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.
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.
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.
The Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa stands right on the shore of Windermere and boasts unrivalled views of England's largest lake.
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.
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.
The famous Kings Arms Inn is a friendly, family-run, village centre Inn. Good food, real ales and warm surroundings make this 500 year old inn an ideal stopover in the historic village of Hawkshead. Children and pets welcome.
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.
Welcome to Brook House - A Lakeland stone Victorian guest house built in 1892. Offering Bed & freshly cooked breakfast from our varied menu.
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.
Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, in mature gardens, yet only 300 metres from the promenade, steamer piers and bustling village centre of Bowness-on-Windermere.
Enjoy the luxury of staying in your own private lodge with all the benefits of bed & breakfast accommodation. Picturesque lake and mountain views.
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.
The unique Burn How Hotel has individually designed rooms set in the privacy of our gardens. An oasis in the middle of bustling Bowness but only a 2-minute stroll to the village or lake Windermere.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
Fair Rigg is a fine Victorian Guest House enjoys a rural setting on the edge of Bowness, with magnificent views up the lake to the fells beyond, It retains many period features and is very well furnished and decorated and has 5* reviews.
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.
The family run Lamplighter Dining Rooms offers the very best in accommodation in the Lake District.
Located only a short walk from the shores of Lake Windermere. Massage and beauty treatments are available on site and discounted use of local spa/leisure facilities is available to our guests.
Woodside Cottage, Mill Rigg & Ralston are 3 luxurious properties in Ambleside. A home away from home in the heart of the English Lake District.
At the southern end of Lake Windermere adjoining the River Leven, Newby Bridge is a small village, with a selection of hotels and B&B's. It got its name from the five-arched stone bridge built across the river in 1651. The famous Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway connects you to Haverthwaite on a 3.5 mile jounrney, also is the Lakes Aquarium to visit at Lakeside.
This 17km-long lake (The largest in England) is fed by the rivers Brathay and Rothay at its northern end and outflows into the River Leven at its southern end. The lake holds the largest population of goldeneye ducks in the Lake District and is also noted for a species of fish called Windermere Char - a ‘relic' fish from the last Ice Age, traditionally ‘potted' into dishes and eaten as a local delicacy.
Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most popular holiday locations in the Lake District. With immediate access to the waters of Windermere, it is an excellent base for water activities, including boating and leisurely water attractions. As well as boat hire or family watersports. From the lake shoreline visitors can experience the lake by lake steamer or open-top bus.
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.
St Martin's Church
Built in 1483, this is one of the earliest surviving churches in Cumbria. Its spacious interior with hand-painted biblical texts on the walls and roof beams immediately captures attention. The magnificent east window contains remnants of stained glass from Cartmel Priory (brought here after the Dissolution of the Monasteries) and is believed to be among the oldest surviving traces of stained glass in Britain.
Step into the world of Beatrix Potter in this 17th century farmhouse, which provided the inspiration for 13 of her books including The Tale of Tom Kitten and The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck. It remains much the same as when she lived here, with many of her paintings, furniture and china on view.
The short walk to Orrest Head is well worth the uphill effort, for at the top is an outstanding panoramic view of the lake and surrounding mountains. There are a number of ways of getting to the top all passing through Elleray Woods, noted for its varied bird and insect life (booklet available from the Tourist Information Centre in Windermere).
The gardens at Brockhole, stretching down to the shores of Windermere, were laid out by Thomas Mawson, the internationally acclaimed landscape gardener from Windermere. A wide variety of interesting trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants can be seen against the dramatic backdrop of the lake.
The Dales Way
This 17-acre hillside garden, managed by the Lakeland Horticultural Society since 1971, has been transformed from an abandoned rock garden into a ‘garden for all seasons', with specimen trees, a walled garden with herbaceous borders and displays of alpine plants.