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


  • Bath
  • Shower

Local area

  • Central to town
  • Pub within 1 mile


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room
  • Single Room
  • Twin Room


  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi

Children & Pets

  • High Chair
  • No Pets


  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking


  • Washing Machine

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(5 out of 5) - based on 30 reviews.

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  • Chris says:

    Great venue and local to all the amenities in Ambleside. Very much worth a visit. The place is exactly what it says. It’s perfect.

  • Hong says:

    We enjoyed our stay at Lanty Slee, it is a very nice 4 floors sweet house, right in the town, very easy to go everywhere, perfect location. We loved the living room, nice temperature, cosy Conner with lots of comfortable pillows, kids had the tv, adults had the corner! We love the kitchen, very cosy, felt like home! There is almost everything what you need in the kitchen! We had to wash clothes, the warmer hanger very surprised us, very very convenient! We stayed for 4 nights, we would like to stay longer, so we definitely want go back again! Definitely recommended!

  • Jess says:

    We absolutely loved our visit to Ambleside. We travelled as an adult family of 5 and it was very comfortable and well equipped for our group. The location is right in the heart of Ambleside with easy access to many wonderful places within the Lakes region The property is split over 4 levels and has steep staircases, which was no problem at all for us but worth knowing. Highly recommend

  • Dawn says:

    Great place in centre of town. Comfortable bed and tastefully decorated . Would stay again .

  • Jess says:

    Thank you so much for the stay. We absolutely loved it. The house felt homely from the moment we entered and we loved the location. We were in the heart of Ambleside – it was perfect for us as we loved a stroll to a new coffee shop each morning. And everyone was so lovely! You were also never far from stunning views.

  • Jemma says:

    Lanty Slee is perfectly situated to explore the Lakes. Ambleside is great- great places to eat and lovely to wander around. Comfortable and clean house to stay in thank you. There isn’t carparking on site as stated on air bnb. There is a permit provided for the local carpark but be prepared to hunt for a space at times.

  • Jie says:

    Very good location: It’s quiet and convenient. The house is in the centre of Ambleside, close to shops, bus stops and everything, 1 minute walk to the near by Rydal Road car park. The Rock Shop in the corner is very good if you have kids 😀 Very lovely house: nice and clean, comfort beds, powerful showers, super good kitchen with all you need. Very kind staff: Gill is very responsive and helpful We had a very good 7 days stay here and would definitely recommend it. Thanks!

  • Alex says:

    Brilliant place to stay, fantastic location if looking for a mixture of hikes, good pubs and cycles!

  • Marty says:

    Delightful. Well apportioned and convenient. We walk loved staying here and looked forward to a restful place to return to after walking the Fells.

  • Zoe says:

    Sweet house in a brilliant location! Ideal if you want to discover Ambleside on foot, go out walking into the gorgeous surrounding hills, enjoy the cinemas and pubs and eat out in the evenings. Upstairs alcove double bed in the purple bedroom had plenty of room for my children (5 & 7) and they enjoyed the novelty of being surrounded by walls! The office were always incredibly helpful when we called with small issues. Arrival was smooth and trouble free. Thank you very much!

  • Maria says:

    We absolutely loved our stay in your Cottage , the only thing I would of liked more was a view but we were so central that this was perfect for my daughter and friend. We have come to the lakes every year for many years now , but we will definitely use your company again.

  • Natasha says:

    The cottage was so lovely. We enjoyed ourselves so much. The location is easy to walk to the city center and there is a large field nearby to take your dogs if needed. The cottage had great spaces for all of us. The beds were so comfortable and they had everything you need! The kitchen was well stocked as well. We loved it here! Thank you for thinking of everything.

  • Michelle says:

    You won’t find a cleaner, cuter cottage than this one! It is perfectly located in Ambleside – we could walk to everything, and we appreciated the parking pass that allowed us free parking in many area car parks! The cottage is beyond spotless, and there were many thoughtful touches, such as two bottles of local beer and fresh milk in the fridge. Loved the unique layout of the space, and we had plenty of room despite being a family of five! Absolutely loved staying here – didn’t want to leave! Thanks for a wonderful trip!

  • Elizabeth says:

    A wonderful property! The house is in the perfect Ambleside location, minutes away from all local amenities and a great location to begin some stunning local walks. Everything we needed was provided and the stay was prefect.

  • Tim says:

    Excellent service

  • Grace says:

    We had a lovely stay! Perfect location!

  • Richard says:

    A lovely comfortable, well equipped house in a great location. Very clean & tastefully decorated.

  • Kayt says:

    fantastic house great location… Will definitely be returning xx

  • Jo says:

    Great central Ambleside location, next door to a pub and round the corner from a better one. Lovely butcher on the street too. Extremely clean and well equipped cottage, tastefully decorated. Very easy to get to other places in the Lake District. The only thing was we sometimes had to wait for a parking space on return to the car park, but that was a small price to pay for a fabulous week.

  • Louise says:

    I would highly recommend this cottage! It’s got character, is beautiful, clean and tidy. The owners have taken a lot of care to make it homely and comfortable. The communication after booking was fantastic, I always got a fast response (had messaged with a few questions). The cottage is located centrally in Ambleside, it was ideal. Lots of places to eat and things to do, multiple vegetarian restaurants etc too! Ambleside is a wonderful location, as is Windermere. Couldn’t of wished for a better holiday. So happy to have booked here!

  • 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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