Nab Cottage

An active wellbeing retreat

Rydal, Ambleside


Vibrant community atmosphere


Idyllic lakeside setting

Find connection

Experience freedom

The retreat is different

It is holistic. It develops every person’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical, creative and spiritual potential.

And being holistic it is based on the idea that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace.

Which means that you will quickly feel safe, supported, and included.

The accommodation is relaxing

We create a place where you can be yourself just as you are at home, where you have the comfort of a country guest house and where you quickly feel part of the community at Nab Cottage. We serve delicious freshly made vegetarian food.

There are many group spaces, quiet corners, a piano room, gardens with hot tub and sauna, terraces overlooking the lake, hammocks by the summer house, and the opium den – Thomas de Quincey’s original snug.

Idyllic lakeside setting

The place is beautiful

There are many wonderful walks from the cottage including waterfalls, caves, valleys, mountains and rivers.

We have a large canoe and paddleboards you can use on the lake and there is direct lake access for swimming.

It is a 500m walk along the lake to our local pub, a 3km walk along the river into the local village of Ambleside, and a 3km walk around the lake to Grasmere.