Multi-award winning Pudding Cottage has been named both ‘Cumbria Cottage of the Year’ and has been the No. 1 rated property in the Lakes on Trip Advisor for the past 3 years meriting a 2014 Trip advisor 'Top Vacation Rental' accolade. The Times Newspaper also listed Pudding as one of its top 50 cottages in the UK in 2013 citing its great facilities for children. With its combination of pretty exterior, stylish interior and setting just a few hundred yards from the shore of Lake Windermere, it is easy to see why it’s an award winner. For pre-school families, there is a handy supply of nursery gear and toys and the fact there’s an excellent indoor and outdoor kids play centre just a few steps away makes it even more special.
As if that’s not enough, the cottage is so atmospherically set, in the heart of Beatrix Potter’s Lake District with the lovely towns of Ambleside and Windermere within a few minutes drive, that guests would be forgiven for thinking that they might spy resident Jemima Puddle-ducks waiting for breakfast at the back door or Peter Rabbits hopping across the lawns! Tucked up an unmade lane, just a few hundred yards from the shores of Lake Windermere, the Lakeland stone cottage is in a group of barns which were built in the 18th century by the Earl of Lonsdale and boasts glimpses of the Lake from the front and of the communal landscaped gardens to the rear.
The spacious family cottage for six has been tastefully decorated with warm colours, furnished to the highest standards and equipped with high spec mod cons to offer luxurious yet homely 5-star accommodation. Cooking and eating together as a family is a pleasure in the traditional farmhouse-style dining kitchen and a wide window seat overlooking the lawn provides a comfy spot for a quiet cuppa. The bright and spacious living room offers plenty of space for children to play with the toys, games and craft box provided, plus there’s the bonus of a games console in addition to the TV, DVD, video and CD players, should any dramatic Cumbrian weather roll in.
Each of the three bedrooms at Pudding Cottage has its own welcoming style with close attention to detail. The master en-suite bedroom is in warm pinks and oranges with a white wrought iron bed, one of the twin rooms has a New England twist and the other twin-bedded room is a glorious riot of colour! In the en-suite and house bathroom, hand-made soaps and luxurious toiletries are provided to soothe frazzled parents in a relaxing bath or shower.
For playing outside, Pudding Cottage has a large, mostly, enclosed garden with a trike, ride-on and play tent among the outdoor toys, plus a fab adventure play area is just across the road at Brockhole – the Lake District Visitor Centre. Brockhole is the most amazing asset for families with children with its new ‘Tree Top Trek’, zip rope down to the Lake, bike hire and huge adventure playground- you may never need to use the car! Guests can also hire boats here, have afternoon tea in the beautiful house and gardens and take a ferry ride across the Lake. Pudding Cottage also has a large private patio terrace and BBQ, with outdoor dining table and chairs where parents can keep an eye on the kids at play while relaxing with a glass of wine.
Pudding Cottage sleeps up to six plus a baby in three bedrooms comprising: one en-suite(shower) bedroom with a king-size bed, and two twin bedrooms (two singles in each). Two travel cots are provided for junior guests. The kitchen is well equipped with the basics plus a dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer and washer/dryer. Outside, there are gardens front and rear of the cottage with the rear terrace having a lovely outdoor dining set.
PLEASE NOTE: The cottage may have a change of ownership in 2017 but bookings will be unaffected.
Pudding Cottage is in a prime location between the bustling Lakeland towns of Ambleside and Windermere, full of enticing shops, tempting tea rooms, family friendly pubs and superb restaurants, plus an excellent ‘Booths’ supermarket which prides itself on stocking the best local produce. Guests can buy everything they need in these two towns and much more besides!
Just across the road from the cottage, Brockhole is the main visitor centre for the Lake District set in beautiful gardens and grounds which go to the shores of Lake Windermere and featuring a fantastic adventure playground, boat trips, a shop, cafe and varied programme of family-f ocussed events and exhibitions throughout the year.
At The World of Beatrix Potter in nearby Bowness-on-Windermere, all 23 tales are brought to life in a magical indoor recreation, complete with sounds and smells. Other things to do here include hiring a rowing a boat to play Swallows and Amazons, boarding one the famous Lake Windermere steamers or visiting the Aquarium of the Lakes. Throughout The Lakes, of course, there are quaint villages to discover and breathtaking scenery to enjoy, whether walking, mountain biking, boating or tootling around in the car.
For an evening out, don't miss a trip to Zaffirelli's restaurant, cinema and jazz bar in Windermere. Its great quality Italian cuisine comes with sophisiticated interiors and child potions, plus live jazz three nights a week from 8pm (under 12s permitted til 9pm). Or, for a really special night, sample one of the many world famous restaurants in the area including the Samling, and Michelin-starred Holbeck Ghyll and L'Enclume, as featured in Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's 'The Trip' series.