Resting in a peaceful area in the thriving town of Ambleside, Cumbria is this superb, ground-floor apartment, Rydal Suite. With Victorian features running throughout the space and a delightful garden to enjoy, this property makes an ideal base for a couple or two to explore the beautiful Lake District. On arrival at the apartment, private parking invites you to park up and begin your well-deserved break. Enter the sitting room to find a toasty electric stove, perfect for warming your toes after a day of walking before sinking into the sofa to watch TV or admire the views from the grand windows. Make your way to the kitchen to whip up a delicious dinner with the electric oven and hob, before gathering your loved ones at the table for eight to indulge. The kitchen hosts many home comforts including a breakfast bar for your morning coffee and a charming reading chair, wonderfully positioned gazing out over the views. Head outside to the private patio to enjoy your meals alfresco, or perhaps take advantage of the private lawn and savour a homemade picnic and a glass of wine. When sleep calls, two bright and airy king-size bedrooms provide welcoming sleeping quarters and storage to unpack your belongings. One of the bedrooms benefits from Jack-and-Jill access to the handy cloakroom as well as an en-suite bathroom where you can soak the day away with a bubble bath. If you don't fancy cooking there are plenty of eateries to choose from, including Misto, serving delicious Italian cuisine in a trendy setting, and The Crafty Giraffe Food Shack, for some comfort food to enjoy back at your home-from-home. Walks from the door keep everyone happy, you can stroll to the lake for cruises and boat hire, or ramble through the park to the centre of Ambleside for local shopping and eating out. Reached by a long drive, Loughrigg Brow is a magnificent 19th century mansion, formerly the vicarage, set in ten acres of beautiful hillside grounds with security gates at the main entrance. Days can be spent exploring the array of terrains and landscapes, where you may come across the magnificent Stock Ghyll Force, or perhaps if you prefer a less strenuous insight into the Lake District, the Armitt Library & Museum Centre offers an abundance of fascinating information on the life and times of this scenic area. Just a short drive away is the National Trust's Wray Castle, which dates back to the second century; the castle is now open for visitors, so you can marvel at the Neo-gothic architecture and wander the perfectly kept grounds. Literature lovers will revel in an afternoon spent at the charming World of Beatrix Potter attraction, known for being popular with children and fans of Peter Rabbit also for its adorable exhibitions. If you still have some energy left to burn off, head south to Windermere Lake for a day of kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and you can even take a boat journey if you prefer, while the Grizedale National Forest offers an abundance of walking and cycling paths to discover. Whatever the weather, Rydal Suite is a wonderful base for discovering the delights of the Lake District.
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.