Nab Cottage
English Courses in Ambleside, England
Nab Cottage
English Courses in Ambleside, England

About Nab Cottage

Nab Cottage is a unique language school located in the centre of the Lake District National Park, UK. Only 2 hours north of Manchester Airport.

The school started out as a family-run business in 1983, and is still a family language school, receiving students from all over the world. Nab Cottage only receives 20 students at any time, which means that classes are very small. Teachers and students live together in a 15th century farm house, which means one can constantly speak English.

The school’s staff has embraced a holistic approach in which they encourage students to behave, think and dream in English.

The courses offered are a combination of:
• Large Group/Whole Community Sessions
• Small Group Classes
• One-To-One Sessions
• Guided Study Sessions
• Small Group Activity Sessions
• Task-based learning activities to enable student to student interaction and interaction within the local community
• Creative work stimulating imagination and promoting self-expression
• Guided relaxation, visualisation and image work, encouraging total learning - harmonising left and right sides of the brain.

Combined courses:
• English & walking
• Personal development in English
• Experiential English for teachers
• English & yoga


All courses are for adults, options including General English, English and Walking, Personal Development in English, English & Yoga, etc.

Nab Cottage takes a maximum of 20 students in the school at any time. Classes are very small. Students are all adults and come from all over the world.
  • 20 Average Number
    of Students During
    the High Season
  • 18 MINIMUM


    The four colourful and comfortable classrooms are all in the beautifully converted barn right next to Nab Cottage. Facilities include computer, WIFI, listening and reading library.

    Regarding accommodation, students live at Nab Cottage, sharing the space and the facilities. The bedrooms are all cosy with beautiful views, and most have their own shower and toilet. Downstairs there is a sitting room with log fire, a TV room, a piano room, dining rooms, and a large farmhouse kitchen. The gardens around the cottage and barn are used for lessons when the weather is fine. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and teas/coffees are included in the price.


    The Lake District National Park is an area of incredible beauty. There are many wonderful walks from the cottage including waterfalls, caves, valleys, mountains and rivers.

    The school has a large canoe you can use on the lake and on warm days you can swim in the lake. 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 3km around the lake into Grasmere.

    The region is very popular with British tourists so there are many facilities in the villages, including cinemas, shops, bars, clubs, boating, tennis, fitness centres and leisure spas.

    There are two larger market towns 18km from here; Keswick to the north and Kendal to the south, where you can find ruined castles, an ancient stone circle, theatres, museums and many other attractions.

    How to get there

    We are under 2 hours by taxi from Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds/Bradford, Blackpool and Newcastle airports. We can arrange taxi collections.

    There are also direct train connections from all these airports to Windermere, our local station. From Windermere it is 6km to Nab Cottage and a direct bus journey.

    It is also possible to take a bus from the airports to Ambleside, 3km from Nab Cottage.

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