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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Bowness

Looking for a slice of Lake District indulgence? Then look no further than our Bowness cottages. We offer a range of 3 star or more properties set amidst this stunning lakeside resort.

Once a small fishing village, Bowness-on-Windermere grew in the 19th Century. It became the tourism hotspot and haven for luxury holiday cottages that it is today. This lakeside town became the centre of the local boat-building industry after the arrival of the railway at Windermere in 1847. All thanks to its amazing location right on the glistening shores of Lake Windermere. Bowness specialised in the crafting of sailing yachts, rowing boats and steam launches. They are still popular today, amongst plenty of other relaxing activities.

Are travelling to the Lakes for some quality time with your loved ones? Or planning to walk, cycle or climb, or to relax and perhaps take in a spa day or two? Lakelovers’ Bowness holiday cottages are all unique. They have been hand-picked to suit every type of self-catering holiday.

Self-catering in Bowness-on-Windermere gives you lots of options. If you don’t fancy cooking every night in the cottage, then why not try Porto Restaurant? It voted the number one place to eat in Bowness.

Love the sweet things in life? Then make sure you take a trip to St Martin’s Tea Room and Grill. For a great lunch, you can’t do better than The Coffee Bean, at the heart of the town centre. Perfect in the summer for picking up a tasty meal on the go, they offer a range of hot and cold sandwiches, cakes, drinks and snacks.

Another great place to try is the refurbished Laura Ashley hotel in Bowness. Sit in the brasserie overlooking the lake while you enjoy afternoon tea. Or move into their fine dining area for a more formal setting for a fabulous 5-course meal.

Not looking for a cottage? We also have a range of Lake District Lodges too.

Bowness out and about

Our cottages in Bowness put you in striking distance of a plethora of activities and attractions. Fans of Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ will instantly recognise Bowness as the fictional lakeside town of ‘Rio’.

Lovers of the book and film will also want to pay a visit to the Windermere Steamboat Museum. There you can take a look at the TSSY Esperance 1869. The iron steamboat was the one that inspired the character, Captain Flint’s, houseboat.

Other exciting family attractions in Bowness include The World of Beatrix Potter. A fantastic day out for all the family, open seven days a week. Here you can step inside the world of Peter Rabbit and friends. Take a walk through Mr McGregor’s garden and enjoy 3D experiences as well as a well-stocked gift shop and tasty café.

Tire the children out at the Fun Factory, open daily from 10am to 6pm. Suitable for children aged from birth to 12 years and reasonably priced, it’s a great place to go on rainy days.

In better weather, be sure to take a trip out on the double-decker, open-top bus. That way you can experience Lakeland from a whole new angle and explore the stunning Lake District landscape.

The Blackwell Arts and Crafts House offers a more relaxed and informative day out. There are exceptional arts and crafts to view, combined with interesting exhibitions and learning experiences. Plus that all important coffee shop for a well-deserved break, and it’s free entry for under 16s. Look out for the ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ too that they normally run on Easter Sunday, as its great fun for all the family. We would also recommend visiting for the tranquil gardens and amazing views. This period property features an enviable location on the shores of Lake Windermere. As well as commanding views across the Lakeland fells. It’s perfect if you’re looking for that slice of inspiration that so many poets and painters have found from their time in the Lake District.

From Mini Golf at Glebe Recreation to the world-class ‘miniature Gleneagles’ at Windermere Golf Club, you’ll be kept busy during your Bowness holiday!

You’ll find contemporary shops, great places to eat and the Lake District’s liveliest nightlife in the town centre. Looking for peace and quiet? Head for the lush green landscapes of the Lyth Valley, just minutes east of Bowness village.

Looking for even more relaxation? Lakelovers are partnered with My Personal Sanctuary, which offers in-house spa treatments at your holiday cottage. There are also plenty of wonderful spa hotels in the area that offer day treatments for non-guests, such as the Low Wood Bay Spa in nearby Ambleside. If you are interested in spa days or treatments during your stay in the Lakes, ask our team for advice.

What can you expect from Lakelovers Bowness holiday cottages? Well, many of our Bowness cottages have a wide range of incredible features. Such as hot-tubs, saunas and Jacuzzi baths. Games rooms with pool tables, hockey tables, games consoles and Sky TV. Luxury bedrooms with four-poster beds and glamorous en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries. Gardens with patio furniture, barbeques and balconies, terraces and private lake access. And indoors you will find a mixture of classic and contemporary luxury furnishings and fittings, including state of the art kitchens and bathrooms, Aga cookers, dishwashers and laundry facilities, with each of our properties offering something different.

For further details on things to do in Bowness, we have provided information on arts galleries and crafts, places to eat in Bowness and walking.

Whatever your budget or requirements, we have the best range of Bowness cottages to choose from. Whether you are looking for a romantic woodland retreat for two or an action-packed, high-octane, group holiday with the whole family, our dedicated customer service team are on-hand 6 days a week to help you find your perfect Lake District break. Easily accessible via train to Windermere, bus, car or taxi and with regular ferries to and from Far Sawrey, you are never far away from anywhere in the Lake District National Park.

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Thorndale Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

Property Update: Please note that the lounge and two of the bedrooms are currently being refurbished – additional photography will be added during the autumn when the work is complete.

Available From£695
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Cherry Tree Cottage is a lovely, spacious and convenient holiday cottage situated in Bowness-on-Windermere. It offers a quiet location, away from the crowds yet only a short stroll from the village of Bowness and Windermere Lake itself. Set over 3 floors, this property provides plenty of space for family and couples. If you're looking for a cottage with generous sized bedrooms and living space which is set within a quiet area of Bowness, then this is the place for you to relax and recharge your batteries. The delights of Bowness village are only a 10 minutes' walk away. An absolute bonus for this property is that you don't even require a car to get here; it is within easy reach by using local public transport; buses and railway to and from Windermere, Lake District daily.

Available From£399
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £725 to £653
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Crosthwaite House is quite simply a gorgeous Period Lakeland residence occupying a picture postcard perfect setting with breathtaking views in every direction. This stylish property forms the first floor of this distinctive house and the property has been carefully and sympathetically divided to retain privacy and maximise the benefits of the stunning and far reaching views.

Available From£525
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

A pretty name for a very pretty, traditional double-fronted Lakeland end cottage, peacefully located on the edge of National Trust land but still only a few minutes downhill stroll to the centre of Bowness. Step inside and you'll find a charming retreat, perfect for a couple or small family at any time of year.

Available From£425
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Lakeside View Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Every ingredient for a perfect Lake District holiday, family or friends, at any time of year. Through spectacular full wall windows and from a slightly elevated position, Lakeside View gazes out over Bowness Bay and Lake Windermere to the famous Lakeland Fells beyond. Only a stroll away are the vibrant village centre, the boating activities of the bay, and the contemporary high street of the Lake District's most popular destination.

Available From£425
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £650 to £553
Miyanli Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This traditional Lakeland detached residence simply has it all - sophisticated Lakeland luxury, a special place to spend precious time together in a peaceful elevated setting, yet literally only a stone's throw from the village centre and the shores of Lake Windermere. Aptly named this wonderful property is surrounded by intoxicating colour from within its dreamy garden.

Available From£650
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1199 to £1019
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This 17th century Westmorland 'longhouse' is what we'd describe as a dream Lake District holiday home. Elegantly refurbished to 5 star luxury, unforgettable for its 'olde worlde' charms and part of a picture-postcard rural scene - overlooking the lush Lyth Valley, a mile from the acclaimed Mason's Arms at Strawberry Bank only a few miles from the shores of Lake Windermere.

Available From£525
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £499 to £424
Foxdene Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

This luxuriously refurbished 17th century cottage takes a sublime rural setting; nestled down a leafy lane, backing onto woodland glade and gazing out over the lush Lyth Valley. Wonderful walking and cycling begins on the doorstep, and at the end of a long day you'll choose from two excellent country pubs close by.

Available From£499
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Ada’s Retreat Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car

Located just a few minutes' easy walk from the popular village of Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere, Ada's Retreat is a luxurious hideaway from which to escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world. From the spacious and very private wing of this beautiful Lakeland home, with over an acre of secluded garden, Ada's Retreat is a high quality and luxurious hideaway for two. The owners of Ada's Retreat have flexible changeover days and offer shortbreaks all year round – please telephone us for more details.

Available From£700
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £665 to £565
The Old Chapel Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This intriguing rural character property is a former Lakeland chapel; a stunning blend of olde worlde character and 21st century chic. Only a 10 minute drive from Bowness and Lake Windermere, The Old Chapel enjoys a blissful countryside setting; only a stroll from an excellent country pub yet in complete seclusion at the foot of a gated road.

Available From£350
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1750 to £1575
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

From a its elevated position on the shores of Lake Windermere, Lakeside At Louper Weir is a newly built, luxurious, architect designed detached house offering magnificent accommodation that offers a unique escape on the shores of Lake Windermere. Here you not only truly experience Lake District life – you actually live alongside England's largest and most famous lake and experience the luxury this contemporary residence offers in every way!

Available From£1750
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Lake View Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

Gaze out over Lake Windermere and the Lakeland Fells from the comfort of this beautifully presented Bowness holiday home, still only a short walk from the vibrant village centre and lake shore. With a wall of glass in the top floor living area, opening to a furnished balcony, Lake View absolutely lives up to its name and provides an unforgettable retreat for one or two couples, family or friendly gatherings.

Available From£399
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Richmond Windermere
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

Located on the south east corner of the Lake District national park, just a ten minute drive from Windermere, five minutes from the market town of Kendal and less than half an hour from the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond is the eastern wing of the magnificent Bannel Head House, a stunning Victorian country residence built in 1900.

Available From£567
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Mosslea Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Private parking for 1 car

This peaceful ground floor apartment lies only a stone's throw from the centre of Bowness village and the elegant shores of Lake Windermere. It has a pretty, colourful patio garden, and offers elegant space for couples to spread out and relax. The attractive double bedroom opens out to a raised sitting area overlooking the garden - a treat for lazy mornings.

Available From£299
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1295 to £1101
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Log Burner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Ellerbeck Bridge is situated in the sweet village of Underbarrow, on the edge of the Lyth Valley. This stunning property has been recently extended to create a suitable base for any occasion, Ellerbeck bridge prides itself on being finished to a high standard throughout, offering plenty of living space and beautiful views, you really do get the best of both worlds. Complimenting the location of this property is the village pub, 'The Black Labrador' which is only a few minutes' walk down the road, there are also many other country pubs within driving distance. Ellerbeck Bridge has an excellent location, there are plenty of laid back country walks and it is also close to the market town of Kendal, or the foodie village of Cartmel, famous for Cartmel Races. Why not try our virtual walkthrough of the property. Simply click here or follow the floorplan link above.

Available From£695
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £1266 to £1139
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 2 cars

Nestled in a small development of individual exclusive lodges this luxurious Lakeland Lodge is conveniently situated on the shores of Lake Windermere and only a few minutes' walk from the popular town of Bowness-On-Windermere. Set within Fallbarrow Park, its five star facilities include a popular bar and restaurant, a well-stocked deli and shop, children's play area, games area and of course with a lakeside location the park offers boat launching and a small marina.

Available From£550
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Damson Cottage Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • 1 pet allowed

Damson Cottage is a pretty, romantic white-walled cottage set in the picturesque rural hamlet of Crook, a few miles from the tourist centre of Bowness and Lake Windermere itself. This Lakeland property would look good on any chocolate box with a picturesque outlook over rolling countryside. Take invigorating or bracing walks starting straight from your door, pop into the nearby Sun Inn for a refreshing drink or make the most of the beautiful location by walking through to Staveley to visit The Hawkshead Brewery and Wilf's Cafe.

Available From£335
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Pavey Ark Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 4 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Located on Brantfell, only five minutes' walk from the popular village of Bowness, Pavey Ark takes full advantage of its hillside position with beautiful views to Lake Windermere, Claife Heights and the Coniston Fells beyond.

Available From£1495
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Scar View Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Commanding the most outstanding views as far as the eye can see over the picturesque Lyth Valley, Scar View occupies a truly idyllic spot on the outskirts of Underbarrow hamlet, nestled in rural bliss. This superb bolt hole has been lovingly designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Sumptuous furnishings, oak floorings, a chic bedroom and substantial bathroom and not forgetting the large garden, perfect for lazy summer days.

Available From£335
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private parking for 0 car
  • Infants welcome

This contemporary Lakeland cottage nestles in a row of pretty cottages within a peaceful setting yet is only a short stroll to the absolute heart of bustling Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere. Fern Bank Cottage is sophisticatedly and traditionally themed throughout - this is a place to relax, spend precious time together and enjoy all offered in this ever popular destination.

Available From£395

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Bowness Cottages

Bowness Cottages

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Bowness

Looking for a slice of Lake District indulgence? Then look no further than our Bowness cottages. We offer a range of 3 star or more properties set amidst this stunning lakeside resort.

Once a small fishing village, Bowness-on-Windermere grew in the 19th Century. It became the tourism hotspot and haven for luxury holiday cottages that it is today. This lakeside town became the centre of the local boat-building industry after the arrival of the railway at Windermere in 1847. All thanks to its amazing location right on the glistening shores of Lake Windermere. Bowness specialised in the crafting of sailing yachts, rowing boats and steam launches. They are still popular today, amongst plenty of other relaxing activities.

Are travelling to the Lakes for some quality time with your loved ones? Or planning to walk, cycle or climb, or to relax and perhaps take in a spa day or two? Lakelovers’ Bowness holiday cottages are all unique. They have been hand-picked to suit every type of self-catering holiday.

Self-catering in Bowness-on-Windermere gives you lots of options. If you don’t fancy cooking every night in the cottage, then why not try Porto Restaurant? It voted the number one place to eat in Bowness.

Love the sweet things in life? Then make sure you take a trip to St Martin’s Tea Room and Grill. For a great lunch, you can’t do better than The Coffee Bean, at the heart of the town centre. Perfect in the summer for picking up a tasty meal on the go, they offer a range of hot and cold sandwiches, cakes, drinks and snacks.

Another great place to try is the refurbished Laura Ashley hotel in Bowness. Sit in the brasserie overlooking the lake while you enjoy afternoon tea. Or move into their fine dining area for a more formal setting for a fabulous 5-course meal.

Not looking for a cottage? We also have a range of Lake District Lodges too.

Bowness out and about

Our cottages in Bowness put you in striking distance of a plethora of activities and attractions. Fans of Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ will instantly recognise Bowness as the fictional lakeside town of ‘Rio’.

Lovers of the book and film will also want to pay a visit to the Windermere Steamboat Museum. There you can take a look at the TSSY Esperance 1869. The iron steamboat was the one that inspired the character, Captain Flint’s, houseboat.

Other exciting family attractions in Bowness include The World of Beatrix Potter. A fantastic day out for all the family, open seven days a week. Here you can step inside the world of Peter Rabbit and friends. Take a walk through Mr McGregor’s garden and enjoy 3D experiences as well as a well-stocked gift shop and tasty café.

Tire the children out at the Fun Factory, open daily from 10am to 6pm. Suitable for children aged from birth to 12 years and reasonably priced, it’s a great place to go on rainy days.

In better weather, be sure to take a trip out on the double-decker, open-top bus. That way you can experience Lakeland from a whole new angle and explore the stunning Lake District landscape.

The Blackwell Arts and Crafts House offers a more relaxed and informative day out. There are exceptional arts and crafts to view, combined with interesting exhibitions and learning experiences. Plus that all important coffee shop for a well-deserved break, and it’s free entry for under 16s. Look out for the ‘Easter Egg Hunt’ too that they normally run on Easter Sunday, as its great fun for all the family. We would also recommend visiting for the tranquil gardens and amazing views. This period property features an enviable location on the shores of Lake Windermere. As well as commanding views across the Lakeland fells. It’s perfect if you’re looking for that slice of inspiration that so many poets and painters have found from their time in the Lake District.

From Mini Golf at Glebe Recreation to the world-class ‘miniature Gleneagles’ at Windermere Golf Club, you’ll be kept busy during your Bowness holiday!

You’ll find contemporary shops, great places to eat and the Lake District’s liveliest nightlife in the town centre. Looking for peace and quiet? Head for the lush green landscapes of the Lyth Valley, just minutes east of Bowness village.

Looking for even more relaxation? Lakelovers are partnered with My Personal Sanctuary, which offers in-house spa treatments at your holiday cottage. There are also plenty of wonderful spa hotels in the area that offer day treatments for non-guests, such as the Low Wood Bay Spa in nearby Ambleside. If you are interested in spa days or treatments during your stay in the Lakes, ask our team for advice.

What can you expect from Lakelovers Bowness holiday cottages? Well, many of our Bowness cottages have a wide range of incredible features. Such as hot-tubs, saunas and Jacuzzi baths. Games rooms with pool tables, hockey tables, games consoles and Sky TV. Luxury bedrooms with four-poster beds and glamorous en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries. Gardens with patio furniture, barbeques and balconies, terraces and private lake access. And indoors you will find a mixture of classic and contemporary luxury furnishings and fittings, including state of the art kitchens and bathrooms, Aga cookers, dishwashers and laundry facilities, with each of our properties offering something different.

For further details on things to do in Bowness, we have provided information on arts galleries and crafts, places to eat in Bowness and walking.

Whatever your budget or requirements, we have the best range of Bowness cottages to choose from. Whether you are looking for a romantic woodland retreat for two or an action-packed, high-octane, group holiday with the whole family, our dedicated customer service team are on-hand 6 days a week to help you find your perfect Lake District break. Easily accessible via train to Windermere, bus, car or taxi and with regular ferries to and from Far Sawrey, you are never far away from anywhere in the Lake District National Park.

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