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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. 

Access to the lake is actually made 1 mile further from Windermere town centre at Bowness-On-Windermere.

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High Fold Guest House

High Fold Guest House

Guest House with 3 rooms, £74-£108 prpnb

Hawksmoor Guest House

Hawksmoor Guest House

Guest House with 12 rooms, £84-£150 prpnb

Squirrel Bank Cottage

Squirrel Bank Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £365-£530 pupw sleeps 2

Storrs Gate House

Storrs Gate House

Guest House with 7 rooms, £80-£145 prpnb

Ellerdene Guest House

Ellerdene Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £30-£37 pppnb, £80-£105 prpnb

Millbeck Guest House bedroom

Millbeck Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 3 rooms, £36-£56 pppnb

Fell View Cottage

Fell View Guest House

Guest Accommodation - Room Only with 4 rooms, £30 pppn

All Seasons Guest House

All Seasons Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 4 rooms, £60-£180 prpnb

Bank Cottage living room

Bank Cottage

Self-catering with 1 unit, £395-£625 pupw sleeps 1-4

Kirkwood Guest House Bedroom

Kirkwood Guest House

Guest House with 7 rooms, £35-£44 pppnb

Oakfold House

Oakfold House

Bed & Breakfast with 8 rooms, £40-£140 prpn

Howbeck Guest House

The Howbeck Guest House

Guest House with 11 rooms, £119-£280 prpnb

Rockside Guest House

Rockside Guest House

Guest House with 8 rooms, £32-£100 prpnb

Oldfield House

Oldfield House

Guest House with 8 rooms, £42-£48 pppn, £40-£47 pppnb

Fairfield House bathroom

Fairfield House and Gardens

Guest House with 8 rooms, £79-£159 prpnb

Spa bath room

Southview House & Indoor Pool

Guest House with 10 rooms, £50-£119 prpnb

Green Gables

Green Gables

Guest House with 7 rooms, £35-£55 pppnb, £65-£115 prpnb

High Wray Farm B&B

High Wray Farm B&B

Farmhouse with 3 rooms, £40-£43 pppnb

Fair Rigg

Fair Rigg

Guest House with 6 rooms, £35-£63 pppnb

Lyndale Guest House

Lyndale Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 6 rooms, £36-£46 pppnb, £66-£126 prpnb

Room 4

Rosemount

Guest House with 9 rooms, £25-£70 pppnb

Archway Guesthouse

Archway Guesthouse

Guest House with 4 rooms, £70-£95 prpnb

Lingmoor Guest House

Lingmoor Guest House

Guest House with 6 rooms, £33-£45 pppnb

The Coppice Guest House - room 4

The Coppice Guest House

Guest House with 9 rooms, £71-£109247 prpnb

Things to do

What's on

Autumn Glorious Gardens Tour

Wed 21 - Thu 29 Sep 2016

Windermere

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Meeting Bea

Fri 16 Sep - Sun 9 Oct 2016

Windermere

 
 

Surrounding Areas

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

Culture and Heritage

Brockhole
Silverholme Manor
High Dam, Newby Bridge

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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