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44 reviews
Kitchen with full size fridge and freezer dishwasher and microwave . Everything for your stay .
Bedroom with king size bed
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Ambleside, Lake District, Cumbria, England

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Hannah R
Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Could be great but not there yet”
Reviewed 13 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

My husband booked for us to stay at the Dove Cot for four nights to celebrate my 30th birthday and were hoping for a lovely little cottage near Ambleside that we could use as a base for walking and going in to the town.

There were no directions provided on how to find the cottage so after a random google search and many u-turns we managed to find the property. It is about 2 miles outside of Ambleside so was quite a bit further than we thought but it has a lovely view and was very peaceful. As another reviewer said, it is very difficult, almost dangerous to walk on the main road in to the town.

The property itself is lovely and perfect for two people and our small dog. However when we arrived there were no instructions or basic welcome pack so we spent a good hour trying to work out how the heating worked and then another two hours trying to work out where a mystery beep was coming from...it turned out to be the broken dishwasher. Some basic supplies like tea, coffee, oil, toilet roll etc. would have been useful although we did come pretty well prepared ourselves but these small touches would have made the stay great as opposed to average.

There is no wifi or phone signal in the cottage which was a welcome break for us but it would have been nice to know that in advance.

Overall it was okay but a bit disappointing as with a bit more attention could have been great.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
20 Feb 2015
Thank you for your review . The Dove Cot is in an ideal location for walking at the foot of Loughrigg Fell and at the gateway to the Langdales. The cottage is just 1.5 miles from Ambleside in the countryside as shown on the location map which is nice and peaceful but convenient for shops or for a night out . We offer directions however most guests are happy to use sat nav we pass on our contact number and are quiet happy to assist . Mobile connection varies depending on the network this is common in the countryside in the Lakes due to terrain and not spoiling the beauty with those dreadful masts . All manuals and a house book is in the cottage and must of been overlooked .
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alisonmar...
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
“Lovely relaxing break”
Reviewed 2 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015

A lovely peaceful romantic break. Ambleside was an easy walk but at night not great with the last section of narrow road but the taxi option is not expensive after a night out. The cottage was just the right size for two and had everything we needed to eat in. The bath was a lovely treat after our snowy walks. Easy fishing from the back garden and star gazing from the patio. Easy access to all the main holiday walking areas so overall Dove Cot comes well recommended.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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mrjayjayj...
Lomdon
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98 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed 5 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014

Beautifully refurbished to a very high standard and in a very peaceful location just outside of Ambleside. Plenty of parking. The kitchen is very well stocked with utensils. The front room is very spacious and comfortable. The jacuzzi bath is a great luxury after a hard day hiking. The bedroom is spacious with a very comfortable bed.

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SteveTub
Gateshead, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great Cottage and Location”
Reviewed 29 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

My Wife and Myself spent a lovely couple of nights at the Dove Cot at the start of April. The cottage is in a good location just a mile or so in one direction to Ambleside and a similar distance in the other direction to Skelwith Bridge. The cottage itself is very well decorated and very well looked after, with all amenities required for a good break for two. The garden was also very nice to spend sometime in and with its location next to the river has some good views.
Location wise it is very central to make visits to other lakes such as Grasmere and Ulswater as well as Windermere being on its doorstep.
The only downside for us is that we could only spend 2 nights at the cottage and will look to visit again for longer in the future.
Thanks to the Dove Cot for a highly enjoyable stay....

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lauraaime...
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing week with lovely owners and cottage”
Reviewed 6 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014

Having just got home yesterday from The Dove Cot, I would recommend it to everyone. The owner was very lovely and understanding during the booking process and helped me by explaining everything clearly with prompt responses.

The cottage itself was gorgeous and had a great view from the garden which you cant even see in the photos. Some lovely walks right by the cottage and near enough to towns on rainy days.

Thanks again for a great week.

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Gregstoke
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Beautiful, cosy and romantic hideaway”
Reviewed 2 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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We really enjoyed our stay at this property and couldn't recommend it highly enough to anyone. The location is perfect for exploring the majority of places in the south lakes, but a car is really essential as walking to Ambleside would be quite treacherous in the dark especially as a lot of the road has no pavement. The bedroom was very spacious with plentiful wardrobe space and drawers, and the bed was extremely comfortable. The cooking facilities are fab and are quite modern. The lounge had a very comfortable sofa, good tv and the lighting in the whole cottage was superb. The double Jacuzzi bath was most welcome each evening after walking many a mile around this picturesque area. My small gripes that could be improved on would be
1. a pair of scissors and a working can opener (petty i know but its a bugger when you got no scissors and the can opener doesnt work)
2. a small instruction manual wouldn't go a miss with regard to the dishwasher (not sure if it works properly) and the heating (water) though we worked this out.
3. Maybe installation of internet (for an extra £10 week)
4. A book to write in so you can recommend places for sightseeing, eating and drinking for new visitors to the cottage and area.
5. A note about the outside washing machine and tumble dryers.
Finally please be aware that if you need to keep in touch with people (family or work) that quite often we got no service on our mobile networks (Vodafone, Orange and T Mobile) which can often be a problem to some but was very welcome for us.

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Liked best: We got what we saw in the photos
Liked least: No internet
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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AllyMiche...
Wakefield, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Stunning!”
Reviewed 21 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

This cottage was faultless! We couldn't have wanted for anymore out of our trip. Everything you could possibly need had been thought about, down to pots, pans and utensils. The view of the private pond out the patio doors was beautiful and we even got to feed a few ducks :-) The location of the cottage was perfect, we felt like we were hidden away in the middle of the lakes, however we were 10minutes away from the beautiful Ambleside, so getting around wasn't a problem.

We will 100% be staying again. Thankyou for a lovely holiday!

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Liked best: The stunning cottage itself
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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