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Gildabrook Cottage

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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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24 Customer Reviews

  • "Cosy cottage in great location."

    Beds super comfy cottage has everything you need. Great WiFi connection. Could do with a little freshen up to and a welcome pack would be a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by Helen4.7Nov 2023

  • "Loved our stay and will book again Thankyou"

    Reviewed by Kay5.0Nov 2023

  • "Cottage was very clean and had everything you needed."

    It was extremely peaceful especially as it was so close to amenities.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2023

  • "Unfortunately, won't be staying at Gildabrook again."

    It's a very stark, minimal property, which lacks all of the usual home-from-home comforts. The positives begin and end with its location. Stayed in lots of lodges and cottages in and around Bowness - many of which are wonderful properties which put the visitor at the forefront of everything. Not so with this one, I'm afraid. No instructions for any of the appliances (if there were any, they were hidden out of sight somewhere), and only one loo roll and one hand wash on arrival for a family of four. The Lakelovers Welcome Pack with a bin bag and a tea towel in was a poor substitute for something more thoughtful. A tea bag or two or maybe a couple of sachets of coffee to quench guests' thirsts after a long journey would have been better. Many more things amiss, but hopefully the owners will take an objective look at the place within the not too distant future, put themselves in the shoes of visiting families, and make some of those much-needed improvements/changes. Too many missing or poorly-executed things to list. Most glaring: paint on the curtains in the back bedroom from a previous touch-up, and hole in the landing wall where the bathroom door has been repeatedly knocked against it. Doorstop @ a few £s max., job done! Shame, as the location was superb.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your stay, and we would like to add that had you made us aware of the issues, we would have attended to try and resolve. As the property is self catering, welcome packs are not in every property. We take your comments on board. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul2.2Sep 2023

  • "Lovely holiday home, everything you need provided and a short walk to restaurants, pubs and shops."

    Thouroughly enjoyed our stay there and would stay again.

    Reviewed by Norma5.0Aug 2023

  • "The cottage is in a great spot."

    Could get a little noisy at the weekend due to being across the road from churchills pub, but we were there mid week so it didn’t affect us. Great sized accommodation smack bang in the middle of Bowness, very well equipped as well. We had a great few days in the cottage. If I was going to mention a couple of down side points all be it small. Access to the back garden would have suited us with having two small dogs. This has only to be used as a fire exit even though there is a door into it. Also checking in could be a little earlier than 4 as I feel this is a bit late. Other than that would defo recommend.

    Reviewed by Belinda4.4Jul 2023

  • "Loved the cottage, really homely and a great central location."

    Everything we needed was included or available. Checking in process was exactly as stated in emails. There are one or two minor repairs repairs needed around the property but nothing that detracted from the enjoyment of our holiday.

    Thank you for your lovely comments. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.4May 2023

  • "Great cottage and location."

    The Churchills pub had an act on one night which was quite loud but didn’t bother us as we were in the main bedroom. There are only 3 things I would point out for improvement. (1) the oven dial no longer has any pictures and there’s no guide provided to know what you’re turning on and the heat level. (2) the shower needs regrouting - it looks very dirty in places and the floor has gaps in the tiles which is going to cause you issues. (3) the settee needs cleaning as the stains are one of your first impressions. Otherwise great and we would stay again.

    Reviewed by Louise4.4Jan 2023

  • "It was a lovely place to stay, lots of items provided to make the stay comfy and was in an ideal position for exploring."

    Car park spot was a big bonus. Only downsides was having a journey to pick up and drop off the key - would suggest a box on the outside? And the back space might have been awkward if the next property has been in occupation as they could see straight in the cottage - but that being said it’s an old building so nothing can do about that, would suggest blinds or a thicker curtain? Will certainly return!

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Sep 2022

  • "There was no mattress for the toddler's cot - even though the listing stated we had to bring cot sheets etc - and staff were dismissive of our complaint/concern."

    Some minor suggestions for additional equipment: non-stick saucepans, kitchen towel and apron, bathroom toothmug

    Reviewed by Tony3.1Aug 2022

  • "Everything was amazing we will 100% be booking again for next year."

    1 small issue was the 1st travel cot (red one) was broken when we arrived, but luckily there was another one available so problem solved instantly

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely location and everything we needed to enjoy our stay."

    A key safe would be great to avoid having to collect key from a distance away but really nothing negative about the cottage at all. We would love to return .

    Reviewed by Garry5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent location within a 3 minute walk of lake/shops etc."

    Overall a nice cottage.Carpets are in need of cleaning/ replacing in many rooms however rooms were well furnished and had pleasing decor. No wood burning stove as outlined in listing, only an electric fake log fire that didn’t seem to output any heat. Kitchen had plenty of equipment for self catering. Dining area very dark and not a space we wanted to spend time in - could do with an update to match rest of property. Small enclosed patio with furniture however this is situated on the front of the property so not private or quiet, as the road has vehicles and people regularly passing through. Parking is for a small/medium vehicle. Our car overhung into the road. Overall a lovely stay in a pleasant cottage , the location was so good we could overlook some of the negative points of the property to return again.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased you had an enjoyable stay at Gildabrook Cottage. Regarding the wood burning stove, we apologise for the confusion with the wood burner wording in the summary listing, this has now been amended to match the main description 'log effect electric stove'. Once again thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again soon, Regards Heart of the Lakes team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane3.8Apr 2022

  • "Ideally situated in Bowness, a very short walk to shops and lakeside."

    More than enough space for my wife, myself and the dog. The cottage was clean and had everything we needed. The areas of damp mentioned in other reviews did not impact on our enjoyment. The parking next to the cottage was suitable for our car ( a golf) but would not accommodate a larger car. Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2021

  • "Key wasn't posted out as promised had to make a detour to Ambleside which took 35 minutes each way also had to return key which took 45 minutes !"

    All this could have been avoided if there was a key safe at the property. Serious damp issues in certain location dining room directly overlooking next doors garden carpets and furniture stained rather grubby generally

    Reviewed by Simon Paul3.4Sep 2021

  • "Reading previous feedback i was concerned what the property would be like."

    However when we saw the property we where pleasantly surprised, The facilities where very good, comfort also good based on this being a holiday home and an excellent location. Only negative was the beds had wooden ends on so if you are tall then you cannot stretch out. But that is only an issue for tall people!

    Reviewed by Sam4.1Sep 2021

  • "Key was meant to be delivered by post, it never came so had to drive to Ambleside for it which cannot be helped but put a downer on the first day!"

    Wallpaper in the twin bedroom peeling off, marks along all the skirting boards, damp all over the dining room wall, couch marked, most carpets needs replacing as full of marks! This cottage was just a massive left down in cleanliness only the kitchen I would of classed as clean! Brilliant location in bowness center just a shame!

    Reviewed by Rachael2.5Aug 2021

  • "Dated property."

    Mouldy walls in hall and dining room. Mouldy bathroom ceiling. Dirty, stained carpets. Had a slug that lived in the dining room. Crawling with ants. Had mouldy stained bed sheet. Lots of cobwebs. Heart of the Lakes refused to deep clean the property. Great location.

    Reviewed by Janice1.3Jul 2021

  • "Furniture wasn't very good quality, wasn't informed another cottages garden was looking over the dining room."

    Internet very bad

    Reviewed by V3.8May 2021

  • "The property was basic but comfortable and in an excellent location for all amenities"

    Mr KeppelDec 2019

  • "Excellent location fully equipt beautifull cottage"

    Mrs NieldDec 2019

  • "Wish we could stay longer!"

    Gildabrook gave us a great base to settle in. Very comfortable, warm and well equipped! See you soon!

    BindleDec 2019

  • "A lovely cottage."

    A great base to be. So homely and cosy! We are planning to visit again soon. Great food in the local area!

    Mr MarshDec 2019

  • "Lovely cottage and a great location for the local sites!"

    Plenty to do and see in Bowness and Windermere! Thank you.

    DottDec 2019

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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: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Wet room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with radiators and log effect electric stove
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair inc. Off-road parking for one car
  • Secure bike storage
  • Enclosed front patio with garden furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking

The property

Settled in the heart of Bowness-in-Windermere, a conservation area close to the attractive ‘Hole Int Wall’ and other popular and busy pubs, is this well-presented property, Gildabrook Cottage.

An ideal location for all Lakeland activities, and with no need to use the car for evening entertainment, this cottage is a great choice for families looking for an easy break to this popular National Park.

After a day of fell walking, head to the sitting room and kick back on the sofa while you catch up on your favourite TV shows.

Try your hand at a spot of home-cooking by making use of the quality appliances within the sleek kitchen, including a gas cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and a dishwasher.

Delight in your dish in the character dining room, before popping open a bottle of fizz to celebrate a wonderful Lake District holiday.

As the evening wraps up, take the stairs to find three neutrally decorated bedrooms, including a double, twin with picturesque views over Robinson Place and a single bedded room, all serviced by a fully tiled wet room.

Step outside to the enclosed front patio where you can enjoy a warm cup of tea in the morning before embarking on an adventure in Bowness.

Days out in the area are numerous with easy walks to the fells at the back of Bowness and by ferry to the west shore of Windermere or up the lake to Waterhead and Ambleside.

Bowness offers a good choice of shops and restaurants to cater for all tastes and age groups, plus there is plenty to keep you busy as mountain bikes, rowing boats and sailing dinghies can be hired locally.

Other attractions within the immediate area include Treetop Lake District, where thrill-seekers can enjoy treetop treks, children can look forward to exploring the World of Beatrix Potter attraction or brush up on local history by visiting the National Trust property of Wray Castle.

Gildabrook Cottage is perfectly placed for enjoying all that this charming location has to offer.

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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