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Gale House Cottage

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1042563)

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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10 Customer Review(s)

  • Miss Kay

    “We arrived for a weeks stay over Christmas and found the property very easily.”

    The location is great and the kitchen well stocked with pretty much everything you would need. The wood burner is very cosy and the bed is comfortable. ...

    The location is great and the kitchen well stocked with pretty much everything you would need. The wood burner is very cosy and the bed is comfortable. Downsides are that the cottage is suffering from mould & damp in the lounge area by the small window by the back door & the wall by the lounge door and the walls in the second bedroom sweat with condensation at night. Unfortunately the floors in the lounge & kitchen were gritty and dirty and there were cobwebs galore on the bedroom & kitchen ceilings. The welcome information pack is out of date as it states that there is a parking disc available for use in the town (not in the cottage anywhere) & that there is parking for 2 cars which there is, but the website says only 1 designated space? I contacted HOTL and they state that the welcome pack will be removed on changeover so as to avoid any future confusion. Last little thing is that the tap in the bathroom runs very slowly, in summary the cottage is in need of some TLC.

    - Miss Kay, December 2021

The property

In a quiet location, only a short stroll from the centre of Ambleside, Gale House Cottage has been totally refurbished and offers an excellent quality holiday home from home from which to explore the Lake District at any time of the year. The cottage dating from the 19th century nestles in a small courtyard with good private parking for two cars. There are walks from the door to the surrounding fells and also to the head of Lake Windermere where the lake cruises begin and where boats can be hired. For those who wish to eat out you will find all of Ambleside's amenities within short walking distance, and there is a good selection of individual shops for all your daily needs. Ambleside has two good cinemas showing all the very latest films and there are tennis and bowls just off the village centre. Accommodation: Front door entrance into small hallway with plenty of storage space for all your walking gear. Comfortable sitting/dining room with a cosy welcoming feel (TV with sky freeview, DVD, stereo with Aux input for phones, log burning stove and free wi-fi). Beautiful kitchen in a soft grey shaker style with granite worktops and small breakfast bar. Stairs from the sitting room to the first floor where there are two bedrooms - a large master room with a super king-sized bed and smaller twin room. Family bathroom with cast-iron bath, separate shower, basin and wc. Contemporary furnishings, decor and flooring throughout add the finishing touches to this lovely Lake District Cottage. Outside: Enclosed south facing patio garden to the front of the cottage with seating and further patio to the rear with seating - small but with enough room for eating out of doors when the weather allows. Pleasant outlook with mature trees. Parking in clearly signed designated area. Village centre a few hundred yards.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with cast iron bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Gas central heating, with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Sky, Freeview/Freesat and DVD Player, Wi-Fi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Designated parking space for one car
  • Two private patios
  • One well- behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Parking in designated area.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Windermere 4 miles; Grasmere 4 mile; Keswick 15 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

Note: Logs can be purchased locally.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas