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  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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26 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property and wouldn't hesitate to recommend or return."

    We just wanted to stay! Shame 10 day holidays aren't available. Well equipped kitchen, needs a little updating in bedrooms/ensuite areas.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Jun 2024

  • "This is an amazing property fully equipped like your own home."

    It has everything you need. The bathrooms (except the master ) are a little dated but still in excellent condition. The gardens are fabulous and perfectly manicured. We stayed here last year and going again next month as a guest of friends and we also have two visits booked for 2025. We highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Gail4.7May 2024

  • "This is a fabulous place to stay, thoroughly enjoyable with every detail cared for."

    Amazing location with a beautifully maintained large garden. Alright, one or two areas needed a little attention & extra cleaning perhaps, but no doubt these will be taken care of with the ongoing maintenance plan that is clearly in place. We would definitely visit again and recommend this lovely home to anyone. Thanks, Mike H

    Reviewed by Mike5.0May 2024

  • "Really good and well equipped."

    Exceptionally comfortable sofas and beds, good quality all round. Beautiful gardens, spacious rooms and lots of games and books for the family to enjoy.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claudia4.7Mar 2024

  • "3 generations spent a week at this amazing property."

    There was so much room in this house that we could all spread out if we wanted to or all be together in one area. It was very comfortable and well equipped. A short walk into bowness, where there was a good choice of cafes, bars and restaurants and a good base for exploring the Lakes. I would recommend trying the Spa day at Low Wood Bay Resort.

    Reviewed by George5.0Mar 2024

  • "This was one of the best houses we have had and we've had a fair few over the years!"

    The room wasn't set up as twins when we arrived, even though sykes had been asked twice to do that. The maintenance people though were fabulous and came the next morning. Lots of room for everyone to do something different. Beautiful views from every room in the house. Back garden was great but isn't particularly safe for large dogs. We have a 3 year old lab and she jumped straight over the rear wall and ended up at the front of the property! Wasn't an issue though just kept her on her lead outside. We had ages ranging from 87 to 8 years and we all loved the area and house so much! The walk into Bowness took about 30 minutes. Bowness was lovely, likewise so was Ambleside and Windermere. So much to do all all-round the area. All in all an extremely lively winter break, thank you to the lovely owners that let this property out! We will be back very soon x

    Reviewed by Carly5.0Feb 2024

  • "Brackenlea is a Fabulous House."

    Very spacious and comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped, not short of anything. The large garden is lovely and well kept. I would definitely recommend Brackenlea and hope to return sometime soon.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Jan 2024

  • "As a family of 9, we had an amazing time."

    The house was in the perfect area not far from Bowness. It was very clean. Beds and furniture comfy. Spacious. Kitchen had everything you needed.

    Reviewed by Kerrie5.0Dec 2023

  • "Second time of staying here."

    Lovely property in a great location.

    Reviewed by John5.0Dec 2023

  • "This is our second time at Brackenlea and we think it is a fantastic house."

    So spacious, so comfortable and in a fantastic location. We love the fact there are 4 bathrooms and 5 bedrooms spread out throughout the house. The kitchen is large and is well stocked with cutlery and crockery plus kitchen utensils and baking trays. The seating in the lounge is very comfortable. 2 dining rooms allow for flexibility. The garden is amazing, but as we have only stayed during winter we have not had the opportunity to sit outside but there is a choice of seating and it is well maintained. A wonderful place to stay and we hope to be back next year.

    Reviewed by Anthea5.0Nov 2023

  • "We all absolutely loved staying in this property."

    It was just Wow ! From the moment we arrived, It felt comfortable from day 1. It caters for everything you could possibly need. We stayed as a family of 7 plus our beloved dog. The house was so large we could all do our own thing then come back together as a family for meals and play games. The garden was secure for Hugo, so he was more than happy too. I booked this as a surprise for my daughters 30th, but booked before we left for next year as we did not want to leave. The walk into the village is beautiful too alongside the lake. Some days we just sat and admired the views and simply watched the wildlife in the fields opposite. It was just a perfect stay.

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Nov 2023

  • "We did have a good stay overall however it Wasnt the cleanest."

    Kick boards in kitchen werent clean. Had to hoover under the sofas when we arrived. Was quite dusty everywhere. When it rained, next to the front door where it had been boarded up on the ceiling was leaking water. One of our friends stayed in one of the rooms with a 1 year old but did find damp so was a bit concered. It also did feel damp during the night once temperature dropped. Wouldnt put us off staying again but thought you should be aware of these concerns.

    Thank you for your feedback. We take all comments on board. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kelly3.4Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful, well equipped house in a lovely location."

    Perfect for our family holiday. Great that we could also take the dog. Would benefit from ventilation in the 2 lower bedrooms & bathroom (windows were locked & no extractor fan). There was also no toilet paper! Thank you for letting your property, we all had a great time.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to read that you had a great holiday. The owner hopes to address the issue of ventilation in the bedrooms and bathroom in the coming weeks. Our cleaners should leave a toilet roll in each bathroom, please accept our apologies if this didn't happen on this occasion. We hope to welcome you back to Brackenlea in the future. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2023

  • "When you first walk through the door it's a big wow, every room was spacious and clean, the garden was lovely."

    Everyone was excited exploring the house. We all enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend and return

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had an idyllic family holiday at Brackenlea."

    Lots of space and lovely garden too! Would love to come back one day

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic house in a great location."

    Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2023

  • "When we first arrived we thought the property was lovely nice big rooms and kitchen good location and on the whole it was fine, but then on the second night we noticed there was a lot of mould in one corner and near the wardrobe in one of the downstairs bedrooms."

    Then on the Thursday the roof started to leak in the hallway and several pairs of shoes got wet. We put a bowl down to catch it then rang Sykes, someone came out and took photos but no maintenance or cleaning of the mould took place.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear of the issues you experienced, and we will look into the points raised. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amanda3.4Sep 2023

  • "Thank you for sharing your beautiful house with us."

    Reviewed by Kevin St Anthony4.7Sep 2023

  • "Fabulous house for a family vacation with many different hobbies."

    You can relax in beautiful garden, have a barbecue. Challenges in the games room, watch tv or a lovely walk around marina. Good base for out and about in Lake District.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Sep 2023

  • "This house has absolutely everything you could possibly need."

    Everything is of a high standard , The 2 back rooms were ideal as we had small children so it was quiet for them although I agree these rooms are cooler than the rest of the house. Some houses you go to have some basic kitchen necessities like tinfoil or salt etc this house didn’t so remember to take everything you want . Tesco in Bowness not well stocked , found the coop better or a trip to Booths in Windermere. I would definitely return and use this house again

    Reviewed by Loraine5.0Jun 2023

  • "The house was simply amazing."

    We had a lovely time with our family, and the house and gardens really made it. I have only given 4 stars due to one side of the house being very cold as u think there was a problem with the hearing. The house would definately benefit with providing electric car charging that could be charged back to guests. Last point is the photos of the location doesn't do it justice... simply stunning.

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments on board. The Heart of The Lakes Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.7May 2023

  • "Really comfortable, spacious property."

    Perfect for an extended family stay.

    We are pleased that you had a lovely stay and found the property to be comfy. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely house, very well equipped and comfortable."

    Would happily go back again.

    Thank you very much for your kind feedback. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Feb 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay here it was spacious and had everything we and the dogs could need."

    Couldn’t recommend it highly enough and hope we get to return soon!

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Feb 2023

  • "We all would like to thank you for a wonderful stay this Xmas."

    There were enough facilities, rooms with great views, heating, hot water and a wonderful kitchen with all the equipment (may be a small frying pan was needed). It was very comfortable with lots of room to sit, eat, lounge and not forgetting the games, table tennis and pool. We spent lovely evenings chatting and completed the 1000 piece jigsaws! The xmas trees were a wonderful surprise! Once again many thanks for a lovely stay this xmas.

    Reviewed by Farah5.0Dec 2022

  • "Fantastic property situated in a great place to explore the lakes."

    Kitchen very well equipped and gardens very well kept. Great for all the family.

    Reviewed by John5.0Nov 2022

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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.


  • Five bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king size with balcony and en-suite walk-in shower, basin, bidet and WC, 1 x ground-floor super-king-size (zip/link, made to twin on request), 1 x ground-floor double, 1 x first-floor super-king-size with balcony and en-suite free-standing bath, walk-in shower, basin, bidet and WC, 1 x first-floor double with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over bath, basin, bidet and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility room with washing machine
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with gas fire
  • Living/dining room with electric fire
  • Garage converted games room with secure bike storage for ten bikes and tumble dryer
  • We politely ask that electric vehicles are not charged at the property due to fire risk, see in property info for further guidance on where to charge your vehicle
  • To ensure the high standards of the garden are maintained, a gardener will attend every Tuesday.
  • Gas central heating, gas fire and electric fire
  • Electric double oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, coffee maker, separate larder fridge, separate freezer and wine cooler
  • High chair and travel cot available
  • 3 x Smart TVs, smart speaker, WiFi, games room with snooker/table tennis table
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 5 cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn, patio areas, furniture, pergola, swing hammock and gas barbecue
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 0.5 miles, shop 1.2 miles
  • Note: There are ten steps up to the property from the driveway
  • Note: There are several internal steps
  • Note: Check-in is from 4pm, check-out by 10am.

The property

Near Windermere Lake and the historic village of Bowness-on-Windermere sits Brackenlea, a lovely five-bedroom standalone home. This charming holiday home, set among peaceful grounds, is an excellent home base for families and large groups from which to explore the Lake District National Park. Brackenlea is an ideal getaway for 10 people and two well-behaved pets, benefitting from balconies with showcasing panoramic views of the countryside and convenient location near local amenities and attractions. You can park your cars in the driveway of Brackenlea, which can accommodate up to five vehicles. Follow the stairs up to your new home from home.

The large sitting room features a Smart TV, gas fire and plush sofas, and is an ideal setting for relaxing with your loved ones.

Next to this, you will find the contemporary and well-equipped kitchen area, which has everything you need to enjoy a memorable self-catered stay, include sleek granite worktops, state-of-the-art appliances, and a breakfast bar.

The chef of your group will have found their haven. The formal dining room is located at the front of the home, where you can your guests can enjoy a meal together and reflect on the day's events or make plans for the following days itinerary, all whilst taking in the breath-taking vistas via the big picture windows. Enjoy the tranquilly of the garden from the garden room's two sets of double patio doors, which open out into the garden and patio.

In addition to the enormous family breakfast table, which is perfect for morning meals and making plans for the day, there are also extra sofas for lounging around on, watching TV or escaping into your favourite novel.

You can have an evening of friendly competition on the snooker/table tennis table in the games room, which is in the garage.

This area also benefits from secure bike storage for up to ten bikes, ideal for the keen cyclists in your group.

There are five beautifully decorated bedrooms to choose from when it's time to catch up on some much-needed rest.

On the ground-floor, you will find a wonderful king-size with a balcony and en-suite bathroom, or follow the four steps down to reach a lovely super-king-size with zip/link, and a double, all with access to an adjacent bathroom.

Head upstairs to unwind in the luxurious super king-size bedroom with panoramic views of the surrounding fields from the comfort of your bed through the floor-to-ceiling patio doors.

Alternatively, you may enjoy the scenery while sipping coffee on the balcony.

This gorgeous room A-framed beams, and access to its own en-suite with free-standing bath and walk-in shower.

You will also discover an additional double bedroom on this floor, also benefitting from its own en-suite shower room.

Step out onto the spacious lawn, which is surrounded by a garden full of greenery, flowering plants, several patios with plenty of outdoor seating, a barbecue, perfect for alfresco dining whilst your four-legged friends run and play.

Why not take a break and relax with a cool drink under the lovely pergola or in the wooden swing hammock? There are several fine dining establishments within walking distance, making it easy to celebrate a special occasion with friends and family.

The Lindeth Howe Hotel, located just 300 metres further down Lindeth Drive, and serves lunches, afternoon tea, and dinners, and the Linthwaite House Hotel is home to Simon Rogan's Henrock restaurant.

Blackwell, where the magnificent Arts and Crafts House may be found, is conveniently close by as well. Watersports like kayaking and paddleboarding can be enjoyed on the famous Lake Windermere, which is just a short stroll away.

For a more leisurely day, take a sail across the lake to Ambleside or Lakeside. You can take a day trip on the chain ferry to the neighbouring villages of Far and Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, and Ambleside, or you can walk along the lakeshore path to Wray Castle, a National Trust property. Cockshott Point, Brant Fell, and Orrest Head are just a few of the beautiful hikes in the area.

Hikers in the group have a number of beautiful low fells within easy reach, in addition to the peaks of Helvellyn and Scafell Pike, each of which presents a unique challenge on the way to the top. For an unforgettable stay in Cumbria, look no further than Brackenlea. Head outside to the expansive garden, which is dotted with leafy green plants, several patio areas with outdoor seating for ten, a barbecue, and a lush lawn, ideal for enjoying across the warmer months with your four-legged friends.

Why not enjoy a refreshing drink in the pretty pergola, whilst the children enjoy the outdoor swing chair.

For a special occasion, why not step out the door and take a short walk to Simon Rogan's 'Henrock' restaurant at the Linthwaite House Hotel.

The nearby Lindeth Fell offers a traditional setting with lake views, where you can enjoy an afternoon tea or a home-cooked lunch.

The lovely Arts and Crafts House, Blackwell, is just moments away.

Lake Windermere is just a short walk away and offers a variety of watersports activities, such as kayaking and paddle boarding, or for a more relaxed experience, catch a lake cruise and sail over to Ambleside or Lakeside.

Board the passenger ferry and explore more of your picture-perfect surroundings with a day trip to Ambleside, Hawkshead, or take the lakeshore path along to National Trust property, Wray Castle.

You will find some picturesque walks on your doorstep, including Cockshott Point, Brant Fell and Orrest Head, for the hikers of the group, the peaks of Helvellyn and Scafell Pike are set within easy reach, each offering a challenging pursuit to the summit.

Why not head off on foot along the Dales Way, a 78-mile footpath linking West Yorkshire to Cumbria.

Whisk your loved ones away on an unforgettable retreat to Brackenlea.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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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, cinema, 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 three miles away, and the historic villages of Grasmere, Ambleside and Troutbeck are a short drive away. There is 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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Please note: Back garden is enclosed for large dogs
Note: Sat Nav location does not always work in this area, please follow directions.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas