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Old Toffee Shop

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Cozy warm cottage ideally located in centra Ambleside."

    Good for four adults

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2024

  • "Amazing cottage."

    Everything you could want is there. We loved it so much we are booking again for next year. When we stayed Ambleside had, had the biggest snowfall for years which made our stay extra magical and very Christmassy.

    Wow, thank you for your fabulous feedback! We would love to have you return to the Old Toffee Shop! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2023

  • "We had an amazing stay at this cottage Nov '23."

    It was perfect for the two of us (brother and sister) with the two bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms which were immaculately clean. Although the overall footprint of the cottage was quite small, the layout really worked well. Kitchen was excellently equipped. The two-sofa layout was particularly good for sprawling out in front of the fire. Nice touches were a cupboard of board games and some gifted local produce (biscuits were delicious). Location was perfect - right in the heart of Ambleside and super easy to get out onto the fells locally, and because it was low season, there was free parking (permit required) in a nearby car park. Plenty of pubs and shops close by for the essentials (beer, hiking gear and food!). There was only one slight niggle that there wasn't a starter pack of logs & firelighters for our first night. It meant after a long drive, our first errand was to go and fetch some logs from the local garage. No biggie, but for us, the log fire is always a must on trips like this and we were looking forward to getting the car unloaded and starting a fire. The plus point, we grabbed a few cheeky pints in the Royal Oak on the way back. All in all, would highly recommend - perhaps it would be a squeeze in the living room/kitchen for 2 x couples but spot on for us.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Nov 2023

  • "This is very comfortable well equipped accommodation in great location."

    Spotlessly clean. Only minor issue is car parking but I emphasise minor. Was always possible to get a space on street for the allowed hour and long stay options just a short walk. Would be very happy to stay again and highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 2023

  • "Amazing time at the Old Toffee Shop!"

    The attention to detail, comfort and quality of the cottage - in and out - is outstanding. Jo and her team have been superb and the location gets a 10 out of 10 ! The welcome treats are local and set the short break away of to a great start. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, cosy but with all facilities."

    The heating could be a bit easier to use and the provision of bath sheets would be a good touch. The location is excellent being in the middle of Ambleside but on a relatively quiet road.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage, spotlessly clean, well equipped, great location."

    Had a very cosy & relaxing stay. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Sep 2023

  • "An amazing cottage right in the heart of Ambleside, easily accessible to the Lakes as a whole."

    Super comfortable with everything carefully thought out to make our stay really enjoyable. The parking disc was a godsend as was the dryer to cater for all varieties of Lakeland weather!! We would definitely stay here again without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Serena5.0Aug 2023

  • "I wish that there were more than 5 stars to give this property!"

    Absolutely stunning in every room and has the real wow factor as you walk through the door! I came home and wanted to redecorate my whole house haha. Spotlessly clean. In a perfect location for exploring the lakes and Ambleside. Car parks, bus stops restaurants are so close to the property. A hidden gem!

    Reviewed by Deana5.0Jul 2023

  • "The property has been renovated to a very high standard, but sympathetically to the style and history of the building."

    Furnishings and equipment were everything we needed to enjoy a comfortable stay. The property location was superb, both close to local amenities, yet quiet for a good night's sleep after a long hike. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by K5.0Jun 2023

  • "Gorgeous cottage."

    Superbly decorated and fitted out, great location in centre of town.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0May 2023

  • "Beautifully renovated and decorated cottage, and spotlessly clean!"

    Great location in the centre of Ambleside but still quiet with nice thick walls. Fantastic bathrooms and wonderful bath for after long walks. Some really useful walking maps were available in the drawer, thank you. We had a really great week, the Old Toffee Shop was a perfect and relaxing base for our holiday and we did most of our walking directly from there so was nice to mostly leave the car parked. No negatives but just a couple small things; there was no cupboard space for food so we put everything on the work surface or in fridge, not a big problem. Recycling bins would be good, there is some info in the folder about the recycling centre but it’s not clear exactly what you can recycle with an ‘etc’ at end of a list. We took our recycling waste back home with us anyway but it’d be good if guests were actively encouraged to recycle. Lastly the parking info was all great, and some additional info about EV charging in the area would be helpful. Big thanks to Jo and the cleaning team for such a lovely stay in the Old Toffee Shop.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful, cosy cottage in central location with all the comforts of home (if your home was an interior design masterpiece)."

    We loved it. Hard recommend.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2023

  • "A really beautiful and immaculately clean home , in a great location for accessibility to Ambleside ."

    Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Mar 2023

  • "Superbly appointed cottage with tasteful rear extension giving plenty of space for four people."

    Two bathrooms was a bonus and has a fantastic location in the centre of Ambleside.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property is decorated and fitted out to a very high standard, and the location in the centre of Ambleside is perfect for eating out and socialising in the evening."

    Everything is within walking distance. The cottage is a little small for more than two people with the ground floor bedroom quite tight, but the standard everything else and location more than makes up for that.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2023

  • "An immaculately presented, well equipped cottage in a very convenient location."

    Quality of furnishings and kitchen equipment is excellent. We did not encounter any problems with the heating but the weather was mild (+2 to +6 degrees) for the time of year (20th to 27th Feb). The cottage is compact and storage space is tight, particularly in the kitchen fridge and in the back bedroom

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Feb 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location, restaurants, pubs, shops & cute tiny cinema all on your doorstep."

    The cottage is decorated to a very high standard & in keeping with the property. Loved the wood burner & freestanding bath after returning from a walk. We spent a week there & felt very relaxed & comfortable. The property is very clean & has everything you need, highly recommended

    Reviewed by S5.0Feb 2023

  • "Beautiful restored cottage in centre of Ambleside."

    Welcome tray lovely and cottage provides everything you need for a great holiday. Balances ‘boutique hotel’ style bedrooms / en-suites with warm cosy traditional lakes cottage feel and decor.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jan 2023

  • "Beautiful property; so comfortable."

    Wonderful thoughtful preservation of the original building. Very convenient for Ambleside services and restaurants.

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Sep 2022

  • "Cottage was in a great position in the centre of Ambleside really handy for everything it has to offer."

    Cottage comfortable and immaculately clean. The addition of a clothes airer would be useful as we did a lot of wild swimming and mountain biking and it would have been good to use that in in back garden , particularly as we had lovely weather the whole week ! Would book again

    Reviewed by Jane4.1Aug 2022

  • "A wonderful combination of an old building, tastefully adapted to modern day requirements."

    While located in the centre of the village the cottage is very quiet en especially the small courtyard at the back is a very nice place to relax. The only (minor) suggestions for improvements are: - more wardrobe space in the bedrooms: the current "antique" storage is not very practical - a wifi amplifier so that there is also a strong signal in the courtyard

    Reviewed by P.5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Old Toffee Shop - absolutely perfect cottage, beautifully renovated and spotlessly clean."

    We were so comfortable, we didn’t want to leave!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had a great week staying at the Old Toffee Shop."

    Comfy beds, great showers, big smart TV for using our own Netflix account on the couple of evenings we stayed in. The property was of a high standard throughout with a well equipped and up to date kitchen. Having rear access to store our bikes security outside at the back was really helpful. Parking was no problem at all, King St car park was literally less than a minute away and we always found a space, not that we used the car much! Quiet location but very close to all the shops, bars, cinema and restaurants. I always take ear plugs on holiday but never used them once! The owners have thought of everything to make a holiday stay comfortable, the cottage was spotless, the welcome pack went down very well as did the good quality toiletries and I honestly can’t think of anything to improve it. Highly recommended and would love to stay here again. If only all holiday accommodation could be like this!

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful weeks stay in the Old Toffee Shop."

    The cottage is beautifully presented and lived up to our expectations. The location is excellent. We managed to park right outside to unload and then moved our car to local car parks utilising the permit provided. We only struggled to park on a couple of occasions at the end of the week which was the beginning of half term when the car parks were full! The facilities in the cottage were excellent with everything we could need and high quality pots, pans and cutlery etc. There was a good selection of games which was a bonus and the welcome hamper was one of the best we’ve ever received. We could have done with some storage space in the master bedroom en suite as we had to pile our toiletries on the windowsill. This wasn’t a problem but will likely cause damage longer term to paintwork etc. A second permit for guests would also be welcome as the cottage is suited to 4 adults (albeit it would be a bit cramped for a full week) but parking is only provided for one car. There is no storage in the kitchen for food so a spare cupboard would be helpful, and a bath sheet would be good too as the towels were too small to wrap around. Tiny quibbles that wouldn’t stop us returning as overall the cottage was wonderful and we would recommend to all.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments about the cottage. A parking permit is currently £650 annually, which like other goods and services has risen in price dramatically in the last year. We do let guests know that there is only one provided by the cottage prior to booking. We will look into providing additional storage space in the master en-suite. There is some space in the kitchen cupboards for storing food, a little in the sideboard and in the cupboard under the stairs. However, we will have a look if this can be increased further. Please do come back and visit the cottage again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eleanor4.7May 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage, perfect location, easy walk to the restaurants and shops, Wouldn't hesitate to recommend the cottage."

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2022

  • "Absolutely fantastic!"

    We had a brilliant week in Ambleside staying at this little gem of a cottage. Old Toffee Shop is situated in a quiet but central area of the village. The cottage is recently renovated to a very high standard with beautiful fixtures and fittings throughout...and has everything you could possibly want. It was spotlessly clean with a few unexpected welcoming touches! We can't recommend this cottage enough and will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0May 2022

  • "Minor issue with towel radiator in bathrooms which was quickly resolved by a very helpful call from owner."

    It seems a previous occupant had turned off the electrical isolation switch to each radiator. Otherwise, absolutely no problems. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was excellent and the facilities provided were of a very high standard."

    The temperature of both showers was set far too low and we were unable to regulate this to a high enough temperature for both showers. Also, given the time of the year, i.e. early spring, the heating was difficult to regulate to a satisfactory temperature. Aside from this, excellent stay and would recommend to anyone wishing to visit Ambleside and the Lakes

    Many thanks for your feedback and lovely comments regarding the cottage. Please be assured that we have checked the heating and hot water system and found the cottage to be lovely and warm and both showers hot. Please do come back and visit us again Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexander4.7Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a quiet but central location."

    Do not need a car, stunning walks from the doorstep and bus stop and restaurants just over the road.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0Mar 2022

  • "Simply excellent!"

    The Cottage exceeded our expectations as a homely place to stay, right in the heart of Ambleside. The owners have fully refurbished fairly recently and everything has been done to a very high standard using quality equipment - not always something you find in a holiday rental. I simply can’t find anything to fault. The location is also excellent for walking out to pubs, restaurants or shops and there are also many good walks you can do from the cottage without taking your car. We certainly would not hesitate to try and book the cottage again when we next visit the lakes. Thank you! Trevor Rees

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Feb 2022

  • "Lovely property, well located close to all of the local amenities."

    Great base for walking in the Lake District. The property is very clean and presented beautifully. Lots of lovely finishing touches like slippers, chocolates and ground coffee beans left for us on arrival which made our stay even more special. The parking permit left inside the property made parking in Ambleside and in most of the villages we visited in the Lake District much easier and cheaper. Would definitely stay at this property again.

    Reviewed by Kara5.0Feb 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    . The cottage is decorated beautifully and it is very comfy. The information on the parking available was a little confusing and it wasn’t clear if the pass meant we could stay in the car parks for long stay/ duration of our time there. Usually when I have stayed in Sykes Cottages before that have a log burner it is set up for at least one fire on arrival. A little disappointing that there was nothing at the property to use. Also there was only one bag provided in the bin, this easily split and there was nowhere else to put rubbish.

    Reviewed by Kirstianne4.4Feb 2022

  • "Very nicely renovated comfortable cottage, really well designed, furnished and decorated to a very high standard."

    Very clever use of space so that two couples could stay if required. Everything needed is provided - only comment would be nice to have provided logs for wood burner. fantastic location in centre of Ambleside.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Jan 2022

  • "Exquisite property - we appreciate cleanliness, attention to detail, comfort and modern conveniences."

    Beautifully decorated, well furnished and just steps away from shops, pubs, and restaurants. Parking was not a problem for us - we parked just outside the flat on the street and unloaded and by the time we were done it was fine to leave the car on the street until 10am the next morning. We parked on the street between 6pm and 10am every day and outside of these times we parked in the local car parks when we weren’t touring the lakes. This space was a home away from for us and we will definitely book again!

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Nov 2021

  • "A totally beautiful cottage."

    It is small but perfectly formed. It feels luxurious, it’s beautifully decorated, the en suites are generous and the under floor heating means it never feels cold. We absolutely loved our stay, it was so relaxing and so close to shops and restaurants.

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Oct 2021

  • "Beautiful property in a fantastic location."

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2021

  • "Location to Ambleside's facilities but walking distance on all sides to the fells and Langdale."

    The Old Toffee Shop is in keeping with the owners other properties in Ambleside which are all of a very high standard. We will return

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request) with TV and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with TV and woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating and ground-floor underfloor heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Permit parking
  • Enclosed courtyard with patio and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.1 mile
  • Note: There are three stone steps leading down into the kitchen, dining and living space, please take care
  • Note: Sorry, no children under 5's
  • Please note that this property can only accept bookings which commence on a Monday, bookings that do not commence on a Monday will be cancelled
  • Please note for Christmas Period: Arrival Monday 18th December can be booked for 10 days (pro rata the price for 10 days) where departure would be Thursday 28th December. Arrival Thursday 28th December can be booked for 8 days (pro rata the price for 8 days) where departure would be Thursday 4th January.

The property

Nestled in the small town of Ambleside, at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, is this delightful terraced cottage, Old Toffee Shop.

Set over two storeys and sleeping up to four guests, Old Toffee Shop is the perfect home away from home for exploring the central Lake District and the beautiful surrounding area.

Arriving at the property, there is handy permit parking available, before stepping into the cottage to begin your getaway.

Be welcomed into the homely open-plan living space, where you can enjoy cosying up in front of the woodburning stove with a glass of wine along with your favourite TV show providing entertainment for the evening.

Put your culinary skills to the test in the fully equipped kitchen, which has a handy washer/dryer, perfect for putting muddy clothes on a spin after a day of exploring.

Gather around the breakfast bar and catch up with loved ones over a tasty meal or bottle of your favourite tipple and discuss plans for the days ahead.

When sleep calls, guests have the option of a ground-floor king-size bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, where you can enjoy a soak in the bath before climbing into bed and a super-king-size with zip/link feature upstairs, ensuring flexible sleeping arrangements for all parties, benefitting from an en-suite shower room where guests can freshen up in style.

Enjoy evening drinks on the outdoor dining table in the enclosed patio and toast to a wonderful holiday as you soak up the sunshine.

Grab your walking boots and venture to Lake Windermere for the day, where you can enjoy scenic walks around the lake, explore its waters on a cruise or boat trip, or get involved with the wide variety of water sports on offer.

Walkers will delight in visiting the landmark location of Queen Adelaide’s Hill, which provides expansive views and is the perfect photo opportunity for capturing memories.

Those looking for a pit stop will revel in the good selection of pubs, restaurants and shops, where you can treat yourself to a scrumptious snack or a souvenir to remember your countryside getaway.

If you can tear yourself away, the delightful village of Grasmere is just a short drive away, where you can visit the historic National Trust site of Allan House or take a stroll through the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden, named after the famous poet who lived there for 14 years.

Just a little further is the market town of Keswick, situated in the Lake District National Park and nestled in the mountains, here you can visit the Keswick Museum & Art Gallery which delves into the town’s history and displays local artefacts, or visit the Puzzling Place, home to a variety of optical illusions and puzzles.

Old Toffee Shop is a superb getaway for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and retreat to the countryside.

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 for Christmas Period 2023:

Arrival Monday 18th December can be booked for 10 days (pro rata the price for 10 days) where departure would be Thursday 28th December.

Arrival Thursday 28th December can be booked for 8 days (pro rata the price for 8 days) where departure would be Thursday 4th January.

Outside of Christmas 2023 please note that this property can only accept bookings which commence on a Monday, bookings that do not commence on a Monday will be cancelled.