Azalea Cottage is a substantial stone built detached property with slate roof. Originally part of the 400 year old residence Craghead it originally provided servant accommodation and storage. In 2008 we completely renovated the property bringing the old substantial structure up to today's standards of comfort and safety. The clever use of the different floor levels provides a lounge with green slate floor on the ground floor with access to the garden and courtyard. This cosy space has an abundance of natural light. 2 steps leads to a rear door with access directly to the fells. A further 3 original honed slate steps leads to the fully fitted kitchen with views of the garden and seasonal views of Lake Windermere. The well equipped kitchen has slate floor and dining table. 6 further honed slate steps leads to the bedroom with lots of natural light and a fully tiled en suite bathroom with powerful shower, WC and wash hand basin.
Detached Cottage in Clappersgate, Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Quiet Location Only Minutes Away From River, Shops, Pubs, Restaurants, Parks And Public Transport
Mrs Dorothy Denham
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Maurice and Dot Denham.
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Fabulous little cottage
We had a wonderful time staying at Azelea Cottage. It was in easy walking distance to Ambleside although I would suggest taking a small torch if walking back to the cottage in the dark. The cottage was cosy and well equipped.
enjoyed stay , suggest directions to property could include "note clappersgate village sign on road to coniston go slowly and when you see road sign pointing to hawkshead on left indicate immediately to right and take first turning right up steep drive "
Well equipped, comfortable with good sitting out facilities. Outside space rather neglected.
Rather difficult approach to the cottage, the car scraped on the road due to the steepness of the drive. However we walked everywhere once we had arrived so only a problem when leaving again. The cottage is in a lovely area and within easy walking distance to Waterhead and Ambleside. Todd Crag is accessible from a path which runs adjacent to the cottage. Fabulous views from the top. We were a little disconcerted to hear obvious signs of life in the roof space during the evening and night but perhaps it should be expected knowing the age of the cottage.
The weather was great, our dogs loved splashing about on the Lakeshore and roaming the hills. We will definitely return to the Lake District.
The transition between the highway and access drive is fairly severe and may cause some difficulty to a heavily laden car but has not been worthy of mention in previous years.
At this time of the year the garden grows vigorously and can be difficult to manage between lettings but every effort to trim shrubs, tie back roses and manage hedges but these issues are under continual management.
Any noise from above in the evenings must be from birds on the roof as the property does not possess a roof space.
In the short time between lettings we concentrate on the presentation of the living areas which does not seem to have been an issue.
Well what can we say? We had the best week away for my 50th birthday.
On arrival the 1st impression is how tight the drive is! But when you get parked up you realise its worth it! The cottage is just beautiful from the outside with 2 seating areas, one by the door and one in the drive. straight through the living room theres another door which leads to a small private secure courtyard. The interior is very unique, the lounge is on the first floor (which is below ground level) then there a few steps up to the kitchen which is very modern and a lovely place to sit with a drink while making a meal ect. then a few more steps up leads to a spacious bedroom with en suit. The heating is via a combi and it warms up VERY quickly theres also a electric fire in the lounge. We found it was better to set the heating to constant and control it via the thermostat.
The location couldn't be better! approx 10 min stroll (or if you have a dog like ours 30 mins!) into town. You cross a footbridge..turn left and it takes you into Ambleside town centre, right takes you along to the lake or you can go through the fields.. although our fave walk was to come down the cottage drive, go up the track which runs along the side of the cottage.. bit steep and uneven.. but the reward is awesome..
The only negative of our stay is its so expensive.. 2 pints of lager averages £9.80..2 mains £35.. bus to windermere (day rider) just under £17.. but this is the lakes so its to be expected.. just take some provisions. Our fave pub is the Golden Rule.. quiet with a suntrap beer garden and the only foof they do is pork pies at £1.80 delish!
So to sum up you will not be disappointed with this wonderful cottage, we didn't want to come home (and that inc Bert the dog)... its a def for hubbys 50th next year 100%..
Wee Home from Home!
I'll get the weather out the way first. It was awful! There was compensation though.....The Azalea Cottage. Beautiful, clean, warm with everything you'd need to stay in when its wet. TV, DVD player, freeview and broadband included, well equipped kitchen with TV, comfortable en suite bedroom with TV, if there was another room there'd be TV in it! The cottage is very quiet despite being just off the main road. This is ideal for couples and although small, I understand it is a converted stables, I could have quite happily stayed forever. The only thing I would say to anyone staying in future is, watch the driveway. Very tight and difficult to manoeuvre. All in all I'd thoroughly recommend this cottage for comfort and as an ideal central base for the Lakes. 6 stars from me!
Easy access to Lake District from the north and the south from M6. Access from east via A66.
Good public transport within Lake District with particular emphasis on the Langdale service with services to Coniston, Hawkshead 'passing the door' and stopping nearby. Regular bus services to Kendal, Windermere and Lancaster to the south with services to Keswick to the north passing through Ambleside.
Ambleside centre is 1 mile. Elterwater in Langdale is 3 miles. Grasmere is 5 miles. Windermere is 5 miles. Kendal is 11 miles. The Drunken Duck Inn at Barnsgate is 2 miles.
Train to all main west coast destinations from Oxenholme. Trains also to and from Kendal.
Numerour local taxi firms.
The local dairyman delivers to Azalea and other properties in Clappersgate each day. He will leave milk and many other items on demand. Whilst a delivery may be made on your first morning a note advising him that you do not require his service will suffice.
Ambleside is a bustling village with every type of shop to meet virtually all needs. Large and small, local and national shops. Sell everything hardware stores (Martins). Local butchers (Freddy Garside) renowned for their game and sausage rolls. (arrive early before the sell out). Larger supermarket (Booths) in Windermere where you will also find the Lakeland store.Pubs, restaurants abound. Hayes Garden Centre is very popular. This is known as a village but has more facilities than most towns.
This property can also be found at Owners Direct ref E10628. At that ref you will find Todd Crag which is also a One Bedroom property. Todd Crag is very different having more original features, being on one level and much larger. It is very comfortable.