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The Thistles

Bowness-On-Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1077640)


Lakelovers rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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21 Customer Review(s)

  • Victoria

    “We holiday in bowness every February half term and this was our first stay at the thistles, we found it to be a real home away from home - very homely feeling and has everything you could possibly want from your stay - it’s was decorated and maintained to a very high standard, it is immaculate and super comfy.”

    I would advise anyone thinking of booking a stay in bowness to seriously consider the thistles as you won’t be disappointed - Thankyou for a lovely stay we will definitely be back soon.

    I would advise anyone thinking of booking a stay in bowness to seriously consider the thistles as you won’t be disappointed - Thankyou for a lovely stay we will definitely be back soon.

    - Victoria, February 2024

    Thank you so very much for the wonderful feedback it is great to receive and its good to know that all our work to present The Thistles ‘just so’, as we would personally want to find it, is appreciated. It definitely doesn’t feel like a typical holiday-let because it was our personal holiday home, so it does have a lovely feel to it. Thank you for being such respectful guests…we would welcome you back :) Our best to you and your family Property Owner


  • Over four floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, 2 x second-floor singles
  • Second-floor bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Electric oven and hob, kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • Lower-ground-floor utility with iron and board
  • Dining room with flame-effect gas fire
  • Sitting room with gas fire
  • Central heating with flame-effect gas fire
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed rear patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Sorry, no children under 5

The property

The Thistles is a wonderful mid-terrace holiday home located in the heart of the picturesque town of Bowness-on-Windermere, only a stone's throw from the glittering waters of Lake Windermere. The Thistles, a beautiful stone-fronted holiday cottage meticulously renovated to a high quality, is a great base for a party of up to six looking for a rural break near the lakes. As you enter the hallway, take off your jackets and shoes and make yourself at home; stroll into the corridor and unwind in front of the television in the sitting room, and feel the warmth from the glow of the gas fire. When you're feeling peckish, step through to the small well-equipped kitchen to cook up a delicious dinner using the electric oven and hob. Uncork a bottle of wine and gather around the dining table with your loved ones to enjoy a sumptuous meal, or make the most of your rural location by venturing outdoors to have an alfresco meal on the patio. On the first floor, two well-presented bedrooms are situated alongside a shower room; opt to curl up beneath the covers of the king-size or relax in the magnificent double bedroom. If you want a more personal hideaway, two single bedrooms are located on the second floor, and are serviced by a contemporary bathroom for those who would like to recharge with a soak in the bath after a hectic day day. Enjoying a central location in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere, there's a wealth of amenities just a short walk away; tuck into a hearty meal or a crisp pint of ale at . The Westmorland Inn, treat yourself to a delectable dessert at the ChoccoBar Hot Chocolate House, or visit the local butchers to stock up on fresh, locally sourced produce. Literary enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the famous World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, which provides a fascinating insight into Beatrix Potter's mind, whereas the breathtaking 70ft waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force is not to be missed!  Lake Windermere offers a variety of watersports activities, such as kayaking and paddle boarding, or for a more relaxed experience, catch a lake cruise and sail over to Ambleside or Lakeside. The market town of Kendal, home to the Kendal Museum, a well-kept 18-hole golf course, and a lively main street, is easily accessible, while visitors wishing for a more serene afternoon may cross the undulating countryside of the Lake District National Park. With a getaway at The Thistles, you can create memories to last a lifetime.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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, 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.

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