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Quaint Lakeland Detached Cottage With Garden Views Of Lake Windermere



Updated: 14-Nov-2016
Cottage in Bowness on Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England - Peacefully Located On The Outskirts Of Bowness

Recently refurbished to a high standard. A quaint detached upside down 2 bedroom Lakeland cottage. Peacefully located at the end of the Dalesway trail away from the hustle and bustle yet only a short stroll to the centre of Bowness and the lake. The cottage is presented to a very high standard with touches of designer inspired features, yet retains much character including beamed ceilings. There is a private garden to the side with views of the lake. Pleasantly situated adjacent to open fields and Brant Fell with plenty of walks from the door The Retreat is an ideal base to explore the Lake District.

Due to the decor and layout of the property the Retreat operates a strict No Smoking No pets policy.

The property comprises:

Lounge area with wood burning stove, contemporary leather settee and barcelona style chair, high quality soft furnishings and lighting, feature floor to ceiling picture window with views over Brantfell, exposed beams and Kardean flooring, television and blue tooth music system.

Open plan kitchen diner with hand painted bespoke kitchen units and stone work-surfaces. Built in German appliances including, washer dryer, fridge dishwasher, oven and hob. Feature roof lights enhance the airy and light living area.

Contemporary glass and stainless steel staircase lead to the downstairs bathroom and two bedrooms.

Well appointed bathroom, with contemporary sink unit with slate work-surface, feature slate wall, extra wide bath with thermostatic shower over, heated tall towel rail and radiator.

Double bedroom with high quality linens and soft furnishing, wardrobe, bedside cabinets, lamps , dressing table and chair.

Twin room with high quality linens and soft furnishings, wardrobe and bedside cabinet with lamp.

Private off street parking is accessed via a single track drive (no turning point). However access is suitable for large car. Separate large unloading area.

A tranquil setting with many homely features.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We first visited The Lake District separately as children. Many years later on Honeymoon in the Lakes we made a promise to ourselves to own our own cottage before our 25th Anniversary. We kept our promise and purchased The Retreat just in time for our 25th Anniversary.

After much thought, effort, love and money we have now renovated the 150 year old former cattle shed into a luxury holiday retreat for ourselves and guests to enjoy.

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21 Reviews

based on 21 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderfully relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful cottage. Feels secluded and private but with very easy access to Bowness and the south lakes. It was a perfect place to get away from it all. The cottage is very tastefully decorated, with extremely cosy lounge and log burner, modern kitchen with everything you could need and comfy bed in a lovely dark bedroom. The garden with views of lake windemere would be ideal in warmer weather. Would highly recommend!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your nice comments. It's nice to read you enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the location, whilst also benefiting from the amenities in the village, a short stroll down the hill. We have plans for the garden and hope to start our project soon, building a raised decking area. We hope you will return in the summer to enjoy the garden more.
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Gorgeous cottage in fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

My family have just returned from a fabulous week at The Retreat. The cottage is beautiful, located right at the top of a hill in Bowness overlooking the lovely lake. It is equipped to a high standard and the log burner was a real treat. However, the weather was very kind to us so only needed to light it once to experience a real fire for ourselves!

We walked miles around Grasmere, Rydal, Elterwater, Blea Tarn the Langdales and Grizedale Forest. The children loved the Treetop Trek at Brockhole too.The scenic autumnal colours we encountered, were simply stunning. After a full days walking, it was great to return the car to The Retreat and meander down into Bowness for dinner. We enjoyed tapas at Bodega, an Italian at Villa Positano and traditional at The Angel Inn - all worth a visit. A great, sunny week - we would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It is great to read you've had good weather and enjoyed the fabulous countryside to the full. We love walking especially this time of year with the beautiful autumnal colours. There is so much choice for eat and drink in the village and we too love the places you listed. Its nice to read you and your family have had such a good break. Many thanks for your comments.
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Amazing property and views

  • 5 of 5

The property was amazing we loved the views the fire place it keeps the house amazingly hot the only thing that is missing is WiFi but it's not a big problem

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your nice comments. It's important to us our guests enjoy their time at our cottage. We too love the log burner on a cool Autumn or winters eve after being out in the beautiful countryside. Autumn is so colourful it is wonderful. We considered wifi but remain undecided as to whether it will spoil the tranquility. Thanks again.
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Shh! Don't tell anyone, or they'll all come!

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous find! This little gem is hidden away at the top of a hill with lovely views over the lake. The cottage itself is immaculately kept and perfect for a short or longer stay. It's incredibly well appointed with everything you'd ever need to feel at home, right down to the lovely fresh flowers which greeted us on the windowsill - such a thoughtful touch. Not having to worry about bringing our own linen was a big bonus too.

The cottage is perfectly located for a stroll into town. The steep climb back up each day was worth it for the views and the exercise, which we certainly needed after all the food and drink we sampled! The Dalesway route is right there on the doorstep too, taking you as far as you like, although we only managed a few miles. There are very helpful suggestions of walking routes and places to go in the information book in the cottage. We were only sorry we couldn't be there longer and explore more.

Our favourite place for breakfast was #4. We tried other places, but came back here. They're open all day for other meals and snacks too. We tried lots of the pubs (would have been rude not to!) and particularly liked The Angel Inn, where we also had a good meal. Try Porto and Bodega to eat and the Fizzy Tarte champagne bar if that's your thing. Also the Arts Bar and Grill and The Country Hut (tiny but a great little bar). In fact, we didn't really come across anywhere we wouldn't be happy to go back to! Happy days!

Bowness is a great little town. You're spoilt for choice with restaurants, pubs and cafes, and the shops are really good too. It was great to see so many independent businesses and none of the usual chain stuff. Quality at reasonable prices all over the place. We preferred it to Windermere itself, and to Ambleside too, although Ambleside is definitely worth a visit for the lakeside walks. There are some nice walks around the lake, and the ferry trips are worth doing too.

Thanks so much Robert and Anne for sharing your beautiful little place with us. We had lots of fun and will definitely visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write such a comprehensive (and complimentary) review. It's always nice to hear our guests have enjoyed their time away to the full. There are many excellent pubs and restaurants in the village all serving great food and drink with freindly local service. It's good you have supported them and clearly enjoyed your stay. Time away is precious so we are pleased you found The Retreat such an excellent and homely base to enjoy your time in the Lakes. Many thanks for your comments, we look forward to welcoming you back.
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This was our second visit to the retreat, it's the perfect place for a perfect weekend!

  • 5 of 5

The retreat is so homely, it has everything you need for a super comfortable stay, the log burner been my favourite! Wonderfully different, and a short walk from the pub! We loved it so much we went back for a second weekend! Would highly recommend! We will be back again!

Steph and phil

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your nice comments. It's always good for us to hear our guests have enjoyed their time at The Retreat. We know time away is precious so we want our guests to be comfortable and relaxed yet within easy reach of the many attractions of Bowness. It's great to hear you will return. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Stunning property overlooking windermere

  • 5 of 5

My family really enjoyed our short break at the retreat. Fabulous property renovated to high standard, with great thought & nice touches within the interior regarding reference to what was there before.Perfect location, ( sitting in garden Saturday night, with cold beers overlooking Windermere )

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great feedback, it's always nice to hear our efforts are appreciated by our guests. It is important to us our guests enjoy thier precious time away. A cold beer in the garden (Windermere Pale) watching the lake and fells is also one of my relaxing pleasures. We have big plans for the garden and subject to planning (and the weather) we hope to have it completed by the end of the year. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back. Thanks again for your lovely comments.
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From the Owner

It was love at first sight when we saw the cottage. From the quirky upside down layout to the beautiful tranquil setting. We knew instantly it was the one for us. We have spent much time love and money transforming the cottage to what we now feel is the perfect retreat for ourselves and our guests. Each season at The Retreat is magical from crisp cold days snuggled in by the log burner to summer evenings spent in the garden watching the sun set over Claiffe Heights. Enjoy a summer evening barbeque in the courtyard garden furninshed with a local slate bench and good quality table and chairs.

Activity and Interests

Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

The Lakes district is ideal for people with an interest in any outdoor activity. There are an abundance of walks from the door plus many other activities close by.


The nearest train station is Windermere only a 5 minute drive away.

The nearest motorway is the M6, Junction 36 is approximately 20 minutes drive.


Only a short stroll to Bowness centre and the shores of Lake Windermere.

Further Details:

The Retreat backs onto the open fields of Matson Ground, leading to Post Knott and Brantfell. It is idyllically tucked away at the end of the Dalesway Trail, providing plenty of country walks from the door. A short stroll into Bowness village with a good selection of restaurants, Lakeland pubs, bars and varied shops. The village sits on the shore of Lake Windermere offering, lake cruises, hire boats and the Beatrix Potter museum. Good transport links provide a means to explore the heart of the Lake District National Park.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 9
20 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 10
27 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
11 Feb 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
easter 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 3
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 4
3 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 5
15 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 6
26 Aug 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 7
21 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
To secure your break a £100 non refundable deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance is payable 4 weeks prior to your stay and will include a refundable £100 damage / key deposit.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is a Saturday (unless by prior arrangement).The retreat will be available to occupy from 3pm on the day you arrive and we request it is vacated by 10.00 am on the day of departure.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Short breaks with departure days of Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Wednesday are available at certain times of the year and are available for a MINIMUM OF 3 NIGHTS. Please enquire for availability.

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From the Owner

We have lovingly renovated the cottage, working closely with local tradesmen to ensures it's Lakeland character was retained but also add that extra touch to give the Retreat it's uniqueness and special feel.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • lake
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bath with quality thermostatic shower over. Feature Lakeland slate wall, vanity wash basin set in Lakeland slate. WC. Amtico cumbrian slate flooring.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Double bed, wardrobe, dressing table and side cabinets. With quality linens. Bedroom 2 - Twin single beds, wardrobe and bedside cabinet. With quality linens and window seat.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The Retreat operates a strict NO SMOKING and NO PETS policy. Cleaning / Towels / Linen The Retreat is cleaned every changeover. Quality bedlinen and towels are provided. Other: The open plan living space has feature roof windows allowing glimpses of the lake. From the dining area, a contemporary glass and stainless steel staircase lead down to the lower floor.

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