Yew Bank is beautifully positioned on the banks of the River Brathay at Clappersgate and provides the unique and enviable opportunity to meander down the steps of the tiered cottage garden to the water’s edge; what a glorious spot to enjoy morning coffee, breakfast or even an aperitif before dinner? Enjoy a paddle, splash about with the children or head straight into the water from the house with your paddleboard or kayak towards the north end of Windermere and enjoy the majestic scenery that surrounds England’s largest lake – don’t forgot your GoPro! Yew Bank is a level, 15 minute walk from the centre of vibrant Ambleside where you’ll find all the usual, modern day conveniences of supermarkets, cafes and bars as well as an eclectic mix of galleries, cinemas and attractions for all the family.


enjoy the social layout and relax here with family and friends

Yew Bank is a very social retreat with a flexible layout providing a relaxing vibe and plenty of space for you and your loved ones to gather and spend precious time together. The ground floor is centred around the dining kitchen, the hub of the home, a great place to enjoy preparing and eating a delicious meal together with large wood burning stove, breakfast bar and formal dining table. To one side of the kitchen sits a modern lounge with wood burning stove and a cosy snug to the other with exposed stone walls and wonderful views of the water. There’s a handy downstairs WC off the elegant hallway with original Victorian tiles and plenty of hanging space for walking boots and jackets.

The first floor offers great views of the Lake and four good bedrooms sharing in a luxurious house bathroom with deep, free standing bath, shower cubicle, handbasin and WC. Bedroom 1 has a kingsize sleigh bed whilst bedroom 2 has a four poster double with en-suite shower, handbasin and WC. Bedroom 3 is a lovely bright double and you’ll find twin beds in bedroom 4.

There’s bags of parking here at Yew Bank and plenty of seating opportunities within the tiered gardens. Please note the 38 stone steps to the water’s edge which is also unfenced.

Ground Floor:

The property has gas central heating throughout with tiled and wooden floors except the bedrooms that have carpets.

  • Kitchen: Modern kitchen incorporating a gas hob, electric oven, large fridge, dishwasher and microwave. Large Log Burner with dining table and breakfast bar.
  • Lounge: With TV, two sofas around a log burning stove (initial fuel provided).
  • Snug Room: Sofa with lovely views.
  • Separate Toilet and washing machine under the stairs


  • Bedroom 1: Kingsize Sleigh Bed and Beams
  • Bedroom 2: Four Poster Double Bed and Ensuite
  • Bedroom 3: Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4: Twin Room
  • Bathroom: Bath, Cubicle Shower with basin and WC


  • All electric, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and highchair available from Lakeland Retreats
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Tiered terraced garden with 38 stone steps down to the riverside, patio furniture. Direct access to the river, unfenced.
  • PLEASE NOTE: guests enter the water at their own risk.
  • No Pets


  • 4 Bedroom
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Log Burner / Fireplace
  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Central Heating
  • Bath
  • Shower
  • En-Suite
  • King Size Bed
  • Four Poster Bed
  • Twin Room
  • Double Room
  • Friday Changeover
  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • DVD Player
  • Baby Cot Available
  • High Chair Available
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Parking for 3 Cars
  • Family Friendly
  • Sleeps 8
  • Sleeps more than 6

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(4.8 out of 5) - based on 12 reviews.

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  • Shaun says:

    Great location, fantastic views opportunity to hire kayak or canoes on Windermere and visit house via river. House spotless and has all mod cons, would definitely visit again. 20min walk into Ambleside and 30min to ferry terminal.

  • Corrine says:

    Lovely large, spacious house with most of the mod cons expected. the owner was very helpful and friendly. Easy walk into Ambleside and fab views of the lake over fields. Terraced garden by river was very picturesque and ideal for launching your own canoe.

  • Mary says:

    Fabulous house and location. Friendly and helpful owner.

  • Claudia says:

    Nice big house for a big group to stay. Great views of the lake as well. Very Clean and exactly like the pictures.

  • Jan says:

    The house is spacious, very well equipped and ideal for larger groups. The location is perfect with a short walk into Ambleside and short drive to Chesters at Skelwith Bridge, Coniston, Rydal Water and Windermere. Views from the house are stunning. Garden offers lovely place to relax and steps down to the jetty and river are an added bonus. Host was very helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend.

  • Clare says:

    A well equipped cottage in a beautiful spot overlooking the river, and with Windermere in view.

  • Jane says:

    Absolutely beautiful place to stay! The house has incredible uninterrupted views down towards the lake – absolutely stunning! The amenities are great- all the best bits of a lovely old property but also great mod cons (under floor heating was a real treat in the chilly weather!). Kitchen well equipped and lovely bathroom. The garden was great to explore and being able to get right down to the river was just magic. Thanks for a lovely stay and we’d love to stay again!

  • Kate says:

    We had a great stay. A lovely house with great amenities, good location and gorgeous views.

  • Holly says:

    We really enjoyed staying here, there was plenty of space for all 8 of us. We loved admiring the views and sitting in front of a roaring fire. It’s an easy walk into Ambleside and centrally located for exploring the Lake District! The bathroom is particularly beautiful with an amazing bath ! Would definitely recommend!

  • Claire says:

    “Michelle’s place is perfectly located with magnificent views. The cottage is large, sparkling clean and newly decorated. We stayed in chilly January and were very warm and comfortable. 100% recommend, we will certainly be back.”

  • Kamolwan says:

    Our group had a lovely time here. Perfect for families or even a group of friends.

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