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Fold Head House

Bowness-on-Windermere, Lake District
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
4 star
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Grade II listed cottage less than 500 metres from the famous Windermere lake
  • Stylish, contemporary accommodation with a warming wood burner and private garden
  • Step out on lakeside walks, join a cruise or visit the popular local attractions
Property code: SZ197

Pairing traditional design elements with a contemporary style, this Grade II listed property has been lovingly modernised to provide the perfect base for a stay in Bowness-on-Windermere.

A very warm welcome. Dating back to 1751, this property is a charming two-bedroom Grade II-listed cottage, enjoying an enviable location in Bowness-on-Windermere. Renovated throughout, the cottage is a wonderful retreat for up to four people and two lucky dogs. On the ground floor you'll find the stylish kitchen-diner and lovely living room with its wood burning stove. Upstairs on the first floor are the two gorgeous bedrooms and the family bathroom. Outside, the cottage has a delightful garden and driveway parking for up to two cars - both a rare bonus for a cottage in this location.

Bowness is a vibrant village, less than a 10-minute walk away from Lake Windermere you're perfectly positioned for a day at, in or on the water! Pack a picnic and enjoy a lakeside stroll, the well prepared can wild swim, hire a boat or let someone else do the hard work and hitch a ride on the popular launch for a cruise around the lake. The village also has a great selection of shops and lots of different eateries to try out and there are some fantastic walking opportunities on offer from the door too. Walk up to Orrest Head Viewpoint and admire the view or take on a section of The Dales Way footpath.

Why not head north to Keswick, the adventure capital of the North Lakes? Sign up for an activity with one of the local adventure companies - try ghyll scrambling, canyoning or raft building on beautiful Derwentwater. The magnificent Langdale Valley is certainly worth a visit. With its rugged mountains and peaceful tarns, it's a must for any avid fell walker. Head up Lingmoor Fell for stunning, panoramic views of the lakes. Stop off at one of the traditional pubs on your way back for a hearty meal and refreshing drink.

Head inside and you're sure to feel right at home.

The beautiful kitchen/diner is well equipped with an electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, all important kettle, toaster and handy microwave. There's even a dishwasher so there'll be no need to fight over who has to do the washing up! The wooden dining table is positioned by the window, giving a pleasant outlook over the garden. Next up is the fantastic living room: light, bright and airy but still wonderfully cosy and inviting, it really is the heart of this home from home. In here you'll find plenty of clues to the cottage's history from the beautiful wooden panelling to the original beam and slate floor. The stylish seating is perfectly positioned in front of the wood burner, perfect for cosy evenings in. There's a smart TV in here for entertainment, or why not catch up on the day's events or plan tomorrow's adventures whilst relaxing in beautiful surroundings?

Upstairs on the first floor are the two beautiful bedrooms. The master is spacious yet cosy, thanks to its lovely cottage-style latch windows. With a super-king bed (which can be made up as a twin upon request) and wall-mounted TV, why not indulge in a long lie in - you are on holiday after all! The second bedroom is just as lovely as the first; a bright twin room (which can be made up as a superking upon request), with beautiful latch windows and feature wooden beams. There's also a wall-mounted TV and useful chest of drawers for storage. You'll also find an inviting armchair tucked into a corner on the landing, the perfect spot to escape to with a good book.

Also on the first floor is the family bathroom. Sleek and stylish, there's a WC, washbasin and bath with shower over, ideal whether you prefer a relaxing soak in the tub or a refreshing shower.

As well as driveway parking for 1-2 cars, to the front of the cottage is a delightful garden area. With wooden benches, lawn and cottage-garden flowers, it's a lovely spot to sit and unlace your boots after a day out on the fells! Nine stone steps lead up from the lawn to the raised patio area to the side of the cottage. With outdoor furniture, this pleasant patio area is perfect for dining al fresco; equally suited to a peaceful morning cuppa and an evening aperitif.

  • 2 bedrooms – 2 super-king-size with zip-and-link beds
  • 1 bathroom – 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher
  • Wood burner
  • Smart TV in lounge, TV in each bedroom
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Garden with lawn and patio
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Pubs and shop within 500 metres
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 2 dogs allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 5 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Diane 29th April 2022

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A beautiful cottage in an excellent spot. Finished to a high standard, with roomy, comfortable bedrooms. Good range of kitchen ware available. Really handy boot room/utility/toilet at back door. Would recommend.

Reviewed by Paul 25th February 2022

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A lovely cottage that was nice and clean with all that we needed at hand.

Reviewed by Rachel 4th February 2022

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Reviewed by Jane 15th November 2021

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Excellent property in a great location.

Reviewed by Grace 8th November 2021

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A lovely spacious cottage in a great location, really ideal if you don't want to use the car whilst away. We stayed as two couples and had plenty of room. The cottage also had a downstairs toilet not listed which we found really handy. The cottage can be hard to spot with a 5pm check in during winter and driveway parking is really only for one car Read moreunless your cars are smaller. Hide

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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.

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