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 Lake District 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. Additionally we have a range of luxury cottages available to choose from.

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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. For more information on things to do in Ambleside, we have provided information on places to eat in Ambleside, walking and music venues.

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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.

Little Bethel

Ambleside
4 Customer reviews

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 £350

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Middlerigg

Ambleside
3 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
  • Private Parking 2
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £399

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Mount Sol

Ambleside
1 Customer reviews

This handsome detached bungalow resides in a peaceful setting on the lower slopes of Wansfell, just a 5 minute stroll from the centre of Ambleside….

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 2
  • Children: welcome
  • Garden
  • Laundry Facilities washer

From £399

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Greenbank House

Ambleside

Greenbank House is set in the stunning Langdale Valley and that offers some of the most stunning mountain scenery anywhere in the Lake District. This…

  • Accommodates 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 4
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £595

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Brantside

Ambleside
8 Customer reviews

This beautifully appointed Gold Award winning property sits in a gently elevated position in the historic conservation area of Ambleside and provides spectacular views to…

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

From £375

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Oaklea

Ambleside
2 Customer reviews

This luxuriously eclectic 18th century Lakeland cottage occupies a perfect and peaceful conservation setting just above the ever popular village of Ambleside only a 5…

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

From £575

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Greenbank – High Greenbank

Ambleside

Set in the heart of the stunning Langdale valley, Greenbank offers a great retreat to relax and unwind surrounded by some of the most spectacular…

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

From £420

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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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Kirkley Bank

Ambleside
7 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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Hawthorn Cottage

Ambleside

Only 50 metres from Lake Windermere’s Waterhead Pier and a leisurely stroll from Ambleside’s vibrant centre, this beautifully refurbished Lakeland cottage is a truly enviable…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities washer
  • Pub nearby

From £376

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The Courtyard

Ambleside

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…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Private Parking 1
  • Garden
  • Laundry Facilities washer
  • Dishwasher available

From £263

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River Lodge

Ambleside
3 Customer reviews

Overlooking the River Rothay, this impressive house is enviably located only a short riverside walk away from Ambleside Village.  River Lodge takes the lion’s share…

  • Accommodates 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Fire: - gas
  • Private Parking 4
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Wi-Fi

From £795

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High Gale Cottage

Ambleside

High above Ambleside on the lower slopes of Wansfell, this spacious Lakeland cottage enjoys breathtaking views over the village to Loughrigg Fell and beyond. It’s…

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

From £361

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Ghyll Foot Cottage

Ambleside

Situated in the heart of Ambleside Village, this whitewashed character cottage is a real treat. Filled with charm and character this traditional cottage has been…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer
  • Pub nearby

From £385

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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 £499

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Buttermere

Ambleside

The setting is sublime and this sumptuous Lakeland hideaway is quite simply luxurious in every sense of the word. Buttermere is within this magnificent Pullwood…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 3
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome
  • Garden

From £556

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Courtyard Cottage

Ambleside
2 Customer reviews

A secluded and romantic retreat, with a village centre location that’s hard to beat… Ambleside is bustling and vibrant throughout the year and from Courtyard Cottage…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - gas
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Garden

From £360

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Greenbank – Low Greenbank

Ambleside

Set in the heart of the stunning Langdale valley, Greenbank offers a great retreat to relax and unwind surrounded by some of the most spectacular…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - electric
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Garden

From £295

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