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Windermere - stunning at any time of the year
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Holiday Cottages in Windermere

As England’s largest lake, Windermere’s history is tightly woven into the area’s tapestry - incredibly important to those who live and work there, but also special to those who visit the area in the heart of the Lake District National Park. Millions of sightseers, hikers, foodies, and families make their way to the Lake District every year, yet it remains remarkably serene and unspoiled. Read more

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54.352415, -2.917418

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.

Weekly guide price:
£390 to £630
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.352315, -2.917794

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.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £795
Short breaks from £125 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.335153, -2.934470

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.

Weekly guide price:
£895 to £1500
Short breaks from £250 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.341939, -2.933047

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.

Weekly guide price:
£995 to £1795

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Westward Ho

Last Minute Offer:Sun, 22nd May 2022 for 7 nights, £2395"Early release following refurbishment - NEW Spring availability. 100% rated, 5 star luxury, eastern shore lakeside house. Stunning views & sunsets, terraces, private jetty & extensive welcome pack."
54.341939, -2.933047

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).

Weekly guide price:
£1650 to £3250

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Sunday

54.352581, -2.918025

Squirrel Bank is situated in a picturesque secluded area of Bowness, a short stroll from the shores of Lake Windermere and within walking distance of the town centre where you will find an array of boutique shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and attractions. The spacious one-bedroom apartment is stylishly decorated and features a private covered outdoor hot tub for that extra touch of luxury. The Lake District is one of the most desirable locations to visit and Squirrel Bank is an ideal setting to enjoy your romantic minimoon, special occasion or relaxing couples retreat. The area is also perfect for a walking or cycling holiday, is great for foodies, will inspire artists and writers, and provides the opportunity to escape into a vast landscape where you feel like the only people on earth.

Weekly price:
£1580 all year
Short breaks from £220 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.385277, -2.916827

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. 

Weekly guide price:
£1980 to £3800

12  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.410197, -2.915328

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

Weekly guide price:
£510 to £819

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 5 Star

54.378861, -2.817364

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.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £950
Short breaks from £120 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.368325, -2.915048

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.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £1505
Short breaks from £110 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.368325, -2.915048

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.

Weekly guide price:
£750 to £1750
Short breaks from £115 per night

7  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

54.378953, -2.817165

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.

Weekly guide price:
£490 to £665
Short breaks from £70 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Sunday

The Loft

Last Minute Offer:Sat, 21st May 2022 for 7 nights, £550Save £100"Great value for week in cosy apartment with fantasic views over Lake windermere, including use of spacious gardens with tennis court and putting green. Ask for additional discount for couples."
54.348328, -2.926558

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.

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £900

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.348328, -2.926558

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.

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £1250

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

Longtail Lodge

Last Minute Offer:Tue, 7th Jun 2022 for 2 nights, £345Save £70"Stunning lodge with masses of private outdoor space, BBQ, mini-bar and heart shaped spa hot tub"
54.352315, -2.917794

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!

Weekly guide price:
£795 to £895
Short breaks from £150 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

54.366876, -2.917322

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. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1100
Short breaks from £124 per night

2+2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.370648, -2.897995

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.

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £800
Short breaks from £90 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.410264, -2.934713

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

Weekly guide price:
£690 to £2190

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

54.387324, -2.735020

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. 

Weekly price:
£350 all year

2/3  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

54.322136, -2.870486

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

Weekly guide price:
£480 to £1150

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

About Windermere

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.