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Belle View

Bowness & Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 948617)

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(27 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Cot available

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Really the only good point to this apartment is the great location."

    Centrally located so great access to the town. However, the accommodation itself is not great. The two bedrooms smell damp, beds are fine and linens no issues. Towels are very thin. None of the blinds are child safe, not too much of an issue in the lounge but not safe in the bedrooms. The bathroom is awful. Grim overall, tiles/grout/awful floor/bath taps & handles / round the toilet. Very low pressure shower but that’s not unusual. Whilst clean that does not compensate for the overall state of it. The red chair in lounge is grim/not clean. Some things appear new the rest are awful. Sykes did call to discuss but as we were only there 3 nights we didn’t think there was much point getting stressed about it. Cheap place but not worth it.

    Reviewed by LizFeb 2022

  • "Not the cleanest of places to stay."

    Grubby grouting,sealant round sink and bath,filthy behind toilet. Floor peeling in both kitchen and bathroom. Hair in bathroom and on dressing table. Kitchen sink constantly blocked,taking forever to drain. Inside front door handle loose,will come off soon if not seen to locking someone in. Have stayed in beautiful sykes places before,wouldn't recommend this one.

    Reviewed by JaneNov 2021

  • "Beautiful location."

    Apartment above lovely Italian restaurant. Apartment served all our needs but would benefit from an update, furniture was looking a bit tired.

    Reviewed by NickolaSep 2021

  • "We had a brilliant holiday!"

    Reviewed by JassyAug 2021

  • "The blind was broken in the living area & my husband fixed it by attaching the pull cord."

    . The blind in the twin room was also broken., The towels where soft & the bedding was clean but the headboards on the twin beds mark the walls & are not necessary.. Hanging space required in the twin bedroom even if it was hooks on the wall.. Great location & a car parking space (we have stayed before in this apartment) Bathroom skirtings where dusty when we arrived.. The board games where good., Feathers everywhere when using the cushion the living area.. A fan would be helpful as unable to sleep with the windows open as a very busy road..

    Reviewed by MichelleJul 2021

  • "Good location for everything on and around lake Windermere, but very noisy on street side."

    Microwave doesn’t work, blinds broken in twin bedroom and kitchen. DVD player doesn’t work as nothing to connect to tv. Car parked in reserved space for three days so couldn’t park in allotted space.

    Reviewed by AndrewJul 2021

  • "The flat is superbly located in central bowness and is well equipped."

    The down sides are the smells from the restaurant below and the extremely uncomfortable beds and pillows. There is plenty of hot water and we found the shower is good. The bathroom needs a little updating and attention. Sleep quality is extremely important and I would suggest the owner needs to address the poor sleep quality as this is a major let down.

    Reviewed by DavidJun 2021

  • "The flat was located in a busy area in Bowness which was handy."

    We did not have any problems finding it and was very clean. It had everything we needed for a self catering holiday but would agree that a pair of scissors would have been good to have and more bags for rubbish or a bigger bin! There is an Italian restaurant below but we did not have any noise from them. The problem was the noise from the traffic and a bloody manhole nearby! The blinds do not really keep the noise out unfortunately unless you are a heavy sleeper. The beds were uncomfortable. In one of the rooms there are two single beds and you could feel the springs. They reminded me of a cheap student HMO. I had to use an air bed to put under the bedsheet to make it harder. The shower head was not the best but we managed ok. Overall, our stay was fine and served the purpose of getting to know the area, walk and travel to other places from here, although I am not sure I would stay here again if I have other options.

    Reviewed by KimJun 2021

  • "The apartment could do with some updating, the beds where so uncomfortable one of the single beds creaked every time you moved."

    Location was very good but couldn’t opened the bedroom windows for the noise from the road.

    Reviewed by SandraMay 2021

  • "We very much enjoyed our stay in Belle View."

    The apartment had everything we needed. The lovely views over the rooftops towards Lake Windermere from the living room, kitchen and bathroom were a very pleasant surprise. There is quite a bit of noise from the restaurant below, but it didn't go on very late during our stay. The mattress in the main bedroom isn't great, but we managed to sleep. Our main recommendation to the owner would be to install blackout blinds in the bedrooms as the Venetian ones are ineffective for keeping out the light. The bathroom is perfectly functional. The electric shower required some practise to adjust the temperature. One thing which we found annoying was that the thing which holds the shower head was broken, so we could only lean it precariously against the wall and couldn't adjust this. I think this requires urgent rectification. Regarding the living room, the main criticism is that the television is mounted way too high on the wall. The furniture is comfortable enough. A slightly longer sofa would have been preferable. The location of the apartment is one of its main selling points. It is just a short stroll from Belle View to shops, restaurants and pubs, as well as the lake. There is a bus stop a couple minutes' walk up the hill, with very regular departures to nearby Windermere, Ambleside and Grasmere. In spite of pointing out a few potential improvements, we had a great holiday and would be happy to stay in Belle View next time we visit the Lake District.

    Reviewed by RobertApr 2021

  • "Belle View Bowness on Windermere."

    The apartment no 34 was a little tricky parking in the appointed designated place due to a blue car behind parked directly behind against the building which made it impossible for larger vehicles to gain access to the end. Great location and easy instructions to the property. Excellent accommodation and spacious, clean and very cosy and warm. The views from the living area are stunning. Basics salt pepper fairy and cloths provided and all utensils, equipment and amenities. Information pack and lake magazines very useful and a Brentfell walk manual. Comfy beds and very large plumped up pillows. Could do with maybe a pair of scissors but it was like being at home from home. Bowness plenty to see and do. Across on the Ferry to Hill Top. Beatrix Potter museum round the corner. Helvellyn half hours drive away. Trattoria Italian below the flat was excellent fine dining, a little pricey but to celebrate our first night stay was a treat. John Peel pub grub do excellent Sunday lunch at a good price and real ale beer. Lake Raj was so accommodating as most places won’t allow you in after 8pm so booking would be advisable. Lake Raj was excellent Indian food and excellent facilities and strict with the social distancing. The Stags Head good for watching sports as well as a dog, child friendly pub with excellent food and the place has character. Cruise to Ambleside and to see the Stockghyll Force waterfalls and chocolate dip ice cream on the Lakeside. Brant Fell walk advised in the apartment and gave stunning views I would recommend doing this but it is steep but not too far to go but if you can’t manage it then Biskey Howe viewpoint is just pass and beyond the Angel Inn. Angel inn is a gorgeous pub and very popular. We were so grateful that we could attend our trip in between the lockdowns and we felt the apartment was amongst the hustle and bustle of the main area and perfectly made our week brilliant. Thank you

    Reviewed by RosieOct 2020

  • "The Sykes experience was excellent."

    As far as the flat went, it was clean and reasonably well equipped (a pair of kitchen scissors and a small chopping knife would be very useful). It is on the main road convenient for buses to Windermere station, Ambleside and Grasmere, and is on a steep road from the lake about 5 minutes walk away for other buses and the steamers. The accommodation is on the first floor and has steep stairs, it also has four extra stairs at the bottom which can be avoided by walking through the restaurant forecourt. It has some more steps to the parking area at the back which we found absolutely impossible to find in the dark on arrival. Far more details need to be given off Longlands Road, a little map would be helpful, we spent over an hour trying to find the correct parking space! Once in the flat it is warm and has double glazing. The two bedrooms are at the front (double and smaller twin) and are extremely noisy if the windows are open. As I have asthma and have to sleep with the window open I had to move a single mattress to the lounge which was also noisy because of the main road echo from the stair well and wasn't too comfortable. For someone who sleeps heavily it would be very nice as the sun shines in to the lounge in the afternoon and there is a deli next door and a Co-op with a cash machine next to that, there are also three restaurants within a couple of minutes walk. There is also a part view of the lake at the back. The hot water is by immersion and heats up reasonably quickly.

    Reviewed by GarethOct 2020

  • "This apartment was big and well equipped."

    Lovely views from some windows. Such a convenient location and allocated parking space made such a difference.

    Reviewed by JoyceSep 2020

  • "We had a great time and the flat was lovely ,well situated, for shopping ..."

    We had a great time and the flat was lovely ,well situated, for shopping ,restaurants and exploring the lakes will definitely come back

    Reviewed by GailSep 2020

  • "Enjoyed the COVID-19 break in the Lakes."

    Apartment close to Bowness Centre and easy walking distances to Windermere town centre. Apartment spacious and well equipped for a weeks stay. Could do with a fan as apartment is warm and if windows are open at night very noisy from the Italian below and the street noise in bedrooms. We had an issue with parking but soon sorted out by the owners plus telly did not work for a couple of days. I would recommend this apartment to families quite a few stairs to negotiate so not much good if you have any disabilities.

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2020

  • "Had a nice relaxing week at Belle View."

    Would definitely recommend this property. Great location right in the middle of Bowness. The Italian restaurant below did lovely takeaway pizzas. Co-op right next door. Everything you need in flat. Clean and bright. Plenty to see and do in Bowness, many restaurants, cafes, delis, and Pubs, lots of choice for lunch and dinner. thanks Nicola

    Reviewed by NicolaFeb 2020

  • "Nothing. We had a lovely stay."

    A bit noisey at times but that's expected when your location is so central. Apartment was lovely, well equipped and had off street parking.

    Reviewed by NicolaAug 2019

  • "Accommodation was central."

    Extremely noisy more so than in brochure. Furnishings were tired but serviceable. Some fixtures were damaged or not working. Bathroom would benefit from a deep clean. Could be a lovely flat with a little effort and a bit of a makeover. The noise especially could have spoiled the break but we brought a blow up bed and slept in the sitting room. ☹️

    Reviewed by SimonJun 2019

  • "Had a great time at Belle View in Bowness on Windermere."

    Great apartment, had everything we needed and was in a great location, 2 minutes walk to all the shops, cafe bars and restaurants. Five minute walk to the lake and we had a lovely view of this from our window. Would highly recommend this apartment. Lovely time was had by all, thanks.

    Reviewed by ChristinaNov 2018

  • "Traffic noise in bedrooms not good."

    Cooking facilities poor. Situated above a restaurant and scraping of chairs and fan noise very annoying. Convenient for shops, bars etc but would rather stay somewhere less noisy.

    Please note that all the cooking facilities are new, we do understand that you had a problem putting the timer on however there is a manual provided. We understand the flat is in the centre of town close to bars and restaurants which is highlighted on the Sykes website. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LesleyOct 2018

  • "This property is in ideal locatipn with great views."

    But is poorly maintained it was difficult to park as the overgrowth of bushes obscured the number and reduced the parking space by about 2 foot. The property itself is poorly equipped. Tv too small for room size, no Wi-Fi, no DVD, radio/music player, poor cooking equipment, no baking trays for oven, non stick pans no longer non stick. Venician blinds only in bedrooms not keeping out light from streat outside needs black out curtains. Property poorly cleaned, cobwebs and dust on skirtings, cornicing, window ledges, Windows dirty inside and out.

    The outside areas including parking facilities are managed by Leasecare Ltd who have been informed of the overgrown bushes and we have been advised this will be addressed. A DVD player is to be installed (the radio is integral to the TV), new baking trays are to be purchased. The blinds in the bedrooms are new however if they are not adequate we also add curtains. We consider the standard of cleanliness at the flat to be of upmost importance and imperative to a pleasant stay. For this this reason your concerns over the cleanliness of the flat have since been investigated. We have since replaced the cleaner and are now using a Sykes Cottages recommended cleaning company. Yours Sincerely The Owners Property Owner

    Reviewed by JohnAug 2018

  • "Very nice location near to lake, restaurants and shops."

    Reviewed by RashpalJul 2018

  • "Belle View is easy to find, just into Bowness down the hill from Windermere on the right hand side next to the car park / cinema then above the Italian restaurant , its a well presented apartment having everything you need for a break with lovely views from the living quarters / kitchen over the roof tops to the lake."

    We found the sofa to be a little low for our comfort and the double bed mattress a little on the thin side but we managed with them both for a week. Don`t go to bed early as the Italian underneath shuts at 11pm then spends 15 minutes moving chairs around for the next day. The apartment is ideally situated for either staying in bowness or exploring the lakes and as we were on public transport the bus stop next to the cinema was ideal for getting up to Keswick or down to Kendal. would definitely stay here again

    Reviewed by NeilJun 2018

  • "The flat was very warm and comfortable."

    It was very well placed in the Town, close to the shops and restaurants. It was also close to the main road to the lake, which meant the road noise was loud.

    Reviewed by LindaMar 2018

  • "It would be great to have Wi-Fi in this accommodation."

    The owner of the property was extremely helpful. We can't wait to go back.

    Reviewed by JayneFeb 2018

  • "Easy to book."

    Great customer service. Lovely apartment in a great location

    Reviewed by JamesOct 2017

  • "We had a little trouble finding it."

    Address is Quarry Rigg ( which is good for car park but not signed) but acces is from Lake Rd. ( which is main road)

    Reviewed by John DavidJul 2017

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  • All first floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Electric heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV with Freeview
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot available
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: The apartment is above Trattoria Restaurant.

The property

This lovely first floor apartment is situated above an Italian restaurant in a parade of shops in the centre of the vibrant town of Bowness on Windermere.

The apartment is an ideal base for a family wishing to explore this fabulous part of the country.

From the hallway there is an open plan living area with a well-equipped kitchen which has a dining area and a sitting area with comfortable seating and an electric fire.

To complete the accommodation there is a double bedroom and a twin bedroom.

In the town of Bowness there is a wide selection of places to eat and drink, from tea and cake to bars and splendid restaurants.

Why not take a trip on one of Windermere Lake Cruises?

The cruises have several stop options, including Lakeside and the Lakes Aquarium, Ambleside, the Brockhole Visitor Centre or the National Trust Wray Castle, a superb way to explore the surrounding areas.

For a spot of nostalgia visit the traditional Royalty Cinema, where you can view the latest movies, or listen to the Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ from a bygone era, which can be heard in concert or alongside a silent movie.

Further afield is the town of Kendal with its castle ruins, museums and shopping, whilst Ambleside’s bustling town centre is just a short drive.

Grizedale Forest is not to be missed with its excellent walking and mountain biking trails as well as high tree-top adventure at Go Ape.

A lovely town centre apartment in a wonderful Lake District location.

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

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About the location


Windermere Train Station 1.5 miles: Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 7 miles.

The vibrant twin towns of Bowness and Windermere hold enduring appeal for visitors to the Lake District National Park, with each providing a range of nearby attractions, amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. A variety of boat trips and boat hire are available from Windermere Lake Cruises in Bowness to Brockhole, Ambleside and Lakeside (at the southern end of the lake where the Lakeside Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are situated). The World of Beatrix Potter attraction and the Old Laundry theatre are 1.5 miles away. Orrest Head, where Alfred Wainwright was inspired to write his series of iconic guidebooks, is a 30-minute walk to enjoy the spectacular panorama of far-reaching views over the lake and surrounding fells. Brockhole, which offers high wire tree top experiences, is less than two miles away, and the historic villages of Grasmere, Ambleside and Troutbeck are a short drive away. There are also a variety of watersports on offer for the more energetic at marine centres along the lake. The area is ideally situated for exploring all that this region has to offer, whether by foot, bike, car, railway or bus; and is within easy reach of attractions such as the spectacular Langdales, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House at Far Sawrey, Coniston, Grizedale Forest Park, with its delightful walks and famous outdoor sculptures, mountain biking and “Go-Ape” adventure park, Ullswater, Kendal, Keswick, stone circles, Roman forts and England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

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