Bowderbeck cottage is situated in one of the UK's most enviable positions overlooking the beautiful Buttermere Valley and sleeps up to eight people. Just a short stroll from the cottage are two pubs, a café, ice cream parlour and of course, the unrivalled mountain scenery (Red Pike, High Stile and Goat Crag can all be seen clearly from the cottage) and sister lakes of Crummock Water and Buttermere. The cottage is names after the stream that runs through the generous garden. The shingled shores of Buttermere are just a minute's walk from the cottage and the 4 mile circuit around the lake is delightful child-friendly walk with at least two ice cream stops en route; so much so that it regularly features in national newspapers' 'top ten walks in the UK'. The two pubs in the village, the Bridge Inn and the Fish Hotel, both serve good food and local ale. They benefit from beer gardens with the finest outlook for miles!
The cottage was originally built as a farm smallholding in 1758 and, until the 1950s, was owned by Oxford University along with much of the surrounding land (indeed, the rent collector used to live in the cottage). Latterly, the prestigious university used Bowderbeck to host its important guests; the current owner recollects how her grandfather, a professor at the University, decided to buy Bowderbeck after attending the university soirees hosted there. The cottage has been in the family eversince, albeit more recently with heating and electricity!
A quiet bridleway leads directly from the cottage down to the lakeshore. Buttermere is surrounded by wonderful mountain scenery including the soaring High Stile range on the opposite side of the lake. It is possible to walk or cycle in just about every direction from the cottage and it would entirely possible to spend the whole week doing as much. However, for those in search of local and outdoor shops, cinema, theatre, restaurants and pubs, then the Lakeland towns of Cockermouth and Keswick sit at either end of the valley and are well worth a visit. Honister Slate Mine is just a few minutes' drive up the Honister Pass and the Tour of Britain cyclists regularly pass by Bowderbeck.