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Thompson Cottage

(Ref. 927673)

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Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "The property at Thompson Cottage was very comfortable and comfortable."

    The property was warm and in a good location. One down side is that it is listed for 5 people but the kitchen has only seating for 4 people.

    Reviewed by Norman3.8Feb 2024

  • "Double bed- needs to be king size as its so small myself and my husband struggled to stay in it."

    I slept one night in another room to get more space. Would gladly have had smaller bedside tables to accommodate. Needs mattress topper in all the rooms. The mattresses are so uncomfortable we didnt sleep the entire stay. Downstairs lights dont turn off on three nearest the window. No heating in kitchen or downstairs toilet working. In winter it is freezing and not enjoyable to use. Downstairs shower doesnt drain quick enough to be able to use, almost flooded hallway, took 2 hrs to drain. Mirror rusty in downstairs toilet. All directions on oven and hob rubbed off had to google for settings. This is very dangerous with a gas hob. One ring dial on gas hob doesnt work properly/dial sticks. Again very dangerous. Taps on bath move about/loose. Clocks not set to the right time (1 hr ahead) and unable to change some of them. Steak knives need updating very blunt. Could do with a measuring jug Could do with more than one baking tray for the oven. Signal on the tv goes out regularly. We have stayed at Thompson Cottage a few times over the years and previously enjoyed our stays. Unfortunately the property needs now some updating and money spending on it go bring it back to annacceptable standard. Unfortunately we would not be booking again unless the above could be accomodated. The bed situation being the most critical in my opinion.

    Reviewed by Hannah3.1Nov 2023

  • "Only one big bag available apart from that could not fault the place leave extras bin bags under the main build bag."

    Very clean and would highly recommend. David Sheen Stonehaven Scotland

    Reviewed by David4.7Nov 2023

  • "Cottage was superb on the whole but the cleanliness wasn’t the best and the beds were absolutely intolerable - they were so uncomfortable it was more comfortable to sleep on the floor, as we did from time to time or the settee - none of us could wait to get home to jump back in our own beds and get a decent nights sleep."

    If they could upgrade the beds this cottage would be perfect but there’s nothing worse than a bed like that after a long day walking.

    Reviewed by Julie3.4Aug 2023

  • "We would stay at this cottage without reservation again."

    The cottage was located up a hill and accessed via a single track lane with passing places. It is situated with a few other properties and had parking for 2 vehicles. The cottage had everything we needed to use whilst staying there. It was clean and presented well. The main shower was fantastically powerful and after a long day in sun screen clagg was great at removing such clagg! There was plenty of washing up liquid, toilet roll, dishwasher stuff etc to get you started. Like all self catering cottages; facilities and maintenance is such a subjective thing that if you look hard enough you'd find something wrong or not to your liking. However, how i like to think of this, is the response if you do find something wrong. We noticed a few minors which we highlighted to the lovely owner, Kate, and they didn't impact on our usage of the cottage as we adapted. Unless owners or cleaners are made aware of things this will happen.

    Reviewed by Wayne4.4Jun 2023

  • "A charming home."

    Well appointed and located . Everything was very comfortable and it was well equipped . Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2023

  • "Good points Lovely location, good parking, warm house and comfortable."

    The utility area is a great spot for shoes and coats. The WiFi was good and we didn't have any issues with it. Points to note The house was not cleaned to a satisfactory standard upon arrival. I had to clean the kitchen sides, the table cloth, the toilet and sink vanity unit. Plus we moved the coffee table to the side to allow a place for our young children to play and found it was not clean underneath. I had to hoover it. Not a great start especially given the fact the changeover is out at 9am, check in at 4pm. The kitchen is poorly equipped which could be easily rectified, something mentioned in previous comments. We did enjoy our stay but expected better levels of cleanliness from Sykes.

    Reviewed by Rachel3.4Nov 2022

  • "Cottage was comfortable, downstairs shower room could do with an upgrade floor water runs the wrong way and the cubicle up stairs door won’t shut properly and seal’s need looking at."

    Wi-Fi connection could be better not many suitable adult films if your renting in the winter. More cereal bowls would be good 2 out of the 4 were chipped and cracked. On a positive note we enjoyed our stay at Thompson Cottage. The weather was kind to us and we did a lot of walking.

    Reviewed by Christine3.8Sep 2022

  • "Overall very happy with the house and it was in a brilliant location."

    Only suggested feedback would be an upgrade of WiFi, as it was pretty terrible. Also, the cleanliness of the propert could be slightly better, it was slightly dirty when we arrived. Also, a few more utensils in the kitchen, bigger pots etc. over all a great stay and would happily stay again

    Reviewed by Kate3.1Aug 2022

  • "Great cottage in a nice area if you just want to chill out."

    Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "Well equipped overall though a few things are missing in the kitchen, given that up to 5 people could stay there (chopping board, bigger pots and pans, more plates, an oven dish… also scissors!"

    ). Soap holder in the shower is broken. Hot water failed three times during our stay, requiring a boiler restart – this needs looking at (message was something like “pump fault, water shortage”).

    Reviewed by Jonathan3.4Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, really warming and homely."

    It was the perfect size for what we needed and the garden was lovely too. There were a few utensils and bits that the kitchen didn’t have that would have helped us for cooking but other than that we loved it and would definitely consider staying again.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7May 2022

  • "The property was everything we needed and more."

    We stayed as we were attending a wedding locally. It was very comfortable and plenty of space for 4 adults and a toddler. Thank you to the owners for the home comforts down to playing cards and small mirror ( for checking back of wedding hair). We would love to come back and explore the beautiful area

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Mar 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay here."

    House was excellent. Only small niggle was that we couldn’t find any guidance on the oven and dishwasher functions (as the symbols on the machines had been rubbed off due to lots of past usage).

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Dec 2021

  • "From booking the holiday to leaving the property, using Sykes was painless and easy."

    Regular email updates made it simple to check in and out and and had all the other necessary information to make it a comfortable stay The cottage as beautifully kept and in a lovely locating very close to all the amenities that Ambleside has to offer.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2021

  • "Well placed accommodation for access to Lake District attractions and well ..."

    Well placed accommodation for access to Lake District attractions and well equipped house One or two minor house keeping points left with owner - none of which have affected our holiday

    Reviewed by Teresa4.4Sep 2021

  • "Lovely cottage which was clean and comfortable."

    The area is beautiful with lots to do for families.

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Aug 2021

  • "The property was generally excellent and with a few improvements, it would be perfect - The beds were all very old and uncomfortable."

    All the matresses were in dire need of replacement to something more comfortable. This impacted a good nights sleep for everyone. Although a property for 5 people, there was not enough knifes/forks/spoons/plates etc - there probably was once in the past but since breakages occur - some hadn't been replaced. The Wifi was woefully slow, but worked for basic needs.

    Reviewed by Chris4.1Jul 2021

  • "There were some minor issues such as certain lights not working ,draws in sideboards broken a lack of certain kitchen ware and it was unclear if there were to be 5 people staying how room could be made in the dining area to accomodate everybody."

    Reviewed by Robin4.7Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic location, just far enough away from Ambleside."

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jun 2021



    Reviewed by Peter3.8Jun 2021

  • "An excellent base and an excellent cottage, very clean and tidy."

    Slightly away from Ambleside which was nice and peaceful but close enough if you needed anything. Only one small issue was the broken peeler in the draw, but that just needed a replacement. Overall an excellent break

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Apr 2021

  • "We cannot recommend this cottage as it had not been cleaned to a satisfactory standard, especially bearing in mind Covid-19."

    Four adults from our group spent the first two hours remedying the situation. The following points are just some of the problems we encountered. The kitchen lacked the expected cleanliness; the fridge had food remnants on the shelves and there was mould growing on one of them, the microwave had food splatters on the inside, there were food crumbs, etc. on work tops and the oven was covered in burnt food residues. Both the wet room and shower had pink and black moulds growing on the shower heads and in several other areas. The child’s cot was stained and dirty. Many contact surfaces (e.g. the bannisters) felt sticky and grimy and there was clumps of hair on the lounge carpet. Although the cottage sleeps five, there are only four dining chairs. We numbered five adults, plus a toddler using a booster seat. The TV was not connected to the outside Freeview cable. Following the thunderstorm, the Wifi did not work and a password was not provided to remedy the problem.

    Reviewed by Rita1.9Aug 2020

  • "Really nice cottage, in a great location for Lake Windermere and the ghylls, fells, tarns and peaks around Ambleside, and beyond."

    Super quiet and well appointed. Underfloor heating in the main bathroom was very special too :-)

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2020

  • "Lovely little cottage in excellent location."

    Felt like a home away from home ! Xx

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Jul 2020

  • "Lovely accommodation, felt at home as soon as we walked in the door."

    The cleanliness was impeccable and the cottage just oozed comfort. Beautiful area and lovely garden. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was so cosy and clean, situated in a very peaceful neighbourhood and close to many sights."

    It looked even better than in the pictures! There was roomy parking space, which was such a relief! The kitchen has every utensil you would need. There were plenty of maps and leaflets, as well as board games. The rooms were great, everything was so tidy and the finishing touches made it very homely. Only thing that we would have liked was more toilet paper as there were only two rolls provided for three nights and four people. Other than that, we had such an enjoyable stay - thank you so much!

    Reviewed by Quyen4.7Sep 2019

  • "A real home from home."

    The location was good for access to many of the National Park's many features. We were able to sit in the garden to eat supper. So peaceful.

    Reviewed by Lola5.0Aug 2019

  • "The shower was blocked so was unusable until we rang to get it fixed."

    The cleanliness of the property was below expectations: there were nail clippings on the carpet and a used sanitary towel in one of the bedrooms. The wood burning stove hadn't been swept out and theŕe were socks etc in some of the drawers upstairs. Also the cleaner had left the cleaning sponges in the middle of the kitchen and had forgotten her coat.

    Reviewed by James3.1Aug 2019

  • "Had an amazing week."

    The cottage is fantastic and we will definitely be recommending it to our friends and family

    Reviewed by Sean4.7Jun 2019

  • "It was a lovely house, spotlessly clean, very comfy beds and everything needed for a relaxing stay, including lots of games in the cupboard for the rainy days."

    Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Jun 2019

  • "Great location and lovely cottage for a family to stay in."

    Beautiful garden for children to play in and terrace to relax on. Could just do with a few more essentials eg hand soap and logs.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0May 2019

  • "My husband had to move everything in the shed as soon as we got there to get our Mountain Bikes in ( not designated bike storage but shed full of BBQ, lawn mower, chairs, old white goods etc ) The kitchen could have been a lot cleaner, oven and extractor fan were really greasy."

    The cottage was in a great location, not far from loads of attractions and really quiet despite having a few neighbours.

    Reviewed by Kirsty3.8Aug 2018

  • "Bike storage was a bit short on space - if that was meant to be the small outhouse, it had chairs and BBQ etc in leaving no room for our bikes."

    Wasn't a problem in our case as they just stayed in the cars.

    Reviewed by Peter4.1May 2018

  • "Lovely cottage , suited us so well ( 2 couple with 4 year old child )."

    Perfect location, close to Windermere and Ambleside but tranquil and offering all amenities .

    Reviewed by Anne5.0May 2018

  • "The cottage was really well equipped."

    Everything you could think of was there in the kitchen, and the house was a good size for our family of 5. It was also in a great position to explore the area. Amazing powerful shower, log fire and a big garden all brilliant things about the cottage. Already looking at dates next year to go back. Also, all Sykes staff so kind and helpful whenever I rang the office.

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.7Apr 2018

  • "This was a truly lovely cottage."

    We spent four days here in a very snowy February. Convenient for the whole of the Lake District and some lovely walks around the local area. We have used Sykes regularly and have never been disappointed. The cottage was lovely and clean, bedding and towels were lovely and fresh. The only negative was the starter kit for the log burner. We've stayed in a few cottages with log burners and there is always a basket with logs, kindling etc on the hearth to start you off. There was nothing when we arrived so we looked in the information booklet again nothing. Eventually we found a key in the utility room for the shed and in there we found a box with 3 logs and some tongs and a couple of brushes and little shovels. It's just as well that we had taken note of the weather and brought some extra logs and kindling with us otherwise we would have struggled to light the logs that had been left for us. It wasn't the end of the world as there is central heating but if its included in your price then it should be there. Apart from this everything else was excellent.

    Reviewed by Clare4.8Feb 2018

  • "The holiday was quite relaxing."

    However due to the location at the top of quite a steep incline maybe not suitable for the elderly .

    Reviewed by Christopher4.2Jun 2017

  • "This was my first booking with Skyes, it took me a while to find what I was looking for, but I was glad I did a longer search."

    Thompson cottage is so warm and cosy has soon as you open the door, it is clean and has everything you need, full kitchen, washing machine and dryer, games, films etc. We had awful weather so couldn't make use of the garden, the cottage was warm so we didn't use the fire bet its cosy with that lit. My daughter came with her baby and we made use of the travel cot. It was great to have us all together. This is a cottage people need to stay in and there's parking for two cars, BRILL

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor wet room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with underfloor heating in kitchen and woodburning stove
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Lawned garden with raised patio and furniture, plus front patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2.3 miles
  • Note: There are 8 steps down to the rear lawn from the patio
  • Please Note: this property may not be suitable for parties of over 4 adults due to the layout of the property, and as the main bathroom will be shared
  • Note: This property accepts minimum 3 nights stays only

The property

Ambleside 2.3 miles.

This stylish, semi-detached cottage is rurally located, yet only a couple of miles from the bustling town of Ambleside in the beautiful Lake District National Park.

Thompson Cottage sits in the stunning Troutbeck Valley surrounded by glorious countryside, and offers a welcoming, well-equipped holiday base, perfect for friends or families looking to discover the many delights of the Lake District.

This superb cottage, with its contemporary ground floor including a wet room, spacious kitchen/diner and delightful sitting room with woodburning stove, provides comfortable accommodation, whilst three cosy and bright bedrooms on the first floor are a delight to retire to at the close of each day.

To the rear is a large lawned garden and raised sun patio with loungers, table and chairs, a pretty and peaceful space to relax in after a long day walking the surrounding fells.

A second raised seating area at the front of the property allows you to catch the sun as it makes its way around the cottage.

Superbly placed for walking, you can stroll from the doorstep down to the National Trust farmhouse of Townend, which is less than a mile away, to discover the history of the area.

Why not take a walk along the local footpath through Cockshot Wood, which is particularly picturesque with bluebells in May, and onto the splendour of Lake Windermere?

There are many pubs within a couple of miles, and not to be missed is a 15 minute drive north to the atmospheric Kirkstone Pass Inn, set high on a hill, where on a clear day you can enjoy views that stretch all the way to the sea.

Continuing further will take you to Ullswater, with breathtaking views at every twist and turn of the route.

Returning after a day’s exploring, open the French doors onto the large sunny terrace or settle on the raised patio at the front to enjoy a relaxing drink.

If a chill lingers in the air, then a cosy up in front of the woodburning stove, or a soak in the bath in the large modern bathroom is sure to restore you.

Thompson Cottage sits amongst glorious scenery, making it an ideal choice all year round.

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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Note: This property accepts minimum 3 nights stays only.
Note: There are 8 steps down to the rear lawn from the patio.
Please Note: This property may not be suitable for parties of over 4 adults due to the layout of the property, and as the main bathroom will be shared.