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Middlebeck Cottage ref: 123246

Ambleside, Ambleside & Area
4 Stars
  • Sleeps 22
Parking2 carsGardenPatio
2 person discountNoFire/WoodburnerYes
SmokingNoInternet accessYes


Just 500 yards from the centre of vibrant Ambleside, Middlebeck Cottage is one of two small cottages adjoining Riverside Lodge, a property of immense charm and character in a unique location on the banks of the River Rothay which flows through the grounds of the property before running into Lake Windermere. Within a level stroll from the cottage you will find a host of restaurants and activities to suit all ages. Ambleside is well served with numerous attractions including two cinemas, the Armitt Museum depicting the life and times of the village, tennis courts, bowling green and even and indoor climbing wall.
Middlebeck Cottage is a four star, quality self catering cottage offering great character and charm for two occupants, the perfect choice for a romantic break at any time of the year. The cottage offers mesmerising views of the riverbank from all rooms, across the lush green garden areas and beyond to Loughrigg Fell, very tempting to the walkers among you! Middlebeck Cottage has a outdoor patio overlooking the river and a spacious car park just across the private foot bridge from the property.
Middlebeck Cottage can be booked in conjunction with Overbeck Cottage Ref 123247 which is next door.

The property is within a few metres of the River Rothay (which flows through the garden) where fishing is available:

Type of fishing:
limited fly fishing. Locals tend to use worm or spinner.

Type of fish: The river holds brown trout. Very occasional late season salmon and sea trout turn up. Chub and roach are possible but unlikely.

Licence: An Environmental Agency rod licence is required. These are available online here. The stretch of water is outside of WADAA control hence no additional licence is required.

Months: 15th March – 30th September. Closed season is 1st October to 14th March.

Additional details about this can be found here.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Property has gas central heating and comprises:
Entrance into.....
Lower Ground Floor: With 4* freezer and secure storage for bikes. Door to patio overlooking river.
Stairs to.....
Upper Ground Floor
Open plan living space with.....
Kitchen Area: With fridge, freezer electric oven and induction hob and microwave.
Lounge: With a wood burning stove (fuel not provided), Freeview TV and blu-ray player. The dining table is strategically placed to take in the wonderful view of the river and grounds.

First floor

Bedroom 1: Delightful king size bedroom with en suite shower, wash basin and WC


All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Sorry no travel cot or high chair available as the property is not suitable for babies or children, couples only will be accepted. Free wi-fi internet access provided.


Outside: Private off road parking. The access to the property is from the main parking area and via a private footbridge. You can pull up on the roadside if you wish to unload directly outside the property. Patio area with seating provided. Also shared garden area.

Nearest townAmblesideShops500 Yards
Distance500 YardsRestaurant500 Yards
Nearest railway stationWindermerePub500 Yards
Distance5 MilesLake0.5 miles

About the local area

Located right in the centre of the Lake District at the head of Lake Windermere, Ambleside is surrounded by beautiful scenery. This bustling, busy market town offers visitors numerous shops, cosy pubs and plenty of places to eat out.

Ambleside has easy access to the surrounding fells and mountains and is an excellent base from which to tour the Lake District. A short walk from the town centre is Stock Ghyll Force, a spectacular 70ft waterfall and to the southeast is Jenkins Crag (730ft), with its great views of Ambleside and the surrounding hills. Well worth a visit is Stagshaw Garden, a woodland garden with lovely floral displays set on a steep hillside overlooking Lake Windermere. From the garden walks lead through Skelghyll Woods to the fells beyond.

For the less energetic, there are strolls along the shore of Lake Windermere, boat trips down the lake and back, or maybe just potter around the many outdoor shops, craft shops and galleries before a good pub lunch.

Things to do nearby

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What our customers say about Middlebeck Cottage

The cottage was very comfortable and in a lovely location.

First time in the Lake District. Fabulous. We couldn’t ask for anything more in a cottage - beautiful. Saw otters on two separate mornings swimming along river and running across gravel bar. Also kingfishers and heron. Great walks from cottage.

Lovely cottage-great base for all sorts of things: good food in the local restaurants, good walking, cinemas a plenty!

Only a year since we first came here but feels like we have never been away. Lovely sitting at window watching the ducks, squirrels & birds. Can't wait to come back next year.

Most delightful cottage

Beautiful cottage and scenery.

Beautiful location, so many walks! Lovely cottage - will return!

Loved sitting on the patio in the afternoons. Fabulous cottage with spectacular scenery.

Ron &  Janet -

Lovely & relaxing. The setting is just perfect. See you again!

John & Margaret -

What a wonderful week, beautiful cottage, we will miss our bird watching in the morning. We will certainly be back.

Cottage excellent and setting perfect. Seen lots of wildlife on the river and garden. Lovely to be able to walk straight from cottage on some beautiful walks.

Lovely cottage-great location. Bird lovers paradise. Hope to come again.

 Kate -

Lovely cottage, beautiful riverside. Want to stay!

Jayne & Christian -

Thank you for enabling us to share all this - magnificent wildlife; beautiful cottage - batteries recharged.

Margery & Damian -

Just seen someone 'wild swimming' down the river! It's our 3rd visit and we've had a fantastic time as ever!

Fay & Ralph -

Appreciated the cottage and the location. Many thanks for a lovely week.

Mark & Annie -

Lovely week, great cottage in perfect location. Spent lots of time in the garden. Saw lots of interesting birds. Hope to be back next year.

Adrian & Maz -

Lovely cottage, great location. Saturday has come around far too quickly.

Silvia & Hans -

We loved to stay here, such a fine location in a fine countryside.

Ed & Gill -

Fantastic week, enjoying many walks and beautiful countryside.

Pete & Linda -

Great location & views. Very comfortable & cosy. Would definitely return.

Sue & John -

Had a lovely week. Great location.

David & Sandra -

Enjoyed the apartment. Thought the wine was a nice touch.

Marilyn & Eric -

Magical setting, again bottle of wine lovely gesture. Will be back.

Steve & Dot -

Great week, great location. Very clean.

Hannah & Luke -

A very relaxing break. Saw two deer during a walk and lots of birds on the feeders by the windows. Thanks for a great time.

Charlotte & Adam -

A thoroughly fantastic week in such a beautiful place. Really don't want to go home.

Liz &  Ian Dye -

Had a lovely xmas week. Hopefully back next xmas.

Bob & Wendy  Kennett -

A dramatic start to our stay as we watched the river burst its banks. Quite exciting too. The wine was much appreciated and the xmas tree a lovely touch. Had a great week. Lovely place and what an amazing view to wake up to every day. Thank you so much.

Simon & May Britton -

Another good week in this cottage. Great walks and good food nearby. We'll be back.

S P Britton -

This was our second visit and once again it did not disappoint.

M Fidler -

Excellent property in a fantastic location

Michael &  Helen Fidler -

Don't want to go home it's so nice here. Fantastic cottage and location.

Lynne Deller -

Clean comfortable and convenient! (Not a bad tagline!)

Bruce & Sally Bennett -

We've enjoyed our stay in this cosy and peaceful cottage, especially the river - we were thrilled to see a dipper.

Keith & Massrina Irvine -

Very nice quiet and relaxing, good location for town, lakes and country. Hope we can return sometime .......

Annette & Michael Cook -

A thoroughly good second stay in lovely surroundings.

Pat & Nigel Fabb -

Lovely cottage, beautiful surroundings. Excellent bus service to places of interest. Nicest cottage we have stayed in.

Ron & Janet Holland -

A lovely relaxing peaceful holiday cottage in a perfect place - we will be back.

Mr Robert Haslam -

Another excellent fortnight here.

Sarah & Blair Martin -

Lovely cottage and great location for us. Lots of good walks within very short distance.

Richard & Hayley Cocan -

Another great break here. Fantastic walks and love coming back to relax at this cottage.

Simon & Jane Archer -

Nicest place we've stayed in in Ambleside and will definitely come back. Had a wonderful break and cottage was a real haven of peace and relaxation. Tea and cake in garden after walks!

Chris & Robyrz Armstrong -

Lovely cottage, idyllic position.

Anna & Martin Ditchburn -

Saw an otter!

Dorothy & Bill Warne -

Our first visit to this excellent cottage in a super location. We will be back.

Simon & Mary Britton -

Excellent cottage - everything we needed for a week. Were looking for a new regular base and have certainly found it here. Will be back.

F Henderson -

Excellent location, with first class accommodation. hard to improve.

Frank & Sheena Henderson -

We've had a brilliant time - lovely cosy cottage in beautiful surroundings.

Steve & Dot Vernals -

Have had a good week here. Cottage warm and cosy with everything you need. Shall come again.

Mary & Doug Spears -

What a lovely welcome (i.e. Bottle wine). Good week stay, nice outlook, will come again.

E.R. Walker -

A beautiful cottage and location, ideal for us.

B Skeldon -

Hoping to enjoy many more holidays in the future.

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Kayaking on River Rothay

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Walking between Grasmere and Langdale

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Langdale Pikes

The dramatic Langdale Pikes can be found at the head of the Langdale Valley and can often be seen from many miles away overlooking the vale.

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Zeffirellis is one of the main attractions in Ambleside with many things to offer such as a Cinema, Live Music, a Restaurant and Cafe.

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Ambleside Roman Fort

Located on the outskirts of Ambleside you can find the Ambleside Roman Fort which dates back to the 2nd century. These remains are well marked and were probably built during Roman times as a watch out. It is now managed and protected by the National Trust.

Cookhouse Galleries

Cookhouse galleries are a family run business which was first set up back in 1981 and is well known for its wide variety of artwork and photography from many different artists from the Lake District area.

Hobbs Gallery

Ambleside is full of charming galleries showcasing the talent of the local artists and photographers and Hobbs Gallery is definitely one of them, full of the artwork of Phil Hobbs. He has a large selection of amazing water coloured paintings with many inspired by the surrounding Lake District.

Stagshaw Gardens

Over eight acres of beautiful gardens can be found overlooking the lake of Windermere, just south of Ambleside. Spring is the best time to visit this amazing location when the flora is at their best with the bluebells covering lots of the area.

Stockghyll Force

The water of Stockghyll tumbles down beautifully over the rocks before pleasantly running further along through the town of Ambleside. To reach the waterfall you take the picturesque footpath through the Stock Ghyll Woods which in early spring is beautiful with all the colourful daffodils.

The Apple Pie

A very well known café and bakery in the centre of Ambleside is ‘The Apple Pie’, famous for its delicious freshly baked treats, particularly the apple pies!

The Glass House Restaurant

Located in the heart of Ambleside is this wonderful restaurant known as The Glass House with its suberb glass front, allowing you to soak up in the amazing lighting over the amazing architecture and artefacts whilst enjoying your food made from local produce.

Beatrix Potter Gallery

A gallery of Beatrix Potter’s illustrations and drawings can be found in the 17th Century building which was once the office to her solicitor husband, William Heelis. The gallery has a ever changing exhibition of her work with a room styled as her husband once had it as an office.

Hill Top

Hill Top was once home to the well known and amazing Beatrix Potter and is open to go and visit. It is the perfect place to go and learn about the lovely author who brought the wonderful tales of the animals in the lakes to life!

Ruskin Museum

Since 1901 Ruskin museum has been open for visitors in Coniston, it was set up in memory of John Ruskin who was well known for his talents in the Victorian era, just a few of these talents are in art, geology, writing and teaching. The museum shows information and artifacts about the history of Coniston.

Walking to Lever Waterfalls & Levers Water

If you are walking in the Coppermines Valley area then you should definitely visit the Lever Waterfalls and the reservoir of Levers Water.

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Bridge House

This tiny but iconic building has 400 years of fascinating history: from an apple store to a family home. Tel: 01539 432617


The Brownes of Townend were just an ordinary farming family, but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories.

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Low Wood Watersports & Activity Centre

Low Wood Watersports and Activity Centre is located on Lake Windermere and is the place to go if you want to experience the thrill great activities on the water.

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Loughrigg Fell Walk

You can walk up Loughrigg Fell easily from Ambleside resulting in a great view at the top of the surrounding lakes and rivers.

Help & Advice

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What our customers say

December 2014

The cottage was very comfortable and in a lovely location.

November 2014

First time in the Lake District. Fabulous. We couldn’t ask for anything more in a cottage - beautiful. Saw otters on two separate mornings swimming along river and running across gravel bar. Also kingfishers and heron. Great walks from cottage.

November 2014

Lovely cottage-great base for all sorts of things: good food in the local restaurants, good walking, cinemas a plenty!

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Cumbrian Cottages is a trading name of Wyndham Vacation Rentals (UK) Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Company Registration Number 00965389. VAT Registration Number GB 598 2299 77. Registered Office: Spring Mill, Earby, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB94 0AA.