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Bowman Cottage

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Fab cottage very comfortable /cosy and well equipped!"

    The only comment or negative thing to mention is the drainage from the shower and basin in this bathroom is very slow to drain and the floor floods easily from the shower because of the slow drainage ! Thanks for another great stay

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. We are pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay at Bowman Cottage and found the property to be well equipped. We take your feedback about the shower on board, and will ask our Property Services Team to take a look. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Apr 2024

  • "Scatter cushions on sofa flat, need replacement."

    Only double beds, no king or super king beds. Televisions’ screen quality not great, clearly dated screens. Tv glitchy and pixelated frequently. Given the price of the rental then better screens and replacing double beds with king or super kings would make a huge difference.Otherwise property well equipped. Times on bathroom towel heaters way out. Red hot in middle of night (towel heater). Sinks and showers in bathrooms draining very slowly. Probably need cleaning out ? Blocked??? Oven good. Cooker hob good. Very noisy when raining in attic bedrooms.

    Reviewed by Dean4.4Mar 2024

  • "We had a beautiful week’s stay at Bowman Cottage, super spacious and comfortable with all appliances you would need for a week away."

    Slightly disappointed that when we arrived all three TV’s weren’t working and we had to wait 4 days for it to be fixed, this wouldn’t be a problem if the weather was better but we spent a lot of time in the cottage.

    Reviewed by Paul4.1Feb 2024

  • "Loved our week at Bowman."

    Very central, yet quiet. Decorated beautifully. Bath and shower were ideal after a cold or wet day on the fells. Parking was always available. We will return.

    Reviewed by Neil4.7Oct 2023

  • "We really liked the cottage generally."

    Having good quality crockery, cups, glasses etc was such a lovely touch after staying in many places with catering standard things. The boot drying cupboard was a fabulous idea, and well used given the amount of rain we had during our week. Having this right by the back door would have made it perfect to come in the back, take off all wet things and go into the rest of the house dry. However, the lack of a working back door key made us have to walk through the house carrying dripping wet clothes and boots. We asked the agents twice for a key. We were given a replacement once, but when this didn’t work nothing further was done. Slightly frustrating… Bowman Cottage was very comfortable, and a lovely home away from home, but please don’t give out keys that don’t work. The parking permits were marvellous, and very refreshing to have more than one, especially the car park permit as well - extremely thoughtful of the owners - thank you!

    Reviewed by Sara4.7Sep 2023

  • "Bowman Cottage provides brilliant accommodation close to the centre of Ambleside close to all the shops, restaurants and bars but is still in a quiet street."

    The fixtures and fittings within the premises are all high quality and the interior is well decorated. This is our third visit to this house and we will definitely return again. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by John David5.0Jun 2023

  • "Bowman cottage is a lovely place to stay in Ambleside."

    Its been renovated to a high standard, has easy parking given the location and is a stone's throw from everything you need from the town. A few things to be aware of: The wifi is slow - barely getting 1mbps - so only web browsing is possible. No catch-up services or streaming. The house backs-on to the 'Tap Yard' pub, so expect live music on the weekends (stops ~11pm) and the smell of their woodfired pizza oven will wafted in if the rear windows are open. You are very central to the town which has its pros/cons.

    Thank you for your feedback. We will check the wifi to see if there are any problems with it and the listing to ensure it is up-to-date. We are glad that you found the property to your liking. Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.4May 2023

  • "We have visited Bowman Cottage several times and have always loved it."

    It’s cosy, comfortable and well located. The cottage is in better condition than on our last visit with some new furniture and a lick of paint on the walls as well as a new and very effective central heating system. I suspect a lot of maintenance was put on hold by the pandemic, but Bowman is shipshape again. Our only complaint about this gorgeous cottage is that in an area of the country with very poor mobile phone coverage, the exceptionally bad Wi-Fi was a real problem. We struggled even to look up opening hours for the odd local attraction. We managed to get the iplayer to work once in a whole week. I don’t know if there were problems locally or whether the router needs an upgrade. The other point is that the service provided by Heart of the Lakes now that they are part of Sykes is much poorer than in the good, old days. Asking politely for the customary second set of keys, for example, I was made to feel as if I was being incredibly demanding and difficult. We would not hesitate to recommend Bowman Cottage but sadly Sykes are perennially disappointing.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased to read that you had an enjoyable stay at Bowman Cottage. We take all comments on board. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angharad4.1Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in Central Ambleside - quiet and felt peaceful."

    Cottage is clean and bathrooms high standard. The log burner in lounge is not functional. This was disappointing as this is the room with the comfy chairs and it would have been lovely to sit in there with it on. The log burner in the kitchen works and we mostly sat there around kitchen table. Kitchen has plenty of equipment for cooking if wanted to. Could do with some more glassess as not enough if had 6 people staying. Overall would recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.1Dec 2022

  • "Bowman cottage is the nicest house we have rented in Ambleside."

    It is finished to a high standard with great quality fixtures and fittings. Everything we needed was provided. Ideally situated for access to all the restaurants and bars but still nice and quiet. Will definitely be booking again

    Reviewed by John David5.0Aug 2022

  • "We were delighted to return to this wonderful cottage for another fantastic family holiday."

    The cottage is very well appointed and equipped with everything required for a relaxing break. We hope to return again soon!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2022

  • "A lovely property, well appointed and in a great location."

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Jun 2022

  • "A fantastic stay with a perfect location will definitely return and recommend to others"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    This is our second stay and we love it. It is well equipped and very comfortable A coupon things to make it even better - 2nd hairdryer - larger colander

    Reviewed by Jo5.0May 2022

  • "Wonderful well equipped house in a quiet road with easy parking and access to Ambleside town ."

    Lovely snug room to relax in the evening with good DVD choice ! Kitchen well equipped with all that we needed for cooking and easily used oven etc. Good quality shower and bath and plenty of hot water which was great after our long days of walking ! Love Ambleside as easy access to most lakes /high fells etc. Lovely bench at front of property where we sat in the evening for our G and T when the sun did appear !!!!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2022

  • "This was our second stay at Bowman Cottage so it felt a bit like returning home."

    We love the location & overall facilities provided. I have scored 4 out of 5 just because the WiFi at times was very slow or non existent but accept this sometimes can’t be helped & the living room maybe could do with a bit updating albeit still a lovely house and we hope to return

    Reviewed by Iain4.7Apr 2022

  • "Great property and very comfortable."

    Location in centre of Ambleside meant we were able to access great walking and cycling from door - only used car one day during our weeks stay. Really appreciate the secure bike shed. Have stayed in this cottage before and will certainly book again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Nov 2021

  • "Absolutely loved staying in Bowman Cottage, it made for a very comfortable stay."

    The bathroom and shower room are amazing and so luxurious!

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Oct 2021

  • "When I arrived, I was told that there was no on-street parking permit but it was being delivered by 1st class post."

    That was clearly not the case because it never arrived! At the end of a 4.5 hour drive, with the main town car park full and people queuing, that is not what anybody wants. I tried to phone the HoftheL office only to find that I was talking to someone from Sykes Cottages in some other part of the UK. Basically, they couldn't care less about the parking permit even though it is supposed to be part of the package. Sykes are now too big and control too much of the holiday property market. Also, if you haven't been to Ambleside for a couple of years, you need to understand that it is now completely overcrowded. It is no longer the lakeland town for walkers and climbers.

    Reviewed by David4.4Sep 2021

  • "We had a lovely stay in Ambleside."

    The house was spacious and in a well located position for shops and for starting our walk so no car was required. Even though house was in a central position it was still nice and quiet which is something important to us after a long day walking.

    Reviewed by Roseann5.0May 2021

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This property is part of the Lakelovers collection.
We have properties to suit every occasion throughout the southern and central Lake District including; Ambleside Cottages, Bowness Cottages, Coniston Cottages, Grasmere Cottages, Hawkshead Cottages, Lakeside Cottages, Langdale Cottages, Troutbeck Cottages, Ulswater Cottages, Windermere Cottages and smaller hamlets between, which although seldom heard of are none the less equally wonderful. With hundreds of properties available, all of which are inspected and graded by the English Tourism Council, Lakelovers are sure to have a property to meet your needs.


  • Three-storey cottage
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with TV, 1 x second-floor double, 1 x second-floor twin
  • Bathroom with roll top bath, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating, underfloor heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TV with Freeview, DVD, TV with radio/CD player, Bluetooth sound system, WiFi and a selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available at this property
  • 1 x Residents' parking permit for SLDC permit for local car parks
  • Private patio with furniture and secure bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.2 miles

The property

Tucked away in a residential area within the town of Ambleside, is this attractive three-storey dwelling, Bowman Cottage.

Lovingly renovated throughout with sophisticated interiors and chic Farrow and Ball colours, this deluxe holiday home creates a wonderful and welcoming ambiance providing a stunning backdrop for your next family escape to the Lake District National Park.

Return from a thrilling adventure exploring the encompassing fells to this warm and inviting holiday home, leaving your coats to hang in the handy entrance hall before moving your way into the beautifully presented sitting room.

Admire the large bay window exuding natural light as you rest and recuperate on one of the pretty cream sofas, and enjoy many movies on the flat-screen TV whilst keeping your toes nice and toasty from the heat of the woodburning stove.

Discover a second sitting/dining room with a woodburning stove and indulge in many hearty home-cooked meals, lovingly prepared in the contemporary galley kitchen with the help of the handy gas hob and electric oven.

Venture up the staircase to the first floor and be greeted by a fabulous master bedroom hosting both a double bed and a TV, and two stylish bathrooms with underfloor heating.

The first of the bathrooms can be found boasting a striking free-standing bath and a hand held shower, whilst the second bathroom is home to a contemporary walk-in shower.

A further staircase will lead you up to the second-floor, where you will find two additional bedrooms comprising a double and a twin, offering up room for the whole family.

Make the most of warmer weather with sunny afternoons spent lounging on the patio as you recall your day’s adventures with loved ones over a refreshing glass of wine.

close to the heart of the town, you can delight in days spent shopping in some of the finest local stores and exploring local attractions such as The Bridge House, Ambleside Roman Fort and Stock Ghyll Force, or set about on one of the are many exciting walking trails that rest right on your doorstep such as Wansfell Pike, White Moss Walks and Black Crag Peak.

Visit the former home of William Wordsworth at Rydal Mount and Gardens and learn of his incredible work at the Wordsworth Museum.

Head underground as you tour Rydal Cave, or step back in time at the living museum of Townend and enjoy a fun day out with the family.

Grab dinner and drinks in one of the many well-established and independent restaurants dotted along the steep cobbled streets of Ambleside, including The Old Stamp House and Matthew's Bistro.

Stop off at the local supermarket ahead of a quiet night indoors, before returning to this magnificent home-away-from-home.

Live joyous moments with your family and friends on an incredible group getaway to the Lake District National Park.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Grasmere 4.4 miles; Windermere 4.7 miles; Keswick 16.7 miles.

Lying at the northern tip of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Ambleside makes a superb base for touring the central Lakes, with Grasmere and the Langdale Valley just a short drive away. There is plenty to do here - cruises, boat trips and watersports on Lake Windermere itself and numerous shops, restaurants and pubs in the village to suit all tastes. On the lakeside at Waterhead, the parkland offers lovely views down the lake and a short stretch of beach, whilst a walk in the other direction, following Stock Ghyll through woodland, will bring you to the entrancing waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force. Along with the Lake and the great walking on offer, Ambleside is also famous for its annual rushbearing ceremony and the diminutive 17th century “Bridge House” - one of the most photographed buildings in the Lake District and now the National Trust Information Centre.

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Note: Fuel for woodburning stove can be purchased locally

This property offers the following short breaks:

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