Iveing Cottage North is a welcome, yet un-fussy home-from-home. With 7 bedrooms and accepting 2 dogs, this cottage provides great group accommodation just up from the centre of Ambleside. Once sleeping 72 people as a backpackers hostel, Iveing Cottage North can now accommodate a more manageable 10/16. With literary connections abound, Dorothy Wordsworth described Iveing Cottage North as a “fine new house” in 1800 whilst Lewis Carroll's uncle was also in residence here. From the original feature fireplaces and shutters, there are certainly plenty of clues to the property’s Georgian heritage.
Iveing Cottage North benefits from a utility/laundry room (which could also be used to store around 3 bikes), a large and comfy commercial-style breakfast kitchen, a spacious dining room and living room with cosy woodburner on the ground floor, whilst the bedrooms and various shower rooms (some containing curtained-cubicles) are spread out over the first and second floors. The 7th bedroom is a dorm-style room and can be booked as well for an additional charge. Containing 6 bed spaces - there are 2 single beds and 2 sets of bunk beds - a room children of all ages will love.
The cottage is located in a Conservation Area and has fantastic views of Loughrigg Fell across the treetops and pretty slate rooftops of the popular Lake District town of Ambleside. Ambleside is home to the Windermere ferry terminal at Waterhead Pier, which dates back to 1845. Today ferries can be taken to Bowness and Lakeside Pier near Newby Bridge, Wray Castle and Brockhole Visitor Centre. Indeed, Ambleside is the beating heart of the Lake District for the simple reason that there is so much to do: there's something for everyone, young or old, creative or adventurous; and all situated in the idyllic landscape that has inspired artists for centuries, from JMW Turner and Crossland to Beatrix Potter.