Topiary Cottage, Windermere
Arrival day: Saturday | Sleeps: 2
Traditional Lakeland on the outside, sophisticated contemporary chic on the inside, this converted 1830s barn stands in the fabulous grounds and topiary gardens of the owners' house (which were featured in English Heritage Gardens). On sunny mornings, stained glass reflects light across the bedroom. The sun terrace is perfect for lazy breakfasts or evening tipples, with the River Gowan flowing close by. Nights in will be relaxed and luxurious in the stunning living room, and when you're not sampling your excellent local pubs you'll find pleasant space for dining in. Just 2 miles from Windermere and close to Staveley village, this unique property has a great location. Only a stone's throw away is the Watermill Inn at Ings with its famous microbrewery, and also a handy shop.
Accommodation in detail
Private parking for 1 car. Enter to an open entrance hall and the fabulous vaulted lounge / dining room with fantastic exposed beams, feature fireplace and deep cushioned leather furnishings. French windows lead out to the furnished sun terrace. The kitchen is well-equipped, modern and pleasantly finished with natural wood. Romantic bedroom with the quirky vaulted ceiling,luxuriously furnished with king-size bed and sumptuous fabrics. Spacious shower room with a special area for the washer / dryer. As well as the terrace there is an enclosed garden with use of a BBQ. A mobile phone is provided with top-up card facility.
Nestled in countryside just a few miles east of Windermere village, Topiary Cottage enjoys a tranquil location in the small village of Ings. You'll find the well-loved Watermill Inn and brewery on your doorstep (a fine place to sample the local ale) and a useful shop close by.
Ings is also within a short walking distance of Staveley village; at the gateway to the stunning Kentmere Valley. There you'll find such treats as an artisan bakery, the Hawkshead brewery and beer hall, art galleries, cafes and more. It's a great place to begin a walk and a mecca for cyclists.
Just a few miles west, Windermere village is full of good eateries, from the famed Jerichos Restaurant to first-class fish & chips. You'll also find a wider range of shops including the high class Booths supermarket, which stocks the finest local produce along with everyday essentials.
Although outside the main tourist centres, the village of Ings is an excellent base for exploring the Lake District. Join the A591 and continue right into the heart of the Lakes, taking in Lake Windermere, Ambleside and Coniston then on to the Langdale Valley and beyond.