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 by permit at the local car park
  • WiFi
  • Pet friendly


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Romance


  • Bike Storage
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Local area

  • Central to town
  • Pub within 1 mile


  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Microwave


  • Double Bed


  • Double Room


  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi

Children & Pets

  • Pet Friendly


  • Shower

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(4.8 out of 5) - based on 32 reviews.

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  • Reuban says:

    This place was really cozy for two and served as a wonderful starting point to explore the region! Really enjoyed our time here and would reccomend it for people looking for a place to set out from whether you have a car or not. Would happily stay here again!

  • Amna Siddiqui says:

    We had a wonderful stay at Archway Cottage. It is perfect for couples. The location is great, minutes from all the shops, but set back so it’s quiet. There are plenty of walks straight from the doorstep to keep you busy, and if you don’t drive (like us) and want to try some further afield, then Ambleside is well connected with buses- the bus stops again are just a couple of minutes away from the cottage. Archway Cottage has all the crockery you need to whip up some hearty meals. We loved the log burner, and the bottle of Prosecco was a really thoughtful welcoming touch! Despite all the rain in the week, we really enjoyed our trip and hope to be back soon. We would highly recommend!

  • Chris says:

    Awesome place for 2 whether you are fell walking enthusiasts, general tourists or both. Pity about covid though but did not ruin the Archway!!

  • Elizabeth says:

    We had a lovely stay at archway. Very central to Ambleside, it is an amazing base for walkers and we recommend the Fairfield Horseshoe in particular as you can do this straight from the cottage. Kitchen in particular is well equipped for self catering and the general space is cosy. I would highly recommend a pint at the Golden Rule pub which is a stone’s throw from the cottage and the walnut chippy does incredible fish and chips.

  • Lee says:

    Perfect location to explore South lake District. Cosy and perfect for us and our little dog. Parking permit was a brilliant extra and the car park in only a short 3 min walk away.

  • Emma says:

    This is a fabulous little flat, right in the heart of Ambleside and close to lots of dog friendly pubs and restaurants. There isn’t any outside space, but you have access to a parking permit for the car park very close to the apartment – be warned, this can get very busy so getting a space might not always be possible. The flat is small but has everything you need for a holiday exploring the lakes -including a wet room style shower which would be super handy if you have dogs with you (we did, but he didn’t get too mucky!). As others have said, the bedroom is up a steep flight of stairs to a maisonette type bedroom so take care – the shared space means it might be tricky if you are a couple made up of an early riser/later sleeper like we are! Welcome bottle of bubbles was a lovely touch. We had a wonderful few days and our only wish was that we had been able to stay longer!!

  • Skye says:

    What a gem of a place. Brilliant location and the space is amazing. Very clean and contactless check-in/check-out made it so easy during covid-19 pandemic. Parking permit was fab, car park 2 minute walk away which was ideal. If you are over 5ft5in be careful with some of the beams! We hit our head on the one by the sofa and the slanted ceiling in the bedroom space meant ducking to get around. But it made it a quirky place to stay and added to the character. The apartment got very warm on days above 20 degrees so bare that in mind if you take a dog or prefer being a bit cooler. Would 100% recommend this stay.

  • 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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