Windermere Retreat

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Sleeps: 10 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3


Wow Factor
Modern Ideal for Kids

With oodles of charm, artistic flair, elegance and grandeur, the sensational Windermere House offers ten guests superb, generous accommodation, fabulous views and an astounding garden. This is a very special property that has been beautifully finished with impressive attention to detail. Windermere House enjoys a prestigious location on the periphery of Bowness on Windermere with breathtaking views across the fabulous Lake Windermere.

Bowness on Windermere is a popular, bustling town with charming architecture, a wide variety of shops selling crafts, gifts, outdoor clothing, local produce and foods as well as an excellent array of characterful restaurants, bars and cafes. The Lake District offers numerous outdoor adventures including sailing, cycling, climbing, horse riding, hill walking and kayaking amongst the most spectacular of landscapes. Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England, is probably the most popular of the lakes with the pier at Bowness offering excellent boat trips to explore the lake.

As soon as you drive through the gates of Windermere House, you will quickly realise that this magnificent property and its grounds are going to give you the holiday of your dreams. This Edwardian house radiates grandeur and splendour with its fabulous features including panelling, feature fireplaces, gorgeous windows and its sumptuous furnishings. The living and dining rooms offer a slightly regal feel and the open plan kitchen, dining and family room is a contemporary wonder with a fabulous designer kitchen, modern furnishings and a fantastic apex window. Windermere House’s original features have been brilliantly blended with stunning contemporary flair, resulting in luxurious, modern living. The formal lounge is a light flooded space with imaginative, beautiful fabric inlaid panelling, a huge window, a feature fireplace with a remote start gas fire and sumptuous leather sofas. It excudes elegance and style and is the perfect place for evening drinks in front of the fire. Double doors open to the fantastic formal dining room with its beautiful original oak panelling and traditional dining table and chairs. It boasts gorgeous garden views. The wooden floor and delightful mossy green tones continue from the living room. Guests can enjoy a movie night in the contemporary cinema room with its huge television and comfy sofas. To enjoy the film at its best, you can close the electric curtains and create a brilliant movie experience. The main kitchen, dining and family room is a wonderful surprise with striking turquoise colour pops, a very high ceiling and the most sensational views though the wow factor windows. With the very best appliances including a wine fridge, you will enjoy some brilliant meals in this informal space. Alternatively, you can dine alfresco on the terrace. The kitchen enjoys a large central island, a range cooker, a Miele fridge freezer, two dishwashers and a built in bar. Just off the kitchen is a cosy snug with another television and a remote controlled, contemporary gas fire. You really are spoilt for choice here when it comes to relaxation spaces!

A smart staircase takes you to the bedrooms which are on the first and second floors. The Wordsworth Suite offers a spacious bedroom with an exquisite super kingsize bed, lake views and an ensuite bathroom with two cross water, wet room rose showers as well as a fabulous freestanding bath and walk-in wardrobe. This bathroom does also double as the main family bathroom as it has a separate entrance from the main landing. The Wainwright Suite is another wonder with incredible views of Windermere Lake. It boasts a comfy kingsize bed, a smart television, voice activated soft lighting and blinds and a fabulous ensuite wet room with a giant drench shower head and body jets. The fittings here are state-of-the-art and beautiful with it. The sink even enjoys an LED tap! Ruskin is a double bedroom with a comfy double bed, a smart television and voice activated soft lighting and blinds. Coniston is a huge room with a gorgeous bay window where you can enjoy excellent lake views. On the second floor, Windermere Suite is a fabulous, self contained suite ideal for a couple that might appreciate a little private time. It enjoys a balcony for that spectacular panorama, a kitchen area with a hob, a hide and slide oven and a fridge with an icebox, a small dining table, comfy seating and a double bed which can be hidden away. The suite has its own entrance separate to the main house which is accessed via an external spiral staircase or it can be accessed internally via the main house.

Windermere House stands in a beautiful 2.5 acre, completely enclosed, mature garden. It is such a treat with its large pond, its tree house for the young ones, its patio with a gas fire pit for chilly evenings and wonderful atmosphere and its alfresco dining and lounge areas. The gardens are surrounded by mature trees and shrubs making this idyllic paradise totally private and very peaceful. The garden looks even more beautiful at night with its ambient lighting. Once you have closed the electric gates, that is it, you can relax and get away from the stresses of everyday life.

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What you should know…

  • Please take care of children using the tree house and playing close to the pond. They should be supervised at all times
  • The second floor suite is self-contained and can be accessed from the main house or via its separate entrance. It is ideal for those wanting a little independence from the whole group
  • This property has YYES Security CCTV for security purposes. It is only accessed by the owner or with the owner’s permission

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Smart TV Heating

Ground Floor
- Formal lounge
- Formal dining room with seating for 10
- Fully-equipped kitchen with large central island, 4 wine coolers, range cooker, Miele fridge/freezer, 2 dishwashers, dining table and snug area
- Cinema room with large TV

First Floor
- Wordsworth Suite with super-king bed and en-suite bathroom
- Wainwright Suite with king-size bed and en-suite wet room
- Ruskin bedroom with double bed
- Coniston bedroom with double bed

Second Floor
- Windermere Suite with double bed, seating area and kitchenette (the suite has its own entrance separate to the main house accessed via an external spiral staircase or it can be accessed internally via the main house.)

Exterior Grounds
- Terrace
- Dining facilities
- Firepit
- Pond
- Tree house
- 2.5 acres of gardens

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- Smart TV
- Washing machine & dryer
- Parking for 10 cars


About the surrounding area of Windermere Retreat
Easy By Train Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Bowness on Windermere is a bustling tourist town about halfway along the 10.5 mile length of Lake Windermere. It is located between Waterhead on the northern end of the lake and Lakeside on the south. Bowness on Windermere enjoys an excellent selection of shops including the flagship Lakeland store which is very popular. There is a wonderful array of cafes, bars and restaurants as well as a good selection of gift shops and outdoor clothing outlets. Lake Windermere is one of the most desirable parts of the Lake District with unrivalled hiking, mountain biking and watersports on offer, not to mention attractions including crazy golf, climbing, hot air ballooning and orienteering. There are plenty of boats for hire or organised boat trips for those that do not want to go it alone. Bowness on Windermere developed after the opening of the railway line from Oxenholme and Kendal to Windermere in 1847. Bowness was the nearest accessible point on the lake. The Victorian influence can be seen everywhere. One of the most interesting buildings in Bowness is the parish Church of Bowness, St Martin’s Church which was built in 1483 and restored in 1870. The area behind the church is the oldest part of Bowness, a delightful warren of narrow streets known as Lowside. The village was originally called Birthwaite but the railway company wanted to call the station after the lake. A short walk from Windermere takes you to Orrest Head, an outstanding viewpoint. It was the first summit in Lakeland visited by A Wainwright, author of the famous guidebooks.

Just north of Bowness on Windermere, you will discover the thriving town of Ambleside. It offers an excellent selection of shops, restaurants, cafes and a cinema. Close to Ambleside is the Waterhead Pier with rowing boats, motor boats and ferry and cruise services. There are many outdoor adventure activities available around Ambleside. A short walk from the centre takes you to Stock Gyll Force, a spectacular 70 foot waterfall. In spring, it looks absolutely stunning with a carpet of daffodils next to it. Once there were twelve watermills powered by Stock Gyll and other local becks. The National Trust’s 17th century Bridge House over Stock Gyll beck is one of the most photographed scenes in Lakeland. Another local National Trust wonder are the Stagshaw Gardens covering about 8 acres and brimming with fine collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, ericaceous trees and shrubs. The Armitt Museum offers a wonderful collection of books, manuscripts, watercolours, archaeological remains and an area dedicated to Beatrix Potter. A short ferry ride from Waterhead is Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre. It is a fantastic stop set in 30 acres of beautiful gardens with boat hire, bike hire, a tree top trek, laser clay shooting, archery and special family events.

Nearby attractions include the Lakes Aquarium with the UK's largest collection of freshwater fish, the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, where visitors can enjoy a 3.5-mile steam locomotive trip into the Leven Valley and the delightful World of Beatrix Potter, where the fabulous animals of Beatrix Potter's tales are brought to life in three dimensions! This is always a favourite with young children.

Local Amenities
Nearest Town/City Bowness on Windermere


Nearest Restaurant The Magic Roundabout


Nearest Supermarket Tesco Express


Nearest Golf Windermere Golf Club


About Lake District

The scenic splendour of the Lake District makes it a must-visit for fans of the great outdoors. Ullswater Valley is stunning, sheltering a beautiful lake hidden among towering fells, while the surrounding area is relatively undeveloped compared with other parts of the Lake District. Take the Ullswater Steamer Ferry for a unique perspective of the valley, enjoying its remote and peaceful feel.

When staying at one of our fantastic Lake District cottages, you'll likely want to explore everything else the region has to offer – so we’ve put together this handy travel guide to give you a little help and inspiration!

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Windermere House is perfect for large family gatherings. It is extremely spacious and boasts a massive estate with stunning gardens. Children have a ball here! The tree house is amazing. You will definitely have to pay it a visit! The movie room is especially popular at the end of a very busy day!

There are so many activities to enjoy in the Lake District and its unspoilt natural environment. Whether you’re into action-packed, heart-stopping adventure, or a calmer, slower pace of life, this majestic National Park truly has it all! There are endless opportunities for an active day out with all the family. You can cycle through an array of postcard-picture villages and along the many magnificent lakes that give this region its name. You can climb mountains, take delicious picnics, enjoy watersports on the lakes or take a sedate cruise.

Brockhole enjoys one of the best playgrounds in the Lake District. With its scary treetop nets, it offers much thrilling fun. The bouncy nets are roughly 12 metres above the ground, built around trees. There are no harnesses required as the nets are enclosed so there is nowhere to fall off. They are suitable for children aged 3 and above. There are net slides, chutes and crawl tunnels as well as ramps, everything connected by a maze of passages. One area enjoys large bouncy balls which are really fun. There are also treetop treks, kayak hire, bike hire, mini golf and a soft play area for the under fives.

Children love the boat trips on the lakes. You can combine a boat trip with hiking and also visiting attractions such as Wray Castle, Brockhole and the Lakes Aquarium when taking a Windermere Lake Cruise. On the other lakes, you can enjoy trips with Coniston Launch, Coniston Steam Yacht Gondola, Ullswater Steamers and Derwent Water Boats.

A trip to Grizedale Forest is also fun. Families can enjoy segway hire, Go Ape in the trees, a fantastic adventure playgroup and lots of woodlands sprinkled with sculptures to discover. It is a great place for a picnic.

Just on the doorstep of Windermere House is the fantastic World of Beatrix Potter Attraction. Children can learn everything about Beatrix Potter and her 23 enchanting stories. You will meet Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and her woodland glade, Mr Tod in Tommy Brock’s house and the pigs from The Tale of Pigling Bland. You will step outside into the Peter Rabbit garden and see where Peter got caught by Mr McGregor and where Benjamin Bunny nibbled on the vegetables. Beatrix Potter’s inventive stories are brought to life in such a good way. It is no surprise that this attraction is often the highlight of children’s holidays to the Lake District.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Easy By Train
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 to be paid prior to arrival and to be refunded in full subject to a damage inspection on departure
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, included in the rental price
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price
Changeover day Friday
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay, this may be increased across peak dates
Pets welcome? No pets
Smoking Allowed? No smoking

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 6th 2023 - Jul 21st 2023 £6,319
Jul 21st 2023 - Oct 13th 2023 £8,107
Oct 13th 2023 - Oct 20th 2023 £5,426
Oct 20th 2023 - Dec 15th 2023 £8,107
Dec 15th 2023 - Jan 22nd 2024 £9,000
Jan 22nd 2024 - Mar 29th 2024 £5,426
Mar 29th 2024 - May 31st 2024 £8,107
May 31st 2024 - Jul 19th 2024 £6,319
Jul 19th 2024 - Oct 11th 2024 £8,107
Oct 11th 2024 - Oct 18th 2024 £5,426
Oct 18th 2024 - Dec 7th 2024 £8,107

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 6th 2023 - Jul 21st 2023 €6,885
Jul 21st 2023 - Oct 13th 2023 €8,833
Oct 13th 2023 - Oct 20th 2023 €5,912
Oct 20th 2023 - Dec 15th 2023 €8,833
Dec 15th 2023 - Jan 22nd 2024 €9,807
Jan 22nd 2024 - Mar 29th 2024 €5,912
Mar 29th 2024 - May 31st 2024 €8,833
May 31st 2024 - Jul 19th 2024 €6,885
Jul 19th 2024 - Oct 11th 2024 €8,833
Oct 11th 2024 - Oct 18th 2024 €5,912
Oct 18th 2024 - Dec 7th 2024 €8,833

Prices based on an occupancy of 10 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jun 6th 2023 - Jul 21st 2023 $7,378
Jul 21st 2023 - Oct 13th 2023 $9,466
Oct 13th 2023 - Oct 20th 2023 $6,335
Oct 20th 2023 - Dec 15th 2023 $9,466
Dec 15th 2023 - Jan 22nd 2024 $10,509
Jan 22nd 2024 - Mar 29th 2024 $6,335
Mar 29th 2024 - May 31st 2024 $9,466
May 31st 2024 - Jul 19th 2024 $7,378
Jul 19th 2024 - Oct 11th 2024 $9,466
Oct 11th 2024 - Oct 18th 2024 $6,335
Oct 18th 2024 - Dec 7th 2024 $9,466

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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