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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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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

A romantic lakeside bolt hole, a place to relax and unwind, spend time together and gaze at the magnificent views, life doesn't get any better! In Macan you don't just experience contemporary Lake District life, you actually live on England's most famous stretch of Water – Lake Windermere…

Available From£345
Special Offer
Abbotsgarth Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This contemporary, boutique-style Lakeland cottage stands strolling distance from bustling Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere. Abbotsgarth's gently elevated position provides breathtaking views to the Lakeland Fells, and offers a fantastic base from which to explore this vibrant village, the magic of Lake Windermere and also the wider Lake District.

Available From£425
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £745 to £671
Crag View Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Crag View is a beautiful family-friendly holiday cottage that sleeps 6 and welcomes dogs. Nestled in the peaceful hamlet of Underbarrow, it is just a quick walk from the delightful Black Labrador pub, renowned for a great menu. Crag View is a short 15 minute drive to Bowness and Kendal. Overlooking the picturesque Lyth Valley, it is also ideal for a walking holiday. There is a magnificent range of local walks to suit all abilities, from a hike over nearby Cunswick Scar (steep in places and well worth the effort) to fun walks with young children, for example the walk over Scout Scar. This is one of the 'Miles Without Stiles' walks and is suitable for pushchairs.

Available From£495
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Ada’s Retreat Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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
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Mosslea Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 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
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Lingmoor Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

A stylish and contemporary Bowness residence in a superb location; only a 2 minute stroll from the village and lake shore, but slightly elevated to give spectacular views towards Lake Windermere and the fells beyond. The elegant living space forms a great retreat for families or friends. Sociable areas extend to both a sunny front terrace and peaceful rear patio garden. You'll enjoy views from all 3 bedrooms, but it has to be said the king-size master is a particular treat.

Available From£465
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • Infants welcome

This sophisticated detached Lakeland cottage truly enjoys the very best of both worlds; strolling distance from bustling Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere, yet in absolute peace and quiet, commanding outstanding views. Abbotsgarth Heights commands a gently elevated position providing breathtaking views to the Lakeland Fells, and when the leaves fall the view over Lake Windermere is magnificent.

Available From£425
Special Offer 7 Nights reduced from £585 to £495
  • Sleeps 6
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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 £995 to £897
Little Orchard Bowness
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Parking for 4 cars
  • Infants welcome

Little Orchard is a superb detached Lakeland property set in the heart of this picturesque hamlet, yet benefits from a secluded position within its beautiful grounds to maximise the benefits of the stunning and far reaching views.

Available From£695
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Open Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 2 pets allowed

A welcoming and romantic cottage for one or two couples in a quiet location, just 5 minutes from the cinema, shops & restaurants conservation area of Bowness. This property has been beautifully modernised to exacting standards, yet retaining traditional charm. Embrace the convenience of vibrant Bowness, offering shops, cafes, lake cruises and plenty of evening entertainment.

Available From£385
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Lake Lodge Bowness
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 3 pets allowed

A luxury Lake District lodge with hot tub, in a superbly romantic setting. With panoramic views through full length windows and overlooking Lake Windermere, Lake Lodge is a unique retreat for a special occasion or honeymoon in the Lake District. It's perfect for exploring the Lakeland countryside, but equally well-placed to enjoy the delights of Bowness village which is only a couple of miles away.

Available From£465
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Cragholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed

With astonishing views over Lake Windermere, this charming apartment offers stylish and contemporary accommodation with a snug, romantic atmosphere!

Available From£522
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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
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Highbeck Bowness
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

This sophisticated Lakeland residence is breathtaking inside and out, with panoramic glorious views through enormous windows, elegant living space for your sociable gathering. Highbeck stands alongside Highbeck Cottage within a secluded 3 acres of gardens and grounds, a stroll from the village of Crosthwaite and the award-winning Punchbowl Inn.

Available From£425
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Goswick Hall Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • Infants welcome

This beautiful converted barn resides in a picturesque setting overlooking this lush green valley, only a few hundred yards from the renowned Mason's Arms at Strawberry Bank, within an original farm. Characterful Lakeland externally yet step inside to see contemporary finish throughout.

Available From£375
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

With a peaceful garden and superb countryside views from every window, this traditional Lakeland cottage is tucked down a peaceful country lane in the hamlet of Crook. Inside the cottage, a homely interior welcomes you as latch doors lead through stone flagged floored rooms, with exposed beams and wood burning stove.

Available From£545
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Just as its name suggests, this stylish Lake District holiday cottage provides an adorable retreat within a peaceful corner of Bowness, next to a park and bowling green. Only slightly away from the buzz of the village and the attractions of Lake Windermere, you'll find a unique blend of country cottage charm and contemporary flair. Fireside warmth in the cosy lounge is finished with luxury leather furnishings.

Available From£385
Special Offer
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

Just off the centre of Bowness village, a private drive leads to an enchanting row of 17th century Lakeland cottages - of which Old Honeysuckle Cottage is one. Retaining its traditional magic, with old oak beams, woodburning stove, quirky stable doors and characterful nooks and crannies, the cottage has been refurbished in style to create a contemporary yet deliciously romantic atmosphere.

Available From£385
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Otterholme Bowness
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car

Assembling part of the old Lakeside stone mill and set in the age old woodland within the luxury and exclusive setting of the Hill of Oaks Park, in a prime lakeside location, with picturesque views across Windermere. Otterholme takes full advantage of the privacy that the Park has to offer, yet still only being a 10 minute drive from Bowness village – therefore providing something for everyone.

Available From£522
Special Offer 7 nights reduced from £495 to £396
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

This handsome Lakeland home takes a fantastic location above Bowness village, backing on to National Trust land and commanding superb fell and lake views. With ample living space for family or friends, the interior is comfortably furnished, warmed by feature woodburning stove and featuring characteristic oak panelling in the living room and master bedroom.

Available From£375

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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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