Westward Ho with its own private jetty - Enjoying a truly magical setting overlooking Lake Windermere, this exceptional holiday home offers guests the chance to enjoy an abundance of attractions, superb lakeland walks and plenty of opportunity to relax and unwind. Just a short drive from Bowness with excellent amenities close to hand and perfect for boaters with its own private jetty for mooring (you can launch just half a mile away).
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
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 larger tourist towns. 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 and secure storage for bikes and pushchairs makes it perfect for families and groups of friends who want to enjoy the spectacular landscape without compromising on comfort.
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.
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.
Being protected within both a conservation area and a national park means that the Lake District village of Staveley is delightfully unspoiled. Avondale is a welcoming two-bedroom holiday cottage within walking distance of the train station and the village pub, the Eagle and Child. There is room for four people making it perfect for couples and families, and there is secure storage for bikes and other sporting equipment. Staveley is just a few miles from Kendal and Windermere and ideally located for exploring the beautiful Lake District National Park.
A delightful Lakeland cottage ideally situated in a tranquil position near the popular village of Bowness-on-Windermere within the Lake District National Park. Ferry View Cottage provides a cosy base from which to explore all this stunning area has to offer with super walking opportunities and an abundance of attractions.
Sitting in large gardens (with tennis court!), this welcoming bright and airy holiday apartment is perfectly placed in a tranquil location overlooking lake Windermere, yet within just a mile of Bowness-on-Windermere with its shops and eating establishments. The Loft offers the best of both worlds for those who want to relax and unwind whilst being within easy reach of the areas many attractions.
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.
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.
The waterfront location of this luxurious boathouse gives couples the ultimate Lake District experience. There aren't many holiday homes where you can stay in such a high standard of comfort with unobstructed views over Windermere and the fells, a private jetty, and a quiet location a few miles from Bowness. The boathouse is finished and furnished to an exceptionally high standard and is within easy reach of fantastic footpaths and cycling trails. Grasmere, Ambleside and Grange-over-Sands are all within easy reach, as are many of the Lake District's most beautiful sights and popular attractions.
Exceptional both inside and out, this stylish well presented lodge sits in one of the most enviable positions in the Lake District with lovely views over Lake Windermere. Enjoy an alfresco meal on the terrace watching the sun set over the lake by night, and by day discover the many attractions of nearby Bowness and Windermere.
A stylish contemporary Lakeland holiday cabin specialising in short breaks with the exclusive use of an all weather hot-tub. Sitting in a tranquil spot near Bowness-on-Windermere, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Lake District, Longtail Loft offers all the right ingredients for a relaxing break and is superb for walking and exploring the areas many attractions.
Beautifully presented, this delightful detached holiday home with log burner enjoys an enviable position in the popular Lakeland town of Windermere. Fantastic location for a luxury break with a country house hotel serving fine food just a two minute stroll away. Whether you want to relax, walk or explore the national park and its many attractions, this is an ideal retreat. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
The breathtaking beauty of the Lake District makes it a wonderful choice for a romantic holiday. Set back from a quiet country lane, Pipers Howe is a peaceful haven, yet only a mile from the vibrant town of Windermere. You can easily walk to fantastic pubs like The Queens and The Crafty Baa, or shop for local produce to cook a delicious meal in the well-equipped kitchen. The ground floor holiday apartment, which is set in the owner's extensive gardens and enjoys its own private entrance, is comfortably modern with stylish touches like slate floors, WiFi and central heating throughout. With the fells, lakes and exciting towns like Kendal and Bowness within easy reach, Pipers Howe is ideal for couples.
Situated in the quiet village of Newby Bridge near the foot of Lake Windermere, this holiday home is perfect for a family holiday, a romantic break or just a great place to holiday with friends. The Lake District has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country just waiting to be explored.
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.
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.
Longtail Lodge is a contemporary log cabin specialising in self-catering short breaks in the Lake District National Park. With the exclusive use of a romantic heart shaped hot tub and a delightful peaceful setting near the popular Cumbrian village of Bowness-on-Windermere, this luxury holiday retreat is great for water lovers, walkers, explorers and romantics at heart!
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
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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.