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Smithy Cottage at Bowland Bridge

Bowness, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041539)


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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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27 Customer Review(s)

  • Marion

    “Delightful setting with stream and skipping lambs.”

    Nice to have not 1 but two pubs in easy walking distance. Cottage was clean, tidy and well equipped. The only niggle was the outside bin was full on our arrival so we had to stack our rubbish in the kitchen all week until the bin men came on Friday.

    Nice to have not 1 but two pubs in easy walking distance. Cottage was clean, tidy and well equipped. The only niggle was the outside bin was full on our arrival so we had to stack our rubbish in the kitchen all week until the bin men came on Friday.

    - Marion, March 2024

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay, We can only apologise about the bins, this was due to it being easter weekend the bins collection dates were changed. Property Owner


  • 3 bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Newly renovated family shower room with walk in shower, basin and wc
  • Second separate
  • WC Sitting room
  • DIning room
  • Kitchen.
  • Oil central heating
  • Wood burning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Shared private water supply
  • Garden furniture
  • Private parking for up to 3 cars
  • 1 pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking


The property

A true 'picture postcard' traditional Lakeland cottage in this pretty countryside hamlet and only a short drive from Bowness and Lake Windermere. Retaining charming original features with inset woodburning fireplace and enchanting cottage windows. Ample private parking and a large rear garden Smithy Cottage is ideal for a holiday at any time of the year. A few hundred yards up the hill from the sleepy hamlet of Bowland Bridge is the famous Mason's Arms at Strawberry Bank, a very tempting hostelry to drag you out of the kitchen to soak up the far reaching views over the valley below. == Accommodation in detail Ample parking for 2 or 3 cars behind the cottage with a large garden, which has a picturesque river that can be viewed from it. Entrance into the living room with comfortable furnishings around the large woodburning stove. A separate dining room and an opening into the well equipped kitchen. Upstairs to the three bedrooms, 2 double and 1single room, a newly renovated family shower room with walk in shower, basin and WC. Separately there is a second WC. Secure Bike storage available in the garage. Location You'll find wonderful walks in every direction from this peaceful rural Lake District cottage. The surrounding Lyth Valley is very picturesque, famous for its damsons and damson blossom in spring. A favourite route is the short but steep ascent of Gummers How, between Lyth Valley and Lake Windermere. From the top, you'll enjoy one of the finest lake views in the Lake District.On the way to Bowness village, you'll find the Windermere Golf Club, with a superb scenic course to try. In Bowness itself, you'll find everything you need for stocking up the kitchen; supermarket, local shops, delicatessens and more. There are also a wide range of restaurants in Bowness. For a special occasion, try The Postilion Restaurant on Ash Street. Or, how about a contemporary Baha restaurant, there are so many to choose from. Stroll to the shore of Lake Windermere and you can catch an elegant Windermere steamer cruise to Ambleside or Lakeside (or both!). It's a great way for families to explore without driving through busier tourist areas, and you'll find many more Lake District attractions to explore in both these popular villages. From Bowness, it's also easy to explore further afield in the Lakes. The A591 junction is only a couple of miles up the road, forming the main (very scenic) route into the heart of the Lakes.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Windermere 7 miles; Kendal 8.5 miles; Cartmel 10.5 miles.

Set in the beautiful Lyth Valley, the tiny hamlet of Bowland Bridge is a hidden gem, with a small scattering of houses and two renowned pubs surrounded by beautiful meadows, woods and Lakeland fells. At the heart of the Lyth Valley are the villages of Bowland Bridge, Crosthwaite and Underbarrow, all of which have roads leading to Kendal, a market town situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Windermere, with its panoramic views over England's longest lake, is within a short drive and boasts a number of shops, pubs and restaurants, whilst its twin town Bowness offers boat trips to Ambleside and Lakeside, where the Lakeside Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are situated. Within easy reach are Langdale, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House at Sawrey, Grasmere, Coniston Water and Grizedale Forest Park, plus the town of Cartmel is a short drive away and has a Michelin Star awarded L'Enclume restaurant and a shop that sells the famous sticky toffee pudding. Take advantage of excellent walking opportunities amidst beautiful, unspoilt countryside, visit The National Hunt Racecourse, Campbell Legend Bluebird Exhibition, Lakeland Motor Museum and Holker Hall with its spectacular gardens, all of which are close by. A superb hidden valley away from the hustle and bustle of the Lake District’s most popular attractions, yet all are within reach.

Please note this property is rural, nearest shops for supplies is a 15-20 minute drive to Bowness and Windermere. Opening times for the pub and shop can vary.