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Low Birthwaite

Windermere, Lake District
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
No Dogs
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Family friendly
Sky TV
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Dating back to the 17th century, the cottage has been stunningly renovated in 2021
  • Featuring original wooden ceiling beams, flagstone flooring and exposed stone walls
  • Ideally located in the heart of the village of Windermere near the famed lake
Property code: SZ596

Converted from some of the oldest buildings in Windermere, this spacious property retains many original features and makes a wonderful holiday home for a family exploring the south-east Lake District.

Originally three separate cottages, this is one of the oldest properties in Windermere, dating back to the mid-17th century. Now one spacious cottage, offering beautiful accommodation for up to six people, it is a very special place. Inside you’ll find a wonderful living room, complete with a wood burning stove, and a bright and spacious kitchen-diner with a fantastic stone-flagged floor and original wooden beams. There are three lovely bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor. Outside is a large garden, parking for three cars and an outhouse for storing bikes, a real bonus for a cottage in this location.

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle but just a short stroll from Windermere Village, you’ve got the best of both worlds here. A public footpath runs through the parking area, so you can walk straight from the door without even needing to get in the car. There’s certainly plenty to see and do nearby too. Follow the well signposted route up to Orrest Head for the same stunning panoramic views that inspired Alfred Wainwright’s famous guidebooks. Catch the ferry from neighbouring Bowness across the lake to the western shores of Windermere; admire the views from Claife Viewing Station, visit historic Wray Castle or spend a day exploring the charming village of Hawkshead, once home to Beatrix Potter. Windermere has plenty of different eateries, from cafes to bars, as well as pubs and restaurants, ideal for refreshments when you get back from your adventures.

The property is well placed for exploring the rest of the Lake District. Take a scenic drive to pretty Grasmere, where you can stock up on the village’s famous gingerbread before continuing north to Keswick. Known as the adventure capital of the North Lakes, why not sign up for an activity with one of the local adventure companies? Try ghyll scrambling and canyoning or have a go at raft building or paddle boarding on Derwentwater. Head to Coniston, another charming Lakeland village sitting beneath the mighty Coniston Old Man, a fantastic fell walk for the avid hiker. Here you can learn all about Donald Campbell's water speed records or take a ride on the Steam Yacht Gondola to enjoy the water at a more leisurely pace. However you decide to spend your time, this cottage will be a welcome home-from-home to retreat to.

Head inside and into the living room - bright and spacious but full of charm and character, this really is a fantastic space. There are two stylish three-seater Chesterfield-style sofas to choose from, positioned to make the most of the wood burning stove and flat screen TV. This room is perfect for cosy evenings in.

Continue through to the wonderful kitchen-diner, with its beautiful stone flagged floor and original wooden beams. The modern country kitchen is well equipped and in here you’ll find an electric range-style oven with gas hobs, a built-in microwave, fridge-freezer, handy toaster and a kettle. The butler’s sink mirrors the other period features of the house but there’s also a built-in dishwasher if you don’t fancy washing up by hand. The large central island has two stylish stools, ideal for keeping the cook company. Gather round the wooden dining table in front of the gas-effect wood burning stove, perfect for catching up on the day’s events over a hearty homecooked meal.

Also on the ground floor is a useful boot room, ideal for storing wet weather gear thanks to the underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, and a handy WC.

Up the wooden staircase with its feature metal bannister to the first floor, where you’ll find the three beautiful bedrooms. All located off the light-filled landing, tall members of the party will need to mind their heads on some of the lower beams here.

The first king-size bedroom is full of character; with exposed stonework, a vaulted ceiling and original wooden beams, this is a lovely room with a fabulous yellow bed. There’s plenty of storage thanks to a large wooden wardrobe with hanging space and drawers. The second king-size bedroom is just a lovely as the first, with its feature wall of exposed stonework and a delightful outlook over the garden from the window. The blue velvet king-size bed is very inviting and perfect for indulging in a long lie in. There’s also a TV and a useful chest of drawers and matching wardrobe for storage. Light, bright and airy, the twin bedroom has lots of charming character features too and a lovely view over the garden. A wooden wardrobe with drawers provides plenty of space for storing clothes and there’s a wall-mounted TV so there’ll be no need to fight over the remote control. The twin bedroom can also be made up as a super-king upon request.

A modern Jack-and-Jill shower room, with beautiful slate floor and tiles, can be accessed from both the yellow king-size room and the twin bedroom. In here you’ll find a WC, washbasin and fantastic large shower enclosure, with a rainfall-effect shower head.

The family bathroom is also on the first floor. Alongside the WC and stylish washbasin, there's a large modern shower cubicle and a fabulous free-standing bath. The gorgeous bath is positioned so you can enjoy the fantastic view of the surrounding countryside from the window whilst enjoying a relaxing soak.

As well as parking for three cars, the property also has a delightful garden - such a treat for a cottage so close to the centre of Windermere. The large lawn area is equally suited to running off any extra steam or for finding a peaceful corner - the ancient apple tree is a very inviting spot to relax with a good book for a few hours. Outdoor furniture is provided on the patio area too, perfect for a spot of al fresco dining. The garden has wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and is frequently visited by a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.

A handy outhouse doubles as the utility room, with a washing machine and tumble dryer should you wish to make use of those during your stay. A second outhouse is also available for bike storage.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size, 1 twin which can be made up a super-king-size on request
  • 2 bathrooms – 1 bathroom with bath, shower and WC, 1 en-suite Jack and Jill shower room with shower and WC, plus 1 WC
  • Electric range-style oven with gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer in outhouse
  • Wood burner - Initial supply of logs provided
  • Smart TV with full Sky TV  package and surround sound system in lounge and Freesat Smart TVs in 2 bedrooms
  • Superfast Wi-Fi included
  • Underfloor heating throughout ground floor
  • Large, partially enclosed garden
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars - please note the access gateway to the parking area is quite tight but there is plenty of space once you are in
  • Regret no pets
  • Bike storage in outhouse
  • Pubs and shops within 0.5 miles, Lake Windermere 2 miles
  • Please note there is a public footpath to the church that goes through the parking and behind the house
  • Arrival: 17:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00 unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • Sorry, no dogs allowed
  • Please note there is a refundable £100 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday

Ben Davidson

This property is personally managed by Ben.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 10 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Bob 9th May 2022

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This is a wonderful old cottage which has been fully renovated and we loved it and would totally recommend.

Reviewed by Debbie 16th April 2022

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We had a lovely week - the cottage was beautiful, well situated and had everything we needed.

Reviewed by David 8th April 2022

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We had a fabulous break in this amazing cottage. We couldnt have asked for more. The location is amazing and handy for shops and the property was beautiful and comfortable.

Reviewed by Dianne 18th March 2022

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Lovely luxury house, beautiful grounds and high spec on all fixtures and fittings made it feel luxury. The wine on arrival was a lovely touch. We all have all said we wouldnt hesitate booking again!. Thanks Dianne & Simon Dewhirst, Simon & Tracey Harrison.

Reviewed by Alison 4th March 2022

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we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at lower birthwaite cottage. it was in a great location and was beautifully presented and was extremely comfortable.

Reviewed by Samuel 30th January 2022

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Stayed for a week in January 22, cottage was immaculate and exactly as shown in the pictures. Great location into Windermere, easy access to the train station and local bus services. Cant fault it and would recommend to anyone.

Reviewed by James 27th December 2021

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Fantastic cottage, in a great location. Was very hard to find in the dark... make sure you read the owner's instructions thoroughly! Property was very warm (we went Dec/Jan so can definitely say the heating worked!), and plenty of space. Kitchen in particular was gorgeous, loads of room and very high-spec. The bedrooms were lovely. The owners have Read moreclearly spent a fortune bringing this charming group of cottages up to a really high-spec standard. Would definitely recommend. Hide

Reviewed by Simon 20th December 2021

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Absolutely loved the cottage and the location. It was perfect for two families (4 ad & 2 ch). The kitchen was the heart of the house with plenty of space. The ASHP works incredibly well so the house was just the right temperature and the bathrooms are lovely.

Reviewed by Sarah 5th November 2021

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Beautifully renovated cottage in a convenient, but peaceful location on edge of Windermere. We really loved it here and had a fantastic holiday. (The footpath behind the property is well used but not generally intrusive). The entrance boot room is large and a great place for all the coats and boots needed for winter walks. Very comfortable house anRead mored would love to return. We brought extra throws and blankets and needed these in winter. Providing towels would have been so helpful! Hide

Reviewed by Yasmeen 1st November 2021

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See above The deposit return took longer can expected, waiting 2 weeks on. I have already recommended to all my friends and work colleagues. The hosts even left some wine (we dont drink but the gesture was lovely)

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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.

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