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Woodbine Cottage

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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Many thanks to Sharon who cleaned the cottage following our departure."

    Unimpressed by the Sykes lack of response to Email enquiry prior to arrival

    Reviewed by Mark3.8Mar 2024

  • "Stayed in Woodbine Cottage for the Christmas light switch on in Ambleside."

    Fabulous location, handy for the town, wonderful views. Cottage was full of everything you could possibly need, with a lovely kitchen, great little log burner, comfy beds. 4pm arrival was perfect especially as there was a warm welcome with some lights on, heating roaring and a welcome pack waiting. 9am check out not so, bit tight especially as the car was down in the car park. Plus we did clean up after ourselves, so I'm sure the cleaner was in and out. Sadly the WiFi is almost unusable (perhaps don't advertise it) but we pretended it was 1986, it didn't bother us. The steps to the cottage are small, steep and were slippery as it was rainy weather, but there is outside lighting and they supplied a fab torch which we used. We absolutely intend to stay again, it was home from home.

    Reviewed by Gill4.1Nov 2023

  • "Cottage is central, great for access, not great for noise."

    House looks great in the photos, but is in desperate need of maintenance; furniture is broken and held together with tape, carpets are stained and no longer lie flat, the walls have damaged some of it left, some patched (badly). The front and Patio doors are difficult to manage (they require a good pull toward you and assertive lift of the handle to be lockable (took half our stay to work out this was the trick - there was no help provided in the house or via the agency). The boiler works fine, but doesn’t give consistent hot water and the wifi is beyond slow-no possibility to work using the wifi. The lakes as always were amazing, the house not so much. We have stayed at better value properties in Ambleside.

    Reviewed by Claire1.9Sep 2023

  • "Really lovely cottage in perfect location close to shops, pubs, restaurants, etc."

    Cottage is well fitted out with comfy beds. We made good use of the laminated walking routes which were a welcomed find. Parking permit was very useful with car park nearby and also great having option to use other car parks when exploring the Lake District. The only let down, as others have mentioned, was the quality of the Wi-Fi. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay again but would love for the Wi-Fi to be upgraded.

    Reviewed by Steven4.7Aug 2023

  • "Was good but there was a few things that could be better."

    First could do with a better clean there was a lot of dust particularly the TV stand and behind it. Also a few holes in the walls needing repaired and what looked like a few maybe dog pee stains that have not been cleaned up right. The TV wasn't in the best condition as half the screen was showing signs of starting to deteriorate as there was a constant black showdow over it. There was two frying pans but only one worked on the induction hob not sure about the pans as never got round to using them. Also the front garden could do with a major tidy up. It had good views over towardsTodd Crag. But there was a tree right in front blocking the views. Also the thorn bushes need a major tidy up as it was nearly impossible to sit down as they are practically growing onto the table and chairs. A pity as it wouldn't take much to get this place top notch as it's in a good location. Would have gave it 3.5 stars of that was a option

    Reviewed by Steven3.1Jun 2023

  • "Although only a few yards from town Woodbine Cottage is on a quiet Lane that we found with ease."

    Nice lounge/dining area/kitchen with space for the cages our two collies kip in. Good walking from the doorstep. Round the corner is the 300 year old Golden Rule an excellent pub that serves drinks not food - but loads of cafes and restaurants to choose from in Ambleside. Parked the car after unloading and didn’t see it again for a week. Managed to park close to the cottage and load up on the last night so got away early on the last day but a 10am departure would have been a bit easier.

    Reviewed by John4.1Jun 2023

  • "The property is in a great location and there are amazing views from the bedrooms."

    Its a really good quality holiday cottage with a good selection of equipment. It does not have any allocated parking but a permit for local car parks is provided. The property would benefit from some repair work, the central heating is either very hot or cold, the sink leaks and is supported by two bits of wood under the sink and the curtain pole in the lounge is broken.

    Reviewed by Gary2.2Apr 2023

  • "Generally ok, but we found a pair of underwear in one of the rooms, and a false fingernail downstairs."

    The kettle failed on day 4. The hob wasn't gas as advertised. The wheelie bin was nowhere to be seen. There were problems with the en suite sink, the plug wouldn't stay up so I had wedge a razor under it to brush my teeth, I stopped using that sink after a while. The property was difficult to find, we arrived on foot and after dark, a little more explanation would have been helpful

    Reviewed by Russ2.5Mar 2023

  • "Really lovely holiday home in an absolutely perfect location."

    We had the most amazing weeks stay and will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Lauren3.8Mar 2023

  • "Lovely spacious property well appointed with all home comforts to hand."

    Centrally positioned ideal for Christmas Lights festivities. Sharon kept us well informed as to when the house was available to us and was super friendly and helpful. We hope to return next year !

    Reviewed by Shona5.0Nov 2022

  • "The property was nice but the internet was poor as it kept dropping out."

    FYI it had a leaking tap. The main thing that wasn’t very good was the time we had to check out. For the money we paid which was on par with a four star hotel even they let you check out later. But it doesn’t take from 9-00 AM till the next arrival at 4-00 pm to clean a small cottage. Thanks

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in your lovely cottage."

    Everything was comfy and suitable for our needs.

    Reviewed by Yifat4.7Jun 2022

  • "The cottage is in Ambleside making everything in town within walking distance."

    The cottage is well equipped and comfortable, parking is in the nearby car park but the owners supply a pass so it is essentially free and only a short walk. It is a great place to explore the lakes from and experience the pubs and restaurants that Ambleside has to offer.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0May 2022

  • "Fantastic place with everything you could ever need."

    Well located for access to the town. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting the area

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2022

  • "We have been to Woodbine Cottage five or six times and have always loved it."

    We’ve already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Dec 2021

  • "Great cottage in a great setting"

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely , well equipped cottage."

    Lots of little extras we weren't expecting such as handwashing, teatowels etc. Great location.

    Reviewed by Beverley5.0Jun 2021

  • "Great location, very clean couple of teething issues which couldn’t be helped by the owner but they couldn’t do enough to fix them."

    Nice little extras left in the cottage as we arrived like chocolates on the pillows, lovely cottage and will stay again.

    Reviewed by Emma3.8Dec 2020

  • "We had a great time at this lovely & comfortable cottage."

    Great location. Can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great cottage in a great location."

    Cottage was clean and COVID measures had been put in place. Had a great time and will look to book again in the future.

    Reviewed by Kev5.0Aug 2020

  • "Brilliant location in a beautiful town."

    House was very clean and a lovely place to stay just a few yards from the heart of Ambleside! We will be back in sure.

    Reviewed by Curt5.0Aug 2020

  • "We loved the cottage very much."

    Just the right size for a family break in the Lakes. It was very well kept, clean and very comfortable. It was also in a great location to just wander into Ambleside, and if it weren't for the civic pandemic, we would have eaten out with ease. Our only issue was that it wasn't clear on the details that the cottage didn't have parking facilities (on or off street) associated with the cottage itself. We assumed from the details that we needed to collect a parking permit that there were parking facilities, and so struggled throughout the week to find places to leave the car. Thanks.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Jul 2020

  • "Patio door needs attention as we were unable to close properly to lock."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage (, house), was exactly what I had in my mind Before I made my booking."

    Old style Cumbrin lakes house. Fantastic location, excellent facilities, with very comfy beds and pillows. Loved everything, a great place.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Mar 2020

  • "I received a call on Thursday (the day before our arrival) confirming the details and explaining that there was no rush to leave on Sunday as no one was coming to stay after us."

    With kids, this was very helpful and meant we could enjoy our Sunday without rushing to get packed up and out the door by 10am. The parking permit is really useful too as it can be used in numerous places around the Lakes. The welcome pack was more than your usual pint of milk so much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2019

  • "The only thing that would have been better would be if sykes could offer a delivery of logs for the week (at a cost, of course)."

    That would have been very convenient.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Nov 2019

  • "Woodbine Cottage in Ambleside was just perfect."

    Great position, wonderfully appointed and the most comfy beds I have had in any cottage or hotel.

    Reviewed by Jacqui5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage great location"

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely quaint little place home from home lovely views nicely situated wood book again was there in ambleside for a wedding all the guests were around there near to the pub where we all met for a social drink lovely 4 days quiet and relaxing ."


    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jun 2019

  • "3rd year running to Woodbine cottage."

    Feels like coming home.Will be back again..Thankyou.

    Reviewed by June5.0Jun 2019

  • "Excellent location!"

    Great parking permit. Lovely bedrooms and views. The housekeeper was very kind and text to make sure everything was okay. Great kitchen facilities.

    Reviewed by Gabrielle4.7May 2019

  • "Just a few things toilet seat still loose was loose on our last stay no tv in ..."

    Just a few things toilet seat still loose was loose on our last stay no tv in bedroom working just like on our last stay but a great location to stay its great place and very handy for all your needs

    Reviewed by Margaret3.1May 2019

  • "Woodbine Cottage had an excellent location in the village, nicely tucked away but close to everything."

    Good size accommodation and well appointed, nice outside terrace to the front. Comfortable beds, good kitchen facilities and many little extras.

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Apr 2019

  • "Excellent location in Ambleside and good layout and room sizes."

    Slight issue with the boiler as it needed regularly topping up with water but prompt advice given on the phone so it didn't spoil our holiday. Parking wasn't an issue as we were able to park just along the road from the cottage.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Mar 2019

  • "Third time at this cottage had a monor issue with the boiler whoich was quickly rectified"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Mar 2019

  • "This was our 8th stay at Woodbine cottage."

    A great location/base for for lots of brilliant walking. The cottage is very warm and homely with just a few things that need doing eg, coat hooks in the hallway would be useful, toilet seat in main bathroom is loose, thermostat in lounge is missing (has been for a few years now) kitchen tap dripping, however, we love the place and will definitely return for more winter walking. The Unicorn pub just down the road is our favourite place for good beers and great pub food, especially the rump steak!

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Feb 2019

  • "Woodbine Cottage was the perfect property in the perfect location for anyone already familiar with this area of the Lake District but also with those who are new and keen to explore."

    The house was very welcoming and comfortable and decorated to high standard with all the amenities you could possibly need. The central Ambleside location was amazing (close to two pubs and a brilliant butchers as well the town) and the perfect base irrespective of whether you are a hiker or a just like pootling around the local villages. I would strongly recommend this property and we most definitely will be returning !

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jan 2019

  • "Fridge wasn’t clean, mouldy ice at the back where drain was blocked."

    Shame no welcome pack or basics in the kitchen. Toaster was broken, main bathroom toilet-seat broken & hot water in main bathroom hit & miss. 2nd double room TINY which was embarrassing when invited friends ended up in it. Main plus for Woodbine Cottage is fantastic location in Ambleside.

    Reviewed by Joanne3.1Jan 2019

  • "Spent weekend with friends."

    Woodbine cottage cosy and welcoming with good facilities BUT we were dissapointed in the cleanliness in the bathrooms and drawers in bedroom furniture which let down the rest of the cottage appeal. Bedroom furniture drawers had debris in which could have easily been hovered out as did trim on wardrobe. Did not use drawers for clothing due to this. There had been overkill of bleach put in toilets and paper seal in place to say cleaned but backs of toilet seats not cleaned well. Toilet paper holder needs replacing in ensuite bedroom. Walls need TLC in places where obvious bumps and cracks have not been repaired. Tv in bedroom did not work. Toilet seat in main bathroom wobbly and tiles not cleaned above shower head. Cottage in good central area - not much parking next to cottage even if we had of come for your permit which you ask for £200 security. We manged nicely to park for 3 days in town centre car park on Rydal Road (5 minutes away ) for £15 for the 3 days and can pay with your debit card so no worries re having change to pay The above comment re cleanliness /repairs need attention but overall we enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.4Nov 2018

  • "This is our second visit to woodbine cottage we came in 2016 and although we had a lovely time and the cottage is ideal for our needs we couldn't help but feel that a few things now need attention before the place goes down in our opinion eg tv in bedroom not working ', radiator in downstairs toilet not working,, no fire blanket in kitchen duvets washed that much the filling had all gone lumpy , light needed in bathroom and main bedroom, light in microwave , toilet seat loose really dirty sofa, these are all small things but when people are paying £500 + to stay a week we feel that the owner needs to check on the property more often or the agents need to do more regular inspections."

    its a bit of a shame because the place is really clean and has everything you need and is realy warm lovely views from the bedroom and only a short stroll into town .ideal for all kinds of walks.also a welcome pack would be good idea eg milk tea biscuits flowers lots of outher propertys provide it

    Reviewed by David3.8Nov 2018

  • "We were let down by the bath not working."

    This accounts for the less than 100% feedback. This was one of our essential features when we booked the cottage as a base for a walking holiday. Hence, we were disappointed that it could not be repaired during the week. That said, Sykes Cottages responded quickly and tried to facilitate the repair. The fact that they kept us informed and handled the situation in a professional and friendly manner meant that we are happy to return both to Sykes Cottages and this particular cottage in the future.

    Reviewed by Trevor3.8Oct 2018

  • "Lovely & central for all amenities in the town, but were unable to use narrow entrance in front of house as builders next door blocked it for 3 of our 4 days there and made it quite a trek to unload all our belongings."

    The beds were just so comfy and the bedrooms light and airy. Great having an en-suite too. The kitchen had everything we needed and nice to get bits and pieces like bin bags, washing up liquid etc without having to bring with you or buy whilst on holiday. Brilliant having the parking permit too which we took advantage of all over the area. We all felt the cottage could do with a lick of paint and a little bit of tlc as plaster coming off some of the walls, damp in places and hooks on walls where no pictures were. Lots of cobwebs throughout also. Didn't spoil the weekend by any means, but they little things make a difference when you're paying £600 for 3 nights away.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Aug 2018

  • "Bedroom tv did not work (no reception) Downstairs toilet not cleaned Starter ..."

    Bedroom tv did not work (no reception) Downstairs toilet not cleaned Starter pack for fire needs improving (only 5 huge logs supplied,1 wouldn't fit in the fire at all) Otherwise a really well presented and equipped cottage in a great location

    Reviewed by Emma4.1Mar 2018

  • "Great cost cottage that was very well fitted out and in a fantastic location."

    Reviewed by Julie4.6Mar 2017

  • "Lovely cottage, maintained to a high standard in a central location."

    Reviewed by Peter4.8Mar 2017

  • "Fantastic cottage."

    Lovely walks nearby with no need to drive. Grear pubs and restaurants in Ambleside just a stagger home!

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Aug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x 2' 6" adult bunks
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking permit for 1 car in local car park
  • Front terrace with garden furniture
  • No smoking
  • Shops and pubs 2 mins walk
  • Note: Restricted narrow vehicular access
  • Note: Property accessed via stone steps, may be unsuitable for guests with limited mobility
  • 1 well behaved dog welcome
  • Please note: There is a £500 Good Housekeeping Bond which includes a £50 charge that will be deducted if the parking permit were to be lost during your stay.

The property

Situated in The Green, the oldest and quaintest part of "old Ambleside", and built of local Lakeland stone, this Ambleside cottage is ideally placed for enjoying all the village has to offer.

Whether you are walkers, shoppers or foodies, Ambleside has it all!

As soon as you step inside, this cottage will wrap you in its charm, having been lovingly renovated to the highest of standards, and retaining original fireplaces and exposed timbers.

The rooms are beautifully presented, including a spacious open plan living area with woodburning stove set in a Kirkstone slate fireplace, and spectacular roof top views over Ambleside across to Loughrigg.

French windows open out on to a terrace area, perfect for enjoying sunsets after a day exploring the fabulous area around this cottage in Ambleside.

Offering three delightful bedrooms, including a king-size double with impressive views, this is perfect for romantic weekends, family holidays or get-togethers with friends!

Ambleside has excellent facilities with numerous shops, pubs and restaurants.

A short walk from this Ambleside cottage brings you to Bridge House - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and a favourite subject for many artists, and Lake Windermere is on the doorstep.

A lovely cottage for a relaxing year-round break.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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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 a £500 Good Housekeeping Bond which includes a £50 charge that will be deducted if the parking permit were to be lost during your stay.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter