Bumble Bee Cottage

Guests - FROM £641
(4.9 out of 5) based on 41 reviews
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Availability & Reviews

Traditional Styling Cleverly Married with A Modern Twist

Bumble Bee Cottage is both comfortable and cosy, the perfect Lake District retreat. The open plan living space is perfect for enjoying a family meal, a board game, or watching a movie together whilst sat around a warming log burner and planning the next days adventure.

Set out over three floors, the 4 spacious bedrooms provide flexible sleeping for 6, with a house bathroom and separate shower room to avoid queues on your return from a day on the fells.

Lots of storage is available including a handy porch at the front entrance for storing all your walking clobber. An outhouse to the rear houses the washer, dryer, and freezer and is also handy for securely storing bikes and other sports equipment.

The cottage style garden sits just across from the cottage, accessed by way of a few stone steps, just the spot for enjoying the fine views whilst listening to the nearby river (when our typical Lakeland weather will allow and of course!).

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Property Includes


  • Laundry Facilities
    Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Log Burner
  • Boot / Drying Area
  • Garden or Outside Area
    Private garden and courtyard patio area.
  • Parking
    Parking permit for 1 car.

Retreats For

  • Family
  • Adventure


  • Shower
    Shower over bath
  • Bath
    Shower over bath


  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher


  • Wi-Fi

Local Area

  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Central to town

Children & Pets

  • Travel Cot
  • Dog Friendly
    Up to 2 well behaved dogs welcome
  • High Chair
Layout & Access


The property has gas central heating throughout.

  • Kitchen/Living Area: Open plan kitchen and dining area. Presented with a modern kitchen incorporating electric oven and gas hob, fridge, dishwasher and microwave. With TV, sofa, arm chair and footstool and log burner in the living area.


  • Bedroom 1: Large Master Bedroom with double bed
  • Bedroom 2: Single Bed
  • Bathroom: Shower over bath with WC and basin.


  • Bedroom 3: Large Twin Room
  • Bedroom 4: Single Bed
  • Bathroom: Shower room with WC and basin.


  • All gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and highchair available from Lakeland Retreats
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Washer, dryer and freezer in the outhouse.


  • Parking permit for 1 car.
  • Private garden and courtyard patio area.
  • 2 well-behaved pets are allowed and a crate is available
  • Feather Duvets

Location & Nearby

A Perfect Family Retreat with Views of Ambleside and Loughrigg

Bumble Bee Cottage is a superb family retreat and enjoys a slightly elevated position above Ambleside at the top of what we locals fondly call ‘Peggy Hill’, just a stone’s throw from the village centre. You’ll find a good selection of mini-markets in addition to a well supported and independent bakers, butchers and grocers and of course, a host of cafes and bars intertwined with speciality restaurants serving cuisine from lunchtime onwards.

Bumble Bee Cottage has a superb location providing fantastic views across the village towards Loughrigg and the surrounding fell ranges from the bedroom windows and from the detached front, private garden tempting even the most novice of walkers to pull on their boots and get out into the Lakeland great outdoors.

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(Under two years old)
Note: 1 x King size bed, 1 x Twin, 2 x Single
Maximum number of adults and children is 6
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Guest feedback for Bumble Bee Cottage
(4.9 out of 5) based on 41 Reviews
On Saturday, 16 Sep 2023
Thank you for a lovely stay at Bumble Bee cottage - such an amazing location and ideal for a weekend away in the Lakes.
On Monday, 04 Sep 2023
Good location and nice property. Presented a good base to explore from. Fair amount of everyday items available within. Duvets were very very thick so too hot for us all, fortunately we had spare sheets. Awful spot for parking and spaces at a premium even with the pass in the enarest public car park. This is inevitable in places likes this though Issues with the taps and shower which were addressed well by the letting agents. Disappointed by cleanliness andamount of residual dust around, particualrly in obvious and accessible places.
On Wednesday, 23 Aug 2023
Bumble Bee cottage suited the 6 of us very well. It's charming and in a really good location for the town shops and setting off on walks.
On Tuesday, 08 Aug 2023
Lovely cottage and all within walking distance to shops and attractions and public transport Kitchen had basic amenities but enough of everything for 6 people. Nicely decorated throughout, clean. Good spot to explore heart of the lake districts from. Otherwise nice location.
Mia Price
On Monday, 24 Jul 2023
House was so lovely and perfectly close to the town and all of the shops! Very cosy and decorated lovely. Only things I’d comment on was, there was a small milk in the fridge but no coffee / tea bags, a coffee machine - but no coffee pods. so we had to do a small shop before we settled in. And there wasn’t any hand soap in the toilets, just think these things are basic needs for a house and things you wouldn’t necessarily think to bring on holiday. Other than that everything was perfect!
On Monday, 05 Jun 2023
Beautiful cottage located near shops and restaurants within walking distance. Plenty of space and amazing garden!
On Monday, 22 May 2023
Lovely cottage on Ambleside, close to the centre of town with great views of the hills. Lovely little garden to sit out in on sunny evenings.
On Monday, 08 May 2023
Great house in perfect location right in the centre of Ambleside. Fantastic few nights which was helped by great weather.
On Wednesday, 12 Apr 2023
Great house in perfect location right in the centre of Ambleside. Fantastic few nights which was helped by great weather.
On Friday, 24 Mar 2023
It is in an excellent location right in the heart of Ambleside. A short 3-4 min walk and you are at the shops and pubs. The house had plenty of light and airy bedroom space plus a fully furnished kitchen. The washing machine and tumble dryer is located in an outbuilding in the rear yard which at first took us a while to find and was not mentioned as being separate in the listing. Other than that, a cosy fireplace, excellent heating, great powerful, warm showers and comfy soft beds made the whole stay very enjoyable. We will definitely keep Bumblebee cottage on our list of ‘would go again’ places.
On Friday, 18 Nov 2022
Another wonderful stay in Ambleside. Great cottage.
On Saturday, 01 Oct 2022
Beautiful place right in the centre of Ambleside. Parking a little tricky at property, but parking permit provided which allows you to park close by if there isn't a space. Would definitely return & reccommend to others!
On Wednesday, 14 Sep 2022
We had a lovely stay in the Lakes and was a great base to travel from. Very tidy and enjoyable stay.
On Sunday, 31 Jul 2022
excellent cottage ,perfectly situated in Ambleside, highly recommended
Tina Steer
On Sunday, 10 Jul 2022
We have stayed in Bumblebee Cottage a number of times now and instantly feel at home and relaxed! The location is perfect, so central but very quiet. The cottage is beautifully presented, immaculate and extremely well equipped. We had a very minor issue with the internet and both Lakeland Retreats and the cottage owner were fabulous in resolving the issue very swiftly. Super service! The garden was lovely to sit in during the hot weather ….the dogs enjoyed it too.! This is our Favourite Lake District cottage and I would highly recommend both the cottage and Lakeland Retreats.
On Saturday, 02 Jul 2022
A very convenient and well equipped small cottage in a very central Ambleside location. For the two of us the accomodation worked really well for exploring this beautiful area.
On Friday, 10 Jun 2022
The bumblebee cottage is absolutely lovely and a great base for a weekend exploring Ambleside and the lakes. Parking is very busy in the area and the streets are very narrow so best to take a little car
On Wednesday, 18 May 2022
This was a great cottage ideally placed in Ambleside for the town centre and surrounding area. The cottage was comfortable for a party of 5 and well equipped and clean. I would recommend the cottage.
On Friday, 22 Apr 2022
Great place to stay, the house was clean and spacious. We were 5 adults, a baby and a dog and it was perfect for us. Only a few minutes walk from pubs, shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend
On Friday, 15 Apr 2022
Excellent communication from the host and team and they were very helpful and accommodating. Place was lovely and clean, although a bit of a squeeze for 6 adults as not much lounge seating. Excellent location in Ambleside and some lovely walks from the door. Thanks for a great week.
On Saturday, 02 Apr 2022
Absolutely smashing place. Perfect in every way! Great location, so spacious, spotlessly clean, we will definitely be back!!!
On Tuesday, 29 Mar 2022
Bumble Bee Cottage is a fabulously warm and welcoming home after exploring the lakes. This beautiful 4 bedroom cottage has everything needed for a comfy stay. Even the views from the bedroom were stunning! Ideal location just a minute walk into town and prime access to all other Lake District locations. Easy car parking but when busy the car park pass was extremely helpful. If you’re looking for an exceptional holiday in the Lakes then look no further than Bumble Bee Cottage! Thank you for a memorable holiday in this beautiful part of Cumbria
On Tuesday, 22 Mar 2022
Well equipped, well-situated cottage. Whichever window you look out of, you are met with a pretty outlook, and the view from the top floor of the cottage is wonderful. This was an ideal base for exploring the Lake District.
On Tuesday, 08 Mar 2022
We stayed for a great long weekend at the cottage. It’s location is fantastic, central to Ambleside town centre and a 20 minute walk to the ferry pier. Bedrooms are spacious, kitchen well equipped and cosy living room area. Would highly recommend!
On Monday, 14 Feb 2022
We have used Lakeland Retreats a number of times now and always find their cottages exceptionally well presented and cleaned to a high standard. They are an extremely helpful and accommodating company. Bumble Bee Cottage is our new favourite, being very central but in a quiet location , it is beautifully decorated and has everything you could possibly want on holiday. This cottage is one of the best we have stayed in and we book cottages every month! I would highly recommend this cottage, and have booked our 3rd visit already.!
On Sunday, 14 Nov 2021
Great cottage in a great location in Ambleside. Would return in the future.
On Thursday, 15 Jul 2021
Lovely cottage in a fantastic spot, only a minute walk into Ambleside and near to all the pubs, restaurants and shops. Cottage has everything you need very clean and tastefully decorated. A pretty garden to sit in with a fantastic view. Thoroughly enjoyed out stay.
On Tuesday, 22 Jun 2021
The cottage is light, bright and welcoming with lovely views over Ambleside. It is well equipped, comfy beds and big fluffy towels. The outside space was a bonus too. There are a few steep slate steps down into the garden which need careful negotiation with toddlers. The outbuilding houses an efficient washing machine and excellent tumble drier and there is also a washing line in the garden. Communication with the host was great when we needed to contact her with questions prior to the booking. I would definitely book the cottage again.
On Tuesday, 22 Jun 2021
This is a lovely home to stay in when visiting the Lakes. Kitchen is well-equipped, beds are comfy and it’s very clean. I’d definitely recommend it!
On Monday, 21 Jun 2021
A wonderful stay in fantastic accommodation. Due to COVID restrictions had reason to have various communication before arriving and all the way up to check in this was so professional and helpful all the way through to check in. The property itself is wonderful. A beautiful setting, close to all attractions and amenities, the cottage is at the top of a short steep hill. Parking is provided via a permit in the car park less than 5 minutes walk away. The facilities and cleanliness of the cottage were excellent and a few extra touches which sets it apart. The garden is a few steps from the front of the property and is in a lovely setting with views into Ambleside. We will return at the first possible opportunity, loved it.
Tina Steer
On Wednesday, 02 Jun 2021
This is probably one of the best cottages we have stayed in... and we have stayed in a lot! The location was excellent, being very close to the town...just a minute away. The cottage was very comfortable., beautifully presented, Immaculately clean, and had everything you could possibly want on holiday.... with the added bonus of friendly neighbours. We were very impressed with the high standard of this cottage and will definitely be back.
On Sunday, 23 May 2021
Perfect location a couple of minutes walk from the centre. The cottage is clean , up to date, all you’d want for a trip to the Lakes. The little garden even faces the sun for relaxing in after a day out walking. Think we will be back.
On Thursday, 22 Oct 2020
Spent a great few days in Ambleside. Cottage was spotless and well equipped. In a great location and parking permit was a fab touch.
On Friday, 16 Oct 2020
Lovely little place. Great place in a perfect location for the town and for walks. I would definitely stay again.
On Thursday, 03 Sep 2020
A great house furnished with all the kitchen gadgets, games and other facilities you'd find at home (plus more). The location is fantastic and a perfect base for leaving the car and exploring the Ambleside area.
On Tuesday, 01 Sep 2020
We loved our stay at this beautiful little cottage. The location is fantastic, just a minute’s walk into Ambleside town. The views from the bedrooms were gorgeous, everyone had a very comfy bed and it felt very homely to come back to after a long day’s walking. Everything felt safe and clean in Covid-times. We wouldn’t hesitate to come back again. Thank you!
On Thursday, 27 Aug 2020
A great cottage, beautifully stylish and comfortable though it is a little tricky to find.
On Monday, 17 Aug 2020
What a fabulous property in an amazing location just a couple of minutes walk from the centre of Ambleside. It is very comfortable and surprisingly spacious - the photos don't really do it justice in that respect. It was a great place to come back to and relax after a hard day walking in the hills and the garden was a good spot to sit on the warm evenings we had while we were there. Would definitely recommend.
On Monday, 20 Jul 2020
Lovely cottage. Tastefully decorated with everything you need for a comfortable base from which to explore Ambleside and the wider area, along with some really welcome extra touches. We will definitely be back.
On Friday, 17 Jul 2020
Excellent location. Lovely home , every luxury catered for. Friendly neighbours. Immaculately clean, well equipped. Enjoyed the log burner
Carol P
On Sunday, 19 Jan 2020
What a fantastic find this cottage is, we will definitely be returning guests. Ideally situated with views to die for. Very well modernised, homely and comfortable, with everything you need. Fabulous location for all that Ambleside has to offer.
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