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Cosy Cottage in Chapel Stile, Langdale Valley, Ambleside, Lake District, England

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Traditional 2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Character Lakeland Cottage. Wood Burning Stove and Balcony With Mountain Views. Walks & Cycle Routes on the Doorstep. Langdale Country Club Spa Membership

Nestled in the pretty Langdale hamlet of Chapel Stile, this 19th Century chic Lakeland retreat takes a picture-postcard setting overlooking the Langdale Valley. This sleepy village is an ideal base with its handy shop and excellent country pub yet an abundance of walks and mountain bike routes from its doorstep.

Step inside Fountain Cottage and you'll fall in love with the traditional character and instantly soak up the contemporary luxuries of a meticulous restoration contrasting the old oak beams, thick walls and stone floors with crisp modern decor.

Contemporary comforts spread over the three floors; sumptuous cottage bedrooms, sleek designer bathrooms and a top floor lounge with a newly installed woodburning stove and a furnished, south-facing balcony for lazy summer brunches or just a cool place to chill out after those hard days on the fells.

Lakeland slate on the outside and lovely mountain and village scenes through almost every window.

Active families will have no need to use their car, couples will relish the romantic location and cosy evenings by the woodburning stove and all will be glad of the short walk to the Good Pub Guide listed Wainwrights Inn.

Although this luxurious Lake District cottage is an outdoor lovers paradise, for those who want to just relax and be pampered the Cottage benefits from membership for two adults at the nearby Langdale Country Club. The Club offers a well equipped gym, swimming pool and sauna. Fountain Cottage guests are also able to sign in additional members of their party on the payment of a small day or evening charge. Children under the age of three benefit from free entry.

Come rain or shine whether you are looking for outdoor activity or a peaceful romantic retreat Fountain Cottage offers it all.

The large entrance hall with original flagged stone floor and space for outdoor gear leads upstairs to the excellently equipped Shaker kitchen / dining room which affords fabulous views over Lingmoor Fell. Through to the modern lounge with newly installed wood-burning stove and French doors leading out to the balcony again overlooking Lingmoor Fell.

The romantic double bedroom with a wrought iron bed is located on the entrance level and has its own en-suite with luxury power shower. Also on the entrance level is the luxury family bathroom which offers both a separate bath and power shower cubicle.

A flight of stairs leads down to the cosy twin bedroom which has its own outdoor access.

Outside there is a large shed for secure storage of bikes and outdoor equipment.

There is parking for 1 car directly outside the cottage with further on lane parking close by.

There is a wide selection of maps, books, guides and information on local activities for your use.

We also accept one small well behaved pet in the cottage.

More Details

Belinda Randall
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Belinda Randall

Simon and I live in the Lake District. Simon is retired and I have my own Chiropractic clinic. We are passionate about the outdoors and spend all of our free time walking, mountaineering, mountain biking and running. Before living here we come to the Lakes for many years and fell in love with the beauty and solitude the Langdale valley offers in all seasons.

Belinda Randall purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Belinda Randall chose Ambleside

The Langdale Valley has something for everyone with gentle river walks to delightful cafe's and pubs to the big summits of Bowfell, Crinckle Crags and Scafell Pike all accessible from the front door of Fountain. You can escape the crowds and have the fells to yourself or if you are looking for restaurants, cinemas and shops, Ambleside is only 15 minutes by car. Chapel Stile is a buzzing little hamlet with it's village school, well stocked co op shop and great local pub "Wainwright's Inn". Fountain Cottage is a real gem and a relaxing haven for all.

What makes this cottage unique

Fountain Cottage benefits from free membership for two adults to the Langdale Country Club, which is located a short walk away. The membership includes a 10% discount off meals in the restaurant and the locally owned "Wainwright's Inn". There is high speed broadband and wifi available in the cottage. We provide an extensive selection of maps, route suggestions and guide books for your use during your stay.


Ambleside Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 power shower and WC. Family bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle with power shower and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , with en-suite
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed Bedroom 2 with twin beds
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Fountain cottage maintains membership to the Langdale Country Club for two adults. Fountain guests are also able to sign in two additional members of their party on the payment of a small day or evening charge. Children under the age of 3 benefit from free entry. Cottage is suitable for children and babies. Electric Central Heating and other Utilities included in the rental charge. Free wifi available in all areas of the cottage. Non Smoking. One small, well behaved pet accepted for an additional charge of £20/week. There is parking directly outside the cottage for one car and more parking available down the lane. Outside: South facing balcony with table and chairs with lovely mountain views. There is a secure shed for mountain bikes and other outdoor equipment. Utility Room: Secure outside storage shed for mountain bike and outdoor equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Egyptian cotton bed linen provided together with towels and tea towels. Cottage is cleaned on departure. High chair and cot available on request. Other: The entrance hall is full of character and very welcoming with exposed beams and flag stoned floors.


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Cosy Cottage in Chapel Stile, Langdale Valley, Ambleside, Lake District, England
average rating of 4.888889 based on 18 reviews

A wonderful week

  • 5 of 5

Myself and my wife and two children had a fantastic week at fountain cottage. It's a lovely cottage which we really enjoyed staying in, and it's in a brilliant location with plenty to do on the doorstep or within a short drive. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback and we are pleased you enjoyed your holiday at Fountain Cottage. We continue to make improvements to the cottage to make our guests feel at home.
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Lovely cottage, very well equipped. We had a very enjoyable week.

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was an excellent choice. It was very well-equipped and had everything we needed for the the week. It has been maintained to a high standard and was a lovely place to relax and unwind. The location is excellent, being only a few minutes walk from the local shop and pub, and the river. We had our two year old with us and the cottage worked very well for the three of us. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent location in quiet village, well equipped and comfortable cottage with character.

  • 5 of 5

An excellent place to stay, with a number of lovely family walks accessible from the door, such as over to Grassmere (a steep but enjoyable clamber), and the Stickle Tarn Trail nearby. The Langdale Country Club membership was excellent and provided swimming in their well equipped spa pool as an activity for rainy days. Cottage was well equipped, with everything you could need in the kitchen, log burner in the living room, and clean and comfortable bathrooms and bedrooms. The village was quiet even in summer holidays, a contrast to Ambleside which although only a few miles away was terribly busy. The local Co-op has all the essentials, and the Wainwright Inn was a decent pub for a meal. Easy access to sites around the area, we had an easy trip to Beatrix Potter's house and Wray Castle, and to Windemere for kayaking another day. A great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great cottage

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, clean, spacious cottage that was suitably equipped with everything we needed for our stay in the Lakes. It is situated in a great location for walks and is near to a great pub! However, we would have loved for there to have been a recycling bin next to the cottage, which would be more convenient than taking our rubbish home with us or taking it all to Ambleside. Apart from this, we could not fault this wonderful cottage. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ian, Many thanks for your comments and we are pleased you enjoyed your stay at Fountain Cottage. The issue of waste recycling is a difficult challenge for rural communities. Currently South Lakeland DC will not collect waste from holiday cottages as, quite rightly, its classed as trade waste. We have engaged our own trade waste collection service but, due to the remote location, a recycling collection service is not available. By way of illustration of the difficulties for rural communities its interesting to note that SLDC have themselves only recently started to experiment with recycling collection in rural villages. When services are available for recycle collection of trade waste in Chapel Stile we will of course adopt such a service. Until then we have to rely on guests taking recyclable materials to the Ambleside recycle center. Kind regards Simon & Belinda
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Lovely holiday

  • 4 of 5

Gorgeous cottage in a small picturesque village, well placed for some lovely walks. Great eateries within easy walking distance. Definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent accommodation, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very comfortable all the essentials: dishwasher, washing machine and Wifi. I'm not sure the tumble drier programme of the washing machine was working but the cottage was so warm,clothes dried well on the clothes horse. In fact we needed to turn the heating down. On arrival there was milk, tea, coffee, a packet of biscuits. Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing tablets, towels and tea towels were provided. Details of walks, places to visit and local information all present in the cottage. The Leisure facilities at the Langdale were also top class. Take your own towels or pay £2 each for weekly hire. We only made it once so lost out there. We didn't use the car as we were able to do many walks straight from the cottage. Particularly nice walks were to Grasmere and Ambleside, a different way back each time. What we found very useful was the ability to download the local ordinance survey map onto an iPhones. The village store was very well equipped, everything you could need for the week, but understandably more expensive than a larger supermarket chain. All the cafes and pubs we tried were dog friendly as were the local buses. Both the pub at Elterwater and Chapel Stile itself served decent food. We're a family of 4, children aged 15 and 11 plus a Labrador. He seemed to enjoy the holiday too. We would definitely return to is cottage and would consider buying it if it became available!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Wainwrights Inn
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Car: necessary

The Langdale Country Club is half a mile away from Chapel Stile. The cottage has two adult memberships but additional guests can be signed in on payment of a small charge (Children under 3 are free). The pool is open daily (except from 4pm to 6:30pm) with adults only between 8am to 9am and after 9pm. The local mountain river which runs through the Langdale Valley and Chapel Stile is a short stroll away with a picnic area. Grasmere, Lake Windermere and Coniston are each within 15 minutes drive


Manchester Airport is 100 miles away and 1 hour 45 minutes by car, or direct rail to Windermere then a 20 minute taxi drive from the station. West Coast Virgin rail Pendelino Service to "Oxenholme Lake District" then 45 minutes by taxi or connections to Windemere as above. Local Bus has a 15 minute link to Ambleside the nearest market town.


Ambleside 4 Miles. Langdale Pikes and access to Scafell Pike via The Old Dungeon Ghyll is 3 miles. Grasmere 4 miles for Wordsworths Cottage. Sailing on Windermere and Coniston or Steam Boat Trips are 8 miles. Grizedale Forest is an easy drive for Mountain Bike trails such as the infamous "North Face Trail", Orienteering and the popular "Go Ape".

Further Details:

A local co-op village store provides all the essentials and is a 2 minute walk. Adventure and water sport activities are available from Ambleside, Windermere and Coniston. Wordsworth's Cottage at Grasmere is "over the fell". The local pub "Wainwright Inn" is a 10 minute walk (10% discount off menu, when you take the Langdale membership card) and the Britannia Inn with it's comprehensive local beers and tasty menu is a 15 minute pleasant stroll by the river. The infamous Drunken Duck Inn is a 10 minute drive away or a 90 minute walk if you are feeling energetic. Endless walking opportunities and mountain biking routes from the front door.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $139.84
Pet Fee $27.97

Booking Notes:
Book via telephone or email. Payments by BACS, cheque or Paypal.

Changeover Day:
Normal changeover day is Friday. For alternative days please contact the owner.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks are available outside peak season (minimum of 3 x nights). One small well behaved pet accepted at a cost of £20.00 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.