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Old Stones Cottage

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely cottage, home from home and warm."

    Fab location, everything on your door stop and the parking isn’t bad at all with your permit. From payment to picking and dropping the keys off no issues at all.

    Reviewed by Terri5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely location in centre of town."

    Kitchen equipment was good although there were only 4 chairs (+2stools) for a place sleeping up to six. We had to request maintenance for non functioning bathroom radiator and underfloor heating. This came very promptly the same day. The downstairs rooms were very cold on arrival and upstairs became very hot so managing the temperature was tricky. The gas fire was a dream on cold day 1 but then stopped functioning too. Maintenance was not requested so still needs looking at.

    Reviewed by Daphne4.4Oct 2023

  • "Would stay there again, great central location in Ambleside, close to restaurants, pubs and coffee shops."

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay in Old Stones Cottage. We do hope to welcome you again. The owner relations team - Lakelovers Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Sep 2023

  • "We are a family of three (2 adults and 18month old) and stayed for four nights."

    This was our first visit to the property and won't be our last! This is the cleanest property we have stayed in on a domestic holiday. The kitchen and bathrooms were very modern and provided all facilities needed. The property provided a travel cot and high chair, which we didnt require but was nice extra if needed. The bedrooms were generous and had plenty of storage. The living area was great, and the gas fired stove was a real plus as the weather wasn't fantastic whilst we were there. The central heating was easily controlled by the nest thermostat. The property provides two parking permits, one for the street and one for several nearby car parks. Unfortunately the street permit had just expired but we were offered the opportunity to be refunded if we had to pay for parking. However, the local car park was a 2minute walk so there was no issue for us in this respect using the other permit. The property is ideally located for the restaurants, cafes and the local childrens park. All within a few minutes walk.

    Reviewed by Euan5.0Sep 2023

  • "The house was very good had everything we needed."

    A few things that were difficult was the parking on the road. We managed to only park once. Secondly i felt that they needed Somewhere downstairs to hold coats there Wasn’t enough space and those hooks there on back of door was broken. The washing machine needs to be cleaned and left open as it smelt bad - again easy to fix. The rooms were excellent and the kitchen. I found a cupboard with loads of maps on lake district on the last day. I wish i had known. I dont like snooping in cupboards in a holiday rental .

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased that the house had everything that you needed. We take all comments on board. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Theresa4.1Mar 2023

  • "Our family (with three young kids) had a wonderful week staying at Old Stone Cottage in the centre of Ambleside!"

    The cottage was lovely and clean on arrival. The beds were just fabulous!! The stand alone bath is HUGE and the kids LOVED it!! We stayed for a week in January 2023. The gas fire in the lounge wasn't working. We called the office and they sent someone round within a couple of hours to check it. It unfortunately needed an engineer. The office dropped off 2 electric heaters within an hour to heat the lounge, which were perfect. It was freezing outside and the house was lovely and warm throughout! Our only downside were the stairs to the third floor bedroom which were very steep and not suitable for our 4 year old to use at night to use the toilet in the main bathroom on the 1st level. The kitchen was brilliantly equipped with everything you'd need (and more!) There was even a great pushchair to use should you need one!! The washing machine and tumble drier we're fabulous and used everyday with three muddy boys!! All in all it was a brilliant holiday cottage! Parking outside the house is very tricky (in winter!) as the cottage is located down a small little road in the centre of Ambleside. Only around 6 cars can park in the whole road! There is an outdoor carpark 1 minute away if the parking is full! In summer it would be near impossible to park in the road outside! The Tesco express is a 1 minute walk! Ambleside is just lovely! If you have young kids, the play park by the church is outstanding with great things to play on and only a 5 minute walk from the cottage! Fab place to stay! We will definitely be back and use Sykes cottages again! Thank you for a brilliant stay!!

    Reviewed by Megan4.1Jan 2023

  • "Nice cottage, parking a major issue, esp during school holiday times, not very ..."

    Nice cottage, parking a major issue, esp during school holiday times, not very clear how to use the parking permits, they say to refer to the info on the council car park boards, but there is nothing about them, so it leaves you guessing, more info in the house book about their use would be good

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Dec 2022

  • "Central location in Ambleside but cottage was having stuffing smell, kitchen and upstair bathroom has been modernised, washing machine was not so clean and so were the carpets."

    Reviewed by Sunil2.8Aug 2022

  • "Really enjoyed being right in the middle of Ambleside."

    What a 'Tardis' of a house. Plenty of space for us. Parking permits were a very welcome addition. Really comfy beds, sofas, and clear information. I hope we left it all ok as per instructions. (Maybe this bit just for owners... Suggestions. Only minor 2nd key maybe somewhere would be helpful. Cleaners dont look up, lots of spiders and cobwebs (had to clear before my daughter would enter) Back door main lock very stiff. Couldn't lock)

    Reviewed by Rob4.7Jul 2022

  • "This is a lovely cottage, perfect for 4 nights in Ambleside."

    There was everything there we needed for our stay. It's in a great position in the town to be able to walk to shops, restaurants, pubs etc. We were particularly impressed with the amount of storage in the bedrooms and the fantastic bathroom on the 1st floor. I also loved little details like the extra blankets in one of the bedroom cupboards. The only very slight draw back was that parking could be a challenge. Great holiday had.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Jun 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay at Stones Cottage and it’s very central yet surprisingly quiet too."

    It’s very clean and warm also. Only down side is the parking..it’s not easy to get a space on the street, almost impossible and the permit is only for that street. If you are a party of two cars, then one will have to dodge the restrictions but fine if you plan to use your car daily as you can park nearby 6pm-10am quite easily overnight. It wouldn’t put us off staying again but for others it may.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7May 2022

  • "The only quibble we have is that for some reason the hot water ran out."

    .. and we couldn't find anything in the info or through the Nest controller to temporarily boost the hot water heating. It was ok though, we just used the shower downstairs, and other than that, the stay and the cottage were great!

    Sorry to hear the problem with the hot water, its is strange as the house has a combie boiler that heats water on demand and not part of the nest system. We have since tested it and it seems to work fine. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nick4.4Nov 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay in a beautiful area."

    The cottage was very central in Ambleside, so good for local restaurants. However, parking was difficult in the road outside-virtually impossible! We reported a leak in ine bathroom, but nothing was done about this.

    Reviewed by Anne4.1Oct 2020

  • "Lovely charming comfortable cottage in a great location"

    Miss ScottDec 2019

  • "A lovely family cottage close to all amenities"

    Mrs BatsonDec 2019

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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
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x second-floor double, 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, handheld shower, separate walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with gas woodburning-effect fire
  • Gas central heating and gas woodburning-effect fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview HD, DVD player, CD player and Wi-Fi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Parking permit for one car on a first-come, first, served basis and free use of the long stay car parks
  • Rear patio with garden seating and secure bike locker for three bikes
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking

The property

A spectacular stone-front cottage resting in an idyllic position in the town of Ambleside, Old Stones Cottage is the perfect base from which to explore the Lake District National Park with your loved ones.

Surrounded by natural splendour, with the town’s amenities on your doorstep as well as the wonder of Lake Windermere in easy reach, this contemporary abode is a true delight at any time of year.

Kick off your boots in the porch before entering the charming sitting room where a gas woodburning-effect fire takes centre stage in the rustic exposed stone inglenook, a lovely spot to unwind each evening in the plush seating arrangement.

The kitchen/diner is sure to be the heart of your holiday home, with the charming checked dining area tucked away in the corner, here you can enjoy all your home-made meals, the kitchen boasting all the essentials of an electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer a and a dishwasher, sure to make your self-catered stay a breeze.

Perch at the breakfast bar to spend a romantic moment with a loved one with a refreshing beverage in hand, or gather altogether out on the patio, a lovely spot to soak up the last of the evening sun or dine alfresco.

Also on the ground floor rests a stylish shower room, ideally situated for warming up after a day of exploring, while up on the first floor you will also find a bathroom hosting a beautiful freestanding bath, handheld shower and a separate walk-in shower too, so you can choose how best to unwind before seeking out the three well-presented bedrooms.

On the first floor you will find both a master king-size and a twin, while up the steep steps on the second floor beneath the sloping ceiling rests the double bedroom, offering each guest a wonderful spot to rest ahead of each day of adventure.

Resting down a quiet lane of Ambleside, the property is ideally situated for those seeking an idyllic base in easy reach of all of the excitement of the town; Ambleside itself boasts so many eateries to take your pick from, whether you’re seeking fine dining, a spot of tea or a heart-warming pub lunch, you’re sure to find it here, with a scatter of general stores too so you can pack up you own picnic and enjoy a scenic lunch spot amidst the flowing waters of the river through the town, or embark on a journey to discover Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in both the Lake District and in England, it presents plenty of wonderful walking routes around it, with ample opportunities for watersports such as sailing, canoeing, kayaking and more.

For even more outdoor adventure make your way to Brockhole, just a short ferry ride from Waterhead letting you explore the waters from a different view, here you will find 30 acres of impressive terraced gardens with plenty of excitement for all ages including cave tunnels to explore, mini golf, tree top adventures, laser clay shooting and more!

Visit the fantastic attractions of Ambleside itself including the impressive waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force, the enticing Armitt Library & Museum Centre and Zeffirellis Independent cinema and authentic pizzeria with a welcoming jazz café, while there are plenty of fun-filled attractions to explore further afield including various National Trust wonders such as neo-gothic 1800s Wray Castle in Low Wray and Beatrix Potter’s childhood home Hill Top in Near Sawrey, with The World of Beatrix Potter attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere being well-worth visiting too if you’re travelling with little ones.

In a prime location for exploring the many countryside delights of the Lake District, with ample walking and cycling routes on its doorstep, Old Stones Cottage is a spectacular family holiday home for your escape to Cumbria.

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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