We arrived at Grove Cottages on a very wet Saturday in July, driving up the very steep and narrow road for a week of cycling in the Lakes. Given the forecast was good we walked into Ambleside and popped to Blacks to buy some camping chairs having had a look around the garden, patio and BBQ areas. It was a 24 minute walk down and almost 40 minutes climbing back with the chairs we bought - it's a steep climb at the start. Dinner was had inside on Saturday with every facility and more you'd expect in such a property available. We rode our road bikes down to the bottom of Windermere and round Coniston on the undulating roads. The climb back to the cottage helped burn off the last of the cafe stop calories with a leg burning 1.4 miles with the first milke being 10% average. On the evening we had a BBQ in the glorious sunshine going in when the sun set behind 'the struggle' and the midges went wild. We really can't fault the location for such an evening with fine wine and proper burgers in hand. We more or less repeated this schedule riding 'The Sruggle', Kirkstone Pass, Great Langdale, Ullswater, Hawkshead Hill and many more. Lots of fabulous Cafe's were visited the best being the new one in Threlkeld, and we ate out at Jintanas twice because they do very good (Thai) food. The property was fabulous with access front and back and at the side for the garden - much better than the others in the block. Really designed for a couple but can fit a child comfortably. All mod cons - including dishwasher and washer dryer used with the bedroom at lower ground level which helped in the ridiculous heat of the week. My cycle computer topped 40c when left in the sun at Coniston! Fantastic week and amazing propererty in a fabulous location if you're prepared to graft at the end of a ride or few beers down in Ambleside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Privately owned and operated luxury Farmhouse & 4 Lake District cottages on a farm in tranquil Stock valley with stunning views, only 1.5 miles from Ambleside. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Grove Cottages On Grove Farm Ambleside, Lake District