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Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 948800)



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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 3

  • Pets No

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  • Swimming pool
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Gillercombe is a great house, spotlessly clean, decorated really well, great facilities and fantastic location."

    Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by ShelaghMar 2022

  • "I would recommend new seating in lounge as they are worn and have no support."

    This also applies to both beds in master and double room. Shower on top floor has no pressure with a trickle of water exiting shower head. In regard to times to gain access and leave property, we were disappointed. I know Lakelovers do have an hour difference which is much more convenient. The cottage was in a great central location and quiet area which was a bonus. The cleanliness of the cottage was also excellent.

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am glad you liked the location of the property. We are in the process of ordering new sofas for the lounge and we will check the beds and replace all mattresses as required. We will also get the top floor shower looked at to improve the water pressure. We have arranged for an hour later checkout time with our cleaning company and they will review the check in time later this year. We want to do everything we can to ensure our guests have a wonderful holiday at Gillercombe. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2022

  • "This is a great cottage, comfortable, clean, tidy and amazing location."

    Just a 10 minute walk down to the lake where you can book your boat trips. There are numerous shops, cafes, restaurants just around the corner. The only negative for us was that the top floor bedrooms were extremely cold at night but then we did travel in February. The rest of the house was lovely and warm. Nice little added extra was to be able to take the kids swimming, just don’t make the same mistake as us and go on a Saturday when it’s packed full of couples on a romantic retreat. Monday morning however was perfect and we pretty much had the pool to ourselves. All in all a fab holiday and we’d definitely return.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are glad you had a fabulous holiday. We also appreciate your comments about the temperature of the top floor bedrooms. Those rooms are usually very warm so we will check the radiators and fix the issue. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CarolineFeb 2022

  • "Well located in relation to the centre of Bowness with several possibilities to eat within walking distance."

    Parking can be a challenge but there is a dedicated space behind the property. The property itself is very well-maintained and equipped and comfortable. The drier broke during our stay but the owner attended to it within 24 hours and provide the bonus of a bottle of Champagne. Overall highly recommended.

    Reviewed by KatalinDec 2021

  • "A lovely property in a great area!"

    Lots to see and do, all within walking distance. The house is large, clean, warm and comfortable. Would definitely stay there again and book through Sky Cottages.

    Reviewed by SophieNov 2021

  • "Lovely, well equipped house which felt like a home rather than a rental."

    We were pleasantly surprised to find that a new kitchen had been fitted and the chairs in the dining room had been replaced with lighter and more comfortable ones than the straight-back wooden ones shown in the pictures - new pictures of the kitchen and dining room would enhance the details on the website. The only major drawback we found was that parking in front of the house, or indeed anywhere on the road, was not often available and though there is a dedicated parking space at the rear of the property, it is very steep and uneven - we feared for the underneath of the car a couple of times! However, this was definitely not enough to affect our overall enjoyment of Gillercombe and the added plus of a pass to the pool at a nearby hotel went down a treat; we visited shortly after they opened each morning and found that we were usually the only ones in the pool.

    Reviewed by CaroleAug 2021

  • "Gillercombe is a great cottage and well positioned for the perfect Windermere holiday with children."

    At the most there were only 4 adults and 2 kids staying so we felt like we had plenty of room. Some of the mattresses on the beds seemed a bit old and squishy but the master bed was fine and comfortable. Also the showers on the top floor seems only suitable for a child as it's teeny and an adult trying to wash in there makes for quite an amusing experience! Great to have the spa / pool pass for the fab hotel 15 mins walk away though and we used it 3 times in 6 days as we had such great weather and did other things. It would be good to have two prices available through Sykes and the option to opt out of the spa pass if you know you really aren't going to use it, as I'm assuming it nudges the price up a fair bit. BUT overall we were happy and really enjoyed ourselves and felt the house was brilliantly kitted out for everything we needed. A clever use of small spaces at times too and the garden is also a lot better than it seems in the photo - private and peaceful and it gets the sunshine in the morning which is ideal.

    Reviewed by AbigailMay 2021

  • "This cottage was a fantastic holiday home, it had everything needed and more to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable."

    The only let down was the cleanliness. When you look at the checklist, everything was done by the cleaning team that was expected of them. It was things like, under TV area and behind headboard areas that needed some attention. Cobwebs, dust and spiders were present in them areas. The cottage could benefit from a deep cleaning. Otherwise it would've been 10/10.

    Reviewed by EddieAug 2020

  • "We love this place to stay."

    It comfortably accommodates 8 of us. Well situated for Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere. A couple of small maintenance issues were sorted really quickly. We’ll be back - already booked!

    Reviewed by PhillipaFeb 2020

  • "The house was really lovely in a great location, quiet but accessible for the town centre and walks via Windermere."

    It was a great space for a family get-together, a lovely large table and loads of crockery & utensils for major cooking moments and a celebration of a big birthday. Though it was generally a wet weekend, the house provided space and comfort for chatting, games and generally having a relaxing time for 8-10 of us (3 were day visitors). We all loved it, and there were plenty of compliments about the house which felt like home for the weekend. We also had a visit to the spa & hotel facilities, and though not used on this occasion, looked a superb addition to the weekend for another occasion. The only downside was the heating on the top floor - both evenings, the members of the family staying up there were cold and the heating would not go on again when the controls were used. The beds in the twin bedroom were also uncomfortable. However, the rest of the house was warm and beds extremely comfortable, and would really recommend. A great weekend overall, and would stay again! Thank you to the owners.

    Reviewed by AnneFeb 2020

  • "Lovely house, very well placed to walk into Bowness."

    Pass for pool was brilliant, kids really enjoyed and gave us something to do when it was wet outside, bathroom provision on both floors meant we all had plenty of space. Garden would be lovely in summer. Possibly aggravated by bad weather and fact that we took 3 cars, parking was a real problem, both finding a gap for street parking and the designated parking space being challenging for both car and driver.

    Reviewed by BerthaFeb 2020

  • "Great holiday home, spa membership was an excellent addition."

    Reviewed by MatthewNov 2019

  • "Fantastic space, clean & tidy and great location with off road parking = 1st class, highly recommended!"

    Reviewed by AndyNov 2019

  • "This cottage is only a 10 min walk from the center of Bowness, we were really happy about the location, the rooms are a nice size apart from the kitchen which only one person could be in there cooking."

    The cottage has a relaxing and welcoming feel to it from the minute you walk in the door

    Reviewed by GrahamSep 2019

  • "The house is very spacious, well equipped and in a great location."

    Short walk down the hill to Bowness or a walk back up to Windermere so location is excellent. One allocated parking space at the back of the house but we had no trouble parking 2 cars outside of the house. The kitchen could do with a little maintenance, oven door a bit rickety and oven needs a deep clean. Dining room chairs not very clean either but other than that the cleanliness of the house was excellent. The twin beds on the top floor need mattress toppers or new mattresses. Hand wash provided in bathrooms and washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets etc also. Spa membership card was missing from the house on arrival which was reported to customer services. We would definitely return to this house.

    Reviewed by NatalieSep 2019

  • "The hotel facilities made up for the price of the house which were very good"

    Reviewed by MAug 2019

  • "I was surprised after reading reviews saying the same things that the issue of provision of enough toilet roll and any hand soap hadn't been addressed."

    The house is lovely and we had a great stay, it was just over priced for what it was.

    Reviewed by JenniferJun 2019

  • "Perfect location - just a short stroll away from the Lake and local shops/attractions."

    We found the house very comfortable and deceptively spacious (for 6 adults and 2 children). Yes the kitchen is small, but we never had a need for more than 2 people in there at a time and it's fairly open plan with the dining room - so remains a sociable space. Would stay again! Thank you.

    Reviewed by EmmaMay 2019

  • "The cottage is good area manage to park ,it needs to put a few little extra touches like hand soap in bathrooms and some cleaning things for general use , it does say games room on description that isn't quite right as not an actual room !"

    ! Was a darts board with no darts ! The kitchen is quite small when 8 people there but all in all a nice lakes cottage ,

    Reviewed by PatApr 2019

  • "We had a great time."

    Gillercombe feels like a home from home. It's tidy, spacious and close to all the amenities in Bowness. It's recently been done up and is looking great. The house is big enough that even with 4 children and 4 adults in it, it doesn't feel crowded. The young children can be wathing TV upstairs, we can watch somethign downstairs, and the older kids can be using their computer in the dining room. Love it. Booked for October already.

    Reviewed by PhillipaFeb 2019

  • "Great property, very comfortable, great location close to town."

    kitchen could be bigger for 8 people,

    Reviewed by SandraNov 2018

  • "Lovely cosey cottage."

    decor, furnishings, kitchen ware -eveything was to a high standard. Ideal location, walking distance from centre of Bowness and lakes.

    Reviewed by RaikoOct 2018

  • "Had another great week at Gillercombe."

    It really feels like home there. Lots of room, so the children can have their own space. Already booked for February.

    Reviewed by PaulOct 2018

  • "I booked this accommodation to share with a group of friends."

    The accommodation was clean, comfortable, warm, and also very spacious. The two ensuites, main bathroom, and also a small WC were much appreciated because no one had to wait for anyone else to finish with the bathroom. We were only a matter of minutes away from all the shops, restaurants and pubs of Bowness. No taxis required! It was an ideal base and in a lovely, quiet location. A few things I feel would have been helpful are: a bread knife; local bus timetables and locations of nearest stops (when we rang for a taxi to take us to the train station, we discovered all were too busy and we needed to get a bus); menus and numbers of local takeaways which will deliver; some tourist information. We had a lovely stay and would definitely return!

    Reviewed by EmmaSep 2018

  • "Brilliant holiday, excellently placed property to be able to walk,use public transport or use the car."

    Lovely house and excellent facilities, everything you could ever need x

    Reviewed by SueAug 2018

  • "We had a wonderful holiday in Gillercombe."

    Situated in Bowness in a quiet road but with easy access to shops, walks, the Lake. What was an added bonus was the membership card to the nearby spa - what a treat!

    Reviewed by LizAug 2018

  • "The strengths of this cottage are: - perfect location in the town - fully and perfectly equipped - big and confortable enough for 8 persons However, the furniture is a bit old and the cottage would need a general in depth cleaning once in a while."

    Reviewed by MarcJul 2018

  • "We loved the accomodations."

    Beautiful cottage and a perfect spacious for our family reunion.

    Reviewed by PaulineJun 2018

  • "Generally fine for our needs."

    Bit shabby around the edges (water stain on ceiling etc)

    Reviewed by BrianMay 2018

  • "Clean. Comfortable cottage in a great location near lake Windermere."

    Very easy to get to and good Base for walks and climbs. Self check in and out makes arriving and departing straight forward.

    Reviewed by JamesMay 2018

  • "The cottage was in a great location we had a great family holiday very spacious."

    We loved the use of the spa which is located in a very nice hotel nearby. The cottage is close to all amenities within Bowness and Windermere. The cottage is in need of an update in places and needed a good clean in the kitchen the dishwasher did not work and the shower on the first floor leaked. Sykes were very responsive when called we would book with them again .

    Reviewed by AndreaMar 2018

  • "We enjoyed our holiday, but."

    .. Found some old socks in the wardrobe. The dishwasher is ancient and temperamental. The sofa is well past its best. We've stayed at Gillercombe many times, and when it was a lot less expensive, one could overlook these issues. It's increased a lot in price, and I think this needs to be met by some further improvement in the property - otherwise, there are other properties at this price, without the downsides.

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2018

  • "Gillercombe provided our family (6adults and 2 children) with the perfect New Year break."

    The house was surprising bigger than it looked from the photos and even from the outside. The house was warm and welcoming with everything we needed for a week away.

    Reviewed by ChristineDec 2017

  • "Really lovely little place well equipped and comfortable."

    Only recommendation is maybe in the winter months the heating could be put on for arriving guests. The property was cold and took a while to warm up but other than that I would definitely return and recommend.

    Reviewed by JoanneDec 2017

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  • Over four floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x second floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x second floor 2' 6" twin.Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC Second floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Basement utility
  • Boot room
  • Dining room with electric fire
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fires
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine, 2 x fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 2 x TVs with FreeSat, Bluetooth speaker, DVD, WiFi
  • Selection of books, games, toys and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available
  • Off-road parking for one car and free roadside parking to the front
  • Front and rear enclosed patios with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Lake Windermere and ferry service to Ambleside a 10 minute walk
  • Note: Luxury membership included at The Lakes Hotel and Spa which is 0.5 miles away from the property and it takes 10 minutes to walk there
  • The main pool includes: 2 Feature Hot Tubs, Steam Room
  • Sauna, Cold Plunge pool, Poolside Shower, Relaxing Poolside Seating, poolside Bar, Separate Male & Female Changing Rooms with Secure Lockers, Two Treatment Rooms & a Gym
  • Note: If you would like further information on the spa please see the The Lakes Hotel and Spa website.

The property

A lovely traditional Victorian stone-built mid-terrace cottage with the benefit of luxury spa membership and which lies conveniently between Bowness and Windermere in the Lake District.

A perfect location for friends and families wishing to explore this beautiful part of the country.

This spacious property set over four floors, is a comfortable, well-equipped and beautifully presented property.

Guests will be certain to appreciate the generous and flexible accommodation.

Enter through the front door and once inside this delightful cottage you will be able to relax in the comfortable sitting room with ample seating and enjoy your meals in the attractive dining room.

There is a well-equipped kitchen and a basement which houses the washing machine and dryer and extra fridge and freezer.

There are four bedrooms, two of which are on the first floor and they are a king-size double with en-suite and a twin bedroom, together with family bathroom.

On the second floor there is a further double bedroom with en-suite shower and a 2' 6" twin bedroom, together with cloakroom.

From the dining room there is a very useful boot room leading out to a well lit rear enclosed patio with furniture which gets the sun during the day and is a lovely place to have breakfast or lunch outside on a warm day.

From here you can also access the off road rear parking via steps up from the patio.

There is also a small patio with furniture at the front of the property, where it is perfect to enjoy a glass of wine in the early evening sun.

Gillercombe has leisure club membership at The Lakes Hotel & Spa in Bowness on Windermere where up to 8 guests can go between 8am and 3:00pm.

The hotel provides a luxury spa, various treatments, a pool, sauna and steam room.

There is also a poolside bar and a traditional pub open daily.

Just a short walk from the cottage are the vibrant towns of Bowness and Windermere, both with a vast array of shops, pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes.

Why not take a boat trip or hire a boat, both of which are available from Bowness, Brockhole, Ambleside and Lakeside?

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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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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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