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Rock Lea

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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our second visit to Rock Lea and it was as lovely as our first visit."

    The cottage has everything you could need and is warm and cosy. We are already planning our third visit!

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Apr 2024

  • "This visit was our 8th visit to Rocklea and once again we were not disappointed."

    The cottage is warm and comfortable, ideal for returning to after a days walking. We were able to leave the car at the cottage and walk from the door every day. We will return for our 9th visit!!

    Thank you very much for your lovely review - we really appreciate your comments are so glad that you had another great stay at Rock Lea. We are delighted that you choose the cottage as a base for your walking holiday each year and look forward to welcoming you back next time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marlene5.0Mar 2024

  • "Second visit here which tells you all you need to know."

    Lovely cottage with comfortable furniture which makes a difference after a lot of walking. Well equipped and very clean. Fantastic location , literally a couple of minutes from the town centre and parking right outside a huge bonus in Ambleside

    Thank you for your lovely comments and for taking the time to leave a review. We are very pleased that you found the cottage to be clean, comfortable and well equipped and hope you had a great stay. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely comfortable cosy quiet cottage."

    From the moment we walked in the door we loved the cottage, it is very homely. The car parking is great and very easy to get to the cottage. Great location nice short walk into Ambleside and easy to get to the main road when going out in the car. We definitely will be back again the future.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, they really are appreciated. We are so glad you enjoyed your holiday and your stay at Rock Lea. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane4.4Jan 2024

  • "Beautiful property."

    Very comfortable and snug .

    Reviewed by Philippa5.0Dec 2023

  • "Superb location literally a couple of minutes from two great traditional pubs and a few minutes into town."

    Parking right outside is an absolute bonus for Ambleside. Ideal for a couple. Comfy sofas and the wood burner was lovely given the cold spell. Well equipped kitchen. Nice bed and very functional bathroom. All well equipped and very homely. Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Nov 2023

  • "Cottage was lovely, very clean and well maintained."

    It was well equipped with crockery, pots, pans etc. A very good location with an easy stroll into the town. Would definitely return to Rock Lea.

    Reviewed by Carolyn5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and great location."

    Had everything we needed for our weeks stay. A few cobwebs around that should really have been cleaned but otherwise very clean. Parking space outside door but other spaces on first come first served basis which the locals are very aware especially the garage owner down the road who seems to think he can park his customers cars there.

    Reviewed by Garry4.7Jul 2023

  • "A nice little cottage in a good location and convenient parking."

    Everything you need for an enjoyable stay in Ambleside.

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are so pleased to see that you had an enjoyable stay. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jean4.4Jul 2023

  • "All we could have wished for including items sometimes overlooked such as a teapot, with enough 'utensils' to use the dishwasher just a couple of times."

    Excellent quality towels, bed linen and ample hot water. ideally situated in Ambleside and car parking slot was a bonus.

    Reviewed by Stella5.0Jun 2023

  • "Rock Lea is probably the best holiday cottage we have stayed in."

    It is clean, nicely decorated and all furniture was very comfortable. The facilities provided are great, even down to small details such as a sewing kit! We are already planning a second visit! Thank you!

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments - your feedback is much appreciated and always helps us improve where we can. We hope you had a lovely holiday and we look forward to welcoming you back to Rock Lea. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, cosy, comfortable and equipped with everything you could want."

    Close to centre of Ambleside, a really beautiful place to stay. Unfortunately there was quite alot of noise throughout two nights of our seven night stay. A van alarm from the garage along the lane repeatedly going off at 2.15am! Another night we were awoken by 8 visitors arriving at youth hostel centre (?) across the yard reversing with beepers up lane in minibus at 1.30am and lots of noise/lights outside. Having said that it's a quiet area without passing road noise, and we were able to park outside the cottage in a designated place. The hostel building (?) across the yard did seem to have frequent, short stay guests arriving throughout the days and nights. We weren't aware that this facility was opposite the cottage when we booked. Well equipped kitchen, however, the microwave was difficult to use as the duration of cooking time was tricky to set. The dvd player remote control didn't work, the battery wasn't one that was in the spares left at the property.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, finding the cottage to be cosy, and well equipped. We are sorry to read of the issues that you experienced with noise. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team From the Owners: We are very sorry that you were disturbed at night during your stay. The Drill Hall opposite Rock Lea is a very small traditional slate hut and used for outward bound overnight stays of short duration (1-2 nights), with numbers restricted. Noise is supposed to be controlled after hours due to the residential location and we have informed those who manage the Hall of the recent disturbance. We do hope you will return in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola4.1May 2023

  • "This was our 7th visit to Rock Lea which as usual provided us with everything we needed for a relaxing week."

    The allotted parking space is a bonus as we can leave the car at the cottage and walk from the door. All the shops are in walking distance. We look forward to visiting again soon.

    Thank you for your lovely comments, we are very pleased that you enjoy staying at Rock Lea and we look forward to welcoming you back again sometime! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marlene5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had an amazing time."

    The cottage is beautiful,so cute and prettyThe log burner was gorgeous,we did take our own wood with us. The private parking outside was a bonus.The owners have thought of everything to make it like home from home. We did go and buy a bird feeder for the tree.It was lovely watching the birds every morning so i hope people keep it topped up.The location of Rock Lea was perfect for the shops pubs and restaurants.We will definitely be returning.

    Thank you very much for your lovely comments, we are so pleased you had a great time at Rock Lea. The feedback is much appreciated and helps us improve where we can. The addition of a bird feeder is a great idea - we will buy some food to put in the cottage. We look forward to welcoming you back to Rock Lea. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Naomi5.0Dec 2022

  • "Another wonderful relaxing break at our favourite cottage in Ambleside."

    The weather was rather wet but we were able to return to the warm cosy cottage to dry out in front of the log burner. We look forward to a return visit next year.

    Thank you very much for your lovely comments about Rock Lea, we are so glad you had a great stay, despite the weather! We really appreciate the feedback and look forward to welcoming you next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marlene5.0Nov 2022

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Was clean and very well equipped. I’m sure if you forgot any thing at home Rockea had one you could borrow. Unfortunately when we arrive the heating wasn’t working and the day after we had no hot water. However the issue was resolved that day, and the following day the engineer called to ask if everything was still working. Thank you for looking after us so well. We understand issues happen, but it’s how they are handled that matters. Would recommend the company and cottage to anyone. Thank you for a great holiday!

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Oct 2022

  • "This was our third visit to Rock Lea Cottage."

    We are pleased that the cottage is still well maintained and looked after. You used to supply a basket of logs for visitors convenience. You supplied toiletries for our use. They were ok, but I always bring my own, so they are not that necessary. We love the position of the cottage, the beautiful, peaceful garden and the plus of having our own parking space. It is very rare that we repeat a holiday, so I think this says it all.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Thank you so much for an amazing stay in such a quiet, yet central location."

    Very comfortable cottage and with own parking spot. We plan to book next year for more walks and exploring by bus. Felt so relaxed, we didn't want to come home!! We are going to buy a boot tray mat as we liked your one so much for our walking boots. Great idea.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Home from home.

    Reviewed by Francis5.0Aug 2022

  • "I came with my mum for some much needed down time."

    The cottage was home from home. We loved it and will be coming back next year for sure. It was cosy, quiet and had everything we needed. We didn’t want to leave!

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments about Rock Lea, we are so glad that you had a good time and appreciate the feedback. We look forward to welcoming you next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2022

  • "The only improvement that I feel could be made is that as this is a cottage for 3, and there were 3 of us, it would have been nice to have 3 outside chairs to sit in the garden and be able to have dinner out there."

    Other than that this cottage was ideally situated, had guaranteed parking and provided us with the perfect base for our holiday. We will return!

    Reviewed by Corine5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful Cottage very comfortable Everything you need after a long day out walking ."

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2022

  • "1st class cottage that has everything you need, perfect."

    Reviewed by Sara5.0May 2022

  • "Very nice little cottage in a lovely spot"

    Reviewed by Shaun3.8Mar 2022

  • "Fabulous holiday home, well equipped, comfortable and exceptionally clean."

    Can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jan 2022

  • "Thank you for a lovely safe and relaxing place to stay."

    It’s been a difficult year and I needed a base to visit friends, recharge my batteries and walk. I’m a keen photographer and the location was perfect for walking from the door and far enough from the centre of Ambleside to feel safe in terms of covid interactions. Loved the view out the back. Would book again.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Dec 2021

  • "This was our 5th stay at Rock Lea and the cottage was as usual warm and comfortable being well equipped for a weeks holiday."

    The cottage is ideally situated for walking from the door and the many local shops. We will definitely return for another visit soon.

    Reviewed by Marlene5.0Nov 2021

  • "Really enjoyed our stay."

    Cottage was cosy and lovely and warm. It was very well equipped and there were a lot of unexpected touches like dvds, cds to watch and listen to. Only drawback was it’s position - I have some mobility issues and would not have booked this cottage if I’d realised it was up a hill! A radio in the 2nd bedroom would also have been useful.

    We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Rock Lea and that you found the cottage to be well equipped and cosy. Regarding access to the cottage itself, there is an easy level walk into town across the Green opposite Rock Lea, through a passageway and onto North Road, which leads directly into Ambleside centre. This takes just a few minutes. The Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jean4.7Oct 2021

  • "Excellent location, facilities."

    Larger mugs would be good

    Reviewed by Gordon5.0Aug 2021

  • "What a lovely, well equipped cottage in a great location."

    Situated in a quiet area of Ambleside, this cottage made a perfect base to explore the Lake District. We cannot wait to return

    Reviewed by A5.0Aug 2021

  • "Awesome property."

    Really clean, had everything we needed. It was just like a home from home. So many times we've been away to a property and theres been little kitchen items or towels etc... not here ,,, it's all bob on and clean,,, brilliant ! Parking is actually fine if at first it seemed a bit squashed. Close to the centre but not so close you hear any drunken noise at night or busy roads in the day. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7Aug 2021

  • "The TA centre next door is not mentioned as it is very noisy when they are there late at night and early morning."

    Parking is okay as you have your own space but it is so busy up there as house next door is being renovated and work vans park anywhere they can. Cottage needs a good clean as cobwebs everywhere and hairs all over the carpets. Lack of clothing hanging space when there for 2 weeks and not much space to keep food.

    'This is a very small traditional slate hut (and NOT a centre) opposite the cottage and used occasionally for overnight stays only. Generally these stays are of short duration (1-2 nights) numbers are restricted to 6 guests at the moment. Noise is strictly controlled after hours due to the residential location. Rock Lea is in one of the quietest areas in Ambleside.' Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie3.1Jul 2021

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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.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer, dryer, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. In rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. In rent
  • Travel cot and highchair are available at this property
  • Off-road parking for one small car
  • Patio with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking

The property

This traditional slate cottage, built in 1903, rests at the end of a row of six cottages in a quiet conservation area of Ambleside, known as The Green.

Rock Lea has been sympathetically resorted by its owners to a quality standard, retaining much of its original character and offering a heart-warming escape for families or a couple looking to stay in a peaceful location close to the amenities of Ambleside.

Enter the cottage into the entrance porch with room to store coats and boots before finding the sitting room, a cosy space to unwind into the sofas with the added benefit of a woodburning stove for those winter evenings.

Moving through into the fitted kitchen, appointed with white units and a useful selection of appliances including an electric oven and hob, here the chef amongst you can prepare a hearty breakfast or sumptuous feast to be enjoyed at the dining table, or head outside to enjoy your meal with views of the sun setting over Loughrigg Fell.

Upstairs there are two bedrooms, a double and a twin, dressed in light colours with oak furniture, along with a contemporary shower room with walk-in shower.

Walking enthusiasts will want to take advantage of the many low and high level walks from the doorstep including the lower paths to Rydal and Grasmere and the higher peaks of Wansfell and the Fairfield Horseshoe, or walk alongside the River Rothay and up on to Loughrigg, a rewarding climb to discover the uninterrupted views across Lake Windermere.

Although a small town, Ambleside has become a major honeypot location for tourists with a wealth of independent shops, restaurants, pubs and landmarks, including the 17th century Bridge Houser over Stock Ghyll beck which is one of the most photographed scenes in the Lakeland.

A cruise on board a Windermere steamer is highly recommended, taking you down to the bustling town of Bowness-on-Windermere where you’ll find the Lakes Aquarium in Lakeside before looping back round to Ambleside with some unbeatable views of wooded landscapes, secluded bays and dramatic fells.

Rock Lea is a charming base for Lake District delights, all year round.

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter