The best self-catering in AmblesideA round-up of the finest holiday accommodation in the area
A popular spot for Lake District fell walkers, the bustling town of Ambleside is at the head of Windermere, England’s largest natural lake. These self-catering properties are all rated by VisitEngland and the AA.
The Langdale Estate
The historic Langdale Estate offers a wide range of self-catering properties in a spectacular location. The accommodation varies in size and is split between Chapel Stile Apartments, Beckside, Ullswater Lodge, Coniston Lodge and Elterwater Hall Apartments.
Carr Crag Cottage
A couple of miles from the northern tip of Windermere and overlooking the Great Langdale Valley, Carr Crag Cottage is located between Coniston and Ambleside. This spacious property offers dramatic mountain views and is a great base for fell walkers.
Juniper Cottage and Heather Cottage
There are several excellent walks straight from the door of both Juniper Cottage and Heather Cottage. A short walk from all the amenities in the centre of Ambleside, Lake Windermere is also a short stroll from the properties.
In the heart of Ambleside, Above Stock is a cosy two-bedroom apartment above the Silver Moon shop. The comfortable accommodation is spacious and well equipped with some lovely views of the town.
Close to famous fells such as Skiddaw and Catbells, Appletree Cottage is conveniently located just 100 yards from a village pub serving local ales. Surrounded by great walking and cycling routes, it also has an enclosed lawned garden.
Just three minutes’ walk from the centre of the town, Angela’s Cottage is located in the peaceful area of Chapel Hill, the oldest part of Ambleside. A renovated 18th century building, it boasts a delightful garden overlooking Loughrigg and Wansfell.
Lakefield House and Cottage
Large picture windows look over heavenly views of Esthwaite Water and the Coniston Fells at Lakefield House and Cottage. Lakefield House offers five bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a spacious dining room and two sitting rooms, while Lakefield Cottage is a more snug one-bedroom property. Both come with private gardens and car parking. It’s a four-minute walk to the nearest pub.
Close to the town centre, Overbeck is one of two cottages adjoining Riverside Lodge on the banks of the River Rothay. Packed with character, the property benefits from stunning views towards iconic Loughrigg Fell and the patio overlooks the river.
No 1 Midland Bank Chambers
In the centre of the town, this first floor apartment has two bedrooms and an open-plan living area with designer kitchen. Refurbished to a high standard, it’s a contemporary base for visitors exploring the Lake District.
Thomas Fold Cottage
A delightful Grade II-listed cottage in the heart of Ambleside, this characterful property combines original features with modern comforts such as a wood-burning stove. Bench seating at the front makes for a sunny spot to enjoy an aperitif.
Grassholme Cottage and Holmewell House
In the peaceful hamlet of Cunsey, these two properties are a stone’s throw from Lake Windermere. Part of the Graythwaite Estate spanning the western shore, Grassholme offers lakeside views while Holmewell’s shoreline location includes a private jetty and fire pit.
A romantic, one-bedroomed cottage enjoying a central location in the town, this charming property is close to Ambleside’s shops, pubs and restaurants. Many of the area’s famous walks literally begin from the doorstep.