Windermere Cottages

Windermere Cottages

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in 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.

Self-catering accommodation in Windermere

We have over 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.

Alternative holiday cottage locations nearby: Hawkshead Cottages, Ambleside Cottages and Bowness On Windermere Cottages.

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 4×4; 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.

For further information on things to do in Windermere, we have provided information on walking, exploring and places to eat in Windermere.

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

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Holly Cottage

Windermere

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Open Fire
  • Infants welcome

All the romance of a traditional Lakeland cottage, luxuriously restored in chic country house style and nestling in a queit backwater just off the centre of this popular village. Every room feels special, from the elegant living room with open fire to the decadent bathroom and the charming bedroom with Laura Ashley bed and feature fireplace. Outdoor relaxation is achieved in the secluded paved garden.

From £335 Per Week

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Slate Cottage

Windermere

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located contemporary Lakeland cottage has been stylishly refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lake District retreat. This pretty Lakeland slate cottage is only a stone's throw from the absolute heart of Windermere village and short drive to the shores of the lake - walkable too.

From £375 Per Week

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Blakeholme Bay View

Windermere

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

With breathtaking views over Lake Windermere, this aptly named detached Lakeland lodge offers stylish and contemporary accommodation with a cosy, romantic atmosphere! Whether you are planning your honeymoon or a special occasion, yearning to explore the great outdoors or simply fancy getting away from it all, Blakeholme Bay View is a couple's haven in one of the most desirable Lake District locations.

From £355 Per Week

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Windermere Loft

Windermere

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Infants welcome

This spectacular Windermere self-catering apartment, arranged over three levels, is something really special - sleek, sophisticated, stylish and central! Windermere Loft is presented in contemporary blends of black and white, wood and cream, but the romantic accommodation also retains traditional charm with cosy woodburning stove and distinctive vaulted ceilings.

From £355 Per Week

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Bobbin Cottage

Windermere

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

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 acres of woodland and riverside tranquility. The cottage is slightly elevated giving views over the valley, and inside blends countryside charm with flashes of contemporary interior design.

From £345 Per Week

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Hayloft

Windermere

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi

This captivating contemporary Lakeland treat is a stone's throw from the heart of picturesque Windermere village providing a gorgeous, romantic and convenient hideaway for any special occasion. Completed in traditional Lakeland barn style externally, but step inside and you'll fall in love with this light and airy converted barn loft.

From £385 Per Week

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Ravenscroft

Windermere

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Gas Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

This traditional Lakeland residence is conveniently located only a short 5 minute stroll mid way between both vibrant villages of Windermere and Bowness together with the shores of Lake Windermere. Convenience and space makes Ravenscroft a perfect base for sociable gatherings and family holidays at any time of the year with each of the four large bedrooms enjoying en-suite bathroom facilities.

From £725 Per Week

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Tizzie Whizie

Windermere

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

Arrive at this traditional Lake District cottage, right at the heart of Windermere village, and you'll be surprised by the sophistication within. Spread over three floors, Tizzie Whizie Cottage is decadent yet relaxed; finished with natural colours, plumped up with leather furnishings and oozing Lakeland cottage charm.

From £335 Per Week

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Hare’s Cottage

Windermere

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Parking for 1 car

One of the oldest cottages in Windermere, Hare's Cottage has been stunningly refurbished to provide a truly special romantic retreat. Tucked away in a peaceful backwater, with easy access to Windermere train station, Bowness village and the shores of the lake, you'll find a charming traditional property. The living room is made for cosy evenings in, and the dining area opens out to the gravelled garden - serenity for sunny days with a brook babbling by.

From £299 Per Week

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Tower Cottage

Windermere

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

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 of Windermere and commands stunning views across Lake Windermere, towards the famous Langdale Pikes. Wake in the comfort of one of the modern four-poster bedrooms, then gather in the gorgeous open plan living area to gaze out over the lake and plan your day.

From £699 Per Week

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Gable Lodge

Windermere

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Parking for 1 car
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

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 away in a peaceful backwater, close to both Windermere and Bowness villages and the shores of the lake. The living room is made for cosy evenings in by the woodburner, the kitchen / dining room has it all and the bedrooms are chic and spacious.

From £349 Per Week

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Millrace Cottage

Windermere

  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 1 pet allowed
  • Infants welcome

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 of the select Ings Mill Park development, a stroll from the award-winning Watermill Inn and microbrewery at Ings, and 2 miles from Windermere village. Staveley village is also within walking distance, forming your gateway to the stunning Kentmere Valley.

From £350 Per Week

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  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

Lilies of the Valley 3, forms part of a lakeside Lakeland stone mill providing a first floor apartment with breathtaking views over Lake Windermere, nestling on the slopes of ancient woodland within the five star exclusive lake frontage setting of Hill of Oaks Park. Located in a prime lakeside spot we think you will agree this romantic bolt-hole is perfect for a relaxing holiday.

From £325 Per Week

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Yew Tree

Windermere

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 6 cars
  • Infants welcome

Wow - what a find... this outstanding detached residence simply has it all - Contemporary Lakeside luxury, a very special place to spend precious time together with breathtaking panoramic views overlooking England's largest lake, occupying an idyllic setting within 'millionaires mile' with your very own lake frontage. Step inside and catch your breath as you gaze through architect designed walls of glass out over Lake Windermere.

From £1555 Per Week

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Lazy Bay Cottage

Windermere

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Infants welcome

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located contemporary cottage has been beautifully refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lakeland retreat. Tucked away in a peaceful backwater, close to both Windermere and Bowness villages and the shores of the lake.

From £365 Per Week

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Lakeland Loft

Windermere

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Electric Fire
  • Parking for 1 car
  • Infants welcome

This is a contemporary and sophisticated central retreat, nestling in a peaceful spot just a stone's throw from the absolute heart of picturesque and bustling Windermere village.  If you yearn for sumptuous relaxation, surrounded by all Windermere has to offer with a bird's eye superb panoramic view, then we are sure you will love Lakeland Loft. One or two couples can spread out here, relax and soak up this stylish loft.

From £299 Per Week

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High Borrans Dell

Windermere

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • Electric Fire
  • Parking for 2 cars
  • 2 pets allowed

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 rural location alongside a working farm, only 3.5 miles from bustling Windermere itself, yet surrounded by idyllic Lake District walking landscapes.

From £350 Per Week

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March House

Windermere

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • Children welcome
  • Woodburner
  • Wi-Fi
  • Parking for 3 cars
  • 2 pets allowed
  • Infants welcome

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 the heart of the Lake District.  March House commands beautiful views across the fields to the central Lakeland Fells and enjoys beautiful evening sunsets. 

From £485 Per Week

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Windermere Cottages

Windermere Cottages

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in 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.

Self-catering accommodation in Windermere

We have over 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.

Alternative holiday cottage locations nearby: Hawkshead Cottages, Ambleside Cottages and Bowness On Windermere Cottages.

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 4×4; 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.

For further information on things to do in Windermere, we have provided information on walking, exploring and places to eat in Windermere.

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

Even more details