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Elm - Woodland Cottages

(Ref. 951726)

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


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "This is a great holiday property in a very good location."

    I would give it 5 stars but for these (very minor) issues: a clothes line would be most useful the cooker took ages to heat up (possibly we didn't read the instructions correctly!) I expected more extensive grounds for exploration (from the description) and a view of the local tarn, which was there but not visible. The kids loved the hot tub which was perfectly maintained. There is plenty of space/storage everywhere even if the en-suites were a little tight! Very comfy beds, excellent information - including the all so important wifi code being very visible in a picture frame. The staff we had contact with were brilliant. It is worth visit the adjoining hotel - it and it's views are beautiful. Would I return? Absolutely.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Aug 2023

  • "We had an excellent stay in Elm Woodland cottage, everything was provided to make our stay comfortable."

    Great outdoor space for children to play and the hot tub was enjoyed by all . Very peaceful setting and only a short drive into Windermere. The cottage itself was spotless and the outdoor space very clean also . The hot tub was checked every morning. This is an amazing place to stay we will definitely come back next year .

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great location nice and quiet."

    20 minute walk into bowness the staff are very helpful , .highly recommend .

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a fantastic weekend at Elm Cottage - lovely facilities, well stocked with everything you could need, great location."

    Would absolutely come and stay again!

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely lodge."

    Suited us perfectly. Well equipped, great location. It would have been useful to have a rotary clothes line for drying towels and swimwear. We noticed other lodges had this facility.

    Reviewed by Geoff4.7Jul 2022

  • "We all had an amazing time at the Elms beautiful and very comfortable accommodation very relaxing the gardens were gorgeous and the staff were extremely helpful Nothing was to much trouble."

    Thank you to Sarah & all the staff at the Oaks woodland cottages we will defiantly be returning.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely, clean, comfortable accommodation in a beautiful setting."

    Really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent facilities and location for a peaceful and tranquil family holiday."

    Thoroughly enjoyed a very comfortable stay. The grandchildren particularly liked a daily spell in the hot tub.

    Reviewed by P5.0May 2022

  • "This is our third year here and once again, we had a wonderful time."

    The cottage has everything you could possibly need, very clean and comfortable and in a lovely position overlooking the lake. It is in walking distance of Bowness and many walks; it was so nice to dip in the hot tub after a long day walking. The location is secluded and very peaceful, bliss! Staff are discreet and very helpful. Will be returning again.

    Reviewed by Merfyn5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a fantastic family stay in the Elm Lodge between Christmas and New Year for a special birthday celebration."

    The lodge was very clean when we arrived and in the perfect location for short or long walks around the Lakes. We are already thinking about going back!!

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a fabulous stay and enjoyed every minute, everything was perfect, clean ..."

    We had a fabulous stay and enjoyed every minute, everything was perfect, clean and well prepared, we will return, thank you

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Dec 2021

  • "Our family of ten stayed here to celebrate my 60th birthday."

    We all had a wonderful time.The cottage is stunning with beautiful views, there is every you could need to cater for a large family and the log burner is perfect for cozy nights. The view from our hot tub was beautiful. Staff are really discreet but very friendly if you need them. Would definitely stay here again

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage was in great location to the town centre and for plenty of walks and bike rides."

    It was very large and had plenty of room the 10 of us. The rooms were clean and done out very nice. I liked being able to order food for arrival so we didn’t have to rush to the shops was a great perk. The facilities was Great the utility room with the extra fridge was an added bonus as there was 10 of us. We was not short of anything. The hot tub was checked daily. All round we had an amazing and would recommend and would definitely return. Thanks Oak estate.x

    Reviewed by Jodie3.8Oct 2021

  • "Cottage was spacious, clean and everything you needed."

    It was lovely to arrive and have basic starter kit in the kitchen for cleaning purposes, a bottle of milk and Grasmere gingerbread. Hot tub is so relaxing after lots of walking each day. We would definitely book and stay here again.

    Reviewed by Amelia5.0Aug 2021

  • "The only downside was you don't have recycling facilities or at least did not make this clear how to recycle."

    There was a recycling bin in the property but all the large outside bins were for general waste and all property residents were mixing up their waste. Not good in these times!!

    Reviewed by Leigh4.7Aug 2021

  • "These cottages are a hidden gem and real value for money."

    Spacious, comfortable, well maintained. Quality furnishings and very clean and well equipped. Stunning views but visitors should be aware of steep road if walking to Bowness, otherwise a car is essential. Perfect location for accessing the most popular Lakeland tourist spots.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Jul 2021

  • "The accommodation was fantastic, with all the facilities we could possibly need!"

    It was like a home from home!

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jun 2021

  • "Property is exactly as listed: comfortable, spacious and high spec facilities."

    We had a great week’s holiday despite the weather!

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Oct 2020

  • "The holiday was excellent, lodge was clean and comfortable, and all covid related matters were fullfilled."

    Reviewed by Hugh5.0Jul 2020

  • "Great accommodation!"

    !! We were a party of 8 adults, 2 children and 1 baby celebrating my 70th birthday and everyone had a great time and holiday. The hot tub was also a great hit with all. Since we were a group of tea drinkers a bigger tea pot would have been useful, but otherwise it kitchen facilities were adequate for our needs. If you intend to cater for a large group during your stay, you my consider bringing a few more pans etc to aid with the cooking. We plan our meals for the week prior to arriving and therefore we brought extra pans to cater for our needs. The location is fabulous and we managed to do a number of walks from the house. Martin the site manager and the cleaners were very welcoming,friendly and helpful. We would definitely go back again

    Reviewed by Harry5.0Dec 2019

  • "We had a fantastic time very clean and the welcome scone was lovely ."

    This is my second visit but a first for my friends would come back again

    Reviewed by Yvette5.0Oct 2019

  • "Beautiful surroundings as well as spacious well equipped clean modern accommodation."

    One small point. No chopping board in our cottage. Odd when catering for 10. Good sized pots and pans for 10.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Oct 2019

  • "This was our second time here but in a slightly smaller one."

    The cottage was beautiful, the beds unbelievably comfortable. The location is amazing, the views stunning, the hot tub a refreshing end to a long walking day. The staff are so friendly and helpful. So many positives and fortunately only a couple of negatives and I am being picky because you really do just improvise. The dining table, when extended was too big for the room and too small for ten chairs. The one oven was impossible to cater for ten people, it took two hrs to cook a meal that would normally take one with lots of shuffling about of racks. Would go back in a heartbeat and highly recommend

    Reviewed by Marie4.4Oct 2019

  • "Fantastic location, clean and tidy, great views and really enjoyed staying there so thank you!"

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Sep 2019

  • "Had an absolutely fabulous weekend and will be definitely recommending to others."

    staff were so polite and lovely made time to chat and make us feel welcome. Will be sure to return in the future and stay with you again

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Aug 2019

  • "The only thing missing was a spatula and extra toilet roll."

    Me and my family, who live in different parts of the country, had a wonderful time, the cottage was very clean and roomy, there was room for all 9 of us although it was still cosy.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0May 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful, peaceful and very comfortable after long mountain walks."

    Only 5 minute drive from Bowness; my favourite town in the Lake District! There’s so much to see and do nearby. Check-in was so easy and problem-free. Hot tub was well-maintained by owners, problems quickly sorted. My only tiny issue would be a lack of baking trays, spatulas and various other kitchen utensils. Not a major issue at all, but we had to be a little resourceful! Overall, we had a wonderful week at Elm and would love to return!

    Reviewed by Lauren4.7May 2019

  • "Had a great time."

    Cottage was spotless. WiFi a bit flaky but a great time was had by all.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Apr 2019

  • "Very helpful staff on site"

    Reviewed by Anne4.7Mar 2019

  • "We enjoyed a very comfortable stay at Elm Cottage ,it was very clean and comfortable and very suitable foe a family get together comprising 5 adults and 5 children."

    The location was excellent with lovely outside spaces.We loved the view and the log burner,and very comfortable bedrooms.All the staff we met were charming and helpful and We would highly recommend this Cottage and Woodland cottages.The only improvement I could suggest is the sitting room although the house sleeps ten there is only seating for 8 a couple of chairs would be nice .

    Reviewed by M5.0Feb 2019

  • "Enjoyed the stay, great location, very clean, and good facilities which are modern and well maintained."

    Reviewed by Merfyn5.0Jan 2019

  • "The cottage worked really well for a party of 10 (5 couples)."

    It was well stocked/furnished, facilities were great and everyone was comfortable. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Nov 2018

  • "The cottage was amazing a wonderful setting and exceptionally well equipped."

    We loved every minute. Sykes site was easy to use and we will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2018

  • "Always there to help."

    Accommodation is always great standard

    Reviewed by Kath5.0Aug 2018

  • "Every now and then we have been lucky enough to experience some-thing rather special."

    Our visit to Elm Cottage in Bowness-on-Windermere at the end of July was definitely one of those occasions. Our visit was for a long awaited family gathering. Mum, Dad, Son and his wife, as well as Daughter and her husband plus four Grand-children between the ages of 10 months and 9 years. The booking was simplicity itself and plenty of notice was given as to how much, and when, the balance of the cost was due. Elm Cottage has that "Wow" factor, safely tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Bowness it is located in an area of delightful tranquillity, surrounded by mature trees but commutable to all those Lakeland attractions that we wanted to visit. We had two car parking spaces just a stones throw from the cottage door and another just yards away. Elm Cottage has an air of being looked after and noticeably, the bathroom / en-suites all look like new fittings. Most importantly to us, it was so obviously very clean ! The fixtures and fittings of Elm Cottage are at a high standard which not only provide easy comfort, but present were all those other facilities that we just take for granted at home. In addition to a large fridge-freezer, there was a second fridge, and a washer-dryer in the Utility Room. A large bath-room, three bed-rooms with en-suite facilities and a down-stairs toilet are all included. The large lounge and dining-room was just ideal for our sizable group to come and go while the flat screen TV was a very welcome option on a rainy evening. Prior to our arrival, we contacted the owner to enquire about the provision of a high-chair, a stair gate and a travel cot. They were all present on our arrival. It would be remiss of me not to mention that the hot-tub was checked every day by the staff and as we were packing up to leave, it was drained and cleaned, ready for the next visitors. A very re-assuring sight. My own view was that this place was good value for money. It is a special place just ideal for making memories and our Grand-daughter, aged two years, has asked us if we will put a hot-tub in her bed-room ? Like a shot we will all go back and of course, I recommend Elm Cottage very highly.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0Jul 2018

  • "The property is lovely, clean, modern and good facilities in a great location near town."

    Only negative is the neighbours are quite close but apart from that great place, would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Yuk5.0Jun 2018

  • "It's location was a little further out from the lake than expected but that was far out-weighed by the gorgeous, tranquil and scenic setting."

    Bliss!! From the 2 year old to the 67 year old it provided us with a memorable weekend. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jun 2018

  • "It was a lovely place for a family holiday- the cottages are comfortable , modern and well equipped we all (4 generations ) hada great time."

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7May 2018

  • "Everything has been thought of for these cottages."

    The standard throughout is very high and the result is wonderful

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0May 2018

  • "This was our second visit to Elm Cottage."

    It was excellent for our family group and the location is very convenient for accessing the South Lakes (even in the snow) but also lovely and quiet and with great night sky visibility . It was warm, spotlessly clean and there was plenty of space for 9 of us. The staff on site are very helpful and friendly.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jan 2018

  • "Everything was just as we thought."

    Jo, the owner, was extremely helpful. The cottage was lovely, the setting was beautiful, the facilities were excellent and I would certainly recommend Elm Cottage to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Nov 2017

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double (zip/link, can be 2'6" twin on request) with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 2 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x king-size double (zip/link can be 2'6" twin on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • LPG central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview and soundbar, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Additional fuel on collection from on-site store
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair only available on request
  • Allocated off road parking for 2 cars, approx 30 yards away
  • Additional parking available at main car park approx 150 yards away
  • Undercover lockable bike rack
  • Decked area with hot tub and furniture
  • Use of communal on-site open fields and woodlands
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.3 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Check-in 5pm
  • Note: Community library of books and games available free of charge at site office
  • Note: For Christmas and New Year bookings only, the owner requires a Good Housekeeping bond of £200
  • Note: No stag/hen or similar
  • Private boat available for hire with a skipper on lake Windermere, bookable with the owners at the site for an additional cost
  • Electric Vehicle charging policy; please note that due to the Estate being at electrical capacity, no EV charging can be done at this property currently, but there are EV chargers near by
  • Please note: Saturday and Sunday check in is only allowed with the owner's advance permission, If you would like to check in on these days, please contact Sykes to enquire

The property

This lovely cottage is set amongst beautiful woodlands on a high promontory on the edge of Bowness-on-Windermere.

A wonderful location set amongst beautiful countryside, within easy reach of Lake Windermere and the ever popular and charismatic Bowness on Windermere.

As you enter this hidden glade, the many delights of this retreat will unfold, with mature trees, fir, bracken and the occasional wildlife on display.

A superb location to organise a group of friends and family to get away from it all and enjoy a memorable break, simply relax in the hot tub and take in the beautiful surroundings.

This welcoming cottage offers a lovely sitting room with picture windows to bring the natural beauty of the surroundings into the main guest area.

A modern woodburner makes for cosy evenings around the fire and a modern, well-equipped kitchen with open plan dining area and an adjoining utility area provide all you need to enjoy some wonderful home cooking.

The ground floor bedroom contains a king-size luxurious bed and a modern en-suite bathroom, a hallway and useful utility area with cloakroom.

Upstairs the cottage boasts a further four bedrooms, two with en-suites and a superb house bathroom with an inviting shower and bath for relaxing in.

From the sitting room and the dining area doors lead out to a fabulous decked area housing a luxurious hot tub, an ideal location after a gruelling day discovering the many wonderful walks in this hikers paradise.

Less than a mile away is the wonderful idiosyncratic and charming Windermere Golf Club, a most welcoming club.

A short walk takes guests down to the lake ferry where a short 'cruise' gives access to the far shores of Hawkshead and the magical Tarn Hows area.

All the facilities of Bowness-on-Windermere are on the doorstep and the not to be missed attractions include the hand-made chocolate shop and the wonderful walks along the Bowness promenade where the many cruise ships run down the Lake to Ambleside.

Discover picturesque local walks along footpaths bordering the site, including the Dales Way which runs by the golf club and Crook and Staveley and for the more adventurous walks across to Cartmel Fell.

Further afield walk to Brant Fell which provides stunning views over Lake Windermere and its surrounding fells, including the Langdales and Crinkle Crags which are some of the most outstanding challenges in this wonderful area.

A wonderful holiday home ideal for family and friends to get away from it all and discover the many delights of this famous area.

Woodland Cottages

A group of seven cottages refurbished to a high standard and located just a mile away from the lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windermere. Six acres of stunning woodland surround these delightful cottages, creating a little hideaway from the outside world, yet with easy access to the attractions and sights of the Lake District National Park. There are six five bedroom cottages and one four bedroom all offering flexible bedroom arrangements with some of the properties featuring zip/link beds. All the cottages have been thoughtfully refurbished with quality and comfort in mind. Open plan living areas create social hubs for spending time with your loved ones and the woodburning stoves create a homely atmosphere at all times of the year. Not only that but all Woodland Cottages come with a fantastic hot tub allowing you to soak up your surroundings in the most relaxing way! Just a short stroll down the road is the lakeside town of Bowness complete with a variety of bars, restaurants and quaint shops. Take a cruise along Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake and admire the spectacular backdrop of the surrounding mountains. Golfers are in for a treat as the challenging Windermere Golf Club is next door to these cottages where the views are a perfect tonic for the odd wayward shot! The Lake District is of course renowned for walking and hiking and Woodland Cottages is ideally placed for exploring Brant Fell, Scafell Pike and the Crinkle Crags. There are routes to suit all abilities and views that will linger long in the memory. Whether you are up for an adventure or a relaxing getaway, Woodland Cottages is the perfect choice at any time of the year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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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Cot and highchair only available on request.

Note: Check-in 5pm

Note: No stag/hen or similar

Note: Due to the rural nature of the surroundings and the proximity of the cottages to one another, Woodland Cottages operates a noise policy for the benefit of our visitors. Guests are required to vacate outside areas by 11pm each night and keep internal noise to a minimum in consideration of your neighbours.

Electric Vehicle charging policy; please note that due to the Estate being at electrical capacity, no EV charging can be done at this property currently, but there are EV chargers near by

Please note: Saturday and Sunday check in is only allowed with the owner's advance permission, If you would like to check in on these days, please contact Sykes to enquire

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas