Bowderbeck accommodation summary
King size bedroom with ensuite toilet, washbasin, and shower
King bedroom- bed can be made into a twin upon request
Triple bedroom (one double and one single)
Bathroom with bath
Enclosed garden with stream running through
Private off-road parking for one car. There is further parking 300 yards away in the village.
Towels will be provided
A cot is available for children under the age of 2 (please bring your own cot linen)
A high chair is available
The house is heated by biomass central heating
WiFi access is available at the property
Sorry, no pets
The cottage is non-smoking
We ask for a damage deposit of £200. This will be returned in the fortnight following your stay.
No TV or mobile signal
Landline available for guests
Bowderbeck is an eco-friendly cottage which sleeps up to eight people in four bedrooms in a stunning location overlooking Buttermere. Guests are greeted with a welcome pack containing locally sourced goodies from Croft House Farm Cafe located in Buttermere village.
When you first arrive at Bowderbeck, entry to the cottage is through a main front door from the lane into the living room, which is comfortable and spacious, with a stunning view down to the lake and seating for eight people. The wood burning stove is the focus of the room for those wintery nights when you need to keep warm and toasty after a bracing day on the fells. Bowderbeck is ideal if you want a digital detox away from all the screens in your life as there is no TV and no mobile signal but there is a landline at the cottage for guests. There is WiFi, but it can be intermittent because of the remote location of the cottage. Instead, the owners have provided a Bluetooth speaker for guests to use, as well as plenty of interesting books for all ages and a very well stocked cupboard of board games, playing cards and jigsaws to keep everyone occupied! There's also a large toy chest for younger kids.
Just off the living room, there's a large dining room with retro style furniture and upholstered chairs for eight people. A wide selection of local walking books, maps and guides including all the Wainwright books are kept in the sideboard for visitors to use. There is a window seat facing the barn.
Also off the living room is a small corridor leading to a spacious cloakroom / drying room, a door out onto the terrace and the downstairs double bedroom which features a huge window to enjoy the panoramic view of Buttermere, Crummock Water, High Stile and Red Pike. Grazing Herwick sheep can be seen in the fields and woodland in the foreground. The bedroom has a king-size bed, a large double wardrobe, two bedside tables and an armchair which is perfect for curling up with a good book. There is also an en suite wet room with a loo and walk-in power shower, featuring slate floors which echo the geological surroundings of the house.
Outside is a large wooden deck with a porch and a handy bench for putting on and taking off walking boots or just sitting and taking in the outstanding view!
The kitchen is accessed via the hallway, it has deep modern worktops, an electric oven and separate hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. There is a large utility room/pantry across the hall from the kitchen, complete with a full-size freezer, washing machine, ironing board and iron. The kitchen is fully equipped with cookbooks and plenty of crockery and kitchen utensils and there are plenty of cabinets there for you to store your things. The window has a lovely view of the garden and across to Rannerdale Knott. There's kids fishing nets and a rope swing stored in the porch off the kitchen. There is another door with direct access out to the garden.
Climbing the old slate steps to the first floor, you will find a single bedroom, a family bedroom containing a double and a single bed and a large double room.
The single bedroom has a wonderful porthole window looking out onto the garden and a skylight to give the room a light and airy feel. There is a chest of drawers and hangers for you to hang your clothes.
The family room is large with a view of the barn, hooks with hangers for you to hang your clothes and two chests-of-drawers.
The double bedroom contains a Super Kingsize bed which can be set up as twin beds on request. This room has two chairs, a clothes rail, an antique chest-of-drawers and a large antique blanket chest.
The first floor features a separate WC, a bathroom with a bath and WC, and a separate shower room. This is great for lots of people sharing, as queues for the bathroom and WC are significantly reduced!
The large garden is perfect for those wishing to enjoy the fresh air with a lovely stream running through; damming it to create deep pools or floating wooden 'boats' down out create hours of fun for children and adults alike. There is a large picnic table which seats 8 for outdoor dining and a rope swing for the tree which smaller guests are welcome to use. It is surrounded by traditional dry stone walls and Herdwick sheep are regular visitors to the garden so don't worry if you see them in there - they'll find their way out again! The dry stone walls are there to keep them out but they are very good climbers ( and lawnmowers!). There are small trout in the stream and if you sit quietly for long enough outside you might be lucky enough to see the otters, or the local heron which pops by for a snack.
Bowderbeck is powered by an eco-friendly biomass heating system and the owners provide ecological cleaning products for guests' use. They are keen for guests to look after the idyllic valley and visitors are encouraged to be considerate of the beautiful environment around them during their stay.