Grassmere and Ambleside

Cumbria, home of the Lake District and bordered by Scotland and the Irish Sea is one of the UKs most picturesque areas. The villages of Grasmere and Ambleside encapsulate the areas simplicity, beauty and wealth.

Grasmere

Former resident of Grasmere, William Wordsworth said the area was ‘The loveliest spot that man hath found’ – high praise. Grassmere is an ideal spot for anyone wishing to stay in Cumbria. It offers breathtaking views and easy access to those that wish to go for walks in the beautiful areas, which are all around.

The village, which has numerous literary associations with the likes of Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, offers visitors some of the finest hotels in and around the Lake District National Park. Many of the hotels are surrounded by lakes, mountains and stunning scenery and offer the simple life and excellent locally sourced produce. As well as many Grasmere cottages available to rent the area is also home to numerous B&Bs, caravan parks and camping areas under some of nature’s most beautiful sights.

Grasmere is well renowned for its gingerbread, as are many of the town’s in Cumbria – Kendall mint cake is a world favourite. The area also offers a choice between the finest foods, to homely delights and caters for those that to sup a pint after a longs days walking. The Grasmere Hotel and Restaurant offers imaginative fine food overlooking its beautiful garden and the River Rothay, whereas The Dale Lodge Hotel voted CAMRA pub of the year in 2007 offers excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere.

Ambleside

Ambleside sits at the very heart of the Lake District and is a picturesque town with both medieval and Victorian architecture are still very evident, with much housing built of dark grey slate. This very attractive village offers a mixture of history surrounded by a fantastic environment. By renting one of the many Ambleside cottages when you visit you can experience what it’s like to live in this village

Ambleside offers some beautiful restaurants and places to stay, whether for a relaxing weekend or to take advantage of the scenery for some fresh air and attractive sites. For the less adventurous Ambleside offers a wide array of independent shops and eateries.

The area caters for both those who enjoy their ale and also for those wishing for an escape and some time for contemplation. Ambleside is also home to numerous festivals and ventures throughout the calendar. Ambleside offers everything from sports festivals to sheep shearing tournaments to its own famous Rushbearing procession to commemorate the rushes being replaced in the floors of churches.

Outdoor activities such as canoeing and mountain biking are also very common alongside hiking and walks and the area caters for these with a number of companies offering such services.

View the selection of Cumbrian cottages available for visitors to rent whilst enjoying the great life outdoors which is alive and well in both of these Cumbrian areas and are awaiting you for relaxation, adventure or contemplation.