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The Bay Cottage

(Ref. 1064443)

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • well (8)
  • beautiful (8)
  • location (8)
  • stay (8)
  • lake (7)

18 Customer Reviews

  • "The property was very good."

    However, the level of service from Sykes was appalling. We had ants all over the kitchen including the work surfaces when we arrived on Friday evening. I tried to call Sykes on Saturday morning and eventually managed to get through around 10am to explain the issue. They said they would get a maintenance team round to look at the issue. I called at 4pm as no one had been in contact. I was told that the maintenance team had other issues to deal with and they would get to us. On Monday morning I called again to he told that someone would be out that day. We were told that they had a key so we would not have to leave the key. When we got back no one had been so we called again to be told that the maintenance team called twice but we weren't in and they had no key. Eventually on Tuesday at around 5.30pm some came with ant powder and ant traps. When we checked out on Thursday morning we still had issues with ants. The Sykes customer service team were incompetent.

    Reviewed by Anthony2.8Apr 2024

  • "Beautiful property making it a home from home."

    Plenty of room to relax after a nice walk and ideal location for exploring the Lake District.

    Thank you so much for your review and for being such understanding guests during your stay. Glad you had a good time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Mar 2024

  • "We throughly enjoyed our stay at the Bay Cottage would highly recommend."

    Beautiful house with everything that you need. Also great location for some lovely walks and fabulous restaurants in Ambleside. Really felt at home during our stay

    Thank you so much for your comments! We are so glad that you enjoyed staying in the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sahra5.0Mar 2024

  • "Superb mid-terrace property with great facilities and amenities."

    A short walk to the Wateredge Hotel and bar. Car parking was limited to one car - we had an estate car which was tight to park in the space provided. Would return without hesitation!

    What lovely comments! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope you had a good time bringing in the new year in Ambleside. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Dec 2023

  • "Excellent stay in a beautiful well appointed property Everything has been ..."

    Excellent stay in a beautiful well appointed property Everything has been thought through for a perfect stay and we have highly recommended to family and friends The quality of finish, facilities and cleanliness were all exceptional The cottage is in a great location, close to the Lake and great for exploring Ambleside

    Thank you so much for your comments. We are really glad that you enjoyed staying in the cottage. Thank you also for recommending it to your family and friends! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2023

  • "Not perfect, nowhere is."

    But the closest we have experienced in many years of using holiday cottages. The care taken by the owners to make sure that guests are happy, and enjoy the stay is commendable. All equipment is excellent, and the whole place is well cared for. The only downside, the very small parking space, but that is something that cannot be changed, and the description does adequately warn of this. We are looking forward to a return visit.

    Thank you for your comments, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay! We agree that the parking space is rather small and as you said, we included this in the comments. We look forward to seeing you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Victor Wood4.7Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was beautiful and very comfortable."

    Wonderful attention to detail.We have already recommended Bay Cottage to family and friends. We had a perfect stay. Thank you so much.

    Thank you so much for your comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the cottage and had a good time. Please carry on recommending the cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at The Bay Cottage, we appreciated the quality of furnishings and the care taken to renovate the cottage."

    As per description parking is only for a medium car we have a ford cmax which just fitted in the parking area, we appreciated the fans which I believe had been added recently, due to the weather it was quite humid and if you open the windows there is a lot of road noise at the front and the hum of the extractors and smell off cooking from the youth hostel at the back. The property is an ideal base for exploring the lakes, there is a good selection of books and maps about the area and we had fun with the games on a rainy day we would definitely return.

    We are glad that you enjoyed staying in the cottage and that you appreciated the fans. We look forward to welcoming you again if you return! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Aug 2023

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and clean."

    The welcome pack was appreciated and useful. Really liked the decor and furnishings and the kitchen was well appointed. Definately be back next year.

    Thank you so much for your comments. We are really pleased that you liked the cottage and look forward to welcoming you again next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2023

  • "Wonderful cottage in a beautiful location."

    Only negative was the parking. Property sleeps 6 but only has room for 1 car really.

    Thank you for your comments. We are so pleased that you liked the cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely and well equipped house and fantastic location for the lake and a short walk into town."

    Great to have 3 rooms with en-suite and excellent space for 6 adults - we loved the kitchen area and living room. There is a lot of road noise in the front bedroom. It was really warm when we stayed and needed the window open which really affected our sleep. All of the bedrooms would benefit from fans as the back rooms have the noise from the YHA external fan.

    We are so glad that you liked the house. I have been wondering about getting fans as the weather has been so hot recently and will definitely do this now. Thanks for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kirsty4.4Jun 2023

  • "Terrible experience."

    When we checked in there were stains on the couch in the basement and the carpet in the upstairs bedroom. There was hair stuck all over the bed skirting upstairs. There were also a number of spiders (one the size of my palm) and a dozen smaller ones As soon as we checked on someone rang the bell and just a couple of handymen barged in saying they wanted to check a complaint. No privacy! And super inconvenient, a bit scary as well I had to ask them to leave We scrubbed the lounge (tissues away black!) and washed all the dishes etc as instructed yet there was a deduction for cleaning fee from our deposit! Never staying with them again

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your time in The Bay Cottage. Had you made us aware on your arrival, we would have returned to put things right for you. We take all complaints very seriously and will look into your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Obaidullah1.6Jun 2023

  • "A real gem of a place in a brilliant location."

    About to book again for next year.

    We are so glad that you liked the house and look forward to welcoming you again next year! Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, very well presented."

    Super clean. Very comfy beds, very close to lake, superb location. Highly recommend.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malin5.0May 2023

  • "We had an amazing time, beautiful house."

    One small thing and didn’t detract from our stay in the slightest but the owner may want to know there are ants in the ground floor. Couldn’t see where they were getting in but may want to do something about them.

    Thank you for your kind comments, it is so lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments on board, and we hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely cottage perfectly situated."

    Comfortable and clean decor. Close to lovely walks and the lake. Really enjoyed our stay thank you

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

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Apr 2023

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage, very comfortable and well equipped and in a great location!"

    Thank you so much! We are really pleased that you enjoyed the cottage! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Apr 2023

  • "This is a beautiful well positioned house within easy reach of the centre of Ambleside."

    The house was immaculacy clean, well furnished with lots of little extras such as board games etc. Parking was a little bit limited but enough space for one car. I would highly recommend the house to anyone who is visiting the lakes. I could easily move in and stay for good!!!

    Thank you so much for your amazing review. we are so pleased you had a great holiday, hopefully we will see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Feb 2023

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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.


  • Over three floors: Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with Smart TV and en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC,1 x ground-floor double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC,1 x double with walk-in shower and en-suite cloakroom
  • Lower-ground-floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Lower-ground-floor kitchen/diner with Smart TV
  • Lower-ground-floor utility
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • 3 x Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one small to medium car, public car park available nearby (pay & display) for additional cars
  • Small rear patio with furniture (4 chairs)
  • 2 well behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.1 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: The property is alongside a road so some road noise may be heard

The property

Nestled in the popular town of Ambleside, Cumbria, is this beautiful three-storey Victorian cottage, The Bay Cottage.

Enjoying a superb location within the Lake District National Park at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, The Bay Cottage is a fantastic choice for a group or family of six.

The property benefits from one off-road parking space for a small to medium car, and a small rear patio with bistro table, perfect for savouring your morning coffee whilst planning the days adventures.

On the ground floor, you will find an inviting sitting room, with bay window offering views of the adjacent fields, plush seating and a Smart TV, a haven to return to after a day of adventure, as well as the first of three bedrooms, a lovely double with en-suite shower room.

Make your way down to the lower-ground-floor, where you’ll find the fully-equipped and spacious kitchen/diner, where you can whip up your best meals, ready to savour at the breakfast bar for four or dining table for six.

On this floor, you will also find a handy utility and cloakroom for your convenience.

Head up to the first floor, where you’ll find an additional king-size bedroom with Smart TV and en-suite shower room, as well as a double with walk-in shower in the room and en-suite cloakroom.

Explore the town, where you can treat your loved ones to a meal out at The Old Stamp House, Lake Road Kitchen and Luigis, stock up on essentials at the convenience store, tour the Armitt Library & Museum Centre, visit the fascinating Ambleside Fort, or hike up to the stunning Stock Ghyll Force.

Continue onto Windermere, where you can try your hand at a plethora of watersports on the famous lake, soak up the views from Queen Adelaide’s Hill, tuck-in to fresh seafood at Hooked, and visit the popular World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

The foodies of your group can visit neighbouring Bowness-on-Windermere, home to three Michelin Star restaurants, Henrock, HRiSHi, and Gilpin Spice.

Further afield, you’ll find Grasmere, home to the former home of William Wordsworth, Grasmere Brewery, and Dove Bistro.

Adventure awaits at The Bay Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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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