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Mallards Cottage

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041596)

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  • “Great location but a gloomy little place and very under equipped for the price.”

    No broadband signal but when I raised this I was told that we were promised Wi-fi but not a good signal - we had NO signal. It was a bit like being told there’s a great shower but we’re not promising water.

    No broadband signal but when I raised this I was told that we were promised Wi-fi but not a good signal - we had NO signal. It was a bit like being told there’s a great shower but we’re not promising water. It would have been acceptable for maybe £400 a week but for just under £1000?

    - Mr Rippon, October 2021


The property

Self catering cottages rarely come in a more picturesque setting. Mallards Cottage is set within Stepping Stones House which is an historic country property, which was once owned by William Wordsworth's son and overlooks the famous stepping stones across the River Rothay. With beautiful views in every direction; this lovely location is amazingly within walking distance of the bustling village of Ambleside. It is also within a short drive both of Wordsworth's Dove Cottage in Grasmere and the popular tourist villages of Bowness and Windermere.Within this'picture postcard' rambling property are several holiday apartments. Each one is of a high standard; having pretty comfortable interiors and each with their own front door leading into the garden and grounds. Mallards Cottage offers a lovely and private home from home for you to enjoy your Ambleside cottage holiday. Conjure up your ideal Lakeland retreat; beautiful views, fantastic walks straight from your door, an abundance of local wildlife including ducks, red deer and the occasional otter and red squirrel, open fires, a myriad of local eateries ... and much much more ... Mallards at Stepping Stones has it all. ==Accommodation In Detail This cottage apartment is named after the delightful mallard ducks that have made Stepping Stones their home and often come up from the river to greet us. Mallards is found up stone steps (14 to be precise) and through a section of gardens to your front door. Enter into a characterful open plan living area with kitchen / dining room. A favourite with many long standing guests; Mallards sitting room boasts an exposed Lakeland stone wall, original wooden window shutters and an open fire for cooler evenings. The kitchen has all you need, complete with an electric oven with halogen hob, microwave, fridge and freezer. Mallards sleeps two to four guests with children from 6 years old.The two cosy bedrooms overlook the wonderful views over the stepping stones towards Wansfell. The modern bathroom is ideal for long soaks after a hard day on the fells. Outside the gardens are beautiful with garden furniture to enjoy al-fresco living.Location Set in idyllic rural surroundings with a view that has hardly changed since the property was in the Wordsworth family, Stepping Stones is just minutes from Ambleside. Guests have a true getting away from it all experience in beautiful surroundings and surrounded by stunning scenery. There are many wonderful walks straight from the door, ranging from short walks to full day hikes.Alternatively a few minutes in the car takes you to the village of Ambleside known by locals as the jewel in Lakeland?s crown. Ambleside offers a myriad of eateries and vibrant shopping surrounded by endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits.Nearby too is Grasmere, a wonderful Lakeland village with views abound. Grasmere has drawn poets, artists and painters for centuries. Famously the home of William Wordsworth in Dove Cottage, from 1799-1808.Bowness on Windermere is the most popular tourist destination in Cumbria; it is a hive of activity with plenty to see and do. Both young and old love to feed the ducks and swans at the water's edge and the many steamer cruises and boat hire are popular choices. There are cafes and restaurants to suit all tastes and shops to help you while away the hours. The famous Beatrix Potter museum is well worth a visit too.


  • Over 2 floors
  • 2 x bedrooms; 1 x king size, 1 x twin bedroom, bathroom, open plan lounge/ dining area and kitchen, shared garden and furnished patio and private parking.
  • Pet Friendly, Open Fire, Shared Garden with garden furniture, Gas Central Heating, Laundry service available (at additional charge), Parking for 2 cars, Bed linen and towels provided
  • WIFI

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Windermere 4 miles; Grasmere 4 mile; Keswick 15 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.

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