|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Situated in an elevated setting overhanging picturesque Ambleside, yet only a minute's stroll from the centre, Boden Howe provides superb luxury accommodation for 4 people and boasts unrivalled views. This traditional Lakeland house comprises of entrance hall, superb dining room with large picture window, extensively equipped kitchen with separate larder and granite worktops and access to large cellar suitable for storing outdoor equipment. The sumptuous lounge is situated on the first floor with more panoramic views from the bay window, together with a double bedroom overlooking the sloping garden, and separate bathroom. The luxurious super king en-suite bedroom is situated on the second floor, again with breathtaking views! There is also a single bedroom on this floor. There is no vehicular access to Boden Howe but private car parking is available close by, secure if required. Complimentary admission to Salutation Hotel leisure club facilities (100 mtrs from house).
Boden Howe and the three other houses on this unique terrace were built by my forebears and subsequently each occupied by a family member. My father was born in 'No 1' in 1920 and moved into 'No 2' ( Boden Howe) following his uncle's death in 1961. This was my parents' home until I inherited it in 2007. We have successfully let the house over the past 9 years and welcome back returning guests year on year.
We believe Boden Howe has one of the best uninterrupted panoramic views in Ambleside. The proximity to village amenities is without doubt a huge advantage to guests and this combination of views and convenience appears to be its major attraction.
Another fantastic holiday in the Lakes; walked most days and spent many happy evenings in Ambleside.
Thank you, Helen, for the 'loan' of Boden Howe we have been very comfortable as usual (3rd year running) and in such a wonderful location.
From booking Boden Howe to vacating the property, we were completely satisfied with both our accommodations and our interactions with our hosts. The home is thoroughly updated and impeccably maintained yet retains its Cumbrian charm. The water is hot, the showers are strong, the beds are comfortable, the environs are quiet despite the in-town location (everything is in walking distance), the WiFi is fast, the kitchen is well equipped, the views are amazing--in sum, pretty much ideal.
The parking space, which is a short distance from the property, has the advantage of being safely out of the way of competing traffic--easy in-and-out.
We didn't use the spa passes that are included.
A few caveats (but not criticisms): while the washing machine works fine, there is no clothes drier. A drying rack and an outside clothes line are provided; the pathway from the street to the residence is quite steep, and the unit has 3 floors--so guests who find steep climbs or stairs difficult to negotiate will be challenged here.
The Metcalfs are friendly, experienced proprietors. We found them completely accommodating, earnest, and welcoming. Based on our June 2016 stay, one couldn't find a better arrangement or a better locale from which to explore the region.
Boden Howe was a lovely place to stay. Parking, although not directly 'onsite' was less then a 5 min walk away and was easy to get in and out of town. The house is a 5 min walk to the bus stop for easy access to the rest of the Lake District. 20 min walk to the Ferry. Plenty of nice pubs and restaurants in walking distance as well as supermarkets to utilise the well equipped kitchen. views from all 3 levels were superb as we watched the fog come in and out or the airforce plans zoom past or even walkers ascend the hills opposite
Boden Howe is a very comfortable and immaculate house. It is located conveniently near shops and restaurants in the centre of Ambleside, in a quiet elevated terrace with beautiful views over the surrounding fells and the village itself. The house is very spacious and is equipped with everything you might need, including plenty of crockery, a wide range of cooking equipment, a dishwasher and washing machine, bedding and towels. There are three good bedrooms, so our two children were able to have separate rooms, plus a a seating area in the dining room as well as the lounge, so we could all find space for ourselves. A real bonus was the free access to the leisure club and swimming pool at the nearby Salutation Hotel. The children swam every day, and for them this really enhanced the holiday. Steve, the friendly owner, dropped by on our first day to check that everything was OK and to clean the already clean windows. Overall, we had a great week. Boden Howe is certainly one of the best holiday houses we've ever stayed in.
We can recommend the house and ist surroundings. Very central and Ambleside
is a pretty Little village.
We have traveled to the UK for decades and rented holiday cottages and this is the best of the best! The location gave us privacy, yet was minutes away from the village center. Steve and Helen Metcalf created an updated and beautiful cottage and live in Ambleside. They were most gracious hosts. They made our vacation a total pleasure. We highly recommend Boden Howe.
Phil and Geraldine Barrons, Detroit Michigan USA
We came to Boden Howe in May 2011 and because the cottage was so well placed for visiting Ambleside with a variety of shops, varied restaurants and 2 cinemas we booked again to stay in Boden Howe this year. The decor of the cottage is very tasteful and clean and all amenities are provided so that self catering is no problem as the 2 small supermarkets are less than 5 minutes walk away. Having breakfast in the dining room or sitting in the comfortable lounge with such a spectacular view is really memorable with the sky constantly changing - especially when we saw snow in May on the surrounding hills then brilliant sunshine!
This all helped to convince us that we will be back to visit Boden Howe again next year - thanks for everything - Helen and Steve!
Of all the towns and villages in the Lake District Ambleside in unique. It is here the walking enthusiast may buy all they need for the hills in any one of a galaxy of outdoor shops and, so equipped,
start out directly up the slopes on which the village is built. Wansfell soars above the town; it's summit views stretching the length of Windermere, on to the Fairfield and Kentmere Horseshoe skylines and out towards Ingleborough. Between its sprawling flanks and Red Screes is Stock Ghyll, a rift channelling an eponymous beck over waterfalls and on into the village, underneath Bridge House and eventually merging with the River Rothay.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
A deposit of £100 is required to secure each booking, with the balance payable four weeks prior to commencement of holiday
NB: FROM JANUARY '17 TO MAY '17 OUR CHANGEOVER DAY WILL BE A FRIDAY; THEREAFTER WE WILL REVERT TO OUR NORMAL SUNDAY CHANGEOVER DAY.