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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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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.

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.

Chestnuts Guest House

Chestnuts Guest House

Chestnuts Guest House offers luxury Lake District B&B Accommodation in Windermere and is the perfect base for exploring the Lake District National Park with its rugged fells and scenic rights of way paths.

Dene House

Dene House

Denehouse is a super, boutique-style guest house offering fabulous bed and breakfast accommodation in Bowness, just a 3-minute walk from lake Windermere itself.

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.

Park Beck

Park Beck

Detached Lakeland stone guest house on quiet road, 5- minutes from train and bus stations, restaurants and bars etc, within Windermere village, 10 mins walk from lake. Free on-site parking. Free in-room Wi-Fi. Non smoking.

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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

High Fold Guest House

High Fold Guest House

A traditional Lakeland Guest House with magnificent views located in the lovely old village of Troutbeck, only 3 miles from Winderemere & Ambleside. Comfortable en-suite rooms, great breakfast choice, ample parking and free Wi-Fi.

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.

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.

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.

Howbeck Guest House

The Howbeck Guest House

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

Glencree

Glencree

Glencree is backed by woodland and overlooks a pretty brook. The guest house lies within an easy 10-minute walk of the famous lake Windermere. Free Wi-Fi access.

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.

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Rosemount

Rosemount is an elegant, Lakeland stone house built in 1884. We have a friendly atmosphere, our beds are crisp and comfortable and our full English breakfasts are extremely tasty particularly the sausages!

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.

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.

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.

Lindisfarne Guest House

Lindisfarne Guest House

Traditional, detached Lakeland house in quiet location conveniently situated between Windermere and Bowness, close to lake, shops and scenic walks. Comfortable, friendly atmosphere, good healthy home-cooked English breakfasts.

The Hideaway at Windermere

The Hideaway at Windermere

Located down a quiet country lane close to Windermere village. Personally owned by Richard & Lisa Gornall.

MacDonald Old England Hotel & Spa

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

The Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa stands right on the shore of Windermere and boasts unrivalled views of England's largest lake.

Oldfield House

Oldfield House

Oldfield House is where you can expect top quality accommodation, exceptional breakfasts and a very quiet location all within easy walking distance of Lake Windermere and the railway station.

Lyndale Guest House

Lyndale Guest House

Lyndale Guesthouse is nestled midway between lake Windermere and Ambleside village with superb views of Loughrigg fell and the Langdales beyond. Lake Windermere is 5 minutes stroll away.

Storrs Gate House

Storrs Gate House

Bed and Breakfast of the Year, Cumbria Tourism Awards 2009. Storrs Gate House has a five star grading with Visit Britain. Vince and Shirley welcome you to our luxury family run country guest house, situated opposite lake Windermere.

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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.

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