Smithy Cottage, Ambleside
Arrival day: Saturday | Sleeps: 2
This 'chocolate box' Lakeland cottage is something really special for couples, tucked away in central Ambleside yet slightly elevated giving fabulous fell views. It's a traditional blacksmith's cottage, elegantly refurbished with slate floors and white sheen, bursting with creative flair. Just look at that stunning spiral staircase and decadent bathroom. With vibrant village life, cosy pubs, tasty restaurants and lake cruises almost on your doorstep, Smithy Cottage is hard to beat for a luxurious romantic break in the Lake District. It's a place to fall in love, and a place to fall in love with!
Accommodation in detail
Stable door leads to open plan living area with warm slate floor, luxurious furnishings and a stylish breakfast bar marking the divide between living area and kitchen. The kitchen area is well-equipped with gorgeous granite work tops. Feature spiral staircase leads to first floor: Romantic double bedroom with fabulous window views, white iron bed and sophisticated dressing room with chaise longue. Useful separate drying room and contemporary bathroom with traditional-style bath.
Ambleside village is one of the Lake District's gems; traditional yet cosmopolitan, friendly and full of quirky Cumbrian surprises. An excellent range of local shops provide everything you need to stock up the kitchen, a wide range of excellent restaurants are available to try (including those on the stunning shores of Lake Windermere), Lakeland pubs to wind down in and an excellent cinema too. The main attraction is of course Lake Windermere's shore, and within a few minutes you'll be walking on to Waterhead Pier and taking a leisurely lake cruise to Bowness or Lakeside.
For day trips throughout the Lakes, Ambleside is a great place to start. The A591 leads north to Rydal Water, Grasmere, Coniston and Langdale, or south to Troutbeck, Windermere, Bowness and so on.