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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic accommodation beautiful furnishings and the best equipped kitchen we have ever had in a holiday home."

    Clean, warm and comfortable we all loved it and can’t recommend highly enough.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2024

  • "Fabulous house, stayed there several times."

    Got everything you need.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are glad that you enjoyed everything that the property and area have to offer. Lakelovers Owner Relations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacquelyn3.8Nov 2023

  • "A lovely, well equipped house, clean and well maintained."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great property, very well appointed and equipped."

    Very comfortable beds, spacious, clean and homely. Fantastic views and very peaceful location.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely property which is very well equipped and clean."

    We were a family of 6 adults and 1 baby and it was extremely comfortable for us all. Having 2 lounges was great to be able to do/watch different things, kitchen had everything you could want. However we could only fit 2 normal sized cars on the driveway but there was plenty of parking on the street close by. Just be aware it is a steep climb up from Ambleside - however well worth it as you are away from the main area but with easy access should you need it.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Oct 2023

  • "Gorgeous property and amazing location."

    Beds were comfy and clean linen/towels provided. Make sure you pack some extra bin bags and toilet roll!

    Reviewed by Anna4.7Sep 2023

  • "The property was so clean, beautifully situated and extremely well resourced in all aspects."

    Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2023

  • "It would be perfect if you could provide more toilet paper."

    One roll is not enough.

    Reviewed by Lau5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had an amazing stay at Hillhead, the views from the Kitchen and Lounge were fantastic."

    The Kitchen was the most equipped we have ever had. The bedrooms were great and really comfortable. The Cottage is about 5 minute walk into Ambleside, but it's really quiet away from the town centre and it was nice to sit out on the balcony having a drinks. There are lovely walks straight from the cottage.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday with extended family at Hillhead."

    The house is really well presented with excellent facilities. We already loved Ambleside, but the situation of the house with immediate access to the surrounding hill walks was perfect!

    Reviewed by Ailsa5.0Aug 2023

  • "We, as a family, have stayed in this cottage numerous times in the last ten years."

    Can't fault it. It is always immaculately presented and perfect every time. The owner maintains very high standards in relation to the decor and facilities, that's why we keep coming back.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Jun 2023

  • "Hillhead is a fantastic holiday home in a peaceful location and with a beautiful lounge and kitchen overlooking Wansfell."

    It is equipped to a very high standard and lacks nothing. The only problem we had is likely due to its positioning within the hillside which means that part of the downstairs is built into the ground. Although ventilation is good and there is no damp one bedroom in particular (the ensuite without shower) smelled musty. Given the choice we wouldn't have used it but this was not an option, Instead to kept the door closed and windows open to avoid it impacting the other bedrooms downstairs.

    Thank you for your comments, we glad to see that you enjoyed your stay. We will ask our Maintenance team to look at the bedroom. Thank you. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark4.4Jun 2023

  • "A fantastically equipped property - everything you could possibly need for exploring the lakes."

    Kitchen exceptionally well equipped and a great selection of books and games for all ages. We had a lovely week and it was a great base for walking. We’ll definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Katy5.0May 2023

  • "The cottage is heaven in the countryside… luxury and comfort combined."

    Great location,it’s of places to eat nearby and sitting with a glass of wine or a G&T on the balcony overlooking the garden and mountains in the background calms the soul. We “LOVED IT” ❤️

    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 Catherine5.0Apr 2023

  • "We have stayed in this cottage many times over the years."

    It never fails to impress with the cleanliness and comfort. Ideally placed (if you don't mind the hill!) for Ambleside centre which is five minutes away. Always quiet and peaceful too. We have booked again for June 23.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are glad to heart that you enjoyed your time at Hillhead. We look forward to welcoming you back in June. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Mar 2023

  • "Great place for a family gathering."

    Everything you could want!

    Thank you for your feedback, we are so glad that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Mar 2023

  • "This was a great place to stay and the actual property exceeded expectations from the website."

    It was very spacious, comfortable, equipped to a very high standard and in a superb location. The only thing we missed during our stay was a pair of oven gloves. We’d love to stay again!

    Reviewed by Elisabeth5.0Oct 2022

  • "We have stayed at this cottage many times."

    It is always perfect, well maintained and always immaculately clean. A credit to the owner and the Lakelovers team who look after it. P.S. we've booked again for next year.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Sep 2022

  • "We couldn’t fault the cleanliness, comfort and spaciousness of the property, along with all the home comforts provided."

    Excellent response from Lakelovers when we called them out to reconfigure a bedroom when we arrived, and when we locked the keys in the house! One small constructive point. It may not be under your control but was surprised all waste was requested to be put into one bin without any separation of glass/cardboard/plastic etc. for recycling. We did leave all the glass next to the waste bin as it seemed dangerous to put into black sacks with the other waste.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great property in a good location away from the centre of Ambleside."

    We would be happy to book again. Observations - One relatively small oven is not really sufficient when cooking meals for eight people - enhanced TV facilities such as Sky or BT Tv would be nice addition - It doesn't get much better than sitting on the balcony, with a glass of red, relaxing and enjoying the scenery

    Reviewed by John4.7Sep 2022

  • "Hillhead was everything and more expected from the advertised listing."

    The quality of furnishings and decor was excellent. In particular the kitchen facilities with its superb equipment, utensils, crockery and cutlery was exceptional and allowed for easy and enjoyable self catering. The view of Wansfell from the living room and kitchen was delightful. If there was one drawback and that was parking in the drive which required some expert manoeuvring which we eventually mastered. You could indeed with a squeeze get 3 cars in the drive so long as they were not large SUVs. The property has a pleasant garden and the terrace is ideal in good weather with the view. The property also comes with membership of a superb health club facility about 10 minutes away in Troutbeck Bridge. Being at the very top of the hill at the Ambleside boundary we initially thought would be a burden, having to walk down to the town and then climb back up but the advantages outweighed the effort. On the one hand we were away from the busyness of the town and virtually in open country, yet with all the facilities of Ambleside just 5 minutes walk down ( 10 minutes up) which proved on several occasions to be a pleasant pre-breakfast walk to get the newspaper and the odd food item ( essential shops open from 7am). We have been to The Lakes over many many years and we can honestly say that Hillhead is one of the very best self catering facilities we have found and hence we all highly recommend for a holiday home for families.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Aug 2022

  • "We have stayed in this property numerous times."

    It is superb. The decor and the fittings are first class. It is always immaculate and clean and my family love it. I especially like the layout with the bedrooms downstairs and the living area and kitchen upstairs. This gives wonderful views of Wansfell Pike and the surrounding hills. An absolute credit to the owner and Lakelovers.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Mar 2022

  • "Perfect place to stay , close to the village just a short walk up a steep hill ."

    But an amazing house , immaculate , incredibly well equipped and a great drying room post walk . Will definitely re book - a great house

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Dec 2021

  • "Although the bedrooms were very comfortable there was damp in the bedroom under the flat roof with a smell of damp downstairs."

    We were disappointed only 4 toilet rolls were provided for 7 people for 7 days.

    Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us at Hillhead: although it was disappointing to read your comment. We have discussed this with the owner who has explained to us that they have had an assessment to check for damp/rising damp and there isn't any here, it is related to condensation. Following the recommendations they installed a device which creates a steady air flow through the property and following on from your comments the owner is having the assessor return to the property to see what can be done to further combat this. We do apologise that this was an issue you encountered. We do only provide one toilet roll per toilet as this is self catering accommodation. We do hope that you still enjoyed your holiday with us and very much hope to welcome you again in the near future. Kind Regards, The Owners Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by edward4.4Sep 2021

  • "Hillhead was absolutely beautiful."

    The house had everything we needed and was spotlessly clean. It was even better than the photographs and took our breath away when we saw the views from the balcony. The garden was a lovely, sheltered, private suntrap. The house is set on a hill so all we could hear was birdsong and sheep. The walk up from the town is uphill but well worth it for the peace and quiet. We loved every minute of our holiday and I wanted to pack the house up and take it with me. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2021

  • "We loved it ."

    The house is really well equipped- Better than we could have imagined. Not only is it well equipped but everything is decent quality. We brought things with us (eg a hand mixer and cake tins) that we didnt need so an inventry would be really useful. The only thing we brought that we were glad of was a portable USB lamp for the outside table at night. there is a light on the balcony but it wasnt bright enough and cast shaddows. The driveway is just about big enough for 3 cars - two of ours are little so we managed but you'd not get 3 large cars on. This is a really lovely house thats kitted out like a home and would be great for 2-3 families or 4 couples.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2021

  • "This is a very professional and thoughtfully managed holiday home."

    Cleanliness and standards of equipment are very good. We enjoyed our stay enormously and thoroughly appreciated the view and proximity to town and excellent walks.

    Mr CoshNov 2019

  • "Views from property, standard of furnishings & equipment provided all exceeded our expectations."

    Mrs WelchOct 2019

  • "Great location with wonderful views."

    Really comfortable home with everything you need in the kitchen. We will be back

    H ShellardSep 2019

  • "A superb property well suited to our needs - children, parents and grandparents."

    Extremely well equipped and tastefully decorated and furnished; large and spacious rooms (exactly as depicted on the website, if not better). Superb location. Very comfortable indeed, including the beds!

    Mrs TempestMay 2019

  • "Beautiful cottage situated in an idyllic location with amazing hillside views."

    Immaculate accommodation, extremely comfortable beds, everything provided for, far beyond our expectations! My family loved our special time together at Hillhead and would highly recommend it as the perfect place to stay.

    Mrs GoodliffeMay 2019

  • "We certainly lacked for nothing in the way of equipment; kitchen or electrical."

    The views from the kitchen and living room were stunning. We loved the log burning stove. The beds were all very comfortable. Drying facilities for wet clothes were spot on.

    Mrs CopeNov -0001

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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 2 floors
  • 4 x bedrooms; 2 x king size with en suite facilities, 1 x super king or 2 twins (specify when booking), 1 x double on ground floor
  • 2 x shower rooms
  • Lounge
  • Kitchen / dining area
  • Second lounge
  • Utility room
  • Furnished balcony
  • Garden
  • Private parking
  • Semi-Detached Lakeland property
  • Log burning stove
  • Gas central heating
  • Smart TV/ DVD player
  • Balcony with outdoor dining furniture
  • Range Cooker with new induction hob and electric oven
  • Utility room with washer, dryer and additional fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge /freezer
  • Krups Coffee Machine (Nespresso pods compatible)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for three medium cars
  • Convenient location 10 minutes' walk to village centre
  • Bed linen and towels provided

The property

The aptly named Hillhead Cottage, sits in an elevated position with great views of the fells and is just a short stroll from the centre of Ambleside Village.

This location is one of the most sought after in the Lakes and this modern, semi-detached property has been finished to exacting standards and offers generously sized, high quality accommodation for up to eight guests.

Ever popular, no matter what the season, Hillhead is a great place to bring family and friends together. Built into the hillside, the property’s living areas are all on the ground floor, as is one of the bedrooms and adjacent shower room.

A bright and airy lounge opens to a large balcony with stunning views over Ambleside with Wansfell to the east and to the west, in the distance you will spot Coniston Fells.

There’s a lovely family kitchen / dining area complete with a reading area and a cosy log burning stove.

A smaller lounge is also on this floor providing twin sofas.

On this floor is the utility room providing laundry and drying facilities - great accommodation whatever the weather!

On the lower ground floor there are three additional bedrooms, two with en suite facilities and a family shower room. The vibrant village of Ambleside has a great selection of bars, restaurants and cafes along with a great range of shops many selling local produce.

Situated in the heart of the Lake District there are many walks from the door, then after a day on the fells, return to Hillhead to watch the sunset and relax!

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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Please note this property has a zip link bed. This will be made as a twin by default. Please contact the call center should you wish it to be a super king.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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