Lovely holiday cottage with no frills but everything we needed too. We enjoyed the hot baths and loved the location. Everything is on the doorstep and some great walks start in Ambleside too. Peter was great and returned my towel by post which was kind of him.
This cottage contains everything you need for a Lakeland getaway. The house was lovely and warm, kitchen very well equipped and everything just right. The location is excellent, very easy to just bob into Ambleside and some great walks from the house - no need to take the car out. A small selection of games, puzzles and books to entertain.
Peter was excellent at communicating and answer promptly to any queries. Will definitely consider staying again. Much cheaper than a family room in the YHA! and you have the place to yourself. I would highly recommend.
we have just returned from a 3 night stay at 5 Smithy Brow. Lovely cottage in a perfect location & we would certainly book again.
Ambleside is very busy and thriving with lots of places to eat out.There are loads of points of interest within driving distance and it is also well situated for walking and cycling.
This cottage would be ideal for someone who was not going to be in much also a very small car would be an advantage as it may help to avoid confrontations with the guests at number 4.
I have to be honest and say I would not rent this property again.
My friend and I stayed at Smithy Brow this month for a few days' walking in the Lakes. It is in an ideal spot on the edge of Ambleside - easy to walk to restaurants, pubs and shops. There is parking for one car right outside the door. The owner had kindly put the heating on and the cottage was toastie warm when we arrived (almost too warm!). There was also a coal-effect fire in the sitting room. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen had everything we needed for self-catering. There is a little bench out the front - perfect for a sundowner!
Plenty of hot water on the immersion. There isn't a shower, just a shower attachment on the bath taps - which didn't fit very well, and tended to leak a bit if you turned the taps on full. The bathroom suite is very dated, but spotlessly clean.
It has a very interesting angled stairs - not recommended if you've had a pint or two!
Overall this is a cracking little cottage!
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Very basic cottage. The best thing would be its location. The cottage itself was draughty and more cramped than I imagined. Price was fairly cheap though so you get what you pay for. Owner is very abrupt and unaccommodating.