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Squirrel Bank

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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Third time staying at the cottage, it’s becoming our second home!"

    Very warm and cosy, with everything you would need for a fabulous stay in the lakes! Thank you!

    Thanks for your feedback we look forward to you staying again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Jun 2024

  • "Lovely flat well furnished nice and quiet can hear the waterfall, fantastic view from windows parking a bonus but very tight for 2 cars."

    However if you have a dog not much green space near the flat to exercise as field next to the falls access is to steep and slippy so had to go to borrans park or rothay park.

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0May 2024

  • "The overall equipment was good but basics which would even have been provided in a decent hotel were lacking."

    I am talking about soap, toilet rolls, tissues, kitchen roll, everyday essentials not luxuries. We also experienced a power cut from 7.00 pm until early afternoon the following day. Obviously nobody’s fault and Lakelovers dealt with it efficiently for us unlike Sykes head office when my husband complained about lack of essentials!

    Thanks for your feedback. Sorry to hear about the power cut This is a self catering apartment and in addition to linen and towels we do provide adequate toilet rolls for a day or two plus a kitchen pack which includes dishwasher tablets / sponge / bin liners etc and also a welcome pack of tea/coffee/sugar/milk and biscuits. We do not currently supply soap/tissues and kitchen roll but will consider this going forward Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian4.4May 2024

  • "As regular visitors to the lakes, Squirrel Bank is our favourite place to stay."

    A lovely comfortable apartment in a great location.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Apr 2024

  • "The apartment looks lovely and welcoming, and was immaculate when we arrived."

    The views from the living room and bedroom were amazing. You can hear the waterfall at night if you open the window, it was so relaxing! The kitchen has everything you need, bathroom is awesome. I don't think we could have asked for a better place to stay, it was the cherry on top for our amazing holiday!

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Apr 2024

  • "Lovely place, very cosy as usual and had a great time."

    Reviewed by Jonathan3.8Feb 2024

  • "We would definitely stay here again."

    The accommodation was perfect, warm and comfortable and much roomier than we’d expected. The location is excellent with the town having everything necessary.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Oct 2023

  • "Comfortable and well equipped flat in a great setting."

    The parking spaces, however, were designed for smaller cars than we drive these days.

    Thank you for your feedback. The parking is built into the property and so moving foundations is not an option. However, there is a large open space opposite the property (pictured in image one) that is designated visitor parking that guests have access to. We are glad that you enjoyed the flat. Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Oct 2023

  • "3rd time at Squirrel Bank and we will be back because it really suits us."

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your third stay. We hope to welcome you back. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dennis3.8Aug 2023

  • "We loved this property although parking was somewhat tight, and (inexplicably) the door-catch sensor on the washing machine was missing when we arrived so we couldn't clear a prior week's backlog of washing until an engineer had been."

    Fortunately we were able to reason-out what the missing component was (if not why), and it was 'invisibly' mended in our absence on our first day out. The other niggle would probably be the TV which took some getting used to ~ compared to everything else on-hand which was pretty well plug-&-play (one doesn't go on holiday for hassles). Parking was an issue more widely what with the huge numbers of other likeminded holidaymakers in the area ~ but the scenery and weather more than made up for that! In all other intrinsic respects Squirrel Bank suited us very well.

    Reviewed by Ian Archdale5.0Aug 2023

  • "Such a beautiful property in a perfect location in the Falls."

    The apartment was really well kept which made for a wonderful stay. Some kitchen facilities could be developed (some broken glasses in the cupboards, no pint glasses etc), however this in no way detracted from a fantastic holiday. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Liam4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely apartment, in a great location in Ambleside."

    Perfect base for walking In The Lakes.

    Reviewed by Gill4.1Apr 2023

  • "The third time we’ve stayed there now!"

    Great cottage! Amazing bathroom, Amazing location. Great personal touches with the biscuits and drinks. Would highly recommend! We shall be booking again. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Very comfortable, perfect location"

    Thank you for your comments. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was a lovely place to stay."

    It was comfortable and spacious and in a great location. We had everything we needed. The views out of the windows were great as the property is quite far up the hill from the town (bit of a walk after a day out, but worth it). The art work was a nice touch and there were lots of maps and suggested walks to look through. A couple of things to look out for are the banging fire doors and very low extractor hood but once you get used to them its fine, each door has it’s own stop, which helped.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the views. We take all comments on board. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was a beautiful apartment everything was perfect."

    We really enjoyed our stay and we will hopefully be back in the near future.

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

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Mar 2023

  • "A lovely place in Ambleside walkable into town."

    We would highly recommend and defiantly stay again. Only thing it needs is a motion sensitive light in porch on arrival to help you see the key safe when it’s dark! Other than this we wouldn’t change a thing!

    Reviewed by Rowan5.0Feb 2023

  • "A truly delightful property."

    The owners have done a wonderful job with this appartment,all comfort and facilities catered for. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2022

  • "Very comfortable and would happily use again for another holiday in the area."

    Reviewed by Jonathan3.8Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay, the apartment was one of the best we have stayed in over the last ten years, that we have been coming to the Lake District."

    The accommodation was clean, up together and finished to a high standard. We would definitely stay again. We had an issue with the washing machine but was dealt with quickly (I’m sure it would have been quicker if it wasn’t for a certain funeral

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely few days spent at squirrel bank cottage Everything you need for a break ..."

    Lovely few days spent at squirrel bank cottage Everything you need for a break away A real home from home close to the centre of Ambleside

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2022

  • "A lovely cottage to stay in, well equipped and in a great location."

    Lovely to be able to walk down into town for meals etc and then walk it off on the way back up the hill! Very surprised not to find even basic coffee and tea bags, never seen that before, but on the whole an extremely pleasant experience at Squirrel Bank.

    Reviewed by Claire4.7Jul 2022

  • "Considering the price, we felt that you could at least have left a welcome pack of bread milk tea as a minimum."

    There was not enough loo paper or hand wash to last the weekend let alone the week.We didn’t feel welcome, just a source of revenue. I also objected strongly to being charged travel insurance for driving from north Wales and back to Kent. I had not seen this charge previously.I regard this as extortion and will not be using your services again

    Thanks for the feedback - we pride ourselves on ensuring our customers have a comfortable stay which is reflected in historic feedback so are disappointed your stay didn’t meet your requirements . The travel insurance is a clear OPTIONAL EXTRA when booking. We are unable to provide a welcome pack for logistical reasons as meeting individual dietary requirements is challenging eg Vegan Gluten free etc. You should have been provided with adequate toilet paper supplies for a few days we apologise for this. Regarding hand wash this is not provided for hygiene reasons and must have been left by previous occupants Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sally3.1Jun 2022

  • "Squirrel Bank is a great holiday let situated in a quiet location, yet only a short walk from the centre of Ambleside."

    The property was very tastefully furnished and decorated and was spotlessly clean. The spacious modern bathroom had an excellent shower and the very well equipped kitchen had great appliances. The lounge was comfortable, light and airy with great views. We found no problems with parking or noise from the property below. We would happily return.

    Thanks for the feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Jun 2022

  • "A second holiday at Squirrel Bank and just as lovely as our first."

    Reviewed by Frances5.0May 2022

  • "Perfect apartment for all our holiday needs."

    Beautifully decorated, well equipped, spotlessly clean and in an excellent location. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent accommodation close to all the facilities of Ambleside."

    The property is warm and cosy and superbly well equipped. Brilliant walking from the door so no need for the car unless you want to explore further afield. We hope to be back next year.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely, comfortable, well-appointed property."

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Apr 2022

  • "Excellent break in our favourite UK holiday destination."

    This is our second break to this property and we would definitely stay here again. Having been before we knew the kitchen was a little compact but well equipped so happy to give top marks for everything. Thank you to the owners and all the team at HOTL.

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Apr 2022

  • "A lovely cosy place that we would be happy to return to."

    Reviewed by Giles4.4Feb 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    The flat was very clean and cozy. Will definitely be going back

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Jan 2022

  • "We love it at squirrel bank!"

    We’d started getting into a tradition of visiting every year just before Christmas until covid19 hit. We were so happy to back again this year. Looking forward to booking our stay for next year. & we are forever recommending it to everyone we know! Thanks so much for such a lovely apartment.

    Reviewed by Jodie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely fantastic, brilliant accommodation, loved every second."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful apartment in great location."

    Very comfortable bed and great bath / shower. Kitchen is well equipped but is small with very little work surface for food prep. Although the apartment has a parking space it is slightly tight and if the cottage below has 2 cars then the parking area becomes trickier to negotiate. Overall a great holiday and the apartment felt very homely.

    Reviewed by Donald4.4Oct 2021

  • "It rained a lot, I know that you are not responsible for this, but the property had some old Velux windows in the bedroom."

    If these were not there... or were replaced with newer/more insulated units. we may have had better sleep throughout our stay. Parking spaces are small, they are able to accommodate mid size family hatch back cars, but the not SUV's that the neighbours brought with them. On several occasions we had to get them to move their vehicle to allow us to park. Maybe you could encourage guests of all properties on this estate to bring smaller vehicles that would fit into parking spaces ?

    Thanks for the feedback. Yes it does rain quite regularly although we’ve never had comments about the noise it makes on the windows ! These velux windows provide light and air into the apartment and are pretty standard in design Sorry to hear about your car parking experience resulting from a neighbours inconsiderate parking . It’s fair to say that car park spaces are very hard to come by in Ambleside and many holiday cottages do not have them so in that sense we are lucky. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Giles4.7Sep 2021

  • "Had a lovely time."

    Apartment immaculate. Top quality furnishings, the most comfortable bed we've ever slept in. Downside was noise from downstairs Apartment. We did not like hearing people walk around or get up for toilet through the night. Thank goodness there were no party goers. Also the outdoor waste bin was a mystery. Searched for a week and never found it. Had to use other Apartment bins. Much to the disgust of the people staying there. The location of the apartment is not that far out of town. But be aware the walk back is quite challenging. Quite a steep walk. The views are worth it from the apartment.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Sep 2021

  • "Our 2nd time at Squirrel Bank will definitely stop again."

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0Aug 2021

  • "Stayed 30th July 21 to 05th Aug 21."

    We should of stayed until the 6th but couldn't cope with the family in the appartment below. So lert a day early. Doors banging constantly, kids screaming, running up and down the corridors. The sound proofing between the 2 apartments needs a lot of work and when the doors were being slammed the whole building felt like it was shaking (we must of been unlucky). The apartments on the other hand is a lovely little place. Really nice and the facilities it holds is ideal. Really close to ambleside and lots of walks around the area. We had to ask permission to bring the dog as he is a therapy dog for my husband who suffers from ptsd from the 1st gulf War. Thank you very much to the owners for allowing that. On the whole, lovely place, lovely area but unfortunately won't be going back because of the sound issues between the 2 apartments in the building.

    We are very disappointed that your stay at our apartment was spoiled by the noise from the property below. In our 5 years of letting this property we have never received any complaints. These properties were built around 1995 so are relatively modern from a soundproofing perspective but inevitably by their nature sounds will carry to any neighbours. I suspect the recent warm weather has caused open windows and resulted in door banging ( to my knowledge there are by necessity self closing fire doors in the adjoining property ) I cannot of course manage adjoining guest behaviour but have asked our shared letting agents to look into the cause of the door banging. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy4.1Jul 2021

  • "Holiday was great, lovely setting and ideal location for town and walks ."

    Reviewed by Charlotte4.7Jun 2021

  • "The television signal was very weak at times, unable to watch TV at times."

    Reviewed by Amanda4.1Jun 2021

  • "Squirrel Bank was an ideal base for our active holiday in the Lakes."

    The accommodation was very clean and comfortable and provided us with everything we needed to enjoy our stay. We have already re-booked for next year!

    Reviewed by P5.0Apr 2021

  • "This is our third time at Squirrel Bank but by far the best due to the excellent renovation that has taken place."

    We love the location and there are so many walks from the door - well done to the new owners, this is a really lovely place to stay.

    Dec 2019

  • "We have been coming to the Lakes for years and this is one if the best accommodations we have stayed in."

    It is in an ideal location and we would definitely come back again. Can't wait to return again soon.

    Dec 2019

  • "Fabulous property for a couple and their dog to stay – very central for amenities and local walking and further afield."

    Congratulations to the new owners Nanette and Nick who have equipped Squirrel Bank with quality products and to a high spec.

    Dec 2019

  • "Brilliant property."

    Well equipped. Clean. Great location.

    Mr AitkenDec 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.


  • First-floor apartment
  • One king-size bedroom
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting/dining room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Bluetooth speaker, Smart TV with FreeSat, on demand and DVD Player, Wi-Fi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for two cars
  • One small well-behaved dog
  • Sorry, no smoking.

The property

Looking for that perfect romantic holiday?

Squirrel Bank, a beautifully furnished, spacious and con-temporary one-bedroom apartment, might just be the perfect place.

This modern apartment is in a quiet residential area close to the lovely, small town of Ambleside.

It is spread across the entire up-per floor of this Lakeland stone building which was formerly part of the old Bobbin Mill standing on the banks of Stock Ghyll Beck.

Stroll down Peggy Hill to the specialist shops, excellent restaurants, welcoming cafes, pubs and rec-reational facilities including the excellent cinemas.

Go into beautiful Rothay Park to take a level walk by the river.

Take a cruise or hire a boat from Waterhead on magnificent Lake Windermere, which is a fifteen-minute walk from the town centre.

Get out into the mountain fells from your doorstep and take on one of the acclaimed Lakeland trails such as the walks to the top of Wansfell Pike, Todd Crag or the more challenging Fairfield Horseshoe. Leave your car in your own undercover space, then take the few steps to the covered entrance porch and front door.

Go through the small entrance hall, climb up the stairs to find your stylish and spacious sitting room with dining area.

Admire the co-ordinated furnishings and lovely high-pitched ceiling as you walk to the feature window and look out on the panoramic views to gor-geous Loughrigg.

Relax on the comfortable suite and listen to your favourite music or browse the internet on your Smart TV.

Create a tasty meal in the contemporary fitted kitchen and enjoy with your favourite drink at the stylish dining table.

Wake up after a comfortable night in your king size bed and enjoy an invigorating shower in your spacious, modern bathroom.

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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