10 Holiday Cottages Around Windermere Lake


Windermere lake is the longest in the Lake District – and in England! It’s an iconic location surrounded by gorgeous scenery, exciting attractions, and pretty towns and villages. It’s no wonder then, that it’s one of the most popular destinations for visitors to the national park.

If you want to be close to the lake, there are plenty of self-catering holiday cottages to choose from! In popular towns like Ambleside and Bowness-on-Windermere or in quieter spots on the western shore, you’ll be very near the water in these lovely properties!

We have even more Windermere cottages to choose from, too!

1. The Hideaway, Lakeside

Lake views from The Hideaway on WindermereI’m kicking off this list with an absolutely gorgeous ground floor apartment that not only has direct access to Windermere, but also offers boat parking and launching!

The Hideaway, Lakeside offers luxury accommodation with an open plan living room, views right onto the lake, and gorgeous touches throughout. Whether you visit in winter and want to enjoy the wood burner and underfloor heating, or you choose to stay in summer and take a picnic down to the shingle lakeshore, this is the perfect retreat for all seasons!

Sleeps 4, 1 dog
Location: High Stott Park

2. Helm Lune

Helm Lune in Bowness-on-WindermereLovers of barn conversions, take a look at Helm Lune! This characterful property benefits from the high ceilings that you would expect, with up-to-date features and bright décor that make this a truly modern and comfortable holiday home!

Stone built with a roaring open fire and original features still in place, Helm Lune will really delight. It’s just on the outskirts of Bowness-on-Windermere, too, which itself sits on the lake. That means you have easy access to the water, whether you want to get in it, on it, or just sit by it and admire the view!

Sleeps 5, pet-free
Location: Bowness-on-Windermere

3. Lintel Dell

Lintel Dell in Windermere, the Lake DistrictSitting nicely between two popular locations - the village of Windermere and the town of Bowness - Lintel Dell is a charming garden apartment. It’s prettily decorated with plenty of space for up to two guests, and has the advantage of being close to lots of amenities and attractions including restaurants, pubs, shops and things to do.

Saunter on down to the lake where you will find a jetty, which you can hop on to explore the lake. Take a journey down the full length, or get on and off at any of the stops around the shore.

Sleeps 2, pet-free
Location: Windermere

4. Dower House Cottage

Dower House Cottage and Wray Castle on Windermere
How do you fancy a stay right by a castle?

Dower House Cottage is found in the grounds of a spectacular Victorian folly called Wray Castle, which has connections with Beatrix Potter. The grounds encompass large grassy lawns, long elegant driveways, and peaceful woodland, and you can follow paths through the trees directly onto the western shore of the lake.

The cottage itself is cosy with amazing views over the lake and nearby fells. There's also a covered veranda and a private garden that sees lots of visiting wildlife.

Sleeps 5, pet-free
Location: Low Wray

5. Lady of the Lake

Lady of the Lake in WindermerePrivate access to Windermere, a jetty where you can launch a boat, lake views… Lady of the Lake is a really special gem that makes the perfect getaway for a couple or a solo traveller. It’s light and bright with easy access both to the lake and the village of Windermere. The private section of lakeshore is shared only with a few other nearby properties, making this a truly peaceful retreat.

Why not head down to the jetty to explore the water on a small boat? Or, if you’d rather stay on dry land, pack a picnic, pop yourself a special bottle of champagne, and watch the sunset while the water gently laps nearby!

Sleeps 2, pet-free
Location: Windermere

6. Tanyard Cottage

Tanyard Cottage in Finsthwaite, the Lake DistrictThis warm and cosy cottage is ideal if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

Finsthwaite is a small village on the quiet western side of Windermere, close to Newby Bridge. As well as a pretty church and just a handful of houses, it’s surrounded by wonderful walks that will suit all tastes. It’s the perfect place for a quiet Lake District holiday and Tanyard Cottage offers plenty of comforts including a wood burner, exposed beams, slate floors, and a pretty courtyard garden.

Sleeps 3, 1 dog
Location: Finsthwaite

7. Ellie’s Hideaway

Ellie's Hideaway in WindermereIf you’re after a bright and cheery cottage close to the lake, then look no further than Ellie’s Hideaway!

Just half a mile from the centre of Windermere village, this holiday home is beautifully decorated in wonderful yellows and relaxing greys. With an open plan living area, spacious rooms and large windows, the whole place is bursting with light. The leafy surrounds and huge grassy garden really make for a relaxing escape!

Sleeps 4, 0 dogs
Location: Windermere

8. Iveing Cottage Apartment

Iveing Cottage Apartment in Ambleside
Right at the northern tip of Windermere is the gorgeous town of Ambleside, and in Ambleside is the welcoming Iveing Cottage Apartment!

This first floor flat provides unfussy accommodation in the heart of the town, with shops, attractions and the lakeshore all just a short walk away. It’s the perfect base for exploring everything around Windermere or going further afield to discover the likes of Coniston, Grasmere and even Keswick! It makes the most of the views, with an outlook over the rooftops towards the high fells.

Sleeps 2, pet-free
Location: Ambleside

9. The Hideaway

The Hideaway in WindermereAs pretty on the outside as it is on the inside, The Hideaway is part of one of the lovely stone terraces that make Windermere such a delightful village! Inside, the lines are clean, the décor is bright and the rooms are spacious. A wood burner in the dining room keeps you toasty while you’re eating yummy meals, and an outside patio is perfect for an evening glass of something.

Most importantly, the shores of Windermere can be reached be heading through the village and into Bowness-on-Windermere.

Sleeps 4/5, 1 dog
Location: Windermere

10. The Lodge, Matson Ground

The Lodge, Matson Ground in Bowness-on-WindermereThe Lodge, Matson Ground is a simply gorgeous holiday cottage on the outskirts of Bowness-on-Windermere. Its location offers everything: a peaceful retreat in private grounds, a short walk to the bustling centre of town, and the lake just a little distance beyond that.

The house, too, is something to write home about! Luxury furnishings and fittings surround you, and the owners have carefully curated beautiful touches to make you feel really welcome. A crackling wood burner and private garden are the cherries on top!

Sleeps 4, 1 dog
Location: Bowness-on-Windermere


I hope you discover the delights of wonderful Windermere, whatever you get up to! You can explore cottages across the rest of Cumbria and the Lake District with our cottage search.

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