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Dalesway Cottage

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


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely clean cottage, perfect position for walking into Bowness."

    Reviewed by Rosalyn5.0Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and had everything we needed for our weekend away."

    My only comment would be the second bedroom was a bit tight for 2 people to share. But apart from that is was great. The location was also great, only a short walk down the hill into Bowness. I would recommend, and would stay again.

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Sep 2023

  • "The cottage itself was absolutely beautiful a real home from home providing lots of comfort."

    The only point I would make is that this is the only cottage I have ever stayed in that didn't provide any welcome gift, no biscuits or anything and usually you get a couple of toilet rolls and this had a part toilet roll on the holder and that was it, no soap or washing up liquid or dishwasher tablets etc. These little finishing touches make all the difference. I think the trouble is that the owners don't live locally so they are not able to check up on their cleaners and see that they are providing everything they should be and maybe they think they are doing a thorough job when actually I felt they were cutting corners. It was a shame because the cottage itself was perfect and it may not be the owners fault if they are unaware what level of service their cleaners are providing. We left it spotless so they had very little to do after us. I would appreciate it if you could feed this back to them.

    Reviewed by Denise4.1Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage by Lake Windermere, we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend."

    Hoping to return in the future!

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and a great location and had everything we need for a week or longer stay."

    The only issue with regards to comfort was the bed, the double bed is quite small and also the mattress was very soft. My husband and I suffered with a bad back from day 3, we are not extremely large but felt squashed in the bed. We do realise there is limited to space in the room. Perhaps something to feedback with regards to the mattress although soft mattresses may be appealing they don't support your back and with the heavy use the mattress will become soft very quickly.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.7Jul 2023

  • "Great cottage set back from the hustle and bustle of Bowness, but close enough to only be a few mins walk from everything."

    The hill leading up to the cottage is steep but we managed it daily with a three year old in tow. And there’s an easier route next to the Angel Inn….and you can stop off for a quick refreshment on route! Ideal for us as a family of four. The kids loved the play room upstairs and we loved the all day sunshine in the garden. Cottage clean and tidy with everything you need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Walking distance to Windermere lake, ferry terminal, pubs, restaurants, tapas bar, Vinegar Jones fish & chips shop, Tesco express etc. Parking space next to the house and clear instructions in the cottage folder. Only minor issues were the dodgy main door (key hard to pull out) but once we got the gist of it, we were fine. Also fridge didn’t seem to fully close (it’s built in) so some things in the door weren’t overly cold and it was a very warm week. We are already talking about booking again!

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to see that you had an enjoyable stay. We look forward to welcoming you again. The Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0May 2023

  • "Immaculately, thoughtfully and artistically presented cottage."

    Handy to be able to walk into Bowness and good exercise on the hill. But so peaceful and quiet. Birdsong a joy. Bryson Bakery and Vinegar Jones at the bottom of the road a must!

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the birdsong! We hope to welcome you back. The Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Harriet5.0May 2023

  • "I would like to start by saying we had a fantastic time and your cottage is beautiful."

    Just a couple of things you might want to look at. The front door lock doesn't work properly and its mentioned a few times in your visitors book which is a simple fix. The cupboard draws were dirty and need cleaning before we could put our cloths away. That said we will be back.

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you back. The Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property."

    Everything you need & lovely & clean. Nice area for walking.

    Reviewed by J5.0Apr 2023

  • "The property is lovely."

    I think the picture on the website is a little misleading as the cottage is in fact the one on the end with the door to the rear of the property. This wasn’t an issue, just a little confusing when we arrived. It is in a great location. Parking is good. The cottage itself is lovely and the bathroom is divine. The heating needs to come off timer - we were roasting! We were able to turn it down when in the cottage and to turn off radiators so it wasn’t really an issue, just a waste of money for the owner. We would absolutely stay again.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Apr 2023

  • "Great location, warm and comfortable, well-equipped"

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Mar 2023

  • "The cottage is very clean and well equipped in a good location for visiting other areas."

    There was a problem when we first arrived, the central heating was not working. It was a very cold night which continued into the morning. The cottage was cold even though there was an electric fire and wood burning stove. The fault was reported in the morning and fixed the same day which greatly improved our stay. Even with the heating problem we would return

    Reviewed by Stuart4.7Feb 2023

  • "We were very pleased with Dalesway Cottage."

    The place was spotlessly clean and the Xmas decorations were a nice touch to welcome us in to the cottage for our New Year stay. The weather wasnt favourable to us so we utilised the log burning stove on most days which soon gave the interior a cosy ambience. However a point or three are worth noting - 1. We had only one car but found it extremely difficult to get into the allotted parking space alongside the premises - especially during the hours of darkness and in lashing rain. It would be very beneficial to upgrade the exterior lamp to a decent spotlight to aid the multiple manoeuvers needed for parking . 2. There is some confusion regarding the wheelie bin collection. The cottage has only one bin ( green ) but I think that the local council will only empty it on certain weeks. A neighbour told me that a " grey/black " bin is needed but the cottage doesn't possess such. The green bin was full when we arrived and remained so on our departure even though I put it in the lane on the allotted collection day. 3. The shower tray plug hole looks to be partially blocked ( probably due to an accumulation of soap + hair ) because the tray soon gathers water and will spill over onto the bathroom floor and drip down to the lower floor. This should be given some priority to fix. 4. One small idea which you might like to act upon. The space below the main bedroom window would be ideal to locate a folding suitcase holder stand ( not sure what the exact name for these things are ! ) So, thank you so much for providing a fantastic wee cottage with all the necessities for our stay. Well done and best wishes for the coming season.

    Reviewed by Stuart4.1Dec 2022

  • "Lovely cozy cottage ."

    Everything in it you could possibly need only little gripe would be a fire guard would be a good idea so we could benefit from the heat of the log burner with door open and we were not aware of the steep hill the cottage is on. Not everyone that visits the lakes is a walker I have a lung condition and struggled a bit. But as I say the cottage was perfect for us

    We very much appreciate your lovely positive comments and that you enjoyed your stay. With regards to the log burner the instruction book states, as with all log burners, that it must not be used with the door open for safety reason and also due to the efficiency being greatly reduced (apparently it has the opposite effect and most of the heat ends up the chimney) . The temperature can be controlled by adjusting the air vents tops and bottom as per instructions in the book. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tina4.4Oct 2022

  • "The only thing to feed back is that the central heating timer isn’t working properly."

    Reviewed by Andrew4.4Oct 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay!"

    The cottage was super cosy but surprisingly spacious. So clean! The Playroom at the top was just lovely, with toys for all ages (including our 8mo baby). There was a cot and 2 hairdryers (which I dont think was in the booking information). Sadly we didn't get out in the garden because of the weather but its beautifully kept with plenty of space and seating. And the conservatory was lovely to sit in in the evening. The only thing I would be mindful of is that the cottage is at the top of a very steep hill - we certainly built up some thigh muscle over the week! But on the plus side, you're so close to one of walks that take you further up a hill to one of the best views (I personally think it was better than the one from Orrest Head). There's a very handy folder when you arrive which will tell you exactly how to get there with loads of other useful information.

    Reviewed by Charna5.0Oct 2022

  • "A lovely cottage in a fantastic location."

    Comfortable and well laid out. Bathroom is obviously recently refurbished and is great. Small but tidy garden with seating nice on a warm evening. Only slight negatives is that there is too much crockery and kitchenware leaving very little room for provisions. The counter top freezer is quite small and some of the local info in the folder re Restaurants etc is clearly in need of updating. All said we loved our stay and would happily stay again.

    Reviewed by John4.4Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage situated in an ideal position close enough to stroll to the busy town of Bowness on Windermere but quiet and peaceful."

    Very well equipped with lots of information provided about the cottage and local area / attractions. The only downside was that we were only provided with three bath towels for four guests and despite requesting an additional towel, this did not arrive unfortunately.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Aug 2022

  • "We first stayed your lovely cottage exactly a year ago and were enchanted with it then."

    It really felt like home this time and I'm sure that this will not be our last visit. thanks very much.

    Reviewed by James4.7May 2022

  • "Very well kept cottage, everything we needed and clear simple instructions."

    Reviewed by Janice5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    Perfect size for a small family of four. The only downside to the property was that it was quite cold even when the log burner was running. We ended up purchasing blankets and leaving 2 days early. Taking a shower (although the shower was hot) was quite uncomfortable. I’m sure in warmer months it will be much better.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.4Apr 2022

  • "Cottage in quiet location with start /end Dales Way 2 minutes walk away plus other great country walks straight from the cottage."

    Great views of Windermere. Owners have provided well equipped cottage, modern bathroom with power shower, only downside was central heating thermostat near ceiling so out of reach to adjust heating.

    Reviewed by Linda4.7Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage, very well equipped kitchen."

    Great location.

    Reviewed by Drew5.0Jan 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage !"

    We had such a fabulous time, thanks so much.

    Reviewed by Holly5.0Oct 2021

  • "A lovely, comfortable cottage with everything we needed."

    Reviewed by Sonia5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a lovely time here."

    The cottage is up a hill away from the main area and is very quiet. It's a short walk into the centre of things. Great facilities and a nice garden space to sit in, can't fault this cottage.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2021

  • "The holiday cottage that we stayed in although it was accurate in description needs quite a bit of attention."

    Taps move when turned off, toilet leaks, door locks are extremely difficult to open /lock, central heating doesn't work (although a Woodburner is present).

    Thank you very much for your feedback. The central heating is operated via the boiler and once switched on will heat the property. We have investigated and resolved all other issues mentioned. Many thanks again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart3.4Aug 2021

  • "A lovely cottage is is well situated in a very quiet location and fully equipped to meet all our needs."

    We had a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday and would certainly use Dalesway cottage if we return to the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2021

  • "My husband and I spent a lovely week here."

    We were absolutely astonished at how well-equipped the cottage was, especially the kitchen. The location was great - it was only a five-minute walk into the centre of Bowness (albeit with a very steep hill on the return), and right next to the start of the Dalesway so you could be out in the country before you knew it. The only negatives that come to mind are that it was very difficult to open one of the external doors, the boiler was very loud, and the garden could have done with some TLC to remove all the weeds. We'd undoubtedly stay here again if we came back to Bowness.

    Reviewed by Sophie5.0May 2021

  • "A really lovely cottage, warm, comfortable & cosy a perfect place to stay."

    Great location, so close to all the facilities in Bowness yet set in a lovely quiet road. You’d think you were off the beaten track. Close to Brantfell for lovely country walks or a stroll into Bowness centre. Cottage is well equipped with everything you need for your stay, parking for 2 cars and a lovely small enclosed garden. Only comment would be there is no recycling facilities so everything had to go in the bin, other cottages did seem to have recycling bins. (Info in cottage says its sorted at main waste depot!!!).

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Oct 2020

  • "The garden was very overgrown and not very pretty at all."

    The front door lock stuck constantly, and it took about 5 minutes each time to get in.

    Reviewed by Lorraine3.8Sep 2020

  • "Great location."

    Close to town centre yet far enough away to be very quiet and peaceful. Situated right at the finish of the dalesway walk. There are many different walking routes on the door step, ranging from easy to difficult.

    Reviewed by Ramsay5.0Aug 2020

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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.


  • Over three floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x twin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with wood-burning stove
  • Conservatory
  • Second-floor games room
  • External utility.
  • Central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV, WiFi and a selection of books and games
  • Electricity and central heating included but fuel for the woodburning stove is not provided and would need to be purchased by guests
  • Logs, kindling and firelighters can be purchased locally at most petrol service stations
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Rear lawn and patio with seating
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: The freezer is in the conservatory
  • Note: Laundry is a separate building, housing an integral washer/dryer

The property

Dalesway Cottage is perfectly suited to a family of four looking to explore the Lake District National Park.

The cottage sits in an idyllic elevated position with lovely views, just a short walk downhill to Bowness-on-Windermere.

This cosy property is located perfectly for anyone hiking the famous 'Dalesway' walk.

Be sure to take in the panoramic views of Lake Windermere at Biskey Howe Viewpoint and Post Knott, both a short walk away.

Spend time together in the open-plan living space, sure to be the social hub of your holiday, here you can wind down in front of the wood-burning stove, enjoying your favourite programmes on the television, before moving into the kitchen area to prepare a home-cooked treat.

The kitchen holds all the essential items needed to assist you in your culinary requirements, with an electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge and a freezer in the conservatory area, you'll find everything you could need in this delight of a dwelling.

Sit together at the dining table and toast to a wonderful holiday, before moving into the conservatory for a relaxing evening with a good book in hand, or if the little ones are seeking a private escape, the second-floor games room is host to a selection of books and games, as well as providing the best views of the lake below; offering a true haven for all.

At the end of the day seek comfort in one of the two inviting bedrooms, offering both a double and a twin room, served by the contemporary-styled shower room, it provides the perfect layout for a family of four.

The private garden makes a lovely spot to soak in the morning sun on the patio, before heading out in the centre of the town to explore the adventure up close.

Be greeted by a good selection of eateries offering various cuisines, as well as quaint shops and a whole host of attractions The World of Beatrix Potter, the Old Laundry Theatre and a variety of waterside activities settled along the picturesque Lake Windermere.

Venture into the nearby town of Kendal, where you can find a host of cultural wonders including the Quaker Tapestry Museum, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal Castle and much more to keep the whole family entertained, or simply explore the surrounding beauty of the National Park with ample opportunities for walking, cycling, climbing and all-around adventuring.

Dalesway Cottage is the perfect retreat for your fun-filled holiday to Cumbria.

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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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