Castle Crag

Guests - FROM £518
(4.9 out of 5) based on 67 reviews
Layout & Access
Availability & Reviews

All on The Ground Floor. Just for The Two of You (and Your Four-Legged Friend!)

Neat as a button and all on the ground floor, Castle Crag has been well thought out to provides everything you’ll require for a short break or longer stay here in the Lakes.

A gentle slope or handful of steps leads up to the property from Lake Road. Once inside, you’re greeted by a bright, open living space, delightfully presented with a mix of slate and laminate flooring, married with solid beams and doors, crafted by the owners themselves.

In the open plan living space, the modern kitchen offers good facilities, with breakfast bar dining from which to sit and take in the view. A comfy sofa and traditional leather armchair are arranged around the modern electric fireplace, SMART TV and digital radio.

The owners having provided a good number of guide books and even a tablet to help you plan the day’s activities via the WiFi. A powerful shower with handbasin and WC sits off the hallway, and there’s a stylish kingsize bedroom to the rear, again, with views out over the village towards the fells. There’s a couple of garden chairs available for sitting outside the front of the cottage and enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

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Property Includes


  • Laundry Facilities
    Only a washing machine
  • Garden or Outside Area
  • Parking

Retreats For

  • Adventure
  • Romance


  • Shower


  • Freezer
    Freezer box
  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Coffee Maker


  • Wi-Fi
  • Smart TV

Local Area

  • Pub within 1 mile
  • Central to town

Children & Pets

  • Dog Friendly
    Up to 2 dogs welcome
Layout & Access


  • Gas central heated and tiled floor
  • Kitchen Area:  Fitted kitchen with gas hob, electric oven fridge with freezer box, microwave and dishwasher
  • Dining by way of high table and bar stools.


  • Lounge area with comfy sofa and armchair, colour SMART TV and modern electric flame effect stove.
  • All electric, bed linen and towels are included
  • Sorry no cot or highchair are available


  • Shower room with hand basin and WC


  • King size bed


  • Parking permit provided for one car for use on nearby car park which can be used at several other car parks throughout the South Lakes during your stay
  • Pet friendly – 2 dogs welcome
  • Communal laundry with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Outdoor furniture provided for relaxing on the terrace in the late afternoon sunshine.

Location & Nearby

Perfectly placed bolthole in the centre of lively ambleside

This cosy, cottage-style apartment enjoys a super handy location right in the centre of lively Ambleside. The village is literally a few steps away and is brimming with cafes, bars and award-winning restaurants offering everything from a hearty breakfast, a traditional pub lunch to an intimate, fine dining experience for two.

Castle Crag has doorstep views over the village towards St. Mary’s spire and to Loughrigg Fell beyond – see if you can spot the cottage from the summit of this manageable but satisfying amble! The hub for many local bus routes, the 555 service, runs regularly from Ambleside to Keswick and makes for a great day out and change of scenery – you (and your dog) can hop on and off all day long, great if you want to sample some of the fine hostelries in the area!

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Guest feedback for Castle Crag
(4.9 out of 5) based on 67 Reviews
On Monday, 04 Dec 2023
Great accommodation, perfect for a couple. Nice and clean and in a great location right in the centre of town. Careful reversing up the drive up, very steep. We had a lovely stay!
On Sunday, 12 Nov 2023
Lovely cottage style apartment with everything we needed right in the centre of town. Clean and tidy on arrival with clear directions.
On Saturday, 14 Oct 2023
Very central, nice place
On Friday, 29 Sep 2023
We had no problems at this property, it was perfect for our needs in a great location. No parking, but a permit is provided for use in a car park 200 metres away, this can also be used at various car parks throughout the Lakes. Ambleside is a vibrant town, and we found it very dog friendly.
On Tuesday, 22 Aug 2023
Just what we expected. Great location although lack of parking could be an hinderance to some people. Very cosy and modern apartment with everything we needed.
On Friday, 18 Aug 2023
A great location.
Jane Morris
On Monday, 24 Jul 2023
Lovely cottage in a fab location. The only thing which would have made it faultless was parking but the free permit was a bonus that you could use elsewhere in the lakes. Would go back !
On Thursday, 13 Jul 2023
Michelle's place is clean and comfortable. The parking permit was very welcome as the flat doesn't have its own space, but be aware that when arriving late afternoon the public carparks might be full. However, the local buses are so good we hardly used the car. Ambleside has a huge choice of good places to eat, several Italians, a couple of Thais, a Tapas bar and many pubs. If you don't want to walk far, the Temperance Inn is just across the road.
On Saturday, 24 Jun 2023
Really handy, right in centre of Ambleside. Parking permit means parking no problem in carpark 2 minutes away. Small and compact but ideal for us as a couple with a small dog.
On Saturday, 17 Jun 2023
We had an absolutely fantastic stay. The location was superb and we did lots of lovely walks without having to drive, but we did choose to drive to Helvellyn, Cat Bells and Windermere while there. The views from the village are wonderful. In terms of walks from Ambleside, I highly recommend the Red Screes circular, the views up there are great. We also did the Loughrigg, Rydal water circular a nice slightly flatter route. I did a nice circular to Rydal caves and back to Ambleside over Todd Cragg. You are spoilt for choice with great restaurants in the local area. The hosts were very responsive. I would definitely book again with Lakeland Retreats, really wonderful hosts. My only regret is not booking for longer! Really didn’t want to leave to come home. Thank you so much for a truly memorable break. I’ll start looking for our next one asap. Absolutely loved it and there’s so much more of the lakes I’m keen to explore, only scratched the surface in a week.
On Monday, 29 May 2023
Lovely central location a and great base to explore the local area.
On Friday, 14 Apr 2023
As described, lovely accommodation, very modern/clean and location couldn’t have been better! Thank you!
On Friday, 17 Feb 2023
We had a wonderful stay at the Michelle’s place. Beautiful, tidy, cosy flat with everything we needed for our stay. Perfect location in Ambleside town centre, lots of great local (dog friendly!) pubs and restaurants and plenty of fantastic walks and scenery around! Only had initial difficulties with finding the flat! It’s a sharp left turn off the main road, up a steep driveway with a stone wall. But great to have a parking spot just outside the flat. Would definitely recommend!
On Monday, 13 Feb 2023
Michelle listing was perfect! A little home from home and right in the heart of Ambleside. If you're after a fantastic base to explore the lakes then Michelle's is a must.
On Friday, 16 Dec 2022
In the heart of Ambleside, within walking distance to all amenities, this little flat is ideal for a long weekend break for a couple. We found the bed VERY comfortable, and the kitchen was well equipped. Would be ideal for a well behaved dog owing to the ease of access and stone floors. I'd recommend staying here.
On Friday, 18 Nov 2022
Me and my wife stayed here for 4 nights and it is a lovely cosy apartment. Super easy check in and check out. Lots of info on hand via the guestbook for places to eat and really well placed for everywhere you want to visit. We went to Grassmere for gingerbread, Ullswater for the steamboat and walk back, Buttermere for the stunning raw natural views and walks up the Haystacks and around the lake. Windermere for a great boat ride (which is about 15min walk to the Ambleside pier). The bed was really comfortable and a welcome relief after a hard days trekking up and down mountains. The shower warmed us up when we got home and all the bits and pieces you’d need were catered for. We mostly ate out, so didn’t use the kitchen for much more than tea and breakfast. Ambleside is a really good hub to explore The Lake District from and Castle Crag is a very central place to stay. Michelle and Adam were great host and while we didn’t actually meet anyone in person, it goes to show how seamless all the comms were that we didn’t need to. One tip I’d add in, is reverse up the driveway to the entrance as it’s really steep and hard to do front ways. We parked in a nearby carpark with the permit provided (so free). We will 100% be coming back to stay again. Loved The Lakes and loved Castle Crag.
On Friday, 11 Nov 2022
Absolutely loved my stay. So comfortable and central to everything which is great! Would definitely recommend and head back again. Thank you x
On Tuesday, 18 Oct 2022
Great wee place. Very cute, cosy and comfy and a very handy location.
Ross & Charlotte
On Saturday, 15 Oct 2022
We had a great stay in Castle Crag. The apartment was clean and tidy and a perfect size for us (2 adults and a 3 month old baby), and had all the amenities we could want. The bed was super comfy too. Location is perfect - bang in the centre of Ambleside, and the Lake Road car park is only a 2 minute walk away. We would definitely stay here again.
On Tuesday, 11 Oct 2022
Wonderful stay. Castle Crag was right in the middle of town and had everything we needed for our stay. As others have mentioned only downside is there is a pub down the road which is very loud on live music nights (Friday) but otherwise fine the rest of the weekend
On Saturday, 01 Oct 2022
Great location great wee cottage
On Saturday, 01 Oct 2022
My partner and I had a really lovely week long stay here! Perfect location for a week walking in the Lakes. The place was spacious, clean and well looked after.
On Saturday, 17 Sep 2022
We really enjoyed our stay in Ambleside. The studio flat was perfect for us and our dog to explore the town and others around the lake. The parking permit was great and saved us a bit of money when we were out and about.
On Thursday, 15 Sep 2022
We found staying here perfect, very snug and cozy. the location is so convenient and a stones throw away from shops & restaurants. perfect!
On Wednesday, 14 Sep 2022
My partner and I really enjoyed our stay at castle crag. The location is ideal and it is well equipped. Would definitely recommend to others.
On Monday, 12 Sep 2022
Gorgeous apartment, everything so incredibly tidy and tastefully styled. Ideal location, with shops, views and mountains all close by. Thanks for a wonderful stay!
On Monday, 05 Sep 2022
My partner and I had a really lovely week long stay here! Perfect location for a week walking in the Lakes. The place was spacious, clean and well looked after.
James Hills
On Saturday, 06 Aug 2022
great location, clean, tidy and comfortable, stayed for a week and was ideal for the 2 of us
Larry Birch
On Tuesday, 28 Jun 2022
Had a lovely week aided by great weather. Beautiful apartment. Would have liked bigger towels, I couldn’t wrap one round me , so my husband had no chance. An airer for wet clothes would be useful too as sharing laundry facilities isn’t always convenient. Otherwise a clean, well designed space for two. Thank you
On Monday, 13 Jun 2022
We had a lovely 4 night stay at Castle Cragg in June. The location is just as stated and perfectly situated in the middle of bustling Ambleside. Cafes, restaurants and shops are on your doorstep and the location is perfect for exploring other areas of the lakes. The flat itself is very well decorated, with a lovely and cosy feel. It was perfectly clean and had all of the essentials and a nice fresh carton of milk left in the fridge. The raised shared courtyard above the property was perfect for our dog to use. We will definitely be staying here again!
On Friday, 10 Jun 2022
Such a lovely apartment in a great location. We’ve loved it. Perfect location to start hikes or explore Ambleside. Had some tiny struggles to find it at first but that wasn’t a big issue. We’d love to come back. Thanks for everything.
On Friday, 27 May 2022
The cottage is very clean and perfectly located in the centre of Ambleside. Seconds away from shops, bars and restaurants. We had a fantastic first visit to Ambleside and can’t wait to return.
On Friday, 13 May 2022
We found staying here perfect, very snug and cozy. the location is so convenient and a stones throw away from shops & restaurants. perfect!
On Tuesday, 03 May 2022
Great location. Lovely accommodation finished to a high standard and all requirements catered for.
On Friday, 29 Apr 2022
We felt relaxed and at home in this comfortable and clean apartment. It is ideally located in Ambleside for the many pubs, restaurants and shops within walking distance.One star short of 5 because the kitchen air purifier is on from about 10-6pm and it’s a bit noisy. No on-site parking. You are provided with a permit which you can use at various car parks however we struggled to find space in the 3 closest ones and ended up circling the car park several times, competing with other people for a space. This was over the busy Easter weekend but I would imagine that other peak holiday periods will be the same.
On Saturday, 02 Apr 2022
Fab little spot, ideally located. Perfect for a couple planning a short stay. Castle Crag had everything we needed including a super comfy bed to rest in after a long walk up in the hills.
On Saturday, 05 Mar 2022
Castle Crag is in a fabulous location, close to every shop, restaurant and pub you could wish for. Only a short walk to Lake Windermere & the pier to catch the ferry. Great location for dog walkers and most establishments are dog friendly.
On Saturday, 26 Feb 2022
Castle Crag is the most perfect little cosy base for a lovely break. The property itself was very clean and very well equipped with everything you need. We were able to cook most nights and enjoyed a takeaway from the lucky dragon too which was only a 5 min walk from the property. The bed was very comfortable and after long days of walking it was lovely to put the fire on and relax in front of the TV. Having access to a washing machine was also very helpful. Apple pie bakery is a must!
On Saturday, 19 Feb 2022
Very cosy & Great location!
On Wednesday, 02 Feb 2022
This apartment is smack bang in the middle of Ambleside, the perfect location for accessing any part of the lakes. Tescos is just down the road as well as a convenient picnic sandwich shop for quick packed lunches for long walks. We stayed for over a week and the apartment was extremely comfortable. We'll be staying here next time we come to the Lake District for sure! Thanks!
On Friday, 14 Jan 2022
A cute and cosy little cottage in the heart of Ambleside with access to many local walks, delightful restaurants and local shops. The cottage is set back from the main road up a small slope. It’s generally very quiet but if you’re a light sleeper you may hear kicking out time at the local pubs on a Friday and Saturday night. We will recommend this cottage to others.
On Tuesday, 07 Dec 2021
Beautiful cottage in a lovely area of Ambleside! Right next to multiple restaurants and pubs as well all the good shops. The cottage also came with a parking permit that could be used around the Lake District and allowed us to park our car for multiple days at no cost. Perfect for a couple’s getaway with a dog - would definitely stay again!
On Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021
Perfect location, everything you need, great flat, clean and well presented.
On Tuesday, 23 Nov 2021
Very comfortable. Has everything you need
On Saturday, 20 Nov 2021
A perfect size and location for two people exploring the Lakes from Ambleside. Very clean and well put together. We were surprised at the lack of shower gel and shampoo in the shower. Could also have done with some more equipment in the kitchen and things like cooking oil. When we called for guidance with a small issue, everyone was really helpful.
On Friday, 05 Nov 2021
A great little ground floor apartment, perfect for 2 people. Excellent location - couldn’t have been any closer to the centre if we’d tried! We will definitely be back.
On Friday, 15 Oct 2021
This apartment was perfect for our stay in The Lakes. Everything we needed, it was there. We couldn’t have asked for a better apartment, and we’ll definitely be coming back here next year.
On Thursday, 14 Oct 2021
Lovely stay at castle crag with our little Dougie great location!
On Sunday, 10 Oct 2021
Superb location and great accomodation, ideal as a base in Ambleside as everything is within a couple of minutes walk. Facilities as promised on the description, as other guests have commented the shower is great, the bed comfy and the sette relaxing, what you need after a long day spent hiking/walking/sitting in a remote pub. We were able to leave the property and dine in a different restaurant/pub each evening, a word of advice though at the time of writing pre booking is essential and most places are not taking walk-ins and those that are fill up rapidly. If you want a good base to explore the Lakes area or just potter around Ambleside there cannot be many that are as convienient, or well equipped. We would be happy to return.
On Sunday, 10 Oct 2021
Perfect property for Lake District explorers! My wife and I spent our mini-moon here with our spaniels after our wedding. It's located on the very fringe of the main shopping street so close enough to everything but nice and quiet at night too. For two people, the apartment has everything you need and is the perfect size.
On Thursday, 23 Sep 2021
Very well positioned, surprisingly quiet considering it’s position right in the heart of things. Comfortable, homely and well laid out and furnished. We would come again without hesitation. A great break.
On Thursday, 15 Jul 2021
We had such a wonderful stay, brilliant location and everything we needed for a lovely week away. Thank you so much. We’ll definitely be returning!
On Tuesday, 22 Jun 2021
The property was lovely, ideal for a couple, very convenient location in the town and a great base for lots of walks. We really enjoyed our break here.
On Monday, 21 Jun 2021
Exactly as described. Great location, had everything we needed. When I had questions, they responded almost immediately. A parking pass is provided and is so useful! We ate out for almost every meal and cannot fault any of the restaurants in town - all very good. There was a complimentary bottle of Prosecco there when we arrived which started our holiday very nicely. We will definitely stay again.
On Monday, 21 Jun 2021
Perfect location in Ambleside really central but very quaint little flat/cottage with plenty of space and great facilities and very clean. Parking pass a bonus made things so much easier and welcome gift a lovely touch. Will definitely be back!
On Saturday, 12 Jun 2021
We have just come home from a stay in Castle Crag and we had a brilliant time. It’s perfectly placed in Ambleside which was a brilliant location for exploring the surrounding lakes. The accommodation was well presented, clean, cosy and stylish and had everything we needed. It included a parking pass for multiple car parks across the lakes which was very helpful. We would absolutely recommend this holiday cottage - thanks for having us.
Emma Boswell
On Tuesday, 11 May 2021
We stayed here in October 2020 and it was so amazing we're booked to come back in June 2021! Lovely little cottage in the heart of the village with easy access to everything. Excellent amenities and the apartment was very clean and tidy and stylish - our favourite place to come back to after a long day of exploring the Lake District. We can't wait to come back!
On Saturday, 17 Apr 2021
Just come back from a great little stay at Castle Crag. It was the first holiday away with my 7months old dog too and he had a great time (and discovered he liked swimming in the lakes!). The cottage was a brilliant location, right in the heart of Ambleside. The bed was amazingly comfy, best nights sleep I’ve had for ages and the power shower was heavenly too. Everything was sparklingly clean and when we arrived there was a bottle of bubbly waiting for us too which was a lovely surprise. We would stay again in a heartbeat. Sara & Sharon
On Saturday, 26 Sep 2020
Fab weekend! Great location, comfy bed, clean and cozy. Found everything to hand, even a little treat for our dog! See you again.
On Saturday, 26 Sep 2020
Great stay! Very clean and cozy, lovely surprise was a bottle of prosecco. Hopefully will stay again.
On Saturday, 26 Sep 2020
Very clean and cosy & central location. Thank you for the prosecco & dog treats - Oscar loved them.
On Saturday, 26 Sep 2020
Lovely stay at Castle Crag, explored Windermere by boat, climbed loughrigg, went for walks around Grasmere, Buttermere and Derwentwater. Still so much more to come back for!
On Saturday, 26 Sep 2020
A great start to our honeymoon! Castle crag is so cosy we have loved staying here. Thank you for the prosecco too! there is so much more we want to explore here so we will be back soon!
On Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020
Thanks for a wonderful stay! We really did enjoy being in Castle Crag and appreciated the extra touch of a bottle of Presecco! We were also delighted with the cleaniless and the trouble you had gone to to make us feel Covid safe. Beautiful place with great taste in everything!
On Tuesday, 15 Sep 2020
Lovely place to stay. Everything you need, would have loved to stay longer. Location great, right in the centre of town but still very peaceful. Staff on the end of the phone if you needed them. Will definitely stop again.
On Tuesday, 01 Sep 2020
“A fabulous little flat with plenty space for two (plus a little one). Right in the heart of the town. Communication from the team was excellent before and during our stay. We will be back!
On Thursday, 27 Aug 2020
Lovely cottage. Very cosy and clean. Bed is so so comfy ! Lovely extra touches and the location is great. Would definitely stay again
On Thursday, 27 Aug 2020
Fantastic accommodation. Brilliant location. Hosts excellent. Perfect place to stay with all the home comforts.
On Thursday, 30 Jul 2020
Lovely clean and stylish cottage
On Saturday, 11 Jul 2020
Me & my partner are regular visitors to Ambleside. We both absolutely loved staying at Michelle’s place. Fantastic location in Ambleside, very clean & stylish place. Would stay again easily!
On Friday, 13 Mar 2020
Had a wonderful stay here! The apartment was clean and cozy which was great after long days walking. They provides a guide which had local restaurants, walks and things to do. We stayed in a cooked most nights in the lovely kitchen then snuggled up on the couch. Everything is really easy to get to with lots to do in Ambleside.
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