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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in Ambleside, England your home away from home

There are possibly few more scenic places to visit than the Lake District in the North West English county of Cumbria. Part of that beauty is to be found in Ambleside at the head of Windermere, which is the largest lake in England. Visitors here will find accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, whether it be a self catering cosy cottage or a camping holiday.

Things to do on holiday to Ambleside, England

The area is well known for its range of outdoor activities and with so much water in the area, fishing is naturally a very popular pastime here. Holidaymakers can also take a cruise on Lake Windermere. In fact visitors have a huge choice of water sports here ranging from canoeing and kayaking to waterskiing.

There are numerous trails and footpaths for hikers to follow with many glorious views from the hills. Mountain biking is another activity popular in the area with bikes available to rent in the town. Ambleside has plenty of places to stop for a spot of lunch of dinner with several village pubs, cafes and tea rooms located here.

There are few big chain stores in the town with many smaller individual shops providing a pleasant variety of souvenirs and gifts. Independent shops sell local produce and wonderful arts and crafts made by local artisans and painters. Ambleside also has a huge choice of outdoor clothing and equipment retailers to cater for visitors hill walking or water sport needs.

Places to visit on holiday to Ambleside, England

There is no shortage of art galleries in Ambleside as well as museums including The Armitt Museum, where visitors learn about the town’s connections with the likes of Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. A chapel at St Mary’s Church is devoted to the memory Wordsworth and is one of many historic buildings to visit in Ambleside. Bridge House built in the 17th century is one of the most photographed scenes in the Lake District and inspired painters such as Turner.

Weather in Ambleside, England

The Lake District is the wettest part of England, due to its location on the northwest coast of England and its mountainous geography. The average rainfall for the Lake District is over 2,000 mm a year, but there is a very large local variation with some parts of the Lake District. The driest months of the year are normally between March and June with July and August generally the warmest with an average of 19C.

Travel to Ambleside, England

Manchester Airport (MAN) serves more domestic destinations than any other UK airport and is an ideal link to Cumbria being just two hours drive away. Domestic flights from London are offered by British Airways and BMI. Aer Lingus and Ryanair offer flights to Manchester from Ireland, while many of the major European airlines such as Air France, KLM and Lufthansa fly here too. The nearest station is Windermere just four miles away with easy bus and taxi access to the town. There is a direct Manchester Airport/Windermere rail link and the M6 motorway is just 20 miles from Ambleside.

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    Excellent! 4.6/5
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    Cottage #8168988
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      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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        Excellent! 4.6/5
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        Cottage #1879216
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          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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          Apartment #1099721
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              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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              Apartment #1880897
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                Cottage #6717288
                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                  • 3 BR
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                  House #8079212
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                      Cottage #6823049
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                        House #6864690
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                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                            House #8153071
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                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                  Cottage #1862815
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                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                      Cottage #8042908
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                                        Cottage #1872058
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                                          • 1 BR
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                                          Cottage #6717468
                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                            • 2 BR
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                                            Cottage #8159281
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                                            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
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                                              Cottage #54252
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                                                Apartment #1966866
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                                                  Apartment #8171159
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                                                    Apartment #8130232
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                                                      • 3 BR
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                                                      Cottage #6882686
                                                        • 2 BR
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                                                        Apartment #6841486
                                                          • 1 BR
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                                                          Apartment #6717124
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                                                            Cottage #6503813
                                                              • 1 BR
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                                                              Cottage #1903513
                                                                • 1 BR
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                                                                Cottage #1902391
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                                                                  Cottage #6507910
                                                                    • 5 BR
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                                                                    Cottage #6882685
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                                                                      Cottage #6773429
                                                                        Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                                          Cottage #8145867
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                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                Cottage #452313
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                                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                  Cottage #8078250
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                                                                                    Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                                                    Cottage #8088447
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                                                                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                                                                            Cottage #1887600
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                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
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                                                                                              Bungalow #1905885
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                                                                                                Apartment #6472092
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                                                                                                  Apartment #8054593
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                                                                                                    Cottage #6559538
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    A perfect country retreat

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We stayed at Bracken Howe for my Mum's 70th birthday celebrations (six adults and 4 children, aged between 11 and 13). The information provided prior to our stay and reviews etc proved to very accurate although Bracken Howe exceeded our expectations. The convenient location meant we did not need the car all weekend and took advantage of nearby walks. We watched the Christmas lights switch on and the lantern parade but watched the fireworks from the comfort of Bracken Howe where we had a perfect view. The house was full of character, immaculate and beautifully furnished to a very high standard, with a very well equipped kitchen. The owners have gone to a lot of trouble of to create a welcoming atmosphere with thoughtful touches throughout. We would highly reccommend a stay here - a perfect place to recharge your batteries. Thanks Phil and Janet, we'd love to come back!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                    Lovely cozy cottage. Rather isolated location but wonderful scenery

                                                                                                    4 of 5
                                                                                                    We were a party of 3 (+1little dog) ages ranging from 30 to 90. The cottage was very cozy and had everything we needed, the access road is typically narrow & windey the directions provided were excellent. We found some lovely easy walks that all managed. We visited Ulverston Christmas market, hoping to make this an annual event.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 27-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                    Delightful

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Beautiful apartment, the views are spectacular. Would definitely recommend it. We will come again in Summer to enjoy sitting on the lovely balcony.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 25-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016