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Rothay Cottage

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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40 Customer Reviews

  • "6th time back at Rothay cottage , we love this cottage for its location to all amenities and many lovely walks straight from the door."

    Cottage is not the most up to date but still very comfortable and was very clean. Everything worked perfect including the shower (see below review) no issues with temp control at all. We will be returning again in 2024 in April & December.

    Reviewed by Guy4.7Dec 2023

  • "The cottage was shabby with carpets and couches stained."

    The bathroom definitely needs updating and getting a shower is an impossibility as the water temperature ranges from freezing cold to boiling hot with no constant temperature. The only plus size was the location of the cottage but this would not be enough to make me return

    Reviewed by Lynne2.5Dec 2023

  • "I booked this for my parents - they absolutely loved their stay and said they’d happily return!"

    They said it would be perfect if there was WiFi. Location was great and neighbours were fab and no issues with parking.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Jun 2023

  • "Great location, modern kitchen, amazing views, comfy beds."

    One negative, bathroom needs a refresh, main issue the shower - any less water pressure and it'd be almost impossible to have a shower. Overall a great place to stay and those views are fantastic

    Reviewed by Scott4.7Apr 2023

  • "All fine but needs Internet especially this time of year."

    Reviewed by Thomas3.4Mar 2023

  • "4th stay in this cottage and we love it , great location and as all the facilities you require , lots of lovely walks straight from your door, I see some people are negative about no Wi-Fi , no issues for us because it’s a holiday , get away from all that stuff."

    Be back next year in February & December.

    Reviewed by Guy5.0Nov 2022

  • "Good location."

    Internet connection would be preferable

    Reviewed by Thomas3.4Nov 2022

  • "Good location and property is dry and warm."

    However it looks tired and would benefit from being redecorated. Wi-fi would be an improvement as well.

    Reviewed by Dave2.5Oct 2022

  • "Location was superb, a very short level walk into Ambleside town centre and all its amenities."

    The little terrace itself is very dark at night (we were there over New Year) so either leave the outside light on to help guide you or take a torch if you are unsteady on your feet. We had no problem parking on the adjacent roads. Inside the cottage was spotlessly clean and with all the facilities anyone could need. There are quite a few stairs up to the lounge and second bedroom on the top floor but they are worth it for the wonderful views - we spent ages just looking out of the window! If I had any criticism, and this is really nitpicking, a few home comforts such as ornaments, books, or some Christmas lights/decorations would have made it feel even more homely and cosy but we appreciate why these are missing. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our week at Rothay Cottage, have no complaints, and would return.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Dec 2021

  • "The bathroom is getting shabby and wasn’t clean."

    Dirty blind, dirty light fitting; grouting on shower is very grubby. WiFi should be supplied. Tv is small and an option of catch up service is expected these days. Location is great, the extension to the kitchen is great.

    Reviewed by Linda2.5Oct 2021

  • "The accommodation would be considerably improved if there was Internet at the cottage."

    Reviewed by Thomas3.8Sep 2021

  • "The cottage was delightful!"

    After a 7hour journey from Dorset it was lovely to find a cottage that was so welcoming. It took us a while to find the cottage as we were looking for a red door as in your advertisement picture ~ the neighbours have obviously changed their door !! ( perhaps you could update your picture ). We have been to the Lake District many times and this was by far the best accommodation we have stayed in. As stated above, it was clean and well looked after ~ the view from the lounge was brilliant. It would have been convenient to have WiFi . Perhaps your advert could mention the fact that there is none. Needless to say, we managed!!

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Sep 2021

  • "For location,comfort and views it cannot be beaten."

    Amazing view of Wansfell from the lounge window. Centrally located for shops and restaurants. Great base for numerous walks. Very clean and has all the facilities needed for a relaxing break. The cottage is very impressive compared to several we have stayed in. We have no hesitation in recommending it. We shall be back!!!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2021

  • "A good holiday cottage in a great location"

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Jul 2021

  • "Second time at cottage and love the place, needs to be cleaned much better, quite dirty, must try better especially with Covid, the cottage would benefit from having a mop and a Hoover, apart from that we will go back next year."

    Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry if you feel the cleanliness was not up to standard. We would have loved the opportunity to rectify anything for you if we had of been made aware. The cleanliness has not been brought up as an issue before but we have passed this onto our cleaning team to look into. Thank you again for your valuable feedback and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Guy3.8Oct 2020

  • "Over past 10 years we have stayed in the cottage several times."

    It’s location for walks cannot be beaten. Shops and restaurants are on the doorstep. Despite its central location in Ambleside it is very quiet. The view whist sitting on the sofa is absolutely beautiful. You can see people on the top of Wansfell ( good eyesight helps) Try Lucy on the plate restaurant for something different. The Golden Rule pub has a unique atmosphere .The Tea shop at Rydal Hall is my wife’s favourite. ( We have visited too many to mention over the years) We have stayed in numerous holiday cottages in all areas of the country but none of them is as special as Rothay Cottage.

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Sep 2020

  • "We left one day early because of the Corona Virus restrictions."

    We couldn't get this message to your office phone, which was constantly engaged. I guess you were overwhelmed with calls from people wanting to change their plans. We left this message with your Cleaning company. I hope that they forwarded the message to you.

    3.8Mar 2020

  • "I should like there to be an internet wi-fi facility."

    Reviewed by Thomas3.4Mar 2020

  • "Great location, very cozy cottage,"

    Reviewed by Wendy4.4Jan 2020

  • "Brilliant location for Ambleside and well equipped cottage with amazing views of Ambleside from the lounge."

    Very comfortable beds, lovely kitchen and a quiet location but literally a minute walk from the main high streets, restaurants and Tesco/Spar. Would highly recommend Doi Intanon if you like Thai food. Great for a family break.

    Reviewed by Sara4.7Oct 2019

  • "This is the 4th time we've used this cottage, so it speaks for itself."

    Four"irritations": 1. Only 1 key. That could be fixed easily and inexpensively and would make life a lot easier 2. No WiFi, not really 21st century 3. Recycling is a nightmare. Coming from a place where recycling is a part of life, finding the recycling centre then having to go to a separate site for glass!!!!! 4. The parking permit was on the floor with the post. Only found it after calling Sykes (& waiting for some time to get through)

    Reviewed by John4.7Oct 2019

  • "This cottage was brilliant for our requirements , great location for shops, pub, cafe, lots to do and some great walks from Ambleside , good location if your thinking of walking/climbing up Scafell Pike, lovely view from lounge window of the town with the mountains in the background , defiantly return again."

    Reviewed by Guy4.7Sep 2019

  • "Very lovely cottage in a great location for lots of sights around the Lake District."

    Only point to make would be that the toilet room fan is quite noisy but you get used to it after the first night. The sofas could do with a spruce up they are fine and the lack of wifi is not a big deal, you go to the Lake District to enjoy the scenery not to stare at a device all day. Would recommend it to anyone looking at staying in the area. Although with steep stairs and a challenging driveway up to the property it wouldn't be suitable for those lesser able.

    Reviewed by Will4.1Aug 2019

  • "Property cleanliness below par."

    Last guests bottles not disposed of. Sofa dirty needs replaced. Shower head mouldy, needs replaced. Needs a patio table outside and general tlc of any outside spaces. If these changes were made it would have made the difference to our enjoyment of the cottage and its prime location.

    Reviewed by Valerie2.5Jun 2019

  • "No working toilet during whole stay No updates on what was to be done from anyone."

    I had to make every chase up enquiry. Compensation has been discussed as you agreed not acceptable and awaiting reply from yourselves once negotiations are complete with home owner

    Reviewed by Sharon4.1May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, brilliant location and great views across Ambleside and surrounding hills."

    The views from the living room, which was on the top floor, are wonderful, though it would probably be a good idea to make it clearer in the description of the cottage that the living accommodation is on 3 floors (kitchen on ground floor, bathroom on first floor, living room on second floor). We had no problems with lots of stairs, but some guests might struggle.

    Reviewed by Victoria3.8May 2019

  • "Would be better with WIFI !"

    Otherwise all good and perfect central location for us.

    Reviewed by Christina4.4Mar 2019

  • "It was a lovely cottage, so close to all amenities."

    We found the layout really quirky and fun. It was a great place to stay One thing to mention (and no it's not the wi fi as we enjoyed not being tied to the iPads) the main bed was not as comfy as the bed two single beds and perhaps the main bed could benefit a new mattress protector. Will we come back? You bet we will, it was fab! Thanks for a great week in The Lakes.

    Reviewed by Mark3.8Dec 2018

  • "The cottage is really central and well equipped."

    Comfortable and clean and the view from the living room is amazing. We had a great time and would return.

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Nov 2018

  • "It was our 6th year in the same cottage its perfectly situated for all amenities and as a base for exploring the wider lake district."

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Oct 2018

  • "Love the cottage, 3rd time we have used."

    We have a few comments which could help: 1. We were focused on walking all week and only discovered on Friday evening that there were no recycling facilities at the cottage. It would help if, in the instructions, it showed exactly where the closest recycling location is. Sadly, bottles, plastics and paper went into the landfill rubbish 2. Four light bulbs were blown. We tried to call the owner on Saturday morning but no answer so had to leave a note for the cleaner. A mobile / email so that we could send a message would be useful One thing ref parking, it seemed impossible to get a space in the roads after between 6:00 / 6:30 and around 9:30. Despite all that, the cottage is great.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2018

  • "Good cottage."

    Bed a little uncomfortable but other than that perfect. Excellent position in Ambleside with incredible views from the living room.

    Reviewed by Gemma4.7Jun 2018

  • "This is a lovely little terrace cottage."

    The property was very clean, and the area, while close to the village shops, was generally quiet. There was noise from the next door rental on one night, but the owners of this property can't do anything about that. We liked being able to walk and to shop so conveniently. The property does need some minor TLC. The drying rack is broken and there was no lid for the tea pot. Also the outdoor seating area had not been cleaned post-winter. And we were left with 2 rolls of toilet paper for a week! Otherwise, we have no complaints, and really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7May 2018

  • "Strong smell of gloss paint on upper floors."

    Unable to use the 2 single beds and lounge due to this smell. Made a few of us ill with head aches. Even with the windows open the smell was over whelming. Couch in lounge very dirty. Kitchen was lovely. Had everything we needed. Great location. Nice little cottage shame about the smell.

    Reviewed by Louise3.8Feb 2018



    Reviewed by Lisa4.8Nov 2017

  • "No hassle straight forward booking excellent communication for the forth year in our favourite cottage, Its perfectly sited as a base for exploring this beautiful part of Cumbria, will be returning without hesitation next year."

    Reviewed by Michael4.2Oct 2017

  • "Well laid out cottage, didn't realise one of the bedrooms was not on the same level as the loo!"

    Very clean and easy to find everything. Lovely views of wans fell from lounge.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.8Sep 2017

  • "Excellent location for exploring the area."

    Reviewed by Jackie4.6Apr 2017

  • "Sykes really do things right, third year running with this company enough said."

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Oct 2016

  • "It's a lovely cottage, well equipped, in a great location for getting out to the fells with shops, pubs & restaurants in walking distance."

    Parking can be a pain but that's what you get for being in the centre of Ambleside. This year we always go a space when needed although occasionally a few mins walk away. One small point, the same one we fed back last year, a second front door key would make life a lot easier as well as feeling we were covered should the unthinkable occur & a key was lost.

    Reviewed by John4.8Oct 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x second floor twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower and basin
  • Separate WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Second floor sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking in side street near cottage with local residents permit for 1 car
  • Patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 2 mins walk
  • Lake Windermere 10 mins walk
  • Note: Due to steep stairs, this cottage is not suitable for children under 4 and for guests with limited mobility
  • Note: Access to the cottage is restricted to unloading only, with a local parking permit available for 1 car on Millans Park.

The property

This traditional, stone terraced cottage is situated in a quiet area of Ambleside, just a few yards from the excellent shops, restaurants and cinemas available in this popular Lake District village.

This charming Ambleside cottage is ideally located for families or friends wishing to discover the majestic Lake District countryside.

Set over three floors, this Ambleside cottage has two bedrooms and a second floor sitting room which maximises the breathtaking views of Wansfell with glimpses of Kirkstone Pass.

The ground floor boasts an excellent kitchen and a bright and airy dining area with French doors leading out to a small patio area, a wonderful space to sit with a cup of coffee as you plan the day's activities.

A short walk from this Ambleside cottage will take you to a beautiful park set in tranquil surroundings, with the River Rothay tumbling alongside.

Walk along the river, cross the stepping stones and you will come to Rydal and Grasmere beyond.

Ambleside is located at the top of Lake Windermere; steamboats depart here regularly to take you to Bowness and Lakeside.

With the pretty Lakeland villages of Hawkshead and Elterwater within a half hour drive, this Ambleside cottage is the perfect base for your Lake District holiday 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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