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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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Blenheim Lodge

Blenheim Lodge

Visit Blenheim Lodge B&B for a quiet relaxing stay & enjoy fab Lake & fell views from your room. Bowness town & Lake are only 5-min walk. Enjoy romantic escapes, solo or family breaks, & active hols. Make Blenheim Lodge your home from home!

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.

The Homestead Lodge

The Homestead Lodge

Enjoy the luxury of staying in your own private lodge with all the benefits of bed & breakfast accommodation. Picturesque lake and mountain views.

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,

Oakbank House

Oakbank House

Located in the heart of Bowness and overlooking Lake Windermere each room is individually designed and decorated to the highest standard. 11 rooms are en suite and most have stunning views of the lake and mountains.

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.

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.

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.

Spa bath room

Southview House & Indoor Pool

The Southview is a licensed guesthouse with its own indoor heated swimming pool, 10 en suite bedrooms including 6 superior rooms and 4 classic bedrooms

1 Park Road

1 Park Road

1 Park Road is a unique bed and breakfast located in Windermere village. Providing locally sourced food & drink with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, we are the perfect place for your Lake District retreat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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

The Lamplighter Dining Rooms

The Lamplighter ~ Dining Rooms

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

Mylne Bridge House

Mylne Bridge House

No children under 5 years. Quiet location but central with a relaxed atmosphere and good hospitality. High standard of housekeeping, excellent breakfasts. Unobstructed parking for each room. Free fishing permits (subject to availability).

Fair Rigg

Fair Rigg

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.

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.

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.

Lingmoor Guest House

Lingmoor Guest House

Lingmoor is a beautiful Victorian guesthouse in Windermere in the heart of the English lakes only 200 metres from Windermere railway/coach and bus station. Wi-Fi throughout. Choice of breakfast. Recently refurbished rooms.

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.

The Croft

The Croft

The Croft is situated in the picturesque village of Hawkshead a short walk from local shops, inns and tea rooms.

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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

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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