Oaks Cottage (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4)
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We are a couple who retired to Ambleside in 2001 to live at the centre of the country’s most wonderful National Park and look after our 3 self catering Ambleside cottages. Besides looking after our guests and cottages we also enjoy walking with U3A, playing tennis, table tennis and Scottish dancing.
Owner purchased this Cottage in 1980
Why Owner chose Ambleside
Oaks Cottage is a 300+ year old cottage with beamed ceilings, real character and enclosed south facing enclosed garden. Birch End is a spacious dormer bungalow with 2 bedrooms and bathroom on ground floor, ideal for grandparents, 2 large bedrooms upstairs with loo, and a large lawned and wooded garden ideal for children to play well away from roads. Ambleside is the ideal centre for enjoying the beauty of the Lake District. It's right in the middle with roads going north, south, east and west. It's at the north end of Windermere so you can enjoy cruising from the ferry terminal at Waterhead with option of a walk along the quiet west shore of the lake, visit to Wray Castle (N.T.), & Brockhole with adventure playground, visit Bowness and the south end of Windermere. Ambleside has numerous walks for all abilities from your doorstep and if you want to enjoy the countryside in peace you don't have to walk far. It has ample restaurants, pubs and shops, cinemas with 5 screens, banks and a helpful tourist information office. There are many visitor attractions nearby in Grasmere, Bowness, Coniston, Hawkshead and Keswick which you can easily see in a day. There are National Trust properties at Town End, Troutbeck, also Wray Castle on the west bank of Windermere accessible by boat as well as by road.
What makes this Cottage unique
On wet days try Zeffireli's cinema with 5 screens and the latest films or the pencil museum and optical illusions exhibition in Keswick, . There are country mansions at Muncaster Castle (azaleas, rhodedendrons and owl collection), Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle to explore. Writers like William Wordsworth Beatrix Potter and others have past dwellings at Grasmere, Far Sawrey and Brantwood (Coniston)
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Great find for a short break
From the start of the booking process, we had good communication with the owner, Peter..
Finding the cottage, was a little difficult as it is in a little cul de sac, but once we'd identified one or two landmarks in the instructions, we were there with no problem.
On entering the cottage, it felt warm, everything was very clean, and on a quick scan had all the essentials.
We were fortunate to have 4 days of sunshine. The back garden was a bonus, very peaceful and lovely to sit in and take in the sun whilst the clothes line was great for drying off any washing.
We found the location marvellous, a short walk into Ambleside Town centre and on the road named 'the struggle' which leads to the Kirkstone Pass, great for us, running up into the fells, great for amazing views within a very short drive up the road.
Ambleside, for those visiting for the first time, has lots to offer, we found great food in Daisy's Cafe, The Unicorn and the Salutation.
By the end of the trip, we were more than happy with the cottage, the kitchen, was well equipped and very functional, the sitting room was very comfortable. The bedrooms completely fine and clean . The water heater was something else, piping hot water on demand, great for a nice hot soak.
Certainly, if you are looking at this cottage. It's got plenty of positives and provides a perfect base for a holiday in the lakes....
perfect for a short break
A great little cottage situated perfectly for walking into Ambleside. Will definitely return 😊
We look forward to seeing you again some time. Thanks for leaving Oaks Cottage clean and tidy. Peter
Quaint cosy cottage
This is the perfect walkers retreat, located in central Ambleside with parking, we did not have to move the car at all. We loved the cottage, it is old and curious, with everything that you need, excellent heating, lashings of hot water, comfortable beds and a great location. We will definitely be back.
We are always pleased to have satisfied customers who wish to return to us.
It's only 10 minutes walk to Waterhead where you can take a ferry to various places on Windermere, launch your canoe/dinghy, have a meal/drink overlooking the lake, enjoy the view and feed the ducks, or if you're feeling energetic swim to the southern end and back (about 26 miles!).
Nearest airports Manchester and Liverpool about 100 miles. Nearest train station Windermere about 6 miles. Use of car is convenient but not essential. Ambleside is also a good centre for using public transport-buses.
5 minutes walk to centre of Ambleside, 4 miles to Windermere (station), 12 miles to Kendal
Walk circuits from the cottages include:
1. Stockghyll Waterfall 1km
2. Todd Crag 3km. Wonderful views over lake Windermere.
3. Loughrigg. 5km Excellent views of all central fells.
4. High Sweden Bridge. 4km. Pretty bridge and good views.
5. Wansfell Pike 11km. Good views of Ambleside and lake
6. Grasmere round Rydal Water and Grasmere lake 13km
7. Fairfield Horseshoe. 16 km. Strenuous ridge walk.
Many other walks are easily accessible because Ambleside is centrally situated with roads to all four points of the compass.
The ferry terminal at Waterhead, Ambleside is only 1km away. Cruises on the lake go to Wray Castle, Far Sawrey (you can walk between these 2 along the lake shore), Bowness, Brockhole and Lakeside at the southern end.
Swimming pool at Troutbeck Bridge.
Golf at Windermere Golf Club LA23 3NB, provided you are a member of a recognised golf club and have an official handicap. Otherwise pitch and put in Ambleside Platt’s park.
Tennis: courts in Platt’s Park, Ambleside. Club social play in Queen’s Park, Windermere, Sunday afternnon.
Cinema: 5 screens at Zeffirelli’s in Ambleside (with meal deal available).
Theatre: Theatre by the Lake, Keswick 40 minutes drive, Brewery Arts Centre, Bowness 15 minutes drive.
Food in Ambleside accessible on foot: At least 18 restaurants, 4 pubs, 7 hotels & 2 supermarkets: Tesco Express, Co-op and Spar (open 7 days/early to late).