Architect-Designed Ground Floor Apartment
Set Above The Cosmopolitan Village of Ambleside

This unique, architect-designed retreat is set in a slightly elevated position above the Lake District’s most cosmopolitan village, Ambleside. The epitome of contemporary modern living, Cairn How Croft offers sophisticated styling throughout with every thought given to ensure quality and comfort in equal measure making this a wonderful year-round getaway for couples.

Exhilarating walks, challenging cycle routes and a host of water based activities can be enjoyed right from the door, perfect for the adventure seekers among you! And for those ‘let’s do nothing’ days when you’ve run out of steam, why not while away a few hours mooching around Ambleside’s interesting gift shops, art galleries or visit The Armitt, a Museum, Gallery and Library where you can delve into the history of this most beautiful part of Lakeland.

And after a busy day, why not enjoy the wonderful range of restaurants that Ambleside and the surrounding area has to offer?


Luxurious, Contemporary Interior With Exquisite Styling And

Enter this spacious yet cosy hideaway for two from the front and into the contemporary open plan living area with sleek stone flooring and sumptuous sofa and armchair wrapping around the corner set wood burning stove and SMART TV. The quality dining kitchen is wrapped in cool Caesarstone countertops with integral appliances of dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, electric oven, induction hob and microwave. From the living area, you will fnd the elegant bedroom with wonderful Swaledale carpet, a superb Vispring kingsize bed dressed in quality linens to ensure a good night’s rest and ample wardrobe space and dressing table. The adjacent, luxurious bathroom has distinctive tiling, feature lighting, a deep bath to soak away the aches and pains of the day and a separate shower with invigorating rainfall shower head.

Outside, a private illuminated terrace at the front of the property is the perfect place to sit at the end of the day and enjoy an aperitif before dinner.

Pull into the adjacent open garage to unload your car and then feel free to park there until it’s time to leave.

Ground Floor:

  • Entrance into lounge – with corner set wood burning stove and sumptuous sofa and armchair to curl up on and watch the large SMART TV, complete with catch-up and Amazon Prime
  • Kitchen dining room – with quality units wrapped in cool Caesarstone with built in appliances of electric oven, induction hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer. A stylish dining table and chairs complete this sophisticated space
  • Illuminated outside terrace – with wooden table and seating
  • Kingsize bedroom – with Vispring bed dressed in quality linens
  • Luxurious bathroom – with separate rainwater shower, deep bath, basin and WC


  • Ground Floor Apartment in a quiet location above the village
  • Underfloor heating and triple glazing throughout
  • A mix of stone, tiled and carpeted flooring throughout
  • All electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • WiFi (with guests’ dedicated network)
  • Wood burning stove – initial wood supply provided
  • Private seating area
  • Private covered parking for one car
  • One infant under one year of age. Sorry, no older children
  • Travel cot (no linen provided) and high chair provided
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Friday and Monday changeover
  • No Smoking, inside or outside the property
  • We warn guests with pacemakers that this property has an induction hob. Please seek advice and take care.



  • Bath
  • En-Suite
  • Shower


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room


  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi


  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Modern
  • Parking

Children & Pets

  • High Chair
  • No Pets
  • Travel Cot

Bed Type

  • King Size Bed

Local area

  • Pub within 1 mile

Retreats for

  • Romance


  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

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(5 out of 5) - based on 11 reviews.

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  • Jason says:

    Great location, a short walk into Ambleside. Very well designed property and ideal for a short stay.

  • Chris says:

    Fabulous weekend break in 5 star, super private and peaceful accommodation. Comfy bed, nice bathroom, and well appointed lounge/kitchen area. 10 min walk to town (uphill on way back). Directions wise best to type ‘Gale Rigg’ into G**gle Maps

  • Pixie says:

    The property is kitted out to a beautiful standard. Quite often in rentals something is missing or forgotten, but extras like washing up liquid, hand soap, tea towels, oven gloves were all there. There was a pint of milk on arrival which was helpful as was the lockbox for the key, meaning we could arrive later if needed.
    The kingsize bed was so comfy & the pillows and the underfloor heating was super luxurious! We didn’t need the stove as the heating was so effective, so turned the thermostat down so we could light one in the evening as it was frosty outside.
    We would thoroughly recommend this place, perfect location, all mod cons and felt private and secluded but also close enough to pubs, restaurants and walks. We’ll definitely be back!

  • Sean says:

    We couldn’t have been happier with our stay at Cairn How, the Airbnb was luxurious and tastefully decorated, we especially loved the heated floors! The location was perfect, it was quiet with much privacy whilst also only being a short walk into the town centre. We definitely will stay again.

  • Alex says:

    The apartment was in a great location and only a short walk into Ambleside! The apartment was so nicely decorated and very modern! Has everything you would need! Check in was super easy as well which was nice after a long journey up! Thank you so much for letting us stay! We hope to be back

  • Aby Johnson says:

    A beautiful apartment, cosy but with a light and airy living space and equipped with everything you need for your stay. We found the bed very comfortable. It’s close to the town, but very quiet too. The owners are lovely, we asked for a washing rack and they provided one really quickly. The best accommodation we’ve stayed at in the Lakes!

  • Emma Caswell says:

    Just left the property on the 7/10/22 it was amazing, small and perfect, bottle of fizz on arrival loverly touch, everything you could think of was supplied, the attention to detail with the decor was second to none throughout, I would highly recommend and would stay here again 5 minuite walk into town but far enough away to not be in the middle of it all,

  • Bonita says:

    Excellent accommodation, could not fault it, it had everything. Would definitely go again n recommend this accommodation to everyone

  • Kirstie says:

    We had a lovely stay the standard of the accommodation was very high, the bed and sofa were so comfortable. Great location only a 10 minute walk into Ambleside. We swam every day in a different lake, enjoyed a nice bike ride to Grasmere and visited lots of beautiful places. We were spoilt for choice for good places to eat locally. We’ll definitely be back.

  • Camilla says:

    I would highly recommend staying here. The apartment is so well equipped and very comfortable. you can leave the flat on foot and you have a wide range of stunning walks to choose from and shops and restaurants in walking distance. It’s the perfect place to walk from and relax.

  • Mike Paton says:

    We were very lucky to be the first guests at Cairn How Croft. It’s the ground floor of a larger property but is fully self-enclosed and private with its own entrance. It’s extremely well sound insulated and we didn’t hear anything from upstairs at any point. The location is up a hill from Ambleside, less than a ten minute walk down into the village.

    Everything is fitted out to a very high standard and it’s clear that a lot of care went in! The kitchen has everything from an induction hob to large fridge-freezer and there wasn’t anything we found lacking. We almost wished for a cold day to try out the log burner but, alas, the sun shone throughout! The comfortable sofa looks out of the patio doors onto the terrace and so it would be very cosy were the rain to set in.

    The bed is extremely comfortable, though the two windows look out onto the owner’s garden and the car port so it’s hard to have natural light and privacy at the same time. The bathroom is wonderful with a very large bath, walk in shower and underfloor heating.

    Finally, the terrace is a real highlight. Roughly south facing, we enjoyed coffee and a book most mornings with views over towards Windermere.

    Up there as one of the best cottages we’ve ever stayed in. Thank you!

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