Sleeps 10 | Friday Changeover | No Pets | VE 5 Star
Garden Hot Tub
For us, Bracken Howe offers guests one of the finest Lakeland holiday experiences. A large house of quality, it is has been recognised by Visit England with a five star award: a perfect location in Ambleside; a few steps from the front door, you have the centre of town and all it offers. From the garden at the rear of the house, there are views across Rothay Park to Loughrigg Fell and the Fairfield Horseshoe, giving access to some great walks. All this, and the added pleasure of a garden hot tub to relax in after a day’s exploration.
Bracken Howe was once the home of one Miss Thompson, a much loved and respected head mistress of Ambleside School, it was always considered a grand Victorian residence. The house has been fully restored and improved, keeping faith with the period elegance, whilst including all that is needed for modern living.
From the front door you enter into the hall, with a fine tessellated floor, wood paneling and a grand staircase. The kitchen is very well equipped to cater for large parties, including a super range cooker, along with an American style fridge/freezer, delivering ice on tap for your long drinks. To the rear of the kitchen is the utility room with laundry facilities, and adjoining this is a downstairs WC.
From the kitchen you step through into the dining room. Beautifully decorated and furnished, you have a long table, perfect for sitting and chatting over lazy suppers, where the view from the French doors looks out across the park to the fells, and spills out onto a raised deck for those pre dinner evening drinks.
The sitting room is large and light, again with super views. Big plump sofas and a roaring fire, along with rich décor, make this room perfect to gather and relax, chat and play games or take in a movie on the TV. Finally, on the ground floor there is the snug with a wide screen TV along with a Wii console and a wide selection of games is provided for guests’ use.
Up the grand stairway to a half landing and the master bathroom. Delightful, with a period feel yet thoroughly modern, there is a super roll top bath, separate shower cubicle, underfloor heating, basin and WC.
A few steps further take you onto the main landing and hall and from there, through to the five bedrooms. There are three double rooms, including a lovely four-poster. Each is beautifully decorated, furnished and comfortable, and each has an en-suite bathroom or shower. In addition, there is a twin bedded room and a bunk bedded room, the latter small but with full-sized single beds.
The garden is grassed with shrubs and a raised deck leading into the dining room. Special is the view across the park, where you can step out for a stroll or let children play. Equally special is the hot tub where you can relax in bubble heaven.
To summarise, this house has it all for me. A place where I could go for local walks and explore easily much of the greater National Park, step out in the evening for a meal or take in a movie, or simply gather with my friends and family for reunion or celebration. All in all perfect, so come, enjoy and congratulate yourself on your excellent choice.
Ambleside is one of our most popular towns, set right at the heart of central Lake District, boarding the north shores of Windermere.
There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes. Sheila's Cottage, Lucy's, the Apple Pie Eating House, Rattle Grill, Dodds and Chester’s by the River, are some which are definitely worth trying. More generally, Trip Advisor lists over 20 restaurants and pubs to eat within about 500 metres of the property. If you would prefer a take-away meal back at Bracken Howe there is choice of Chinese, Thai and English food within a few minutes’ walk.
For entertainment and recreation you have the boats at Waterhead, where you can board a steamer for a trip on the lake, or hire rowing, sailing and low-powered motorboats and take to the water under your own steam. For a quite evening, or maybe rainy day, you can take a few minutes walk to a movie at Zefferelli's cinema followed by a tasty pizza at their own restaurant. On selected evenings you can also listen to a Jazz band at Zefferelli's while having a drink or a meal.
There are many nearby walks around Ambleside walking directly from the property. The Fairfield Horseshoe is a much-loved and classic walk across stunning fells, taking in the high-level circuit around the tops of the Fairfield group, the height granting wonderful views of the other mountains and lake.
Loughrigg Fell, behind Bracken Howe, is the beginning of a great day’s walk that takes in Rydal Water and Grasmere. An even more straightforward walk direct from the property is along the western bank of Rydal Water then along the shores of Grasmere then back along the eastern shores of both lakes taking in the history of Wordsworth at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, before returning to Bracken Howe. These are some of my favourite days out, easy for all, where along the way you will find perfect photo opportunities and eating and drinking opportunities.
For other activities there are: tennis courts, miniature golf, local bike hire, organized tours and regular buses.
In all, the immediate location is perfect for outdoor pursuits including; climbing, walking, cycling and water sports.
In short, much of the holiday could be spent in and around Ambleside, without using your car. If you do want to use the car, however, it will be much rewarded as about twenty minutes’ drive takes you: west to Coniston Water; north to Keswick; south to Hawkshead; or east to Ullswater. Even closer are: Langdale Valley (west); Grasmere (north); and Bowness-on-Windermere (south), which are all about ten minutes’ drive from Ambleside.
Nearby Coniston Water is one the most people friendly lakes, with much of the shore and the whole lake open to the public. Famous as the backdrop and inspiration for Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons and Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell’s world speed attempts. At the boating centre you can hire rowing boats, sailing dinghies, kayaks and canoes or my favorite, the small motorboats, perfect for a day out exploring the hidden bays and wooded coves. The Center also hires mountain bikes and electric bikes to help get you around the lanes and up onto the fells.
Still at the Boating Center, you can hop aboard one of the Coniston Launches or for a romantic trip on the water you can board the famous Steam yacht ‘Gondola’. A beautiful rebuilt steam powered craft that will transport you back to an era of greater peace and tranquility. Finally, the lake offers more simple pursuits: fishing, swimming or simply finding a nice spot for a picnic and enjoying a magnificent view.
South of Hawkshead, lies the Gizedale Forest. A massive working woodland, it is crisscrossed with paths and tracks for walking and mountain biking. The Forest is big into arts, commissioning fabulous statues and installations throughout. It is well worth driving, via Hawkshead, around to the visitor centre for a forest map and information to get the best from your day out.
"Good Evening, we would like you to pass on our thanks to the owners of Bracken Howe - for giving our family such a marvellous holiday. It was my mums 80th birthday celebration so it had to be special and it certainly was. Everything was spotlessly clean, beautifully presented, comfortable and above all - the house was so wonderfully warm and lit up ready our arrival.
The highlight was the hot tub too which we braved in the sleety rain on our arrival - even mum got in.
"We have had the best of holidays. The house is great as is the location. Plenty to do and some great walks. Thank you."
Mr R - Harrogate
"Could not have been better, Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful house. We loved the Rydal to Grasmere walk and had a great night out a Lucy4. Once again many thanks, we will be back.
Mr & Mrs H - York
"One of the best holiday homes we have stayed in. The owners have provided the very best accommodation. Thank you."
R & J - Manchester
"The agent was right, a rare combination of town to one side, fells the other, everybody happy. Great walks, great nights out and some great nights in as well. We will recommend you to all our friends."
G & S - London
“From the minute we walked in we felt at home. The house is comfortable, well furnished and everything you need is supplied. The hot tub was great, views wonderful and we all loved the kitchen. We had a fantastic family celebration in the perfect place and hope to return again.”
“We all agree that this is the best house we have ever rented – great location, views and well-equipped. And the hot tub – well, wonderful after a walk in the hills!”
Nana & Grandad G, Bristol
Local Areas Of InterestAmbleside
L a k e l a n d E x t r a s - U T i m e
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My Personal Sanctuary
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Home Cooked Meals
A delicious home cooked meal delivered to you door will give you even more time to yourself. We have found two companies that offer a tasty selection, Lucy's of Ambleside, and in the north Lakes, Choice Catering run by Debbie Bainbridge.