Picture yourself spending a day exploring the attractions, admiring the views, and taking long (or short!) walks around Windermere lake before returning to your luxury self-catering holiday cottage nearby. It sounds like a blissful way to spend your time in the Lake District and I'm here to help you realise those dreams!
Lazy Bay Cottage, Windermere
On a quiet street right in the heart of Windermere village, Lazy Bay Cottage is beautifully finished with king-size bedrooms, comfy sofas and a wood burner. The bay window floods the living-dining room with light while a luxurious bathroom - complete with roll top bath - is the ideal place to soak away the day and plan tomorrow's adventures!
With such a convenient position in the village, you have plenty to do, with pubs and restaurants nearby, and all the delights of the lake - including boat hire and cruises - just a short hop away. And, of course, you're spoiled for choice with walks that head out in all directions.
Sleeps 4, 0 pets
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Low Cleabarrow, Windermere
This traditional whitewashed farmhouse is beautiful both outside and in. Step inside to admire the original features, far-reaching views and spacious rooms before heading out into the large, flower filled garden to soak up a bit of sun.
Located in a rural spot just outside Bowness-on-Windermere, you have the best of both worlds here with the peace and quiet of the locale, and the popular town just a short hop away. If you're into your golf, Windermere Golf Club is literally across the road - you won't get much more convenient than that!
Sleeps 6, 0 pets
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The Hayloft, Windermere
The owners of The Hayloft have thought of everything to ensure your absolute comfort during your stay. This luxury cottage is a 17th century converted barn that has been updated to the highest of standards. Inside, the multi-level layout makes the most of the space, with high ceilings, delightful character features, and multiple well thought-out spaces where you can relax. Outside the delights continue: the large gardens include rural surrounds, several seating areas, and even a firepit to enjoy with your group in the evenings!
The Hayloft is located up a quiet country lane just outside Bowness-on-Windermere, and Windermere Golf Club is nearby if you fancy a round or two during your stay!
Sleeps 6, 1 dog
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38 Ironworks, Backbarrow
If you like your holiday apartments uber-modern, then you're in luck with 38 Ironworks! Set across two floors in a luxury development on the southern tip of Windermere, this duplex features a king-size master bedroom, multiple TVs and a private covered balcony overlooking the river. Outside are shared landscaped gardens.
The village of Backbarrow has an interesting history, and the apartment is the site of the oldest ironworks monument in the country. As well as picturesque walks along the river and around the village, there's the famous Lakeland Motor Museum and an escape room for family fun! Fell Foot Park on the shores of Windermere is just a 3-minute drive away, so you can be by the lake in no time!
Sleeps 6/7, 2 dogs
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Tyta Alba, Kentmere Valley
Bask in the beauty of this picturesque stonebuilt cottage in the peaceful Kentmere Valley. Though a little further away from Windermere, you can still be on the water in 20 minutes, and this little distance gives you a remote tranquility that you won't find close to the popular lake. Surrounded by rolling hills and farmland, the name Tyta Alba means barn owl - you may even spot some of the real thing during your stay! Sit back and enjoy a truly relaxing stay either in the spacious garden with its many nooks and crannies, or in the spacious house, which includes a private sauna! Now that's what I call luxury!
Sleeps 8, 3 dogs
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Dual-aspect views, a multi-tiered garden, a wood burner, a king-size bed... you can find all this and more at lovely Lakenhow, just outside Gawthwaite. The house has been completely refurbished with an upside-down layout to give you the best of the outlook from the spacious living areas. You could treat yourself to an easy morning curled up in front of the wood burner, before heading out for the day and returning for a long soak in the claw foot bath or a refresh in the walk-in shower. Or perhaps you'd simply enjoy sitting in the pretty garden, watching the world go by as you enjoy a good book and occasionally look up at the rolling countryside that surrounds you. What bliss!
Lakenhow is just a 15-minute drive from the southern tip of Windermere, or you could head in the opposite direction to discover Cumbria's hidden gem: the coastal peninsulas!
Sleeps 8, 0 pets
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Longsyke Retreat, Grasmere
This is the perfect luxury getaway for two or for a solo traveller who likes the finer things in life! In the village of Grasmere, just a 10-minute drive from Ambleside and Windermere lake, is Longsyke Retreat. This colourful first floor apartment boasts a super-king bedroom, a large living room with corner sofa and wood burner, enclosed patio garden, and even private parking - a rarity in the popular village! As if that weren't enough, then get ready for the sweet scent of gingerbread that floats across the village from the cute and quirky Grasmere Gingerbread® Shop. You won't be able to resist hunting it out to taste a bit for yourself!
Sleeps 2, 1 dog
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Key Moss Farmhouse, Witherslack
If, during your holidays, you love to take the time to reconnect with family and friends and enjoy a social gathering, then Key Moss Farmhouse could be just the luxury retreat for you! This 18th century farmhouse is surrounded by the famously beautiful countryside of the South Lakes, just a 15-minute drive from the south of Windermere. Here you'll be wowed by multiple living areas, open fires, character features, and a spectacular kitchen-diner that's the ideal spot for everyone to gather! While some of your party whip up a storm on the solar-powered Range cooker, others can spread out at the farmhouse dining table or even on the comfy sofa in front of a wood burner. You may well find yourselves chatting away into the small hours of the morning!
Sleeps 9, 2 dogs
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Riverside Retreat, Ambleside
For you eco-conscious travellers, Riverside Retreat is a carbon neutral property, so you can enjoy a luxury stay with a clear conscious! As the name indicates, it sits right by the Rothay with a patio and outside seating overlooking the river and canoe storage if you want to hop right onto the water! Inside you will find bright, open plan living, amazing views of the surrounding countryside, and king and super-king bedrooms - one downstairs with an en suite shower room. Visitors to Riverside Retreat have an extra treat in store, too: complimentary membership to Choices Health Club during your stay, where you can enjoy the swimming pool, sauna and gym.
The cottage is just a 10-minute walk away from the north shores of Windermere.
Sleeps 6, 0 pets
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Upper Longsyke, Grasmere
Get ready to spread out and indulge at Upper Longsyke! This welcoming holiday home includes two en suite king-size bedrooms, window seats, a wood burner, and a third super-king bedroom. The piece-de-resistance, though, has to be the en suites, which are simply gorgeous with roll top baths, exposed stone walls, separate showers, and even complimentary toiletries. The owners have really thought of everything to make your stay the best it can be. If you're travelling with a pup, they won't miss out either, with a doggy welcome pack alongside the human's welcome back. This is a luxury escape for everybody!
Sleeps 6, 1 dog
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The Hideaway, Lakeside, High Stott Park
How do you feel about lake views and direct access to Windermere? Well, that's what you'll find at The Hideaway, Lakeside, on the quiet western shore of the lake! From the open plan living area, the master bedroom and the terrace, you can look out over the nearby water. If you want to explore more closely, you're in luck, with the shore just a short walk away through meadow and woodland. Why not pack a picnic and head out for a paddle, or take advantage of the boat parking and launching that's available at this fantastic ground floor apartment!
Back at the cottage you're well looked after with a generous welcome pack, crackling wood burner, modern touches, and tall windows that let the light stream in.
Sleeps 4, 1 dog
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So, there you have it! A fabulous selection of luxury self-catering cottages around Windermere. I hope you find you perfect place, and remember you can continue browsing using our cottage search.