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This charismatic and distintly lucxurious Lakeland cottage is a worthy winner of the Tourist Board 5 star. Believed to be over 400 years old, Crag Head Cottage has a divine location within the tiny hamlet of Clappersgate – only a mile from vibrant Ambleside and providing a gateway to the breathtaking Langdale Valley. Retaining all its ‘olde worlde’ charms, this property has been refurbished with such impressive attention to detail that you’ll be won over the moment you enter.
A captivating fireplace, pretty window seats and traditional country kitchen (with an Aga at its heart) are perfectly enhanced by designer furnishings, stylish presentation and a touch of contemporary chic. It's hard to put into words, but be assured that every corner of this property, including the delightful patio garden, is as pretty as the scenery.
Accommodation in detail
Traditional entrance porch with slate floor and seats, and coach lights to guide you at night. Inner porch leads to the slate-floored lounge, warmed by a large rug and adorned with original beams, ancient spice cupboard, feature woodburner and sumptuous furnishings. A bespoke Shaker kitchen, with granite finishes, is open to the dining area - ample space for family dining.
A pantry leads off the kitchen, and through a stable door to the walled country garden and furnished patio. Stained glass features on the way upstairs, to the three stunning bedrooms; master with en-suite bathroom and views to Wansfell, second double and twin with views to the lake.
For a peaceful, but perfectly convenient Lake District cottage holiday, especially for keen walkers, Clappersgate is a wonderful location. The tiny hamlet is only a mile from shops, Windermere lake shore attractions and restaurants in Ambleside, nestled at the entrance to the breathtaking Langdale Valley. Inspiring scenery, renowned Lake District walks on the Landgale Pikes and vibrant village life are therefore all within incredibly easy reach.
Ambleside is noted as the 'gem of the Lake District', thanks to its sublime location on the northern shore of Lake Windermere, it's friendly local character, and also its distinctly cosmopolitan feel. Lose-yourself shops, tempting delicatessens, cosy Lakeland pubs and acclaimed Lake District restaurants are all part of the hustle and bustle of this memorable village.
The Langdale Valley is the most photographed part of the Lake District National Park, and you'll soon see why. Wander through breathtaking scenery, untouched and barely inhabited, bar a few excellent country pubs and a scattering of traditional Lake District cottages.
To explore the wider reaches of the Lake District, a holiday cottage in Clappersgate provides an excellent base. Between Ambleside and Langdale on the A593, you're ideally placed to also explore Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston.
Highly Recommend This Cottage
By B Jones on 11-Apr-2018
Crag head cottage is simply lovely, it has everything you could think of, and more. I adored using the aga. The kitchen is very well equipped and a joy to use, the table in there comfortably sits 6. The courtyard garden is gorgeous, we were lucky enough to have nice weather, so we could sit out there.
All 3 bedrooms are good sized and has lovely bedding.
Ambleside pier is within easy walking distance and offers ferry departures, ice cream parlours and a pub with beer garden.
I would recommend this cottage to anyone wishing to have a relaxed break in the Lake District. I will definitely book again.
By The S & R Families, Herts & Lancs. on 02-Oct-2017
We think the place is terrific and look forward to more happy returns.
By P&C, Wiltshire. on 10-Jun-2017
Superb accommodation, great location, excellent balance between walking and exploring Ambleside - wished we could have stayed longer!!
Aga And Fire Very Cosy.
By The W. Family, West Yorkshire. on 11-Mar-2017
A return visit to this cottage in the lakes 1 year on.
A lovely place to stay especially with the Aga and real fire.
Fantastic to be back.
A Home From Home!
By The W. Family, Northern Ireland. on 16-Jul-2016
Thanks very much for a "Home from Home".
Great accommodation and location, we had a lovely quality family holiday and the weather wasn't too bad either.
By The L. Family, South Lanarkshire on 28-Apr-2016
Thank you for loaning your lovely cottage to us for the month of April.
The walk from the doorstep to Loughrigg has been well used - beautiful views!
Our 2nd Christmas Stay!
By The C. Family, South Yorkshire. on 21-Dec-2010
Our 2nd Christmas stay at Crag Head Cottage and once again a wonderful time had by all.
The festive touches really gave a Christmas atmosphere.
The wood burner and Aga fantastic once again - thank you so much.