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Craig Cottage

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Bowness-On-Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "The property was clean and comfortable, and well-located for the Lakes."

    The town centre is in walking distance, too. The 2 main bedrooms were a good size, as was the living room. The bathroom was small but perfectly adequate, with a good shower, and the kitchen was well appointed. Our gripes were with parking, access, and the WiFi. The last of those was simple: it just didn’t work, at all, no matter how many times we reset the router. This was a bit of an annoyance. As far as parking goes, there is a parking space, but it is small, tricky to get into, and on the side of a very narrow one way street. Again, just a bit of a pain. Finally, the property’s main entrance is down a steep flight of steps, which are a bit treacherous in the dark. There is lighting, but it only stays on for about 10 seconds. It was good on balance, but there were some negatives.

    Hello Thanks for the feedback and for bringing the WiFi issue to our attention as we have never had any issues before. The broadband company confirmed it was down during your stay due to a “major outage” in the area but it is now working again so we will ask Lakelovers to check. We are grateful to have a parking space as these are in short supply, but do appreciate it can be tight, so we also provide a free parking permit for street parking too for guests to use and further free parking is available further up the road too so there are plenty of options subject to availability. The property description on the website provides information about the steps to the front of the property so guests are aware before they book. Guests are also able to use the back door to the property as an alternative way of entering the property which does not have any steps to it. We are glad that you found it good on balance and thank you again for your feedback. Kind regards The Owner Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jodie4.1May 2024

  • "Had a good stay in Bowness, the property was located well, the parking was good."

    The steps down to the property were dangerous and need reconfiguring. The property itself was good , decorating could be better a lot of chips and scratches on the paintwork. The rear of the property was very poor and needs a big clean up, the scaffolding and work being carried out did not help. Overall we enjoyed our stay but we would suggest improvements be carried out.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable stay. We will be attending the property to look at the steps, and outside area. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane3.8Apr 2024

  • "We have had several holidays in Craig Cottage."

    It is a beautiful cottage in a great location. The level of cleanliness is excellent, bedding is pristine and towels are superb quality. Bottle of prosecco left in fridge was a lovely touch and the essentials pack with cloth, pan scrubber, refuse sacks and dishwasher tabs is such a helpful addition. We are returning again later in the year.

    Reviewed by James4.7Mar 2024

  • "We absolutely love Craig cottage."

    The cottage is finished to a very high standard and well equipped,bonus of having off street parking and a garden so the dog could stretch her legs. Overall could not fault the cottage we would definitely recommend and we will definitely be booking again.x

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jan 2024

  • "Loved our stay at the cottage."

    As described, clean and comfortable it gave us a good base for exploring the lakes whilst being close to Windermere for food etc. will likely be back soon

    Reviewed by Lindsey4.4Dec 2023

  • "The property is excellent, very comfortable and decorated to a high standard."

    Great location, close to shops and restaurants. We have really enjoyed several holidays in Craig Cottage and hope to enjoy more in coming years. Only drawback is the access to the front of the property. Stairs are non uniform, very difficult to negotiate in the dark and should be better lit. There is a pir floodlight but it only comes on when you arrive at the front door and only for a few seconds (no reason why it couldn't be adjusted) to cover the stairway.

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2023

  • "The loaction is great, however the cleanliness is not the greatest - could do with a new cleaner I think."

    There were long hairs that had not been hoovered up and stuck to my foot Yuck! The bathroom bath plug must be clogged up as it is open but the water does not go down and you end up with water half way up your legs for even a quick shower! Then all of the dirt that was already in the plug comes back up and sticks to the bath - not nice. Some toilet paper left and a welcome pack would have been nice! and a washing machine even better. The best way to leave and access the premises for ease is via the back way, but that definitely needs some TLC - very dirty and paint coming off everywhere, the next door neighbours have a nice back area so that would be great and the furniture at the front is nothing like the picture - that needs some TLC as well - probably only small things I know but they all add up and these things make a difference, but having said that on the whole everything else was great and appreciated the parking space. I am just being honest not moaning just stating a few facts so sorry if it sounds negative. Weather was absolutely fabulous - not sure if you arranged that but it was great

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that the cleanliness of the property, had we been made aware during your stay, we would have attended to resolve. As the property is self catering, items such as a welcome pack is not always provided. We take all comments on board. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen2.8Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage lovely location would love to go back I didn’t want to leave ..."

    Beautiful cottage lovely location would love to go back I didn’t want to leave I’ve recommended the cottage to friends already xx

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jul 2023

  • "The property is in a fantastic location with everything you need in walking distance but unfortunately we were very disappointed with the general cleanliness of the property, particularly the kitchen, bathroom & some of the carpeted areas."

    I cleaned a lot of areas when we arrived, which isn’t really ideal on the start of your holiday!! Therefore we would not choose to stay here again.

    Reviewed by Aidan1.6Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage located perfectly in Bowness."

    The lay out worked great for our family and was central to all of our day trips. House was clean and well maintained. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0May 2023

  • "We booked Craig Cottage quite last minute and we were impressed with the price compared to other properties in the area."

    When we got there we really appreciated the parking space as there wasn’t much available off road parking due to how busy it was (the weather was lovely which most likely increased footfall!). The property was traditional on the outside with a lovely maintained garden and modern and comfortable on the inside with comfy living room and cosy bedrooms. The shower had great water pressure and was very clean. We would have preferred some hand soap for both the bathroom and kitchen and maybe some washing up liquid but that’s nothing we couldn’t buy ourselves. I also appreciated the complimentary Prosecco! The cottage is in the perfect spot with just a 5 minute walk into the action with plenty to do near by. Our dog loved the garden although the gate was slightly broken and wonky meaning it’s not 100% secure. All in all the cottage was brilliant and we have already recommended to family and friends! Thanks for a great stay, we’ll definitely be back!

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for your comment about the fence we will pass that on. Hope to see you again soon. The owner relations team - Property Owner

    Reviewed by Georgia5.0May 2023

  • "We had a very comfortable stay at this lovely cottage."

    It was very well planned out, comfortable beds and sofas, all modern heating, television etc. All the facilities you need except for a washing machine which personally I would find more useful than the dishwasher supplied. We found it easier using the back entrance during our stay as it's on a lower level unless we were using the car. The parking space is extremely useful as there's not much parking space available in the road. The garden is very well maintained and makes a very pleasant view.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you back. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela4.4May 2023

  • "Excellent location just 5-10 mins from lake maximum."

    Property newly renovated so whilst outside looks more traditional there is a lovely contemporary finish internally. Had everything we needed for our stay. The designated parking space is a little difficult to manoeuvre in and out of due to parking on road and the stairs are quite steep leading into the property however you can use access at the back if required. We would absolutely stay here again !

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

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great cottage in a great location."

    Would absolutely recommend.

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

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Mar 2023

  • "Property lacking more basic cutlery and crockery or a milk and sugar container ..."

    Property lacking more basic cutlery and crockery or a milk and sugar container More forks and knives More cups etc Lighting is very poor around the property Comfort of beds and sofas excellent And location great

    Reviewed by Andrew4.1Dec 2022

  • "Very cosy, well furnished cottage in walking distance from Bowness with private parking."

    The beds were super comfy. We were there on a wet weekend and the steps from the road to the front door were narrow, steep pretty treacherous and, we think, not suitable for someone with mobility restrictions whatever the weather. There was access through the back door at ground level through an alleyway. The kitchen was well equipped although it would have been better if the basics such as salt and pepper and washing up liquid had been provided. The shower was powerful and there was plenty of hot water although some soap would have been handy. All in all a very nice cottage, near all amenities but a little more attention to detail would have made it even better.

    Reviewed by Hall4.1Nov 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our second stay this year at Craig Cottage."

    It is well furnished, very comfortable and location is excellent. The path down into the garden from the car parking area is difficult to negotiate in the dark. Additional lighting around the steps would be beneficial. LIkewise, it would be helpful if bins had house numbers affixed (unsure which bins were for use of cottage). Also unsure of collection day and what our responsibility was. No bins available at cottage when we left at end of holiday.

    Reviewed by James5.0Nov 2022



    Reviewed by Paul3.1Sep 2022

  • "This was the best cottage we have stayed in ."

    It has set a very high standard for others to follow . I do have a couple of suggestions 1 as we used the back door most of the time it would be nice if they paved it so it was nicer to exit. 2 keep the trees and bushes on the path and parking area trimmed back. 3 please make sure that when you supply a parking disc that it is up date date it was a month out off date.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage loved that we could use front or back door for walks."

    Garden was great to sit with an early morning coffee and still lovely in the evening gor dinner. The only downside was no washing machine or even a retractable line for putting out wet cloths. As we had kids with us there was washing needing which I done hand wash for but no where to hang other than the fence also as weather was so good we went swimming again no where to dry towls etc. The house beside has a line tied to house and they can pull out as needed this would have been handy. Maybe this should be highlighted on the property listing as i did miss this feature.The parking permit is out of date so I left it in kitchen not that we needed it. Over all it was great we had a great time and even though there was no washing machine I would stay agin. Thank you

    Reviewed by Annet4.4Jul 2022

  • "Our stay at Craig Cottage was wonderful."

    A really well kept property with all the amenities you could need. The garden is fully secure for dogs and the location couldn't be better to be able to wander down to Bowness. We loved our visit and will definitely be booking again.

    Reviewed by Sherry5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a wonderful holiday in Craig Cottage."

    It is furnished to a very high standard and a high level of cleanliness, it was spotless throughout. Beds were extremely comfortable and bed linen and towels were pristine. Hand soap, kitchen sundries, dish washing tablets etc were all provided. The cottage is in a lovely quiet location and yet is so handy for the main street, shops, restaurants etc. We can't recommend it highly enough and we will certainly be returning for another holiday later in the year. Thanks to Lakelovers for an excellent service and for keeping us updated throughout the whole process.

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2022

  • "We rang Sykes on Saturday to request - log burning pack which was described in welcome folder, hand wash, toilet roll and washing up liquid - none of these were given to us and despite requesting none of these were received."

    There was 1 toilet roll between 5 people, half bottle of hand wash in kitchen none in the bathroom. There was no cleaning products available either to clean work tops etc

    Reviewed by Amy3.4Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, well located for both Bowness and Windermere."

    We ditched the car and had a relaxing week at Christmas with lots of cosy nights in front of the log fire. Well decorated and very quiet it was some of the best nights sleep we have had. Could do with improving the kitchen equipment but we did still managed to cook a Christmas lunch for 4.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Dec 2021

  • "Perfect on all counts"

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2021

  • "The location of the property was good as in easy walking distance of Bowness."

    However the cleanliness of the property, although mostly ok, was obviously not thorough as there was a used towel and someone’s bath robe left behind a bedroom door, also the kitchen equipment was somewhat lacking, no fish slice and no lids for pans and as others have also said the promised fire starter pack was not there

    Reviewed by Jed3.1Nov 2021

  • "Brilliant property, location and decorative design."

    HOWEVER, the cleanliness wasn’t how I expected with our dog finding biscuits under furniture upstairs, cobwebs from ceiling in bedrooms and baking trays in oven used with crumbs on. Also we had no starter fire pack as stated, which was disappointing upon arriving in the rain and in the night.

    Reviewed by Georgina3.8Nov 2021

  • "My children and I had a wonderful, relaxed time here."

    Loved the feel of the property and the town.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Oct 2021

  • "Needs a back door mat in the kitchen."

    No washing up liquid provided , bin bags for the upstairs and bathroom bin. Windows constantly soaking wet (think this is because they are single glazed).

    Reviewed by Joanne3.4Sep 2021

  • "Wonderful stay in a beautiful comfy cottage in a most convenient location right on the doorstep of Bowness centre."

    We barely used our car all week, instead we could catch the bus or a boat to most places we wanted to visit. The cottage is perfect for a young family, our children loved the bunk beds.

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Aug 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 bedrooms: 2 x king-size bedrooms with TVs, 1 x bunk bed (suitable for children only)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with wood burning stove
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, cafetiere
  • Smart TV, 2 x TVs and WiFi
  • gas and electric inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for 2 cars (Private parking for 1 car and 1 parking permit) with additional roadside parking on a first-come, first-served basis nearby
  • Multilevel garden with lawn, patio and furniture
  • One well behaved dog accepted
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: Due to the age of the property, steps from the parking and elevated garden, this property may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or young children
  • Please also note that the bunk beds are only suitable for children and therefore the property has a maximum occupancy of 4 adults and up to 2 children including infants.

The property

Resting just paces away from the bustling town centre of Bowness-On-Windermere in Cumbria is Craig Cottage, a fabulous Victorian mid-terrace cottage.

Offering a woodburning stove for the chillier months and a delightful garden for the warmer months, while being within the Lake District National Park and within easy reach of local amenities, this property is suited to a family or group of friends looking to get out and explore.

On arrival at the cottage, take the steps down through the garden and make your way into the cottage.

Enter the hall and hang your coats before making your way into the kitchen/diner for a cup of tea.

The kitchen/diner provides all the necessary appliances for the chef of the group to concoct mouth-watering meals for the family to enjoy together at the dining table, as well as a handy dishwasher to help with the cleaning up.

From here, settle down for the evening in the sitting room which hosts a stylish décor and furnishings so you can sink into the sofa to watch the Smart TV while the woodburning stove warms the space.

As the evening draws to a close, head upstairs to your sleeping quarters for the trip; the first floor hosts two king-size bedrooms with TVs, perfect for those lazy mornings, and a bunk room which is ideal for children.

Please note these bunk beds are only suitable for children due to the size.

Completing the interior of the cottage is a sleek bathroom, where you can prepare for your day in style or choose to soak in a bubble bath after an adventurous day.

Outside, savour a glass of wine in those balmy summer evenings in the garden; bordered with flora planters, the picture-perfect garden is a lovely social hub in the warmer months.

Give the chef of your group a break from cooking and head out to Urban Food House, where you will find a globally inspired menu, perhaps take full advantage of the offerings in the area; there are numerous eateries to choose from including Italian, Thai and contemporary cuisines.

Literature lovers will delight in an afternoon at the World of Beatrix Potter, home to Peter Rabbit and friends, before making your way to the charming 17th century cottage, Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter now owned and ran by the National Trust.

Thrill seekers of the group may want to spend the day with Lake District Adventuring, exploring the varying terrains and heading out onto the waters, but if you prefer to discover your surroundings unguided, be sure to head up to Stock Ghyll Force to find the magnificent 70ft cascading waterfall.

For a more peaceful day of walking, within easy reach are Holehird Gardens, home to a charming array of flora.

Slightly further afield, venture into the charming town of Ambleside for plenty more walking and cycling opportunities and a good selection of pubs, cafés and restaurants to stop at before heading back to the cottage.

Craig Cottage is a wonderful base for a memorable holiday with your loved ones.

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, 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 the bunk beds are only suitable for children.

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