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Tom Heights

(Ref. 972340)

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Grout round tiles mouldy, curtains rather faded, and windows in sitting room and bedroom couldn't be opened."

    Thank you very much for your helpful feedback, and I am sorry you found some features of the flat not up to the highest of standards. We will address the issues you have raised as soon as possible. The windows are very old, and therefore I understand that they may not have been easy to open. However, for an issue such as this which may affect your stay, Lakelovers are always on hand and would be happy to send someone round to attend. We do hope, nonetheless, you had a very enjoyable holiday. Best wishes, Hilary and Keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hazel4.1Jun 2024

  • "This is a lovely apartment - clean, cosy, well equipped and very central."

    The parking space was an added bonus. We will definitely be back.

    We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Tom Heights and we look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards, Hilary and Keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Dec 2023

  • "This property was great for the rate we paid and we were very grateful we found it."

    Nice, cosy little flat with everything you would need. There was a washing machine and dryer downstairs as well as a dishwasher in the kitchen which makes that extra difference to your stay. The parking space fit a one series BMW very well with space on either side, if anyone wants a size reference. The only downside was that the shower screen was too short for the shower itself, and my 6’4 partner couldn’t comfortably shower as the water was splashing everywhere. This little amendment would make a huge difference for other guests that may be on the taller side. Thank you for having us Tom Heights!

    Reviewed by Poppy4.4Aug 2023

  • "Really enjoyed my stay."

    One thing to provide would be washing machine tablets/powder as I couldn't see any. Other than that, really well equipped.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. As this is a self-catering accommodation we do not provide welcome pack products as standard. We are glad that you had a lovely holiday. Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2023

  • "I was pleased with the property."

    It was comfortable and clean and ideally suited in the centre of Ambleside. I would recommend this property to others

    Thank you for your positive comments about your stay at Tom Heights. We are very pleased to hear you were happy with your stay, and enjoyed the central location of the property in Ambleside. We hope we may welcome you back some time. Kind regards, Hilary and Keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Jun 2023

  • "Enjoyed our stay ,central location everything we required provided couch a little hard and dated."

    Shops for food etc a few mins walk away .

    Thank you for taking the time to review Tom Heights, we are delighted that you have had a lovely time and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. We will pass on your comments regarding the sofa the owner. - Kind Regards - The Owner relations team Lakes Cottage Holidays Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard4.7May 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay at Tom Heights - perfect for two people as a base for walking and exploring."

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to see that you had a lovely stay. We hope to welcome you back. The Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Apr 2023

  • "Really lovely property with an amazing location for Ambleside and for walking."

    The property was perfect for a couple with lovely touches of decor which made it feel very homely. Only comment was that it was very cold when we arrived and it look a while to heat up but that was really due to the weather. Great powerful shower and liked the touch of the bottle of wine. Helpful books/maps available for walking. Would definitely stay again - great value.

    We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Tom Heights this weekend, and that you will hopefully come and stay again. Thank you for your kind comments about the flat. We are sorry to hear it was cold on arrival, however, and hope that you did manage to get warm quite quickly. We have very recently had a new storage heater installed in the lounge, and it could be we need monitor the pre-arrival settings over the coming weeks . Thank you very much for this helpful feedback. Best wishes, Hilary and Keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.4Mar 2023

  • "Third time at Tom Heights."

    Really love it as a central base for Ambleside. The only issue I had was check out time and when I questioned this at the office they said their admin had not been updated it to 10am. Having said this, someone still came to clean at 9.45am. Luckily we were just leaving. As I stressed to the kind man in the office, a 9am departure time is too early as other rental properties we have stayed in since covid are back to 10 and don’t expect you to strip bedding (which I don’t mind doing).

    Thank you very much for your feedback and we are delighted to know that you enjoy coming back to Tom Heights. It’s always lovely to see when guests return, and Ambleside is such a great base from which to explore this fabulous area. We hope the weather was kind last week! We have explored the possibility of changing the check out time to later, but unfortunately in order for our very good housekeeper to get the property ready to the high standard I hope you experienced, we will need to leave it at 9am for now. However, as compensation guests can arrive at 3 pm on their first day, rather than 4 pm as for most other properties. We appreciate your comments, however, and do hope you will return again soon. Best wishes, Hilary and Keith Please note additional comment: as from April 25th 2023 we will be able to revert to the checkin/out times of 4 pm arrival and 10 am departure. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2022

  • "This was our first visit to the Lake District and we deliberately chose accommodation in the centre of Ambleside so that we could easily access local amenities."

    The apartment is small, but perfect for 2 people. It is well equipped and is a few doors down from 2 local convenience stores, so easy to stock up on essentials. Although the weekends were busy with visitors (we stayed in June), we were pleasantly surprised by how relatively quiet it was during the week, especially considering that the bedroom and living room both face onto the main street. Parking space behind the building was easy enough to negotiate for a small/medium sized car (ours is a Toyota Yaris) and it’s worth mentioning that there is back access to the accommodation as well as going round the front. Also worth mentioning that finding the parking space initially was a little tricky as there is no signage on the road and the apartment name is only visible once you have gone down the slope into the entrance. This is also the case at the front entry to the building, as there is no apartment name on the door or bell pushes. Suggest it may be worth including the house name in the entry instructions? Otherwise, pick up and drop off of keys was very easy, including drop off after hours. Would definitely recommend, thank you.

    Thank you very much for your helpful feedback, and we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed staying at Tom Heights with its central position in Ambleside. We have noted your suggestions with regard to finding the property initially, and will look to see if we can make that clearer. Kind regards, Hilary and Keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2022

  • "Very good position but could be a bit noisy from the traffic."

    No problems with parking our Yaris but a long car could be a bit difficult. Flat is well equipped but some of the crockery is chipped or crazed so could all do with replacing. We asked the agency to tighten up the handle on the bathroom door as it was loose. Bed very comfortable but sofa and easy chair are getting old so not that comfy.

    Thank you for your feedback. We will check the crockery and the sofa and chair as you mentioned. We hope you had a very enjoyable stay in Ambleside, and enjoyed the convenient central position of Tom Heights. With best wishes, Hilary and Keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Jun 2022

  • "The apartment is in the centre of Ambleside with shops, restaurants and pubs nearby."

    Obvious draw back is early morning deliveries but this is a small price to pay to have a central location. Parking space we found to be ok and not as bad as previous feedback suggested. Our car is a Hyundai Tuscon so on the big side but managed to reverse ok into the apartment's space.

    Reviewed by Iain4.7May 2022

  • "Visit every year - it’s like home from home."

    Clean, comfortable and perfect location

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Apr 2022

  • "It was a nice stay."

    We had one sleepless night due to store sign below becoming unhinged and smashing against wall throughout night making it impossible to sleep. It was partially fixed but needs to be fully fixed. We notified store and hopefully they will fix it better so other guests don’t experience.

    We were really sorry to hear that you had a sleepless night due to the shop sign below coming unhinged. I have been in touch with the owner, who has assured me that he will look at it himself this week. Unfortunately he has had COVID and was isolating, and the shop staff had limited ability to fix it fully. We are so sorry that it disrupted your visit. We hope that otherwise you had an enjoyable stay, and please accept our apologies again. Best wishes, Hilary and Keith Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hillary3.8Dec 2021

  • "Beautiful flat in a perfect location!"

    Was very clean and cosy, and lovely décor. We felt very looked after, and will be back! We used it as a base for walking the Loughrigg Fell circular and wandering up to Wansfell! And only a 15 minute drive from Helvellyn. Being right next to the cinema and restaurants was brilliant. Only downside was the parking. It was tricky to use and when a van was parked in the space next to us we couldn't get out! Thankfully everything is in Ambleside so we never really needed it, but if you'll be relying on it - maybe take a small car!

    Reviewed by Carla5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great little flat for 2 people, snug and cosy."

    Perfect location, car parking spot a great asset.

    Reviewed by Cliff4.7Jul 2021

  • "Great place has everything you need."

    Will definitely return and would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Nickie5.0Jul 2021

  • "We have stayed at Tom Heights several times now and I am sure we will book again - we love it :)"

    Reviewed by Sandra3.8Jul 2021

  • "Finding the office wasn't as easy as it could be."

    I was specificially looking for a Sykes Office, which there isn't, it's incorporated within another letting agents office. Parking behind the accommodation was tricky at first, but we soon got the hang of it and it's brilliant to have off-road parking included with the accommodation. The location of the flat is great as everything in the village is right on your doorstep. Perfect flat for a couple, just the right size and great location.

    Reviewed by Jeannie4.7Jul 2021

  • "Wonderful as usual"

    Reviewed by Sandra4.1Sep 2020

  • "Fabulous position and cottage had everything to make a comfortable week."

    Very comfortable with the added bonus of a parking space in the town. There is nothing I could fault.

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Sep 2020

  • "Tom Heights is fabulous accommodation and well located and we would definitely book to stay there again."

    Reviewed by Stephen4.4Nov 2019

  • "Lovely flat."

    Reviewed by Ingrid4.7Oct 2019

  • "My sister and I booked Tom Heights because it was conveniently placed and had a homely, quirky look about it which we loved!"

    The flat was comfortable, warm and cosy - a lovely little home away from home. Everything worked well and we enjoyed a lovely long weekend. Sykes Cottages' instructions were all clear and precise. We had no trouble finding the Sykes office or Tom Heights. The procedure for collecting and returning the keys was straightforward. An excellent weekend in a cosy, warm flat.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Aug 2019

  • "Large vehicles not recommended for designated parking space."

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2019

  • "The only thing I found was the parking space was at the rear of the property and ..."

    The only thing I found was the parking space was at the rear of the property and a little awkward, other than that I was very happy

    Reviewed by Kenneth4.7Jun 2019

  • "The location is brilliant Right in town centre."

    Loads of variety of eating places. Coffee shop opposite for breakfast.. Didn't use the car all week. Bought a set of five walks from the Tourist information centre which were all amazing. Challenged ourselves with a walk to Troutbeck and back via Wansfell Pike. Amazing views on all the walks. Flat was perfect. Just missed having an outdoor space as the weather was mostly good. Otherwise perfect holiday.

    Reviewed by Elisabeth5.0Jun 2019

  • "Found the car park space ok, but the directions should mention that you can't ..."

    Found the car park space ok, but the directions should mention that you can't get in the back door and have to go round the front to the main road,

    We would like to thank you very much for your feedback. I can confirm that we have updated our instructions and access to the rear of the property has been confirmed as accessible. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0May 2019

  • "It’s our 8th year returning to Tom Heights out of 9, so that should tell you how comfortable we are to keep going back there."

    It feels like home when there, as does Ambleside.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Apr 2019

  • "Had a lovely week."

    Perfectly located for walks, shops, restaurants. Great having WiFi in self catered accommodation. Issue with inside of flat door handle coming off and found it tricky to find property as directions needed slightly updating. Windows could do with replacing as they’re old and provide little protection from outside sound. Spoke to someone at the office on departure and they were very receptive to feedback.

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.1Apr 2019

  • "Really nice little flat ideally located in the middle of Ambleside, would stay there again."

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Apr 2019

  • "The apartment is in a perfect location, right in the middle of Ambleside."

    Ambleside itself is a fantastic place to holiday, it is buzzing on a night with plenty of excellent eating out places and great pubs. So good we'll be going again.

    Reviewed by Rick4.7Dec 2018

  • "Lovely accommodation in a great location, also very well equipped."

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Dec 2018

  • "Tom Heights provided a cosy December break."

    It’s a beautiful apartment, well-equipped and tastefully decorated. Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Dec 2018

  • "It's a comfortable flat in a great location."

    Although it's very central, I didn't find it at all noisy. The kitchen was well equipped, though I ate out a lot as there is such a good selection of restaurants nearby. I had a couple of small reservations. One was the heating: the storage heater was supposed to have a boost function for evening heat, but I couldn't find the button referred to in the instructions. The electric log stove worked really well as an alternative, though. The other issue was parking. The entrance to the space is very tight because of a pillar to one side, although the space itself is generous enough. But the main problem was that a van belonging to a neighbouring business parked in the driveway during the day. When I arrived, this was blocking my access to the parking, and on other days I was blocked in. I realised who the van belonged to but it was at best an added inconvenience to have to approach them if I had wanted to use the car while I was there. (Luckily I didn't.)

    Reviewed by Fiona4.4Oct 2018

  • "Tom Heights was a lovely place to stay."

    Right in the hub of Ambleside. Convenient location to explore the Lake District. Cumfy bed, well laid out. Perfect place to chill out and enjoy!!!!

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Oct 2018

  • "Tom Heights was well equipped."

    Towels were a bonus and we used the property's communal washing machine and dryer. Very useful after hiking in the rain. Central location good. Ambleside is a great base. Some noise from neighbours overnight but wouldn't put us off staying there again.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Sep 2018

  • "Our third visit to Tom Heights."

    It remains super convenient, really cosy and just perfect for two people. The only problem is that, at the end of the holiday, you have to hand back the keys and leave!

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Jun 2018

  • "Skye cottages provided excellent customer support on the phone before and and throughout the stay"

    Reviewed by Cristina4.4Mar 2018

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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.


  • Apartment all on first floor: 1 x double bedroom
  • 1 x bathroom with underfloor heating, power shower over bath, hand basin and WC
  • Sitting room with electric stove
  • Shared use of entrance hall with laundry facilities
  • Kitchen- Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, shared washing machine & tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • Electric panel/storage radiator heating
  • Wi-Fi, TV, DVD/Blu-ray player and HiFi
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included in rent. Private parking for 1 medium size car
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: Max 2 adults
  • This property does not have a garden
  • Note: property is not suitable for children or infants

The property

Tom Heights is a lovely and spacious first floor, self-catering apartment in a Victorian building, centrally located in the popular town of Ambleside.

Set over one floor and surrounded by the stunning Lake District, this airy and characteristic accommodation is ideal for couples or people who are looking to explore the great British outdoors.

The property boasts a cosy sitting room with stripped wooden floorboards, an electric stove, TV and entertainment system, making it the perfect place to unwind after a busy day walking around the Lakes.

In addition to this, a dining table for two sits by the window, offering lovely views of the town.

At the height of modern luxury, the kitchen has underfloor heating for those chilly mornings and is equipped with an electric hob and oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and microwave.

The double bedroom is immaculately presented and the bathroom has been finished off to a very high standard.

Outside, there is handy parking available for one small car. Situated on the main high street in Ambleside, Tom Heights is part of a beautiful, imposing Victorian building in the midst of the local area's thriving activity, with numerous shops, bars and restaurants a few minutes walk away.

This stunning apartment sits within easy access of Windermere, making it the perfect base from which to explore all that the Lake District has to offer.

For those looking for walking routes, Helm Crag, Loughrigg Fell, the Fairfield Horseshoe and Wansfell are all easily reached.

Further afield are the beautiful towns of Kendal, Keswick and Penrith, which give you the opportunity to soak up the culture and welcoming atmosphere of the Lake District. Tom Heights is a lovely, well furnished apartment from which you can explore the Lake District National Park, all year round.

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: There is no bike storage inside this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas