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Bottle Tops

Windermere, Cumbria
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
3 more

At a glance

Lovingly converted from Swainson's bottle store with stylish and sophisticated decor A short walk from beautiful Lake Windermere and all of the town's amenities Situated in the heart of the Lake District amongst incredible scenery

Property code: SZ089

At this cosy cottage central to all shops, restaurants and bars in Windermere, you can pack a picnic and enjoy a stroll along the beautiful lake shore enjoying the best of busy town life and rural beauty.

Dating from the mid 19th century, this cottage was once Swainson's Bottling Store, where local spring water and ginger beer used to be bottled. Now providing comfortable accommodation for four people, this is a wonderful home from home just a stone’s throw from the centre of Windermere. Inside this lovely cottage you’ll find an open-plan living/dining room and well-equipped kitchen, along with two bedrooms - a king-size with en-suite bathroom and a second king-size room (which can be made up as a twin on request) - and the family shower room on the first floor.

A short stroll from the cottage and you’re in the centre of Windermere with its independent shops, stylish bars and many different eateries, it’s a vibrant bustling village - a great place for a holiday! Lake Windermere is just over a mile's walk away and there's plenty to entertain everyone: pack a picnic and enjoy a stroll along the lake shore, hire a boat - or let someone else do the hard work and hitch a ride on the launch for a majestic cruise round the lake. Neighbouring Bowness has a cinema, museums and even more shops and eateries. Windermere's railway and bus station are within strolling distance so why not take advantage - leave the car where it is and let someone else do the hard work whilst you take in the scenery. Also a short walk away is Booth supermarket, selling a great choice of tasty produce and Lakeland Plastics, a must-visit during a stay in Windermere.

Take a scenic drive through the Lakes and along the side of Rydal Water to the pretty village of Grasmere. Visit Dove Cottage, the former home of poet William Wordsworth, and don’t forget to stock up on the village’s famous gingerbread! Why not spend a day exploring the magnificent Langdale Valley? With its rugged mountains and peaceful tarns, it's a must for any avid fell walker. Stop off at one of the traditional pubs on your way back for a hearty meal and refreshing drink.

Through the front door,you’ll find the inviting entrance hall, off which is the lovely living/dining room. There are two stylish leather sofas positioned in front of the feature gas fire, perfect for cosy evenings in. For entertainment there’s a wall mounted Smart TV. At the other end of the room is the wooden dining table and four chairs; gather round the table and compare notes on the day’s adventures over a delicious home-cooked meal. Behind the table is a quirky, handmade tree-shaped bookcase that’s sure to raise a smile!

Also on the ground floor is the modern country-style kitchen. Well equipped with an electric oven and hob, handy microwave and fridge with freezer compartment, there’s also a very useful washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher.

Head up the stairs to the first floor and you’ll find the two beautiful bedrooms. The spacious master bedroom contains a king-size bed, perfect for indulging in a long lie in. There’s also a useful chest of drawers and built in wardrobe for storage. The en-suite bathroom here is a real treat. As well as the WC and wash basin, there’s a fantastic modern walk-in shower to reinvigorate muscles tired from walking and separate bath, ideal if you prefer a peaceful soak in the tub. The second king-size bedroom is no less lovely; Again there’s a handy chest of drawers and also a wall mounted TV so there’s no need to fight over the remote downstairs! This room has the advantage of a zip-and-link bed and so can be made up as a twin upon request. Also on the first floor is the family shower room with WC, wash basin and shower cubicle with modern power shower.

Outside there is parking for one car in the car port and a resident’s permit is provided if you need to park a second car on the street or have a taller car that doesn't fit under the car port. The cottage doesn’t have its own garden but with Windermere village on your doorstep the main sitting out area is, of course, the glorious Lake District National Park.

  • 2 bedrooms – 1 king-size bedroom and 1 king-size that can be made up as a twin upon request
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower cubicle, 1 shower room with WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • Smart TV in lounge, TV in bedroom
  • Towels not provided
  • Parking for 1 car in carport. A resident’s permit is provided for on-street parking for a second car (subject to availability)
  • Regret no pets
  • Shop, pub, restaurant within 0.5 miles


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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

The Lake District National Park is situated in the north west of England in the county of Cumbria. It is famously home to England’s tallest peak, largest lake, deepest lake and some of the most beautiful views in the British Isles. It has been a major draw for holidaymakers for over 200 years and its popularity shows no signs that this will diminish anytime soon. Adding to the spectacle, there are long-distance walking trails, endless history and culture to appreciate, as well as an unbeatable array of outdoor activities to try in some exceptionally eye-catching locations.

Mountains, lakes, rocky rivers, waterfalls, and valleys lined by stone walls characterise the Lake District National Park. Add to this vision slate-roofed villages, winding country roads, arctic alpine and wildflower meadows, and beautiful birds such as skylarks, curlews, meadow pipits, and lapwings, which all provide the perfect backdrop for a holiday. The poet, William Wordsworth, who lived in Grasmere, wrote a guidebook of the area in 1810, and very little has changed in the region to tie it into the modern world. The centre of the Lake District is dominated by its craggy mountains such as Scafell Pike and its exceptional lakes like Windermere, Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston Water and so many more.

Each of the Lake District’s towns has a village sensibility, yet all of them offer handy amenities, cultural attractions and some of the North West’s best places to eat and drink. Top visitor attractions include The World of Beatrix Potter, Sizergh Castle, Hill Top, Go Ape Grizedale, Grizedale Forest, Fellini and Zefferelli’s Cinema/Restaurants, the Bluebird Mk II, Ravenglass Roman Bathouse alongside a world of outdoor sporting and activity providers. Natural landmarks include Aira Force, Tarn Hows, Scaffell Pike, Castlerigg Stone Circle, The Old Man of Coniston, Helvellyn and Skiddaw. Pull on your walking boots and traverse the long-distance walking trails of the Lakes like Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, and the Tour of the Lake District.

As you get to know the region better, you will find evidence of prehistoric and ancient man in the Lake District, as there are standing stones, circles, and rows to find, as well as one of the largest standing Roman buildings in the UK. Visit Ravenglass, one of the UK’s oldest settlements and the only coastal village in the Lake District; it has beautiful waterside views of the Munros of Southern Scotland. Remnants of the region’s industrial activity can be traced in the form of bobbin mills, gunpowder mills, and mines. The Lakes also have some famous literary and art associations, including Beatrix Potter, John Ruskin, Arthur Ransome, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, JMW Turner, John Constable, LS Lowry and Percy Kelly.

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