A charming holiday retreat within a 5-minute walk of Ambleside

Step out of the gorgeous Gingersnap Cottage and with a 5-minute walk downhill, you’ll be in the very heart of Ambleside and amongst all the sights and attractions that this ever-popular village has to offer. Walk 5 minutes uphill and you’ll find yourself on the glorious Lakeland Fells amidst the freshest air, stunning scenery, peace and tranquillity – apart from the odd Herdwick that is.

Ambleside is THE place to purchase your new hiking gear, renowned retailers offering great advice on the latest products. Packed with independent shops and mini-supermarkets, you’ll also find traditional, friendly pubs, quaint tea rooms and a fantastic array of restaurants to suit all pockets and palates, most catering well for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Families will revel in the great activities available for the kids; pitch and putt, tennis, even an indoor climbing wall. Two cinemas offer regular screenings of the latest blockbuster so why not head to Zeffirelli’s towards the end of your day and take in a family meal deal, movie included?


curl up in front of the fire with a glass of wine (or two!)

Gingersnap Cottage has characterful slate flooring throughout the ground floor and a large, open plan living space. The lounge area is arranged around the TV and traditional woodburning stove, the ideal place for curling up on the sofa with a glass of wine whilst the children watch their favourite programme on Sky. The well fitted, modern kitchen provides everything you’ll need to create a gourmet dinner for the family to be shared around the breakfast bar dining area.

On the first floor (reached by a steep staircase) sits a Kingsize bedroom with ornamental fireplace and lovely fell views whilst a bunk room to the front, with full size mattresses, is probably more suited to children over 5 years. The modern shower room has a shower cubicle, handbasin and WC.

There’s a handy utility area at the front of the cottage with washer/dryer and, being pet friendly, the thoughtful owners have provided a dog crate, bowls, towels, even a spare lead, just in case.

Ground Floor:

The property has gas central heating throughout with Lakeland slate flooring throughout

  • Entrance Hallway: Washer/Dryer with spare dog bowls, towel and even a spare lead!
  • Kitchen: Modern kitchen units incorporating electric oven and induction hob, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, dishwasher, kettle, toaster and Nespresso Coffee maker
  • Breakfast Bar: With seating for four
  • Lounge: With TV/DVD, Sky Package with kids and entertainment, comfortable sofas and log burning stove (initial logs supplied)

First Floor:

  • Bedroom 1: King size bed with fell views and ornamental fireplace
  • Bedroom 2: Adult size bunk beds
  • Bathroom: Modern bathroom with shower, WC and hand basin


  • All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Parking by on street on Wansfell Terrace.
  • Please note due to the slight steepness in the stairs this property is not suitable for under 5 year olds
  • Garden with furniture and BBQ
  • well behaved pets allowed and a crate is available



  • Bunk Bed
  • King Size Bed

Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Family


  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Microwave


  • DVD Player
  • Sky Package
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi


  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Children & Pets

  • Pet Friendly

Local area

  • Pub within 1 mile


  • Shower


  • Twin Room

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(4.8 out of 5) - based on 21 reviews.

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  • Nichola says:

    We had a lovely time in Gingersnap cottage. A good base for exploring ambleside.

  • Dion says:

    Amazing place! Perfect location and perfect for a get away. Anyone thinking about working from there (I know…) the wifi is great too, faster than anywhere I’ve stayed!

  • Mala says:

    Had a nice stay at Gingersnap – it was clean, in a good location and we appreciated the prosecco on arrival.

  • Janet Leverton says:

    Very comfortable, cosy cottage; great location, close to the town but quiet and peaceful. Well equipped and beautifully maintained, dog friendly. The road and the staircase are steep so may not be appropriate for all. Suited us well, an ideal base to explore the Lakes.

  • Lee says:

    Stayed in multiple Airbnb’s over the years and this one has to be one of my favourites. Great location just up the hill from the centre of Ambleside which was perfect. Would 100% recommend to anyone

  • Fran says:

    Great cottage for a weekend of walking around Ambleside

  • Francis says:

    A great cottage, quiet but really convenient for town centre. Ideal for couple or small family.

  • Alicia says:

    Hi! Our family spent nice days in your cozy house. Everything was perfect. Thank you a lot

  • Nadia says:

    Heartings cottage was really nice and the location is very on point. Close to sight seeing places and for exploring the mountains. It’s a walking distance to shopping and restaurants. The apartment is clean and Michelle left some good tea. I’ll recommend this place.

  • Anna says:

    We loved staying here with our two young kids. The house is in a wonderful location, near some great hikes, and just a short walk to pubs, a supermarket, and other shops. The house was very clean when we arrived, and the communication was very clear and helpful. The kitchen is well equipped, the living room is cozy, the bedrooms are very comfortable, and the backyard is just adorable. We read in other reviews that there was an issue with WiFi, but we had no problems at all. We would definitely recommend staying here to others and hope to come back sometime ourselves!!

  • Jon says:

    Great location. Perfect sized space. Immaculate

  • Ammar says:

    This place was lovely, so clean and taken care of details… movies and dvd player were available with so many options for children and adults along with some games for kids too… Very cozy and close to many restaurants, cafes and gift shops down the road… Public transportation is close too, which makes transportation very easy to many places… I personally loved this place a lot and i highly recommend it to other guests… Adam and Michelle were good hosts, responsive and helpful.

  • Anne says:

    Lovely cottage in a perfect location. Walking distance to town centre and fabulous dog walks from the doorstep! Accommodation had everything we needed and there were some really thoughtful touches such as dog treats and hot drink sachets etc. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • Andrew says:

    Easy access to the hills, into Ambleside and down to the lake. Great directions. Done up to a good standard – listing very representative of what you get.

  • Julian says:

    Good place to stay in Ambleside; close to centre and has everything required.

  • Ted says:

    Great location. Really lovely cottage with a great view in the backyard. Responsive and friendly host!

  • Bradley says:

    Great cottage in a great location. Would recommend to anyone planning a break in the Lake District. We had a great stay and will definitely be back

  • Anthony says:

    Lovely little cottage, very clean and nicely decorated. Furniture comfy and place very cosy. Beds great and the cottage has been very nicely renovated. It is about a 5 minute walk to the centre of Ambleside and although the cottage is up a hill the walk back from the centre isn’t too onerous at all. Would have no hesitation in going back or recommending the place as an excellent base for the fells. One aspect is that as it is an old cottage the staircase is quite steep, so possibly not suitable for anyone who has difficulty with stairs, but apart from that a great little place.

  • Rajan says:

    A well maintained and equipped cottage. Location is good for access to town and local walks.

  • Stephen says:

    Excellent little cottage in a great location

  • Annabel says:

    Fantastic place, beautiful home in a wonderful setting, all of us including the dog were very comfortable

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