Few people, travelling on the road running south along the shore of Lake Windermere, will have never noticed the small gateway to Tower Wood Cottage but to those who know this cottage this gateway is the entrance to a secret corner of the Lake District that is much loved by the family that have owned it for many years.
Set in 5 acres, Tower Wood Cottage is a traditional 17th century Lakeland cottage that will take you back in time and to the generations of families that have enjoyed this cottage as a home and latterly for holidays. The grounds are waiting to be explored and the adventures a family could have here are endless, with private woodland and fruit trees but the best is yet to be discovered as you follow the small babbling beck through the woods to the shores of Lake Windermere and your own private beach! The bed of the lake slopes gently at this point making it the ideal spot for paddling, wild swimming, canoeing and your very own Swallows and Amazons adventure.
For those looking to take a break from the fast pace and hustle and bustle that are all party of everyday life, Tower Wood Cottage offers the ideal escape to relax and unwind.
Accommodation in detail
A narrow driveway leads from the gateway to the front door of the cottage that opens to a simple but homely kitchen with a cosy log burning stove, family dining table. The hallway leads to a cosy lounge with sofas, arm chairs, low beamed ceiling, TV and welcoming log burning stove.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms; the master offers a king size double bed and views to the garden, the second bedroom offers either a superking or twin bed (please let us know when you book) and again has views to the garden, the third is a single room to the rear of the cottage. The bedrooms are complemented by a traditional family bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC. An additional WC is also available on the ground floor.
To the front of the cottage there is a large, south facing, patio with garden furniture, ideal for alfresco dining. The grounds extend from the cottage to the lakeshore and the owners deliberately keep cutting to a minimum to encourage the wild life to flourish. There are fruit trees loaded with apples and damsons in the autumn, woodland ideal for playing hide and seek and home to deer, badgers and red squirrels, a small stream cascades down to Lake Windermere and on the shore of the lake there is a private slate pebble beach and direct access to the water.
Guests are welcome to enjoy the grounds, and access to the lake. Due to the nature of the path through the grounds access is suitable only for canoes and dingy that can be carried. There is no access to the lake for trailers etc. Fishing is only available with the appropriate permits -please ask for details. Families are respectfully reminded that children should be supervised at all times on the lake shore and that the water temperature of the lake remains cold all year round.
Tower Wood is in a quiet location, just ten 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.
Traditional detached Lakeland cottage
Set in 5 Acres of grounds and woodland
Private lakeshore frontage
1 Double bedroom
1 Superking or twin bedroom
1 Single bedroom
Family bathroom with bath and shower over
Cosy Lounge with log burning stove
Traditional Kitchen with log burning stove
Family dining table
Electric oven and hob
Washer / dryer
Wildlife garden with woodland
Patio with picnic table
Parking for two cars