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Rydal Cottages

Self-Catering Cottages in Rydal

The picturesque village of Rydal is situated a mile or so north of Ambleside and just under a mile to the south east of Grasmere. This means that our Rydal cottages are located in the perfect spot for you to take full advantage of some of the Lake District’s best countryside and attractions. Rydal Water, which nestles just to the east of the village, is small compared to many of the Lake District’s other bodies of water and measures less than a mile squared. Staying at Rydal means you are in the heart of the Lake District and perfectly placed to have the adventure of a lifetime or simply shut up shop and get away from it all. Lakelovers have a splendid range of cottages in and around the Rydal area, making it easy to find something that is perfect for you.

Self-Catering in Rydal

Take your pick from fully modernised, cosy stone cottages, breathtaking barn conversions with hot tubs and intimate wooden lodges that sit amongst picturesque woodlands. The options for a cottage holiday in Rydal really will leave you spoilt for choice. However, one thing is for sure, no matter which of our properties you decide to spend time in, the quality you’ll find will be unrivaled. Lakelovers have the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold Award properties in the region.

We also have a superb selection of dog friendly holiday cottages in Rydal and the surrounding areas. Whilst our focus is on quality this does not mean that pooch has to stay at home. In fact, with Lakelovers pets holiday for free!  So, don’t leave your four-legged family members behind on a holiday in Rydal.

Lots of our cottages seamlessly mix the more traditional features of country living with modern facilities that enhance them without taking away from their natural charm; open fires or log burning stoves, juxtaposed with LED televisions or digital sound systems; open range cookers surrounded by the latest time saving kitchen devices and country gardens with bespoke garden furniture that blends in with its surroundings.

Once you arrive at your Rydal cottage, you can expect to find comfort and luxury galore. Lush living spaces, large and small, where you can relax after a day on the fells or spend a romantic evening with a bottle of wine and some locally blended chocolate. Bedrooms that will see you well rested, in style, for tomorrow’s big adventure and that’s not to mention the beautiful bathrooms and designer kitchens that whisper “cook in me”.

Self-catering at Rydal is a real treat, not only do you get to eat in a luxurious cottage, but you get to cook with some of the country’s best local meats and produce. Why not try some Herdwick Hogget or Mutton? The Herdwick sheep are native to the Lake District and are left to graze on grass and heather until mature. This really is something special and makes for a deliciously and natural tasting meat – perfect for a candlelit dinner!

If you prefer to eat like a king at breakfast time, then you can take your pick of fine cuts of bacon and of course some Cumberland sausage, served with eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms. All enjoyed with table of family and friends – who could ask for more?

All Lakelovers cottages are chosen for their remarkably high standards, both inside, outside and because of their amazing locations. Browse our holiday cottages near Rydal Water to see what we mean.

A Little of Rydal’s History

Rydal is rich in the history of English romantic literature, Rydal Mount was home to William Wordsworth from 1813 to 1850 and it was here that he wrote, what some consider to be his most famous poem, Daffodils. Other connections to English literature come in the shape of Thomas Quincey and Hartley Coleridge. While walking the lanes and fells of the surrounding area, it is easy to imagine how the land around them inspired such writers and to maybe ingest some of that energy for yourself.

Getting There

Rydal is extremely easy to access, whether you are traveling by car or on public transport. If you are coming from the south, the easiest way to get to Rydal by car is to head for the M6 motorway, exit at junction 36, onto the A591 and head for Windermere. Once at Windermere, just keep following the A591 and you will soon arrive at Rydal. From the north, exit the M6 at junction 40, take the A56 until you hit the A591 and then head south to Rydal.

By train; travel to Windermere and then a short bus or taxi ride will have you in Rydal within minutes. If you are using a bus service, then remember to check the times in advance, so you are not left standing around waiting for too long.

Out and About in Rydal

The options for fun and adventure are limitless when staying in one of our luxury Rydal cottages. Exploring the immediate vicinity is, without a doubt, the best place to start. For your first port of call, Rydal Mount house and gardens is hard to beat. Your first few footsteps into this beautiful house will transport you to a romantic haven virtually untouched by time. If that wasn’t enough, the gardens are a blaze of colour and lush wonderment.

A break in the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without a good walk. Heading off to discover the stepping stones that cross the river Rothay is a must for anyone staying in Rydal. There are several approaches to the stepping stones and no matter which route you opt for, you won’t be disappointed by the ambiance and the spectacular views you will encounter along the way.

A relaxing walk is one thing, but if you want something a little more adventurous, then hold on to your hat. There are activities that you can enjoy all year round, that will give you the exhilaration and adrenaline you crave – and why not?

Rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, dips in plunge pools and intrepid ridge walks are yours for the taking, if you want to accept the challenge. Advanced and experienced climbers need look no further than the Langdale valley for thrills and spills. The Pike o’ Stickle is a 709m moderate graded climb and is a must for any serious climber. Jakes Rake, on the other hand, is a grade 1 scramble that is doable for most adults with a modicum of fitness and a head for heights.

If you prefer something altogether more aquatic, then the Lake District has some of the best plunge pools in the UK. There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as a dip in cold, clear, fresh water, the likes of which can be found just outside Borrowdale. Galleny Force comprises of two pools underneath cascades. It is surrounded by woodland and open green land – this location is perfect for a splash around, followed by a picnic.

Of course one of the best things about visiting the Lake District is that you get to spend time outdoors. No matter what type of activity you decide to pursue this makes for health and happy break in the countryside.

Going just a little further afield, you can visit Ambleside, one of the most popular Lake District tourist destinations. Here you can treat yourself, or a loved one, to something special in one of its myriad of boutique shops. Ambleside has become synonymous for great shopping and for its well respected restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining

Our holiday cottages near Rydal Water have some wonderful eating and drinking haunts right on the doorstep. The Fulling Mill is one such place, that consistently receives high praise from those who frequent it. Here you can choose from local delights, such as Cartmel Valley smoked salmon and braised shank of lamb served with pan-roasted potatoes and vegetables. There is plenty to choose from on the reasonably priced menu and there’s a children’s menu too.

If you prefer the atmosphere of a traditional Lake District inn, then maybe Glen Rothay is the place to head for. This beautiful old inn has a lovely garden and you can enjoy a range of ales, wines and spirits as well as great home cooked style food.

Heading further afield, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating and drinking. The Lake District has become a mecca for those with a penchant for all things gastronomic or for those who just enjoy a hearty meal.

The Jumble Room with its Bohemian styling is situated in Grasmere and is well worth a visit. Popular amongst ‘foodies’, The Jumble Room serves dishes with intriguing titles like Crofton Bon-Bon’s and The Thriller from Manilla. Try the Jumble Room if you are looking for something just a little bit different.

It does of course go without saying that, whatever your tastes and food preferences are, you’ll find something extraordinary in the Lake District.

There are many reasons to book a self-catering cottage in Rydal, but perhaps the most significant one, is that you are located in an area of outstanding beauty that is set away from some of the busy areas of the Lake District, but at the same time you are within striking distance of some the most vibrant and popular destinations. With Rydal you really have the best of both worlds.

Browse our collection of luxury cottages in Rydal and the surrounding area to find your dream getaway in the Lakes.

 

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Hill Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Hill Cottage is located on one of the quaintest parts of Ambleside perched above the town looking over the lake and surrounding fells.

Available From£425
Special Offer Special offer 4 nights for £550 Please call 015394 88855 to book
Hazel Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Infants welcome

This charming cottage is located in a fantastic position on Compston Road, just a stone's throw away from the historic town centre of Ambleside which is situated at the head of Lake Windermere. Just perfect for those looking to explore the Lake District whatever the occasion or time of year.

Available From£475
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Located in the centre of Ambleside village, No 1 Midland Bank Chambers, is located on the first floor of the former Midland Bank which is today home to Ye Olde Friars chocolate shop. This stunning apartment has been created by the current owners as a luxurious retreat which offers contemporary living in the heart of the Lake District and well located for all the village amenities.

Available From£435
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £615 to £555
Pavement Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

This Victorian cottage enjoys a prime central Ambleside location in the heart of the village. It is set in a quiet side lane with amenities just around the corner. Guests can enjoy the local area without a need to use the car on a daily basis. There are great local walks for all ages and abilities, or you can take a stroll to the lake for cruises and boat hire. You can sample excellent places to eat and first-rate cinemas, plus welcoming pubs and a variety of outdoor activities all within walking distance.

Available From£425
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £495 to £447
Koru At Ambleside Ambleside
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed

Within a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Ambleside village, Koru at Ambleside is an elegant, sophisticated and romantic retreat for two. Taking its name from the New Zealand Maori symbol for new life, growth, strength and peace, Koru At Ambleside is the ideal retreat to relax and enjoy the beauty and adventure that is waiting to be discovered in the Lake District.

Available From£365
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Balla Wray Hawkshead
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

For those looking for a sublime luxury exclusive holiday home experience in secluded surroundings, Balla Wray is quite simply an outstanding Period lakeside residence circumscribed by glorious landscaped gardens leading into substantial lake frontage with private boathouse, commanding panoramic breath-taking views over Lake Windermere and surrounding majestic mountains.

Available From£6995
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

Stepping Stones House is an elegant period residence, once owned by the son of William Wordsworth, that stands in a breath-taking location beside the River Rothay as it flows through the vale from Rydal Water and onward to Lake Windermere. Lovingly refurbished, the current owners have created a beautiful home, ideal for special occasions and holidays that memories are made of.

Available From£865
Special Offer
Cosy Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi

Tucked away amongst some of the oldest and prettiest cottages in Ambleside, Cosy Cottage is a beautifully refurbished traditional Lakeland cottage which, as the name suggests, offers a cosy and homely retreat, in a convenient location.

Available From£395
Special Offer
Byways Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars

Situated on the hillside, with fell views, a few minutes' walk from the centre of the popular village of Ambleside, Byways is a lovingly restored, traditional stone built two bedroom cottage. The cottage offers a seamless blend of original character, contemporary living and a high quality finish, complemented by a pretty cottage garden and patio.

Available From£395
Special Offer
2 Hart Head Barn Ambleside
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 5 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

2 Hart Head Barn is set in an elevated position above the village of Rydal and just yards away from Rydal Mount, the one time home of the poet William Wordsworth. Offering beautiful south facing views across the valley to Lake Windermere, this semi-detached barn conversion has been finished to a high standard and offers quality accommodation in a great location and is a very popular property for extended family gatherings and groups of friends looking to relax and socialise.

Available From£825
Special Offer
1 Oaklands Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Located on the northern shores of Lake Windermere, and set in the heart of the ever-popular Ambleside, 1 Oaklands is the ground floor of an impressive Victorian Lakeland residence, which has been beautifully and sympathetically re-modelled by the current owners. It offers unrivalled stylish and quality accommodation in a peaceful setting with surrounding fell views, but which is literally around the corner from the centre of the village, with its interesting shops, cafes and bars and a host of local eateries, attractions and amenities.

Available From£435
Special Offer !!! Special Offer !!! 7 nights reduced from £520 to £460.
Todd Crag House Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

A sumptuous Lakeland hideaway being part of a traditional colour washed gentleman's residence located at the foot of Loughrigg Fell - on the outskirts of Ambleside. Taking its name from the rocky outcrop behind the 400 year old property Todd Crag House will delight. This two bedroom, two bathroom cottage apartment has been carefully designed to marry the original features with current expectations. Luxurious soft furnishings and tasteful palettes have been carefully chosen for your comfort. Although only a two bedroom property it is surprisingly large with a spacious lounge, fully fitted dining kitchen, two bedrooms with king size beds and views of the fells, a bathroom with powerful shower and a further en-suite shower room. This property has a fabulous second west facing sitting room with bay window and rosewood dining table for 4. In addition this property has exclusive use of the extensive garden to the rear with garden furniture and views of the fells.

Available From£425
Special Offer
Azalea Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This romantic detached Lakeland cottage is steeped in history and is believed to be 400 years old.

Available From£395
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £600 to £525
Fernleigh Cottage Ambleside
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Elegance and light are the keywords for this most spacious traditional Lakeland stone built cottage. The recently completed stunning refurbishment has produced arguably one of the very best terraced cottages and only a minute from the town centre. Laid out over three floors it is large enough for families but cosy enough for a couple. The house is made for relaxation - especially the fabulous house-bathroom with roll-top slipper bath and drench shower. The rear orchard garden provides security for a pet or children and covered storage for bicycles - perfect for secluded dining or relaxing. Unrestricted parking may be possible outside the front of the property, but is not guaranteed. 2 visitor's parking permits are provided for vehicles for the surrounding streets. There are wonderful views of Loughrigg and Wansfell from this property. This is a very popular property which persuades visitors to return.

Available From£450
Special Offer
Ashton House Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Luxurious, terraced cottage accommodation in a prime Ambleside location. Ashton House has a real 'wow' factor; traditional Lakeland character blends effortlessly with 21st century chic. One or two couples could easily spread out here to enjoy a relaxed, sophisticated break; two reception rooms, two impressively stylish bathrooms and a patio for pre-dinner drinks.

Available From£425
Special Offer
3 Swiss Villas Ambleside
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed

Warm in character, this beautiful centrally located Victorian Ambleside cottage enjoys a surprisingly peaceful location. It's an ideal retreat for two couples or a smaller family to unwind and explore the Lakes at any time of year.

Available From£399

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Rydal Cottages

Rydal Cottages

Self-Catering Cottages in Rydal

The picturesque village of Rydal is situated a mile or so north of Ambleside and just under a mile to the south east of Grasmere. This means that our Rydal cottages are located in the perfect spot for you to take full advantage of some of the Lake District’s best countryside and attractions. Rydal Water, which nestles just to the east of the village, is small compared to many of the Lake District’s other bodies of water and measures less than a mile squared. Staying at Rydal means you are in the heart of the Lake District and perfectly placed to have the adventure of a lifetime or simply shut up shop and get away from it all. Lakelovers have a splendid range of cottages in and around the Rydal area, making it easy to find something that is perfect for you.

Self-Catering in Rydal

Take your pick from fully modernised, cosy stone cottages, breathtaking barn conversions with hot tubs and intimate wooden lodges that sit amongst picturesque woodlands. The options for a cottage holiday in Rydal really will leave you spoilt for choice. However, one thing is for sure, no matter which of our properties you decide to spend time in, the quality you’ll find will be unrivaled. Lakelovers have the largest collection of VisitEngland Gold Award properties in the region.

We also have a superb selection of dog friendly holiday cottages in Rydal and the surrounding areas. Whilst our focus is on quality this does not mean that pooch has to stay at home. In fact, with Lakelovers pets holiday for free!  So, don’t leave your four-legged family members behind on a holiday in Rydal.

Lots of our cottages seamlessly mix the more traditional features of country living with modern facilities that enhance them without taking away from their natural charm; open fires or log burning stoves, juxtaposed with LED televisions or digital sound systems; open range cookers surrounded by the latest time saving kitchen devices and country gardens with bespoke garden furniture that blends in with its surroundings.

Once you arrive at your Rydal cottage, you can expect to find comfort and luxury galore. Lush living spaces, large and small, where you can relax after a day on the fells or spend a romantic evening with a bottle of wine and some locally blended chocolate. Bedrooms that will see you well rested, in style, for tomorrow’s big adventure and that’s not to mention the beautiful bathrooms and designer kitchens that whisper “cook in me”.

Self-catering at Rydal is a real treat, not only do you get to eat in a luxurious cottage, but you get to cook with some of the country’s best local meats and produce. Why not try some Herdwick Hogget or Mutton? The Herdwick sheep are native to the Lake District and are left to graze on grass and heather until mature. This really is something special and makes for a deliciously and natural tasting meat – perfect for a candlelit dinner!

If you prefer to eat like a king at breakfast time, then you can take your pick of fine cuts of bacon and of course some Cumberland sausage, served with eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms. All enjoyed with table of family and friends – who could ask for more?

All Lakelovers cottages are chosen for their remarkably high standards, both inside, outside and because of their amazing locations. Browse our holiday cottages near Rydal Water to see what we mean.

A Little of Rydal’s History

Rydal is rich in the history of English romantic literature, Rydal Mount was home to William Wordsworth from 1813 to 1850 and it was here that he wrote, what some consider to be his most famous poem, Daffodils. Other connections to English literature come in the shape of Thomas Quincey and Hartley Coleridge. While walking the lanes and fells of the surrounding area, it is easy to imagine how the land around them inspired such writers and to maybe ingest some of that energy for yourself.

Getting There

Rydal is extremely easy to access, whether you are traveling by car or on public transport. If you are coming from the south, the easiest way to get to Rydal by car is to head for the M6 motorway, exit at junction 36, onto the A591 and head for Windermere. Once at Windermere, just keep following the A591 and you will soon arrive at Rydal. From the north, exit the M6 at junction 40, take the A56 until you hit the A591 and then head south to Rydal.

By train; travel to Windermere and then a short bus or taxi ride will have you in Rydal within minutes. If you are using a bus service, then remember to check the times in advance, so you are not left standing around waiting for too long.

Out and About in Rydal

The options for fun and adventure are limitless when staying in one of our luxury Rydal cottages. Exploring the immediate vicinity is, without a doubt, the best place to start. For your first port of call, Rydal Mount house and gardens is hard to beat. Your first few footsteps into this beautiful house will transport you to a romantic haven virtually untouched by time. If that wasn’t enough, the gardens are a blaze of colour and lush wonderment.

A break in the Lake District wouldn’t be complete without a good walk. Heading off to discover the stepping stones that cross the river Rothay is a must for anyone staying in Rydal. There are several approaches to the stepping stones and no matter which route you opt for, you won’t be disappointed by the ambiance and the spectacular views you will encounter along the way.

A relaxing walk is one thing, but if you want something a little more adventurous, then hold on to your hat. There are activities that you can enjoy all year round, that will give you the exhilaration and adrenaline you crave – and why not?

Rock climbing, ghyll scrambling, dips in plunge pools and intrepid ridge walks are yours for the taking, if you want to accept the challenge. Advanced and experienced climbers need look no further than the Langdale valley for thrills and spills. The Pike o’ Stickle is a 709m moderate graded climb and is a must for any serious climber. Jakes Rake, on the other hand, is a grade 1 scramble that is doable for most adults with a modicum of fitness and a head for heights.

If you prefer something altogether more aquatic, then the Lake District has some of the best plunge pools in the UK. There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as a dip in cold, clear, fresh water, the likes of which can be found just outside Borrowdale. Galleny Force comprises of two pools underneath cascades. It is surrounded by woodland and open green land – this location is perfect for a splash around, followed by a picnic.

Of course one of the best things about visiting the Lake District is that you get to spend time outdoors. No matter what type of activity you decide to pursue this makes for health and happy break in the countryside.

Going just a little further afield, you can visit Ambleside, one of the most popular Lake District tourist destinations. Here you can treat yourself, or a loved one, to something special in one of its myriad of boutique shops. Ambleside has become synonymous for great shopping and for its well respected restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Eating and Drinking, Wining and Dining

Our holiday cottages near Rydal Water have some wonderful eating and drinking haunts right on the doorstep. The Fulling Mill is one such place, that consistently receives high praise from those who frequent it. Here you can choose from local delights, such as Cartmel Valley smoked salmon and braised shank of lamb served with pan-roasted potatoes and vegetables. There is plenty to choose from on the reasonably priced menu and there’s a children’s menu too.

If you prefer the atmosphere of a traditional Lake District inn, then maybe Glen Rothay is the place to head for. This beautiful old inn has a lovely garden and you can enjoy a range of ales, wines and spirits as well as great home cooked style food.

Heading further afield, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating and drinking. The Lake District has become a mecca for those with a penchant for all things gastronomic or for those who just enjoy a hearty meal.

The Jumble Room with its Bohemian styling is situated in Grasmere and is well worth a visit. Popular amongst ‘foodies’, The Jumble Room serves dishes with intriguing titles like Crofton Bon-Bon’s and The Thriller from Manilla. Try the Jumble Room if you are looking for something just a little bit different.

It does of course go without saying that, whatever your tastes and food preferences are, you’ll find something extraordinary in the Lake District.

There are many reasons to book a self-catering cottage in Rydal, but perhaps the most significant one, is that you are located in an area of outstanding beauty that is set away from some of the busy areas of the Lake District, but at the same time you are within striking distance of some the most vibrant and popular destinations. With Rydal you really have the best of both worlds.

Browse our collection of luxury cottages in Rydal and the surrounding area to find your dream getaway in the Lakes.