the perfect, romantic getaway

This quiet backwater of Ambleside is awash with quaint, stone built buildings of all shapes and sizes, the delightful Archway Cottage being one of these eye catching retreats. Within a few strides of the cottage, you’re in the heart of this vibrant village where you’ll find an eclectic mix of galleries and gift shops and a plethora of pubs, cafes and bars to suit every palate and pocket. Enjoy a level stroll along Lake Road to Waterhead where you can pick up one of the famous Windermere Steamers for a cruise around England’s largest Lake – inspiring, breathtaking, even romantic……



Slate steps at the front lead up to the entrance where you’ll find, unusually, the large wet room on your right. Stairs lead to the main open plan living area with a well fitted and equipped kitchen, romantic dining space for two and cosy, comfortable lounge space, complete with chaise longue, perfect for stretching out and relaxing in front of the log burning stove.

A neat staircase leads to the sleeping area set on a glazed mezzanine, an ingenious use of space but do be aware of some limited head height – bend or bump!

Please note:

  • A parking permit for one car in the nearby car park is provided.
  • 1 well behaved pet is welcomed.
  • WiFi
  • Bike storage is available (please ask)

Ground Floor

  • Entrance hallway with stairs leading to the 1st floor
  • Ground floor bathroom: Wet room with shower, WC, basin, towel rail and heater

A narrow staircase leading to:


  • Double bedroom with storage
  • All electric, bed linen and towels are included
  • Sorry no cot or highchair are available

First Floor

  • The property is carpeted throughout with wall heaters and large windows facing towards Loughrigg.
  • Kitchen Area: Fully equipped kitchen including electric hob, electric oven, toaster, microwave, fridge (with ice box) washer/dryer and dishwasher.
  • Dining table with chairs for two
  • Lounge Area: With plenty of comfortable sofas, armchair, log burning stove (initial logs provided) TV with freeview and DVD


  • Parking for 1 car.
  • WiFi
  • 1 well behaved pet allowed and a crate is available


  • 1 Bedroom
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Bike Storage
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Shower
  • Wetroom
  • Double Bed
  • Double Room
  • Friday Changeover
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Pet Friendly
  • Dog Crate available
  • Off Peak £400-500
  • Peak £600-800
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  • Sleeps 2

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(4.8 out of 5) - based on 25 reviews.

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  • Katie says:

    What a lovely little place to stay and explore the lakes from! Very good use of space and layout, felt really homely. Located down a quiet street but close to local Tesco express if needed! Kitchen equipped with more than enough cooking utensils/pans which for us was great as we self catered most nights. The use of the local parking permit is also fantastic as this is only a 2 min walk away from the cottage! Would recommend staying here!

  • John-Paul says:

    Perfect weekend retreat

  • Steven says:

    Stayed 3 nights at Archway and this proved a great base to discover the area. Tucked down a quiet lane the accommodation was everything we hoped for.

  • Richard says:

    Perfect location for a great break in the Lake District. Cosy little place.

  • Natalie says:

    This is a very sweet little cottage located in the centre of Ambleside with many beautiful walks on your doorstep. There is a large wet room and loo downstairs. The living space and kitchen is very comfortable and it has all of the facilities you require such as a dishwasher, a range of cooking utensils, washing machine and crockery. It is a perfect location for a couple’s getaway in the Lake District.

  • Alan says:

    Quirky bedroom but stylish. Overall good accomodation

  • Ben says:

    Right in the heart of Ambleside, Archway Cottage proved to be a lovely nest for the week, minutes walk from anywhere needed in Ambleside with handy town parking. We loved the second-floor bed and the full kitchen meant we could cook as we went along. The log-burner was an exciting addition, felt very at home, missing the Lake District already!

  • eddie says:

    Absolutely brilliant bright light location with great view and sunsets. Right in the heart of Ambleside.

  • Sharon says:

    Great location and apartment. Quick to respond. Would recommend without hesitation.

  • Ollie says:

    We really liked this place, nice and clean and homely, has a nice log burner and the bed is super comfy. It’s walking distance to pubs and restaurants. My favourite pub which is near the flat was the unicorn, friendly place with bands playing over weekends. If your into hiking or cycling it’s the place to be, loads to do.

  • Bev says:

    Very compact yet everything u need. Great location

  • Darren says:

    A must , great place for a romantic break

  • Beth says:

    This is a great little cottage for a couple looking to enjoy the Lake District. The location can’t be beat especially if you would like to explore without a car. Shops and pubs were in easy walking distance. We did several hikes right from the house and another with just a short bus ride.

  • Bryce says:

    A great location near the heart of the city. This quaint loft-style apartment was nice for a long weekend.

  • Nicola says:

    A lovely cute cottage right in the centre of Ambleside, perfect for a night in or an easy stroll to the local eateries! We very much enjoyed our stay, perfect for a couple, easy access to walking and very quiet location. The parking permit was greatly appreciated. nice to escape from it all!

  • Heidi says:

    great place in a fantastic location….perfect for a couples getaway. In town close to everything!!

  • Matthew says:

    Great place right in the heart of Ambleside, easy walking distance to the car park and all local shops and restaurants. Very clean and comfortable apartment. Michelle and other staff at lakeside retreats were very helpful during our stay, would highly recommend.

  • Toni says:

    Great little cottage tucked away with lots of amenities on your doorstep 🙂

  • Jeroen says:

    Excellent location! 2 minutes walk from the tourist information center / post office, but in a quiet courtyard so no traffic at all.

  • Jan says:

    Good location close to town centre and easy access to the fells. Made the most of the space that the smallish cottage offers . would recommend to couples looking for a good get away in the heart of the Lakes

  • Caroline says:

    lovely, clean & comfortable accommodation in centre of ambleside. great that a parking permit is issued with the cottage. enjoyed our stay.

  • Aden says:

    Adam was really helpful and the cottage was stunning. Tucked away in the middle of Ambleside right next to all the local pubs and shops. The cottage was immaculate and exactly what we were looking for.

  • Abbie says:

    Archway Cottage is situated right in the centre of Ambleside. The cottage is cosy and has everything you need for the perfect stay. Adam & Michelle are warm, friendly and easy to contact if you need anything.

  • Gordon says:

    Fab little place , right in thr heart of Ambleside great for romantic get away.

  • Anne says:

    What a fantastic cottage in a great location, thank you for letting us stay!

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