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The Hayloft - Windermere

Windermere, Cumbria
Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • Gorgeous 17th-century property full of character and charm
  • Rural and peaceful location on the outskirts of Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Large garden with lawn, surrounded by trees, perfect for your dog
Property code: SZ485

This traditional Lakeland property is just 1 mile from Bowness-on-Windermere. You’ll be right in the heart of the Lake District, with an abundance of fell walks, water sports and excellent eateries.

Soak up the sublime setting of this 17th century Lakeland barn which has been converted to the highest of standards, with luxury touches throughout. The living space is beautifully convivial with fantastic views and sofas in the kitchen, and a gorgeously comfortable lounge with cream leather sofas and cosy woodburning stove. Outside you have space, and lots of it! The garden has little areas to explore, a large lawn surrounded by trees and split level patio.

Located in a rural spot on the outskirts of Bowness-on-Windermere, the village is just under two miles away by car. If you want to head off on foot, the Dales Way footpath runs close to the house and takes you into Bowness in just over one mile. For dining out do sample the fine dining menu at a local diner just up the road from it or head into Bowness and Windermere for a choice of pubs, restaurants and cafes. If you’re a keen golfer, then you’ll enjoy having Windermere Golf Course nearby and anyone who enjoys messing about on a boat has a great range of hire and launching options to get out on the lake. There is also a network of lovely rural footpaths nearby with ever-changing and ever-beautiful views.

This characterful holiday home is ideally located for exploring the southern Lake District. Bowness is just a short drive away giving you access to Windermere lake shore and the regular boat services across the lake linking all the local attractions as well as providing stunning views on the way. Explore the independent shops in the courtyards of the pretty market town of Kendal, follow the trail of Wordsworth to picture-perfect Grasmere or explore the lesser known areas of the Lake District peninsulas bordering on to Morecombe Bay.

As you step through the original barn door, you enter the spacious entrance hall. From here is the first bedroom with king-size bed, TV, small wardrobe, chests of drawers and bedside tables. There is a bathroom here too, with shower over the bath. Stairs lead to a galleried area – it’s a great space for working if you have bought work away on holiday with you, or kids love it to spy on the adults in the lounge below.

From the entrance hall is the lounge – a welcoming space with wood burner, large contemporary leather sofa and quality furnishings, high ceilings with wooden beams. There is a Smart TV in here, Nintendo Wii, DVD player and a Bluetooth speaker.

A few steps up from the lounge leads you to the kitchen which has a dining table as well as more comfortable seating – a sofa and two tub chairs which look out of the large window to the garden and lovely far reaching views beyond. The kitchen is an exceptional space, fully equipped with an electric oven, 5 zone induction hob, microwave, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer, Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine, DAB radio and plenty of storage space. There is also a utility room with washing machine and a wine cooling fridge downstairs.

Stairs from the kitchen lead down to two further bedrooms, both of which are en-suite. The master bedroom here has king-size bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside tables and an en-suite shower room, and the second bedroom has two single beds wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside table, TV, DVD and an en-suite bathroom (with shower over the bath).

The large garden outside has uninterrupted views of the surrounding fields and rolling hills. It’s a fabulous space with a large lawned area and a fire pit at the bottom. Immediately outside the house there is a patio area with garden furniture – the perfect space for a BBQ!

The garden backs on to open countryside and Cleabarrow Tarn can be seen at the other side of the lane. Take in the view before you set off on one of the very many walks that start on your doorstep.

A selection of games, books, DVD's and jigsaws are provided.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 3 bedrooms – 2 king-size, 1 twin
  • 3 bathrooms – 1 shower room with WC, 1 en-suite with shower and WC, 1 en-suite with a shower over the bath and WC
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, Nescafe coffee machine
  • Utility room with washing machine and wine-cooling fridge
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs provided)
  • Underfloor heating in bathrooms
  • Smart TV and Bluetooth speaker in lounge, DAB radio in kitchen, TV in ground-floor king-size bedroom, TV/DVD in twin bedroom
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Large garden with patio, outdoor furniture, lawn and fire pit
  • Parking available for 2 cars
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Pub and shops 1 mile


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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.

It could take you five lifetimes to visit each of the places mentioned here; a good way to see more of the Lake District National Park is stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. Our range of holiday properties in the Lake District and Cumbria gives you the perfect place to stay in the north west countryside or on the coast. Our self-catering cottages in the Lake District offer lovely holiday accommodation to suit all your needs, from cottages to rent for a romantic getaway to larger properties for the whole family – we even have dog-friendly holiday homes across the Lake District too. Take a look at our full collection of self-catering cottages and begin to plan your holiday.

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