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Superb house in Ambleside; stunning views, wifi, leisure facilities, parking

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, sleeps 4: 2 bath, dining room, lounge, kitchen, private parking

Situated in an elevated setting overhanging picturesque Ambleside, yet only a minute's stroll from the centre, Boden Howe provides superb luxury accommodation for 4 people and boasts unrivalled views. This traditional Lakeland house comprises of entrance hall, superb dining room with large picture window, extensively equipped kitchen with separate larder and granite worktops and access to large cellar suitable for storing outdoor equipment. The sumptuous lounge is situated on the first floor with more panoramic views from the bay window, together with a double bedroom overlooking the sloping garden, and separate bathroom. The luxurious super king en-suite bedroom is situated on the second floor, again with breathtaking views! There is also a single bedroom on this floor. There is no vehicular access to Boden Howe but private car parking is available close by, secure if required. Complimentary admission to Salutation Hotel leisure club facilities (100 mtrs from house).

Helen Metcalfe
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
May 16, 2017

Why Helen Metcalfe chose Windermere & Central Lakes

Boden Howe and the three other houses on this unique terrace were built by my forebears and subsequently each occupied by a family member. My father was born in 'No 1' in 1920 and moved into 'No 2' ( Boden Howe) following his uncle's death in 1961. This was my parents' home until I inherited it in 2007. We have successfully let the house over the past 9 years and welcome back returning guests year on year.

What makes this house unique

We believe Boden Howe has one of the best uninterrupted panoramic views in Ambleside. The proximity to village amenities is without doubt a huge advantage to guests and this combination of views and convenience appears to be its major attraction.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Another fantastic holiday in the Lakes; walked most days and spent many happy evenings in Ambleside.

Thank you, Helen, for the 'loan' of Boden Howe we have been very comfortable as usual (3rd year running) and in such a wonderful location.
Nov 2013
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Ambleside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 1: Bed can be unzipped to form two separate single mattresses with single duvets.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The complimentary leisure facilities are 100 mtrs away at The Salutation Hotel and are UNLIMITED (7.30 a.m. - 9.30 p.m.)


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Superb house in Ambleside; stunning views, wifi, leisure facilities, parking
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Immaculately clean and superb central Ambleside location

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for our stay at Boden Howe. We had a superb week and this was much to do with the house where we stayed.

Upon arrival there was a lovely lemon cake to welcome us. The house is in an unbeatable location for access to all the shops and restaurants in Ambleside which with 2 young children was ideal for us. The parking worked out really well and saved all the hassle of having to park on the street. When we arrived we had expected it to be much further than it was from the house to the car and whilst up a steep hill, it is really only a very short way to the house.

The house was immaculately clean, much more so than anywhere we have stayed before. The added bonus was having access to the hotel swimming pool nearby which we used twice after going for long walks in the morning. The kids just loved being able to use the pool. Overall, we would definitely recommend this house. We have since got a new puppy which means sadly we won't be able to stay here again, otherwise we would have rebooked in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't have been better

  • 5 of 5

This place is a gem and is a perfect base for both walking in the nearby fells and driving further afield. (The parking turned out to be one of the best features although this was not apparent before we got there.) The owners have covered absolutely all the bases in the remodeling and every detail is perfect. Our visit included sunny warm days as well as rainy cold ones. The house is just big enough to provide private spaces for several people, and it is close to many amiable pubs and the (free) Salutation health club and pool. Since the house is on an elevated terrace, you are greeted by stunning views every morning. In our case, some of the peaks were snow-covered for a few days which made it seem like some 19th century magical place. You have no excuse not to get in shape here, with many options for drinks and supper after exercise. The owners were extremely welcoming and treated us like old friends. After a month in this place, we felt like we were a little bit a part of English village life in one of the best places in the world.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Immaculate home in great location

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely recommend this property. It is well maintained, well equipped and in an excellent location for all the amenities of Ambleside.

Customer service was excellent.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect in every way...

  • 5 of 5

From booking Boden Howe to vacating the property, we were completely satisfied with both our accommodations and our interactions with our hosts. The home is thoroughly updated and impeccably maintained yet retains its Cumbrian charm. The water is hot, the showers are strong, the beds are comfortable, the environs are quiet despite the in-town location (everything is in walking distance), the WiFi is fast, the kitchen is well equipped, the views are amazing--in sum, pretty much ideal.

The parking space, which is a short distance from the property, has the advantage of being safely out of the way of competing traffic--easy in-and-out.

We didn't use the spa passes that are included.

A few caveats (but not criticisms): while the washing machine works fine, there is no clothes drier. A drying rack and an outside clothes line are provided; the pathway from the street to the residence is quite steep, and the unit has 3 floors--so guests who find steep climbs or stairs difficult to negotiate will be challenged here.

The Metcalfs are friendly, experienced proprietors. We found them completely accommodating, earnest, and welcoming. Based on our June 2016 stay, one couldn't find a better arrangement or a better locale from which to explore the region.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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awesome views, very comfortable house

  • 5 of 5

Boden Howe was a lovely place to stay. Parking, although not directly 'onsite' was less then a 5 min walk away and was easy to get in and out of town. The house is a 5 min walk to the bus stop for easy access to the rest of the Lake District. 20 min walk to the Ferry. Plenty of nice pubs and restaurants in walking distance as well as supermarkets to utilise the well equipped kitchen. views from all 3 levels were superb as we watched the fog come in and out or the airforce plans zoom past or even walkers ascend the hills opposite

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very enjoyable stay

  • 5 of 5

Boden Howe is a very comfortable and immaculate house. It is located conveniently near shops and restaurants in the centre of Ambleside, in a quiet elevated terrace with beautiful views over the surrounding fells and the village itself. The house is very spacious and is equipped with everything you might need, including plenty of crockery, a wide range of cooking equipment, a dishwasher and washing machine, bedding and towels. There are three good bedrooms, so our two children were able to have separate rooms, plus a a seating area in the dining room as well as the lounge, so we could all find space for ourselves. A real bonus was the free access to the leisure club and swimming pool at the nearby Salutation Hotel. The children swam every day, and for them this really enhanced the holiday. Steve, the friendly owner, dropped by on our first day to check that everything was OK and to clean the already clean windows. Overall, we had a great week. Boden Howe is certainly one of the best holiday houses we've ever stayed in.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Car: not necessary

Of all the towns and villages in the Lake District Ambleside in unique. It is here the walking enthusiast may buy all they need for the hills in any one of a galaxy of outdoor shops and, so equipped,

start out directly up the slopes on which the village is built. Wansfell soars above the town; it's summit views stretching the length of Windermere, on to the Fairfield and Kentmere Horseshoe skylines and out towards Ingleborough. Between its sprawling flanks and Red Screes is Stock Ghyll, a rift channelling an eponymous beck over waterfalls and on into the village, underneath Bridge House and eventually merging with the River Rothay.


Rates & Availability

Ambleside House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 24 2017 - Jul 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 20 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 27 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 28 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 29 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $129.36

A deposit of £100 is required to secure each booking, with the balance payable four weeks prior to commencement of holiday


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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