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Windermere & Bowness

 

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 from Bowness-On-Windermere, which is just a short drive from Windermere town.

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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.

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.

Garden Suite

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House

England's Small Hotel of the Year, family owned and run since 1988, is a member of Relais & Chateaux. There are no weddings, conferences or children under 7 to disturb the peace, just warm smiles and unpretentious service.

Earlston Lounge at Hillthwaite

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.

Burn How Garden House Hotel

Burn How Garden House Hotel

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.

Storrs Hall Hotel

Storrs Hall Hotel

A stunning four star hotel set in 17 acres of grounds on the shores of Lake Windermere.

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

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.

Inside one of our guest bedrooms

The Queens Head

The Queens Head features a cosy drinking area with newly-refurbished dining areas and 10 comfortable en-suite guest bedrooms providing the perfect base for guests to Cumbria and, of course, their four-legged companions.

Linthwaite House Hotel

Linthwaite House

Located in the heart of the Lake District and set in 14 acres of established gardens and well-maintained private woodlands, this luxurious 36-room boutique hotel is on a hilltop overlooking Lake Windermere.

The Lamplighter Dining Rooms

The Lamplighter ~ Dining Rooms

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fir Trees Guest House

Fir Trees Guest House

Here at Fir Trees, your hosts Vicki and Tim extend a warm and friendly welcome to their guests at this spacious family run Guest House.

The Hideaway at Windermere

The Hideaway at Windermere

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

Brow Top

Brow Top

Holiday house with lake and mountain views, a short walk from Bowness and Windermere. Complimentary access to swimming pool at nearby hotel.

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.

Blenheim Lodge B&B nestles serenely into fell side

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!

Brook House

Brook House - Free on-site car park

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

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. Susann and Glenn welcome you to our luxury family run country guest house, situated opposite lake Windermere.

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.

Food & Drink

You’re spoilt for choice in Windermere and Bowness as there are so many high-quality places to eat. There’s everything from real class AA Rosette dining in exquisite surroundings, using locally sourced ingredients - to some quirky cocktail bars, bustling little cafes and a huge variety of restaurants. Wherever you choose the welcome is always warm and friendly.

There’s the unassuming and small restaurants, tempting you with their local produce. How about locally caught fish with a global twist - roasted hake with chorizo? Sounds fabulous.

There’s any number of cool bars to choose from. Try a beer from one hundred beers from around the world complemented with a selection of cheeses served on a slate. Prices tend to be reasonable and most are dog friendly. Most of the pubs and bars are modern here, but there’s still a few traditional pubs offering traditional fayre, while you sit around a cosy log fire.

Applegarth Villa, Windermere

You’re made to feel special in the exceptional little cafes, whether it’s a traditional Cumbrian breakfast you’re having, or a traditional cream tea. Many are family-run and you’ll be guaranteed a personal service. As you would expect in a busy place such as Windermere and Bowness, there is a wealth of international cuisine to try and also a good choice of both Vegetarian and Vegan food available.

Pretty lake-side, Bowness-on-Windermere is bustling with cosmopolitan bars and quaint cafes to try. There are super dining experiences to be had in and around Bowness, all in comfortable settings, offering delicious food. However, many of these places are small, so booking is always a good idea. Some offer seating outside where you can enjoy your meal and drinks under heated lamps, all wrapped up in a cosy blanket.

After a day out walking, what better way to relax than having a cocktail in one of the many cocktails bars - the ambience is superb and the music sets the scene. Or how about a luxury range of champagne with your afternoon tea - and for the chocoholic’s, why not try a chocolate bar serving an amazing array of hot chocolates and waffles to die for. Before you leave Bowness, you must seek out the oldest pub in Bowness. There’s a fabulous selection of cask ales in cosy surroundings, log fires and great music.

For more information on what Cumbria has to offer see Food and Drink

Surrounding Areas

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 tranquillity, 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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