Please read the changes we have made to this building and how it runs before phoning make a booking.

Iveing Cottage

Iveing Cottage

Iveing Cottage North, Self catering Lake District holiday accommodation in Ambleside. Also Iveing Cottage Apartment, a 2 bed holiday let.

Availability and price enquiries can be made by calling +44 17687 80571 who are looking after sorting the bookings and taking the money these days for us.

Changes to the hostel and booking.

Ambleside Backpackers Hostel has been ‘reprocessed’ by removal of some rooms and beds and changing some beds and some rooms into accommodation for WHOLE HOSTEL weekly group / family rentals ONLY. Accommodation is for  for 6 – 10 people in king size, doubles/twin/singles and king size with day bed rooms, with an option to add an additional 6 bed dormitory for 15/16 people, and a couple of well behaved dogs are welcome too. So, sorry NO individuals/single room bookings at the moment.

There is off street parking for 3 cars or 2 mini busses and free on street parking nearby, A real convenience in Ambleside 
Even with all 16 beds occupied you will still have spacious cooking / dining facilities and a good size lounge too!

In addition to the accommodation above there is a separate 2 bed apartment also with off street parking for 1 car. The apartment comprises a galley kitchen, spacious lounge dining room, bedroom with double bed and a bath with shower over. Access is by quite steep outside steps from the car park.
Please note; no stag or hen groups in either of these units.

In Iveing Cottage North there are There are 2 double rooms (one with king size bed), a twin room, a double (king size) with a day bed, two single rooms and a 6 bed dorm that will allow most groups and families to find accommodation to suit their needs. If the building is to be occupied by a single sex group, it can accommodate 13 without the need to share beds. Please note that the maximum occupancy is 16 people  and 1 or 2 dogs and no more!

Log burner in lounge

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Lake district accomodation;

A fantastic location for gentle (or serious) walking, cycling and open water swimming and touring or sightseeing. Walk the Fairfield Horseshoe from the front door, Wansfell is just behind the building, Loughrigg Fell in front. Windermere lake is 10 minutes walk away.

A great base to go out from
Explore the beautiful Lake District from our conveniently located and comfortable old building in Ambleside. We offer affordable, comfortable self catering group accommodation for family’s, fell walkers, backpackers,cyclists, mountain bikers and travelers interested in exploring and having fun the Lake District.
Conveniently located just four minutes walking from the center of Ambleside, our hostel is the perfect base from which to explore the region. Enjoy the Lake District’s finest scenery and attractions from our location at the north end of Lake Windermere in ‘Cumbria’.


Group accommodation

We offer accommodation for groups, family’s and family groups. From our building, car or bus users will be able to access all the Lake District National Park . You can easily access several of the Lake District’s famous lakes and fells on foot. Fit cyclists will be able to reach all the region’s well known attractions. Easy and and testing rides if you want them.

Windermere Lake Cruisers

Walk to the world famous Windermere Lake Cruisers landing pier at Waterhead in under 10 minutes and enjoy either a lake cruise or a cruise and a walk along the lake shore.
View of Waterhead

Our Rooms and Facilities

Our rooms are designed and furnished for the optimum combination of comfort and affordability. Relax and enjoy a deep night’s sleep in our quiet and comfortable double, twin, single and six-bed rooms. We can accommodate up to 16 people in some reasonable comfort. All of our rooms are heated and fitted with quality carpet, underlay, some have wash basins. All first floor rooms have fine fell views.
So although the hostel is smaller and you now enter through what was the kitchen door in days of old, you get more space per person and still the same great location right in the heart of Ambleside.

Wifi and a great location is included.

Cooking facilities and relaxing

Our building also includes full cooking facilities in a large well appointed kitchen and a fine dining room and comfy lounge with a wood burner and TV.

Bedrooms and washing facilities.

On the first floor accommodation is as follows; a King size double room, a single room, a twin room, a king size double room with day bed. A fully tiled and fitted shower room with sink and w.c,, a further two shower rooms each with two showers (More hostel in style but good showers none the less)and a bath room!. There are also  two w.c’s on the first floor.

On the second floor there is a double room, a single room and a 6 bed bunk room (normally locked unless the extra beds are booked) and 2 further w.c’s and 2 more showers. Plenty of facilities so you should not have too long to wait for a shower or w.c or a shower at any time while staying here.

Outside there is a wash room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Could also be used to store a couple of bikes if required.

Access Statement

There is parking for 3 cars (or 2 mini buses) on the premises for Iveing Cottage North. 1 car for Iveing Cottage Apartment.
From the car park 2 steps down, or from the road there are 2 steps up, then from either way, 4 steps down to the entrance door.
Entry is then through a large level lobby with coat hooks, small hand wash sink and clothes drying facilities/dehumidifier.

Inside the building there are many steps and stairs.

Level entry to kitchen and through passage to dining room and stairs. 1 step down into lounge.
Stairs to first floor; 6 steps up to 1/2 landing and a further 7 steps up to first floor. First floor is level and there is room for a wheel chair in all bedrooms on first floor. Small step up to ‘luxury shower room’ and step into shower. Each of the twin shower rooms have steps up into the cubicles. the two w.c’s are level entry but quite small.

Stairs to second floor; 6 steps up to 1/2 landing and 7 further steps up to second floor. Small step down into double room. Single room and 6 bed room both have level entry. Both w.c’s on second floor have level entry and one is quite spacious.

Safety and fire exits

There is a fire escape from the first floor which has 5 steps down to the exit door. From the second floor there is a fire escape with 12 steps down, a landing and then 4 more steps down into the car park level.
We are very sorry but we can not easily make this place wheelchair friendly, however we have had several wheelchair users stay here in the past but it has to be said – they enjoyed a challenge!.

There is also further free on street parking near Iveing Cottage.

Iveing Cottage Apartment is accessed from the car park by a series of outside steps. Inside the apartment there are 3 further quite steep stairs leading from the kitchen to the lounge and bedroom/bathroom.


Book Your Stay Now

Enjoy one of the Lake District’s most conveniently located and comfortable hostels during your next trip to this stunning part of the country for your next group or family get together. Phone +44 17687 80571 and mention ‘Iveing Cottage North. You will be speaking to Sally’s Cottages who are looking after our bookings now.
Prices range from £700 to £2000.00 per week depending on the season. Friday to Friday bookings.
Sounds a lot? but it should work out at about or lower per person per night than you would have paid to share your room with 15 other people here previously!

Outdoor Activities.

The hostel is a good base for accessing outdoor activities of all types in the Lake District World Heritage Centre. So why not bring your group here for an activity holiday?


Budget self catering holiday let.

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