Iveing Cottage

Iveing Cottage

Ambleside Backpackers Hostel, Holiday cottage in Ambleside, the Lake . Also Ambleside Backpackers Apartment, a 2 bed holiday let.

Ambleside Backpackers Hostel has been ‘reprocessed’ by removal of some rooms and beds and changing some beds and some rooms into holiday accommodation for WHOLE HOSTEL weekly group / family rentals ONLY. Accommodation is for up to 10 people, and a couple of well behaved dogs are welcome too. So, sorry NO individuals/single room bookings at the moment. The extra 5 bed dorm is closed due to Covid 19. 

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 outside steps from the car park. The apartment is not good for people with mobility problems due to the steps and stairs in this ‘oldest part of the building’.
Please note; no stag or hen groups in either of these units.

In The Hostel there are 2 double rooms, a twin room, a double bed (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 10 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 strenuous walking, cycling, open water swimming, touring or sightseeing. Walk the Fairfield Horseshoe from the front door(12 mile round trip including fantastic views, quite a climb and a reasonable descent!), Wansfell is just behind the hostel, a good what you see is what you get hill, Loughrigg Fell in front with great views over Grasmere, Rydal water and Lake Windermere. Windermere lake is 10 minutes walk away.

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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 travellers interested in exploring and having fun the Lake District.
Conveniently located just four minutes walking from the centre 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

The holiday cottage is furnished for the optimum combination of comfort and affordability (for you!). Relax and enjoy a deep night’s sleep in our quiet (yes it is actually quite a quiet spot here on Old Lake Road)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 holiday cottage is smaller than the original hostel and you now enter through what was the kitchen door in days of old, you get lots 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.

Bedrooms and washing facilities.

On the first floor accommodation is as follows; a King size double room, a single room, a twin room, a double room – four-poster bed, 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 (King size bed), a single room and a 5 bed bunk room (normally locked unless the extra beds are booked) and a W.C.’. 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 holiday cottage 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. Stepped steel fire escape from top floor down not Ground level with further 4 steps to car park.

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’,holiday cottage in Ambleside.

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.
Prices range from £700 to £2000.00+ per week depending on the season. Friday to Friday bookings except Christmas and New Year which may have other start days.

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?

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