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Skelwith Bridge near Chapel Stile, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "The location was fantastic, a wildlife paradise."

    The kitchen was very well equipped. Unfortunately there were a few other issues, cobwebs hanging from the ceiling in the main bedroom, the bathroom had black mould growing on the panels, the shower door leaks so much the bathroom floor floods and the plug still doesn’t fit the bath. The boiler noise was the worst.. like a dragon waking up from 3:30am through to 7am … ruined our sleep each night.

    Reviewed by Fai2.2Dec 2023

  • "It's a lovely place."

    The plug in the bath is too small for the hole (it's the same plug that was there last year!) which makes it difficult to have a bath. I broke my arm on the Sunday making a shower impossible. A plug that fits would be great. Otherwise, a warm, comfortable stay.

    Thank you for your comments. We are sorry that the plug hadn't been sorted, however we have now raised a work order for this to resolved. We are glad that you enjoyed the property and all that the area has to offer. Lakelovers Owner Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Arthur3.4Nov 2023

  • "When we arrived the place was lovely and warm, very clean."

    The view from the lounge and the bedroom was amazing. The place had everything we needed for our stay. The setting of the place was fantastic for us. Not very far to Windermere or Coniston, or lots of other routes to the Lake District. There was a short walk to the local pub, which was nice. The service there was fantastic, so was the food. The walk back is up a steep hill but easily managed. We would definitely recommend puddle duck cottage. Thank you

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Oct 2023

  • "A previous reviewer said "not at all plush"!"

    Well, maybe if you've just come from a week at the Savoy your point makes sense; otherwise it's nonsense... Let's be clear: the property is EXTREMELY comfortable - plump sofas, pampering beds, heavy fabrics, swaddling towels, fully equipped kitchen, tasteful decor... The French windows onto the patio offered a relaxing place to unwind and take in the view of the gardens and the distant hills. The setting was delightful, both the estate itself and the positioning of the property within the estate. We have been staying in the Lake District for decades and this was the most appealing place we have stayed at. A couple of minor issues: * Hot water from the kitchen tap is little more than a dribble * The whole tap housing swivels and has obviously come a bit loose * The partition for the shower lets water out onto the bathroom floor All very minor stuff which didn't affect the enjoyment of our holiday in the slightest.

    Reviewed by Ned4.7Sep 2023

  • "Puddle ducks was clean and functional."

    We cooked all out meals in the kitchen. The apartment was OK though not at all plush.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased to hear that you found the property to be clean and functional. We take your comments on board. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brent3.8Jun 2023

  • "Clean, airy, lovely views, mainly peaceful."

    Pool was closed all week due to a maintenance issue. Great weather so other people sitting outside on balconies late at night were quite noisy at times but didn't really disturb us much. Also some noise from people in flat above us coming in late at night, but again not really a problem. Lovely wooded site with birds and red squirrels. Plenty of good walks from the door.

    Thank you for your kind words. I am glad that the noise from neighbours wasn't an excessive disruption and that you were able to enjoy all the area has to offer. Heart of the Lakes Owners Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Jun 2023

  • "Great location and lovely apartment."

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable stay at Puddleduck. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maria5.0May 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our visit to Puddleducks, the apartment and equipment were good and my husband enjoyed the sauna and swimming pool."

    It was lovely seeing the birds though I had to get another feeder for the tree. I always feed the birds when we stay at Neaum crag, it is lovely watching the large variety of birds. We also saw deer in the woods near the car park. There are so many wonderful walks from the door, particularly Loughrigg tarn. There are a few things that could be improved - the shower screen leaks as it is too far over, we had to wedge it over towards the bath or it leaks all over the floor. The tap in the bathroom doesn't always go off properly and needed lifting slightly to stop the drip. When we arrived the hot water had been switched off so we put it back on. It is however rather noisy from about 5am when it comes on to heat up the water. Hope that is helpful, we have stayed at many of the apartments and would certainly choose to stay in this one again.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments on board, and will be looking into the points raised. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2023

  • "We love this little apartment, the location is perfect for our needs."

    The apartment is always spotless and facilities are really good except for the shower. The shower is poor with only just enough water flowing to wet you enough to wash yourself adequately. I’m not sure I would return due to this problem as washing your hair is not as easy as it should be and there are other holiday cottages where this isn’t a problem.

    Reviewed by Astrid4.1Mar 2023

  • "Lovely place to stay and very comfortable apartment."

    A washing machine in the apartment would make a difference for the better. We have already beeked for next autumn.

    Reviewed by Arthur3.8Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely week in Puddleduck."

    The location is perfect for exploring without your car. The accommodation is very comfortable. The only thing I’d say it needs is a few of the basics in the kitchen. Cooking oil, tea and coffee (at least for arrival) etc. We’ll happily return in the future.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely location, great for walks with kids."

    Easy location for Ambleside and Grasmere. Watching birds flying, feeding while eating breakfast. Just a pity canopy of trees doesn’t let sunshine through, but that’s nature!

    Reviewed by Gemma4.7Aug 2022

  • "Late cancellation and Loved it."

    Surroundings & accommodation were fab and just what we needed. Out of the way, peaceful and idilic. Extremely friendly little dog that came to visit every day that we called Oscar ( not got a clue what it was called LOL). Pool was an added bonus and very relaxing. Overall it was a 10/10 from us. Will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Aug 2022

  • "We had amazing holiday over there."

    Beautiful, charismatic place, lovely flat, we really enjoyed our holiday.

    Reviewed by Paulina5.0Jul 2022

  • "We would love to come back for a stay ,peaceful to say the least."

    One thing being older couple would have appreciated safety handle to help out of shower.kitchen tap needed tightened,plenty of crockery pans etc if required.fridge a big boon on hottest day to keep everything cool.The trees outside were magnificent loved but wildlife that visited us while there .Everything we had at home we had there so home from home

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Jul 2022

  • "Our family of four had a wonderful stay in Puddle duck."

    Fantastic facilities and incredible views. Would definitely recommend and hope to return!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a lovely place to stay - and we have stayed twice before."

    However, we were really disappointed that the pool facilities were not available. They had been listed when we booked and were a key reason why we chose this property. No discount was offered and we were only informed at the last minute the pool would (still) be closed. We also understand that this is beyond the owners’ control. However pools have been reopened elsewhere for many months and we were very disappointed not to be able to use those facilities. Also, having stayed twice before at Puddleduck were were surprised by the considerable price increase this year. This feels gratuitous and I doubt we’ll book again.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Oct 2021

  • "Fridge ice box needs defrosting, lighting in 2nd bedroom poor."

    Requires a stronger bulb and bedside lamp bulb has blown

    Reviewed by Lindsay3.4Sep 2021

  • "We had a wonderful time and loved staying in Puddleduck."

    The only disappointing thing is that we weren’t able to use the facilities at Neaum Cragg such as the pool etc. I was there with my daughter and 2 grandsons who would have loved to use the facilities. Especially disappointing as pools around the country have been open for some time but I appreciate this is out of your hands and the hands of the owners of Puddleduck who I’m sure are equally disappointed. Thank you for a lovely break! Neaum Cragg is so wonderfully peaceful and a fabulous retreat from all that is going on in the world right now.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Aug 2021

  • "The accommodation was good, but the apartment was quite cool and I couldn’t get the storage heaters to work."

    The worst thing though was the hot water pressure, which was non existent. It took about half an hour to run a bath and the shower was very poor. There were some lovely walks straight from the apartment, which was lovely and it was nice not to take the car out a couple of times.

    Reviewed by Shelley4.1Jun 2021

  • "The property is in an excellent location a special for walkers."

    WhittakerDec 2019

  • "A lovely place to stay."

    The owners have maintained the property extremely well. Loads of DVD’ and games. Warm and a real home from home.

    Mrs CoxDec 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.


  • All-ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • 1 Shower room, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Storage heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview and DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot & High Chair provided
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Garden with patio
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Note: Seasonal on-site club house (Open from 1st March) Table tennis and shop
  • Shop 2.2 miles, pub 1 mile

The property

Chapel Stile 2.2 miles.

Puddleduck is a bright and welcoming ground-floor apartment, situated on the pretty Neaum Crag Estate, near Skelwith Bridge, which is approximately four miles from the excitement of Ambleside.

It is set within eighteen acres of enchanting woodland where red squirrels and deer can be seen, and is at the heart of some of the Lake District's finest walks, making it the perfect choice for a family or two couples seeking a scenic escape.

Step into a lovely, open style living, dining and kitchen area, where your eyes will be drawn to the large, attractive glass patio doors with pleasant woodland views.

Relax on the snug sofa and enjoy the natural light flooding into this dual aspect space, or venture into the neat, fitted kitchen and imagine tasty family meals you can enjoy in this welcoming dining area.

Discover a delightful double bedroom across the way, hosting all the essentials for a week-long stay including ample storage space amidst a contemporary interior, and from here, step onto the patio where you can indulge in an early morning coffee or alfresco breakfasts on this enchanting space.

The second bedroom is made up of a cheery twin, while both bedrooms are served by the sparkling family bathroom where you can enjoy a relaxing soak after a day of adventure.

The all-ground-floor apartment is a welcoming base all-year-round, and is well-equipped with lots of personal touches, games, maps and guidebooks for you to make the most of on your stay.

Choose one of the many spectacular walks that are available right from your doorstep to experience some of the most spectacular and idyllic walks in the Lake District.

Tour the area by car or by bus, passing by sparkling lakes and driving through dramatic valleys, as you discover the National Park’s towns and villages, each with its own unique character.

Take a downhill walk to the small hamlet of Skelwith Bridge and enjoy a drink by the river at the well-loved vegetarian café and gallery, Chesters; from here, take the riverside walk past the waterfall at Stock Ghyll and across open meadows to the pretty village of Elterwater.

You are perfectly placed to experience some of the most spectacular and idyllic trails in the Lake District, or for a fun-filled day out in close reach of your accommodation, be sure to visit the on-site clubhouse, available March to mid November (Open from 1st March 2022), it offers guests table tennis and recreational area, providing fun for all of the family.

At the end of your days of exploration, sit on your patio in this tranquil setting as you recall your memorable day together, with Puddleduck making a marvellous base at any time of the year.

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

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About the location


Ambleside and Grasmere 4.5 miles; Bowness-on-Windermere 9.5 miles.

A delightful, rural village nestled right in the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park. Chapel Stile is an excellent hidden gem, set at the bottom of a stunning valley, flanked on one side by the River Brathay, surrounded by incredible scenery and filled with wonderful slate and stone buildings. The village offers a traditional church from the mid 1800's as well as a café, a pub and a village shop that has stood for well over 100 years. Chapel Stile is a great base for exploring this National Park, with easy access to a number of sights and fells worth visiting. You must go to the lovely neighbouring village of Elterwater and stand on the Skelwith Bridge and simply take in the views. Nearby are the fantastic Lake District towns of Ambleside and Kendal are withing a short driving distance, offering excellent views, buildings and so much to do. For you outdoors people, make sure you visit Bowness-on-Windermere, with its incredible lake activities and so much to do; it's perfect for families.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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  • Christmas