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Walker's Retreat

(Ref. 911820)

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Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • lovely (18)
  • views (16)
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  • location (15)
  • ambleside (14)

51 Customer Reviews

  • "Very comfortable, well equipped accommodation in a perfect location."

    We loved that there were guide books, a comprehensive information folder and that instructions were also near each appliance - it made life much easier. We would definitely recommend Walker's Retreat as a great base to explore The Lake District.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Mar 2024

  • "We had a amazing time in this apartment, Right in centre of Ambleside all shops pubs and buses on the doorstep."

    The views from this property mesmerized is it was amazing. The kitchen was well equipped, the bed was super comfortable. We really loved staying here and definitely will be back next time we stay in Ambleside. We would definitely recommend booking here should you want to stay in Ambleside

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2024

  • "We enjoyed another week in this apartment."

    It is comfortable, clean, central and quiet with a lovely view from the kitchen and the living room. Thank you to the “Walkers”

    Reviewed by John5.0Feb 2024

  • "Fantastic comfortable cottage in a perfect location so close to Ambleside."

    We unfortunately arrived after dark and found it extremely difficult to locate the property, the directions say to turn right on to Low Gale and then turn immediately left into a courtyard....this is incorrect, it is the second turn into what looks like a private driveway of a large house! This made the start of our stay very stressful as we were driving and walking up and down the road in the dark and rain after a long day and a long journey

    Reviewed by Tracey3.8Jan 2024

  • "A wonderful place to stay."

    Lovely to be in Ambleside and avoid using the car wherever possible. In spite shops only a 2 minute walk when darkness falls there is not a light to be seen and you could easiy be fooled that you were in the middle of the fells. The views are fantastic and can be savoured from the balcony if it is warm enough or through the patio window if not. The property is well equipped, comfortable and cosy. This was our second week here and we will definitely come again

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Oct 2023

  • "It was a lovely home away from home for us as a couple."

    Had all the mod cons we required. It was a perfect spot, close enough to the town centre to make trips to the shops, pubs and restaurants in minutes but set back enough from the main road to feel like it was much further away. There was a small amount of road noise to the front but we were able to sit outside on a couple of occasions when the weather allowed without too much disturbance. We've booked to go back early next year as we were very happy with it.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Sep 2023

  • "This flat was perfect."

    Absolutely no complaints. The views from the patio were stunning and it was so close to the centre of Ambleside. We would definitely use this accommodation again.

    Reviewed by Joan5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely clean cottage."

    Just right for 2. So convenient for town and buses. Lovely view. Would certainly recommend and will book again.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2023

  • "Walkers Retreat."

    What a fabulous Apartment. I have stayed in Ambleside on several occasion and this is a lovely spot. The property is so close to the main shops and restaurants. The patio area is secluded and private with great views. The bonus with this property is the bedrooms are to the rear so you get very little noise from the main road, which can get very loud though the night. The apartment had everything we needed, was clean and very comfortable. We will definitely return . Thank you for a lovely stay. PS ; a knife sharpener would be helpful as some of the kitchen knives needed to be sharpened.

    Thank you. All sharpened now Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Mar 2023

  • "Arrival time is too late ."

    5pm Departure too early . 9pm Does it really take 8 hours to prepare? It means we lose nearly a full day!

    We totally agree. These times were introduced during the pandemic, to allow extra cleaning and gaps between customers We have contacted our cleaning company and the following new times agreed Arrival is now 4pm Departure is now 11 am We hope our guests will find this an improvement Property Owner

    Reviewed by Don3.8Feb 2023

  • "We had another great week in Walkers Retreat."

    We find it very comfortable, with everything we need and so close to the shops and walks from the door. Thank you.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jan 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our second stay at The Walkers Retreat."

    The only reason I have given 4 stars, is because the family above us had a small child, who cried a lot through the night, so sleeping was difficult. And the lower rating for comfort is only because the sofa is leather and we both kept sliding about. Other than that we love Walkers retreat.

    Reviewed by Glenn4.7Dec 2022

  • "Beautiful views and close to shops."

    Comfortable bed but furniture looking a little "tired ". Lots of books and DVDs. My daughter and I had fun playing Scrabble. Nowhere to put groceries but lovely big fridge freezer. Also nowhere to put clothes in the single bedroom. We will definitely be staying at Walker's retreat again and will recommend it to friends.

    So glad you had a nice holiday You are quite right, the furniture is tired. We have a brand new sofa , TV , rugs and cushions arriving next week. The beds are certainly nice and comfortable and very new - so these will all be there for you to enjoy on your next visit The wardrobe for the single room is at the top of the stairs, just outside the room. Best wishes , the Walkers Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynn4.1Jul 2022

  • "We've stayed at 2 other apartments on this block and found this one to be the best by far."

    High end kitchen appliances, and some very good touches to the decor, really happy with our stay, can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Glenn5.0May 2022

  • "Excellent cottage re,position condition ,just what we wanted."

    Great position for shops,eats places buses and walks.would recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2022

  • "Good comfortable and perfectly located apartment."

    Parking very tight -could be more of an issue if a Range Rover or similar had to get past from one of rear spaces .Had a couple of blinking lights in bathroom (literally). Television probably due an upgrade.

    You are quite right. The new TV is being installed at the end of July 2022. The kitchen and bathroom lights are also all being replaced with new LED spot lights, as soon as the electrician is free. Apologies for the blinking Property Owner

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Apr 2022

  • "Another comfortable and relaxing holiday here in Walkers Retreat."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by John5.0Jan 2022

  • "Comfortable and very well equipped with everything you require."

    Near to town centre though steps down could be tricky for some. Enjoyed our stay there and would definitely return,

    Glad you had a lovely time. The steps can be tricky for some and for all in the dark, but you can always walk the road way down to the town- it only takes five minutes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Betty5.0Jan 2022

  • "PROS: Excellent Location and beautiful views of the local hilltops."

    location especially good to walk into Ambleside. CONS: - Parking, it's a long way to reverse in, in the middle of the night (do NOT drive in forwards and try to turn around at the end - no lighting and you're likely to catch your car on so many corners) - Maybe I have been spoilt with Airbnb, but No washing powder/tablets is so annoying, as is No shower gel etc - to have to go back into town and get these basics - Why ? - CHECKOUT - these timings of 5pm check-in and 9am check out are ridiculous! .... especially when you can't leave anything in the dishwasher and all has to be put away. - Rooms - very small - and since 90% of cupboard space is labelled "OWNERS ITEMS" you have to leave all your stuff on the floor around the bed - which is a nightmare as there is only max 2ft of space in the room! (try going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and NOT tripping over all your stuff). this could be an excellent little cosy place (justifying the higher price tag) if only the owners were more customer focussed.

    We’re glad you liked the location and beautiful views Apologies for the check in and check out times- these have been altered since COVID, in order to allow the extra cleaning procedures required - and I think it’s now fairly standard with all holiday cottages in busy areas. ( leaving the dishwasher on when you leave will not be a problem). The bedrooms are small, but there are wardrobes and shelving for guests. We have taken a few cupboards for cleaning things and spares etc. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shaun3.1Dec 2021

  • "A lovely apartment and perfect for 2."

    Lighting along the garden steps down to the bottom gate would help. Perfect in all other respects.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Walker's Retreat is a superb apartment - fitted out to the highest standard, clean and comfortable."

    When you find the secret stairway down through the garden into the main street, you realise how brilliantly situated it is for shops, restaurants and buses - all literally minutes away. We have stayed in Ambleside many times but this was our first visit to Walker's Retreat and we were really impressed. A word of warning though, the apartment is part of a small complex which sadly has little in the way of sound-proofing. The walls and ceilings are paper-thin and we could hear everything from the surrounding apartments. It wasn't that our neighbours were particularly rowdy but, because of the thin walls, etc. we could hear every door closing, voices in conversation and T.V. sounds. This was partly remedied by the purchase of earplugs, but couldn't prevent a few sleepless nights during our stay. The noise was a shame because otherwise this apartment would be absolutely perfect.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Nov 2021

  • "The shower is feeble."

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2021

  • "We absolutely loved it."

    Perfect location for all the shops, fantastic restaurants and walks. Flat comfortable and lovely outside terrace. Would have been nice to have had a pint of milk in fridge when arriving late, but one of the best holidays we have had.

    Reviewed by Elisabeth4.7Jun 2021

  • "The cottage is beautiful inside and also has an amazing view from the terrace where you can enjoy your morning coffee."

    It’s situated in the town centre, few minutes from shops and restaurants. Great location to explore the rest of the Lakes District from.

    Reviewed by Milena5.0May 2021

  • "Clean, comefy ,, nice view ,,near town ,, most walk trail near cottage,,had ..."

    Clean, comefy ,, nice view ,,near town ,, most walk trail near cottage,,had lovely holiday car park is too small but good holiday

    Reviewed by Asha4.7Sep 2020

  • "Great location with fantastic views."

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2019

  • "Lovely apartment, all amenities catered for, comfy beds, stunning view and very clean."

    Excellent mini break.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Aug 2019

  • "Sykes holiday excellent no problems with booking, etc."

    Walkers retreat perfect location for walking and central to Ambleside. However the apartment was not clean it smelled damp, human hair in bathroom and bedroom, dirt and dust in bedroom under beds; as old receipt from 2018 found by bed, balcony furniture required cleaning Bed most uncomfortable. not one to complain usually but seriously would not return to this apartment. On a positive note walking was amazing with spectacular views, highly recommend Ambleside as a location for walkers.

    We are sorry that the apartment was not up to standard. On receipt of your feedback we immediately made an owner inspection. We did a deep clean and replaced the patio furniture with brand new Kettler table and chairs. We are sorry you didn’t like the bed, but it is a brand new memory foam bed and mattress purchased only this year. It’s hard to get one to everyone’s tastes. We have spoken to the maintenance company and passed on your feedback regarding the cleaning. Since then we have scored very highly on cleanliness in guest feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracy1.9Jul 2019

  • "Really enjoyed our stay in Walkers Retreat, convenient location, just 2 minutes walk to amenities, really good property, slight issue with parking ( very tight ) but would revisit this property, and would recommend, really good experience with Sykes cottages, from booking and being kept up to date with any relevant information, I."

    E. payment schedule, key collection and travel information, would highly recommend Sykes, and will look to use Sykes in the future

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Jun 2019

  • "The apartment was as described, well-maintained, and very comfortable, and the lovely patio deck was a great bonus!"

    Also, Sykes never disappoints, always the properties are as described and comfortable, Sykes is a reliable partner for my holiday planning, which is much appreciated!

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great apartment with lovely views in a really convenient location."

    Would definitely recommend :D

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Feb 2019

  • "Our 2nd time at Walkers Retreat - both over Christmas."

    A home-from home feel. We are seasoned Lake District and self-catering folk so we know when we find terrific value. Walkers Retreat offers exactly that for a couple. Warm and toasty on arrival, ultra-clean. Very comfortable for both of us and lots of clear, obvious instructions for all the various appliances etc - a lot of other places do not do this!

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Dec 2018

  • "A very comfortable apartment, close to all amenities and views to die for."

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2018

  • "Brilliant location, ideally situated in the heart of Ambleside."

    Very comfortable, warm accommodation which was very well equipped with everything you would require. Balcony provided superb views over Todd Crag. Easy access to local and high level walks which meant that on most occasions our car could be left in it's allocated parking place. Overall we have no hesitation in recommending this property and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2018

  • "The code given, for the door key keybox."

    on our paperwork was incorrect and on arrival we had to contact your office to obtain correct code to gain entry.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Aug 2018

  • "Flat is in a good location, comfortable and we enjoyed our holiday there."

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jul 2018

  • "Fab views when sat outside Loads of items/equipment /pots/pans kitchen items wouldn't normally get in other places stayed."

    Amazing close to the central less than 5 minute walk Comfy beds Docking station DVD/ CDs Great big bath Iron and ironing board Washing machine and dish washer Loads more great things about this property. Clean and well presented Would have liked maybe a bean bag for the living room And maybe more comfy seating outside

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Jul 2018

  • "This is a lovely little apartment with great views and convenient for the whole of Ambleside, although it would be better to warn visitors that there is almost no storage space for either clothes or food (other than on top of beds or in the fridge, respectively)."

    The car parking arrangements also take a bit of getting used to - a lot of reversing in is called for.

    Reviewed by David4.4Jun 2018

  • "Flat is in an excellent position in Ambleside with a lovely view from the balcony."

    Good to have a reserved off road parking space. Facilities are good with comfy beds. Well placed for both walking and travelling by car.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Jun 2018

  • "A591 is really close and easy but the railing doesn't go all the way down, but it should."

    Lovely flat, quiet, close to town. Lovely.

    Reviewed by Ronnie Sue5.0May 2018

  • "The view overlooking the town from the patio was the best part of the already outstanding apartment."

    Reviewed by Dean5.0May 2018

  • "Very comfortable and well equipped and convenient to the town."

    It was not busy when we went but I would expect the parking to be very difficult when full. I had to reverse along the drive to the allocated space in Flat 1. The hot water was ok especially in the bathroom not like some feedback which complained it was luke warm! Other than the parking a good experience.

    Reviewed by P5.0Apr 2018

  • "Had a very enjoyable week in Walker’s Retreat."

    Apartment ideal for two of us, in a great location and is warm and comfortable. As walkers, the utility room was fab as was the extra heated drying rail. The view is brilliant and we made the most of it, sitting out on the patio after a walk - we had decent March weather most of the week. Parking, as others have said, is a little tight but fine for my Golf. Owners have made real efforts to make things easy for visitors with little info notes dotted around.

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Mar 2018

  • "This is the perfect small cottage for a stay in Ambleside."

    Clean and comfortable with fantastic views from the lounge and kitchen. You can walk down the steps straight into Ambleside to wander. The only slight negative is that the heating, especially in the lounge, can be very noisy when reaching temperature.Would definitely recommend though.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Mar 2018

  • "Cottage spotlessly clean, all equipment you could need, near to amenities and lovely walks."

    Would definately recommend and use again.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Mar 2018

  • "Responses to my Qs at booking stage were prompt, helpful and polite, not pushy."

    Info on booking to get there, key pickup, contacts etc were simple and uncomplicated. The flat was prefect, well described in words and pics. It had everything needed, all good quality and very comfortable. Well located on edge of town, 2 mins walk into town, but very quiet, and also on edge of hiking with Wansfell pike Troutbeck and Windermere walk on doorstep. Perfect 'walkers retreat' to explore the whole Lakes district.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Mar 2018

  • "A very comfortable stay in a great location just a couple of minutes from the centre of Ambleside, with walking from the door."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jan 2018

  • "Perfect apartment for a walking holiday."

    Spotlessly clean, warm, comfortable, quiet and well appointed. Stunning view and just a five minute walk to the town centre. The parking was fine for us. Straightforward booking and good communication from Sykes. We had a wonderful week..thank you!!

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Nov 2017

  • "Perfect location for all restaurants and pubs in Ambleside and lovely views from lounge and patio ."

    Flat well equipped and had lots of information on local walks and attractions .Had the added benefit of sunshine !

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2017

  • "Very good thanks"

    Reviewed by Phyllis4.2Feb 2017

  • "Lovely location with great views."

    It was lovely and cosy. Parking was a bit tight but ok for a small car. Looking forward to going back!

    Reviewed by Alan4.8Oct 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility/boot room
  • Sitting room with dining area and gas fire.
  • Gas central heating with gas fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Front patio
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: There 6 steps from the lounge to bedrooms plus steps to property from parking area
  • Note: Garden is terraced
  • Note: Unfenced patio in elevated position
  • Note: Property not suitable for children under 12 years
  • Please note check in time is 5pm and check out time is 9am

The property

A comfortable ground floor apartment set in an elevated position, close to the centre of Ambleside, in the beautiful Lake District.

With the delights of the Lake District right on your doorstep, this stylish Ambleside cottage, set into a hillside, is perfect for couples and small groups of friends looking for a fun-filled holiday.

From the parking area, steps lead down to this Ambleside self-catering apartment, offering two bedrooms; a king-size double and a single room.

The bathroom boasts a kidney-shaped bath, perfect for a relaxing soak after a day exploring the area.

This Ambleside apartment also offers a kitchen and a stylish, modern sitting room with a gas fire.

Sliding patio doors lead to an elevated patio with views stretching towards Todd Cragg and the Fairfield Horseshoe, where you can sit back and enjoy the breathtaking sight of the sun setting over Loughrigg Fell.

The centre of Ambleside is an easy stroll from this Ambleside apartment, home to a host of cafés and restaurants with a selection of excellent shops to peruse.

Why not embark on a Lake Windermere cruise from Ambleside into the bustling town of Bowness-on-Windermere?

Lakes Aquarium in Lakeside is also a great place to visit or alternatively you can disembark at Brockhole and walk back to Ambleside over Wansfell, through the pretty Troutbeck Valley.

With Rydal, Grasmere and Hawkshead an easy drive away, this self-catering apartment in Ambleside is perfect for couples and friends looking to explore the Lake District.

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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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Note: Property not suitable for children under 12 years.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas