You really would struggle to find a more centrally located and comfortable retreat for a larger party in Ambleside than Herald Cottage. Set within a quiet courtyard off the main thoroughfare, the property is within striking distance of all that this popular, year-round holiday destination has to offer.

Ambleside village is blessed with an eclectic mix of eateries, cafes and bars to suit all palates and pockets and a fantastic array of walks and cycle routes can be enjoyed right from the door.

Lovers of the great outdoors will welcome the private garage for storing bikes, canoes and walking clobber and being able to dry off the same in the handy drying come boot room ready for the next day’s adventure.



Behind the attractive Lakeland stone exterior of Herald Cottage lies a traditional and well thought out accommodation, ideal for a gathering of family and friends. The hub of the retreat has to be the large lounge room with deep, comfy corner seating set in front of the original and working black range fireplace.

The social kitchen dining area

The social kitchen dining area is well kitted out for a larger party and with four bedrooms and three shower rooms set out over three floors, the layout ensures a good deal of privacy and ‘me time’ for everyone.

8 person sauna

We’re sure that you’ll all take the time to relax and unwind together in the 8 person sauna on the lower ground floor; the health benefits believed to relieve stress, relax muscles, soothe aches and pains and even cure a hangover!

Ground Floor:

  • Bedroom 1: Twin bedroom
  • Bedroom 2: Double bedroom
  • Shower Room: via a few steps with basin and washing machine
  • Garage Access
  • Sauna: downstairs in the basement and is plenty big enough for 8 people
  • Purpose built drying room with enough room for 8 people’s waterproofs!

first floor:

  • Bedroom 3: Double bedroom
  • Family bathroom: with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Lounge: With large comfortable sofas around a Victorian range with large open fire. TV/DVD and I-pod docking station
  • Kitchen/Dining Room: Renovated well equipped kitchen incorporating a large range cooker, fridge/freezer. dishwasher and microwave. Large dining table with seating for 8


  • Bedroom 4 : Double bedroom with en-suite shower room, basin and WC


  • Gas, electric, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Gas central heating throughout
  • Sauna


  • Parking for 2 cars only, via a narrow alley of 2.45m wide. One car in the garage and one outside. Please note the usable space in the garage measures 2m 10cm wide by 5m 40 cm length
  • Private patio area with furniture
  • Bike storage available in the garage
  • Sorry no pets


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Family


  • Bath
  • En-Suite
  • Shower


  • Boot / Drying Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Sauna

Local area

  • Central to town
  • Pub within 1 mile


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave


  • Double Bed
  • Single Bed


  • Double Room
  • Twin Room


  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • Wi-Fi

Children & Pets

  • High Chair Available
  • Pet Free
  • Travel Cot Available

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(4.6 out of 5) - based on 39 reviews.

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  • Anne Chew says:

    Herald Cottage is a gem.
    Central location . Has everything you need . Well equipped kitchen. Three bath or shower rooms. Comfortable beds. Great social areas . Highly recommend for couples/families who want to explore Ambleside.

  • Miles says:

    Well appointed clean property in a great location for a holiday based in Ambleside.

  • Jane says:

    Beautiful house, very comfortable beds and the sauna was great after long walks!

  • Josh says:

    Great location and great place to stay for large groups

  • Ellie says:

    Such a lovely place to stay in a large group. Very spacious and comfortable for 8. Especially good for people who like to stay in and have a meal round the table and games in the cottage. Couldn’t ask for a better location either! Would highly recommend.”

  • Rebecca says:

    We had a lovely stay at Herald Cottage and the house was warm, comfortable and clean. The cottage had everything we needed and was in a great location!

  • Sasha says:

    The Herald Cottage was a wonderful place to stay for our get-away to the lakes. The host was fab and responded to our messages quickly. It was spacious and clean, with comfy beds and furnishings. Perfect for a large family or a group of friends . I would definitely stay there again.

  • Tracey says:

    Spot on location, very central for amazing walks and access to Lake Windermere :)”

  • Rebecca says:

    “We had a wonderful stay and thought the place was fantastic. The parking was quite tricky. The kitchen was great and well equipped.. We would also recommend some fans for hot summer months, as the top two floors were extremely hot. It was great to be able to get away safely in the current situation and so nice to have a home-y place to come back to, right in the centre of town.”

  • Ian Risby says:

    Sadly very disappointing. Herald cottage completely oversold on site with its skilful photography. The cottage itself is of course well situated in the heart of Ambleside but I’m sorry to say that is it’s only unique selling point. Net curtains with mould at the bottom in front of windows that don’t open in double bedroom, not nice. Fridge freezer which chose to randomly alarm at all hours, very uncomfortable dining chairs, shortage of basic items like wine glasses (although this was quickly rectified when reported) and food tongs. The courtyard shouldn’t really be mentioned in the property description as it’s so small and not a practical space for a family to make use of. The access to parking space needs to be made clear is NOT suitable for all cars, the lane is very very narrow. Finally we expected to find the property spotlessly clean, especially in these times, but we didn’t. A discarded flip flop under a coffee table, a sofa which was obviously thick with dust and a full coffee pot, presumably left from previous resident, gave us some concern not to mention no hand soap or toilet rolls provided on arrival Overall not as expected and slightly confused by the number of glowing reviews. This is not a 5 star property and in fact very much needs some investment.

    • Good afternoon Ian and thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Herald Cottage.

      Naturally, we’re sorry to learn that you were anything short of happy with your chosen accommodation for the weekend.

      We agree that during these current times, every property should be presented to the highest possible standard of cleanliness and it’s unfortunate that you chose not to mention this and the lack of loo rolls and hand soaps upon your arrival. We would have been pleased to attend to matters quickly and efficiently as we did when providing the extra glassware to you. The seat pads for the chairs have been removed, as have a number of soft furnishings due to the current pandemic as these cannot be laundered each time. We do make mention of the narrow alley and the parking space and as of Monday this week, have include dimensions of the alley and the garage for future guests. Had you advised us that you were having difficulties, we could have assisted and provided you with a permit for use on the nearby car parks as an alternative but, we appreciate that you were on holiday and no doubt wanted to enjoy every moment with your party.

      Since receiving your communication, we have made arrangements to meet the caretaking team at the house to discuss your communication, investigate the issues you have raised, and correct any shortfalls. We appreciate your expectations on this occasion were not met for which we are sorry. All of our team have visited all our of retreats personally and we would be delighted to have the opportunity to be of service to you again in the future, and to assist you in making the perfect choice for your family break. Once again, thank you for taking the time to inform us of your findings as this helps us review and improve upon our service.

      Keep safe and well in these challenging times and we hope to welcome you back to the Lakes again in the future.

      With all best wishes,

      Lakeland Retreats

  • Laurence says:

    We had a great time. The cottage is perfectly located in central Ambleside. It’s exactly as advertised with cosy and warm space to relax in after a day’s walking. It was a perfect base for our trip

  • Vigan says:

    “Very good location and host would defintately reccomend”

  • Stewart says:

    This place has such an amazing location with everything in Ambleside on your doorstep. There was a lovely welcome pack of edible treats and the house had everything we needed. Parking was tricky but to be expected in Ambleside so be prepared to hunt around and travel in as few cars as possible. Would recommend and stay again

  • Carolyn says:

    This is an amazing house, brilliantly located in Ambleside. We had 3 generations staying, 4 adults and 3 children, and we never felt cramped or on top of each other. It was lovely and clean with lots of towels and the boot/drying room came in very handy with the weather over the weekend! One thing I will mention is the parking, it is extremely tight to get back out of the courtyard (I scraped all down one door!) so if you’re driving anything wider or longer than a BMW X2 be super careful!! I would definitely stay here again, I just won’t park there

  • Pauline says:

    It was perfect from the office staff could not have been more helpful the house was perfect for our group location was excellent and the little added touches gift hamper was lovely to walk into x will be definitely be booking again with you x thank you

  • Cass says:

    The Herald is a fabulous cottage & great for large family’s, it was very spacious, warm & cosy. The location is great too, we loved our weekend away & will definitely be booking it again xx

  • Ayeisha says:

    Such a wonderful stay at Heralds Cottage. Communication was great and the house was super comfy for our Family of 8 (plus baby). The house in situated right in the middle of Ambleside – easy access to shops, the waterfalls and many other attractions. The sauna was a lovely bonus too! We will absolutely be staying here again!

  • Marion says:

    Great cottage, great showers and lashings of hot water, great cooker, we loved the open plan set up with completely private bedrooms and the sauna was an added extra!!! Parking was easy to manage and two spaces quite a bonus in Ambleside

  • Tim says:

    Lovely cottage in the middle of Ambleside that hosted two families perfectly. Easy check-in and check-out, bang in the middle of town and parking too.

  • Harriett says:

    This is an excellent location within the town. It is perfect for accessing local walks. The house provides all you for a comfortable and restful stay. The sauna was a welcome bonus after a day’s hiking. Would definitely recommend.

  • Ashley says:

    Great accommodation in an excellent location central to Ambleside. It is well set out and well equipped. Very comfortable beds, and three excellent bathrooms

  • Sharmila says:

    We were group of 8 friends. We had a good time at Herald cottage. Windermere lake, shops and restaurants were at walking distance. The cottage was clean and the common area was nice and cozy. The sauna was great too. The only problem was one of our cars was big so we had a difficult time parking as the road leading to the cottage was narrow. Overall, we had a wonderful stay at Herald cottage.”

  • Janet says:

    “Lovely cottage in a great location with everything you need for a relaxing stay.

  • Amelia says:

    It is in a perfect location with everything you need. Will definitely visit again.

  • Jack says:

    Lovely place to stay. Very responsive team which was great. Amazing location too. The sauna is great after a long day. Would definitely stay again

  • Grethe says:

    Herald Cottage comfortably accommodates 8 people and is in a very central location with easy access to shops and restaurants. The small courtyard was lovely. Would recommend

  • Paul says:

    We had a family birthday weekend at Herald Cottage and we all really enjoyed it. The house is well maintained, clean, great kitchen with all mod cons. The sauna was fun and well worth a go even in June after a days walking. The drive through the alley way to park up is tight for a wider car and that’s the only downside. Its a recommend from us !!

  • Sarah says:

    We loved our stay at the cottage. It’s perfectly located, very stylish and has great amenities. It was great to be able to collect the keys from the key safe two minutes away too. Communication was fantastic and the directions to find the cottage were very helpful. It’s location is perfect for the Brathay/Windermere marathon too

  • Lesley says:

    Clean and comfortable. Brilliant location. Good facilities

  • Alison says:

    A lovely cottage in a perfect spot for exploring Ambleside. The cottage is well equipped with some nice extras like the drying room, sauna children’s books, games and dvds

  • Janet says:

    The cottage is lovely and comfy, and true to the description. The outdoor courtyard was a great spot to sit in the late afternoon sun A great location to walk to the lake, into the hills and to the shops and restaurants of Ambleside.

  • Mairead says:

    Great location could walk to all shops and restaurants. Lovely house with a cosy living room and large seating area – perfect for family get togethers

  • Mairead says:

    Everything was great my family had a lovely weekend.

  • Sarah says:

    Herald Cottage, is really well located in the centre of Ambleside and really comfortable for big groups

  • Aleks says:

    thanks! we had a great time. we appreciated the books of walks and things to do

  • Jan says:

    Beautiful cottage in a great location. Very well equipped; we really appreciated the log fire

  • Max says:

    A fantastic base for a visit to the Lakes. Lakeland Retreats were brilliant; the house had absolutely everything; and it was in a brilliant location. Can’t recommend it more highly.

  • Ross says:

    Had a great stay at the cottage! We were a group of eight adults and the size was perfect. All rooms were clean and tidy. Located in the centre of Ambleside so very good for getting around the Lakes and having amenities on your doorstep. Would definitely recommend to others.

  • Gareth says:

    Wonderful cottage – cosy and comfy and perfect for families. Great location and had a wonderful stay

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