Ambleside is probably best known as one of the main tourist destinations within the Lake District, ideally situated for outdoor activities, museums and historical country houses. However, it is also home to a great selection of boutique, independent shops that are perfect for finding that extra special Christmas gift. It’s not all just outdoor shops, gaiters and rucksacks!

Here are a few of our favourites;

Beautiful bath products

The Bath House is a lovely shop to browse around and is difficult to leave without buying something. They create natural, luxury bathing and bodycare products the majority of which are made in a refurbished stone grain store in Sedbergh not too far away from us. Plenty of gifts for the home, haircare, bodycare and perfumes all delightfully packaged for the perfect present (for you too, go on treat yourself!)

Cycling mad

No idea what to buy the cyclist in your life then head to Bike-Treks and their friendly team will help you choose the right accessory, clothing or even a bike! Established over 25 years ago they know everything there is to know about mountain biking bling and it’s one of the few remaining proper bike shops stocked with only the best brands and gear and a team that loves nothing better than talking bikes all day! Prepare to be in there a while, they will probably put the kettle on.

Stylish Christmas

Wonderfully unconventional quintessential style - that’s how Rush describes itself. If you want classic, contemporary clothing and accessories with a unique twist then this is the place to go. Men’s and womenswear with the cutest shoes and accessories you will definitely find a gift here for the on-trend fashion conscious.

Chocolate indulgence

Who doesn’t love chocolates for Christmas? Friars is a family run business and has been creating luxury, unique chocolatty goodness since 1927. All their products are designed in-house and you really will be spoilt for choice trying to decide between boxes of chocolates, novelty chocolate gifts, chocolate hampers, stocking fillers and even chocolate Christmas decorations. The hardest bit will be trying not to eat all your chocolate gifts on the way home, might be wise to treat yourself too.

There are so many more shops in Ambleside all within walking distance of our hotel, why not stay for a short break and get your Christmas shopping sorted in the lovely Lake District. We have lots of special room deals throughout December.

Have a great Christmas and New Year and happy shopping!

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