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Birch Knoll

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1042142)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "The cottage was beautiful and the location is excellent."

    Reviewed by RiteshApr 2022

  • "Excellent location between Waterhead and Ambleside."

    A comfortable and warm property with lovely fell views from the lounge.

    Reviewed by MarkMar 2022

  • "Very well priced - a converted retirement flat or similar somewhat updated for the holiday market (new kitchen, boiler, freshly painted, but, e."

    G., sofa blocks front door). Very comfortable sitting room, garage for storage, and well equipped kitchen (we made brownies!). As previously noted, the cleaning was what we now expect from Psyches - they never get around to their deep cleans, changing lightbulbs, etc... Their staff are given so little time for the cleaning. As advertised: no wifi and limited parking.

    Reviewed by TomDec 2021

  • "Torn about this review."

    We had to cancel an earlier booking last minute due to a positive covid test and the owner allowed us to move the booking back a couple of months. This was very much appreciated. The location of the cottage is excellent. 10/15 mins stroll from Ambleside centre and 5 mins from Ambleside pier. Nice garden area. However the cleanliness wasn’t great. There were spiders and webs all over the ceiling throughout the property and dead spiders on the carpet suggesting it hadn’t been hoovered. The bed covers weren’t done up properly, the bin collection notice was out of date, the car space is too small for a modern car (street parking is Ok though), TV signal was awful, the skirting boards and bathroom edging was tatty in parts (also covered in dust). Our booking was for adults and a toddler. High chair etc is provided for a toddler so clearly that’s expected but the small bedroom doesn’t have any space to put up a cot, and there are wires all over the floor in various rooms. The advert doesn’t state there is WiFi however these days WiFi should be expected. That was a disappointment (especially given the terrible TV reception - seemingly from poor wire connections).

    Reviewed by KerrSep 2021

  • "We had a great week at Birch Knoll."

    Fantastic location for both Ambleside and the lake. Great walks in the area, garage makes for excellent, secure storage for four bikes.

    Reviewed by RobAug 2021

  • "The property particulars state that a car can be parked in the garage but there is a sign in the garage saying that vehicles are not allowed."

    We booked the property on the basis that there was secure storage for a motorbike and trailer. 50% price increase since 2019 is excessive and unwarranted. At this price I would expect wifi and a dishwasher at least.

    Reviewed by HelenAug 2021

  • "This cottage is pleasant and clean."

    Parking is not an issue as plenty of room to park outside the rear gate if you can not get on the off road parking (it's a quiet cul-de-sac). Although it didn't say it had WiFi - I didn't specifically check as there is no reason not to have WiFi in Ambleside although I always check in more remote areas, so disappointing when we realised it didn't have any - this needs resolving in this day and age. Also the main road that runs along the front garden is noisy when you are out in the garden (although it is totally private due to high hedge) however we knew exactly where the cottage was so we were expecting that. Quiet in the house though. Really convenient location 5 mins walk from lake - we brought kayaks and easily wheeled them to the lake. There are the remains of an old Roman fort in the field opposite which is nice for a stroll round when waiting for everyone else to wake up - accessed via the park 5 mins away. The garage is really useful - we kept kayaks in there and would also be good for wet gear and/or bikes. Also there is a freezer in garage which was useful. I had trouble getting dryer to work which I reported and they responded within the day. Nice view from sitting room. I'm never keen on a dining table over a carpet especially with kids - I always worry I'll get a bill for cleaning but fortunately no mishaps. There is a front porch area which is useful for storing things you don't need every day like cool boxes, extra coats etc as you access the house via back kitchen door. All in all it is a convenient, pleasant, clean cottage.

    Reviewed by CeriJul 2021

  • "We didn’t realise there was no wi fi and feel that shoukd be said in the listing."

    The tv pixilated on itv and needs to be checked ( we fiddled with the wires and got it to work . The sink in bathroom did not empty easily The description on arrival was confusing as it suggested that you go to your office to pick up keys ( on a Sunday it was closed ) although you also mention the key case and code it is confusing you office in Windermere is lake lovers and we were looking for Sykes !! But the positioning was excellent and really handy for both the lake and Ambleside . We enjoyed our break and hope the comments above help you Kind regards Ian

    Reviewed by IanJul 2021

  • "It could really do with wi-fi."

    We are in the 21st century. Need to emphasise that it is a small parking space. I barely got my car in, and only with it hanging over the pavement. But a very good holiday.

    Reviewed by JohnJun 2021

  • "Had very enjoyable stay at Birch Knoll which is good for older people."

    Its very convenient for buses and boats and some lovely restaurants. Parking outside not easy if you have large car.

    Mr DeanSep 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.


  • 2 bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 twin, house bathroom with shower over bath
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Kitchen.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven with electric hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washer/dryer, TV, DVD
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for one car
  • Garden with furniture
  • Garage suitable for storing bikes and canoes
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets.

The property

A few minutes’ walk from the centre of Ambleside, this cosy bungalow is the perfect Lake District base for a small family or two couples sharing.

Waterhead Pier is on the doorstep, from where Windermere Lake Cruises cross regularly for Bowness and Lakeside, whilst historic Grasmere and the picturesque village of Hawkshead are both within easy reach.

For stocking up on groceries, the award-winning Booths supermarket is in nearby Windermere where guests can also browse the many independent shops, restaurants and bars.

Birch Knoll has an especially pretty garden, perfect for enjoying the views or reading the morning papers over coffee or a laze holiday brunch.

There is parking for one car, while the garage provides safe storage for bikes and other outdoor equipment.

Once inside, guests will appreciate the bright, well-planned space and superbly comfortable furnishings.

Recently refurbished, the stylish kitchen is equipped with everything needed to make this a home-from-home.

The two bedrooms are tastefully furnished and offer lovely views.

A smart bathroom with shower over the bath completes the accommodation. Ambleside itself is a lively village with two independent cinemas, tearooms, fine restaurants and interesting shops around every corner.

Whether guests are planning a holiday filled with energetic outdoor activities or looking for a more laid-back break, this is a wonderful spot in which to spend a special time together.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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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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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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