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Waterhead Retreat

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "A great stay here at the Waterhead Retreat."

    The apartment was exceptionally clean, well equipped and had great views. We will definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Mar 2024

  • "Nice apartment."

    Well situated for the local area. Although there was lots of information about the local area it was lacking in instructions for dirty linen, recycling etc. We placed linen all in the bath at the end of our stay but a little more direction would have been appreciated. Surprised there was no welcome pack eg. Milk, cookies, tea etc or perhaps a bottle of wine. I guess it isn’t a necessity but would have been nice as all other properties we rented previously have always provided that nice touch. There was no DVD player or DVDs either which would have been useful as the weather was cold and rainy during our stay and the Freeview on the TV was limited in terms of channels. Generally a well maintained, clean and reasonably well equipped property.

    Reviewed by Carol4.4Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful apartment with fabulous views, very clean and comfortable a home away from home."

    Thank you we will be back.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2023

  • "Property and location were excellent."

    Few minor maintenance niggles in the kitchen which we reported. One issue we did have was that on one day we had a call from the maintenance team that they needed to pop round to take a look at something (which we were fine with). However the next day it also looked like someone had clearly been in the property again but we were not told about this. When we mentioned to the office they also didn’t know anything or were concerned about this.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to see that you had an enjoyable stay. We take all comments on board, and will be looking to this. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Aug 2023

  • "What a gorgeous apartment in a superb location!"

    Could not fault a thing and would recommend to anyone!

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2023

  • "On arrival at Waterhead Retreat, there was a maintenance man in the apartment, he was checking the patio door that the previous occupants had reported as not opening or closing properly, this wasn't looked at until the following Thursday after I reported it again."

    Problems we found with the apartment were, 1. The blind to the main bedroom window was closed and we couldn't open it as the 4 lots of nylon twine had come out of the toggles and were wrapped around the bar at the top. 2. The main bedroom door handle came off when trying to close the door, all the doors need looking at to ensure that they close properly. 3. One of the large drawers in the kitchen wouldn't close, this works on a slow closure mechanism but kept springing back open when trying to close it. 4. There are loose electric sockets to the walls. 5. Parking to plot No. 30 is very tight, but there are occupants in No. 26 that take up 4 No. parking spaces, one for his car, one for his works van and two which he is using as his workshop, this needs reporting and sorting out with the management company of Romney Grange. Having said all this, the apartment has been refurbished to a very high standard by the owners, two lovely new bathrooms, the kitchen is new and really nice, new carpets and decorated nicely, the view is really nice also. I would definitely return if all the above snagging to the apartment was sorted out. Sykes Cottages, can you please advise me when all the above problems have been sorted out so that we can book again soon?

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you found the kitchen to your liking and the property nicely decorated. Further to your comments we will ask our Maintenance Team to look at the points. Thank you The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by David3.8Jul 2023

  • "An excellent apartment thoroughly recommended with only one word of caution and that is that whilst it is flat from the carpark to the entrance door and there is a lift to the third floor it is quite a steep incline if on foot from the road to the entrance door."

    (A note to the property owner - you advertise a DVD player but it wasn't in the lounge and rightly the Netflix access is password protected.)

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Jun 2023

  • "Brilliant location and very spacious rooms."

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jun 2023

  • "The property has been very recently decorated."

    It was very clean, the kitchen and bathrooms look newly done to a very high standard. It is well equipped and comfortable. Lovely lake view from the sunny balcony. It is conveniently situated and I would recommend this property.

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay at Waterhead Retreat, and the views! We hope to welcome you again. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2023

  • "My holiday spent in Ambleside was the best in over 35 years of visiting my favourite place in the lakes!"

    Your apartment was superb! Everything was as described and view fabulous. I can't wait to return , thank you for making my stay perfect. The only thing would be the tiles on the floor in bathrooms can be slippery if wet , otherwise fab!

    Thank you so much for your kind comments- we look forward to your return visit. Perhaps a warning sign about possible slippery tiles would be a good idea! Thanks again and very best wishes Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2023

  • "The apartment is lovely with excellent standard of furnishings, amenities and cleanliness."

    The location is perfect for access to Ambleside and the wider Lake District. The block is quite and very secure and the apartment was warm and cosy. It also has good recycling facilities. The only small criticism would be that unlike every other self catering premises I have stayed in there was no kind of welcome pack in the form of milk/tea/coffee. There was a cleaning pack with 5 dishwaher tabs and some bin bags but a tea bag would have been much appreciated after the journey! It was however a pleasure to cook in the kitchen which has a very high specification indeed. Overall a highly recommended property.

    Thank you for your feedback and recommendation, we have noted your comments. We are so glad you were able to enjoy it and all the area has to offer. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Mar 2023

  • "Couldn't park in designated parking space No30 as Green Volvo was parked in the space during our stay had to park in one of the visitors spaces."

    When we picked keys up from Local Office were only given a key to communal door was not given a key to the actual apartment. Luckily the local office was only 2 minutes away from accomodation and they were still open at 4.45 in the evening otherwise if this had been after 5.30 would not have been able to get into property. But still having to return to get another key was not best start to holiday. Apart from that the apartment was lovely and was newly carpeted and spotlessly clean . A few items missing in the kitchen i.e. lack of pots and pans if you wanted to cook . But would definateley return to this property and would recommend

    Thank you for your comments. We apologise for the error you experienced with the keys. We are glad that we were able to help you. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay, and we hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annette4.4Feb 2023

  • "We had such a wonderful time!"

    The apartment is lovely, newly refurbished, spacious, clean...everything you want and need! The kitchen is won't want not to leave anymore! The view from the living room is also lovely and whilst the sheep are a constant, you can also spot the occasional deer! Yes, many exclamation marks but truly deserved it - loved it!

    Reviewed by Alexandra5.0Nov 2022

  • "Beautiful accommodation which was recently refurbished to a very high standard, my only gripe was with the patio doors which had no blind or curtain, this resulted in a coldness to the room and of course no privacy."

    Reviewed by Christine4.1Nov 2022

  • "Lovely refurbished apartment ,everything you would need ."

    Can't fault it. Beautiful views over lake . Website needs to be updated as didn't do it justice.

    Reviewed by Gill4.1Oct 2022

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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.


  • 1x double bedroom (with en-suite power shower room) 1 x twin (can be made as Double on request) with use of house bathroom with bath and shower attachment. Sitting room with dining area
  • Kitchen.
  • Electric storage heating
  • Electric oven with halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking space plus visitor parking
  • Video entry system
  • Pubs and shops nearby
  • Lift
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking.

The property

Located just 50 metres from the lake shore at Waterhead, this penthouse apartment has some of the finest views imaginable.

On the third floor of a select development, Waterhead Retreat makes a superb choice for guests looking for a central base in the Lake District.

Waterhead is just a short walk from the centre of Ambleside, yet itself has two lovely bars, a few lovely shops and Windermere Lake Cruises departing regularly for Bowness and Lakeside.

The apartment comes with its own private parking space and shared visitor spaces close by.

A choice of stairs or lift take guests to the third floor entrance and the fabulous living space inside.

Step onto the private balcony and take in the breath-taking view of the lake, before sinking into the heavenly leather armchairs or sofa to admire the apartment’s soothing and tasteful décor.

The feeling of calm follows through to two elegant bedrooms, A double with en-suite power shower room and one twin (zip link - can be made double on request) with its own bathroom with bath and shower attachment.

Finally, the smart white kitchen is equipped with everything required for cooking up a hearty breakfast or delicious evening meal.

Waterhead Retreat is a superb choice for guests of all ages and interests.

Ambleside itself is a popular destination for locals and holiday makers alike.

Charming shops, fabulous restaurants and inviting tea rooms like around every corner, there are two wonderful little cinemas, a famous pizzeria and jazz bar providing live music.

Grasmere, Hawkshead and Windermere are all just a few miles away and the glorious fells, hills and mountain landscapes are seemingly endless.

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:

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