Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Windermere

Welcome to Windermere

The most famous of the Lakeland towns and villages, Windermere, a bustling miniature metropolis at the absolute heart of the Lakes, is the premier Lake District destination for self-catering cottage holidays. Named after the lake around which the town has grown, Windermere has been one of the UK’s most popular areas for holiday homes and summer houses, since the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere railway line in 1847.

Formed 13,000 years ago from two glaciers - the first the Troutbeck Valley and the second the Fairfield Horseshoe - Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Known as a ribbon lake, there are 18 islands on Windermere, the largest of which, Belle Island is now privately owned. Although originally known as Winder Mere, because the lakebed is deeper than it is wide, Windermere is actually a lake.

The area is also home to our wonderful selection of Windermere cottages.

Self-catering accommodation in Windermere

We have 50 Lakelovers self-catering Windermere cottages, so you are not short of choice in terms of how you spend your Lake District break. And holiday cottages in Windermere don’t get much better than these; whether you are looking for a lakeside lodge, town centre cottage, town house sleeping 12 or a luxury 5 star apartment on an exclusive golf course, our properties are hand-picked for their unique styles and qualities and come in all shapes and sizes to suit all of your holiday requirements and budget. Our experienced and knowledgeable customer service team are always on hand to offer expert advice and to help you choose the perfect Lakelovers holiday that you won’t forget.

Whatever you pick, you’ll be sure of a relaxing yet vibrant time in Windermere.

Our cottages in Windermere are easily accessible with rail, bus and taxi connections all frequently available throughout the year. Trains and buses can be caught at Windermere Railway station, which is conveniently located next to both Booths supermarket and Country Lanes Cycle Hire, should you wish to continue your exploration of the area by bike. Buses arrive and depart from there regularly throughout the day, making their way across the district and beyond and the Transpennine Express train, travelling between Windermere and Oxenholme, also stops at Staveley, Burneside and Kendal.

Going self-catering in Windermere is made super easy by the many fabulous eateries and local food shops this town boasts. Booths supermarket, who also have branches in Keswick, Penrith, Ulverston and Kendal to name but a few, offer a wide selection of general groceries for stocking up your cottage, as well as a fabulous collection of products from local suppliers, including: cheeses and wines, Lakeland ales and some good old fashioned Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Windermere out and about

Add a little excitement to your holiday with a Kannku self-drive, off-road experience. See the Lakes as you never have before, as you bump and power your way across the fells in a 4x4; available for both individuals and groups. The Kannku headquarters are right across the road from Lakelovers Windermere HQ and all our guests can enjoy fantastic discounts when they show one of our Lakelovers Recommends keyfobs; which you will find on your property keys.

Learn loads more about the surrounding areas as you travel with a Mountain Goat Tour, available from right next door to our head office. Or why not visit the Lake District visitors centre at Brockhole, just a short drive out of Windermere town towards Ambleside. Here you can find out lots of information about where to go and what to see, as well as take part in the mountains of daily activities and courses available throughout the year and the kids can enjoy the fantastic free adventure playground; suitable for children aged 5 to 14 years.

Windermere offers a range of local and national shops, banks, cafes and restaurants, which are mainly located through the centre of the town. Forgotten your shampoo? Pick it up in Boots. Forgotten to bring that all-important holiday read? There is a well-stocked W H Smith.

For anyone considering a holiday self-catering in Windermere, a visit to The Lighthouse, for lovely indoor food, cakes and drinks, situated at the top end of town, is a must. For incredible take-away sandwiches, soups, baked potatoes and snacks, a visit to The Sandwich Chef is in order, also at the top of the town, across the road from The Lighthouse. For evening dining, don’t miss a chance to eat, drink and be merry at the nearby Brown Horse at Winster; located on the outskirts of the town and easily accessible by car or taxi – taxis can be picked up at Windermere station. Lakelovers also recommend the Wild Boar; for dining with a difference.

Lakelovers’ holiday cottages in Windermere position you perfectly to explore the shore and beyond of England’s largest lake.

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Wheatlands Cottage

Windermere
1 Customer reviews

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located contemporary detached Lakeland cottage has been stylishly refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lake…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £355

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March House

Windermere
2 Customer reviews

Built by the current owners, this fine detached Lakeland House is conveniently located a mile from the centre of the bustling village of Windermere in…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 3
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Wi-Fi

From £465

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Gable Lodge

Windermere

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located lodge cottage has been beautifully refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lakeland retreat. Tucked…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 1
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Babies welcome

From £349

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Gowan Cottage

Windermere
1 Customer reviews

Once a thriving bobbin mill, this gorgeous character property is part of the Ings Mill Park development – a select set of cottages set in…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £345

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Bobbin Cottage

Windermere
2 Customer reviews

Originally a bobbin mill, this enchanting self-catering barn conversion is now part of Ings Mill Park; a beautifully landscaped area of holiday homes within 5…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £345

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Tailor’s Cottage

Windermere

This delightful Lakeland cottage resides in a peaceful setting within the picturesque and popular village of Staveley at the mouth of the breathtaking Kentmere Valley,…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - gas
  • Private Parking 1
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Wi-Fi

From £325

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Westwood

Windermere

This wonderfully spacious, 18th century Lakeland property sits in a peaceful location at the foot of Orrest Head. It’s a mere half mile from Windermere…

  • Accommodates 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Fire: - gas
  • Private Parking 2
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £499

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Steps Cottage

Windermere

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located contemporary detached Lakeland cottage has been stylishly refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated and…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Garden

From £365

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Yew Tree

Windermere

Wow – what a find… this outstanding detached residence simply has it all – Contemporary Lakeside luxury, a very special place to spend precious time…

  • Accommodates 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Fire: - gas
  • Private Parking 6
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £1540

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Millrace Cottage

Windermere
2 Customer reviews

Once part of a thriving bobbin mill, this delightful Lakeland barn conversion is surrounded by acres of wooded valley, alongside the River Gowan. It’s part…

  • Accommodates 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £350

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High Cleabarrow

Windermere
8 Customer reviews

This enchanting Period Lakeland farmhouse occupies a sublime country setting close to Windermere, set in magical award winning gardens complete with tennis court and games room,…

  • Accommodates 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Fire: - open
  • Private Parking 5
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Wi-Fi

From £823

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A River Runs By

Windermere

A romantic, contemporary and surprisingly convenient riverside retreat in the popular village of Staveley, at the mouth of the Kentmere Valley. Within a tasteful barn…

  • Accommodates 3
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Children: welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer

From £335

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Hunters Moon

Windermere
2 Customer reviews

Hunters Moon offers a reduction of £50 for two people using one bedroom. This is an outstanding, uniquely designed property in a very tranquil setting,…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 2
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £464

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High Borrans Copse

Windermere

Style, serenity and scenery are at the heart of this romantic Lake District lodge, one of only a few select lodges set in a secluded…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - electric
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £345

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Grange House

Windermere

This captivating Grade II listed residence stands proudly at the foot of the Troutbeck Valley, only a stroll away from Windermere village and the shores…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Fire: - open
  • Private Parking 4
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Wi-Fi

From £749

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Holly Cottage

Windermere
1 Customer reviews

All the romance of a traditional Lakeland cottage, luxuriously restored in chic country house style and nestling in a quiet backwater just off the centre…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - open
  • Babies welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer
  • Pub nearby

From £335

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The Sanctuary

Windermere

Within a highly individual converted church outbuilding, The Sanctuary incorporates modern furnishings and comfort with the utmost style. It’s a treat for one or two…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 2
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £397

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Tower Cottage

Windermere
3 Customer reviews

An airy haven of great views, sleek design and undeniable class, this handsome converted former coach house is a five minute walk from the centre…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Wi-Fi

From £699

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