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, hand basin and WC. Bedroom 1 has a kingsize sleigh bed whilst bedroom 2 has a four-poster double with en-suite shower, hand basin and WC. Bedroom 3 is a lovely bright double and you’ll find twin beds in bedroom 4.

There ample 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. The owner has shared access into the water.

Ground Floor:

The property has gas central heating throughout with tiled and wooden floors except for 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.
  • Sorry no pets



  • Bath
  • En-Suite
  • Shower


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


  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Microwave

Bedroom Size

  • Double Room
  • Twin Room


  • DVD Player
  • Freeview
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi

Retreats for

  • Family

Children & Pets

  • High Chair
  • No Pets
  • Travel Cot

Bed Type

  • King Size Bed

Local area

  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Remote
  • Riverside location

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

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  • Freddie says:

    Just all around the perfect place to stay for a weekend away! The house is large with an amazing kitchen and beautiful bedrooms, with some lovely countryside walks and amazing scenery nearby.

  • Helen says:

    A lovely spacious house with the most amazing views and great access to the river leading to lake Windermere. Close enough to Ambleside to walk there and back. Ideal location to visit other places of interest. Lot’s of wild life to watch from the cosy sun room next to the beautiful kitchen.

  • Matt says:

    Fantastic property, great accommodation, great views and lively local wildlife.

  • Alison says:

    Great, comfortable and well equipped accommodation within easy walking distance to amenities. Would highly recommend!

  • Helen says:

    Loved our stay here. The house is really spacious and comfortable and had everything we needed. Great location too – quiet, but within easy walking distance of Ambleside. Loads of good walks and places to visit nearby, but also enjoyed just chilling in the snug with a drink or cup of tea.

  • Scott says:

    Host was great any very accommodating. We had to reschedule due to personal circumstances and they were more than helpful and understanding. It’s a lovely property in an amazing setting, we will definitely be returning some day soon.

  • Joanna says:

    Stunning views over the countryside from the front of the house. We found the location excellent. It took 10 mins drive to get to Grasmere and Windermere. We were a family with 3 generations and there was more than enough space for us all. The house is well kitted out and there were some lovely welcoming touches when we arrived.

  • Jenny says:

    Really lovely place well equipped to a high standard. We really enjoyed our stay and would stay again. Just be aware one of the single beds is not quite full length. Fine for a child or a small teenager but too short for most adults in my opinion.

  • Su says:

    Lovely accommodation with great views. We spent 3 nights, mainly for staycation. The kitchen was lovely, good for friends or family gathering.

  • Jenny says:

    Lovely property in an ideal location for bars, pubs, and beautiful walks. Would absolutely recommend it.

  • Natalie says:

    Gorgeous house in an amazing location. We had the best time and will definitely be back again soon!

  • Lyndsey says:

    A beautiful house with amazing views! Great size and great location for visiting all the local attractions

  • Bryony says:

    Amazing stay in a beautiful home… Riverside and close to Ambleside (walking in for evenings only took 10 mins)… Great cosy stay for an autumn trip and kirsti was great at communicating throughout the week and recommending things to do

  • Daniel says:

    Went for a few days with friends – perfect location, lovely house, and really helpful team!

  • Marvin says:

    We stayed for two weeks with a 6 month and a two year old. It was a great place with beautiful views. The access to the riverbank was also quite nice and very easy to access. We rented kayaks (from the rental place in nearby village of waterhead) and tied them up at the river bank so that our two year old could go for mini kayaking trip.

  • Edward says:

    Wonderful house in a fantastic location. Exactly what we were looking for. You really won’t be disappointed! We will be back!

  • Chloe says:

    Absolutely amazing week in Yew Bank – beautiful house so well kept! Great space and facilities and host was fantastic! Thankyou so much, could not recommend more!! X

  • Charlotte says:

    Had everything we needed, our team were really impressed with this place. Gorgeous views and quick responses to any questions we had! Would definitely stay here again, Thank you!

  • Flora says:

    We really enjoyed our stay at Yew Bank. There are some lovely walks straight from the house and even more a short drive away. The house is well equipped and Kirsti is so friendly and helpful (she even gave us her kettle with the house one broke!). The garden is beautiful and we did manage to swim in the river. Would love to stay again sometime.

  • Alison says:

    Yew Tree is a wonderful place to stay. You can expect a high standard of accommodation that is exceptionally clean and in a location that is perfect for bracing walks and stunning scenery. Ambleside town centre is a 15 minute walk where you can enjoy lovely shops, cafes and restaurants that go above and beyond to keep you safe. I highly recommend a stay here.

  • Kerry says:

    This is a gem of cottage – beautiful spot with breathtaking views, quality finish with lovely unexpected touches such as underfloor heating in the kitchen, spotless key clean, great location for Ambleside and a very hospitable and friendly owner. We will be returning! Thank you so much for a lovely stay!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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