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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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The Belsfield

Laura Ashley The Belsfield Hotel

Originally built in early Victorian times, dating back to 1815. Situated in 6-acres of gardens overlooking Lake Windermere. Check in from 15.00 and check out 11.00. Rooms with lake views available at request.

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,

Room 4


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!

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.

The Regent Hotel

The Regent Hotel

Standing on the slipway at Waterhead Bay on Lake Windermere the Regent Hotel offers you a warm welcome.

Glenburn Hotel

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

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.

The Homestead Lodge

The Homestead Lodge

Homestead Lodge - 10% off weekly stays!, Homestead Lodge - 4 nights for 3!

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



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.

1881 Restaurant

Windermere Hydro Hotel

Overlooking Lake Windermere, The Hydro Hotel is perfectly situated for both leisure and business guests now offering 78, en suite bedrooms, all with differing design and style. We also have a lovely indoor pool as well.

Hillthwaite House

Hillthwaite House Hotel

The family-owned Hillthwaite House Hotel, between Windermere and Bowness, is one of area's highest hotels overlooking England's largest lake and with magnificent panoramic views over to Langdale Pikes, Crinkle Crags and Coniston Old Man.

Inside one of our guest bedrooms

The Queens Head

A traditional 17thC coaching inn and gastro pub just 3 miles from Windermere with oak beams, slate floors, log fires and always a friendly welcome. Excellent food and real ales are available from 12.00 until 21.00 7 days per week.

Burnside Park

Burnside Park

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.

Briery Wood Country House Hotel

Briery Wood Country House Hotel

Moments from the eastern shores of Lake Windermere and set in seven acres of beautiful secluded gardens and woodland lies Briery Wood. The informal and friendly service is so good you’ll hardly notice it.

The Nook - bedroom

Ivythwaite Cottages

Conveniently located between both resort villages of Windermere/ Bowness. Ivythwaite Cottages provide very comfortable self-catering accommodation for holidaying couples.

Cragwood Country House Hotel

Cragwood Country House Hotel

Nestled on the shores of England’s longest and most beautiful lake you will find Cragwood Country House Hotel, set in its own twenty-acre estate of beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland, with stunning views overlooking Lake Windermere

Ivythwaite Lodge - front garden

Ivythwaite Lodge

Spa baths and king-size four poster bedrooms make Ivythwaite Lodge the perfect romantic retreat. For those seeking peace and comfort, this family-run guest house is an ideal choice.

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.

Cedar Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Cedar Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Cedar Manor - 3 nights for 2!

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.

Lindeth Howe

Lindeth Howe

Idyllic secluded retreat with superb views over Lake Windermere & fells, once owned by Beatrix Potter. Boasts beautiful bedrooms, cosy lounges, a 2 AA Rosette restaurant with holistic treatments.

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.

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.

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.

Pine Tops Windermere Self Catering
Views from Lindeth Fell Country House
Lake-view pool at Beech Hill

Things to do

What's on

 March 2018>
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

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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