Situated right on the banks of the River Rothay and a mere 5 minutes level walk from the village centre, Overbeck makes for a superb bolthole for a couple, whatever time of year you choose to visit Ambleside. The sight and sound of water is so soothing and this stretch of the Rothay is home to an abundance of wildlife; herons, ducks and even an otter.

Those water babies among you will enjoy getting into the river from the door and paddling your kayak or paddleboard down to the Lake whilst anglers will please pleased to know that this stretch of water is outside of WADAA control and although an Environmental Agency rod licence is required between the season, 15th March to 30th September, no additional fishing licence is required. Perhaps you’ll catch your own supper!



Overbeck sits proudly at the end of three properties under the same ownership, all sharing in a delightful lawned picnic area at the water’s edge. Accessed via a footbridge from the parking area, Overbeck’s windows face towards the river, the dining table providing a front row seat! The sofas are strategically placed in front of the electric stove and a neat but perfectly functional kitchen will ensure you can properly self cater if you so wish.

The spacious bedroom on the first floor has a superking size bed to ensure a good night’s rest and plenty of room for a cot if you’re bringing your little one with you. There’s a powerful shower over a deep pea shaped bath in the en-suite. Overbeck is pet free.  Secure storage is available for sports equipment if required and there’s private, off road parking for two cars.


Ground Floor:

  • Open plan living space
  • Kitchen Area: with fridge, freezer, electric oven, induction hob and microwave and door to the private patio area
  • Dining Area: strategically placed to take in the sights and sounds of the river
  • Lounge: with log burner, 42″ smart TV, Blu-ray/DVD player and dining table overlooking the river and gardens

First Floor:

  • Bedroom: with Superking Size bed and views over the river and gardens
  • Bathroom: luxury tiled bathroom with shower over bath, WC and hand basin


  • All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included
  • The property has gas central heating throughout
  • Cot and highchair available from Lakeland Retreats
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer at the side of Riverside Lodge


  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Pet free
  • Private Patio area overlooking the River Rothay
  • Please note: The access to the property is from the main parking area and via a private footbridge


Retreats for

  • Adventure
  • Romance


  • Bath
  • Shower


  • Blu-Ray Player
  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi


  • Boot / Drying Area
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Parking
  • Traditional


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room

Children & Pets

  • High Chair
  • No Pets
  • Travel Cot

Bed Type

  • King Size Bed
  • Superking Bed

Local area

  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Riverside location


  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

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(4.9 out of 5) - based on 14 reviews.

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  • Alexander Cowan says:

    The Lakeland Retreats teams provide an exceptional service, offering superbly presented accommodation in the heart of the Lake District. The team are always on hand but rarely needed as they strive to ensure everything is ready for your arrival. We are regulars, booking our holiday with this team and have the confidence to book for next year before finishing this trip. The cottage is perfectly located on the edge of Ambleside and provides unrestricted access to every activity you could possibly need here. From cycling around the lake or paddle boarding from the cottage gardens. A short but adventurous drive over the Hardnott Pass and we were ready to conquer Helvelyn via Stridding and Swirral Edges. Then just spending time watching nature and the local wildlife in the beautifully presented gardens. I can’t rate this company highly enough. Thank you for providing our dream location in the Lake District.

  • Rowan says:

    We loved our stay at Overbeck. Great location for the view over the stream and access into Ambleside. The virtual hamper to spend at a local shop was a very nice touch!

  • Rhiannon says:

    Great flat in a fantastic location.

  • Doug says:

    Another lovely week! The refurbishment is a real improvement. Wildlife galore outside and we’ll be back for sure.

  • Sharon says:

    Our first stay at Overbeck Cottage and we’ve really enjoyed it. We’ve loved watching the birds visiting the feeder outside the window and those on the river. The property is ideally placed for making the most of the local walks without needed to us the car. We’re already looking forward to a return visit.

  • Paul says:

    Love the refurbishment. A real home away from home. We have stayed here or in Riverside Lodge several times over the years and will be back again. Saw a lot of Elvis the heron as well as the other wonderful birdlife.

  • Yvonne Kneller says:

    We have been to Overbeck Cottage for many enjoyable stays and miss the personal touch of the original owner. We have often stayed there for fortnightly visits and it has been our haven of relaxation. BUT!! The last few years have seen the property becoming tired and unkept. Outside areas are scruffy (what would it take to have a sweep, paint the rusty metal barriers and have a few pots of flowers.?) and although we find the view from the Juliette balcony very pretty, this doesn’t compensate generally for the original 4 star rating of earlier years. It’s deteriorated! Our last visit saw curtains hanging off the rails, carpets stained and an under-sink cupboard that was full of mildew and put us off cooking with the pans inside. Very sad, as we would have made several bookings for the future. We have booked another cottage for next year!

    • Dear Yvonne,
      We’ve tried to contact you this morning following receipt of your review for Overbeck Cottage in Ambleside as we wanted to talk to you directly about your findings and comments. It is fair to say that the planned refurbishment of the property has been hindered several times over the last 18 months, not only due to COVID but also due to the site being flooded, the most recent time in November following Storm Arwen. The owner’s plans to have new bathrooms and kitchens fitted had to take a back seat as during lockdown, local contractors were inundated with work to be carried out at empty properties and the schedule for Overbeck, Middlebeck and Riverside Lodge was massively delayed.
      We have blocked all three cottages off for the next 8 weeks for a major plan of works to be carried out to include new kitchens, bathrooms and carpets throughout and once that’s completed, new soft furnishings and new accessories to include kitchen equipment will be provided.
      We’d dearly love for you to experience the new look Overbeck at some point in the future when time will allow for you to do so. If you’d care to contact me directly with some suitable dates for 2023, I’d be delighted to make the arrangements for you.

      With all best wishes,

      The Lakeland Retreats Team

    • Hi Yvonne. Further to our last and most recent exchange, we’re pleased to confirm that the renovations at Overbeck Cottage are now complete. These works encompass a complete remodeling and refit of the kitchen, new flooring and carpets throughout, the installation of a wood burning stove, redecoration throughout and other general maintenance. You’ll be able to preview the new photos on our website and we hope to welcome you back to Overbeck Cottage at sometime in the near future. With best wishes, Lakeland Retreats.

  • Sally says:

    Great location and a very comfortable stay. Loved the wildlife from the window. Would highly recommended.

  • Alexander says:

    We had a very nice stay in the flat, hiking all around the lake district. The flat is very well placed in the middle of Ambleside, close to the shops and pubs, but also minutes away from numerous walks one could do in the outdoors. The main feature of the flat is a huge window in the living room with an amazing view.

  • Pat says:

    Just had another wonderful stay at Overbeck Cottage. The staff at Lakeland Retreats were so helpful and any queries we had were dealt with very swiftly and efficiently! Thank you so much and we’ll see you again in April!

  • Kirstin says:

    Lovely place and great location for Ambleside and exploring the lakes. Very easy to find and great communication from the host.

  • George says:

    Such a great location, so nice to be overlooking the river yet such a short walk into town. The cottage has everything you need and is really clean & well maintained. Definitely recommend

  • Jackie XX says:

    Many thanks for all that you do to enable us to keep enjoying staying in Overbeck x

    We had the wettest few days in years …but it didn’t deter us and managed to clock up over 30 miles walking x So all good x

    Will be booking another week in Autumn soon x

    Thanks to all

  • Paul says:

    Brilliant location, parking right outside, lovely neat little place

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