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Stablemans Cottage at Stepping Stones

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Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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8 Customer Reviews

  • "Great cost cottage with everything needed for an enjoyable stay."

    Immaculately clean and very comfortable beds. Great location for leisurely walk to Ambleside or more challenging but beautiful walk to Grassmere. Lovely welcome pack and note from the owners

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay."

    Every comfort catered for. Nice to be able to set off from the doorstep and walk. As there were 5 of us it would have helped to have had a larger kitchen bin but that is the smallest of criticism We had a great stay

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Jul 2023

  • "We took our friends from abroad to the Lake District."

    We could not have chosen a better location than Stableman’s Cottage at Stepping Stones. The location was idyllic, centrally located for the hamlet of Rydal, and walking distance to Ambleside. The cottage was well equipped, comfortable and very clean. I’m sure we will visit and come to the same place again.

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. It is lovely to hear that you found the property to be clean and comfy. We hope tp welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rakhshanda5.0Jun 2023

  • "House set in gorgeous surroundings & pleasantly furnished."

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are so pleased to hear you had an enjoyable time, and the surroundings. We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annette4.7May 2023

  • "Utterly stunning."

    Would return in a heartbeat. Say enjoying the peace and quiet at the kitchen table watching the deer on a couple of occasions. Can’t recommend highly enough.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and that you spotted deer! We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a brilliant stay at the cottage, we decided to extend our wedding weekend into a week and it was the perfect place to relax and soak up the surroundings."

    Having stayed at Stepping Stones before we knew we would enjoy our visit.

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely property in beautiful environment."

    Everything supplied that we needed. Only suggestion and not a criticism, needed a bigger kitchen bin for property designed for 5 adults and create an invisible space for ladder, ironing board etc. Otherwise couldn’t fault very nice.

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Nov 2021

  • "Great apartment in a fantastic location."

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Jul 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.


  • 3 bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower room, 1 x king size, 1 x single, house bathroom with shower over bath, basin and wc
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven with ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV, DVD, iPod docking station/radio/stereo/Sonos Speaker, WiFi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Private patio with furniture
  • Shared gardens
  • Not suitable for children under 6
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking

The property

At the foot of Loughrigg Fell, with the River Rydal running by, Stableman’s Cottage is a magical hideaway within the historic ‘Stepping Stones’ residence, once home to the Wordsworth family.

Children will love jumping across the well-known and much photographed stepping stones nearby, and strolling into nearby Ambleside for an ice cream or to visit the quirky Bridge House.

The village has an interesting range of shops, traditional pubs and fabulous eateries.

There’s even a cinema and live music bar.

The cottage comes with parking for two cars and is reached by a few steps and path leading through the pretty gardens to the private patio.

Inside, a modern and well-equipped kitchen enjoys garden views and lovely dining area.

This is a cosy and sociable space in which to prepare meals, chat and plan the day ahead.

The sitting room with its vaulted ceilings and comfortable seating is the perfect setting for lazy evenings spent watching films or reading. Up a couple of steps to the lovely bedrooms and bathrooms.

To one side is the double room with en-suite shower room, and to the other the king size and single bedrooms share a stunning family bathroom.

Outside, the beautiful gardens are shared with other apartments within ‘Stepping Stones’ and the view across to the river is picture perfect.

Stableman’s Cottage has its own private patio complete with substantial outdoor dining table and chairs.

Where better to enjoy a summer supper in the evening sun?

PLEASE NOTE that access to Stablemans Cottage is up steps at the side of Stepping Stones house to reach the garden. Some guests may consider the steps steep depending on their age/mobility. The property is therefore not suitable for those who struggle with mobility.

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas