'll have the pleasure of you returning one day. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Apr 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage , in an ideal position for exploring the Lakes."

    Furnished and equipped to a very high standard, spotlessly clean , cosy and welcoming. Would definitely recommend and will book to return.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We look forward to welcoming you back again sometime. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Apr 2022

  • "Little Robin Cottage is the perfect holiday spot close to Ambleside centre, but on a quiet no through lane."

    Super clean throughout, with high quality appliances (Miele and Smeg) plus the comfiest bed ever! Lots of extras like Remote controlled gas fire, underfloor heating, quality towels and sheets. Parking is on street but we never had an issue finding a spot outside the cottage. Minor point, there’s no dishwasher but that’s not really a problem for a couple. Dog friendly, and a great base for beautiful walks. Overall a 5 star property. Thank you for a great week!

    Claire, Thank you for your comments. Delighted you had an enjoyable week and I hope we see you back again sometime. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Apr 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay in this cottage."

    It is gorgeous. Everything you need and very high standard. We will be back.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review. We're delighted you had a great time, and we look forward to welcoming you back to beautiful Ambleside. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Mar 2022

  • "Beautiful little cottage in a lovely setting."

    Could not fault it. 5 stars ⭐️

    We really appreciate you taking the time to leave such a positive review. We hope you had a lovely few days and look forward to welcoming you back sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Vincent5.0Mar 2022

  • "A beautiful little cottage in an ideal location for Ambleside town and with direct access to the fells from the door."

    Beautiful and high quality fittings. The induction hob is a bit fiddly but there’s full instructions provided. Washing machine and tumble dryer in the store room. Please fix the charging point! This was a big factor in my choosing to stay so I was disappointed that it wasn’t working. It’s a big selling point given there are not many places in Lakeland where you can top up

    Thanks for your feedback, and we appreciate your positive comments. I note your comments about the car charger and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that this caused. We are waiting for a new relay charger to be fitted and Heart of the Lakes should have rung you before your stay to advise you of this. It appears this was not done, and we have taken this up with them. I hope you were able to make alternative arrangements in the meantime, and I can assure you we are trying to get this as a priority. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Douglas4.7Mar 2022

  • "A really lovely little cottage, good quality furnishings and fittings most of them new, a well equipped kitchen, the welcome pack was a nice surprise too, cleanliness was very good throughout."

    The location is perfect for a lovely quiet spot but only 5 minutes to all amenities, great walks from the doorstep. The only issue we had was the heating is still not working upstairs, no heat at all from the bedroom radiator, this was a disappointment as this appears to of been an issue for several months now.

    Christine. Thank you for your feedback. We visited the cottage this w/e and checked the heating. It transpires the thermostat clock had been altered by about 9 hours (please note I am not suggesting you did this) and the heating was therefore coming on at odd hours. I have re-set this and tested everything and all is working. This is not related to the previous problem with the boiler which was repaired successfully. I hope this did not affect your holiday adversely and that you will consider staying again another time. Thanks again. Richard & Diane Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Feb 2022

  • "We had an amazing stay at Little Robin Cottage and really didn't want the holiday to end."

    We loved the design, layout and comfort of the cottage and found the cottage to be cosy and warm. The bonus for us was the remote controlled gas fire and push button to start the shower when entering the bathoom. What luxury! This cottage has everything you could possibly need and we soon mastered the oven and cooker. Thank you for the milk and delicious ginger bread from Apple Pie. We willl most definately be back. Helen, Chris & Hennie

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review. We're delighted you had an enjoyable stay in Ambleside...and we know the feeling when you don't want to leave. I hope Hennie managed to find the dog biscuits! Hopefully we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back sometime. Richard & Diane. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2022

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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 three floors
  • One king-size bedroom
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Lower-ground-floor utility
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On-street parking
  • Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture
  • Bike storage
  • Pet-friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: Check-in is from 4pm, check-out by 10am

The property

The quaint terraced home of Little Robin Cottage is perfectly located in a raised position on the outskirts of the renowned lakeside town of Ambleside, Cumbria.

The cottage is an ideal getaway and is close to many of the best attractions in the Lake District National Park.

On arrival you will find on-street parking and a convenient electric car charging outlet.

You enter into the well equipped kitchen/diner which features Shaker style cabinets and a variety of integrated equipment including a Smeg electric oven, built in microwave, induction hob and boiling water tap.

Underfloor heating throughout the ground floor ensures you will be warm and cosy.

Continue to the charming sitting room where you can enjoy the views over the town down to the Lake, or those looking up to Wansfell.

Alternatively sink into the sofa in front of the smart TV while operating the remote-controlled gas stove from the sofa.

The cottage has wi-fi throughout. On the lower ground floor is a utility room with a Miele washing machine and separate tumble dryer.

This area also has space and heating for wet clothing, other outdoor gear and storage of mountain bikes.

A full-sized Belfast sink with shower tap is ideal for washing muddy boots, and muddy paws! Make your way upstairs to the delightful king-sized bedroom which has built in storage for neatly storing your belongings, and a window where you can sit and enjoy the stunning views down the valley towards the lake.

Alternatively use the separate dressing room with window seat, dressing table, mirror and hairdryer for getting ready in a peaceful and tranquil setting.

The superb shower room with glass walk in shower has a push button shower start on the wall - to ensure the water is piping hot before you get wet! During the warmer months, a passage on the side of the house leads to the patio area with garden furniture where you can spend afternoons dining alfresco.

Little Robin is perfectly situated for walking and reference guides are provided.

At the end of the road the path leads up to Higher Sweden Bridge, with a circular route via Lower Sweden Bridge back to the village.

For those feeling more energetic the route can go all the way to Fairfield via the Horseshoe, and back via Rydal.

Alternatively take a short stroll into the village for the start of walks to Wansfell Pike, or to Loughrigg Fell.

It is easily possible to spend a week without needing to get behind the wheel of your car, but if you do want to venture further then Scafell Pike, the Langdale Pikes, Coniston Old Man and Helvellyn are all within easy reach.

Ambleside is a real Lakeland town with a beautiful park, shops, excellent restaurants, cafes and bars.

Walk, or take a short drive to Waterhead and you can enjoy Lake Cruises, private boat hire and other water sports, or you can picnic at the ancient Ambleside Roman Fort.

The quaint village of Grasmere is only three miles away where you can visit the former home of the famed poet William Wordsworth, and the other classic Lakeland villages of Elterwater, Chapel Style and Rydal are within easy reach. Choose Little Robin for your next romantic staycation.

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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Please note: There is not room for a travel cot in the bedroom.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas