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Rothay 17

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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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31 Customer Reviews

  • "We've stayed here often ." the position and views would feel more homely with a few well placed lamps ...but that's just my opinion .. It's a lovely place ..convenient for walking the fells etc ... Unfortunately we find walking and climbing the beloved fells ...becoming out of our reach now .Would love to be 18 once more....

    Reviewed by Margaret4.1Mar 2024

  • "Rothay 17 is a lovely, well appointed property."

    In a great location in Ambleside with beautiful views over the town. We come to Ambleside around four times a year. Rothay 17 was a last minute booking and well worth the money. I would definitely recommend it to others.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2024

  • "Great property, fabulous views of Ambleside, wonderful location, very clean and a great place to stay while visiting the lake district!"

    Car parking directly outside so no parking fees, 5 minute walk to centre of Ambleside! We would highly recommend this property, we will definitely be staying here again!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very well located, literally 2 mins from central Ambleside."

    Comfortable furnishings and nice views from the balcony

    Reviewed by Dominic4.7Jul 2023

  • "A very comfortable flat with an amazing view."

    It is centrally located but be warned the walk up is very steep but mercifully short! It's great to have your own parking space which is unusual in Ambleside. It was an ideal base for our holiday and we'd be very happy to stay there again. We were blessed with amazing weather but if you aren't so lucky beware that the TV only has Freeview - no iPlayer etc or ability to cast from your phone, so take some DVDs

    Thank you for your kind comments. Regarding the TV, we have now replaced the one in the lounge with a smart TV so this should widen guests' viewing choices. The kitchen one was already a smart TV. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie4.4May 2023

  • "Excellent location, first class apartment very clean."

    Parking however can be difficult depending on size of adjacent cars.Steep walk down to town.The lounge seating should be replaced have seen better days and a second set of keys to property would be usefulWould definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Rita4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely apartment with fantastic views, which was spotless on arrival and nice and warm on a very chilly day."

    The appartment was very well equiped and had plenty of utensils etc for cooking/eating in. The non adjustable shower head in the bath was a pain but we just used the the shower room instead. The king sized bed was firm but very comfortable and we both slept well. The allocated parking space was a bit tight (for a slightly bigger car) and this depended on the neatness of the people parking on either side, but not an issue, as we just used the visitor space, when the parking was too tight. Ambleside was lovely as always, with plenty of choice of places to eat and good walks straight from the door. There is also an excellent bus service for one way walks.

    Reviewed by Glenda5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely holiday home."

    Brilliant location and the views make it so special. Well equipped. The only slight moan is about the showers. The fitting for the shower head doesn't allow for any adjustment, which makes it difficult to have a decent shower without holding the head in your hand and without soaking the floor in the upstairs one. The owners are aware of this as there are notes in the bathrooms, but perhaps a new attachment to the rail is now necessary. Also, it would be useful to have some sort of mat in the hall to put muddy/wet boots on. It was very wet whilst we were there and we were worried about the carpet. Overall, a very nice holiday and we would be happy to stay here again. Thank you

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Nov 2022

  • "The property is in a lovely position with superb views."

    Very easy access to the centre of Ambleside and good walking from the property. But there were a few small issues which together add up. The mattress in the double bedroom is very hard. It needs an upgrade to be more comfortable so much so we had to use the pull down bed in the lounge. The shower heads are very impractical and almost impossible to angle for normal use. They had to be removed from the cradle to be used. The kettle in the kitchen is difficult to fill as the lid does not open fully. A suggestion would be to reduce the size of the kitchen table as two people working in a self catering kitchen found the space to be very tight. We appreciate the table has to sit 6 at a push but a smaller table could have been used and still accommodated 6 people. On the whole the facilities were good and the apartment was very clean and the kitchen was well equipped. We have been coming to several of these apartments for very many years and hope this criticism is taken in good faith as we appreciate it is hard to please everyone all of the time

    Sorry you had some small issues which we hope did not spoil your stay. Beds are very much a personal choice and the level of hardness/softness will inevitably not suit everyone. The shower heads are adjustable by moving them gently up or down until they click on the required setting. We will add some instructions about this to the guest information in the apartment. We will also look at the kettle and consider replacing it - no guests have raised this issue previously. Finally, as you say, the table has to seat 6 as this is the maximum sleeping capacity. If guests do not require 6 seats they can move the table towards the corner of the kitchen under the TV and store unwanted chairs under the stairs for the duration of their stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James Roger3.4Sep 2022

  • "Very impressed except for sofas which are too low for comfort."

    Also check in and check out times are unrealistic and considerably shorten the holiday experience.

    Checkout time has now been changed to 10.00 which we hope will be more convenient for guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.7Feb 2022

  • "Lovely, clean, spacious property."

    Well appointed above Ambleside. Spectacular views of the town and hills from the balcony and all rooms. Well equipped for catering at home but lots of pubs, cafes and restaurants within walking distance. Great walks from the property but also centrally located for exploring the rest of the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely clean apartment, stunning views of Ambleside from all windows."

    Both bathrooms are modern and spotless. A cosy welcoming apartment, can’t wait to return, thank you for a wonderful base from which to explore this beautiful part of the lakes.

    Reviewed by Jasmin5.0Oct 2021

  • "Building works to rear of apartment all day with noise and builders swearing!"

    , roadworks to front of apartment all day and night with noise from machinery so had to keep windows closed and too noisy to sit on balcony.ruined our holiday week

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Sep 2021

  • "Great location, well-equiped accommodation with plenty of space for 4 adults."

    We felt immediately relaxed on arrival as everything was exactly what we needed. Thank you!

    Thank you for your very positive review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glynis5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful apartment and a great location to explore all the Lakes has to offer."

    It had everything we needed, and it was lovely to sit on the balcony and soak in the amazing views.

    Thank you. Great to hear you liked our apartment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Aug 2021

  • "Kitchens and bathrooms very clean which was great."

    A couple other areas could have done with a dust. Clean kit and shower gels etc really nice touch. The only thing lacking was washing machine. Otherwise would have been the perfect apartment.

    Reviewed by James4.4May 2021

  • "Ideal location with a great view over Ambleside and the fells."

    Well-appointed and comfortable accommodations.

    Reviewed by William A5.0Oct 2019

  • "Superb location with fabulous views over Ambleside and surrounding hills."

    It was much quicker to get into the town than we anticipated. We loved the fact it was spotlessly clean and the furnishings were excellent.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2019

  • "We had a terrific stay at Rothay 17, which has hotel standards without the hotel inconveniences."

    As well as the usual towels and linen, toiletries were provided, as were dressing gowns It's comfortably furnished and both the bathroom and the shower room are brand new, as is the kitchen. The kitchen is equipped on the assumption that you might actually want to cook! We loved the balcony, on which we sat for several evenings given the good weather. The walk into Ambleside is slightly steep but not very long, so you can do it in a few minutes, even on the return journey. Plenty of lovely walks within easy reach, without having to take the car.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely apartment with fabulous views."

    Very helpful owner. A great holiday.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Apr 2019

  • "Location was superb, just a couple of minutes from town centre."

    Views from apartment, outstanding

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Apr 2019

  • "Lovely apartment, with all facilities needed for a wonderful holiday in the lakes."

    Reviewed by Charles5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great holiday."

    Apartments clean, great view, great location by the pubs, restaurants, and shops. Would be nice if the swimming pool was part of the price rather than an extra £15, as creates unnecessary admin, but very good apartment and holiday.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Feb 2019

  • "Fantastic apartment with wonderful views over Ambleside."

    More than enough space for our party of 5 and extremely clean and comfortable, with everything needed to make this a relaxing stay. We had a great Christmas break, and would definitely return - highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely, well equipped apartment, very clean and modern facilities."

    Absolutely amazing views and great position, 2 minutes walk into town. A great location to do many walks from the doorstep without the need to use a car. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Aug 2018

  • "Rothay17 is perfectly situated with great amenities onsite, my family swam every day which was a welcome cool down after a hot walk."

    The kitchen was so well equipped everything had been thought of and a nice touch of adding the bathroom minis. We will certain be staying here again.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jul 2018

  • "The apartment is ideally situated overlooking Ambleside, with beautiful views and walks from the door."

    Rothay 17 is very furnished and equipped. The excellent bus service from Ambleside enables you to walk / explore without using cars. We had a fabulous week with perfect weather.

    Reviewed by Jan5.0Jun 2018

  • "Comfortable and in great position."

    Reviewed by Ray4.6Nov 2017

  • "Excellent accommodation, very clean, very comfortable, everything we needed to hand."

    Many thanks to the owners for allowing us to share their wonderful holiday home.

    Reviewed by Steve5.0May 2017

  • "We had a wonderful time on our holiday and were really happy with the communication throughout the booking procedure from Sykes, answering any questions we had quickly and efficiently."

    It was an excellent property, with wonderful views an amazing shower, luxury pillows and we loved having the pool to use next door. Loved it from start to finish. Thank you

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2017

  • "An extremely easy booking process from start to finish."

    The views were out of this world. We stayed in Rothay 17 and will definitely be returning. The property was clean and in an excellent location for the local amenities. Thank you!!

    Reviewed by Patrick4.8Mar 2017

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  • Over second and third floors
  • Two third floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Third floor bathroom with shower/bath, basin and WC
  • Second floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Second floor kitchen with dining area
  • Second floor sitting room with drop-down double bed.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Balcony with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pub 2 mins walk down a steep hill
  • Note: Children must be supervised at all times due to the balcony.

The property

This comfortable, two-storey apartment nestles above Ambleside, in the heart of the Lake District, with views over the village to Loughrigg Fell, in this truly beautiful corner of England.

This lovely apartment is perfect for a family holiday or a group of friends wishing to enjoy this central location.

With the added benefit of having endless restaurants and shops just a short distance away, there is plenty to enjoy.

The apartment has a bright and modern kitchen with dining area and a sitting room to relax in after a busy day exploring the area.

It also has two bedrooms and two bathrooms to complement this.

There are patio doors leading to a private balcony with furniture, perfect for enjoying the fabulous views of the surrounding area.

In every direction, you are surrounded by spectacular scenery with endless paths and bridleways to explore.

The walk up Loughrigg Fell itself from Ambleside will reveal breathtaking scenery looking up Lake Windermere, over Rydal Water, Grasmere and Loughrigg Tarn.

Why not walk over the fell to Grasmere where you can enjoy a snack at one of the cafes and then head back passing Rydal Caves and back to Ambleside.

For the more adventurous, higher climbs are available up Sweden Bridge and the Fairfield Horseshoe.

This location is perfect for a real Lake District holiday with breathtaking views to enjoy at any time of the year.

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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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