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Log House

Log House Website

Lake Road,
Lake District,
LA22 0DN

Tel: 015394 31077

Welcome to the Log House.
The Log House is an historic Norwegian building in Ambleside in the heart of the English Lake District. The Log House now has three comfortable bedrooms, perfect for Gourmet weekends with meals in the Restaurant or simply for Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

The Log House has been established for a number of years in Ambleside as a superb restaurant and now offers guest accommodation.



Well established as a first class restaurant, the Log House Restaurant and Wine Bar now offers three double bedrooms where you can sleep after dining
or book just for Bed and Breakfast.

Three comfortable en-suite bedrooms are available, absolutely perfect for gourmet weekends in the Lake District or just for Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

Two of the bedrooms have the original Log House wooden beams.
All have coffee and tea-making facilities, LCD TV with DVD, video and radio,
complimentary Wireless Broadband connection & hairdryers.
Enjoy luxury Bed & Breakfast or Dinner, Bed & Breakfast in style.

Come dine with us at the award-winning Log House Restaurant. The Log House is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5.00pm for dinner offering a high standard of service, delicious meals and exceptional value for money in a quite superb setting.

Our bar is open daily from 2pm.

You can find us on Lake Road, conveniently opposite the Low Fold car park and just beyond Hayes Garden Centre as you approach from the south.

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You will find us on Lake Road, conveniently opposite the Low Fold car park and just beyond Hayes Garden Centre as you approach from the south.

Midway between Ambleside town and the shore of Windermere, and five minutes walk from each, the famous Log House is ideally located. Now nearly 100 years old, the house was imported from Norway by the celebrated artist Alfred Heaton Cooper
for use as a studio. It has a fine restaurant and accommodation,
with southerly views to Loughrigg Fell.



The history of this building is every bit as interesting as its appearance - for it was imported by the famous local artist Alfred Heaton Cooper at the turn of the century. Ending his London student days, Alfred returned briefly to the north of England, retracing Turner's journey through the famous beauty spots of Yorkshire, before visiting Morocco, and then setting off to the Norwegian fjords to make his living selling landscape pictures to the European tourists who went there in great numbers.

He was fascinated by the rural peasant life of the people of the Sogne region. He studied them and their language and eventually wrote and illustrated a guide book to the fjords. He married a local girl and built a studio beside the fjord at Balestrand. Alfred could not make an adequate living in Norway, and he lived partly there and partly in England, returning with his bride in 1894. He settled first back in Bolton, moving to Southport and finally to the Lake District, where wealthy tourists promised a better livelihood.

The red roofed log cabin which Alfred had shipped from Norway caused quite a stir when it was first erected in Coniston village as a studio, but his expectations of the wealthy tourists were not fulfilled sufficiently for Alfred to sustain his growing family.
More people seemed to be visiting Ambleside than Coniston so
the log studio was moved to its present location.


Alfred settled to a life of continuous painting. His wife ran the studio while he tramped the Lakeland fells and valleys, finding scenes which inspired him and which would appeal to visitors. He would be amazed now to find some of his larger original paintings selling for several thousand pounds, and even more amazed to see thousands of reproduction prints of his work sold every year from the Grasmere gallery which bears his name.
A new biography, by Jane Renouf tells the full story.

Over the years, this delightfully idiosyncratic cabin has played may different roles. Besides an artist's studio, it has served as a shop of various kinds and even as tea rooms. Today the Log Cabin is: The Log House Restaurant.


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