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Waterhead Cottage

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Ecclerigg, near Troutbeck Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "A really good location for a trip to the Lakes."

    Access to the Lake and handy for the bus stop where you can hop on a bus and visit Ambleside, Windermere, Kendal, Langdale and Keswick. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Dec 2023

  • "Disappointed that the cottage was so very close to a busy main road as listing mentions 5 acres of shared grounds."

    Couldn’t find lids for 3 of 4 saucepans. Paper filter for extractor above hob hasn’t been replaced for ever. Velux window in bedroom leaks, needs maintenance or replacement. Bedside light bulbs inadequate, more like nightlights! Extractor fan in en suite very noisy. We enjoyed our holiday however, weather was largely kind. Owner not home, as far as we could see, in Larch Cottage. Living area warm and comfortable, plenty of hot water.

    Reviewed by Colin3.4Oct 2023

  • "A couple of small problems."

    Kitchen lights were flickering and saucepans need replacing due to not been insulated.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.4Sep 2023

  • "I would like to thank the owners for all there kindness."

    the accommodation is everything and more. it is situated in a beautiful location and sitting alongside Lake Windermere was heaven. We look forward to returning to Waterhead Cottage in the near future.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2023

  • "We have just had a lovely holiday in Waterhead cottage."

    With a very warm and friendly welcome from the hosts, Nicole and John. It is a lovely cottage in a peaceful & tranquil setting. The perfect location for visiting all of windermere and the peak district. It is so beautiful that we are looking into booking it for our next year's holiday. We would definitely recommend Waterhead cottage.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Aug 2023

  • "Really enjoyed our holiday."

    Cottage and facilities were spot on. Jetty was used by my husband for fishing. Only downside was that the plug in the bath did not work. This was reported on the Monday. A new one was supplied late pm on the Wednesday. However once hot water was put in the bath, plug came out. Had to cut holiday short as due to health reasons have to be able to have a bath. However saying this, everything else was spot on.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Jul 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed the cottage and down at the lakeside."

    We would love to return except my wife has a problem with climbing the stairs and there is not a handrail at the top of the stairs where it turns nor at the bottom of the stairs. The man staying next door had the same problem and struggled through the week going home early on Friday. Perhaps the owners could put in handrails where needed. Otherwise a great holiday .

    Reviewed by Don4.7May 2023

  • "The hosts were very welcoming and informative about the area and the property was superb."

    This was the first time we had visited the lakes and it certainly won't be the last, should we decide to come again we would definitely look to book this property again. Thank you for an excellent stay. Chris and Jane Holland

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Mar 2023

  • "Beautiful property providing everything you need like a home from home."

    Location was central to travel to many places and also a bus stop 5mins walk if needed. Would love to stay in Summer and gain full use of BBQ and Lakeside. Will definately stay here again.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We would love to welcome back in the summer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stella5.0Feb 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    My wife and I normally come to the Lakes to walk but this was not possible as I am recovering from illness. We were looking for a quiet, comfortable cottage that would "look after us" gor a week. Waterhead Cottage did exactly that. The added bonus of the beautiful location an the opportunity to sit by the lakeshore at the private jetty was wonderful.

    Reviewed by Rufus5.0Jan 2023

  • "The cottage is in a gorgeous position, comfy, warm and everything you would need is there."

    Position between Ambleside and Windemere is great especially as on the bus route. Price very reasonable. We had a fab honeymoon despite me having the flu! Only issue being the cleanliness as cobwebs everywhere, drainer had food caked on it, freezer had frozen food stuck in the icebox (possibly difficult to defrost after ever visitor). Worst being settee as when looking for a lost ear ring, moved settee cushions and there was the crumbs and detritus from goodness knows how many biscuits and crisps etc. Didn't impact our visit though as great little house/

    Reviewed by Jayne4.4Dec 2022

  • "Cottage was well furnished and comfortable."

    It is in a lovely location with easy access to the all the areas of the beautiful Lakes.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay in this extremely comfortable cottage."

    The facilities are excellent as is the location. The only slight downside is the traffic noise from the busy main road however you do get used to it. To finish on a positive the hosts John and Nicole are superb and would I recommend it? absolutely!

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Jul 2022

  • "First class property in a great location, handy for Ambleside and Windermere and other local attractions and restaurants with a very helpful and welcoming host, lovely gardens and access via there jetty to Lake Windermere."

    Would strongly recommend it.

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "We enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing week in the beautiful Lake District."

    Waterhead Cottage was perfectly situated being a 2 minute walk from the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole and a 30 minute walk from Waterhead in Ambleside. There was space to park our car right outside the cottage. Waterhead cottage was very well equipped with everything we could have wanted. The cottage was clean and tidy, and the bed was extremely comfortable. In the evenings we sat on the terrace by the lawn enjoying a glass of wine, warmed by the glow from the chiminea. The private area by the lake was also a great place to sit and take in the panoramic views and we were able to launch our canoe directly from the private jetty. Gas barbecues were available to us both at the cottage and by the lakeside. We wish to say a big thank you to our hosts John and Nicole, and their lovely family. We would love to stay in your fabulous cottage again some day. Richard and Miriam.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2022

  • "Beautiful modern accommodation in lovely setting."

    Everything catered for. Lovely place with a little private mooring area right on the lake to sit out and relax and enjoy the beautiful view on a nice day. Also nice patio seating area with bbq at the house although it was Winter so we didn’t use it. The property is just off the main road out of Windermere into Ambleside and a nice walking area. Would book again. Our only comment would be that we felt the 9 am time having to vacate is a little early, especially when checkin is not before 3 pm and 10 am would have been more appreciated. Otherwise a lovely stay and would recommend,

    Reviewed by Valerie5.0Mar 2022

  • "Excellent property and location."

    Smartly and simply furnished and well equipped. One area that does need attending is the bathroom grouting which needs scrubbing and some place re- grouting, otherwise no complaints.

    Reviewed by Kenneth5.0Dec 2021

  • "Listing didn't mention washing machine in the property."

    Great that there is a vacuum cleaner, but it needs its filter cleaning. Also no toilet brush available. We had to ask for bath towels, which were promptly brought, but there were no bin liners for the kitchen, so we had to provide our own. The cottage is well equipped, but knives could be sharper. Although there is the facility to dock an iPod, nothing is available for those who use android. It would be good if the listing could mention what type of coffee pods will fit the machine. Overall we had a fabulous stay over Christmas and would thoroughly recommend. Just mentioning these things for improvement for future visitors.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.7Dec 2021

  • "A fabulous cottage and perfect location between Ambleside and Bowness on Windermere."

    The only reason I have not given 5 stars is because of the traffic noise which you get used to eventually.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Sep 2021

  • "WiFi connection not very good and if you watch the television very poor choices"

    Reviewed by Pamela4.4Aug 2021

  • "Hand sanitizer was empty."

    Long black hairs everywhere. Inadequate door lock/latch to property. Loose window latch in bedroom. Broken toilet seat. Mouldy grout/sealant in bathroom. Loose shower head. Unhygienic toilet brush (Faeces remains from previous guests!). Supplied pots, pans cutlery weren’t completely clean (sticky frying pan, lipstick on drinks glasses etc). Furniture in lounge could be cleaned more regularly after recent covid problems as the arms on settees are showing signs of grease. On a whole, the cleaner or cleanliness at this property is clearly not being monitored prior to the arrival of guests who have spent a large amount of money for several days away celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary ( My wife and Me!)

    Reviewed by James2.5Aug 2021

  • "Myself, my partner and our young son booked Waterhead Cottage for last April, but moved it to this April due to the Pandemic."

    The cottage was easy to find and in a perfect location between Ambleside and Windemere, both a short drive/bike ride away. The cottage itself has everything that you need, but the real highlight for us was the beautiful gardens and the private lake access. Unfortunately our son will be too old to book again next time we visit the Lakes, but if its just me & my partner we would definitely go back - I cant recommend it enough.

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Apr 2021

  • "Best holiday ever and great little house in the perfect area of Windermere."

    Reviewed by Ellen5.0Apr 2021

  • "Excellent location fantastic lakeside facilities and lovely clean cottage"

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Aug 2020

  • "Home from home"

    Reviewed by Michael3.8Aug 2020

  • "The cottage is very comfortable and has everything you need for a relaxing break."

    The owners are very welcoming and friendly and make you really feel at home. The grounds are very attractive, the icing on the cake being the lakeside seating area and private jetty. We were blessed with fantastic weather too which was an absolute bonus.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Aug 2020

  • "One of the best cottages we have visited."

    Very comfortable and cosy.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jan 2020

  • "Apart from a beautiful cottage and surroundings we were disappointed that we could not sit by the lake as advertised, all chairs and table etc."

    were removed, although it was October we had several sunny days that could have been enjoyed by the lakeside

    Thank you for your feedback and thank you so much for your review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay. With the water level rising significantly in the Winter, the furniture position is moved to avoid loss or damage. It is still available for your use, and can be moved to next to the Lake if required. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Oct 2019

  • "Road noise may be an issue for some"

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Oct 2019

  • "Waterhead is a lovely cottage in a beautiful setting ."

    Less than a 5 minute walk down a private lane takes you to private jetty and BBQ area which has everything you need for a bbq or just to sit and watch the boats on Windermere. Only disappointment was that there wasnt really anywhere suitable to place fishing rod rests and rods, so not a great place for fishing! I would highly recommend this cottage,it has everything you need for a lovely holiday in the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Aug 2019

  • "Just returned from a weeks holiday at Waterhead cottage and it was wonderful."

    The cottage is very well equipped, tastefully furnished, light and airy and in a lovely position looking over the owners beautiful garden. We had our own private patio with seating, barbecue and heater. A short walk down the lane brought you to a private lakeside jetty with more seating and barbecue equipment. It was simply stunning. Have been to many holiday cottages over the years and this was one of the nicest. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was in the perfect place with beautiful surroundings especially having the luck to be able to use the owners Nicole and Johns private jetty right by the lake."

    We would like to thank them for their hospitality and for making us very welcome. Thank you Kind regards Judy and James Crisp

    Reviewed by J5.0Jun 2019

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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.


  • 1 x king-size double (zip/link can be twins on request) with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, toaster, kettle, dishwasher, freezer, washer & tumble-dryer
  • LED TV with FreeSat and Freeview and CD player
  • A selection of books and games
  • WiFi
  • Gas central heating, fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking available
  • Bike and small boat storage available
  • Shared 5-acres of ground with owners, with lakeside decking area, furniture and gas barbecue
  • Additional private patio area with furniture, gas barbecue and chiminea
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles, restaurant and bus stop 5 minutes walk
  • Private lake access for launching a boat or dinghy
  • Fishing available on site, own license required
  • Cot and high chair available on request
  • Note: Infants and babes in arms only

The property

Troutbeck Bridge 1.2 miles.

Set above the gentle waters of Lake Windermere in beautiful 5-acre grounds, which are shared with the owner's residence, is Waterhead Cottage.

This delightful accommodation is well-appointed for couples to enjoy a relaxing yet adventurous break in the heart of the Lake District.

Every thought has been taken to ensure you have a everything you need to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

You are well-screened from the road, giving you a good level of privacy, so you can make the most of this charming base.

Enter into the property and find the spacious and inviting open-plan living room, where you can sink into the sofa and catch up n some of your favourite TV shows or play some of preferred music through the ipod dock as you prepare a home-cooked meal in the kitchen.

The full-length feature window to the front floods the space with natural light as you unwind with a refreshing drink.

Climb the stairs to the large double bedroom, which has a zip/link bed for flexible sleeping arrangements and a handy en-suite bathroom so you can enjoy a long, hot soak after a long walk up one of the many fells in the region.

Roam the grounds outside and enjoy the plethora of wildlife as you sit at the picnic bench with the aroma of the barbecue cooking up a flavoursome feast, or choose to stay within your own private patio by the warmth of the chimnea on a summer's evening or down by the lakeside where you can make the most of the spectacular views.

The cottage boasts lakeshore access with a private slipway and jetty for launching boats, fishing or just simply enjoying the views.

If you're a keen outdoors person why not bring along your kayak or paddle board to make the most of the stunning waters next to the property?

There is also the local bus stop and water taxi at the neighbouring Lake District Visitor Centre, with a restaurant and adventure trail in walking distance, so you can leave the car behind and still explore the surrounding area as you wish.

You are in a convenient location here between Ambleside and Windermere, with shops, pubs and a selection of places to eat out as well as the beautiful shores of the lake and boat trips taking you out on the water.

Choose from a range of activities to keep you entertained with trips to the famous Aquarium or to the renowned Brockhole only a 5 minute walk away.

Brockhole boasts walking and cycling in abundance as well as the Tree Top Trek and archery amongst many other activities for people of all ages.

This is the ideal getaway for those seeking a varied holiday in Cumbria. Note: The property can be booked alongside property 1007506 to sleep 4 people.

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About the location


Windermere 2 miles; Ambleside 4 miles.

The small village of Troutbeck Bridge lies between the famous towns of Windermere and Ambleside, close to the renowned Kirkstone Pass, within the Lake District National Park. Made up of a scattering of Lakeland cottages, this quiet village offers a thriving and very popular local pub, serving real ales and fine food. The bustling towns of Windermere and Ambleside are close by, providing a range of amenities including shops, pubs and cafes. Lake Windermere boasts a range of lakeside activities, including trips to the famous Aquarium and the renowned Grizedale Forest Park, whilst children will enjoy the World of Beatrix Potter in nearby Bowness, where technology brings her characters to life. With destinations such as Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains all within easy reach, Troutbeck Bridge is an ideal location for exploring all that the region has to offer.

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Please note: The Tumble dryer and Freezer are shared and are stored in an outbuilding.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas