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Springwell Cottage

(Ref. 1042006)

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "A great cottage in a fantastic location."

    Really close to the shops and pubs! Everything and more that we needed!! I brought loads of stuff I didn't need as it was already in the cottage!!

    Reviewed by Tom4.4Jul 2024

  • "Well equipped, perfect location"

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2024

  • "Another lovely week at Springwell cottage."

    The most well equipped cottage we have been to.

    Reviewed by Josephine4.7Apr 2024

  • "Very interesting cottage."

    Spacious but cozy at same time. Some low beams and doorways as you would expect and some labelled with warnings. Overall liked it very much. Kitchen well equipped but oven trays could do with an upgrade and no bread knife?. Not a dog owner myself, but if you are there is a dog basket and other accessories you might need such as water bowls etc. Handy location with shops a couple of minutes away. Pub opposite nice and no excess noise to worry about either in our experience. Would stay again

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Apr 2024

  • "We have stayed here before and loved it but this visit was horrendous."

    We were left feeling very stressed and upset. Building works were ongoing all week to the rear of the property, with the whole access road being dug up - terrible noise, dirt and zero access from 8am. Our elderly dog couldn’t get upstairs to use the other door and so was a prisoner all week - and that door is straight onto a busy road with no pavement, so not really safe for our 3 children. Also, water running down the twin bedroom wall, by beds. Multiple calls, messages etc to Sykes. Photos/videos sent daily of both issues. No help at all, no response, no offer of any compensation. Works had been notified to owner prior to our visit (we found the letter). We should’ve been told and would have cancelled. Just left so upset and disappointed - really happy to get home.

    Thank you for taking a moment to review your recent stay, we are sorry to hear that your return trip to Springwell Cottage was not as expected. The unfortunate roadworks that was taking place was being undertaken by the council and was outside of the owners control. Although they may have put a letter through the door, this would have unlikely been seen by the Owner or us as the managing agent and wouldn't be a valid reason to cancel your holiday penalty free, We would only offer compensation for matters in which the property is at fault or we/the owners had the ability to influence the situation. Our Maintenance Team have visited the property on changeover, and the issue with the twin bedroom wall, was a historical water mark on the wall which the owner is seeking to fix the issue. Thank you. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison3.1Mar 2024

  • "Fantastic location and everything we could possibly need for ourselves and our dog was provided."

    We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your beautiful cottage !! Mike & Hayley, Isle of Man.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Mar 2024

  • "What a lovely quirky home and so convenient for centre of town."

    Normally we choose accommodation with parking on site but with car park so near this was not a problem for us. Very pleasant place to stay as long as you watch for the low beams. Facilities could not be better and wine left for guests was a nice touch. We will certainly return here.

    Reviewed by Tom4.4Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely quirky nostalgic rather large cottage"

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Feb 2024

  • "Lovely clean cottage , the weather wasn’t great but being so close to the best pub in Ambleside was a bonus ."

    The open fire was great , just what we needed after a day out .

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so glad that you had a fabulous time and that the cottage was everything you needed for your holiday. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0Jan 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage in the lake district, TICK."

    Facilities to suit people staying at the cottage, TICK. Dog friendly, TICK. Unfortunately, there the positives end, very dirty, I fully appreciate that it is a dog friendly facility, however the dust (OMG on top of the wardrobe having placed my bags there), dog hair from numerous types of K9 throughout took the shine of this ideally located facility. The dust and dog hair forced me to make an emergency visit to the chemist in the town for an inhaler. I have two dogs of my own, I haven't used an inhaler in years. I'd suggest a temporary closure of this facility for a robust 'deep clean' and the replacement of several mats and rugs. It's a shame, this was part of my honeymoon, slightly tarnished.

    Thank you for your feedback, the owner has asked us to put a response on, he is sorry to hear this impacted your stay there was a deep clean done just before your stay, if these points were raised during your stay we would have been able to attend and solve the issues. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicholas2.5Jan 2024

  • "Fabulous cottage , well equipped, lovely and clean , warm and comfortable, great location and parking permit is a bonus"

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely and comfortable cottage in a stones throw distance of all the hustle and bustle of Ambleside."

    Everything we needed was provided for and the bed was very comfortable. Our dogs were made to feel very welcome with beds provided etc. The best pub in Ambleside is just opposite the cottage, although I couldn't understand why the description says 3 mins away when it's more like 3 seconds ! The Golden Rule is the friendliest pub we've been to in a long time. A good local butcher, baker and deli are just around the corner and great to support local businesses on our doorstep. The WiFi was very hit and miss and constantly dropping but we managed. Would definitely recommend to anyone..

    Reviewed by Sonya5.0Oct 2023

  • "Springwell Cottage was fabulous!"

    Perfect location - in town but quiet position, pub across the road! The organisation of everything in the cottage was just perfect - so helpful. Welcome wine, and loads of little touches made you feel right at home instantly. Thankyou for sharing your home - we loved it!!!

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fabulous quirky property in the heart of the village."

    All the facilities you need for a comfortable holiday.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage overall was lovely and spotless clean with lots of facilities for a self catering stay."

    Was also well set up for doggy friends. It’s close to the town and all its amenities and literally 25 feet door to door of what is arguably the finest pub in the lakes if not England - The Golden Rule. No faff no gimmicks just an old fashioned pub. Returning to the cottage, the TV was complicated to use and the courtyard was smaller than expected. It’s not really suited for elderly or less able guests as both bathrooms are upstairs round a narrow bending staircase though their are lots hand supports. The settees weren’t the most comfortable due to a lack of seat depth and we feel the small lounge could be better used as a downstairs WC/shower room or small bedroom with en-suite due to all the other living space. Massive kitchen and separate massive dining area and the 3 bedrooms are also extremely spacious.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Please note that this is a Grade 2 listed property which is what adds to the charm. This means that internal structural changes are restricted. We are glad that you enjoyed the location and all that the property and are have to offer. Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil4.1Aug 2023

  • "We returned to this cottage for the third time."

    We really love the location as it’s very central to Ambleside. A lovely pub directly opposite. It’s a spacious cottage with comfortable beds. It is very well equipped including washing machine and tumble drier and a very well equipped kitchen. The tea and coffee facilities on the landing area is a nice touch, as is the complimentary wine and the various condiments etc available in the kitchen. The dining area could do with some cosier lamps and lighting, and the reed diffusers and air fresheners need replenishing as the cottage smells in some areas, probably due to the age of it.

    Reviewed by Sarah3.4Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage and very much home from home."

    Perfect location.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Aug 2023

  • "One small thing it would be better if sofas in tv room were wider"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2023

  • "Property is as described yes there is no parking or large outdoor space but that is explained accurately in advertisement."

    The accommodation is ideally situated comfortable, clean and very well equipped compared to most places I have stayed. The downstairs living and eating areas are ideal for larger gatherings to socialise and eat. Upstairs bedrooms are very comfortable there is limited room in one of the bathrooms but that’s fine “this is a listed building and not open to extensions internal renovations” I would not hesitate to recommend as the pros far outweigh the cons

    Reviewed by Richard4.7May 2023

  • "We booked for 2 weeks in May 23."

    When we arrived at the cottage we were a little alarmed that it may be noisy as it is on a Road opposite The Golden Rule. However I can honestly say we both slept incredibly well and the house is so spacious and solid we were hardly disturbed at all. We have an extremely reactive ex farm Border Collie and he was my main concern initially as this was his first time away with us. Initially he was very reluctant to enter the property (which is very normal for him) but after a couple of days he was so relaxed and slept very well. I would definitely book this cottage again - so comfortable, with a remarkable choice of rooms and equipment and literally a stroll away from Ambleside shops and eateries. I go where my dog is happy first and foremost!!

    Reviewed by Denise4.7May 2023

  • "Very well equipped cottage ."

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorraine4.4Apr 2023

  • "This is a very comfortable and spacious cottage with a really well equipped kitchen."

    You could easily cook full meals here. There are also condiments, herbs and spices, and even some tea and coffee sachets. We brought basic washing up kit and a tea towel as instructed by Sykes, but none of it was needed. There are also at least two hairdryers which I had not seen mentioned on the description, so brought along. One of the bulbs in the bedside lamp went, and it was good to have a spare in the cupboard. There are dog bowls, mats for the bowls and even a dog bed. We didn't use any of them as we'd brought our own, but always good to have back up. Dog owners will need to take dogs a few minutes' walk away for early morning/late evening exercise as the "patio" is tiny and there are no grass verges etc in the immediate vicinity. The cottage is really well situated, close to shops, pubs and restaurants in Ambleside. The car park is only 2-3 minutes walk away, and the permit could be used in several car parks. The only slight downside for us was that there are quite a few changes in level in the cottage which were sometimes tricky for my elderly parents to negotiate. However, in general, that adds to the charm of the place, and it certainly wouldn't stop me from booking again (without elders!) or recommending to others.

    Thank you for your comments. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and found the cottage spacious and comfy. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Mar 2023

  • "Fantastic cottage full of character."

    Great location. Excellent facilities. Well equipped kitchen. Incredibly comfortable bed. Very clean and cosy. Would highly recommend

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Feb 2023

  • "Wonderful cosy cottage in superb location, everything you need in the cottage, would highly recommend and will definitely return."

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline4.7Feb 2023

  • "It's a lovely spot."

    Perfect for a break away. Clean, homely, and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Feb 2023

  • "Our 2nd time at this property and everything is perfect for us."

    Comfy beds, 2 sitting areas giving our respective party members privacy if needed, superb location. Opposite one of our favour public houses!!!! The only thing that sticks out is the top drawer runner in the dishwasher may need replacing or repairing. Only used it a couple of times and when pulling the drawer out to fill the dishwasher, the right hand side came off its runner. Wasn't an issue as quite easy to fix but think it needs a more permanent fix putting in place. Other than that can't fault anything and we are looking to come back!

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Dec 2022

  • "Another fabulous stay."

    This really is a wonderful cottage. Diolch a nadolig llawen iawn i chi gyd.

    Reviewed by Ieuan4.7Nov 2022

  • "Comfortable as usual."

    Looking forward to a return visit in the Spring. You have a lovely welcoming home.

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0Nov 2022

  • "Best place we have booked hence our second visit"

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Aug 2022

  • "The house smelt awful when we entered and the smell lingered for a couple of days."

    It was reminiscent of a hospital smell and hard to tell if it was something the cleaner had used prior to our stay (the floors were still wet) but after a few days we discovered the lining of the curtain over the back door was literally covered in mould so that might have contributed to the smell. We knew the patio area was small but it was awful. There was a huge wheelie bin on there and wherever it was placed you would not have been able to sit anywhere without it being right next to you. It was crammed full and the lid was ajar so it smelt. The patio itself was unusable because the chairs had degraded with bits of the seat bottoms dropping off. You simply could not use them. The sofas did appear to be quite new but as per previous feedback we have read they are simply not comfortable but this is nothing to do with how new they are, It is because the seating part is so small. They have no seat depth so you end up perched on them and you are unable to relax. There are signs literally everywhere in the property warning you or advising you about this and that. The one place there were no warning signs was above the doors in the bedrooms. I cut my head open on the frame of the double bedroom first on the left as you come up the stairs. This was because rather than a traditional frame construction, there is a thin wooden frame running inside the door frame that is about 3-4 mm thick. I caught my head on this as I exited the room one night and I am only 5' 8"! I appreciate the bathrooms are new but the sinks are too small and the lighting in the bathroom with the bath is inadequate with no light anywhere near the sink so shaving is an issue. Even in summer (though granted it was not a hot week) we found not being able to open the windows due to secondary glazing prevented being able to get some fresh air in the property was a a big issue. Having said all this, the property was well equipped and actually considerably bigger than we expected. We were a party of 6 and we never felt cramped. It was clean (apart from the mould) and the kitchen was very well equipped. The location for us was perfect. We know Ambleside very well and the cottage is very central and 6 steps from possibly our favourite pub in the world - 'The Golden Rule'. So a mixed bag. We would not return but we did have a good week.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have contacted you directly to address these points. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma2.2Jul 2022

  • "Lovely, quirky well-equipped property in a great location."

    Beautiful little courtyard garden. Our dog was very happy there. Only slight criticism was one shower not working, but when mentioned the response was quick. Pot-pouri/air fresheners are a problem for those with chest complaints so we had to put them all away. The pub opposite was three meters away and really friendly!

    Reviewed by Gerard4.7Jul 2022

  • "Lovely large cottage in great lication"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2022

  • "We stayed for a week in June 2022 and enjoyed fabulous weather for the majority of our visit."

    Springwell Cottage is positioned right opposite the Golden Rule pub so great news for staggering home - about 7 or 8 steps!! The road is pretty quiet and we had the windows open at night due to the good weather and really didn't hear any traffic. The facilities are good and the kitchen is very well equipped for cooking if you don't want to go out every evening. There is limited storage for food in the kitchen, but the fridge/freezer is full sized so plenty of room in there, There is a parking pass for the nearby car park - it is possible to park up nearish to the cottage and offload/pack up your items - otherwise if you have a lot of stuff or have heavy bags, because it's slightly uphill, it is a bit of a trek but nothing to write home about.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jun 2022

  • "A truly beautiful traditional cottage."

    We had a really wonderful time staying there and would definitely return in the future. A great little location with lots of wonderful things to explore close by. Thanks for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Rachael5.0May 2022

  • "It is a cottage full of character."

    The kitchen is extremely well stocked which doesn't leave any cupboard space for food. The multiple instructions all over the house are a bit much! This being said, we had a lovely week and managed to relax. We used public transport and our bikes to the fullest as well

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0May 2022

  • "This is the best equipped home we have stayed in at Ambleside."

    Had a couple of issues which were resolved quickly. Tony the owner was very helpful. Loved the Brew Station. Will defo book again.

    Reviewed by Josephine5.0Apr 2022

  • "We have stayed in this particular property for Christmas a number of times."

    In the past we have arrived to a few personal seasonal touches like chocolates, shortbread and a bottle of wine along with a lovely Christmas card. Noe of that this year which we found disappointing as it’s the little things that make the difference. A new sofa in the front room was really uncomfortable and meant we had to sit around the dining table most of time which was not ideal. The location of this property is great, no so much so for those with mobility problems as it’s in a hill and the access to the back door can be difficult due to paving slabs placed on gravel that move around and also the access to the front door is directly into a narrow road. That said we knew this as like I said it’s not our first visit but that comment is more for those who have not stayed there. While there we looked at the lake lovers site to book somewhere for next Christmas and we’re shocked to see this property had gone in in price so much for 2022. While I appreciate that it might bring it in line with other properties of a similar size I feel that most other properties are beautifully refurbished and modern. This property has clearly not been refurbished (apart from the 2 bathrooms) but could do with it if you are to charge similar prices to the more modern ones.

    Reviewed by Helen3.1Dec 2021

  • "We’ve stayed a couple of times at this cottage with friends for long weekends and love it so much that we have booked for next Christmas to come with our family."

    The best thing about it is it’s location … right in the heart of Ambleside near all the shops, restaurants and pubs. Pub literally over the road which is cosy. We love the old fashioned and rustic feel to the cottage and some reviews talk about it being modernised but to us that would spoil the feel and the charm of it. The kitchen is well equipped, the lounges comfy and cosy and the welcome pack includes wine and biscuits which is a lovely touch. We would like to see some cosy lighting/lamps introduced to the dining area as we spend our evenings there and the ceiling lights are quite bright. The double beds are very comfy , the two singles less so and could do with some mattress toppers. All beds included spotlessly clean linen and both bathrooms are modern and clean. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.1Dec 2021

  • "The cottage is very central."

    Permit for car park nearby. Kitchen well kitted out ..all very rustic.. beds comfy pristine sheets..

    Reviewed by Catherine4.4Sep 2021

  • "Reported shower not working, got email saying resolved."

    2 things...... fault was not resolved and chase up emails not responded to by lakelovers. Further little sticky labels all over property "Dont do this" "dont do that" and "use a bath mat" plus "dont unplug the telly" ........ were in many instances insulting to intelligence!

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback after your recent stay at Springwell Cottage. We were notified from yourself that the shower wasn't working. Our team arrived and found that the screws on the ends of the mixer controls were loose meaning that they would not work. The screws were tightened the shower tested and all was ok. Regarding the sticky labels the owner has taken your comments on board however through previous experience we have needed to add them. They are in place to help guests and not undermine guests. We hope you otherwise had a great week in the Lakes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alan3.8Jul 2021

  • "Considering it was still in semi Covid restrictions the place was exceptionally well equipped"

    Reviewed by Rob5.0May 2021

  • "A beautifully appointed home with everything you could possibly wish for provided, all of the little details taken care of in a tasteful and luxurious manner."

    We have already booked to return to Springwell Cottage.

    Reviewed by Ieuan5.0Dec 2020

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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.


  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size and 1 x twin
  • 1 x bathroom with showe over bath, basin and WC, 1 x shower room with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining area
  • 2 x sitting rooms, one with woodburning stove
  • Access to Choices Leisure Club.
  • Gas central heating and air purification system, open fire and woodburning stove
  • Double electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Sky, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Parking permit for 1 car in nearby SLDC car park
  • Courtyard patio with furniture
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 3 mins walk
  • Shop 3 mins walk.

The property

Springwell Cottage is a Grade II listed property located in Ambleside.

This family and pet friendly property is ideally located for exploring all Ambleside has to offer with easy access to the Northern Lake District.

Head through the entrance hall into the two cosy sitting rooms, one boasting an open fire to enjoy on those cooler evenings after a day hiking.

A few steps lead down to the dining area with woodburning stove and door leading out to the patio area.

The well-equipped kitchen has everything you need for a comfortable stay and a small breakfast table for those busy mornings before heading outdoors.

To the first floor are the three spacious bedrooms including; 2 king-size and 1 twin.

There’s also a modern bathroom and shower room.

Ambleside is a popular base for walking in the Lake District but also offers plenty of independent shops and restaurants to enjoy too if you’re looking for a more relaxed break.

Take a walk into the centre of the village and visit the much-photographed Bridge House or take a walk up to Skelwith Force.

From here the scenic Langdale Valley, Hawkshead and Coniston are all within easy driving distance.

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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