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Bowness and Windermere cottages

Helm Mint (SZ242)
Helm Mint (SZ242)
Helm Mint (SZ242)
Helm Mint (SZ242)
Helm Mint (SZ242)
Helm Mint (SZ242)
Helm Mint (SZ242)
Helm Mint (SZ242)
Helm Mint (SZ242)
Helm Mint (SZ242)

Helm Mint

Windermere, Cumbria

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Enjoying the best of both worlds, find peace and tranquillity in this rural location, with the shops, cafes and restaurants of Bowness within a mile.

Ellie
Ellie
Ellie
Ellie
Ellie
Ellie
Ellie
Ellie
Ellie
Ellie
Ellie

Ellie's Hideaway

Windermere, Cumbria

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2
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Flooded with natural light and with all the room you need for cosy mornings and lively evenings, whisk family and friends away for a holiday at this fantastic single-storey abode.

Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)
Helm Kent (SZ240)

Helm Kent

Windermere, Cumbria

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Set on the outskirts of Bowness-on-Windermere within easy reach of the iconic lake, this compact yet cosy property is an ideal base for families and small groups.

The Crow
The Crow
The Crow
The Crow
The Crow
The Crow
The Crow
The Crow
The Crow
The Crow
The Crow
The Crow
The Crow

The Crow's Nest - Windermere

Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

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pets 1

Make the most of Windermere with this dog-friendly home from home within easy walking distance of this popular area’s amenities and attractions.

The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)
The Hideaway - Windermere (SZ488)

The Hideaway - Windermere

Windermere, Cumbria

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2
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pets 1

Return to this light and spacious home from home after a day exploring fantastic fells, stunning scenery and gentle walks along Lake Windermere’s shoreline.

Yew Trees - Windermere (SZ579)
Yew Trees - Windermere (SZ579)
Yew Trees - Windermere (SZ579)
Yew Trees - Windermere (SZ579)
Yew Trees - Windermere (SZ579)
Yew Trees - Windermere (SZ579)
Yew Trees - Windermere (SZ579)
Yew Trees - Windermere (SZ579)
Yew Trees - Windermere (SZ579)
Yew Trees - Windermere (SZ579)

Yew Trees - Windermere

Windermere, Cumbria

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2
2
pets 1

Perfectly placed for making the most of both Windermere Village and the lake itself, this single-storey property is a welcome retreat to return to after busy days spent exploring on foot, bicycle, or boat.

Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)
Lazy Bay Cottage (SZ306)

Lazy Bay Cottage

Windermere, Cumbria

4
2
1

A traditional cottage, with a stone facade and immaculate, contemporary interior, perfect for the colourful outlets and restaurants of Windermere, as well as the magnificent lake.

The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)
The Lodge - Matson Ground (SZ493)

The Lodge - Matson Ground

Windermere, Cumbria

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2
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pets 1

Set in a serene Lake District setting, this charming dog-friendly cottage has an enviable countryside location just a mile from Bowness Pier on lake Windermere.

Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)
Fold Head House (SZ197)

Fold Head House

Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

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pets 2

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.

Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)
Helm Eden (SZ239)

Helm Eden

Windermere, Cumbria

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This cosy property is ideal for couples and small groups keen to experience beautiful lake Windermere with its chocolate-box villages, walking routes and water sports opportunities.

Bottle Tops (SZ089)
Bottle Tops (SZ089)
Bottle Tops (SZ089)
Bottle Tops (SZ089)
Bottle Tops (SZ089)
Bottle Tops (SZ089)
Bottle Tops (SZ089)
Bottle Tops (SZ089)
Bottle Tops (SZ089)
Bottle Tops (SZ089)
Bottle Tops (SZ089)

Bottle Tops

Windermere, Cumbria

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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.

Swallow
Swallow
Swallow
Swallow
Swallow
Swallow
Swallow
Swallow
Swallow

Swallow's Nest

Windermere, Cumbria

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pets 1

On the outskirts of the friendly village of Windermere, this light and appealing property makes a wonderful holiday home for a family exploring the south-eastern part of the glorious Lake District.

Windermere

Windermere is one of the most popular locations for a Lake District holiday. It is blessed with beautiful scenery and plenty of great things to see and do. Windermere is the perfect location for a Lake District short break in a holiday cottage as you can pack a lot in over a weekend. The town is right on the lake, ideal for getting out and about from our Windermere cottages and exploring all that the area has to offer. Here are our favourite things about Windermere.

Bowness-on-Windermere

Bowness-on-Windermere sits right on Lake Windermere and has beautiful piers with scenic views. The town of Windermere is a mile or so uphill from Bowness, within walking distance, and these two small towns are almost inseparable. Bowness is one of the busiest places in the Lakes and the promenade at Bowness Bay is one of the most popular places for hiring rowing and motor boats.

Lake Windermere

Stretching for over 10 miles between Ambleside and Newby Bridge, Windermere is the largest lake in both the Lake District and England. The lake is home to the biggest open-water swimming event, the Great North Swim, where participants compete in a 1-mile swim from Low Wood Bay.

Things to do with kids

There are plenty of family-friendly activities in Windermere. At Brockhole Visitor Centre you can discover all the different things to do and enjoy tree top trekking, mini golf and cycling. There are beautiful gardens to explore, an indoor soft play and ever-changing exhibitions. To the south of Windermere Lake, Fell Foot Park is a great place to explore and relax. There are lovely lawns to enjoy games and picnics. The park is set on the lake and perfect for paddling, swimming and boating. 

A trip on the steamers

One of our favourite things to do in Windermere is to take a trip on the Windermere Lake Cruises. It's the perfect way to enjoy the scenery and explore Lake Windermere. The steamers and launches sail from Bowness to Waterhead and Lakeside or you can hop on the island cruise to see some of the 18 islands on the lake.

Enjoy the views

As Windermere is one of the less mountainous areas of the Lake District, it is a place where you can truly appreciate the beauty of the lake. There are several small hills with viewpoints to take in the gorgeous scenery. To the south is Gummers How where you can see the entire length of Windermere and all the way to the coastal estuaries in the south. On a clear day, you can even see the peaks of North Wales! We also like climbing Latterbarrow on the western side of the Lake. Our favourite southern Lake District walk is the short hike up Orrest Head to visit the Wainwright memorial and see the view that inspired him to write his famous guide books.

Legendary tales

Windermere has its fair share of legends - some more imaginative than others. The Crier of Claife is said to stalk Claife Heights at dusk. Mysterious calls have been heard and a hood figure has been seen around the ferry landing stage. An unidentified creature has been spotted in the southern end of the Lake, dubbed Bownessie by those who have seen it. Perhaps they were influenced by the cult 70s novel The Pike, which is about a man-eating pike that stalked holidaymakers on Windermere? Most famous of all is the Tizzie-Wizzie, a creature with the body of a hedgehog, wings of a bee and tail of a squirrel. It was photographed at the turn of the century by a Bowness boatsmen and hunting the Tizzie Wizzie became a popular Windermere tourist attraction at the turn of the century.

Damson blossom

The beautiful Lyth Valley lies a few miles to the south of Windermere. It is a peaceful and idyllic valley bounded on one side by an impressive limestone cliff known as Whitbarrow Scar. The valley is famous for its fragrant damson blossom that covers the valley each spring. The valley holds a Damson Day festival in the spring and you will find all manner of damson products for sale along the roadside.

Step into the world of Beatrix Potter

Based in Bowness-on-Windermere, The World of Beatrix Potter attraction brings the all her fabulous characters to life. The author spent much of her childhood holidaying in the Lakes and it's easy to see where she got the inspiration for her famous children's books when you step into this museum. Learn all about her life and visit the Peter Rabbit Garden complete with the cabbages where Peter lost one of his shoes and the garden gate which he squeezed under when he tried to escape Mr. McGregor.

Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway

The Lakeside and Haverthwaite railway is an 18 minute train ride at the Southern end of Windermere. Daily trains pulled by steam engines run alongside the River Leven. The railway was a former branch line that re-opened in 1973. Steam trains operate on the line from Haverthwaite to Newby Bridge and Lakeside. There is a small visitor centre with a café, shop and playground at the main station in Haverthwaite. Vintage steam and diesel engines are kept on permanent display in the Engine Shed.

The foodie mile

Windermere is one of the top locations for eating out in the Lake District. Crook Road between Windermere and Kendal is well known as a ‘foodie mile’ featuring several gastro pubs, hotels and restaurants with fine reputations. Notable places to eat include Gilpin Hotel and Lake House, The Samling, the Wild Boar and Linthwaite House Hotel.


See our selection of pet-friendly cottages in Windermere, or see our introduction to Sally's Cottages.

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