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Cottage In Beautiful Gardens, Surrounded By Woodland

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Grasmere, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Between Grasmere And Rydal

Ladywood Lodge is in a stunning position, with woodland and mountain views all around. It is very private, with easy parking on site. The Lodge shares 2 acres of garden with the main house, but has its own private woodland garden and a private entrance. It consists of a separate kitchen, large studio room and ensuite shower room.Furniture is period in style, reflecting that the property dates from early 1900's. There is a small patio with table and chairs outside. Ladywood is accessed via a quiet country road so it is extremely peaceful, with no road noise. Walks from the cottage include up White Moss Common, to Rydal Caves and down to Grasmere lake and Dove Cottage. There are lovely views of Nab Scar and Silver Howe.

Alison Alsbury
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, alison.alsbury@phoenixinterims.co.uk
Calendar last updated:
14 August, 2017

About Alison Alsbury

Ladywood was built by Ernest de Selincourt in the early 1900s, and has remained in the family for four generations. Ladywood Lodge was originally built to be a study, but has been offered as additional or holiday accommodation at various stages. The location of the house, surrounded by mountains and with views of Grasmere and Rydal lakes (now somewhat obscured by the trees but originally visible from the house and garden), makes it a very special place. The main house has always been a home, and has been the location for annual holidays for successive generations of family.

Alison Alsbury purchased this cottage in 1902

Why Alison Alsbury chose Windermere & Central Lakes

Ladywood is in a stunning location. Surrounded by views, it is very private and peaceful. The garden is beautiful year round. The closest neighbour is a farm along the road, and being a side road there is no traffic noise. Badgers and deer frequent the property (and we ask that you keep the gate shut to prevent the deer from eating the garden).

What makes this cottage unique

Ladywood Lodge provides a perfect location for walking or sightseeing, being right in the centre of the Lake District yet apart from the crowds that frequent the towns. There is plenty of onsite parking, which is unusual. The fitted mahogany furniture and fireplace are original and give the Lodge an air of elegance. The windows all look onto trees and mountain views. Although it is close to the main house the Lodge has a private entrance.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ambleside in Lakes

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 ensuite shower room
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 studio bedroom with king bed
  • Books ...
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Notes on accommodation: Linen and towels are provided at no extra charge. The Lodge has storage heaters, one of which is also a convection heater and hence able to provide instant heat. A starter quantity of logs for the open fire is also provided. Sorry we are strictly non smoking. Outside: There is a small patio with table and chairs, and a private woodland garden with a bench seat. Guests have shared use of Ladywood's garden, which has lawns and extensive garden beds and trees. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided. For week long stays the changeover is Saturday. Other: There is a private garden with a pond, lots of trees, a wooden bench, small patio area with table and chairs, and shared use of the main garden with lawns, flower beds and many shrubs and trees.


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Cottage In Beautiful Gardens, Surrounded By Woodland
average rating of 3.875 based on 16 reviews

Another super short break

  • 5 of 5

The seclusion, the surroundings, Grasmere a short walk away, everything on hand. The perfect location for a Lake District break.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Cottage within easy walking distance to Grasmere

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week's stay at Ladywood Lodge Cottage. The Cottage is located in a beautiful part of the Lake District, and is cosy, quiet and comfortable.

Grasmere is 20 minutes walk away with local shops and a local country Pub, which served great food and real Ale. Coniston is close by car and you really are located in the heart of the Countryside. Would stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

Second visit to Ladywood Lodge. Same experience as before; isolation and yet Grasmere close enough to walk to. Lovely woodland garden setting and the lodge with its charm and character. Will be booking again this year.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tired and in need of a lot of TLC.

  • 1 of 5

Although advertised there have been no 'welcome packs' for over 12 months according to the visitors book. Cottage needs a good clean. Great that they allow dogs but because we are dog lovers does not mean that we compromise on cleanliness. So many people have written in the visitors book that the cottage is in need of a good clean but nothing seems to have been done about it, perhaps because the owners are not on site to check up. Had to spend the first part of the holiday cleaning the utensils

that we needed to use, couldn't even have a brew before cleaning the grease off the kettle. Duvet cover ripped. Headboard and bedside units covered in dust and cobwebs. Could really be made nice it's in a great location. I have taken photographs of the dirty conditions if you are

interested. We made the most of our time there but were generally disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The comfort and enjoyment of our guests is important to us, and we consider comments carefully to try to address any problems. The majority of our guests enjoy their stay. We're sorry for the miscommunication about the welcome pack - our most frequent guests said they would rather the cottage remained affordable than that there were such extras - so to keep our rates down we removed it a year ago. The website has not updated. We've recently changed our cleaning company - and will ask them to give the cottage a really thorough clean given Sue's concerns.
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Superb situation, disappointing cottage

  • 3 of 5

The cottage was ideally situated for walks and country activities, but lacked what I would regard as basic amenities.

Heating was inadequate throughout, lighting in the kitchen and lounge was not fully working, kitchen (entrance lobby really), was very small, poorly equipped (no toaster, no grill pan or frying pan), minimal crockery, cutlery and food prep equipment. Don't even think about cooking anything apart from breakfast.

The small bathroom (down two steps form the lounge) had a quirky electric shower arrangement and the towel rail cable had electrical tape around it. The small mirror was high on the wall, so if you are not tall enough you couldn't use it. No hooks for dressing gown.

Lounge was spacious with great views to the outside, but was cold. The fire surround was loose and dangerous. (fell forward twice during our stay!) TV 'stand' seemed like an afterthought, wi-fi was good but only in the window area.

The property is generally tired, poorly maintained and needs some updating. It could be really excellent with some attention to detail.

A torch and means to light the fire would be helpful.

It was not properly prepared before our arrival and the cleaner was sitting outside in her car, with the engine running, as we were packing our car to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Overall a wonderful weekend

  • 3 of 5

There are a lot of good things to say about this property though I can understand why there are some quite negative reviews and comments in the visitors book. The first thing to say is if you book from this website then ignore the fact that you will be greeted with a welcome pack - you won't. The owners have not offered this pack for over a year. We relied on this and immediately had to go out to buy essentials. We then found a lack of wood for the fire and had to go out again. Once lit, the fire is lovely but be warned, the wood burns quite quickly. A bag of logs from the coop in Grassmere only lasted 1 evening.

There is a tiny kitchen quite well equipped and a shower room and everything else is in one large room. We thought it a little misleading that it is described as having 1 bedroom. A bedroom suggests a room to sleep in away from everything else. Having said that it was fine for the long weekend. Wouldn't want to be there for a fortnight.

I think some people confuse old with dirty. The linen was spotless and there lots of towels also clean. The kitchen and shower room were also clean but have obviously been there for some time. It must be impossible to keep an oven clean in a holiday let because guests will never be meticulous as at home at cleaning up spills before cooking again. The furniture in the main room is period but perfectly serviceable with huge cupboards and drawers and we found the suite reasonably comfortable. The large bed was also comfortable and warm enough - there was a spare quilt in the wardrobe which also housed the vacuum and ironing board.

There is hot water available instantly at all times.

The garden could be delightful and as a keen gardener it was easy to see just how much needed to be done. I'm afraid it is heading towards being extremely overgrown and untidy.

The location is perfect. A short drive into Ambleside and Grassmere is within walking distance. Many walks start from the cottage but we didn't have time for these.

The bar meals at the Badger Bar are excellent and they welcomed our dog in the bar.

I couldn't honestly say that I would recommend it to anyone else or that we would go again but to be fair, it is a lot cheaper than a lot of the other properties in the area and if price is one of the things important in your choice then it probably is value for money.

Despite the niggles we had a lovely weekend overall.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Special interest holidays:

Dove Cottage, just down the road from Ladywood, runs numerous events and courses related to Wordsworth's poetry and other literary matters. Grasmere Village has good clothing and craft shops. The Heaton Cooper gallery in Grasmere Village exhibits paintings by the Lake Districts leading water colour artists. At the end of August, the Grasmere Sports is a leading sporting event featuring fell races, wrestling and hound trails, see http://grasmeresports.com/.


Ladywood is situated on a small road just off the A591. Use of a car is essential, although there is a good bus service to Ambleside, Windermere and Keswick along the A591, about 10 mins walk from the cottage.


Laydwood Lodge is less than a mile from Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, 1 mile from the village of Grasmere and 3 miles from Ambleside.

Further Details:

Local hotels - the Wordsworth, Daffodill, Gold Rill, Red Lion, Grasmere and Swan - all have restaurants. In Grasmere, the garden centre has a café which does inexpensive basic food, and there are numerous other cafes and restaurants including Greene's Café, Sara's Café, Baldry's tea room, and The Dining Room. Ambleside has many more, including The Old Stamp House, Rattle Gill Café, Atelier, Stiles and Fellinis. Small supermarkets include a good Co-op in Grasmere, and Tesco and Co-op in Ambleside. For a larger supermarket Booths in Windermere (near the rail station) is good. Local take aways include Walnut Fish Bar, Jintana Thai, Lucky Dragon and Jade Garden (Ambleside) and Lucia's Take Away (Grasmere).

Local things worth visiting/doing are Dove Cottage (Wordsworth), the Grasmere Gingerbread Shop, Stock Ghyll Waterfalls in Ambleside, Rydal Caves, and boats on Grasmere. Further afield, try Surprise View in Derwentwater, Borrowdale, the Steamers on Lakes Windermere and Ullswater, the ferry across Windermere to Hawkshead, Skelwith Falls, Great and Little Langdale, and any of the passes - our favourites are Wrynose and Hardknott (with the Duddon Valley in between and Scafell Pike above), and Kirkstone (which links Ambleside to Patterdale and Ullswater). The Kirkstone Pass Inn is one of the highest pubs in England.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Ambleside, Cumbria & Lake District National Park

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 20
5 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 21
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 7
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 8
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 9
21 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 10
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 11
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
If you are interesting in booking the Lodge please send an enquiry and we will respond and confirm availability and rates. To secure a booking, we require a deposit of 50%, and payment of the balance one month prior to arrival. Check in is 3pm, and we ask that guests leave by 10.00am on the day of departure.

Changeover Day:
For weekly stays the changeover is Saturday. Check in is at 3pm, checkout at 10.00 am.

Notes on prices:
Rates are from £275 to £421 per week or £153 to £235 for a short break. Saturday start date for week long holidays from March to October. Short breaks Monday-Friday and Friday to Monday in November to February excluding Christmas & New Year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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