Ideal Quality Retreat for a Larger Gathering of Friends and Family

The rather splendid Oakroyd is a well-placed, high-quality retreat set in a quiet backwater of Ambleside, the ideal venue for an annual gathering of family and friends seeking a central base, somewhere to spend special time together and create unforgettable holiday memories. A traditional Lakeland stone and slate house, Oakroyd offers a winning combination of space and comfort and ticks all the boxes in terms of your holiday home wish list. Light, bright and tastefully decorated, the owners have taken great care to ensure the excellent facilities are both practical and stylish and set out over three main floors, the views of the surrounding fells get better the more stairs you climb!

Ambleside is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Lake District. Surrounded by magnificent scenery, wonderful walking and cycling opportunities, the village is an obvious choice for the first time or returning outdoorsy visitor. Tick off some of the 214 famous Wainwright’s from the doorstep here at Oakroyd or tackle one of England’s most challenging cycle routes, ‘The Struggle’, 400 metres above Ambleside and the highest road in the Lake District. For a more sedate pace, take a leisurely stroll through Rothay Park, over the stepping stones and along to Rydal Water and Caves, a lovely, scenic route with plenty of picnic and photograph opportunities along the way.


A Winning Combination of Space, Comfort, and Character

Set out over three main floors, enter Oakroyd from the front and into a long hallway which leads left into a sunny lounge room with deep-cushioned, comfortable sofas to relax back into in front of the TV., the bay window allowing for plenty of light to flood in. The dining room beyond is home to a Morso wood burning stove and offers ample seating for all your party. The newly fitted kitchen beyond is very well equipped with quality appliances, ample storage for all your food items and cupboards thoughtfully stocked with all the culinary items you’ll need for your week’s stay.

A glorious Super-king bedroom sits on the first floor offering delightful views of Loughrigg fell, prettily decorated with plush furnishings and striking accent colours. A spacious and stylish house bathroom has a freestanding roll-top bath, basin and WC and there’s a further shower room on this floor with a large walk-in shower cubicle, basin and WC. The second floor is home to two more bedrooms, both twins with superb views of Loughrigg and Fairfield Horseshoe, one with an en-suite WC and basin.  All the bedrooms are furnished with high-quality beds dressed in white linens to ensure a restful sleep.

The basement has good head height and is great for storing all your outdoor clobber. Outside, a fully enclosed courtyard has ample furniture for everyone. A residents parking permit is available for on-street with a further permit for use on a number of nearby car parks which can prove quite a saving on the cost of your holiday.

Ground Floor:

  • Entrance hall
  • Lounge room with bay window and wood effect laminate flooring, comfy seating and TV
  • Dining room with Morso wood-burning stove and ample seating for all of your party
  • Kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, washing machine and access to the rear courtyard

Lower Ground Floor:

  • Accessed from the dining room, a great room to store all your outdoor equipment

First Floor:

  • Super king bedroom with views out towards Loughrigg Fell
  • Shower room with large walk in cubicle, basin and WC
  • Family bathroom with roll top bath, basin and WC

Second Floor:

  • Twin bedroom with en-suite WC and basin
  • Twin bedroom


  • Lakeland stone-built home from home
  • Gas central heating throughout
  • All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included
  • WiFi
  • Travel cot and high chair available on request
  • Wood-burning stove
  • Enclosed courtyard to the rear
  • One pet welcome
  • Friday changeover
  • Residents permit provided for parking on street and further permit
  • Provided for use on the nearby car park
  • No Smoking


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Family


  • Bath
  • En-Suite
  • Shower

Local area

  • Central to town
  • Pub within 1 mile


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Children & Pets

  • Dog Crate available
  • High Chair Available
  • Pet Friendly
  • Travel Cot Available

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room
  • Twin Room


  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Modern
  • Parking
  • Traditional

Bed Type

  • King Size Bed
  • Single Bed


  • TV
  • Wi-Fi


  • Washing Machine

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(5 out of 5) - based on 16 reviews.

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  • Emma says:

    This property is outstanding. It’s absolutely beautiful and will far surpass any expectations. Just everything about it is wonderful. It has been refurbished to a very high standard. The beds are so comfy. The whole house is lovely and warm. The location is perfect, right in the middle of Ambleside but super quiet set back from the main area.

  • Shirley says:

    We had a great stay at Oakroyd during October half-term. The cottage is in a perfect location in Ambleside – very close to all amenities, yet set in a quiet street away from all the hustle and bustle. It is spotlessly clean and well-equipped with excellent wifi, much to the relief of the teenage contingent!

  • Melanie says:

    Lovely house in perfect location for a great family weekend.

  • Anna says:

    Fabulous accommodation. Warm, stylish and very clean. Suited our needs perfectly as a family of four plus an extra guest.

  • Becky says:

    Incredible air bnb! Really beautiful lay-out of furniture and utilities, brilliant WiFi, dishwasher so useful, parking permits were really helpful, beds super comfy, incredible shower, the list just keeps going! Ideal distance from Windermere and only a short drive away to walk up Scafell! Also super close to great shops, cafes and restaurants!

  • Alex says:

    Michelle’s property is beautifully furnished, incredibly comfortable and situated in a quiet residential street but still less than a minute from central Ambleside; a perfect stay!

  • Amanda says:

    Lovely house in a great location with lovely restaurants within walking distance and a carpark opposite that you can use free of charge.

  • Shona Bristow says:

    5 * for Oakroyd, and Lakekand Retreats.
    Cottage was perfect for our family stay, very well furnished and kitted out.
    Parking, location, amenities, etc all boxes ticked thanks to Ross and the team.
    Excellent customer service.
    Thank you

  • Einir says:

    Had a fantastic week at ‘Oakroyd’ cottage…Perfect location, close to shops, restaurants and park, very clean and tidy…Lovely courtyard at the back for the dog, and plenty of space inside…Parking was also fantastic, we managed to park outside the property which was ideal Lovely walks in the area, hope to visit again soon, thanks you

  • Lynne says:

    Lovely house, great interior and furnishing. Fantastic location if you want to be in Ambleside , in a quiet residential street with access to the town . Very much enjoyed our stay and would love to rent it again

  • Simone says:

    Thank you for an amazing stay. We loved the house and were really impressed with how everything was set up! Could not believe the kitchen had everything including a knife steal to sharpen knives!! Best holiday cottage we have ever stayed in . Thanks so much

  • Siobhan says:

    Fantastic house really well furnished. Clean and we loved the finer details of the lakes mugs and monopoly game. Centrally situated yet still a quiet street. We would definitely rebook. If any guests like walking I would recommend a walk to the Rydal caves.

  • Terence says:

    fantastic accommodation, everything just right and as described. Super location and perfectly equipped.

  • Alexa says:

    Amazing location in the heart of Ambleside (but quiet!). Easy to go for beautiful walks or explore the shops and restaurants in town. The house was sparkling clean and very well kitted out. Great for families or two couples. The team was super responsive. Would definitely come back!

  • Joanna says:

    Our family had a fantastic stay at this cottage, it’s location is perfect for exploring the lakes, it was quiet but only walking distance shops and restaurants and a brilliant park, plus lots of beautiful walks from the town. We had everything we needed and the cottages was immaculate and well stocked. Would definitely return !

  • Andrea says:

    Clean, comfortable, super facilities and excellent location.

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