Iveing Cottage North accommodation summary

Ground Floor

Dining room
Boot / drying room
Laundry room

First Floor

King size bedroom
King size bedroom with day bed
Twin bedroom
Single bedroom
Bathroom with bath and basin
Shower room with WC and basin
Two shower rooms (each with two showers)
Two separate WCs

Second Floor

Double bedroom
Single bedroom
Dorm room with 5 single beds 
Shower room (with two showers)
Two separate WCs


Small patio with bench
Small additional seating area with two benches


Parking area for about 3 cars but would need to block each other in. Additional parking available on the road in front - NB some of the road is single yellow lines so would need to be careful

Other Info

The beds will be made up for you, please remember to bring your own towels
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
The house is heated by gas central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge of £20.00 per dog
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £200. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.

For parties of 10 or less, a discount of £350 per week, or £150 per short break can be applied. Please call the office on 017687 80571 or email enquiries@sallyscottages.co.uk for more information. 

Please note that this cottage is over three  floors and has steps and stairs so is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

General Description

Based in the Ambleside Conservation Area with fabulous views of Loughrigg Fell, Iveing Cottage North sleeps 15 guests across seven bedrooms. While it may no longer offer 72 beds, guests should remember that the cottage is still a hostel and, as such, offers functional, albeit comfortable, self-catering accommodation for groups.

There are two options for renting Iveing Cottage North.  The property sleeps 15 guests, but can be booked at a discount (for bookings 10 or less) without the use of the 7th, dorm style bedroom. Please contact the office for more information. 

Entry into the cottage from the parking area is down 4 steps to a covered porch. To the right is a laundry room with a washing machine, tumble dryer and sink. There is also room to store 2/3 bikes securely. The main door opens into the boot room where boots, shoes and outdoor gear can be stored and dried. Ideal for dogs.

The kitchen opens out from the boot room. It has been updated to be more homely since the days of the Ambleside Backpackers Hostel but usefully still contains many of the commercial features required for a kitchen of this size. The kitchen is well stocked with crockery and pots and pans, as you would expect, and contains a gas range cooker with large oven and 5 ring gas hob, separate electric grill, a microwave, a large fridge-freezer, two toasters, a hot water urn and kettle, two large sinks and two draining boards. It also includes a kitchen table with six seats next to a tall window that faces onto the quiet Old Lake Road (a small lane in reality).

Walk along the hallway (take a look in the storage cupboard to find the stairs to the old servants' entrance) and the dining room is on your right and the living room straight ahead. The characterful dining room, which was originally the parlour, seats 15 guests across three tables. The windows along the front of the cottage are all original and flood the rooms - including the dining room - with natural light. A door opens out to a small hedged area in which two benches are located. The living room seats 15 guests comfortably and features a wood burning stove and Freeview TV and DVD player. Novels, walking guides, maps and board games have all been made available for guests.

The first floor is laid out as follows:

- Bedroom 1: The master bedroom with a king size bed, wardrobe, chest-of-drawers and wash basin. Fabulous views through a large window over Ambleside towards Loughrigg Fell (all bedrooms of the first floor share this view).

- Bedroom 2: Single day bed (full size) and chest-of-drawers.

- Bedroom 3: Twin beds, clothes rail, chest-of-drawers and wash basin.

- Bedroom 4: King size bed, day bed (full size), wardrobe and chest-of-drawers. The daybed can be used if the room is occupied by 2 people who do not wish to share a bed. Bedding will be left for guests to make up this bed if required.

- Bathroom with bath and basin

- Refurbished shower room with shower, WC and basin

- Basic shower room with 2 wash basins and 2 curtained shower cubicles

- Basic shower room with 2 showers each with an enclosed changing cubicle

The second floor is laid out as follows:

- Bedroom 5: Double bed, wardrobe, chest-of-drawers, Velux window with a blackout blind, small dormer window and wash basin.

- Bedroom 6: Single bed, chest-of-drawers, Velux window with black-out-blind.

- Bedroom 7:  Five single beds, two chests-of-drawers, clothes rail, 3 Velux windows with black-out-blinds. 

- Basic shower room containing two showers in curtained-cubicles.

- Two separate WCs.

Outside is room for three cars to park on the driveway, a small paved patio with a garden bench and a small area with two small benches. The garden around the parking area is very steep and rough with a small stream that plunges into a deep culvert. Sorry but, for safety reasons, this garden area is strictly out of bounds to all guests.