Lanty Slee, Ambleside

Taking its name from the notorious local farmer and quarryman-turned smuggler, ‘Lancelot’ Lanty Slee, this pretty Lakeland cottage sits in one of the oldest parts of Ambleside just on North Road. Offering a convenient and comfortable retreat, whatever time of year you choose to visit the Lakes.

Visitors have flocked to the village since Victorian times to take in the fresh lakeland air and beauty of the surrounding fells and calm waters of Windermere that still entice holidaymakers to this day. Well equipped for the large crowds that visit throughout the year, Ambleside provides an assorted array of everyday shopping for self-catering guests, interesting galleries, cafes and bars as well as a wealth of attractions and activities for all the family. Tennis courts, bowling green and pitch and put are just some of the outdoor facilities available whilst an indoor climbing wall and cave system is on hand when the rather isn’t quite so kind.

Please note: the property is really a sleeps 5/6 due to the size and layout of the third bedroom.


Next door to the popular Unicorn Inn Pub

Enter Lanty Slee from the front and straight into the cosy, colourful lounge where you’ll find comfortable, retro furnishings set against wooden floors with rugs, all arranged around a wood burning stove set in an Inglenook, colour TV with SMART TV dongle.

A sunny open hallway leads to the rear access of the house and from here, a beautiful handmade spiral staircase leads down to the contemporary, well fitted kitchen diner, an attractive room providing a perfect blend of the old and new; the stylish units set against a backdrop of flagged floors, exposed old beams and a feature black range.

First floor

On the first floor lie two superb new washroom facilities, one with a shower over the bath, the other a stylish shower room – you get a great view over the village towards Loughrigg Fell from the bathroom.

The main double bedroom is on this floor, prettily decorated with wooden floors and an original feature fireplace.

Second floor

On the second floor are two further bedrooms; a bright and sunny twin to the front of the house and a smaller double to the rear with access to only one side of the bed making this facility suitable for one adult or two young children.

There’s a handy secure outhouse to the rear of the house where you can store a couple of bikes and although there is no garden here at Lanty Slee, you’re just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Rothay Park, a 10 minute stroll from the shores of Windermere and minutes away from the slopes of the majestic fell range that surrounds Ambleside.

The parking permit provided is for use on the nearby car park and can be used on several other car parks throughout South Lakeland offering you quite a saving on parking costs during your holiday.


  • Entrance from the front street via several slate steps
  • Cosy lounge room with wood floors and rugs, wood burning stove set in an Inglenook, colour TV
  • Inner hallway area with door to outside and to the rear access to Gibson’s Yard


  • Accessed by way of spiral staircase, modern kitchen diner with Bluetooth speaker, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, washing machine, induction hob, electric fan oven and microwave. Heated airer available. Access to the outside and secure shed providing storage for bikes


  • Modern bathroom with shower over bath, handbasin and WC
  • Modern shower room with cubicle, handbasin and WC
  • Bedroom 1: double bedroom with wooden floors and feature fireplace


  • Bedroom 2: twin bedroom with wooden floors
  • Bedroom 3: double bed which can only be accessed from one side more suited to a single or two small children


  • Parking by way of permit on nearby SLDC carpark. One permit provided
  • Lanty Slee is not suitable for toddlers and due to the unusual layout
  • No pets
  • All electric, bed linen and towels are included
  • WiFi
  • Initial supply of logs provided – further supplies available to purchase locally
  • Gas fired central heating
  • Secure storage available for two adult bikes


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Family

Local area

  • Central to town
  • Pub within 1 mile


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave


  • Double Room
  • Twin Room


  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi

Children & Pets

  • High Chair Available
  • Pet Free


  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Shower


  • Single Bed

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(4.9 out of 5) - based on 10 reviews.

Respond to Lanty Slee

  • Max says:

    Beautiful cottage in a central but not too overlooked location in Ambleside. The house is well furnished and is perfect for a family/friend getaway. The weather couldn’t have been better at the time of stay and we’re glad we picked such a wonderful spot. Plenty of access to a range of nice restaurants and cafes, with two small local supermarkets selling the essentials. Perfect place for hill-walking and day trips to Windermere.

  • Tania says:

    Perfect base for hiking and close to all amenities in Ambleside. Lovely house, very clean and well equipped.

  • Sherry says:

    Lanty Slee is very centric located in the Ambleside town enter. It makes easy for us to get to lakes, waterfall etc in 10/20min walk. The place is well cleaned and prepared for our stay. Really enjoyed a good time staying there, would recommend to a small group fam/friends.

  • Shaun says:

    Comfy and clean place with well thought out and quality interiors, great location too!

  • Laurance says:

    Fantastic place to stay for both the local amenities of Ambleside and the wider walking of the lakes. The house itself was spotless when we got there and included everything we could’ve possibly needed. Thanks!

  • Nic says:

    A lovely house in a central location. Perfect for a weekend away.

  • Georgia says:

    Michelle’s home was clean, cosy and welcoming with plenty of character. The location was fantastic and the parking permit was great! Everything we needed and more – thank you

  • Simon says:

    Thank you! We had just the best ever time at Lanty Slee. Everything about the place is amazing. Parking is obviously a bit of a pain but totally understandable given the central location of the home. We will be going back repeatedly to this incredible home. I cannot recommend this place enough. Thank you to Lakeside Retreats for taking such good care of us! Kind regards Simon Hodson

  • David says:

    Lovely cottage in a fantastic location for exploring the Lakes and walking distance to everything in Ambleside

  • Wil Langschied says:

    Very clean and well appointed holiday home. Great Ambleside location a few minutes walk from the town’s shops, pubs and restaurants. Very peaceful and quiet at night, even with the
    traditional and cosy Unicorn pub literally next door. Only caution is if you aren’t good with stairs as they are rather steep, otherwise a good base for the Lake District.

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