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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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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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 Gallery

Ambleside
2 Customer reviews

Lovingly converted from an old coach house, this fabulous 5 star studio apartment enjoys stunning view towards Lake Windermere. The Gallery is found in a…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £366

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Great Gable

Ambleside

In a sublime location on the shores of Lake Windermere, Great Gable is a luxurious first and second floor apartment within this magnificent gentleman’s residence commanding simply breath-taking views over…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 3
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £730

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Pavement Cottage

Ambleside
4 Customer reviews

Aptly named, this sophisticated Ambleside cottage enjoys a convenient central location, just off the bustling heart of the village. Pavement Cottage was once the ‘bottling…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - open
  • Private Parking 1
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £399

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The Bowery

Ambleside

This gorgeous boutique apartment is spread over first and second floors; a romantic retreat at the heart of the Lake District’s most cosmopolitan village, with…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Private Parking 1
  • Pub nearby
  • Dishwasher available
  • Romantic Breaks  

From £366

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Cobblestone Cottage

Ambleside

Once you’re inside this beautifully traditional cottage, you’ll be charmed by those gorgeous old beams and cute little doors, but impressed by the level of…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer
  • Pub nearby
  • Dishwasher available

From £235

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Old Coach House

Ambleside

This contemporary and sophisticated country cottage is found in a dreamy spot just off the absolute heart of picturesque and bustling Ambleside village overlooking the…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Fire: - gas
  • Private Parking 3
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £499

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Birchcroft

Ambleside

With permit parking in the centre of Ambleside, this Grade II listed traditional whitewashed cottage is a real gem. Oozing with character and original features…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £399

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Blue Hill

Ambleside

Blue Hill is a ‘state of the art’ sophisticated first floor apartment forming part of this modern select development on the slopes of Wansfell yet…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - gas
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £340

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Ruskin House at LOWGROVE

Ambleside

Understated style and comfort sets the tone for Ruskin House at LOWGROVE. It is a quintessential Lakeland farmhouse. It is regarded as a home away…

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

From £495

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Idle Mill 1

Ambleside

Contemporary Ambleside living at its finest; classy, convenient, 5 star luxurious and boasting enviable views from rooms and balcony. Idle Mill is a handsome Lakeland…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £469

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Latterbarrow

Ambleside

This luxury Lake District romantic apartment for 2 isn’t just a decadent dream inside; Latterbarrow lies within Lake Windermere’s prestigious Pullwood Bay residence, dating back…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Private Parking 3
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome
  • Garden

From £401

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Top O’ Th Town

Ambleside
1 Customer reviews

Set in an enchanting cobbled courtyard, overlooking a serene riverside garden, this period Lakeland cottage has been transformed into a chic, contemporary retreat for couples,…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 1
  • Children: welcome
  • Garden
  • Lake views

From £335

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Birkwray Farmhouse

Ambleside

This is a beautiful 17th century farmhouse. The essence of old Lakeland charm and character, cosily tucked away in a picturesque setting and presiding over…

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

From £699

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Oak Howe

Ambleside
2 Customer reviews

A sophisticated Lake District bolt hole, ideally suited to one or two couples, in a peaceful and elevated setting just a stone’s throw from Ambleside…

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

From £399

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