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Ivy Cottage

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher

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13 Customer Reviews

  • "Took a bit to find the location -- a map image would have been very helpful!"

    The cottage was otherwise great. One thing, though -- the lower bathroom shower did not drain properly and the bathroom floor flooded a bit, so we had to mop it up. Not a big problem but probably needs tending to!

    Reviewed by Max3.8Jul 2023

  • "The cottage is well located, well appointed, clean and comfortable."

    I think the inaccessibility & that the parking is not immediate should be better explained in the bio, not after booking. Anyone requiring sticks or wheels to manoeuvre would really struggle here. When arriving at a self-catering holiday cottage after a long journey loaded with food & clothing I really had a hard job moving stuff between car and cottage along that terrible footpath. Maybe the price should reflect the inaccessibility. Also appliance manuals would be helpful. I had no idea how to use the induction hob.

    Reviewed by Sophie4.7Jul 2023

  • "Had a lovely stay but surprisingly no WiFi which is unusual in this day and age especially given the poor mobile signal in the area."

    Cracking views though from the top floor (kitchen/diner). Very good facilities overall and would stay again.

    Reviewed by Shaun4.4Jun 2023

  • "A well thought out and well equipped cottage, ideal for a couple or family of 4."

    Very warm and cosy. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Dec 2022

  • "Cosy and quaint cottage but would love to see a small sofa in there and maybe a small coffee table."

    Eating area upstairs not quite big enough. Even thou it says its a property for 4 there isn't the seating area for 4. Would be lovely to have had maybe a small welcome hamper too. Bathroom and shower room were a good size. For winter maybe supply a small amount of logs for wood burner as none provided. Also no cushions for seating outside, we sat outside most evenings but quite uncomfortable. And one last thing no WiFi... Just little things but all in all it was a lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Kerry3.4Sep 2022

  • "Cottage was lovely, perfect location and amazing view of the lake."

    Some facilities are good - like the shower room, dishwasher, and induction hob with good pans. But other aspects are very dated. No wifi, and no phone signal. TV in the bedroom has no output, so it's pointless. While we didn't come to the lakes to watch TV/use the internet, it's still worth noting for any prospective customers reading this. The double mattress was very uncomfortable, as previous reviews also stated. Saying this, it was still a great stay away, and we would use Ivy cottage again.

    Reviewed by Natalie3.8Aug 2022

  • "We loved our holiday at Ivy cottage."

    The facilities and location are excellent. Unfortunately, mattress quality is very poor. We found a use nappy under the armchair and the fridge wasn't cleaned after previous guests. Otherwise, it was a great stay.

    Reviewed by Brigitta4.1Apr 2022

  • "The most gorgeous little cottage in the loveliest location!"

    Already planning a trip back soon! Would love a double sofa in the little living space, but appreciate this may not be possible, and ultimately this didn’t stop us from finding comfort here! So clean too, can’t be faulted.

    Reviewed by Ella4.7Mar 2022

  • "We found the property clean and tidy."

    The description regarding access to the property was accurate and should be noted. We feel the property would be best suited for 2 people as it would be a bit cramped with outdoor kit if 4 people staying. In answer to previous reviews the armchairs had been recovered and were very comfortable but agree the mattress on the double bed needs replacing. However we throughly enjoyed our stay in this well appointed cottage with its direct access to the fells. Will definitely be booking another stay.

    Reviewed by Phillip4.7Feb 2022

  • "The cottage itself was lovely and in a perfect location for us."

    The things that really let us down was the cleanliness. The place needed a good hoover and a good scrub, the walls especially. The floor had so many bits on it, I had to brush my feet off before getting into bed. Nearly every wall in the house had marks all down it and there was a dirty hand print on the bathroom wall behind the door. When closing the bathroom door there was a big clump of dusty hair behind it, yuck. The dining room table had old food on it. The sofa situation is weird too, think it would be better having a sofa instead of armchairs. These were covered in stains too so I didn’t use these. The wet room downstairs was perfect and always so warm!

    Reviewed by Tonesha3.8Nov 2021

  • "Ivy Cottage is in an excellent location being right on the path up to Loughrigg and in easy walking distance of Ambleside."

    We did all our walks from the door and didn't use the car all week which, for us, was a bonus. The cottage is cosy and very well equipped and the kitchen is well designed making excellent use of the space. The wet room was fabulous as well. However, I would have forgone the Le Creuset Saucepans for more comfortable chairs in the lounge area and a better mattress!! The chairs had very little support and if there are four of you, one of you will be sitting on a bean bag. As there was just the two of us it was fine. The mattress also needs replacing urgently - it was very uncomfortable and one side was particularly bad. This let the cottage down for us. I would only book this cottage again if these issues were sorted out. If you are arriving in the dark you will need a torch to find the way up the path to the cottage. This is mentioned in the instructions but it is only when you arrive that you see the importance of this. (The directions also mention a phone box which is no longer there). Overall though this was a lovely cottage, in a great location with fabulous views and we had a great week, walking, eating out and relaxing.

    Reviewed by Clare3.8Nov 2021

  • "Lack of WiFi in a property with no mobile reception is annoying, considering most other properties provide it."

    Reviewed by Sam4.1Oct 2021

  • "We had a great stay at Ivy Cottage."

    Weather was very kind to us and it was great to make use of the table and chairs outside. Fantastic views and a lovely cottage. Washing line/ airer would be a good addition.

    Reviewed by Rose4.4Aug 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.


  • Over 2 floors
  • 2 x bedrooms; 1 x double with en suite, 1 x twin with en suite
  • Luxury bathroom
  • Wet room with shower
  • Lounge
  • Kitchen
  • Furnished patio garden
  • Private parking.
  • Wonderful lake views
  • Luxury Hansgrohe bathroom with double ended bath
  • Wood burning stove (logs are not provided)
  • Enclosed walled patio/garden
  • Wet room with double massage shower
  • Private parking nearby (permit supplied for this)
  • Near village & lake
  • Electric oven & induction hob
  • Microwave & Fridge/Freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/dryer
  • Gas central underfloor heating
  • No babies or toddler under 4 years old
  • Bed linen and towels provided

The property

Ivy Cottage is a luxury holiday home in Clappersgate, on the lower slopes of Loughrigg Fell, with wonderful views out to Lake Windermere and beyond.

The property is a magical getaway that sleeps up to four guests over two bedrooms, so it’s ideal for a couple or family and is close to the dramatic Langdale Valley, whilst Ambleside, with its amenities and attractions is just a short walk away.

At the cottage, you'll experience all the charm and character of traditional Lakeland living; pretty latch doors, exposed wooden beams and of course a wood burning stove - even a window seat from which to drink in the views.

But with comfort in mind, the owners have gone to great lengths installing heating under the solid oak floors, chic modern bathrooms .

A pretty walled garden is perfect for soaking up the sun and surveying all that is around you and for those who enjoy walking walkers, there’s a path leading straight onto Loughrigg Fell.

This property is unsuitable for babies or toddlers and due to the pathway access may not be suitable for the elderly or infirm.

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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Due to the access to the cottage this proepry is not suitable for under 4 year olds or the infirm.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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