The Hayloft

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1043172)

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8 Customer Review(s)

  • “Its not quaint!”

    !! The footprint is badly designed. For example getting in and out of the bedroom to get to the facilities at night is a task requiring real planning. Its impossible to work in the galley kitchen. ...

    !! The footprint is badly designed. For example getting in and out of the bedroom to get to the facilities at night is a task requiring real planning. Its impossible to work in the galley kitchen. On our arrival we found that the property had not been cleaned properly. The old linen and towels were on the bed and the beds had not been made up. We are in a COVID situation and we were not sure if the place had been cleaned. What was worse was that there was no clean linen for the bed. We decided not to unpack the car as without linen we would have been unable to stay. We phoned the office 4 times on the HOT line!!!! on two different phones talking to very unhelpful people who said they would transfer us to somone who would deal with this BUT it just rang out!!!!! Another phone call we were told somone would phone back. Still waiting for that call. To make sure that we didn't miss a call we swaped phones to get yet another person who wanted details of the problem - ovbiously no one knew there was a problem at the hayloft. In the end I got a guy called Ian who I explained that if I didn't get service we were cancelling by default and would be seeking a refund and compensation. He promised action. We had been calling since our arrival at 5 and finally got to Ian at 6.45. Not having confidence that anything would be done we still hadn't unpacked the car. The office closed at 7 so we were in some doubt if a miracle would happen. In the end a guy call Jack arrived after 8 with linen and toilet rolls (hallelujah). I come on holiday to get away from stress and complications - thanks to Sykes I realised that my home life is not that stressful or complicated. What terrible service. I appreciate that on occassions things go wrong. What separates a good provider from a bad one is how the MANAGEMENT deal with the problem. The three people I spoke with before Ian were an absolute disgrace feigning concern and passing responsiblity. They should have done something. transfering a call does not sort a problem. Would I recommend Sykes. I leave you to guess. Finally I remain concerned about the electrics in the property. I could see no evidence of annual PAT or FAT testing. There is a stack of sockets at the TV.

    - Dr Reglinski, October 2021

The property

A popular first floor cottage apartment, dating from about 1704 and converted from the old hayloft overlooking the cobbled Croft Courtyard. This property is an ideal location settled between Ambleside and Hawkshead, providing views over towards Wansfell and only a 5 minute drive to the beautiful villages of Elterwater and Chapelstile in the Langdales. Accommodation: The Hayloft has a large heated porch with hooks for coats/drying space. Stairs to first floor open plan L-shaped sitting/dining room and fully fitted kitchen, with lovely views of the fells towards Lake Windermere (flat screen TV with freeview, electric fire, and free wi-fi). Two bedrooms (one double and one single) both with views and exposed beams. Bathroom (shower, basin and wc). Comfortably and cosily furnished with fitted carpets throughout. Outside: Own sloping garden with patio and garden table/chairs. Additionally, shared use of a further riverside garden across the road ideal for picnics/quiet relaxation, giving access for small boats and canoes to Lake Windermere. Ambleside - shops, post office, pubs, bistros etc. one mile level walk. Footpaths to Todd Crag and Loughrigg 100 yards from front door. Private parking for one car. Note: Sorry, no pets Stairs may be unsuitable for babies and toddlers.


  • First-floor apartment
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living spacewith kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric storage heaters, electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview/Freesat, Wi-Fi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Private parking space for one car
  • Patio with outdoor seating area and use of shared gardens
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • No cot or highchair available at this property.

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: Stairs may be unsuitable for babies and toddlers.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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