Stay within walking distance of the Hawkshead Brewery, the Eagle and Child pub, and some great shops and cafes at The Wheelhouse at Staveley. Located in the bustling Cumbrian village of Staveley, The Wheelhouse puts you close to the action with a good range of amenities on the doorstep, whilst being within easy access of the rest of the Lake District. The contemporary property, which is only a few miles from both Kendal and Windermere, can accommodate up to six guests in three bedrooms. Facilities like the Swedish sauna, secure storage for bikes and pushchairs, and a drying room makes it perfect for families and groups of friends who want to enjoy the spectacular Lake District without compromising on comfort.
The serene location of Bridge House Cottage is the perfect antidote to a busy, stressful life. The charming cottage, which sleeps two people in one bedroom and is dog-friendly, is in the quiet hamlet of Garnett Bridge, in the Lake District National Park and very close to the Dales National Park. There are stunning walks and bike rides from the door, with a trail for everyone in every season. Good road links mean that Kendal is only 10-15 minutes away, and you're within easy reach of Penrith, Carlisle, the Solway Coast, Gretna Green, and Hadrian's Wall.
Sitting in a peaceful hamlet within easy reach of Windermere and under a mile from an excellent pub, this traditional pet-friendly Lakeland holiday cottage is perfect for walkers and those wanting to relax and explore the Lake District National Park. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Rydal Cottage is a mid-19th-Century holiday cottage on a no-through road near the centre of Bowness-in-Windermere. The holiday home sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is wonderfully convenient for the eastern shore of Windermere, Catbells, and other famous Lake District sights. It's well-equipped for self-catering yet also close to cafes, restaurants and pubs if you don't want to cook. Guests who have stayed at Rydal Cottage love how tranquil it is, even in summer when the national park is at its busiest. Short breaks and extended stays are welcome all year round.
This romantic barn oozes character and charm and provides a luxurious 5 Star retreat right in the heart of the Lake District in the stunning Troutbeck Valley. Sleeping two guests in one king-sized bedroom, and located just a short stroll from Lake Windermere and an excellent pub, Townfoot Barn is the perfect retreat for couples looking for a slice of Cumbrian paradise. Dogs are welcome too. Breakfast basket provided. Sorry but short breaks are not available, just weekly or longer bookings taken throughout the year. Tourist board rating: 5 Star
You can't beat the Lake District as a holiday destination. Just ask the 15 million people who flock to the national park every year to escape into the majesty of its mountains and lakes. While some visitors love being remote and removed, others prefer the convenience of being close to its most famous sights. Fairoak is perfect for you if you want to see as much as possible during your stay. The three-bedroom self-catering holiday cottage is on a quiet street about 100 metres from Windermere's shops, cafes and restaurants and within easy reach of the train station and ferry. It sleeps five people and is excellent for families or couples.
There's nothing rustic about this chic, one-bedroom holiday apartment in Bowness. It comfortably sleeps two people with accommodation stretching to four using a sofa-bed in the living room. You're within steps of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and only a short walk from the water of Windermere. There's so much to do with stunning walks, exciting mountain bike trails, and endless opportunities for fishing, boating, SUPs, wild-swimming, and visiting favourite attractions like National Trust Hill Top and Orrest Head. Depending on availability, short breaks and extended stays are possible all year round.
A holiday home in the heart of Windermere (the village, not the lake!) will make your self-catering break in the Lake District even more special. Rose Cottage has recently been refurbished from top to bottom, sleeping four people in two bedrooms with lots of luxuries like a superking bed with an integrated TV in the master bedroom. It comes with storage for your SUP or kayak, and a permit for street parking. Shops, bars, cafes and attractions are just steps away, as is the scenic shore of England's biggest lake, Winderemere.
Luxuriate in elegant surroundings with stunning views in this Windermere lakeside holiday home. North Highfield was built as a gentleman's residence and boasts beautiful Victorian details with modern comforts. It sleeps 12 people in six well-appointed bedrooms, with four reception rooms, five bathrooms, and extensive grounds. It's a fantastic location for your next family reunion or get together with friends. Windermere village and Bowness-on-Windermere are both within easy reach, as are places like Scafell Pike and Orrest Head.
Hidden down a quiet track, Clover Cottage is a secret holiday cottage in Ambleside with a private garden and parking. This one-bedroom property is ideal for couples or individuals, including those with a dog, and is very well-equipped for a self-catering Lake District holiday. It's so wonderfully peaceful that you'll hardly believe you're within strolling distance of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and other amenities. Ambleside is on the northern shore of Windermere with easy access to spectacular walks, fantastic cycling routes, and the sights and attractions that bring millions of visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site every year.
Stay in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere in this first-floor apartment. You don't have to be a fan of Peter Rabbit to appreciate its location above The World of Beatrix Potter, as it's wonderfully convenient for cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, and only a short walk from the water, ferry and boat hire. The two-bedroom holiday home sleeps four people and is ideal for a self-catering break with your partner, family or friends. It's beautifully decorated in a fresh, modern style with comfortable furnishings and open-plan living. There's off-street parking for one car, a massive bonus in the busy summer season. Bookings, including extended stays, are available all year round.
This lovely holiday apartment is just a ten-minute stroll from the centre of Windermere, providing couples with the perfect romantic base from which to explore the beautiful Lake District National Park. Jays Nest enjoys a private garden and deck with water views and is close to footpaths and cycling routes as well as popular attractions like Tarn Hows, Wray Castle and the Beatrix Potter Gallery.
Treat the family to a stay at Sandown, a lovely holiday cottage on the edge of Bowness village only a short stroll from shops, cafes, pubs and beautiful Windermere. Guests can access lovely walks and bike rides from the door and are close to favourite attractions including the World of Beatrix Potter and Wray Castle. Explore Windermere by boat, kayak, or on a hop-on-hop-off sightseeing ferry. Sandown sleeps up to seven guests in four lovely ensuite bedrooms and is perfect for families and friends.
Windermere is at the heart of the Lake District, and Kempton is close enough that guests can stroll to the water's edge and drink in the views of this beautifully scenic landscape. The three-bedroom self-catering retreat comfortably sleeps up to six people, giving them space and privacy within easy reach of shops, cafes and pubs, as well as sightseeing cruises and favourite Lake District attractions. Kempton is perfect for families and friends as well as couples who appreciate a little extra space around them on holiday.
When you stay at Brow Top you can enjoy the magnificence of Lake Windermere from the moment you wake up until the sun sets. The property, which is on a quiet cul-de-sac, is within walking distance of both Bowness and Windermere and enjoys commanding views across the water and surrounding mountains. It is extremely well furnished with every consideration given to guests' comfort. The Lake District National Park is beautiful whatever time of year you visit and Brow Top provides a wonderful home-from-home to stay in while you explore lakes, fells, mountains and popular attractions like Beatrix Potter World.
This charming cottage sits in an enviable location in the Troutbeck Valley located in between the popular towns of Ambleside and Windermere in the Lake District National Park. Dating back to the 1800s, Beck Cottage has been recently renovated to provide modern and comfortable accommodation for up to four guests in two bedrooms. Spend your days exploring the footpaths from the doorstep or try your hand at mountain biking, sailing, paddleboarding and canoeing. Other nearby attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, The Lakes Aquarium and Go Ape in Grizedale Forest. Holiday bookings are available all year round.
Ideally placed with views over Lake Windermere, this modern stylish holiday apartment sits in extensive grounds where guests can enjoy peace and tranquility, along with an all-weather tennis court, putting area and croquet lawn. The many amenities of Bowness-on-Windermere are just a mile away. A perfect retreat to enjoy the many attractions of the Lake District.
Cat-Owl Cottage is on a quiet residential street in Ambleside, a short walk from shops, cafes, pubs, restaurants and other amenities. The self-catering holiday home is a stylish vision with soft shades reflecting the gorgeous natural colours of the lakes, mountains, and flowers, making the Lake District a stunning place to visit in any season. The layout is ideal for families with space for six people to sleep in three bedrooms, an enclosed garden, off-street parking (comfortably for 2 cars) and bike storage. Pets and smoking are not permitted, so this property is also great for people with allergies. The cottage has a large and stylish games room, the perfect place to have fun on a rainy day.
Ideally located in a quiet corner of the Lake District, this chocolate box style cottage provides a truly romantic base to explore the popular town of Windermere and surrounding areas.
Woodside is a charming stone holiday cottage in a gorgeous location within walking distance of Lake Windermere and High Dam. The former mill worker's cottage dates back 250 years, and the owners have kept original features like the exposed beams and inglenook fireplace while creating a welcoming retreat where up to six people can sleep in three bedrooms. The property is dog-friendly and a particular favourite with families who appreciate the lovely gardens and child-friendly features.
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The Lake District is known for its inclement weather and it’s entirely possible to leave your holiday cottage on a sunny morning only to get caught in a shower on the way to the car! The best way to deal with this is to keep your wet weather gear handy and enjoy the beauty of the mist on the lake, the rushing waterfalls, and the sensation of the warm sun when it inevitably breaks through again.
You shouldn’t visit Windermere without going on the water, either in a self-chartered boat or on a scheduled cruise. A hop-on-hop-off ticket on the latter is a remarkably pleasant way to see some of Windermere’s attractions such as the Lakeland Motor Museum, Brockhole Visitor Centre, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Steam Railway, and the shops and restaurants in Bowness. There are also dozens of walks which start near Windermere piers, including the trail to Orrest Head which has just enough gradient to make it really feel like you’ve earned the views from the top without being overly strenuous.
Getting to Windermere is a simple matter of taking the train from London, Glasgow, Carlisle, or Manchester, or driving via the M6. William Wordsworth wasn’t pulling your leg when he wrote about the beauty of his favourite part of the world. However you get there, you’ll find the journey through the Lake District to Windermere is almost as enjoyable as reaching your destination.