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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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Applegarth Villa & Restaurant

Applegarth Villa & Restaurant

Applegarth Villa is a five star, adult only, small luxury hotel with serious style right in the heart of Windermere. Fifteen individually designed bedrooms and now seven luxury suites each with their own hot tub as well.

Hillthwaite House

Hillthwaite

The family-owned Hillthwaite, 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.

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.

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.

Howbeck Guest House

The Howbeck Guest House

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

The Hideaway at Windermere

The Hideaway at Windermere

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

May Cottage

May Cottage

Quiet location, close to Lake Windermere, restaurants and shops. Free parking, Wi-Fi & leisure facilities. Hearty breakfasts; comfortable, light rooms with high spec en-suites. High standards of cleanliness. We care! Come, relax & enjoy!

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.

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Glenville House

Adults only. With a relaxed tranquil atmosphere, this Victorian residence is situated a short walk from both Windermere and Bowness at the heart of the English Lake District.

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

The Lamplighter Dining Rooms

The Lamplighter ~ Dining Rooms

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Brook House

Brook House

Welcome to Brook House - A Lakeland stone Victorian guest house built in 1892. Offering Bed & freshly cooked breakfast from our varied menu.

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.

Merewood Country House Hotel

Merewood Country House Hotel

Set in its own secluded, twenty-acre estate of beautiful landscaped gardens, woodland and meadow, and with stunning views overlooking Lake Windermere, it’s hard to resist a relaxing Lake District break at Merewood.

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.

The Wild Boar Hotel luxury bedroom

The Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse

Relax in the comfort of this famous traditional coaching inn, with a reputation for the warmest of welcomes, fine food served in a superb restaurant complemented by a wine cellar, and beautifully comfortable rooms and suites.

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.

Waterhead Hotel bedroom

Waterhead Hotel

Waterhead is the Lake District's only 4-star town house hotel situated in Waterhead Bay, on lake Windermere. It cleverly combines traditional Lakeland elegance with the comfort and luxury of a contemporary town house hotel.

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.

Spa bath room

Southview Guest House

The Southview is a licensed guesthouse with 10 en suite bedrooms including 6 superior rooms and 4 classic bedrooms.

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

Things to do

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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.

Pony treking

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