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Loughrigg Cottage

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041486)


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  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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18 Customer Review(s)

  • Chris

    “The property is of a very high standard in a great location and with outstanding views.”

    If I have one criticism it would be the lack of soap or soap dispenser in any of the bathrooms. This I would expect in a property of 5 star rating, which otherwise I am happy to give. Having said that we thoroughly enjoyed our short break here.

    If I have one criticism it would be the lack of soap or soap dispenser in any of the bathrooms. This I would expect in a property of 5 star rating, which otherwise I am happy to give. Having said that we thoroughly enjoyed our short break here.

    - Chris, May 2024


  • Highly commended for a four star property
  • Over 3 floors
  • 5 x bedrooms, 2 x king size with en suite, 1 x king size, 1 x double, 1 x twin with its own bathroom
  • House bathroom
  • Utility room
  • Wet room with shower WC and basin
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Lounge
  • Drawing room
  • Garden with furnished terrace and private parking
  • Luxurious detached period residence
  • Magnificent and breath-taking views, 20 minutes stroll to Ambleside centre
  • Gas central and part underfloor heating
  • 2 Open fires
  • Wi-Fi, Cambridge Audio music system
  • Lake District library
  • DVD library
  • Range cooker with double gas hob
  • American style fridge & freezer with wine cooler
  • Dishwasher
  • Utility / drying area with washing machine & tumble dryer
  • Beautiful garden with raised terrace
  • Garden furniture, Extensive walks –high and low - from the door
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • Bed linen and towels provided

The property

This luxuriously elegant detached Period Lakeland residence occupies an idyllic setting with simply breathtaking views on the banks of the River Rothay close to the famous 'Stepping Stones', within the hamlet of Rydal at the foot of Loughrigg Fell. This is truly Lakeland luxury at its very best in one of the most romantic setting within the British Isles. Loughrigg Cottage has its origins in the 18th century, and was extended in the Arts & Crafts style in the late 19th century, when it was occupied by Adelaide Wordsworth, the widow of Wiiliam's grandson. In 1906 Woodrow Wilson, shortly after to become American President, rented it for the summer and fell in love with it. His words still describe it perfectly today. "It is most picturesque and delightfully situated, close by Rothay Stream, and under the shadow of Loughrigg". Wilson speaks of 'exploring the lovely valleys and mountains and coming back to the cottage for tea by the fire'. And at the end of his time there he said "we have had a little cottage all to ourselves in perhaps the most beautiful spot of all". Wilson's words capture the magic of this setting on the banks of the river with panoramic views towards Wansfell - here the mountains appear so close you can almost reach out and touch them. This Grade ll listed building was obviously designed and built with the views in mind, a rarity in itself for houses of this era. Step inside and see for yourself how this is a perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and spend precious time together. Every detail is taken care of in Loughrigg Cottage with effortless blending of period features alongside twenty first century indulgences, combining the most desirable elements of gracious living, contemporary mood and sophistication. Rydal is one of the most beautiful scenes in the Lake District National Park and provides an ever-changing vista of contours and colours with each season. A short walk will lead you into either the village of Ambleside or a little further passing Rydal Water into Grasmere. If you are feeling more energetic it is a short climb to the amazing views from the top of Loughrigg. Grasmere and Ambleside are stocked with great eateries, tea rooms and shops and if you like picturesque high and low level walks, this is a walker's paradise. Enchanting Loughrigg Cottage has all the wonderful ingredients to provide the perfect Lake District holiday, one you will only want to repeat and with a view you will never forget.==Accommodation in detail Found at the base of Loughrigg Fell in picturesque surroundings, an access only country lane takes you over a bridge and leads alongside the River Rothay to a driveway leading to Loughrigg Cottage with ample parking for 4 right outside. On one side this property boasts a formal and very attractive entrance porch which is now used to access the garden. We will lead you in another entrance into a slated entrance hall with underfloor heating to warm the toes after a long walk ? bliss. Off this is a luxurious slate wet room, the fifth bathroom facility in the property, also with underfloor heating. From the hall you also enter the large kitchen, with slate flags and granite work surfaces. The sociable kitchen opens directly into the formal, yet also sociable dining room, perfect for large gatherings or simply playing games or dozing in the rocking chair by the warming open fire. At the front of the house are two stunning reception rooms: one is the drawing room, also with beautiful and warming open fire, TV, DVD and Cambridge audio cd/DAB/Bluetooth system. The other is the TV room, with smart TV, DVD and DVD library. Both living rooms are sumptuously furnished and with magnificent splayed bay windows, complete with luxurious window seating, to gaze out at the breath-taking scenery and relax. Finally on the ground floor is a utility area with washing machine and a dryer, also an ideal drying space. A staircase leads to the first floor the magical array of 4 bedrooms, two king size with en-suite marble monsoon shower rooms at the front of the house, with window seats for you to admire the stunning views and (if you can tear yourself away from the views) smart TVs. A further king-size room has a bay window for admiring the scenery and a smart tv. The fourth bedroom on this floor is a double bedroom with dual aspect. On the landing is an extensive library of Lake District books for you to plan your next walk or learn about the history of the Lakes. There is a house luxury marble bathroom also on this level with designer double ended bath and monsoon shower facility over the bath. Upstairs to the exciting twin loft fifth bedroom with sloping eves (so please bear this in mind for tall people). This is a beautiful top floor bedroom with its very own luxury slate bathroom, complete with slipper free standing bath and shower attachment facility. Outside the lakeland gardens surround the property and have many vantage points, lighting, private water feature, and a raised terrace area equipped with garden furniture for all 10, as well as its own stone folly. Look out for red deer at dusk in the woods behind the house. We believe this garden and setting will be hard to leave.Location This secluded retreat near lovely little Rydal Water boasts strong connections with the poet William Wordsworth, who was inspired by the stunning surroundings. Walks from the door can take in Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount - two of Wordsworth's family homes. The poet's favourite viewpoint can be reached on the western end of the lake, his grandson's widow once lived in Loughrigg Cottage and the tranquil surroundings are truly inspirational - not just to writers! There are many walks - suitable for all abilities - direct from the house. The location is also only a short distance from the vibrant village of Ambleside and only 5 minutes from the local inn, the Badger Bar. In Ambleside you'll find an interesting range of local shops, tempting delicatessens, traditional Lakeland pubs and top-class restaurants - even a cinema and live music bar. Lake Windermere can also be enjoyed from Waterhead Pier, where ferries depart regularly to Bowness and Lakeside.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Grasmere 4.4 miles; Windermere 4.7 miles; Keswick 16.7 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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