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Bowness-On-Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1076791)


Lakelovers rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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19 Customer Review(s)

  • Nicola

    “On a positive note, the property is ideally located to places to eat and dog walks which suits us perfectly.”

    On a negative note, the property needs a thorough clean and could do with a lick of paint. There was cobwebs everywhere, the lampshades in one of the bedrooms and hallway were filthy. Even on the floors, there was still dust in places. The mop that is being used to clean the wood flooring is disgusting and needs replacing. The sofa and chairs and worn out so we’re uncomfortable. We will look at other places to stay in future during January as compared to a year ago when we stayed, it really ...

    On a negative note, the property needs a thorough clean and could do with a lick of paint. There was cobwebs everywhere, the lampshades in one of the bedrooms and hallway were filthy. Even on the floors, there was still dust in places. The mop that is being used to clean the wood flooring is disgusting and needs replacing. The sofa and chairs and worn out so we’re uncomfortable. We will look at other places to stay in future during January as compared to a year ago when we stayed, it really has got worse.

    - Nicola, January 2024

    Hi Nicola First of all I’ll introduce myself if I may. I’m the eldest son of the owner of Halewood, and I’ve got one brother. Data rules prevent me from stating our names unfortunately, otherwise I’d have happily included them! Our mum and dad finished working in the late 1980s, and moved to Halewood for their retirement. Sadly our dad died in the mid-1990s, in his early 60s, leaving our mum on her own, although after that she spent a lot of time with her sisters and her friends. She absolutely loved living at Halewood. She stayed there until moving into a nursing home in 2021, because she’s got dementia. She’s doing okay, being very well looked after, and really enjoying the company of other people. In February 2024 we celebrated her 90th birthday! After she left Halewood, I spent time there clearing out 60 years’ worth of my family’s belongings, helped by two of her sisters. I couldn’t have done it without them. Then the property was refurbished in 2022. I asked Lakelovers to manage Halewood, because they already look after the cottage next door, and I noticed when visiting my mum’s what a terrific job they seemed to be doing, with people from the company going in and out, and how the guests looked like they were enjoying themselves. I think they have also done a great job looking after Halewood, because until recently the feedback from guests has been really good. Unfortunately though there has been just a bit of a blip recently, in terms of the cleaning not being up to standard. And as an earlier reviewer said in his review, you don’t want to have to balance the upsides of the property, against the downsides of how you might find it condition-wise. Life’s too short for that sort of complication. You just want to get there and find the place clean, simple as! On seeing the earlier review and yours, and having previously expressed concerns about cleanliness myself in early January, I contacted Lakelovers again, and they’ve arranged for a new cleaner to look after Halewood. He’s previously worked for another large holiday lettings company in the Lakes for over a decade. I think that speaks for itself. Says me who wouldn’t last five minutes doing that job before it finished me off. I believe we’ll now be back to exactly where we should be in terms of cleanliness. I’m writing this at Halewood in late February 2024, having gone to check for myself, and I’m pleased to report that it’s spotless. So I’m really sorry Halewood wasn’t as clean as it should have been when you stayed. Believe me Nicola, I know how just important that is. 20-odd years ago, my partner and I stayed in a caravan on a campsite for our holiday. It hadn’t been cleaned properly when we arrived. Let’s just say my partner made her displeasure very clear to me indeed. Put it this way, it still came up in conversation in our house from time to time for years afterwards. Where I find we disagree though is about the decoration and furniture. The house was professionally decorated throughout less than two years ago, and the décor is still in excellent order, and the photos still accurately reflect it. Likewise, the sofa and matching chair are still nearly new. In response to your review though, my partner has sent me over with some more cushions, because apparently you can never have too many of those! So I fully understand and respect your decision to find somewhere else for your January stay. Although if you change your mind in the meantime and decide to come back to Halewood, you’ll be more than welcome. While I’m writing this, I’d like to say something if I may in response to comments in other reviews about Halewood having a fridge but not a freezer. When discussing the kitchen design with the builders, who did a fantastic job, their view was that it didn’t need a freezer, because guests would either eat out a lot, or wouldn’t need food to keep for a long time if they were only staying for a week. I wasn’t sure it was that clear cut, because I like my fish fingers, and they only keep a day or two in a fridge. But what swung it for me is that we have a half and half upright fridge freezer in our kitchen at home, and we’re constantly struggling for room in the fridge. We have two shelves each, but despite that my partner keeps pinching space off mine. I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of people. So I thought a full-sized fridge, where you have more space than you know what to do with, would be a bit of a luxury on holiday. I totally get it though that without icecubes, drinks just aren’t the same, and it’s also handy to freeze the odd thing. When I was growing up we didn’t have a freezer, so one day I thought I’d put a jug of water in the fridge, so I could have cold drinks. I was so pleased with myself for thinking that one up on my own, that I thought I’d reinvented the wheel. Until I bragged about it to my dad, who just looked at me very unimpressed, and said he’d done the same thing when he was my age. Cheers dad! I wanted to say something back about did they have fridges that long ago, but thought best not push it. So that’s the trade-off. Big fridge but no ice-cubes. Sorry if you think it was the wrong call. Anyway, I hope everyone who stays at Halewood has a great time. I think there’s something magical about the Lakes. I know my parents did too. One simple thing I really like, is walking into Bowness up through Back Belsfield Road, first thing in the morning before there are people and cars about. If you do that walk early doors, particularly at the weekend, it’s a bit special, I’ve always thought. Anyway, as this is nearly as long as War and Peace now, it’s time I signed off. Thanks very much for staying at my mum’s, Nicola. Apologies again. And wherever you decide to stay in the future, all the best to you. Cheers. Property Owner


  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size, 1 x double
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Front garden with lawn
  • Rear garden with lawn, furniture and swing seat
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.6 miles, pub 0.3 miles, Lake Windermere 0.5 miles
  • Note: Ground-floor living, however there are 3 steps to the entrance and back door
  • Note: Sorry, fireplace not currently in use
  • NOTE: This property will not accept bookings of groups (of more than 2 people) whereby everyone is under the age of 25 and Hen and Stag parties are not permitted
  • When booking this property, full guest details will be requested, if not provided at the time of booking The owner reserves the right to turn down a booking if they feel the property is unsuitable or if they believe the property might be put at risk by a specific group.

The property

Halewood is a charming, detached bungalow located in Bowness-On-Windermere, Cumbria. This delightful residence in the Lake District offers dog-friendly accommodation and is near to Lake Windermere and spectacular walks, with high-quality utilities and contemporary living areas all on the ground floor. When you arrive, there is off-road parking for three cars, a well-kept front garden, and a porch where you can the world go by. Inside, you'll discover a spotless kitchen with a breakfast bar for two, an electric oven and hob, dishwasher, and everything you'll need to create home-cooked meals for six people. You can dine at the table for six in the living/dining room or al fresco in your private, rear garden; why not follow with a cold beverage on the swing seat to relax in the evening sun? As night falls retreat to the cushioned seating, large Smart TV, and a range of books in the light and open sitting area with a bay window overlooking the garden. With a washing machine, tumble dryer, and basin, the utility room is ideal for sorting walking gear and muddy boots after a hike around the Lakes, while the shower room has a walk-in shower and heated towel rail to keep your towel warm and ready. Halewood features three lovely, minimalist bedrooms, each with storage space, including two king-sizes with bay windows and a double, for guests to make themselves right at home. Bowness-On-Windermere is a fantastic base for a holiday in the Lake District, with so much to see and do, whether it's sailing and watersports on Lake Windermere, just a short distance from Halewood, or visiting classic characters at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, golfing with incredible views at Windermere Golf Club, or hiking up Orrest Head Viewpoint in Windermere. If you want to take a break from cooking, there are a number of restaurants to choose from, including The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant, Hooked, which serves locally caught fish, and San Pietro Windermere Restaurant, which serves Italian cuisine. Visit the National Trust's Wray Castle or Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's quaint home, to learn more about Lake Windermere, or climb to the top of Claife Heights for panoramic views of your gorgeous surroundings. Grizedale is a short drive away for more outdoor adventures, with plenty of walking and cycling routes for the whole family, but if you're looking for a challenge, Scafell Pike and the Helvellyn are a must! You'll also have easy access to stunning Lakeland places such as Ambleside, which has a Roman Fort and the majestic Stock Ghyll Force, Grasmere, where you can visit William Wordsworth's former house, and Kendal, which is close to the National Trust's 14th-century Sizergh Castle. At Halewood, you'll find all of this and more on your next Lake District trip.

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

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About the location


Windermere Train Station 1.5 miles: Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 7 miles.

The vibrant twin towns of Bowness and Windermere hold enduring appeal for visitors to the Lake District National Park, with each providing a range of nearby attractions, amenities, cinema, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. A variety of boat trips and boat hire are available from Windermere Lake Cruises in Bowness to Brockhole, Ambleside and Lakeside (at the southern end of the lake where the Lakeside Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are situated). The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction and the Old Laundry Theatre are 1.5 miles away. Orrest Head, where Alfred Wainwright was inspired to write his series of iconic guidebooks, is a 30-minute walk to enjoy the spectacular panorama of far-reaching views over the lake and surrounding fells. Brockhole, which offers high wire tree top experiences, is three miles away, and the historic villages of Grasmere, Ambleside and Troutbeck are a short drive away. There is also a variety of watersports on offer for the more energetic at marine centres along the lake. The area is ideally situated for exploring all that this region has to offer, whether by foot, bike, car, railway or bus; and is within easy reach of attractions such as the spectacular Langdales, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House at Far Sawrey, Coniston, Grizedale Forest Park, with its delightful walks and famous outdoor sculptures, mountain biking and 'Go-Ape' adventure park, Ullswater, Kendal, Keswick, stone circles, Roman forts and England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

Please be aware that from November to March, outdoor furniture will not be available to use. In order to prevent deterioration of these items, they will be in storage during these months to maintain their condition.