Smithy Brow (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4)
Grade II listed traditional Lakeland cottage with beamed ceilings in lounge & bedrooms. Lounge with living flame gas fire, separate dining room & kitchen. Bathroom having 3 piece suite, shower hose on bath taps. Double and twin bedrooms. Bench for sitting out at back, secluded, south facing. Washing machine in outhouse. Private parking. Very close to centre of Ambleside.
Ambleside is an ideal holiday spot for walking, boating and touring, situated at the centre of the Lake District, at the north end of Lake Windermere. We love living here and are delighted to offer you superb comfortable cottages in quiet positions within 5 minutes walk of the shops, restaurants and cinema.
BIRCH END, AMBLESIDE
This pleasant modern dormer bungalow, double glazed throughout, with views of Fairfield through picture windows in the lounge and principal bedroom is ideally situated only a few minutes walk from the centre of Ambleside. It is situated well away from the road and has the benefit of its own lawned garden with a large adjacent enclosed woodland area, ideal for children to play safely away from noise and traffic.
Accomodation (sleeps 6 + cot)
Entrance hall. Large living room with Lakeland stone fireplace (fuel not provided) and colour TV. Dining area with double glazed doors leading to secluded patio and picnic table outside. Kitchen with gas cooker, combination microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, fitted units. Tiled bathroom with 3 piece modern suite of bath with shower, wash basin, and WC. Bedroom with double bed and washbasin. Second bedroom downstairs with single bed and washbasin. Upstairs there is a landing with large wardrobe. Separate WC. Third bedroom with double bed and washbasin. Fourth bedroom with 2 single beds and washbasin. Gas central heating downstairs and storage heaters upstairs. Ample private parking.
About the Owner
About The Owner
We are a couple who retired to Ambleside in 2001 to live at the centre of the country’s most wonderful National Park and look after our 3 self catering Ambleside cottages. Besides looking after our guests and cottages we also enjoy walking with U3A, playing tennis, table tennis and Scottish dancing.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 1980
Why The Owner chose Windermere & Central Lakes
Ambleside is the ideal centre for enjoying the beauty of the Lake District. It's right in the middle with roads going north, south, east and west. It's at the north end of Windermere so you can enjoy cruising from the ferry terminal. It has numerous walks for all abilities from your doorstep and if you want to enjoy the countryside in peace you don't have to walk far. It has ample restaurants, pubs and shops, cinemas with 5 screens, banks and a helpful tourist information office. There are many visitor attractions nearby in Grasmere, Bowness, Coniston, Hawkshead and Keswick which you can easily see in a day. There are National Trust properties at Town End, Troutbeck, also Wray Castle on the west bank of Windermere accessible by boat as well as by road.
What makes this cottage unique
On wet days try the pencil museum and optical illusions exhibition in Keswick, or just take the children to the play barn in Ambleside. There are country mansions at Muncaster Castle, Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle to explore. Writers like William Wordsworth Beatrix Potter and others have past dwellings at Grasmere, Far Sawrey and Brantwood (Coniston)
Please call or email to check availability. We will then hold your chosen cottage for you for a few days to allow you to send the booking form and deposit to us. Deposit of one third payable with booking, balance 6 weeks before holiday.
Preferred changeover days are:
Birch End and Smithy Brow: Fridays
Oaks Cottage: Saturdays.
Arrival time is after 3pm on the arrival day and departure is by 10am on the departure day.
Notes on prices:
Short break deals out of school hols available at: 3 nights 60%, 4 nights 70%, 5 nights 80%, 6 nights 90% of weekly rate applicable at time
From the Owner
“Ambleside is the ideal centre for enjoying the beauty of the Lake District. It's right in the middle with roads going north, south, east and west. It's at the north end of Windermere so you can enjoy cruising from the ferry terminal. It has numerous walks for all abilities from your doorstep and if you want to enjoy the countryside in peace you don't have to walk far. It has ample restaurants, pubs and shops, cinemas with 5 screens, banks and a helpful tourist information office. There are many visitor attractions nearby in Grasmere, Bowness, Coniston, Hawkshead and Keswick which you can easily see in a day. There are National Trust properties at Town End, Troutbeck, also Wray Castle on the west bank of Windermere accessible by boat as well as by road.”
Activity and Interests
It's only 10 minutes walk to Waterhead where you can take a ferry to various places on Windermere, launch your canoe/dinghy, have a meal/drink overlooking the lake, enjoy the view and feed the ducks, or if you're feeling energetic swim to the southern end and back (about 26 miles!).
Nearest airports Manchester and Liverpool about 100 miles. Nearest train station Windermere about 6 miles. Use of car is convenient but not essential. Ambleside is also a good centre for using public transport-buses.
5 minutes walk to centre of Ambleside, 4 miles to Windermere (station), 12 miles to Kendal
Walk circuits from the cottages include:
1. Stockghyll Waterfall 1km
2. Todd Crag 3km. Wonderful views over lake Windermere.
3. Loughrigg. 5km Excellent views of all central fells.
4. High Sweden Bridge. 4km. Pretty bridge and good views.
5. Wansfell Pike 11km. Good views of Ambleside and lake
6. Grasmere round Rydal Water and Grasmere lake 13km
7. Fairfield Horseshoe. 16 km. Strenuous ridge walk.
Many other walks are easily accessible because Ambleside is centrally situated with roads to all four points of the compass.
The ferry terminal at Waterhead, Ambleside is only 1km away. Cruises on the lake go to Wray Castle, Far Sawrey (you can walk between these 2 along the lake shore), Bowness, Brockhole and Lakeside at the southern end.
Swimming pool at Troutbeck Bridge.
Golf at Windermere Golf Club LA23 3NB, provided you are a member of a recognised golf club and have an official handicap. Otherwise pitch and put in Ambleside Platt’s park.
Tennis: courts in Platt’s Park, Ambleside. Club social play in Queen’s Park, Windermere, Sunday afternnon.
Cinema: 5 screens at Zeffirelli’s in Ambleside (with meal deal available).
Theatre: Theatre by the Lake, Keswick 40 minutes drive, Brewery Arts Centre, Bowness 15 minutes drive.
Food in Ambleside accessible on foot: At least 18 restaurants, 4 pubs, 7 hotels & 2 supermarkets: Tesco Express, Co-op and Spar (open 7 days/early to late).
From the Owner
“On wet days try the pencil museum and optical illusions exhibition in Keswick, or just take the children to the play barn in Ambleside. There are country mansions at Muncaster Castle, Levens Hall, Sizergh Castle to explore. Writers like William Wordsworth Beatrix Potter and others have past dwellings at Grasmere, Far Sawrey and Brantwood (Coniston)”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
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- Iron & Board
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- Dining Area
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- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- autumn foliage
- recreation centre
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Bath with shower hose that can be attached to the taps. Basin, toilet, radiator, towel rail, airing cupboard.
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Double bedded room, and twin bedroom. Standard size beds, good quality mattresses. Beamed ceilings. Chests of drawers in each bedroom. Wardrobe on landing.
- Garden ...
- Notes on accommodation: Please ask if you want a high chair . All cottages have colour TV, and central heating included in the rent. Duvets are provided at all our properties, standard size beds. We provide tea towels and scourers. All have garden furniture for sitting out. Sorry, we don’t take dogs. Outside: All the cottages have garden furniture for sitting out in secluded sunny positions and storage for bikes/canoes.