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Croft Cottage

Bowness, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1041462)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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5 Customer Review(s)

  • Mr Short

    “Very nice and comfortable cottage.”

    Fabulous garden and with the great weather was used by use most days. Very convenient location to Bowness and Ambleside making choice of food venues and takeaways plentiful. Even with it being very close to the main road, traffic noise was minimal. Would stay again.

    Fabulous garden and with the great weather was used by use most days. Very convenient location to Bowness and Ambleside making choice of food venues and takeaways plentiful. Even with it being very close to the main road, traffic noise was minimal. Would stay again.

    - Mr Short, June 2021


The property

Travelling south of Bowness on Windermere you reach the highly desirable residential area of Storrs Park which includes some of the Lake District's most prestigious properties and so Croft Cottage finds itself in very good company! It is located across the road from Broad Leys, the now head quarters of Windermere Motor Boat Club and was the original butler's residence for the big house when it was privately owned. Croft Cottage has a great history of many happy family holidays and will no doubt play host to many more for years to come. The semi-detached property is spread over two floors that include a spacious kitchen, dual aspect lounge, a family dining room, and four comfortable bedrooms. Outside there is ample parking and mature gardens. Only five minutes' drive from the Bowness village, Croft Cottage is within easy reach of all the local amenities and shops that Bowness has to offer along with a great selection of bars, restaurants and cafes. Ideal for families and special occasions, Croft Cottage offers quality accommodation, in a great location and is a great choice whatever the time of year. == Accommodation in detail Enter through the front door and the entrance hall offers plenty of space for coats and boots and a bench to sit and change your footwear. Off the hallway is a shower room with basin and WC. An inner hallway leads to a large contemporary kitchen which overlooks the garden and includes everything you could need to cook up meals from a hearty breakfast to a celebration dinner. It includes a dishwasher, microwave and fridge freezer. The breakfast table is ideal first thing in the morning or so others can join the chef in the kitchen! Off the kitchen there is utility room with washing machine and drying rack. The back door leads to the garden and an outside store room where there is a small tumble dryer and ample space for bikes. Also off the inner hallway is the large dining room, ideal for family dinners and socialising in the evening. There is also a second log burning stove. The dual aspect lounge offers views to both Lake Windermere at the front and the garden at the rear and the sofas and comfy arm chairs are arranged around a log burning stove and large screen TV. As you climb the stairs you will almost certainly pause to enjoy the view of Lake Windermere from the tall feature window before reaching the landing. This leads to the bedrooms; two offer king size beds, one with lake and garden views and one with garden views to the rear and both include vanity basins. Two are twin bedded rooms and again one offers glimpses of Lake Windermere whilst the other overlooks the garden. Also on the first floor there is a family bathroom complete with bath, large shower cubicle, basin and WC. There is an additional WC also located off the landing. To the rear and side of the house there is a lovely enclosed garden with lawns, mature trees and shrubs and a patio area complete with picnic table – ideal on a summer's afternoon. To the front, the property has well planted borders and parking for three cars and a pathway to the back door. Location Croft Cottage is in a quiet location, just five or six minutes' drive south from the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere, the popular Lake District holiday location, nestling on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere and alive with all the boating activities of Bowness Bay. Enjoy great shops, tempting cafes, excellent Lake District restaurants, cosy traditional pubs, contemporary bars or stroll to the pier to hop on a Windermere Lake Cruise to Ambleside or Lakeside - a lovely way to enjoy Lake Windermere at any time of year. Family attractions in Bowness include the award-winning World of Beatrix Potter attraction - a favourite with the kids. You'll also find mini golf and tennis near the lake shore, and Windermere Golf Club just a few minutes' drive out of the village. There are a wide range of cafes and restaurants in Bowness, to suit all tastes and budgets. From top quality Fish & Chips to fine dining, there's something to please everyone. Bowness also has a mainstream cinema and the Old Laundry Theatre offers an interesting programme of performances. Another famous neighbour of Croft Cottage is Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts house, designed for the wealthy Manchester brewer Sir Edward Holt by architect Baillie Scott. This simply stunning property is considered to be one of the finest examples of the Arts and Crafts movement and is open to the public to enjoy all year round.


  • Over 2 floors
  • 4 x bedrooms; 2 x king size, 2 x twin bedrooms, family bathroom, shower room, lounge, dining room, 3rd WC, kitchen with breakfast table, utility room, garden, outside store room and private parking.
  • Four bedroom family house, Lake views, Full Gas central heating, Dual aspect Lounge with log burning stove, TV and DVD player, CD player, Second small TV in dining room, Radio and ipod dock, WiFi, Electric oven and hob, Microwave, Dishwasher, Fridge/Freezer, Washing machine and overhead drying rack, Tumble dryer in storage room, Secure storage for mountain bikes, Enclosed garden, Patio with picnic table, Parking for three cars, Up to 2 well behaved dogs welcome, bed linen and towels provided.

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, 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 less than two miles away, and the historic villages of Grasmere, Ambleside and Troutbeck are a short drive away. There are 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.