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.