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Latest news  -  Herdwick Cottage is proud to announce that we have won a LUXlife Award for Most Homely Cottage - Lake District! Stay with us and see if you agree with the judges!

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Herdwick Cottage Ambleside

Welcome to Herdwick Cottage Ambleside!


A traditional Victorian Lakeland stone cottage in a quiet road in the heart of Ambleside, within the beautiful English Lake District National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. 


Herdwick Cottage Ambleside is beautiful, award winning 4* Gold rated, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom self-catering cottage for up to 5 people. We pride ourselves on providing everything you need for a comfortable, relaxing (or action-packed!) holiday with family or friends. 

We offer week long breaks (changeover day is Saturday), in addition to shorter breaks low season.

We are located just behind the famous 'Bridge House' Ambleside, in a quiet road with flat walking access to the village centre. Free parking is provided using our guest permit. 

  • Stunning Lakeland walks in all directions

  • Sleeps up to 5 people (including children and infants)

  • Three bedrooms: 1 king size, 1 double and 1 single with high quality luxury mattresses on all beds 

  • TV with integral DVD, dressing table, fan and hairdryer in all bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms: electric and power showers and bath - no queuing!

  • Lounge with cosy log burner fire and SMART TV with Freeview Play and DVD player 

  • Separate dining room with Bluetooth sound system 

  • Basement games room with 50 inch TV, DVD with Blu-ray, Wii and X-Box 360 with plenty of games, puzzles and a large selection of family DVDs for rainy days 

  • Kitchen with granite worktops, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge freezer and Dolce Gusto pod coffee machine

  • WiFi (Fibre Extra), fast broadband speed

  • Rear courtyard space with table and chairs for 'al fresco' dining

  • Faith in Nature vegan aromatherapy based products (shower gel, hand wash, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion)

  • Travel cot and high chair (please bring own bedding for the cot which is 95 x 65cm)

  • All linen and towels provided 

  • Parking permit for 1 car, additional parking free 6 pm-10 am plus plenty of car parks nearby

  • Pet-free, smoke-free cottage

  • Three metro supermarkets within 2 minutes walk, Tesco and Sainsburys home deliver here

  • Three-minute level walk to restaurants, museum, cinema, pubs, playground and more for you to enjoy! 


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History of Herdwick Cottage Ambleside


Herdwick Cottage Ambleside is at least 116 years old and was probably home to tradesmen and workers from the nearby mills.  Before it was developed, the Millans Park area was close to or part of the Shaw Wife Orchard.  It was later known as ‘Mill Lands’ as the grass areas in between the oak trees were used to stretch out wet woollen cloth from the nearby fulling mill to dry.   This was known as a ‘tenterfield’, the cloth being pegged down by ‘tenterhooks’.  

The area was well known for manufacturing from the 17th to the 19th Centuries.  In 1819 there were 4 mills in central Ambleside, a woollen mill, corn mill (which had replaced the fulling mill), bark mill and mill for turning wood and ivory.  The 1856 OS map shows that the Millans Park area was close to the site of a saw mill and saw pits.   

The Millans housing area was developed between 1880 and 1910, and the cottages of Millans Park are visible on the 1904 OS map.  Originally the houses were not numbered but were named according to the owners or their occupations. The cottages are clad in and built of traditional blue Lakeland stone and internally plastered with lime mortar.  Our cottage would originally have had two rooms downstairs, two upstairs and an outside toilet in the back yard (we have updated to give you two nice bathrooms inside the house though!).  

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