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Traditional cottage with modern comforts makes an ideal base for a Lakes holiday



Updated: 18-Oct-2016

Wayside Cottage is a charming, comfortable, fully equipped, traditional cottage, 15 minutes' walk from the amenities of Ambleside in the heart of the Lake District.

Wayside cottage is very warm and welcoming. Although it is a very old house - a Grade II Listed Building, almost 400 years old with numerous exposed oak beams and slate floors - it has been modernised to a high standard of comfort whilst retaining its period charm. Many of our visitors return year after year.

The cottage is situated in the hamlet of Clappersgate, near the head of Lake Windermere, which is very convenient for exploring the central Lake District. The pretty villages of Hawkshead, Grasmere, Bowness, Keswick and Coniston are a short drive away, while the many shops, restaurants, pubs and cinemas of Ambleside are only a short walk away. It makes a good base for a walking holiday with many fine walks from the door.

The accommodation is well laid out and sleeps up to six adults in one double and two twin bedrooms.

From the door the entrance hall, which has a traditional floor of slate flagstones, gives access to the lounge, the spacious kitchen/ dining room, the shower room.

The lounge - which has fell views - has a leather suite with seating for six, digital TV/DVD and a log-burning stove set in the original feature fireplace.

The spacious kitchen/dining room has been refitted to a high standard with oak units, granite worktops and Neff appliances. It has a slate floor and is very well equipped with a full range of modern appliances including fridge-freezer, dishwasher, double electric fan oven, dual gas/electric hob, microwave and a radio/CD/USB player. The large farmhouse-style dining table is ideal for family meals.

The shower room with WC and handbasin also contains the washer-dryer.

Upstairs on the first floor are two bedrooms, one double and one with twin beds, both with original fireplaces and furnished with antique pine,. The double bedroom has exposed beams and fell views of Wansfell Pike.

The main bathroom, with shaver point, hand basin, toilet and electric shower over a magnificent, very large, antique iron bath, is also on this floor.

A second staircase leads to the third bedroom, with exposed roof beams, twin pine beds and a DVD player.

The cottage has gas central heating and all rooms, except the shower room (which has a heated towel rail), have radiators with individual thermostatic controls. Windows have secondary glazing which silences daytime road traffic noise. (There is almost no traffic at night and Clappersgate is then as quiet as anywhere in the country.)

There is also a secure log store/shed with room to store bicycles. There is a telephone landline for incoming and local calls. WiFi is included.

There is reserved parking for two cars in a shared private car park and further parking is available not far away should it be required. For loading/ unloading vehicles can be parked temporarily on the pavement immediately outside the door.

All bed linen and towels are provided. A well behaved pet is welcome but it must be kept downstairs and not allowed into the bedrooms. Wayside cottage has no garden but the path up Loughrigg fell and the riverside walk along the Brathay are just a few metres away.

Please note: Wayside cottage has no garden.

The cottage has been inspected by Visit England and awarded a Four Star rating.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French

3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

This property was great. We were able to walk everywhere from the cottage. Information in the cottage was very helpful. Milk delivery was nice. Owner went out of his way to be helpful. Cottage is charming and updated. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent cosy cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely quiet cosy cottage in stunning countryside , excellent facilities!

No back garden but lots of places to walk our dog !

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic January weekend staying at Wayside with friends. The cottage has so much character and is so cosy and homely especially sat in the lounge, wine in hand and log burner roaring! It's got everything we could have wanted inside and is also perfectly placed for some good walks from the doorstep or a brief stroll along the roadside footpath in to Ambleside.

We all loved the cottage and found it to be deceptively quite spacious for such an old traditional cottage which is well kitted out as well - if you forget anything there's a good chance it won't matter! There was also a nice personal touch from the owner calling on our first night to check that everything was OK - it certainly was and we can't recommend it highly enough. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Blackpool at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : Ambleside at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Waterhead at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Windermere at 5 Miles Nearest Train : Windermere at 4 Miles Nearest Motorway : M6 at 20 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Ambleside at 1 Miles Car: recommended

There are regular bus services, making it quite feasible to visit Wayside without needing a car. (But it is expensive.)

Number 505 which passes the door of Wayside can be caught to Windermere (station) and Kendal, and Coniston and Hawkshead; number 516 serves Great Langdale (Dungeon Ghyll) and Ambleside.

From Ambleside there are the 599 tourist bus to Grasmere, Windermere and Bowness and the 555 goes to Keswick and Lancaster.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Oct 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2016 - 29 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 18-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed


  • Self-catering

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