The Courtyard, Ambleside
Arrival day: Saturday | Sleeps: 2
This enchanting romantic hideaway is part of an imposing original gentleman's residence, a mile outside Ambleside at the mouth of the Langdale Valley and nestled on the slopes of Loughrigg Fell. A sweeping private driveway leads through glorious grounds to this magnificent spot, and the views from the gardens are simply breathtaking. The Courtyard is a delightfully topsy turvy hideaway. The use of space is rather ingenious, including a conservatory entrance with comfy chairs and two cosy lounges - one galleried above the other. Outside, you have a prettily furnished patio all to yourselves, and the extent of the main gardens to explore. A path leads directly onto Loughrigg Fell - it's an absolute must to wander to the summit and gaze down over Lake Windermere.
Accommodation in detail
A private drive leads to your private parking space, right outside the entrance to the courtyard. Conservatory entrance to the single-level accommodation, with space for walking clobber and soft-cushioned furniture. Dining hallway with open-plan kitchen, well-equipped for eating in. The cosy lounge features a fabulous wrap-around corner sofa, perfect for snuggling up for a movie. A unique galleried lounge provides a reading escape! The king-size bedroom is on the ground level, as is the modern shower room. Outside there is a private patio with furniture, and guests have access to the magnificent grounds and gardens.
Only a mile from Ambleside, you'll have easy access to sophisticated shops, evening entertainment (including 2 cinemas) excellent restaurants and cafes. A wealth of things to do, and plenty of opportunities for a romantic evening out.
If you are here to explore you could not wish for a more magical location in the mouth of the Langdale Valley; quite simply a walker's paradise. Lake Windermere can be seen from the summit of Loughrigg Fell, and more challenging routes such as the Langdale Pikes begin close by. You must explore Lake Windermere during your stay; you can take to the water in Ambleside at Waterhead Pier. Windermere Lake Cruises depart regularly to Bowness and Lakeside where there is even more to see.
For a special meal out, The Courtyard is within easy reach of a wealth of excellent Lake District country pubs. Try the Britannia Inn at Elterwater, the Drunken Duck Inn at Outgate, or perhaps the Old Dungeon Ghyll - immersed in the scenery of the Langdale Valley. The choice is endless!