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The Old Laundry

Clappersgate near Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 916188)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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55 Customer Reviews

  • "This property is a lovely clean quiet place, well kept and has everything a family or friends needs to stay a 5 to 10 minute walk from the town centre."

    Reviewed by JasonJul 2022

  • "The location of the property was hard to find as just a post code was provided."

    It would have been helpful to have more directions as we are not from the area and so using other nearby buildings as a reference wasn't helpful. The property itself was lovely, although it is hard to see how 4 adults could share the property as the bedrooms are a tight squeeze, especially the back bedroom. Other than that no complaints regarding the comfort or cleanliness of the property. The location is great and the layout works.

    Janet I am glad you really enjoyed your stay at the Old Laundry.. I know you called me and I directed you to the address.. We get very few issues with guests finding the cottage from the details supplied by Sykes. I can also confirm that the majority of our guests are 4 adults so I can assure you that the bedroom layouts have not been an issue and are as per the photo's on the Sykes web site. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JanetJun 2022

  • "Very well equipped but missed having a dining table."

    A compact holiday property which was ideal for two but only being able to access the double beds from one side would have been an issue if four were staying. Good location with only a fifteen minute walk into Ambleside and a bus stop directly outside.

    Hi Catherine, really glad you enjoyed your stay at The Old Laundry.. The pictures and text on the web site clearly show the breakfast bar eating area and bed access... This hasn't been an issue for other guests in the past.. Hope to see you back soon for another stay.. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CatherineMay 2022

  • "We had a short family stay at Easter."

    The cottage is lovely and as described. Great location nearby Ambleside which is walkable and excellent for visiting main attractions and walks. Place was immaculate and beautifully decorated, a haven at the end of a tiring day. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by KarenApr 2022

  • "We've had the best time staying at The Old Laundry for a week in February."

    The flat is so cosy and well designed plus it has the best equipped kitchen we've ever had in a self-catered. Beautiful slate fireplace, the dining island and heated bathroom floors were particular favourites. We could've easily stayed a month! The location is perfect, easy stroll to Ambleside for shops/walk starts/boats. We only used the car once for the whole trip. Would return and recommend.

    Reviewed by HarrietFeb 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Had an amazing new year here with my parents. Great social kitchen for cooking. Location is excellent.

    Reviewed by ElizabethDec 2021

  • "The Old Laundry was everything we could have wished for and more."

    The cottage was fully equipped. Perfect location with Ambleside town being a short walk away. I will definitely be visiting again in the future.

    Reviewed by BethanyDec 2021

  • "Our stay at the Old Laundry was great."

    The cottage is so lovely and well equipped. Close to everything that you need. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by KarenNov 2021

  • "Had a lovely stay at the cottage."

    It’s really nicely presented inside with everything you need. Great location for exploring the lakes just 15 mins walk into Ambleside. Would highly recommend. John

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2021

  • "The cottage was absolutely gorgeous, one of the best places we've stayed in the Lakes and we would definitely book again."

    The location is perfect for walking into Ambleside and well connected for driving elsewhere. The cottage itself was spotlessly clean and cosy, even the dog made himself right at home!

    Reviewed by LauraNov 2021

  • "We luv our time in the old Laundry, brilliant location, Fen the owner texts with details and checking all ok, the cottage itself has everything you could need and a great price!"

    Be back next year again.

    Reviewed by PaulNov 2021

  • "Excellent cottage all on 1 level well equipped with quality fittings."

    located within easy walking distance to Ambleside with a dog walking area across the road and 2 parking spaces by the cottage. We would go again either early or late in the season to avoid the crowds and the silly prices being asked now for high season..

    Reviewed by PeterOct 2021

  • "The Old Laundry accommodation is lovely, the location is spot on highly recommend."

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2021

  • "We enjoyed our week in sunny Cumbria."

    Cottage is very good base for exploring the area. Good walking and bus route very nearby. Only took car out once. Has everything you could need during your stay and owners very helpful. Lovely river just across road where our dog enjoyed lots of swims.

    Reviewed by VeronicaMay 2021

  • "Cottage is very well equipped and in a good location, albeit a mile from the town's facilities."

    Only 2 of our planned party of 3 went on the holiday and it was noted that it might feel cramped with more people staying, also parking 2 cars would have been more challenging.

    Reviewed by DianeMay 2021

  • "Flat is in ideal location for exploring the lakes."

    This was my second stay. Flat is super comfy and well equipment for a self catering holiday.

    Reviewed by GraemeOct 2020

  • "A really well kept quality cottage, kitchen and bathrooms especially luxurious."

    Perhaps a bit small on seating if there were 4 people but perfect for 2. Really nice touch having dog treats too.

    Hi Leanne I am really glad that you enjoyed your time in the Lakes and the cottage was found to be luxurious for your stay. We have had the Old Laundry for over 5 years now and have never had any complaints on seating of 4 adults. There is a spacious 3 seater sofa, a single chair and 4 breakfast stools to choose from. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LeanneSep 2020

  • "The cottage was superb, the photos online do not do it justice."

    We loved the gas/coal effect fire and the stone fireplace with all the wee hidden niknaks. The beds were really comfortable. The kitchen had absolutely everything, so well thought out. Amazing cottage, we would definitely recommend and will definitely go back.

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2020

  • "The Covid 19 crisis was handled with professionalism."

    We were kept informed of any changes to conditions, given the opportunity to rearrange our dates and kept up to date with restrictions set by the government. The accommodation was fabulous, we were contacted by the owners prior to our holiday to reassure us of all the precautions taken. Thank you to all concerned.

    Reviewed by MargaretSep 2020

  • "Our stay at the Old Laundry was great."

    We appreciated how immaculately the cottage was presented on our arrival. The facilities were top notch and we loved the access to the forest behind the cottage for our dog, too. The owner checked in with us via email prior to, and once during our stay which we thought was a really lovely touch. Would highly recommend as a comfortable and luxurious base that’s perfectly situated for exploring the Lakes!

    Reviewed by PhilippaSep 2020

  • "A beautifully presented, luxurious & cosy cottage - with every need taken care of."

    Excellent location for local walks & nice little stroll into Ambleside. Will definitely be back!!!

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2020

  • "The old laundry was stunning."

    Has everything you need. Beautiful decor, clean and in a fantastic location. Would highly recommmend and will definitely stay again

    Reviewed by TristanJul 2020

  • "The Old Laundry is the perfect place to stay and is in the perfect location to explore this beautiful part of the country."

    We were the first to stay following the easing of lockdown restrictions and every effort had been made to ensure our comfort and safety. The private riverside garden was beautiful and we spent a lovely week enjoying the local and surrounding areas. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by JeanetteJul 2020

  • "This place is amazing, perfectly decorated and in the perfect location too!"

    Reviewed by WillFeb 2020

  • "The cottage was a in a great location and only 15 mins walk to Ambleside."

    Was exactly like on the pictures. Will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by JoanneDec 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely, my only complaint, is that there wasn’t a toilet roll in either of the bathrooms."

    I always bring some as I didn’t expect there to be any spares in the bathrooms. Although I thought there would be one in each of the bathrooms to start with.

    Reviewed by DeniseDec 2019

  • "Beautiful little cottage, brilliantly clean and really well appointed."

    Fantastic location.

    Reviewed by KateAug 2019

  • "The cottage was in a fantastic location, only 10-15 min walk into Ambleside."

    The cottage was perfect. It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. It was well equipped and furnished to a very high standard. The private garden on the waters edge was a delight - perfect on a lovely sunny evening. Would definitely recommend and hope to be back soon.

    Reviewed by CatherineJun 2019

  • "The cottage was clean and well equipped."

    Perfect location to explore Ambleside and lovely walks in the Forest behind the cottage.

    Reviewed by KirstyApr 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely, it had everything we could need and was in a great position, 15 minute walk from Ambleside which is a great place to go with lots of restaurants and cafes."

    Reviewed by LouiseApr 2019

  • "The Old Laundry is a beautiful cottage located a short walk away from bustling Ambleside."

    It has a private riverside garden too which is just perfect for picnics or your morning coffee. Although the cottage is full of charm with tasteful decor, it also has modern amenities which only add to your comfort.

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2019

  • "We were really impressed with the quality of the cottage and its equipment."

    The T.V was extremely good, as was the cooking equipment. The cottage is really well situated in the quiet courtyard but very handy for Ambleside. We would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by JohnJan 2019

  • "Cottage even more stunning than expected."

    Extremely comfortable. Owner went out of his way to make sure we had a fabulous Christmas. The attention to detail was outstanding.

    Reviewed by StevenDec 2018

  • "It was a wonderful place to stay, warm and comfortable."

    Reviewed by ChristineOct 2018

  • "Everything in the cottage was finished to a very high standard, it was spotlessly clean and the added extras such as the bottle of bubbly and ‘doggy cupboard’ were much appreciated."

    Everything had been thought of. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2018

  • "The Lake District is just a fantastic location, so much to do and most of it free!"

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    Reviewed by BrianJun 2018

  • "Had an amazing time!"

    ! We will be returning next year for two weeks. The house was stunning inside and spotless. Can't recommend this property enough. Amazing location we walked to ambleside every morning for coffee which only took 15 minutes. Thanks David and kirstin

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2018

  • "The Old Laundry is an amazing Cottage with excellent features."

    It has been completed to a very high standard. We had a great stay and felt welcome from the moment we walked through the door. We have booked to stay there again.

    Reviewed by LynnMay 2018

  • "The Old Laundry Ambleside,what a fantastic cottage every thing top quality from decor to kitchen appliances everything provided."

    Can't wait to return

    Reviewed by JeanMay 2018

  • "We loved this cottage, spotlessly clean on arrival and had everything we needed and more."

    Very comfortable beds, with nice lounge area and kitchen. Close to Ambleside and plenty of cafes and places to eat. Lots of local dog walks nearby, both flat and hilly. We’ll definitely be returning!

    Reviewed by CharlotteApr 2018

  • "The cottage is very comfortable with all the mod cons you could wish for."

    Ideally situated for Ambleside and many walking trails to do. Lots of cafes and restaurants with excellent food.

    Reviewed by JaneMar 2018

  • "Really lovely stay in The Old Laundry."

    All our needs were met, anything we could've wanted had been thought of from dog bowls in the cupboard to ice cubes waiting in the freezer for us! Would definitely recommend staying at The Old Laundry!

    Reviewed by AbbieJan 2018

  • "Lovely warm cottage in a great location for walking and generally exploexploring the Lakes."

    Reviewed by PaulaDec 2017

  • "Just returned from a weeks stay at this beautiful cottage, which is done to a high standard and was extremely clean and presentable it has a real homely feeling about it due to the décor and home comforts provided."

    Great location a short walk to Ambleside with local walks and mountain biking nearby. We would highly recommend this wonderful property for its high standard and great location to anyone considering a visit to the Lakes. Mr & Mrs Dalton - Oct 2017

    Reviewed by MikeOct 2017

  • "It was our first time visiting the lake district and we could not have picked a better cottage and location than the old laundry at Clappersgate."

    An amazingly well equipped home away from home with stunning views and walks all around, we look forward to returning!

    Reviewed by JustinSep 2017

  • "A fantastic property with every possible gadget provided for."

    Such a lot of care and attention has been put into this property and in a superb location too. A real gem!!

    Reviewed by SueAug 2017

  • "Loved the old laundry."

    Spotlessly clean, very cozy. Everything had been thought off & so well equipped. Location also perfect for exploring the lakes. Thoroughly enjoyed our week. Ideally would have preferred a private secure garden - but booked this as loved the pictures. We weren't disappointed. The garden across the road was total bliss! Wish I was still there!

    Reviewed by CarrieJul 2017

  • "Me, my partner and little boy have just returned from a week away here at the cottage."

    We couldn't have asked for more, everything was done to such a high standard, it was extremely clean and comfortable. Location was excellent within a ten minute walk from the lake and from Ambleside town centre. Very sad to leave and come home. We are already looking at booking for next year as we have enjoyed it so much. Would highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by EmilyMay 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage with everything you could possibly need provided"

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2017

  • "Great place an ideal for walking into Amberside."

    A small village with lots of places to eat and drink

    Reviewed by PaulMar 2017

  • "We were totally spoilt with this cottage!"

    I come every year to Ambleside, sometimes twice a year and this by far has been the best place I have every stayed! A real home from home, all the mod cons you could want, warm, cosy! The location was excellent and we enjoyed the picturesque short walk into Ambleside. Already planning my next visit! My dad thoroughly enjoyed his 60th birthday treat saying it was the best trip he has ever had!

    Reviewed by GraceMar 2017

  • "Amazing accommodation, kitted out to a very high spec."

    5 mins stroll into Ambleside. A beautiful place to spend Christmas!

    Reviewed by CharlotteDec 2016

  • "The accomodation was absolutely fantastic, great central location, fantastic that it had parking and the facilities within the house were beyond expectations!"

    Would recommend to anyone!

    Reviewed by MatthewOct 2016

  • "The cottage was very well fitted out with all home comforts"

    Reviewed by StephenSep 2016

  • "Had an amazing time in a stunning part of the country and the cottage had everything we needed."

    We are now looking to upgrade our kitchen to match!

    Reviewed by StephenAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two double bedrooms with en-suite wet-room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, breakfast bar (seats 4) and sitting area with gas fire
  • Gas central heating and gas fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, wine cooler, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with FreeSat, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared, lawned garden with furniture located across main road
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Cottage is located near a well-used road so care should be taken and some road noise may be heard in garden
  • Note: The access to the river is through a small wicket gate and the garden is approached via 20 steps
  • Note: No infants allowed
  • Note: Beds are accessed from one side only.

The property

Ambleside 1 mile.

An outstanding, ground floor, semi-detached courtyard cottage in the desirable hamlet of Clappersgate, just one mile from Ambleside in the heart of the Lakes.

Located in the Lake District National Park, just 200 yards from the River Brathay and Lake Windermere, The Old Laundry is the perfect place to stay for a magical holiday amidst simply beautiful scenery.

This superb cottage provides excellent accommodation, perfect for a relaxing break in an area surrounded by fells, lakes, rivers and wildlife with great local pubs, shops and restaurants within 15 minutes’ walk.

Inside, there is a spacious open plan living area with a feature slate inglenook with gas fire, contemporary kitchen with breakfast bar and soft, comfortable seating.

This cottage is so charming you might not want to leave!

Both bedrooms are elegantly furnished and each has an en-suite wet-room with underfloor heating.

Outside, across the cobbled courtyard and road, there is an idyllic shared garden on the banks of the River Brathay, which flows into Lake Windermere – a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and escape from the hustle and bustle.

Every guest should take the path up Loughrigg Fell behind the cottage for the views over Ambleside to Wansfell, Lake Windermere, Rydal Water and Grasmere which will stay with you long after you have left this magical place.

The quaint village of Hawkshead is just 10 minutes’ drive away, a real favourite for the lovers of Beatrix Potter with the Beatrix Potter Gallery to visit and of course, Hill Top at Near Sawrey.

Whilst you are over this way, explore the Grizedale Forest and the many treks and cycleways – this vast forest is a haven for wildlife.

On the way back why not stop off at the Drunken Duck Inn to enjoy a refreshing drink – dinner here is superb, but booking is essential!

Whether this is your first visit or one of many to Ambleside, The Old Laundry will be your favourite holiday home.

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About the location


Windermere 4 miles; Grasmere 4 mile; Keswick 15 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: No infants allowed.