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Friends Cottage

Ambleside, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1042567)


Very good

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  • Sleeps 3

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

  • View on map


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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12 Customer Review(s)

  • Caroline

    “We loved the cottage, full of character, comfortable, well equipped and close to shops and bus stops.”

    Only quibble is that the washing machine needs fixing: the 400 spin left us with wet washing for days.

    - Caroline, July 2022

    Glad you had a good stay at Friend's Cottage. Thanks for your feedback about the washing machine. I'll amend the instructions to explain that once the load has gone through a low-speed spin, the spin cycle can then be rerun at a higher speed. I've had to explain about the low-speed spin because other guests have loaded the machine so full, the high-speed spin cuts out as a safety measure. Hopefully once the instructions are amended, the system will work better. Property Owner


  • Two Bedrooms: 1 x Double, 1 x single, family bathroom with bath, shower over, wash basin and WC, sitting room with wood burning stove, dining table, study, kitchen with hob, oven and washing machine
  • Sorry no pets Non-smoking Wi-Fi Electric oven and hob Microwave Fridge with icebox Gas central heating Bed Linen and Towels inc. Shops etc
  • in Ambleside village Lake Windermere 10-minute walk Parking outside cottage on roadside suitable for one small car
  • Alternative roadside parking available on a first-come-first-served basis on Fisherbeck Lane Fuel for wood-burning stove available to purchase locally No cot or highchair are available at this property


The property

Sitting in a quiet location less than 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of Ambleside, this cosy 18th century cottage has bags of character and a glimpse of Lake Windermere from the double bedroom. Friend’s Cottage makes a perfect base from which to explore - with walks from the doorstep to Wansfell, Fairfield Horseshoe and Jenkin's Crag. Followed by relaxing evenings snuggled up in front of the wood-burning stove. Accommodation: Sitting room with wood-burning stove, dining table and TV. Separate study area. Kitchen with electric oven, hob and washing machine. Enclosed rear porch with access to outside terrace. First floor: one double bedroom, one single bedroom and family bathroom with bath, shower over, wash basin and WC. Outside: Small seating area at front. Shared patio to rear with furniture. Parking for one small car, on roadside outside cottage. Please note: The ground floor has some internal steps, and one section of the staircase is slightly steeper and narrower.

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.

Please note: The ground floor has some internal steps, and one section of the staircase is slightly steeper and narrower.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas