Perfectly Placed Bolthole in The Centre of Lively Ambleside

This cosy, cottage-style apartment enjoys a super handy location right in the centre of lively Ambleside. The village is literally a few steps away and is brimming with cafes, bars and award-winning restaurants offering everything from a hearty breakfast, a traditional pub lunch to an intimate, fine dining experience for two.

Castle Crag has doorstep views over the village towards St. Mary’s spire and to Loughrigg Fell beyond – see if you can spot the cottage from the summit of this manageable but satisfying amble! The hub for many local bus routes, the 555 service, runs regularly from Ambleside to Keswick and makes for a great day out and change of scenery – you (and your dog) can hop on and off all day long, great if you want to sample some of the fine hostelries in the area!



JUST FOR THE TWO OF YOU (and your four legged friend!)

Neat as a button and all on the ground floor, Castle Crag has been well thought out to provides everything you’ll require for a short break or longer stay here in the Lakes.

A gentle slope or handful of steps leads up to the property from Lake Road. Once inside, you’re greeted by a bright, open living space, delightfully presented with a mix of slate and laminate flooring, married with solid beams and doors, crafted by the owners themselves.

In the open plan living space, the modern kitchen offers good facilities, with breakfast bar dining from which to sit and take in the view. A comfy sofa and traditional leather armchair are arranged around the modern electric fireplace, SMART TV and digital radio.

The owners having provided a good number of guide books and even a tablet to help you plan the day’s activities via the WiFi. A powerful shower with handbasin and WC sits off the hallway, and there’s a stylish kingsize bedroom to the rear, again, with views out over the village towards the fells. There’s a couple of garden chairs available for sitting outside the front of the cottage and enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

all on the Ground Floor

  • Gas central heated and tiled floor
  • Kitchen Area:  Fitted kitchen with gas hob, electric oven fridge with freezer box, microwave and dishwasher
  • Dining by way of high table and bar stools.


  • Lounge area with comfy sofa and armchair, colour SMART TV and modern electric flame effect stove.
  • All electric, bed linen and towels are included
  • Sorry no cot or highchair are available


  • Shower room with hand basin and WC


  • King size bed


  • Parking permit provided for one car for use on nearby car park which can be used at several other car parks throughout the South Lakes during your stay
  • Pet friendly – 2 dogs welcome
  • Communal laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Outdoor furniture provided for relaxing on the terrace in the late afternoon sunshine.


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Romance

Local area

  • Central to town
  • Pub within 1 mile


  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Bed Type

  • Double Bed

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room


  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • TV


  • Parking

Children & Pets

  • Pet Friendly


  • Shower


  • Washing Machine

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(5 out of 5) - based on 49 reviews.

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  • David says:

    Michelle’s listing was perfect! A little home from home and right in the heart of Ambleside. If you’re after a fantastic base to explore the lakes then Michelle’s is a must.

  • Ewan says:

    Great wee place. Very cute, cosy and comfy and a very handy location.

  • Ross & Charlotte says:

    We had a great stay in Castle Crag. The apartment was clean and tidy and a perfect size for us (2 adults and a 3 month old baby), and had all the amenities we could want. The bed was super comfy too. Location is perfect – bang in the centre of Ambleside, and the Lake Road car park is only a 2 minute walk away. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Casey says:

    Wonderful stay. Castle Crag was right in the middle of town and had everything we needed for our stay. As others have mentioned only downside is there is a pub down the road which is very loud on live music nights (Friday) but otherwise fine the rest of the weekend

  • Andrew says:

    Great location great wee cottage

  • Sarah says:

    My partner and I had a really lovely week long stay here! Perfect location for a week walking in the Lakes. The place was spacious, clean and well looked after.

  • Alex says:

    We really enjoyed our stay in Ambleside. The studio flat was perfect for us and our dog to explore the town and others around the lake. The parking permit was great and saved us a bit of money when we were out and about.

  • Gavin says:

    We found staying here perfect, very snug and cozy. the location is so convenient and a stones throw away from shops & restaurants. perfect!

  • Luke says:

    My partner and I really enjoyed our stay at castle crag. The location is ideal and it is well equipped. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • James Hills says:

    great location, clean, tidy and comfortable, stayed for a week and was ideal for the 2 of us

  • Larry Birch says:

    Had a lovely week aided by great weather. Beautiful apartment. Would have liked bigger towels, I couldn’t wrap one round me , so my husband had no chance. An airer for wet clothes would be useful too as sharing laundry facilities isn’t always convenient. Otherwise a clean, well designed space for two. Thank you

  • Ed says:

    We had a lovely 4 night stay at Castle Cragg in June. The location is just as stated and perfectly situated in the middle of bustling Ambleside. Cafes, restaurants and shops are on your doorstep and the location is perfect for exploring other areas of the lakes. The flat itself is very well decorated, with a lovely and cosy feel. It was perfectly clean and had all of the essentials and a nice fresh carton of milk left in the fridge. The raised shared courtyard above the property was perfect for our dog to use. We will definitely be staying here again!

  • Phil says:

    Great location. Lovely accommodation finished to a high standard and all requirements catered for.

  • Jo says:

    We felt relaxed and at home in this comfortable and clean apartment. It is ideally located in Ambleside for the many pubs, restaurants and shops within walking distance.

    One star short of 5 because the kitchen air purifier is on from about 10-6pm and it’s a bit noisy.

    No on-site parking. You are provided with a permit which you can use at various car parks however we struggled to find space in the 3 closest ones and ended up circling the car park several times, competing with other people for a space. This was over the busy Easter weekend but I would imagine that other peak holiday periods will be the same.

  • Sandra says:

    Fab little spot, ideally located. Perfect for a couple planning a short stay. Castle Crag had everything we needed including a super comfy bed to rest in after a long walk up in the hills.

  • Jane says:

    Castle Crag is in a fabulous location, close to every shop, restaurant and pub you could wish for. Only a short walk to Lake Windermere & the pier to catch the ferry. Great location for dog walkers and most establishments are dog friendly.

  • Beth says:

    Castle Crag is the most perfect little cosy base for a lovely break. The property itself was very clean and very well equipped with everything you need. We were able to cook most nights and enjoyed a takeaway from the lucky dragon too which was only a 5 min walk from the property. The bed was very comfortable and after long days of walking it was lovely to put the fire on and relax in front of the TV. Having access to a washing machine was also very helpful. Apple pie bakery is a must!

  • Liam says:

    Very cosy & Great location!

  • Steve says:

    This apartment is smack bang in the middle of Ambleside, the perfect location for accessing any part of the lakes. Tescos is just down the road as well as a convenient picnic sandwich shop for quick packed lunches for long walks. We stayed for over a week and the apartment was extremely comfortable. We’ll be staying here next time we come to the Lake District for sure! Thanks!

  • Paige says:

    Beautiful cottage in a lovely area of Ambleside! Right next to multiple restaurants and pubs as well all the good shops. The cottage also came with a parking permit that could be used around the Lake District and allowed us to park our car for multiple days at no cost. Perfect for a couple’s getaway with a dog – would definitely stay again!

  • Anna says:

    Perfect location, everything you need, great flat, clean and well presented.

  • Andrew says:

    Very comfortable. Has everything you need

  • Phoebe says:

    A perfect size and location for two people exploring the Lakes from Ambleside. Very clean and well put together. We were surprised at the lack of shower gel and shampoo in the shower. Could also have done with some more equipment in the kitchen and things like cooking oil. When we called for guidance with a small issue, everyone was really helpful.

  • Vicky says:

    A great little ground floor apartment, perfect for 2 people. Excellent location – couldn’t have been any closer to the centre if we’d tried! We will definitely be back.

  • Birdie-Kate says:

    This apartment was perfect for our stay in The Lakes. Everything we needed, it was there. We couldn’t have asked for a better apartment, and we’ll definitely be coming back here next year.

  • Elly says:

    Lovely stay at castle crag with our little Dougie great location!

  • Nigel says:

    Superb location and great accomodation, ideal as a base in Ambleside as everything is within a couple of minutes walk. Facilities as promised on the description, as other guests have commented the shower is great, the bed comfy and the sette relaxing, what you need after a long day spent hiking/walking/sitting in a remote pub. We were able to leave the property and dine in a different restaurant/pub each evening, a word of advice though at the time of writing pre booking is essential and most places are not taking walk-ins and those that are fill up rapidly. If you want a good base to explore the Lakes area or just potter around Ambleside there cannot be many that are as convienient, or well equipped. We would be happy to return.

  • Douglas says:

    Perfect property for Lake District explorers! My wife and I spent our mini-moon here with our spaniels after our wedding. It’s located on the very fringe of the main shopping street so close enough to everything but nice and quiet at night too. For two people, the apartment has everything you need and is the perfect size.

  • Rachel says:

    Very well positioned, surprisingly quiet considering it’s position right in the heart of things. Comfortable, homely and well laid out and furnished. We would come again without hesitation. A great break.

  • Sara says:

    We had such a wonderful stay, brilliant location and everything we needed for a lovely week away. Thank you so much. We’ll definitely be returning!

  • Gavin says:

    The property was lovely, ideal for a couple, very convenient location in the town and a great base for lots of walks. We really enjoyed our break here.

  • April says:

    Exactly as described. Great location, had everything we needed. When I had questions, they responded almost immediately. A parking pass is provided and is so useful! We ate out for almost every meal and cannot fault any of the restaurants in town – all very good. There was a complimentary bottle of Prosecco there when we arrived which started our holiday very nicely. We will definitely stay again.

  • Lucy says:

    Perfect location in Ambleside really central but very quaint little flat/cottage with plenty of space and great facilities and very clean. Parking pass a bonus made things so much easier and welcome gift a lovely touch. Will definitely be back!

  • Abbie says:

    We have just come home from a stay in Castle Crag and we had a brilliant time. It’s perfectly placed in Ambleside which was a brilliant location for exploring the surrounding lakes. The accommodation was well presented, clean, cosy and stylish and had everything we needed. It included a parking pass for multiple car parks across the lakes which was very helpful. We would absolutely recommend this holiday cottage – thanks for having us.

  • Emma Boswell says:

    We stayed here in October 2020 and it was so amazing we’re booked to come back in June 2021! Lovely little cottage in the heart of the village with easy access to everything. Excellent amenities and the apartment was very clean and tidy and stylish – our favourite place to come back to after a long day of exploring the Lake District. We can’t wait to come back!

  • Sara says:

    Just come back from a great little stay at Castle Crag. It was the first holiday away with my 7months old dog too and he had a great time (and discovered he liked swimming in the lakes!). The cottage was a brilliant location, right in the heart of Ambleside. The bed was amazingly comfy, best nights sleep I’ve had for ages and the power shower was heavenly too. Everything was sparklingly clean and when we arrived there was a bottle of bubbly waiting for us too which was a lovely surprise. We would stay again in a heartbeat. Sara & Sharon

  • Julie says:

    Fab weekend! Great location, comfy bed, clean and cozy. Found everything to hand, even a little treat for our dog! See you again.

  • Olivia says:

    Great stay! Very clean and cozy, lovely surprise was a bottle of prosecco. Hopefully will stay again.

  • Molly says:

    Very clean and cosy & central location. Thank you for the prosecco & dog treats – Oscar loved them.

  • Jonnie says:

    Lovely stay at Castle Crag, explored Windermere by boat, climbed loughrigg, went for walks around Grasmere, Buttermere and Derwentwater. Still so much more to come back for!

  • Megan says:

    A great start to our honeymoon! Castle crag is so cosy we have loved staying here. Thank you for the prosecco too! there is so much more we want to explore here so we will be back soon!

  • Isabel says:

    Thanks for a wonderful stay! We really did enjoy being in Castle Crag and appreciated the extra touch of a bottle of Presecco! We were also delighted with the cleaniless and the trouble you had gone to to make us feel Covid safe. Beautiful place with great taste in everything!

  • Mary says:

    Lovely place to stay. Everything you need, would have loved to stay longer. Location great, right in the centre of town but still very peaceful. Staff on the end of the phone if you needed them. Will definitely stop again.

  • Peter says:

    “A fabulous little flat with plenty space for two (plus a little one). Right in the heart of the town. Communication from the team was excellent before and during our stay. We will be back!

  • Beth says:

    Lovely cottage. Very cosy and clean. Bed is so so comfy ! Lovely extra touches and the location is great. Would definitely stay again

  • Samantha says:

    Fantastic accommodation. Brilliant location. Hosts excellent. Perfect place to stay with all the home comforts.

  • Nathan says:

    Lovely clean and stylish cottage

  • Hayden says:

    Me & my partner are regular visitors to Ambleside. We both absolutely loved staying at Michelle’s place. Fantastic location in Ambleside, very clean & stylish place. Would stay again easily!

  • Olivia says:

    Had a wonderful stay here! The apartment was clean and cozy which was great after long days walking. They provides a guide which had local restaurants, walks and things to do. We stayed in a cooked most nights in the lovely kitchen then snuggled up on the couch. Everything is really easy to get to with lots to do in Ambleside.

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