A Firm Family Favourite

Set Midway Between Ambleside and Hawkshead

If you’re seeking a convenient base close to all the attractions and amenities that the South Lakes has to offer then look no further than the delightful Heather Cottage. Set mid-way between the popular villages of Ambleside and Hawkshead, this characterful cottage is just a mile and a half from the stunning Tarn Hows, a classic family and wheelchair friendly circular walk from where to take in the breathtaking scenery and our Lakeland fresh air.

Grizedale Forest is close by with an array of trails for both walkers and cyclists and of course, there are some glorious low and high-level fells to conquer right on the doorstep. Complete the day’s adventures by calling in at the famous Drunken Duck Inn on your way home for an award-winning hearty lunch or dinner and a pint of ‘Old Peculiar’ or a specialist Gin and Tonic……..



Heather Cottage has all the successful ingredients for a comfortable, quality holiday retreat for both couples and families alike. Traditional cottage features of flagged floors and much use of natural woods and materials have been cleverly matched with a modern-day colour palette and quality accessories to give a 21st-century twist on this superb self-catering retreat.

A warming woodburning stove sets the tone for cosy evenings sat around the fire on the deep-cushioned sofas whilst planning the next days outing and self-catering certainly won’t be a chore in the cottage style kitchen in a contemporary colourway, wrapped in Lakeland slate.  Two charming bedrooms on the first floor, a double and twin are dressed with quality mattresses wrapped in luxurious Joules linens to ensure a restful night’s sleep whilst the newly installed shower room with power shower will soothe those aching limbs after a day on the bikes or fells.   Heather Cottage, next door to Field Cottage, has a rear private, lawned garden, or a front patio area, that would be perfect for a morning coffee. There is also access to secure bike storage if required.

Please note, this cottage does not accept pets.

Ground Floor:

The property has gas central heating throughout with tiles flagged floors.

  • Kitchen: Wooden finish kitchen with Lakeland slate worktops incorporating electric oven and gas hob, fridge, dishwasher, washing/dryer and microwave, freezer
  • Lounge/Dining: With TV/DVD, comfy sofas around a log burning stove (initial fuel provided). Dining table with seating for four

First Floor:

  • Bedroom 1: Double bed
  • Bedroom 2: Twin with two single beds (full size)
  • Bathroom: Shower and WC, basin and towel rail


  • All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and highchair available from Lakeland Retreats
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Shared garden with lawn overlooking the surrounding fields with furniture
  • Bike storage available
  • Sorry, no pets allowed



  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Bike Storage
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Bed Type

  • Double Bed
  • Single Bed

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room
  • Twin Room


  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi

Retreats for

  • Family

Children & Pets

  • High Chair
  • No Pets
  • Travel Cot

Local area

  • Remote


  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

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(4.9 out of 5) - based on 24 reviews.

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  • Jonathan says:

    Great spot, close to Ambleside and with good access to the quieter western shore. Well appointed and looked after.

  • Rukshana says:

    The perfect place…loved our stay at Heather Cottage great location every detail throughout the property is well thought of..it had everything we needed. Cosy, clean and delightful highly recommend.

  • Kurt says:

    Cottage was clean, in a lovely location with all needed utilities for short stay. Plenty of places to walk and some wonderful views just off the doorstep

  • Dawn says:

    Beautiful little cottage just 10 minutes drive from Ambleside. Very cosy, clean and delightful. Everything there that you need from a well equiped kitchen to a cosy log fire and family games for those cold evenings. One words sums up Heather Cottage – PERFECT

  • Laura says:

    We had a great stay in Heather Cottage. Michelle and the team were really welcoming and always on hand with any questions we had in the lead up and throughout our stay. The cottage was really clean and had everything we needed – from pots and pans to a torch for when we walked back from Ambleside in the dark! It was the perfect place to relax after a long day of walking. The location was great, with an easy walk into Ambleside (about 30 mins) where there’s plenty of places to eat and drink (Zeffirellis was one of our favourite restaurants). It was the perfect hub for exploring the Lakes and we will definitely be back in the future!

  • Dave says:

    lovely cottage in beautiful settings

  • Lara says:

    A beautiful cottage, perfect for our family. Met all our needs and was a great base to explore . So close to off road footpaths making for safe family walks .

  • NW says:

    Lovely cottage. Furnishings all modern, clean and bed linens and towels of a very good standard. Everything worked perfectly. Some lovely welcoming touches and we enjoyed the log burner on one of the chilly evenings. Ideally placed for sightseeing – walking or driving. All in all we had a really lovely stay here. We knew we were well supported by LR if we needed anything, but we didn’t! Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

  • Jeremy says:

    Very enjoyable 10 day stay after lockdown. Super clean and comfortable, and very well situated for exploring many beautiful spots around Windermere, Coniston and Langdales. Hawkshead is charming.

  • Josaphine says:

    Lovely cottage in a great location. Very clean and well equipped, nicely decorated and furnished so you feel at home. We had a great stay here and would recommend.

  • Olivia says:

    Divine little cottage – sparkling clean with beautiful views. Convenient location to nearby Ambleside and a short walk from the ‘Drunken duck’ pub. Really enjoyed our stay

  • Sue & Richard says:

    We had a lovely relaxing stay in Heather Cottage. It had everything we needed and was a cosy sanctuary to return to on blustery days. We particularly enjoyed nibbles and drinks in the garden (the welcome bubbles were much appreciated) and home cooked meals in the well-equipped kitchen. We would not hesitate to recommend.

  • Lesley says:

    about 20 mins walk to Ambleside lovely garden to sit in well equipped very relaxing place to stay ”

  • Jamie says:

    A lovely holiday in the lakes to get away for a bit and to have a think about whether we want to move there. To summarise the cottage, if it were to come on the market tomorrow, I would buy it instantly, and not change a thing, including the furniture, decorations, linen, kitchen ware, electronics…everything! What a perfect house and a complete home away from home. Didn’t want for anything. Book it, you won’t regret it

  • Megan says:

    Just recently got back from our stay at Heather Cottage. I could not fault anything about it. It was fabulous! The cottage was spotlessly clean and had all the amenities you could possibly need. I would thoroughly recommend staying here and will definitely be returning.

  • Fionn says:

    Such a lovely week here at Heather Cottage. Really beautifully decorated, sparkling clean, well laid out with good facilities. Would highly recommend.

  • Stuart says:

    Heather Cottage is a lovely wee place and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Cosy and clean, and lovely touches like fresh homemade bread and cake(!) waiting for us on our arrival. Would recommend highly

  • Lobke says:

    A very very nice house to stay in at the lake district, it was perfect.

  • Nicola says:

    A beautiful property. We will definitely consider staying again. Thanks

  • Marc says:

    We very much enjoyed our stay in this cosy cottage, perfectly situated in the beautiful Lake District and provided with all possible facilities and accommodations. Michelle was also very quick in reacting to all our questions. We hope to return one day.

  • Jeroen says:

    Cottage is small but cosy and well equipped. Spotless and very comfortable. There was a welcome package on arrival. Checking in and out went fine. The area is fantastic and there is a lot to do. We definitely recommend this cottage!

  • Catherine says:

    Great stay, lovely little cottage, everything is there. Loved the little welcoming basket with local products and very handy for the morning! We feel at home, it is very clean, everything has been thought through, from the board games to the binoculars to observe the birds. Not far from Ambleside so it is both far enough to feel quiet and relax and close enough by car to do some shopping or eat somewhere. Really loved it! Thank yo

  • Jennifer & Ian says:

    Heather Cottage near Ambleside.
    What a delightful cottage, well equipped and tastefully furnished and decorated. The location is ideal for walks in the surrounding countryside and to nearby towns. We enjoyed the walk through fields and woods to Hawkshead and the stroll to nearby Skelwith Bridge. We ate in the cottage on several nights enjoying an after dinner drink in the garden soaking up the views and treated ourselves to a lovely meal in the renowned Drunken Duck. Having stayed in many places in the Lakes over the years, Heather cottage was certainly up there with the best.

  • Emily says:

    By far one of the best cottages I have ever stayed in! The home is beautifully decorated with a modern touch yet full of its original charm, and the little touches like the games/books/dvds, the wine on arrival and the decoration made us feel right at home our whole stay. We especially loved sitting in the garden and watching the sheep! The cottage is in a lovely location, a short drive to anywhere you’d wish to go and about a 40 minute walk into the centre of Ambleside. I could not fault this cottage! It was such a pleasure to stay here! Beautiful place and amazing communication from the hosts, I would not hesitate to recommend.

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