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Striding Home

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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic property with amazing views."

    Kitted out with everything we needed. We really appreciated the great space for our family to all be seated together in one room. Parking was an added bonus. Ambleside 5 mins walk and Wansfell Pike on the doorstep, too! Lots of walking maps and information on the area which really helped our holiday run smoothly. The only problem we had was turning off the upstairs shower. Also, there was no welcome pack on arrival but that seems to be normal with Sykes Cottages, which is a shame. Thank you to the owners for letting us stay in their wonderful home. We would definitely recommend and will return!!

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2024

  • "Property was generally in good condition, a good size for us, and clean, and suited our needs well."

    Good quiet, location and walkable to Ambleside. We enjoyed our stay and appreciated the maps and games. A couple of minor things: I had to clean black gunk off downstairs family bathroom shower head and the washing machine needs some strong washing machine cleaner. I Put it on a 90 to clean it a bit before using it. Slate paving in garden needs repairing and tall trees really block sun and views at the back and could easily be cut back to improve this.

    Reviewed by Katherine4.4Jun 2024

  • "A well situated, comfortable and fairly spacious property for a larger family."

    Two showers and a laundry room are really useful and the fairly well equipped kitchen proved good for self catering. The garden is not really suitable for children and needs some attention. There was a loose slate on a path, an obviously dead tree near the front door which needs prompt removal and untidy pruning debris left alongside the property. These issues are easily rectified and did not detract from our enjoyment of the property. We would happily return.

    Reviewed by Terry4.7May 2024

  • "Hi, very good , location great , apart from the walk up the hill."

    Great views , lots of space , bigger than it looks on pictures. Was a great trip for my 65th , everyone enjoyed , thank you .

    Thank you for your feedback. We are very glad to hear you had a lovely stay in Striding Home for your birthday. We appreciate all your lovely comments. The owner relations team - Lakelovers Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2024

  • "Seriously spacious, light and airy home with all the facilities you could need."

    Comfortable and clean. Central heating warms the place up quickly. Amazing walk-in shower. Just a stone’s throw away from the shops, restaurants and great walks nearby. Amazing views of the lake and surrounding fells. Total bonus having use of the piano which the kids absolutely loved. Huge dining table and separate utility room with washing machine etc. Made some great memories at Striding Home - thank you so much!

    Thank you so much for your kind comments, we're really pleased you enjoyed yourselves! David and Lyn, Owners of Striding Home Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lou4.7Apr 2024

  • "The house was very spacious, clean and well equipped, especially the kitchen and the dining room."

    The only thing that could be improved is having soap in every bathroom including some shower gel and more toilet paper, but apart from that it was an amazing stay and I recommend it to everybody. It is in a great location where you can leave your car and hike from the house.

    Thank you taking the time to leave your feedback. We are pleased to see that you had an enjoyable stay and that you found the house to be clean and well equipped. We take your suggestions on board. We hope you will return again soon. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebeka4.7Mar 2024

  • "Our family had a wonderful stay at Striding Home."

    Close enough to Ambleside for provisions and hostelries but some lovely walks from the door. As a mixed age group from 18 months old to 70 years, we were delighted with the location. The house is a real home away from home and we would very happily stay again. We visit the Lakes every year at this time and this is the best rental we have had. Thankyou

    Thank you so much for your kind comments, we're so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Striding Home. We always do! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nichola5.0Oct 2023

  • "A very conveniently located, pleasant property with good parking and great views from the lounge."

    The three main bedrooms are comfortably spacious,although two adults may find the twin room rather cramped. Three shower rooms and a separate utility room were great for our group. At long last the fridge/freezer has been upgraded and the induction hob is excellent. The kitchen is now very well equipped with the exception of pans which need upgrading, apart from the only frying pan which needs binning. Aside from these minor gripes we have enjoyed Striding Home numerous times over the years and have just booked again for next year.

    Thank you very much for your comments and for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. The owner will receive a copy of this and can review your suggestions. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back next year. Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely spacious house, very well equipped."

    Garage for bikes/pushchairs was super useful. Overall a very enjoyable stay, but a couple of negatives: The king bed mattress in the downstairs bedroom is uncomfortable and noisy; the floorboards upstairs are very creaky and noisy, hindering sleep downstairs if anyone in the upstairs rooms gets up in the night; we found it difficult to get washed clothing dry in the utility room (without using the dryer) as it was too cold being linked to the garage - an airer to put upstairs or and outdoor line would be a great addition.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you again. The Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4May 2023

  • "A great house, with stunning views of the surrounding fells and Windermere."

    Lovely rooms with comfy beds. Great kitchen and dinning space to cook and socialise. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to stay in the Lake District.

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

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a great week and will be booking again for December 2023."

    I think the living room is ready for a refurb. The double bed downstairs is not very comfortable and needs a new mattress. A larger TV would be great and Sky TV - I would be happy to pay £40 A week more to be able to record and have more channels.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments on board. We look forward to welcoming you back in December. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Feb 2023

  • "Striding Home is a very well kept house with good facilities."

    We stay in holiday homes quite regularly and found it unusual that there was no welcome pack other than a small box containing a cleaning cloth, a very small amount of washing up liquid and a couple of dishwasher tablets. It was unusual that there was not even milk in the fridge! There was no hand soap in the bathrooms. We had to go hunting for firelighters, matches and kindling but there were no logs available and this was not made clear in the description. We found the sofas were not that comfortable. We felt the house lacked the personal touch.

    Thank you for your feedback. We take all feedback on board regarding your comments regarding the welcome pack. Not all owners leave milk and firelighter for guests as the property is self catering. We do find that sofas are personal preference when it comes to comfort. We hope to welcome you back to the Lake District again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Jan 2023

  • "Main bathroom shower doesnt work."

    There is convoluted notes about trying it half way round etc but we tried numerous times and it didnt work. Hot water tap doesnt work in downstairs bathroom. Annoying when you have a full house and wanting to get out early for the day or back after a day walking that this hasnt been fixed previously as they obviously are well aware of the issues. The rest of the house is great, great views plenty of space and games etc. Just a shame they dont spend a small amount to fix the issues!

    Reviewed by Robert2.8Dec 2022

  • "Already booked for February."

    We love it.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Nov 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Striding Home."

    The cottage is ideally situated, not too far from Ambleside village but just far enough to be away from the hustle and bustle. Very clean and comfortable and we wouldn't hesitate to book again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2022

  • "Had a fabulous short break."

    Beautiful house and stunning views in a cracking location. Just a stroll away from local amenities and a lovely little park, plus 20 mins walk to the lake. It has everything and more needed for a self catering break. We only had a little niggle which was the sink tap in the en-suite was v loose and the mattress in the double bedroom wasn’t the best, but Striding Home was lovely, warm and clean with a view to die for. Our kids loved it as spotted deers, sheep, horses and loads of birds from the bedroom windows. My daughter thought the piano was fantastic. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Sep 2022

  • "This was a great last minute find beautiful home and location and facilities were great with the added bonus of exceptional views we would definitely stay again if this side of the lakes."

    Thank You for sorting at short notice. Jo Curry

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2022

  • "Final travel directions could have been clearer - with no Satnav I managed to get us lost/stuck up a track!"

    House itself was good - pretty roomy and well equipped although sitting room furniture not terribly comfortable. Beds and bedrooms all good - in the details it would have been nice to have a picture of which bathrooms were near which bedrooms so we could have sorted out who was having which room before arrival - there were seven of us - but in the end everyone was happy! The en suite was the only bathroom pictured - it was really nice but even there the basin tap was loose and it won’t be long before some heavy handed person breaks it! We did manage to get the conservatory door open but it needed a strong man and then it was almost impossible to shut again - certainly not fit for purpose!! Rubbish collection vague, nowhere in house to say which day bin went out- eventually found one mention at bottom of travel directions!!? No recycling crates which was ridiculous as the recycling lorry definitely visited the road on the same day as the rubbish collection! We did find note in folder suggesting we took our recycling home with us! We would have needed a trailer!! However, the weather was kind to us and we all had a lovely holiday - being able to walk to the shops and the lake a real bonus!

    Thank you for this feedback. I'll look at the directions and revise them - SatNav used to be a problem but I thought it worked well nowadays. The basin tap has been fixed, thank you for letting us know. The conservatory was due to be converted but the builder has let us down and we will need to sort out the door pending the building work. Unfortunately because this is a rental property (ie a business), the Council do not collect recycling, which seems very strange to us. As you say the recycling lorry collects from other houses in the same road (which aren't rented out). The information sheet explains there is a recycling collection point in the town (which I realise is not ideal). Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith4.1Aug 2022

  • "Great location and perfect size for our group of 8."

    Parking was a blessing. Drying room was brilliant and hallway was great for loads of shoes and coats. Decor is tired, needs addressing. Bedroom furniture needs updating, drawers very stiff to open and close in twin on top floor. Patio door still broken despite it being reported numerous times. No whisk in kitchen again, it's been reported loads of times. One of the single beds has a horrible stain on the mattress. There were marks on pillows and one of the duvet covers had a hideous mark on it, we had to wash it before using it. TV was difficult to use, the apps not very good on it. Not the best reception but then we were in the Lakes! Fridge was freezing contents!! Hair dryers need upgrading, barely dried our hair. Blinds needed on the bedroom windows. The curtains are very thin and bedrooms were very light from early in the morning.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide additional feedback following your stay at . Please accept our apologies that the property was not cleaned to the standard you expected. If you had let us know we would have asked the housekeeping team to rectify the issues you found. Housekeeping team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Philippa3.1May 2022

  • "Great property"

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great location perfect house for 2 families to stay in."

    Kitchen contains everything you need from hand whisk to salad tongs! Enjoyed the views from dining room whilst eating. Lots of games & jigsaws & dvds for rainy days. Didn’t use the conservatory & garden this stay as was February but we did use it when we stayed last summer.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Feb 2022

  • "A lovey comfortable home from home."

    The house had everything we want in a holiday home, we enjoyed it so much we booked again for next year!

    Thank you for your positive feedback! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mandy4.7Nov 2021

  • "An enjoyable stay at Striding Home in Ambleside."

    Well appointed, close to the village and peaceful. My kids appreciated the musical instruments provided for use.

    Very pleased you enjoyed the house, and delighted that the musical instruments were played! Property Owner

    Reviewed by F4.4Oct 2021

  • "I had been concerned after reading a negative review but was pleased when we arrived to find this has simply been one person’s experience rather than the norm."

    The house was well equipped and the photos on the website don’t do it justice. There is a clear view of the lake from the lounge and all rooms are comfortable and clean. We had an issue with a wasps nest which we reported and it was dealt with immediately. We also reported a loose tap in one of the bathrooms and again, this was mended witching the week. I would say that the sliding doors out to the garden need some attention (as reported in the previous review and clearly not actioned) they are very difficult to slide open and close properly. The location of the house is excellent, and while uphill, it allows for great views on the return trip. There were 4 of us staying but the space would be excellent for up to 4 couples or a large family.

    We are sorry the sliding doors are difficult. We had to replace one of the doors with a fixed panel, but the other one does open. We are planning to update the conservatory at the end of 2022. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith4.1Aug 2021

  • "Fabulous house in an excellent location."

    Really well equipped with everything you could possibly want. Lovely layout. Very spacious holiday home. Some of the communications from Heart of the Lakes/Sykes around covid were contradictory or unclear. They could do with revising.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2021

  • "The holiday was 5 of us sharing the house (3-10 July 21), a couple in the en-suite room and 3 of us each having single occupancy of the other rooms."

    Striding Home is a lovely big house (up a very steep hill) with plenty of space and lovely, if small, garden. When you enter the front door there's a large entrance area with loads of hanging space and a huge boot rack. The views, especially from the lounge, are stunning. The bedrooms were lovely and the beds were fantastically comfortable and I had a 6' wide bed to myself! :) I'm afraid the praise can't go any further than that. I think the owners are doing the house up bit by bit. As I said the bedrooms have been updated, as has the en-suite bathroom, but the other bathrooms are very dated and my friend and I, sharing the upstairs bathroom, had great trouble turning the shower on and off, the knob is sooo stiff. There is also a leak from that shower which comes out at floor level and runs towards the doorway, so be careful you don't slip! We used one of the towels to leave in place to mop it up. There were times when our toilet made an horrendous sound when it was flushed. The kitchen is not very well equipped. There is a huge stove but it's very very old and some of the rings don't work properly and/or so wobbly you can't put a saucepan on them. The kettle is so old you can't see the water level. the fridge freezer has certainly seen better days and is the old style that freezes the food that gets to the back! There are not many mugs and not much cutlery. If there were 8 people staying there (which it holds) you'd be putting the dishwasher on after every meal! When the sun was shining in the lounge you could see how the cleaners had dusted ROUND the ornaments on the windowsill - better if they hadn't bothered! Also they hadn't dusted the table behind the tv, or the fireplace. It makes one wonder about the bathroom cleaning. The guy in the en-suite said he had to clean out the drain of the shower for the water to go down - he said it was really bunged up with hairs Ugh! It all needs a really good fettle. There's a music room downstairs which leads into a lovely conservatory. We would love to have used this more but the patio doors proved so stuck that only the guy could open them, and then with great difficulty. They certainly need looking at. Coming back to bedrooms - in the write-up it says one of the rooms is a twin. I had rung Sykes and asked if the twin could be made a double, us being single occupancy. Sykes rang me on the morning we were setting of to go there and told me he had just spoken to the housekeeping staff and no, they couldn't do it as double. Lo and behold, when we got there they were all made a double!! I don't know what happened but there was a definite miscommunication there. My room was a zip&link which can be either so beware if you need twin, it might be pot luck what you get. Ambleside is lovely and we had some great walks with good weather but I'd be wary of staying at Striding Home again.

    Thank you for your feedback. We have taken on board your comments. There is now a new, much larger fridge freezer and the old gas hob has been replaced with a modern induction hob. There are more mugs available for use. The leak from the shower has been fixed. There is a new kettle. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martha2.5Jul 2021

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  • Accommodation: Steps to front door at a half level
  • Entrance area and plenty of hanging space for outdoor gear
  • Stairs to upper floor lead to the main L-shaped living/dining room (flat screen TV, DVD, video, free Wi-fi and wood-burning stove)
  • Door to fitted kitchen
  • There are two bedrooms on this floor - one king size and one twin, both with views to Wansfell
  • Bathroom with large standing shower, basin and wc. The lower floor has two more bedrooms - master bedroom with zip and link superking-sized bed (twin on request) and en-suite shower room with basin and wc, and further bedroom with king-sized bed - together with a second bathroom having bath with shower over, basin and wc
  • Also on the lower floor is the study/music room, with an upright piano, which leads through to a most pleasant garden conservatory with door to the garden
  • Separate laundry room. Striding Home is tastefully and comfortably furnished
  • The house has large windows and a light and sunny aspect with a welcoming holiday feel
  • Good views from all the main windows. Outside: Pleasant, though small, rear garden offers a good degree of privacy, with mature shrubs and with patio area and views to Wansfell
  • Garden table and chairs
  • Parking in the drive for two cars with additional parking space in the garage offers parking for a third car or safe storage for bikes etc.
  • Property heating: Gas, other heating sources: Open Fire
  • 1 oven of type: electric
  • Hobs
  • Microwave
  • Fridge Freezer
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 1 Highchair
  • Parking
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 0.25 miles
  • Pub within 0.26 miles

The property

A spacious split-level detached house in a quiet residential area on the outskirts of Ambleside.

Striding Home has good south and westerly views to the fells and mountains with Lake Windermere in the valley below.

The garden backs onto open fields with Wansfell behind.

Ambleside village centre is within easy walking distance.

Lake cruises can be enjoyed on Windermere and with many walks in the area there is very little need to use the car on a daily basis.

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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Please note zip & link bed is made as a super king should you wish to be a twin please call the call centre to arrange.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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