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Smithy Cottage

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage and great holiday."

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Oct 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at "Smithy Cottage" found it very relaxing and cosy after having full days out."

    Very close to the centre of Ambleside and also within easy reach of the local bus stop to other parts of the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Oct 2023

  • "We have stayed at The Smithy on numerous occasions and we cant wait to come back again, its a lovely cottage."

    Brenda & Stuart

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Sep 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyable stay"

    Reviewed by Warwick5.0Sep 2023

  • "Smithy Cottage was perfect for our stay."

    The cottage has lots of character and modern touches that helped make our stay so comfortable. One minor issue was the washing machine not working properly - it may be worth having someone to check that on a regular basis. Otherwise we loved our stay and will look for this property next time we visit the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Arron4.7Jul 2023

  • "Absolutely loved our stay here , fantastic location, the cottage was perfect a lovely place to come back to after a day's walking Would definitely stay here again ."

    The scones and bottle of wine on arrival was a nice touch .

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a very pleasant stay the bed was comfortable , property was well ..."

    We had a very pleasant stay the bed was comfortable , property was well equipped, tea towel would have been nice for dishes , the small sauce pan wouldn,t work on the hob don,t no if it was the pan or us I personally didn’t find the hob very easy to use but we did manage , the wine and scones were a very nice touch if I was staying there either as a small child or olderly guest the stairs would have concerned me but again this wasn,t too bad for us I would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Teresa4.7Jun 2023

  • "Perfect for two people, had everything in a great location."

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2023

  • "Smithy Cottage is so peaceful and perfect for two people."

    It had everything we needed and a lot of extras too! The decor is really tasteful and calming, especially the colours in the bedroom. The shower was refreshing and we loved the Bath House products. The welcome pack of scones, tea and a lovely bottle of wine was much appreciated. A perfect location for exploring, we have come home feeling unwound and relaxed. Thank-you do much!

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2023

  • "What a beautifully decorated, well-equipped cottage."

    A most comfortable stay and the perfect base for exploring the surrounding areas. The cottage had everything we could possibly need during our stay. The scones and jam on arrival were a lovely touch. The shower could have benefited from having a shelf on which to put shampoo, shower gel etc. Also, we are both 5'1" and neither of us could see in the bathroom mirror! Not a huge issue and made us laugh! We made use of the outside seating area - such a pretty little corner and a real sun trap! Great to have a parking spot right outside the door too. It was an absolute treat to stay at Smithy Cottage and we hope we'll be back again some day.

    Reviewed by Jo4.7May 2023

  • "Smithy cottage was fabulous, it had all you needed and was really comfortable."

    On arrival there were some lovely Scones and jam and a nice bottle of wine. (Nice touch) It is well situated minutes from the town and plenty of places to eat. Some lovely walks from the town, we didn’t have to use the car at all. Thank you for a lovely stay Mark and Sophiea

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that you enjoyed the treats. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sophiea5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property is ideal for a couple and is perfectly situated in Ambleside away from the main road but only a 5 mins walk into town."

    The cottage is small and cosy and all the fixtures and fittings were in good condition and working order. The owners had made a real effort with some nice touches, such as a complimentary bottle of wine and expensive soap/shower gels. Parking in the area is a bit tight but we always managed to get close to the cottage. We’re regular visitors to the Lakes, but for those who aren’t, Ambleside is an ideal base for exploring the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in a fantastic location."

    A lovely welcome by the owners with the scones and wine - absolutely delicious. We had chosen a cottage with a bath so we were slightly disappointed that this had been replaced by a shower, but the cottage more than made up for this. Very useful boot mat - property would benefit by having coat hooks near the front door. The hob and oven could not be used simultaneously. Not all pans provided would work on the induction hob - error codes. Leak under the sink - Lakelovers more helpful with this so quickly resolved.

    Reviewed by Jane4.1Mar 2023

  • "Second time that we have stayed at Smithy Cottage and it was every bit as enjoyable as our first visit."

    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback we are so happy that you enjoyed your second stay just as much as your first and we would be delighted to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dorcas5.0Mar 2023

  • "Cottage was warm and cosy, perfect for a couple."

    Decor beautiful. The cottage is within walking distance of the town and perfect for exploring the lakes. Lovely couple of days in the lakes.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Feb 2023

  • "The cottage was very clean and comfortable, and quality of facilities and decor was of a high standard."

    Small but perfect for two. The Prosecco, scones, chocolates and cakes added a lovely touch and were very much appreciated. The only other comments I would add are that the shower could be hotter and the central heating comes on during the night (we had to turn the thermostat on the stairs right down before going to bed to prevent this). However these minor things did not detract from a wonderful stay, and we would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Alasdair5.0Dec 2022

  • "Positives, lovely place, well laid out with excellent facilities considering the size of the place, excellent heating for our winter stay, xmas tree a lovely thought, lovely bathroom with large shower,."

    negatives, comfy sofa but cushions kept sliding forward, mattress was to hard for us, a topper being available would be useful, arrival time is late, leaving time is early, entry at 2pm-12noon depart would be better. overall we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Heather4.1Dec 2022

  • "Lovely little cottage in Ambleside - quiet but also close enough to the town."

    Place was as described, easy to find and road parking worked out well.

    Reviewed by Natasha5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at Smithy cottage, it was really comfortable and ideally located for walking and easy access to shops, resturants and the cinima."

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Dorcas5.0Nov 2022

  • "Super little, clean, well equipped and comfortable cottage in a great position with the town centre a short walk away yet a very quiet location."

    However, parking is a nightmare. There is no dedicated parking for the cottage and all parking is along the narrow road. A parking ticket is provided for public car parks, which is great, so you don't need to pay, but they are quite a distance from the cottage and mean leaving your car in a car park overnight out of sight if you can't find a space near the cottage. One factor which may be an issue to someone with mobility issues is the tightly winding metal staircase and I'd advise you not to bring a large suitcase as you'll struggle to get it up the stairs, it is tightly winding. I loved my stay and the cottage was warm, clean, very comfortable and even had a bit of a view as well as a great walk up over Wansfell from the doorstep.

    Reviewed by Theresa4.7Oct 2022

  • "A big thank you Sue for letting us stay in this beautiful property."

    Smithy Cottage made our 25th wedding anniversary the most memorable one. Thank you for the milk, cake and bottle of wine. How kind to care for us like that. We have stayed in properties around Ambleside for about 20 years and this was the cosiest, prettiest and most homely cottage ever! Thank you for making our week a happy one. Jenny and Ian

    Reviewed by I5.0Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful little cottage in the perfect location."

    Loved the little arrival hamper and it was lovely and warm once we got the underfloor heating going! Only thing is that the shower was VERY slow to drain and at points we thought it was going to spill out of the shower onto the floor. Also the kitchen knives could do with a sharpen, very difficult to chop onions!

    Reviewed by Lucy4.4Sep 2022

  • "An excellent little property, very clean and exactly what we wanted to use as a base for our stay."

    If I could make one small point; You have a Halogen Hob, but some of the pans, notably the frying pans, are not suitable for this hob and subsequently won't work. As I say, a small point, but worth bearing in mind.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Aug 2022

  • "This was the cleanest, loveliest cottage we have ever stayed in."

    Fabulous in every way. The only disappointment was that the lovely bath in the photos has been replaced by a shower

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Aug 2022

  • "Beautifully decorated, well maintained & modernised internally."

    Nice welcome pack - much appreciated - thank you. Very near to local amenities, which was really handy. Enjoyed our stay at Smithy cottage.

    Reviewed by Trudi5.0Aug 2022

  • "Gorgeous cottage."

    It was a lovely surprise to find some things had been updated from the photos on the website - the bathroom, sofa etc. Thank you for the cake, wine and milk on arrival. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent cottage and in a really great location, close to the town centre but nice and peaceful."

    The wine, flowers and cake on arrival were a very nice touch and much appreciated. Very nicely decorated and well equipped. We loved staying there and would do so again

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything you need."

    I couldn't be happier with it and the location of it is just perfect .

    Reviewed by Raluca5.0May 2022

  • "The cottage was beautiful and we had a lovely time."

    Thank you :)

    Reviewed by Paul5.0May 2022

  • "First of all the property was lovely thank you for the wine & cake, it was most appreciated, the bathroom needs a good clean, we cleaned some of it for you, the floor by the side of the bath hadn't been cleaned properly for ages."

    We couldn't get the hob to stay on either. We still had a lovely time at Smithy cottage .

    Reviewed by Kim4.4Mar 2022

  • "A fantastic cottage will situated and very comfortable"

    Reviewed by Sherman5.0Mar 2022

  • "What a find!"

    Had a absolutely brilliant stay in this modern cosy cute cottage, we will definitely book again. The cottage is perfect, it had everything we needed for a relaxing stay. The Wine, milk and scones were a lovely gesture to arrive to. Very centrally located for both Lake, pubs, shops, walks and cafes. Our first visit to Ambleside but certainly not our last.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Sue - owner of Smithy Cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Feb 2022

  • "A wonderful little cottage perfect for the two of us."

    Just a couple of minutes into Ambleside on foot with enough space to sprawl out and relax after a day in the Mountains. Everything we needed plus a few extra little touches which were much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Dec 2021

  • "We found difficulty in using the spiral staircase especially if you were caring annything the steps were very narrow."

    The TV control had a mind of it's own , you had to have patience when you tried to switch it on or off.. The lounge was comfortable and well heated , it's a warm cottage. The bars and restaurants were only a short walk away. Parking can be difficult on the narrow lanes around the property.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Oct 2021

  • "Getting the television to come on ."

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Sep 2021

  • "Myself and my Husband stayed at the smithy cottage for our honeymoon."

    The cottage wasn’t very clean at all. The bathroom looked like it hasn’t ever been cleaned and had black mould all over the tiles, around toilet and bath. The upstairs dressing room had mould all around the skirting boards. The cottage hasn’t been dusted and had cobwebs in most corners and on al lamps. As there wasn’t a allocated car parking space the parking was a struggle. The on lane parking for the cottage isn’t ideal. We struggled to get parked near the cottage on a few occasions with other cars tending to park here from other cottages. The information booklet left by lake lovers provided some information regarding flexible rates and deals with some leisure clubs in the area to use their spa facilities. When calling lake lovers on our first day the lady we spoke to didn’t know anything about it. She said that someone would contact us the following day. However we waited the remainder of our holiday with no further contact from lake lovers until the night before our last day where we received a voicemail and email telling us that they were unaware of any literature regarding money off/discount for spa facilities in local hotels. I feel their response time to this query was not very prompt at all and we had to wait nearly our whole holiday to hear back regarding it. Overall the cottage was in an ideal location within Ambleside, perfect size for a couple and great base to visit many of the surrounding villages. However, since the cottage wasn’t very clean at all this is spoil our honeymoon as we did expect more from lake lovers. Wd did attempt to email lake lovers regarding our concerns on the cleanliness whilst we were still there but are still awaiting a response from them. We wouldn’t recommend this cottage or using lake lovers due to our above experience.

    Thank you for taking the time to send your feedback after your recent stay at Smithy Cottage. We are saddened to hear of these deficiencies raised and we hope it didn’t spoil your honeymoon too much. Unfortunately we weren’t aware of the cleaning issues you found at the property as we would have made the owner aware immediately to resolve. We have discussed with the owner to ensure attention is made to those outstanding moving forward. Due to the Covid pandemic some information in properties is now invalid, so the owner will now also address this too. Each individual property has differing deals and special rates, we can only apologise for the late response time. Once again we thank you for your comments and hope the above doesn’t deter you from booking again with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sophie1.9Sep 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in this cosy little cottage."

    Loved the selection of candles which really gave the cottage a romantic feel. Perfect base in a great location for exploring the Lake District. You may want to replace the oven gloves as they didn’t offer much protection from the heat of the oven trays. Apart from that a perfect stay! We would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by Simon4.4Aug 2021

  • "The spiral staircase was quirky but tricky to manouvre up and down with suitcases."

    Wouldn't recommend to anyone with mobility issues. Otherwise lovely with lovely welcoming pack.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful place, center of Ambleside lovely and cozy big thank you for the milk ..."

    Beautiful place, center of Ambleside lovely and cozy big thank you for the milk wine and scones delicious , will be booking again

    Reviewed by Adele5.0Jun 2021

  • "Central location, access to walks, to cafes/restaurants and bus routes"

    Mr ReynoldsNov 2019

  • "A brilliantly situated and charmingly decorated cottage, perfect as a base for walking and exploring in Ambleside/Windermere and with a good transport network to multiple locations beyond."

    Open-plan living room/kitchen very inviting after a day's hiking.

    Mrs WorboysJul 2019

  • "The location of the property was excellent."

    We only used the car once during our stay. The rest of the time we used buses or walked our of the village. The property was very comfortable.

    Mr CoxJun 2019

  • "Smithy Cottage is a fantastic cottage, which is a very beautiful location."

    Our four legged friendly thoroughly enjoyed the large garden. I highly recommend staying here.

    Mrs KettleMay 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.


  • One bedroom: 1 x double
  • 1 x shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen and living area
  • Separate dressing room
  • Gas central heating with electric underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking permit and on-street parking nearby, patio with furniture to front of the property
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 4 mins walk
  • Shop 6 mins walk
  • Note: No infants allowed at this property

The property

Tucked away in an elevated position in Ambleside is this ‘chocolate box’ Lakeland cottage.

This traditional blacksmith’s cottage has been refurbished to a high standard, with slate flooring and stunning spiral staircase, offering a luxury stay in the Lake District for couples. The stable door opens into the open plan living area, with luxurious furnishings to the sitting area and stylish kitchen.

The perfect bolthole for two.

The spiral staircase leads up to the romantic double bedroom and shower room, complete with walk in shower.

There is also a separate dressing room with chaise longue, a lovely area to get yourself ready to enjoy wining and dining in Ambleside.

At the front of the property is a small patio area with furniture, a peaceful spot to enjoy a moment watching the sun set over the Lake District.

The centre of Ambleside is just a few minutes’ walk away, it is known as one of the foodie destinations of the Lakes, with plenty of vegetarian restaurants to sample too.

There are plenty of independent shops to browse and unwind by the Lake at Waterhead Pier.

Here you can hop on a Lake Cruise and explore nearby Windermere and Lakeside. Further north are the villages of Grasmere, Coniston and Langdale – all of which are a little more rural, great for hiking and discovering the hidden gems of the Lakes.

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:

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