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Top Notch

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Excellent location, parking is very narrow, not an issue for us but larger cars may struggle."

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed the location. The listing does state that there is parking for one small car, however we take all comments on board. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by John3.8Nov 2023

  • "What a beautiful apartment, very clean and beautifully decorated, comfy sofa and soft towels and bedding and pillows were to a very high standard, I’ve stayed in plenty of Sykes cottages over the past 20 years, I can easily say this one has been the best, very sad to leave, will definitely return."

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Oct 2023

  • "This is our second time this year we have stayed at Top Notch."

    It was sad to see that 2 of the windows have been damaged but this wouldn’t stop us from coming back! The property is in a lovely location looking over the roof tops of Ambleside and is within easy access of Windermere, Thirlmere and Ullswater. We stayed as a family and would stay again.

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7Aug 2023

  • "The lack of household items was poor,could do with handles on the bath ,toilet seat not stable."

    Tv not receiving a signal and parking space difficult to access also building work being done at the entrance to the property apart from that it has lovely views and is convenient for the town.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you enjoyed the views, and the location of the property. We are sorry to hear of the issues that you experienced, during your stay. We will look into the issues raised. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by John3.4Jul 2023

  • "Great little apartment for a family of 4."

    The balcony views are fantastic - better than the photos.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the views! We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clair4.4May 2023

  • "A lovely apartment with a balcony with fantastic views of fells around Ambleside."

    The self check-in is nice and easy and the private parking is very handy. It was spotlessly clean and plenty of room for storage. The beds are comfy, kitchen well equipped (oven & hob worked well), good TV and a comfortable sofa. We really enjoyed our week in Top Notch.

    Thank you for your comments. It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Top Notch, and the views! We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Den5.0Mar 2023

  • "Getting a little dated now."

    The mattress on the double bed was uncomfortable and had seen better days.The skirting boards in the 2nd bedroom were thick with dust (not been cleaned for a while).To finish on a good note it’s position was ideal for our use.We try to be out and about all day most days and also use the local buses which can be caught minutes away.The living room and kitchen are always clean which we used a number of days.

    Thank you for your comments. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We find the mattresses are down to personal preference. We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David2.8Mar 2023

  • "Top Notch has everything you could want."

    We loved the balcony and the views. We arrived by public transport and got a ‘Hello Fresh’ recipe box and a Waitrose wine delivery for provisions - highly recommend! When not cooking we ate at Sheila’s Cottage, the Tap Yard and Chester’s, which are all worth a Google. Thanks to HofTL and the owner(s) for a great week.

    Reviewed by Ross5.0Aug 2022

  • "The parking spaces are too small, as is the room for turning the car around."

    It would be impossible for a car like a landrover discovery to fit in the parking space.

    Reviewed by Robert4.1Jul 2022

  • "Ideal location and the little balcony really made the difference to this little apartment."

    Facilities were very basic, but all we needed. Had to go & buy bleach and cleaning products before we could use anything which is annoying. Could really do with an update and the bedrooms were grim to say the least, dark and dated ( think frosted glass and dark brown curtains). Wouldn't take much to really make this lovely. Take heed of the "small car" warning. We were lucky no-one else was there, but it's v tight. A basic stay with amazing views would sum it up.

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.4Jul 2022

  • "Excellent apartment which had everything you needed for a comfortable stay."

    Will book again. Perfect for us as a couple.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "A small,conveniently located flat with good facilities."

    Stunning view from the balcony. My only criticism would be the parking-if you drive anything other than a small car it’s very tricky! We really enjoyed our week here!

    Reviewed by John3.8Apr 2022

  • "Disappointed that there was no DVD player - even though one was listed."

    Looks like someone had damaged the connection so also unable to use your own DVD player. No light above bathroom sink. Various lightbulbs not working or missing. Water leaks in the conservatory.

    Reviewed by Jillian3.4Dec 2021

  • "Superb property in an excellent location close to all amenities."

    The view from the balcony is superb. The beds are comfortable. Parking - which is normally hard to come by - is a breeze. Handy for wet days - the accommodation has Netflix ! For colder days, in addition to central heating, there is a gas fire. Would thoroughly recommend this property and would look to book again in the future. Shout out to Sykes and the property owner who were able to accommodate some flexibility to allow the booking to go ahead. Well done all round.

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2021

  • "Dear Team, having spent a thoroughly enjoyable week in "Top Notch" the only niggle was that the cable from the Dvd player had been damaged and parted company with the T."

    V. also an internittant problem with the ariel coax. Other than that everything was "Top Notch". A really great little property.

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2021

  • "Great position 5 minutes from restaurants/pubs/shopping but still quiet"

    Reviewed by David4.4Oct 2021

  • "The accommodation was fine, our only comments would be to say that there was no WiFi available during our stay."

    I hunted high and low for the Hub to reboot it, but couldn't find it anywhere. Also we thought the utensils were not up to 4 star rating, minor observation but worth noting as they should be updated. Finally, just as other tenants have mentioned the parking is a problem, especially for us as we have a large family saloon. Luckily the space next to ours was empty so we had room to reverse out.... Just. We've stayed in this area of Ambleside a few times before so we understand the difficulties with parking. All in all we had a lovely time.

    Reviewed by Glenn3.8Sep 2021

  • "The parking was the biggest flaw when staying at Top Notch."

    You really need a compact car but then so do all the owners and guests of the other apartments! The apartment could do with a bit of an upgrade and there are areas that could be cleaned more thoroughly (towel rail in the bathroom, behind furniture, previous guests dishes...) Certainly not as good as any other 4* property we have stayed at.

    Reviewed by Cath3.8Jul 2021

  • "This is an excelent appartment with great views from the Baclony and Kitchen."

    The description given is accurate, however I would empashise the following. The parking is difficult to access and only suitable for a (very) small car. If larger cars are in adjacent spots parking could become almost impossible. Luckily the parking slot next to us was empty all week. The steps down to the town are steep and uneven - care is needed. To walk arround only adds about 5mins and then you are right into the shopd.

    Reviewed by A5.0Jun 2021

  • "We booked this cottage as a last minute stay as we were in the Lake District already and had decided to extend our stay."

    The description of the cottage mentioned :"Perfect for a small family", which is not appropriate, and here is why : - the carpet was filled with very long blond hair, that my son kept picking up from the floor to show us... is this family friendly ? - there is absolutely no baby facilities in this cottage (no high chair, or cot. We had, however, requested one at booking, which after being initially forgotten, had been brought to us) - the living room is very small - the bathroom as mould on the seal around the tub - the bed in the main bedroom is not a king bed, as written in the description. - the overall place was far from being clean. The price / night for this cottage was at 220£, which was equivalent to a night in 4* hotels in the same area. The only problem is that this was far from being a 4* stay, or from bringing the peace of mind of a 4* stay, despite the view, which is, indeed, incredible.

    Reviewed by Florin2.2Jun 2021

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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.

Summary

  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with gas fire
  • Gas central heating with gas fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Balcony with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Wifi

The property

Enjoying a superb position close to the bustling town centre of Ambleside, with panoramic views to Loughrigg Fell and the Fairfield Horseshoe, is this delightful apartment, Top Notch.

Perfect for a small family in pursuit of an action-packed break to the Lake District National Park or a group of four seeking a peaceful retreat in these breath-taking landscapes, this delightful abode has something for everyone!

Head up to the apartment and relax into your evening within the living/dining room, featuring a plush sofa, wall-mounted TV and a gas fire for those cold winter nights.

Open the full height patio door out to the balcony and enjoy this south-westerly aspect catching plenty of sun and providing a charming spot to indulge in a well-deserved glass of wine at the end of your day.

When you’re not dining at one of the many fine restaurants within the village, the fitted galley kitchen has been well-appointed with all the essential appliances for preparing delicious home-cooked meals.

A small flight of stairs will lead you up to the bedrooms, including a king-size and twin, both of which feature ample storage space for housing all your belongings.

Finishing the interior is the spacious bathroom where you can prepare for the day with a brisk shower or grab a soothing bath upon return to the cottage.

Immerse yourself in your local surroundings by strolling into the centre of Ambleside, where you will be spoilt for choice by the excellent selection of shops and eateries that are awaiting to be explored.

Head to the shores of Lake Windermere, home to a plethora of viewpoints offering panoramic views of the surroundings mountains or climb onboard an iconic steamer to enjoy a circular voyage of lake, considered to be most popular attraction in the National Park.

Other attractions in the area includes Borrans Park, Lakeside Aquarium and the National Trust owned Hill Top, which was the former farmhouse of Beatrix Potter.

Uncover breath-taking vistas on hikes through the Green Gable or see the enchanting waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force on a walk along the Grasmere Waterfall Walkways.

With plenty to fill your sightseeing itinerary, a stay at Top Notch promises a memorable retreat.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

AMBLESIDE

Grasmere 4.4 miles; Windermere 4.7 miles; Keswick 16.7 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

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