This magnificent Victorian residence is definitely one of the sexiest and most substantial in our luxury portfolio, right on the boundary between Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere on one side, and the village of Windermere itself on the other. The keywords here are quality and generosity as this sophisticated period house has been given a sleek, boutique makeover; chic décor, monochrome colours, quirky furniture and much more all in the heart of the Lake District National Park.
For a holiday with 'wow factor' - this is a special place in which to spend your precious time together soaking up Lakeland's luxuries. Step inside and take pleasure in the outstanding features, effortlessly blending olde-world charm with the convenience and style of 21st-century living. Spacious, stylish bedrooms are paired with luxury bathrooms!
Whether you are celebrating a happy event or just spending time with your favourite people, The Boundary is a grand statement property delivering comfort and matching your high expectations. The area has everything you could wish for and both bustling Lakeland villages are a five-minute stroll away - tempting you out to sample more than 40 excellent restaurants, bars and pubs – bliss!
Accommodation in detail
Park 5 cars right outside with ample further parking available free of any change very close by; a few Victorian stone steps lead into an entrance hall to this grand residence, this opens to two separate reception rooms both with sumptuous and relaxing furnishing and a space age wood burner to gather round. The house's owner, a former journalist, is a cricket nut and there is a gentle theme devoted to the summer game throughout the house. The bedrooms are named for long-dead players (and in one case a legendary cricket writer).
5 rooms have king-sized beds, with one being a four-poster. The other two rooms can be a super-king double or twin so please specify how you wish these to be arranged at the time of booking. Each bedroom has its own luxurious bathroom facility, 6 of which are en-suite, with the 7th having a bathroom just next door. All have bath and shower, with big fluffy towels.
Second floor, but definitely worth climbing the stairs for, with something of the raffish feel appropriate to a room named for C.B. Fry, the legendary Edwardian cricketer and all-round Renaissance man. A lofty, spacious room with windows facing south and east, and luxurious furnishings including a hand-carved French-style mahogany bed and Venetian glass dressing table.
Bathroom has double basins, large-head shower, separate bath and underfloor heating.
Second floor front, with free-standing bath in room. Named for C B Fry's great friend, the Indian prince Sir K.S. Ranjitsinhji. A lovely, romantic, room at the front of the house, which looks north-west, with flamingo-strewn wallpaper, panelling behind the bed, slightly rococo furniture and double-ended bath in the room. There is a separate shower room for traditionalists, complete with underfloor heating, walk-in shower and views toward Claife Heights.
First floor front, this is the original master bedroom of the house, named for the master batsman Jack Hobbs, who made a still-unequalled 197 first-class centuries in his 40-year career. Spacious, , complete with original big bay window and cornices. Views towards Claife Heights and just a glimpse of Windermere in winter. The furniture is hand-painted, including the king-sized four-poster bed.
The lordly bathroom boasts a two-person walk-in grohe rain shower, lovely Victoria & Albert free-standing bath and underfloor heating.
First floor back; a spacious room with wooden shutters to bedroom and bathroom windows - perfect for late risers. Named for A. C. MacLaren, England captain and still the holder of the record individual total for Lancashire (a monumental 424 against Somerset in 1895).
MacLaren features an elegant colour scheme, in shades of grey and blue, with Venetian glass dressing table and full-length mirror and and a zip-and-link bed which can be two 3-foot divans or a super-king double as you require. The bathroom has underfloor heating, double washbasins and a digital remote control for the shower, so you can get the temperature just right before you even get out of bed.
Ground floor room
Named for the cantankerous S.F. Barnes, the great Staffordshire bowler; the only minor counties cricketer ever to play for England, who also made Richie Benaud's all-time greatest XI. A ground floor room with easy access to the living areas. A light, airy room with funky bathroom including large Kudos/aqualisa digital walk-in shower, separate bath, double basins and underfloor heating.
Ground floor room. Neville Cardus is considered the father of modern cricket writing, (and also, unbelievably, a legendary music journalist) via an impoverished childhood and meagre education. A ground floor room also with easy access to the living quarters. Also light and airy, and featuring a roll top bath in the bedroom and again for the shy; separate shower room – perfect!
Lower ground. On the same level as the kitchen/dining room and den. A bright airy room with original sash window, named for the most famous, notorious cricketer of the Victorian/Edwardian era. This room will be great for night owls as it is just down the corridor from the kitchen – for those who stay up late or like a nocturnal drink or snack! .This is one of the two rooms you can book as either as a super king double or a twin; please let us know which when you make your reservation? This room has a separate bathroom right next door with bath and shower over. Please note this bathroom doubles as the lower floor bathroom for general use by all guests.
OK, now that you are all set with sleeping arrangements, there are more rooms to consider; the all-important kitchen area features huge oven for that soiree, island to gather round and discuss the day ahead over a cuppa – available instantly thanks to the Quooker boil tap, large American fridge / freezer to store the wine, and much more opening into a conservatory feeling glazed surround which open onto your terraced patio areas, perfect for a little al-fresco entertaining on warm days. The same room includes the spacious dining area, with table and - deceptively comfortable - chairs capable of accommodating all 14 and where good food may be had, great wine will be sampled and conversation may go way into the night! Off this area is what we call the den, with curved comfy sofa and a place to escape, watch Sky Sports or play a game or two!
The Boundary provides an ideal base for a holiday in the Lake District, whether you're looking to explore the whole region or simply enjoy the attractions surrounding Lake Windermere.
Windermere village is a lovely place to make yourself at home, with lazy cafes for breakfast, plenty of shops for stocking up the kitchen, traditional Lake District pubs and several restaurants to choose from. A number of superb walks begin nearby, including the easy ascent of Orrest Head which promises spectacular views of Lake Windermere from the top
Bowness village sits on the eastern shores of Lake Windermere. Access to the lake is only a few minutes' stroll from the village centre at Bowness Bay, where hire boats come and go and Windermere Lake Cruises depart regularly to both Ambleside and Lakeside. A great way to explore without driving! Looking for somewhere to eat and drink, Bowness has a great choice from top quality pubs, coffee shops and wine bars and with everything from cafes and bistros to fine dining restaurants, there's something to please everyone. Bowness also has a mainstream cinema, and the Old Laundry Theatre offers an interesting programme of performances.
For touring by car, you'll find Windermere a great place to start. A famously scenic stretch of the A591 leads to Ambleside, Rydal Water and historic Grasmere. Branch off into the Troutbeck Valley and take one of the most breathtaking scenic drives in the Lake District - over Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater.
Period Lakeland residence
5 king size
2 super king (zip-link) or can be twin (please specify when booking?)
Delightful patio with patio furniture and BBQ
Gas central heating
Wood burning stoves
An array of 7 luxurious bathrooms with invigorating showers / designer / roll top baths
4 reception rooms
Electric Stoves double over with 7 ring gas hob
American style fridge / freezer with ice dispenser
Quooker boil tap for instant boiling water
Washing machine and tumble dryer
Sky multi-room with Sports package
Den / games room
5 minute walk to lake and villages
Private parking for 5 cars