Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Ambleside

Welcome to Ambleside

Home to the Romans from 300 – 400 AD and the Vikings in 1000 AD, Ambleside is said to take its name from ‘Hamel’, a Viking who once owned the land, and the Norse word ‘Saetre’, which means farm or pasture. The Vikings are also said to have introduced the famous Herdwick sheep to Ambleside during their time in the area.


In 1650, the area was granted a market charter, by King James II and it soon became a commercial centre for agriculture and wool. It was also granted a second charter during King James’ reign, which allowed it to collect tolls. One of the Lake District’s most famous descendants, William Wordsworth, worked in Ambleside as a stamp distributor from 1813 to 1842; when he became the Poet Laureate and resigned his stamp duties.

Lakelovers’ spectacular portfolio of quality Ambleside holiday cottages is the perfect place to start your journey into this magical town in the Lake District.

Self-catering accommodation in Ambleside

From five star gold award barn conversions, to cosy apartments for 2 to 4 people, our Ambleside holiday cottages offer exceptional quality, self-catering accommodation in the absolute heart of the Lake District national park.

We have over 130 cottages in Ambleside, each unique in their charm and style, designed for your perfect self-catering Ambleside holiday.

From sophisticated barn conversions, luxurious apartments, grand Lakeland homes as well as traditional romantic Ambleside cottages, you’re certain to find the perfect place to stay with Lakelovers.

Are you looking for exposed oak beams and properties with traditional Lakeland slate charm? Do you prefer contemporary luxury, with flat screen LED TVs, and Hot Tubs? With so many pet friendly properties to choose from, with great facilities like wood-burners, leisure club access and Wi-Fi you’re sure to find your perfect getaway.

Whatever you’re looking for from a self-catering holiday, our dedicated customer service team are on hand to offer expert advice on what will suit your individual holiday needs best.

Self-catering in Ambleside is stress-free in this thriving village offering a range of quality restaurants, bars and shops, generously placed along the traditional Lakeland streets.

Situated on the northern shores of Lake Windermere, Ambleside is renowned as the perfect base for walking, mountaineering and biking, and with its excellent bus services and access to Bowness-on-Windermere and Lakeside by Steamers, you are never far from anywhere when you stay in one of our Ambleside holiday cottages.

Lakelovers holiday cottages in Ambleside are easy to reach, making for a relaxing and easy holiday. The nearest railway station is situated in Windermere, just four miles away and the nearest charter airports, include Blackpool, Liverpool and Manchester and with a trip up from London Euston only two and a half hours up to the Lake District, it makes the perfect weekend getaway from the big city.

Ambleside out and about

Ambleside cottages give you the opportunity to do, see and enjoy a wide range of exciting things without even having to step outside of the town. Top family attractions include Ambleside Climbing Wall, where all the family can have fun challenging themselves to get to the top. Zefferlli’s Cinema, which is full of old world charm and always has the latest Hollywood releases. Windermere Lake Cruises is great for exploring England’s largest Lake, Lake Windermere, on various cruise options. Then not forgetting top restaurants including, Doi Intanon a great Thai that has amazing reviews on Trip Advisor, as well the newly opened Fulling Mill and The Old Stamp House, both we’d highly recommend. If you are a lover of cakes, you must take a trip to Chesters by the River or the Rattle Gill Café – ranked number one on Tripadvisor as the best place to eat in Ambleside.

Step outside one of our perfectly placed Ambleside holiday cottages and find yourself immediately amidst spectacular Lakeland scenery, close to top Lake District attractions, part of famous local events and with superb access to tranquil Lakeside leisure facilities.

For the history lovers, some ‘must-sees’ include: The Roman Fort Galava, said to date back to 79AD and Bridge House, over Stock Ghyll. This Bridge House is a fabulous building and is over 300 years old and believed to have once been a summer house and apple store for Ambleside Hall. Purchased in 1926 by the people of Ambleside and then given to the National Trust, it is a Grade I listed building and now home to an Information Centre.

So, if you're looking for the perfect break away for you and your loved one or with friends and family, then Lakelovers has an array of self-catering Ambleside cottages waiting to you.

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Brantside

Ambleside
1 Customer reviews

The elevated setting of this stylish Lakeland cottage provides spectacular views to the magnificent Lake District mountains from almost every room.Nestled in a peaceful conservation…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - gas
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer
  • Pub nearby

From £375

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Deer Thwaite

Ambleside
1 Customer reviews

This luxurious character property is part of a converted coach house and stables, a couple of miles from Ambleside village and a stroll from ‘Brockhole’,…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - electric
  • Private Parking 3
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £399

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Kirkley Bank

Ambleside
6 Customer reviews

An outstanding contemporary barn conversion in a sublime location, with famous fell views through almost every window. Only a couple of miles from Ambleside and…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 3
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Wi-Fi

From £479

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The Old Beams

Ambleside
4 Customer reviews

This traditional yet contemporary central Lakeland bolthole is a stone’s throw from the heart of picturesque Ambleside village providing a romantic and convenient hideaway for…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 1
  • Garden
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £340

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Little Bethel

Ambleside

This romantic, central Lakeland hideaway is a stone’s throw from the heart of picturesque Ambleside village providing a contemporary yet traditional and convenient treat for…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Babies welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer
  • Pub nearby

From £371

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Ralston

Ambleside

This boutique luxury cottage, in a peaceful corner of Ambleside, has plenty of eclectic treats in store. Within the traditional Lakeland stone exterior, you’ll find…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £592

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Waterfall

Ambleside

This contemporary first floor apartment is one of a select few luxury residences in the prestigious ‘Falls’ development, a stroll away from the centre of…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £399

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Red Screes Cottage

Ambleside

The surroundings have an air of countryside living, the interior of elegant luxury – but this lovely first floor apartment with scenic balcony is only…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 2
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £361

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Fieldside Cottage

Ambleside

This traditional Lake District cottage close to Lake Windermere boasts one of the most envied locations in the National Park. Nestled within the grounds of…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Babies welcome

From £470

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Gale Hill Cottage

Ambleside

Gale Hill is the definition of a romantic holiday cottage in Ambleside, oozing traditional character and right at the heart of this vibrant Lake District…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome
  • Garden

From £345

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Mallards Cottage at Stepping S

Ambleside

This stunningly located self-catering retreat is a dream for walking groups, countryside lovers or admirers of William Wordsworth’s famous poetry. The 2 bedroom apartment is…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - open
  • Private Parking 2
  • Wi-Fi
  • Garden

From £489

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Malvern

Ambleside

A fantastic Lakeland cottage, in a peaceful location just off the absolute heart of vibrant Ambleside. Beautifully refurbished and presented to contemporary 4 star standards, with…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - gas
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £397

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Loughrigg Hide

Ambleside
1 Customer reviews

Aptly named, this contemporary cottage apartment looks straight towards Loughrigg Fell from its central setting. Found opposite Hayes Garden World, adjacent to Lake Road, only…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - gas
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £355

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Scafell

Ambleside
1 Customer reviews

If you’re looking for a little taste of Lakeland grandeur, this fabulous apartment might just fit the bill. Only a stone’s throw from the heart…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - electric
  • Private Parking 1
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Babies welcome

From £376

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Rydal View Cottage

Ambleside

This pretty traditional Lakeland cottage nestles at the end of a traditional terrace around a shared courtyard, in a peaceful area just 2 minutes walk…

  • Accommodates 3
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - electric
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £299

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Parson’s View

Ambleside

Parson’s View offers very spacious and elegant accommodation in a peaceful setting overlooking Ambleside. With breathtaking views to lake and fells, this impressive character property…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 2
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £582

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Pudding Cottage

Ambleside
1 Customer reviews

Multiple Award Winning Pudding Cottage Awarded TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence In ‘The Times Top 50 cottages for families 2013′ No. 1 by guest rating…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Private Parking 2
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £582

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Ashton House

Ambleside

Luxurious, terraced cottage accommodation in a prime Ambleside location. Ashton House has a real ‘wow’ factor; traditional Lakeland character blends effortlessly with 21st century chic….

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Babies welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer
  • Pub nearby

From £399

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