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Windermere & Bowness

Windermere is the perfect Lakeland destination all year round. With the shores of the lake so close, you are never short of fantastic scenery or leisure activities. Several local viewpoints offer panoramic views of both the lake and more distant mountains. 

The towns of Windermere and Bowness at the heart of the Lake District have been a magnet for visitors since Victorian times. With easy access to the lake shore of Windermere and panoramic views of the lake and surrounding fells, the area remains just as popular today. Access to the lake is actually made 1 mile further from Windermere town centre at Bowness-On-Windermere.

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Cedar Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Cedar Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Situated in the midst of all the beauty and grandeur of the English Lake District, the Cedar Manor Hotel takes it's name from the majestic Indian Cedar Tree, said to be 200 years old, which dominates its mature private gardens.

Applegarth Villa & Restaurant

Applegarth Villa & Restaurant

A Victorian mansion house set in the heart of Windermere. Fifteen individually designed bedrooms, many enjoying excellent views towards the lake and fells. A family-run hotel which is rich with historical interest.

Lynwood Guest House bedroom

Lynwood Guest House

Style and comfort come as standard for those who are seeking excellent affordable B&B accommodation. Late arrivals welcome, all we need is a telephone call with estimated arrival time,

The Rybeck

The Ryebeck

The Ryebeck, Bowness on Windermere, is a magnificent country house hotel, which commands panoramic and inspirational views of Windermere and the Coniston Fells from the seclusion of its own mature wooded grounds.

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The Glenburn Hotel & Restaurant

Small contemporary hotel close to Windermere with 16 en suite guest rooms. Bar/Lounge and restaurant. Parking on site and free wi fi throughout. Guests also have free use of Leisure spa and pool in Bowness

Woodlands

Woodlands

Ideally located for visiting the truly charming surroundings, Woodlands Hotel is a short walk from Bowness and a host of activities on Lake Windermere. This totally refurbished B&B features new individually designed bedrooms and bathrooms.

The Lamplighter Dining Rooms

The Lamplighter ~ Dining Rooms

The family run Lamplighter Dining Rooms offers the very best in accommodation in the Lake District.

Squirrel Bank Cottage

Squirrel Bank Cottage

Squirrel Bank Cottage has recently been redesigned and refurbished into a lovely ground floor cottage. This self contained cottage is set in a peaceful location but minutes away from the bustling village of Bowness and Lake Windermere.

Fairfield House bathroom

Fairfield House and Gardens

The Fairfield is a charming late Georgian house set in quiet secluded grounds with its own car park and located in a quiet cul-de-sac close to the centre of Bowness bay. Provides a quiet child free environment to relax.

Oakfold House

Oakfold House

Beautiful, award-winning Victorian guest house with many original features situated within a few minutes walk of lake Windermere and amenities of Bowness. Lovely garden and private car park. Non smoking. Free wi-fi use.

Ellerdene Guest House

Ellerdene Guest House

Located in Windermere village, in the heart of the Lake District.

Craig Manor Hotel

Craig Manor Hotel

The Craig Manor Hotel nestles on the brow of a hill overlooking lake Windermere, Langdale Pikes and surrounding mountains in the English Lake District. Just a short stroll from the village of Bowness with its pubs, shops, cafes etc.

Hawksmoor Guest House

Hawksmoor Guest House

Victorian house with a large garden to the side, woodlands to the rear and a large private car park. All non-smoking. Free on site parking.

Bank Cottage living room

Bank Cottage

Detached single storey cottage away from the traffic in mature surroundings, with garage, private parking, sunny terrace with built in bbq and gardens. Walker friendly. Suitable for visitors with minor mobility problems, as ground floor.

Howbeck Guest House

The Howbeck Guest House

For accommodation, The Howbeck truly is a once discovered, never forgotten place to stay. A delightful Lake District retreat where the warmth and friendliness of staff is always apparent.

Wheatlands Lodge

Wheatlands Lodge

Ample private parking. Newly refurbished to offer a variety of rooms with 4-poster, double, king size and super king size beds, and jacuzzi baths and showers. All in a peaceful setting off the main road. Free Wi-Fi.

Fell View Cottage

Fell View Guest House

Fellview is ideally situated in a quiet residential area just a few minutes stroll from the centre of Bowness and the shore of lake Windermere. Room only rate from £25.00 pppn - £35.00 Tariff is according to season and duration of stay.

Archway Guesthouse

Archway Guesthouse

The Archway is a friendly Victorian non-smoking guesthouse with superb mountain views.

Ralston Dining Room

Woodside Cottage, Mill Rigg & Ralston

Woodside Cottage, Mill Rigg & Ralston are 3 luxurious properties in Ambleside. A home away from home in the heart of the English Lake District.

Virginia Cottage

Virginia Cottage Guest House

Virginia Cottage is a traditional Lakeland guest house in a convenient location 200 meters from Lake Windermere, and ideally positioned for guests to tour the lakes and mountains of Cumbria.

Lindeth Fell Country House

Lindeth Fell Country House

Superb luxury bed & breakfast overlooking Lake Windermere. 14 individually designed bedrooms &. stunning gardens. Extensive breakfast menu. Full afternoon tea, snacks & cold platters available. Licensed bar. Wi-Fi. Parking.

Green Gables

Green Gables

Facing Elleray Gardens, Green Gables is a family owned and run guest house offering great value B&B accommodation and has seen many guests return.

Tower Bank Arms

Tower Bank Arms

Tower Bank Arms is a small country inn featured in the tale of Jemima Puddleduck by Beatrix Potter and next door to Hill Top her former home. A traditional country pub with log fire and flag floors.

Rockside Guest House

Rockside Guest House

Rockside is a quirky 4-star quality guest house, located less than 2 minutes walk from the bus and train station. Rooms are all en suite, modern and individually styled. Friendly relaxed atmosphere and a home from home environment.

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There are a variety of events taking place in and around the Windermere area.

From arts and culture exhibitions to shore-side music events, check out what is on during your visit and browse the events of most interest to you.

Surrounding Areas

High Dam, Newby Bridge
High Dam, Newby Bridge
Glebe Park

Culture and Heritage

Windermere
Windermere
Fell Foot

There are 14 islands in the lake, the largest of which is Belle Isle (formerly known as Longholme). In 1250 it was the seat of the Lord of the Manor and a Royalist stronghold during the Civil War.

In 1774 an unusual circular house was erected on the island, which was sold (along with the island) to the wealthy Curwen family who renamed the island after their daughter, Isabella.

The lake has long been used as a highway for the transport of stone, minerals, charcoal and woollen cloth. A ferry service has operated across the narrowest point of the lake (Bowness to Ferry House on the western shore) since the 15th century.

The earliest craft were large rowing boats that carried people and animals, with passengers expected to help with the rowing. In 1870 the first ferry to run on underwater cables was introduced; a 20 minute service now provided by the modern Mallard ferry.

By the 19th century, wealthy businessmen from the urban areas began to regard the Lakes as a haven of scenic tranquility, acquiring grand country retreats. Belsfield (now a hotel) was bought by the iron magnate, Henry William Schneider, in 1869 as a commuter home (he built a jetty at the bottom of the garden so he could sail to Lakeside in his steamboat, Esperance).

Storrs Hall was acquired by John Bolton in 1806 on proceeds from the slave trade. Brockhole, built in the late 1880s by Henry Gaddum, a wealthy silk merchant from Manchester, became a convalescent home before opening as the National Park Visitor Centre in 1969.

And lastly, Blackwell, an architectural gem from the Arts and Crafts era, was commissioned by Sir Edward Holt, a wealthy brewer from Manchester.

Pony treking

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