5 star gold property - Bracken Howe, Ambleside


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12 oaspeți, 5 dormitoare, 6 paturi, 4,5 băi
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Elegant 5* Gold Visit England Victorian property in central Ambleside.

Sleeps 10 (+2 on sofa bed in Snug).

5 bedrooms (2 king for poster beds, 1 double, 1 twin, 1 twin/super king).

4 bathrooms and 1 downstairs WC.

3 bedrooms have ensuite facilities, the twin and double bedrooms share the master bathroom.

Garden, hot tub, panoramic views, BBQ & parking for up to 5 cars.

Full Sky and BT Sport packages.

Fibre optic wi-fi.

200m level walk to central Ambleside.

Sorry no smoking or pets.

We have tried to make Bracken Howe the best possible Lake District experience for larger groups - more like staying at a friend's country residence than hiring a holiday let.

Bracken Howe is a five-bedroom property of genuine quality and elegance. Modern, but with many of the original elegant Victorian features retained and restored. High ceilings and large rooms reinforce the feeling of spaciousness.

Our policy of constant improvement has included replacement of all the beds with new high quality Vi-Spring or Hypnos mattresses. Two of the bedrooms include romantic four poster beds with views over the fells.

The policy of ensuring good quality furniture and fittings to enhance your holiday experience is also reflected in the remainder of the house with: Orla Kiely toiletries provided (hand wash, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion) an Aga gas and electric cooker, Villeroy and Boch cutlery, Denby tableware, Raymond Blanc pans, Meile white goods, Multiyork furniture, Naim and Bose audio systems, a curved screen 55" Samsung TV with sound system to mention a few.

A further feature which has been appreciated by guests, particularly when the weather is poor, is the full Sky TV subscription including BT sport. The value of being able to watch a football match or other live sports event or gathering around together of an evening to watch a Sky movie has been commented on by many previous guests.

The quality of the property and the facilities on offer were independently assessed by ‘Visit England’ in April 2020 and Bracken Howe was awarded its highest Five Star Gold rating.

Bracken Howe was built in the early 1880s as a property of Victoria elegance and sophistication. Modernisation has taken place mindful of maintaining this original character with with many original features with original woodwork, the service bells in the kitchen, the roll-top bureau in the dining room and the clover leaf occasional table. The original geometric Victorian tiled floors in the hall are a feature of the house as is striking pitch-pine staircase.

To summarise, using the words of another guest: “An elegant house of a bygone era with every modern facility and convenience.”

Description of sleeping capacity:
2 king size four poster ensuite bedrooms, 1 ensuite bedroom with zip & link beds offering 2 twins or a superking, 1 twin bedroom & 1 double room share a master bathroom.

Notes on bedrooms:
-Bedroom 1 ensuite with four poster king sized bed, panoramic views, TV & blu-ray
- Bedroom 2 ensuite with four poster king sized bed, panoramic views, TV & blu-ray
- Bedroom 3 ensuite with superking bed (or can be to full size single beds), TV
- Bedroom 4 with with twin beds, TV & blu-ray
- Bedroom 5 double bedroom, TV
- Bedroom 6 double sofa bed in Snug available at additional cost if your party require more space.
- All bedrooms are equipped with 32" SMART TVs. Blu-ray players in four bedrooms.
- Luxury white bedding, slippers and towels provided.
- Pillow menu
- New carpets fitted throughout July 2016.
- All bedrooms have hairdryers.

Bathroom details:
- Ensuite Bathrooms to Bedrooms 1, 2 & 3 all with bath, shower over, basin & WC.
- Master Bathroom with roll top free standing bath, separate shower cubicle, basin, WC & underfloor heating.
- Downstairs WC with underfloor heating.
- Luxury white towels and slippers provided.
- Range of Orla Kiely toiletries provided.
- One toilet roll is left in each bathroom ready for your arrival.

2 high chairs, 2 travel cots and 1 baby bath can be made available upon request. Please supply your own cot bedding.
There is access from the rear of the house to a field and parents should be aware that an unfenced beck/stream runs along the perimeter of the field about 50 metres from the house and ensure that children are watched at all times.

The kitchen is well equipped to cater for large parties having a wide range of utensils and cooking accessories e.g. food processor, blender, cake tins, range of cookery books etc. Tea towels, kitchen roll, oven gloves and apron provided. Includes ice machine and Le Creuset portable wine cooler jacket. Samsung American style fridge/freezer.
Large AGA dual fuel range cooker with double oven, grill, plate warmer, 6 ring gas burner and griddle. Separate slow cooker.
Meile dishwasher (starter pack of dishwasher tablets included)
Villeroy and Boch cutlery.
Two dinner sets - Denby Praline, John Lewis Queensbury Hunt.
Variety of Dartington crystal glasses and everyday range.
Plastic glasses available for use in the hot tub.
There is a cupboard set aside containing useful consumables for guests to use e.g. salt & pepper, herbs, vinegar, flour, castor sugar, tin foil, cling film. The contents of this cupboard do vary.
Coffee cafetieres and expresso/cappuccino maker

Coal fire in lounge. Starter pack of coal and kindling provided (September-April). Please note that the fire is not suitable for burning logs.

Utility room:
2 washing machines, tumble drier, clothes airer, iron and sun loungers.

Sitting room:
- Window seat with panoramic views.
- 3 Multiyork sofas comfortably accommodate 10 people.
- Open fire & fire guard.
- 55" 3D Curved 4K TV with sound bar, Blu-ray player, full Sky & BT HD sport package.


Televisions and satellite tv: The lounge features a 55" 3D 4K curved Smart TV, sound bar, sub woofer, blu-ray and Bose music system. The Snug has a 40" TV with blu-ray. All bedrooms feature 32" Smart TV's (blu-ray players in 4 of the bedrooms)
The property has a comprehensive Sky Package including Sky Sports and BT Sport HD.

There is an extensive DVD collection in the dining room. The Sky package includes a wealth a channels including films. Sky can be watched in the bedrooms.

The snug has a Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Kinnect and a Playstation 3. Controllers for games consoles and a range of games for all ages are provided.

The dining room has a Naim mu-so music system with Bluetooth, WI-fi and Internet radio. Bedrooms are equipped with clock radios some of which have Bluetooth. The lounge has a Bose system.

In the dining room you will find a wide range of board games, books, toys and DVDs.

The Snug contains a 40 inch TV, games consoles and a full size Yamaha electric keyboard with stand. The sideboard in the dining room contains a wide selection of board games, jigsaws and Lego.


There is an open aspect to the rear of the house give panoramic views of Loughrigg Fells.

Hot tub: There is a hot tub in the garden that comfortably fits 6 adults. The hot tub is available throughout the year although is not recommended for children under the age of 12 years. The open views of the fells can be enjoyed while relaxing in the hot tub, perhaps enjoying a (plastic) glass of wine.

The property has a high quality ratten dining table and chair set near the BBQ and hot tub. Cushions are stored in the utility room April - September along with sun loungers. This is suitable for enjoying outdoor meals or a BBQ whilst enjoying the views.

There is also a raised outdoor seating area and table on a raised decking area as you enter the garden from the dining room.

Lighting is available so the garden and hot tub may be enjoyed in the evening.

The garden is grassed and has views across Rothay Park to Loughrigg Fell & the Fairfield Horseshoe. Entry to the Kelswick field at the rear of the house has been provided by a gate and steps.

Bicycles are available for rental locally (within a 5 minute walk). Secure bike storage is available at the property with prior notice.

Well kept public tennis courts available less than a 10 minute walk away. Equipment is available to hire in Platts Park.

More information and photos are available on our own website if you search for: brackenhowe ambleside ormrod.

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Ambleside, Regatul Unit

The house is centrally located at the end of a private cul-de-sac off a quiet one-way residential street close to the centre of the village of Ambleside but with an open aspect at the rear looking towards the fells. In the words of one guest, Bracken Howe is an “…amazing home, in an ideal location…”.

In the garden at the rear of the property you can sit on the balcony (or in the hot tub) enjoying a panoramic view of the mountains or alternatively, within a few minutes walk, you can be in the centre of Ambleside, with all it has to offer.

We strongly recommend that guests take advantage of the wonderful location of the property. Ambleside is one of the region’s most popular towns, with so much to offer and set right at the heart of central Lake District, boarding the north shores of Lake Windermere. Ambleside’s activities include boats (large and small) on Windermere, England’s largest lake, including for example a steamer trip, or there is rowing, canoeing, sailing and motorboats on the lake. For other activities in the town there are: tennis courts, miniature golf, local bike hire, climbing, walking, cycling and water sports. There are also organised tours and regular buses to explore the surrounding areas.

For a rainy day, a few minutes’ walk from the property is Zefferelli's multi-screen cinema to take in a movie, which could perhaps be followed by a meal at their own well regarded vegetarian restaurant. On selected evenings (normally Fridays and Saturdays) you can also listen to a Jazz band at Zeffirelli's (free entry) while having a drink or a meal. The Ambleside Climbing Wall and Bouldering Cave is a 5 minute walk away and the Cafe Altitude is a great place to watch the action or enjoy the skyline of the surrounding fells. It's no secret that the Lake District has some of the best places to eat, from Michelin standard food to simple dishes that showcase the region's top local produce. For dining and drinking, there are plenty of pubs, restaurants and cafes within a few hundred metres of the property. If you would prefer a take-away meal back at Bracken Howe there is choice of French, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Mexican and English food within a few minutes’ walk.

There are many nearby walks around Ambleside, which can be started directly from the front door of Bracken Howe. This includes the Fairfield Horseshoe which is visible from the garden and is a one of the great high-level Lake District walks while Loughrigg Fell, directly behind the house, is a wonderful medium level hike. An even more straightforward walk, directly from the property and taking in two lakes, is along the western bank of Rydal Water then along the shores of Grasmere and back along the eastern shores of both lakes taking in the history of Wordsworth at Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, before returning to Bracken Howe. With all these walks, along the way, you will find great places for eating and drinking.

Cumbria isn't exactly filled with golf courses, but what it doesn't have in numbers it most certainly makes up for in quality, variety and value for money. The nearest course is Windermere Golf Club, which is approximately 5 miles away.

In short, much of your holiday could be spent in and around Ambleside, without using your car. If you do want to use the car, however, it will be much rewarded as about twenty minutes' drive takes you: west to Coniston Water; north to Keswick; south to Hawkshead; or east to Ullswater. Even closer are: Langdale Valley (west); Grasmere (north); and Bowness-on-Windermere (south), which are all about ten minutes' drive from Ambleside.

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We have four children and live in Southport. Janet works as a primary school teacher and Phil is a university professor so we do not have as much time to spend at the property as we would like, but we hope to retire there some day. Meanwhile, we try to stay occasionally, but also share it with guests and provide the best possible experience for them in the hope they will want to return and tell their friends.
We have four children and live in Southport. Janet works as a primary school teacher and Phil is a university professor so we do not have as much time to spend at the property as w…

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Whenever possible we try to be on hand to greet guests.

On the hall table there are folders containing numerous contact numbers in case guests experience a difficulty.

More information and photos are available on our own website if you search for: brackenhowe ambleside ormrod.
Whenever possible we try to be on hand to greet guests.

On the hall table there are folders containing numerous contact numbers in case guests experience a difficulty…
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