Bumble Bee Cottage is a superb family retreat and enjoys a slightly elevated position above Ambleside at the top of what we locals fondly call ‘Peggy Hill’, just a stone’s throw from the village centre. You’ll find a good selection of mini-markets in addition to a well supported and independent bakers, butchers and grocers and of course, a host of cafes and bars intertwined with speciality restaurants serving cuisine from lunchtime onwards.

Bumble Bee Cottage has a superb location providing fantastic views across the village towards Loughrigg and the surrounding fell ranges from the bedroom windows and from the detached front, private garden tempting even the most novice of walkers to pull on their boots and get out into the Lakeland great outdoors.


traditional styling cleverly married with a modern twist

Bumble Bee Cottage is both comfortable and cosy, the perfect Lake District retreat. The open plan living space is perfect for enjoying a family meal, a board game, or watching a movie together whilst sat around a warming log burner and planning the next days adventure.

Set out over three floors, the 4 spacious bedrooms provide flexible sleeping for 6, with a house bathroom and separate shower room to avoid queues on your return from a day on the fells.

Lots of storage is available including a handy porch at the front entrance for storing all your walking clobber. An outhouse to the rear houses the washer, dryer, and freezer and is also handy for securely storing bikes and other sports equipment.

The cottage style garden sits just across from the cottage, accessed by way of a few stone steps, just the spot for enjoying the fine views whilst listening to the nearby river (when our typical Lakeland weather will allow and of course!).

Ground Floor:

The property has gas central heating throughout.

  • Kitchen/Living Area: Open plan kitchen and dining area. Presented with a modern kitchen incorporating electric oven and gas hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. With TV, sofa, arm chair and footstool and log burner in the living area.

First Floor:

  • Bedroom 1: Large Master Bedroom with double bed
  • Bedroom 2: Single Bed
  • Bathroom: Shower over bath with WC and basin.


  • Bedroom 3: Large Twin Room
  • Bedroom 4: Single Bed
  • Bathroom: Shower room with WC and basin.


  • All gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and highchair available from Lakeland Retreats
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Washer, dryer and freezer in the outhouse.


  • Parking permit for 1 car.
  • Private garden and courtyard patio area.
  • 2 well-behaved pets are allowed and a crate is available
  • Feather Duvets


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Family


  • Boot / Drying Area
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Children & Pets

  • Dog Crate
  • High Chair
  • Pet Friendly
  • Travel Cot

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room
  • Single Room
  • Twin Room


  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi

Local area

  • Pub within 1 mile


  • Shower

Bed Type

  • Single Bed


  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

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(5 out of 5) - based on 28 reviews.

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  • Rachel says:

    Beautiful place right in the centre of Ambleside. Parking a little tricky at property, but parking permit provided which allows you to park close by if there isn’t a space. Would definitely return & reccommend to others!

  • Beth says:

    We had a lovely stay in the Lakes and was a great base to travel from. Very tidy and enjoyable stay.

  • Jason says:

    excellent cottage ,perfectly situated in Ambleside, highly recommended

  • Tina Steer says:

    We have stayed in Bumblebee Cottage a number of times now and instantly feel at home and relaxed! The location is perfect, so central but very quiet. The cottage is beautifully presented, immaculate and extremely well equipped. We had a very minor issue with the internet and both Lakeland Retreats and the cottage owner were fabulous in resolving the issue very swiftly. Super service! The garden was lovely to sit in during the hot weather ….the dogs enjoyed it too.! This is our Favourite Lake District cottage and I would highly recommend both the cottage and Lakeland Retreats.

  • rowan says:

    A very convenient and well equipped small cottage in a very central Ambleside location. For the two of us the accomodation worked really well for exploring this beautiful area.

  • Phillip says:

    This was a great cottage ideally placed in Ambleside for the town centre and surrounding area. The cottage was comfortable for a party of 5 and well equipped and clean. I would recommend the cottage.

  • Rebecca says:

    Great place to stay, the house was clean and spacious. We were 5 adults, a baby and a dog and it was perfect for us. Only a few minutes walk from pubs, shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend

  • Rebecca says:

    Absolutely smashing place. Perfect in every way! Great location, so spacious, spotlessly clean, we will definitely be back!!!

  • Elaine says:

    Bumble Bee Cottage is a fabulously warm and welcoming home after exploring the lakes. This beautiful 4 bedroom cottage has everything needed for a comfy stay. Even the views from the bedroom were stunning! Ideal location just a minute walk into town and prime access to all other Lake District locations. Easy car parking but when busy the car park pass was extremely helpful. If you’re looking for an exceptional holiday in the Lakes then look no further than Bumble Bee Cottage! Thank you for a memorable holiday in this beautiful part of Cumbria

  • Jacqueline says:

    Well equipped, well-situated cottage. Whichever window you look out of, you are met with a pretty outlook, and the view from the top floor of the cottage is wonderful. This was an ideal base for exploring the Lake District.

  • Denise says:

    We stayed for a great long weekend at the cottage. It’s location is fantastic, central to Ambleside town centre and a 20 minute walk to the ferry pier. Bedrooms are spacious, kitchen well equipped and cosy living room area. Would highly recommend!

  • Tina says:

    We have used Lakeland Retreats a number of times now and always find their cottages exceptionally well presented and cleaned to a high standard. They are an extremely helpful and accommodating company. Bumble Bee Cottage is our new favourite, being very central but in a quiet location , it is beautifully decorated and has everything you could possibly want on holiday. This cottage is one of the best we have stayed in and we book cottages every month! I would highly recommend this cottage, and have booked our 3rd visit already.!

  • Andy says:

    Great cottage in a great location in Ambleside. Would return in the future.

  • Shelley says:

    Lovely cottage in a fantastic spot, only a minute walk into Ambleside and near to all the pubs, restaurants and shops. Cottage has everything you need very clean and tastefully decorated. A pretty garden to sit in with a fantastic view. Thoroughly enjoyed out stay.

  • Sue says:

    The cottage is light, bright and welcoming with lovely views over Ambleside. It is well equipped, comfy beds and big fluffy towels. The outside space was a bonus too. There are a few steep slate steps down into the garden which need careful negotiation with toddlers. The outbuilding houses an efficient washing machine and excellent tumble drier and there is also a washing line in the garden. Communication with the host was great when we needed to contact her with questions prior to the booking. I would definitely book the cottage again.

  • Sophie says:

    This is a lovely home to stay in when visiting the Lakes. Kitchen is well-equipped, beds are comfy and it’s very clean. I’d definitely recommend it!

  • Rob says:

    A wonderful stay in fantastic accommodation. Due to COVID restrictions had reason to have various communication before arriving and all the way up to check in this was so professional and helpful all the way through to check in. The property itself is wonderful. A beautiful setting, close to all attractions and amenities, the cottage is at the top of a short steep hill. Parking is provided via a permit in the car park less than 5 minutes walk away. The facilities and cleanliness of the cottage were excellent and a few extra touches which sets it apart. The garden is a few steps from the front of the property and is in a lovely setting with views into Ambleside. We will return at the first possible opportunity, loved it.

  • Tina Steer says:

    This is probably one of the best cottages we have stayed in… and we have stayed in a lot! The location was excellent, being very close to the town…just a minute away. The cottage was very comfortable., beautifully presented, Immaculately clean, and had everything you could possibly want on holiday…. with the added bonus of friendly neighbours. We were very impressed with the high standard of this cottage and will definitely be back.

  • Sally says:

    Perfect location a couple of minutes walk from the centre. The cottage is clean , up to date, all you’d want for a trip to the Lakes. The little garden even faces the sun for relaxing in after a day out walking. Think we will be back.

  • Catherine says:

    Spent a great few days in Ambleside. Cottage was spotless and well equipped. In a great location and parking permit was a fab touch.

  • Gemma says:

    Lovely little place. Great place in a perfect location for the town and for walks. I would definitely stay again.

  • Neil says:

    A great house furnished with all the kitchen gadgets, games and other facilities you’d find at home (plus more). The location is fantastic and a perfect base for leaving the car and exploring the Ambleside area.

  • Charly says:

    We loved our stay at this beautiful little cottage. The location is fantastic, just a minute’s walk into Ambleside town. The views from the bedrooms were gorgeous, everyone had a very comfy bed and it felt very homely to come back to after a long day’s walking. Everything felt safe and clean in Covid-times. We wouldn’t hesitate to come back again. Thank you!

  • Karen says:

    A great cottage, beautifully stylish and comfortable though it is a little tricky to find.

  • Hilary says:

    What a fabulous property in an amazing location just a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Ambleside. It is very comfortable and surprisingly spacious – the photos don’t really do it justice in that respect. It was a great place to come back to and relax after a hard day walking in the hills and the garden was a good spot to sit on the warm evenings we had while we were there. Would definitely recommend.

  • Daniel says:

    Lovely cottage. Tastefully decorated with everything you need for a comfortable base from which to explore Ambleside and the wider area, along with some really welcome extra touches. We will definitely be back.

  • Isobel says:

    Excellent location. Lovely home , every luxury catered for. Friendly neighbours. Immaculately clean, well equipped. Enjoyed the log burner

  • Carol P says:

    What a fantastic find this cottage is, we will definitely be returning guests. Ideally situated with views to die for. Very well modernised, homely and comfortable, with everything you need. Fabulous location for all that Ambleside has to offer.

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