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The Sanctuary

Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1063198)

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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  • “A few more towels are needed if you are staying for a week or more .”

    We think you need to inform guests about the narrow drive as if they have a wide car you would not get down to property

    We think you need to inform guests about the narrow drive as if they have a wide car you would not get down to property

    - Mrs Sanders, September 2021

    Thank you for your feedback. Each guest is provided with one bath towel and one hand towel for their week long stay. This is standard practice across all accomodation businesses and we have never had this flagged to us before. The lane down to the house is suitable for all cars and a large car (range rover sport for example) can fit down this lane with care. Previous feedback from guests does confirm this. As per all roads in the Lake District, steady driving and a little navigation goes a long way. The owners car, neighbours car and maintenance vans are all large however all manage to safely come in and out of the lane. I hope despite this, you had a lovely stay at The Sanctuary. Property Owner


The property

Located at the end of a private driveway off Ambleside Road, The Sanctuary is one of several cottages converted from buildings that were originally used as the first school in Windermere. Built from traditional Lakeland stone and slate, and with a wide attractive frontage, The Sanctuary incorporates modern furnishings and comfort with the utmost style. It's a treat for one or two couples, or families, looking for something a little bit different in this popular Lakeland village. With a private patio to the rear, large slate covered area to the front and with a beautiful Gothic stair window, this bolt hole is true to its original character. You'll love sleeping as late as you like in the comfortable depths of the bedrooms. Take breakfast in the kitchen or sip coffee on the patio while deciding what to do with your day. Explore the Lakes, stroll to the lake shore and later, swap stories of your adventures around a stylish contemporary glass dining table - or perhaps sample one of the restaurants within strolling distance Accommodation in detail Private parking for 2 vehicles. Enter to the comfortable and cosy open plan lounge / dining room, which is divided by a breakfast bar from the William Ball kitchen, equipped with dishwasher, washerdryer, electric oven and halogen hob. In the living room inviting leather sofas stretch out in front of the Smart HD TV/DVD and doors lead to a patio - ideal for summer drinks. You will find a cloakroom on this floor as well. Upstairs to the two bedrooms (1 kingsize, 1 double), tastefully furnished with plenty of cupboard space and each with their own TV. Light, airy bathroom with walk in shower. Location This self-catering cottage in Windermere will give you a real taste of the Lakeland lifestyle, with plenty of facilities and attractions on your doorstep and within easy walking distance from Windermere bus and railway station linking to the West Coast mainline. The village is less than 30 minutes from the M6 and found just off the famously scenic A591 - the main route into the heart of the Lakes, is only a couple of miles up the road from Bowness Bay and the shores of Lake Windermere. Windermere village is well equipped if you want to eat in or out. You'll be able to stock up on quality fresh produce at the high class Booths supermarket. The headquarters of Lakeland Ltd is a mecca for cooks and the high street offers a wide range of smaller local shops. There are several traditional pubs in Windermere, serving good Lakeland ale and hearty pub meals. You'll find tasty cafes for long, lazy breakfasts and excellent Lake District restaurants such as Francines, The Lamplighter and Homeground.. The A591 provides easy access to many of the Lake District's most famous walking spots, but there are also a few lovely strolls to enjoy around Windermere village. A short walk up Orrest Head affords fabulous views to Lake Windermere and is a must during your stay. The nearby village of Staveley is the starting point for stunning walking and mountain biking in the Kentmere Valley. A short trip from Windermere are Coniston and the Langdale Valley, where you can begin some of the most spectacular walks in the country.


  • 2 bedrooms: 1 x king size, 1 x double, power shower room
  • Kitchen
  • Open plan sitting room with dining area
  • Separate cloakroom with basin and wc
  • Sorry, this property is not suitable for children under 2
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven with halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, smart TV and DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Small patio with furniture
  • Pub and shops within 1 mile
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking.

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

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About the location


Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 8.7 miles.

The twin towns of Bowness and Windermere are both vibrant, fun-filled places set within the splendid scenery of the Lake District. Both towns provide a range of amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes whilst Ambleside offers the additional attraction of a boat ride to Bowness, the Lakeside Aquarium and Beatrix Potter's 'Hill Top House' at Sawrey. Grizedale Forest Park is within easy driving distance and is home to a range of activities including many good walks, mountain biking and the 'Go Ape' adventure park. The region also boasts many National Trust properties as well as a variety of water sports for those who prefer a more adrenaline-fuelled trip. Children will enjoy a trip to the 'World of Beatrix Potter' in Bowness whilst the villages of Grasmere, Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains are all within easy reach.

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