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 of an impressive Lakeland residence, once home to Queen Victoria’s physician. Now sympathetically restored, extended and styled with immaculate country house chic and Farrow & Ball colours, River Lodge provides luxurious holiday living in this fantastic location.
Walks, rambles and outdoor adventures will begin on your doorstep...there's a great local pub only a stroll away and the highly accoladed Cote Howe Organic tearoom is only a stone's throw away.
A real feature is the reception space: the dining room with elegant farmhouse table, open kitchen, enormous bay window and log-effect stove; the lounge with Sky TV (movies and sport) has French doors to the patio for al-fresco dining; and the sloping gardens have marvelous vantage points to the river and the fells beyond. Throw in pretty bedrooms and glossy bathrooms...we think you've found the perfect Lakeland retreat.
Accommodation in detail
A driveway leads to parking for 2-3 cars. Main front entrance to the double-fronted house, which is over 3 levels. Enter via slate floored hall, then down two steps to the family dining kitchen with large farmhouse table, log-effect stove, flat-screen TV and large bay window. Sitting room with 40" TV (Sky multiroom with movies and sport), modern gas fire, under-floor heating. French doors to the patio, with space for 8 to sit out. Cloakroom/shower room.
Ground floor: Bathroom with shower. First floor: Double en-suite shower bedroom with balcony, charming twin bedroom, also en-suite shower room, both with pretty outlooks. Lower ground floor (stairs down from dining area): Spacious king-size/zip-link bedroom (please request at booking) with TV, second good-sized twin bedroom, both with own direct access to a split-level bathroom with shower over bath.
Nearby Ambleside village is as much a place to embrace Lakeland village life as it is a base for exploring and walking in the Lake District. With a backdrop of lake shore and breath-taking Lakeland Fells, it's a wonderful base for a Lake District holiday even if you don't plan to stray too far from your base.
The village is steeped with history, scattered with attractive traditional Lake District cottages, and the contemporary shopping streets remain a delight to explore. Sample excellent cafes and acclaimed Lake District restaurants such as The Glass House, and stock up the kitchen or pick up a picnic at one of the excellent delis, such as the renowned Lucy's of Ambleside. Ambleside also has two quirky cinemas; Zeffirellis Cinema, Pizzeria and Jazz Bar, and Fellinis Vegetarian Restaurant and Studio Cinema.
Historic attractions include the much photographed 'Bridge House', which has to be seen to be believed, and the Roman Fort Galava just outside the village centre. William Wordsworth's former family home can be visited close by at Rydal Mount & Gardens - a must during your stay. If you are a Wordsworth fan, remember that Grasmere (his home during his most renowned years of work) is only a short drive north on the A591.
1 King (zip link-please specify on booking.)
1 Large Bathroom
1 ground floor shower room
Wonderful natural gardens
Views of River Rothay
Outside seating area
Fridge & Freezer
Gas central heating
Open plan sitting & dining room
Gas fire (Woodburning effect)