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Halewood

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

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • lovely (7)

19 Customer Reviews

  • "On a positive note, the property is ideally located to places to eat and dog walks which suits us perfectly."

    On a negative note, the property needs a thorough clean and could do with a lick of paint. There was cobwebs everywhere, the lampshades in one of the bedrooms and hallway were filthy. Even on the floors, there was still dust in places. The mop that is being used to clean the wood flooring is disgusting and needs replacing. The sofa and chairs and worn out so we’re uncomfortable. We will look at other places to stay in future during January as compared to a year ago when we stayed, it really has got worse.

    Hi Nicola First of all I’ll introduce myself if I may. I’m the eldest son of the owner of Halewood, and I’ve got one brother. Data rules prevent me from stating our names unfortunately, otherwise I’d have happily included them! Our mum and dad finished working in the late 1980s, and moved to Halewood for their retirement. Sadly our dad died in the mid-1990s, in his early 60s, leaving our mum on her own, although after that she spent a lot of time with her sisters and her friends. She absolutely loved living at Halewood. She stayed there until moving into a nursing home in 2021, because she’s got dementia. She’s doing okay, being very well looked after, and really enjoying the company of other people. In February 2024 we celebrated her 90th birthday! After she left Halewood, I spent time there clearing out 60 years’ worth of my family’s belongings, helped by two of her sisters. I couldn’t have done it without them. Then the property was refurbished in 2022. I asked Lakelovers to manage Halewood, because they already look after the cottage next door, and I noticed when visiting my mum’s what a terrific job they seemed to be doing, with people from the company going in and out, and how the guests looked like they were enjoying themselves. I think they have also done a great job looking after Halewood, because until recently the feedback from guests has been really good. Unfortunately though there has been just a bit of a blip recently, in terms of the cleaning not being up to standard. And as an earlier reviewer said in his review, you don’t want to have to balance the upsides of the property, against the downsides of how you might find it condition-wise. Life’s too short for that sort of complication. You just want to get there and find the place clean, simple as! On seeing the earlier review and yours, and having previously expressed concerns about cleanliness myself in early January, I contacted Lakelovers again, and they’ve arranged for a new cleaner to look after Halewood. He’s previously worked for another large holiday lettings company in the Lakes for over a decade. I think that speaks for itself. Says me who wouldn’t last five minutes doing that job before it finished me off. I believe we’ll now be back to exactly where we should be in terms of cleanliness. I’m writing this at Halewood in late February 2024, having gone to check for myself, and I’m pleased to report that it’s spotless. So I’m really sorry Halewood wasn’t as clean as it should have been when you stayed. Believe me Nicola, I know how just important that is. 20-odd years ago, my partner and I stayed in a caravan on a campsite for our holiday. It hadn’t been cleaned properly when we arrived. Let’s just say my partner made her displeasure very clear to me indeed. Put it this way, it still came up in conversation in our house from time to time for years afterwards. Where I find we disagree though is about the decoration and furniture. The house was professionally decorated throughout less than two years ago, and the décor is still in excellent order, and the photos still accurately reflect it. Likewise, the sofa and matching chair are still nearly new. In response to your review though, my partner has sent me over with some more cushions, because apparently you can never have too many of those! So I fully understand and respect your decision to find somewhere else for your January stay. Although if you change your mind in the meantime and decide to come back to Halewood, you’ll be more than welcome. While I’m writing this, I’d like to say something if I may in response to comments in other reviews about Halewood having a fridge but not a freezer. When discussing the kitchen design with the builders, who did a fantastic job, their view was that it didn’t need a freezer, because guests would either eat out a lot, or wouldn’t need food to keep for a long time if they were only staying for a week. I wasn’t sure it was that clear cut, because I like my fish fingers, and they only keep a day or two in a fridge. But what swung it for me is that we have a half and half upright fridge freezer in our kitchen at home, and we’re constantly struggling for room in the fridge. We have two shelves each, but despite that my partner keeps pinching space off mine. I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of people. So I thought a full-sized fridge, where you have more space than you know what to do with, would be a bit of a luxury on holiday. I totally get it though that without icecubes, drinks just aren’t the same, and it’s also handy to freeze the odd thing. When I was growing up we didn’t have a freezer, so one day I thought I’d put a jug of water in the fridge, so I could have cold drinks. I was so pleased with myself for thinking that one up on my own, that I thought I’d reinvented the wheel. Until I bragged about it to my dad, who just looked at me very unimpressed, and said he’d done the same thing when he was my age. Cheers dad! I wanted to say something back about did they have fridges that long ago, but thought best not push it. So that’s the trade-off. Big fridge but no ice-cubes. Sorry if you think it was the wrong call. Anyway, I hope everyone who stays at Halewood has a great time. I think there’s something magical about the Lakes. I know my parents did too. One simple thing I really like, is walking into Bowness up through Back Belsfield Road, first thing in the morning before there are people and cars about. If you do that walk early doors, particularly at the weekend, it’s a bit special, I’ve always thought. Anyway, as this is nearly as long as War and Peace now, it’s time I signed off. Thanks very much for staying at my mum’s, Nicola. Apologies again. And wherever you decide to stay in the future, all the best to you. Cheers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicola2.8Jan 2024

  • "This is the second time we have stayed in this property."

    The first time the bungalow had not been cleaned when we arrived (not ideal) but equally not the end of the world and was resolved within a few hours, luckily it was a sunny day and we could sit in the garden. On this occasion the property had been cleaned but it was not up to standard in my opinion, I appreciate a holiday home is unlikely to be as clean as your own home but the skirting boards were filthy as were the edges of the floors with heavy dust pushed up against it. The shower tray had dirty shoe prints on it, the bathroom mirror had not been cleaned. The tiles in the kitchen were dirty, there was a used plaster stuck to the sheets in the master bedroom, I could go on! That being said we have stayed here twice and would stay again, the property is brilliant, a great layout including a utility/boot room, perfect location, loads of parking, an enclosed garden, dog friendly and modern interior. As long as you are happy with my above cleaning gripe you couldn't ask for anything more.

    Thank you for this feedback. I am sorry to read that you had further problems with cleanliness at this property. I have highlighted this issue with our Housekeeping Team. If we had been aware of these issues we would have sent a team round to rectify them at the time too. We are glad that you enjoyed your return trip and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Lakelovers Owner Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.4Dec 2023

  • "Lovely bungalow in a great location."

    Comfy beds. My only small criticism would be the lack of mirrors in the bedrooms and a pair of tongs would have been useful. Apart from that we had a lovely stay and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4Oct 2023

  • "Great location handy for buses and walking into town for pubs shops and boat trips"

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely detached bungalow very well presented."

    Everything was provided for a comfortable stay. Welcome pack with refreshments provided was an added bonus as was the cleaning pack left for us. This really is a lovely place to stay if you are visiting this area. House and garden are very spacious and we were fortunate to have a week of nice weather and the garden was lovely to sit in very quiet considering it is close to a main road. Amazing location walking distance into Bowness everything you could need is close at hand on the doorstep and with the added bonus of off street parking. This is a real gem hope to return soon. Thank you for a great stay!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2023

  • "Great property, excellent location and had everything we needed for our family holiday."

    Garden was beautiful and house spotlessly clean.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2023

  • "This is the 2nd time we've stayed at Halewood and it's like being home from home ..."

    This is the 2nd time we've stayed at Halewood and it's like being home from home fabulous place everything you need we will definitely be booking again especially throught Sykes

    Thank you for your feedback. We are really glad that you enjoyed your second stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jun 2023

  • "Would 100% recommend this cottage, could not fault it."

    Only thing I would point out is that the back garden isn't enclosed so dogs can get round to the front gates easily.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, everything you need for a week away."

    Fantastic location for everything Bowness has to offer especially the lake. The garden is a sun trap and there is a nice swing seat. The beds are comfy and everything very clean. The laundry room is a bonus. Could just do with a freezer.

    Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you have a lovely 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 Anne5.0May 2023

  • "The property was very comfortable and well presented."

    The rear garden was private with a lovely seating area. However there was no freezer or freezer compartment in the spacious fridge. This is big negative as ice for drinks and to be able to have ice cream for children would be very much appreciated. Also a baking tray or two and a frying pan would help when preparing meals. Not all guests will want to eat out.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to her that you enjoyed your stay. We take all comments on board. Thank you. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0May 2023

  • "Cottage lovely and comfortable, plenty of room for the 5 of us to stay."

    Lovely location, easy walk to the lake and attractions of Bowness. Everything needed to make stay enjoyable. Thank you.

    It is lovely to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2023

  • "Great bungalow in a fantastic location."

    The only things that let it down were the lack of freezer and would benefit from a few extra pieces for the kitchen such as: frying pans and more oven trays. Otherwise a very enjoyable stay.

    Thank you for your comments. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Halewood. We take all feedback on board. Thank you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Apr 2023

  • "The bungalow is lovely and in a great position."

    Great dog walks on the doorstep and a 10 minute walk into Bowness centre. Only thing that could have improved things for us would have been operating instructions for the appliances. We had a lovely stay.

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

    Reviewed by Paula3.8Feb 2023

  • "So the week was very wet."

    Unfortunately we didn't spend as much time outdoors as we would have liked. But the utility room was very useful for wet coats and boots.The rooms are spacious and two toilets. We cooked most nights. Kitchen is perfect. Lots of useful extras. Room for three cars. Big garden. Location is great for harbor. Shops and pubs. We had a great time. Will book again. Thanks

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Oct 2022

  • "What a lovely property, in a perfect location."

    Literally minutes to the lake and all the amenities of Bowness a short stroll away. The property is very well equipped and has almost everything you could need (no freezer/freezer compartment so don’t order ice if doing an online shop). The beds are large and comfortable and the bedrooms spacious. Proper power shower in the bathroom which was a delight. A lovely garden to enjoy and pretty secure for the dog. The utility room was a real bonus for wet days. Already booked to stay again.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is one of the Best Holiday cottages we have stayed in we are so happy we have booked it again for our main June holiday it was home from home easy access to everywhere we wanted to travel too was great for walking our Border Collie she loved it very Clean had everything we needed we have had a fabulous stay Thank You see you in June."

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2022

  • "Halewood is a beautiful property in the perfect location and we would definitely stay there again."

    The garden was fantastic for our dog Harvey. In my opinion the property is 5* plus and has everything you need for a relaxing stay in the Lake District.

    Reviewed by Lynne5.0Aug 2022

  • "A super location with lots of room for everyone and great facilities."

    Hoping to book for next year!

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Aug 2022

  • "Everything was superb as its all ground level whuich suits my missus MS health condition and enclosed garden for the dog."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2022

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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.

Summary

  • Single-storey
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size, 1 x double
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Living/dining room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher
  • Smart TV, WiFi, selection of books
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Front garden with lawn
  • Rear garden with lawn, furniture and swing seat
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.6 miles, pub 0.3 miles, Lake Windermere 0.5 miles
  • Note: Ground-floor living, however there are 3 steps to the entrance and back door
  • Note: Sorry, fireplace not currently in use
  • NOTE: This property will not accept bookings of groups (of more than 2 people) whereby everyone is under the age of 25 and Hen and Stag parties are not permitted
  • When booking this property, full guest details will be requested, if not provided at the time of booking The owner reserves the right to turn down a booking if they feel the property is unsuitable or if they believe the property might be put at risk by a specific group.

The property

Sitting in Bowness-On-Windermere, Cumbria, is this pretty, detached bungalow of Halewood.

Offering dog-friendly accommodation in the Lake District, this lovely abode sits close to Lake Windermere and spectacular walks, whilst inside you'll find high-quality amenities and contemporary living areas set on the ground floor.

There is off-road parking for three cars, a well-kept front garden, and a porch to kick off your boots when you arrive.

Step inside to find a pristine kitchen with a breakfast bar for two, electric oven and hob, dishwasher, and everything you need to prepare home-cooked meals for six guests.

You can dine at the table for six in the living/dining room or set up in your private, rear garden with outdoor seating; after dinner, relax on the swing seat in the evening sun with a cold beverage.

Back inside, a bright and airy sitting room with a bay window overlooking the garden has cushioned seating, a large Smart TV, and selection of books.

The utility room is perfect for sorting walking gear and muddy boots after hiking through the Lakes, with a washing machine, tumble dryer, and basin, whilst the shower room hosts a walk-in shower and heated towel rail to keep your towel warm and ready.

When it's time to retire, Halewood has three attractive, minimalist bedrooms each with storage space, including two king-sizes with bay windows, and a double.

Bowness-On-Windermere is a wonderful base for your holiday in the Lake District with so much to see and do, whether that's sailing and watersports along Lake Windermere, just a stone's throw away from Halewood, or visiting classic characters at The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, golfing with incredible views at Windermere Golf Club, and heading into Windermere to hike up Orrest Head Viewpoint.

If you want a break from cooking, there is a variety of dining options such as The Boathouse Bar & Restaurant, Hooked to taste locally caught seafood, and San Pietro Windermere Restaurant for Italian cuisine.

Explore more of Lake Windermere by visiting the National Trust's Wray Castle or Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's charming farmhouse, or perhaps you'd prefer panoramic views of the lake from the top of Claife Heights?

For more outdoor adventures, Grizedale is a short drive away for plenty of walking and cycling trails to suit the whole family, but if you're looking for a challenge, Scafell Pike and the Helvellyn are a must!

You'll also have easy access to picturesque Lakeland locations including Ambleside with its Roman Fort and the scenic Stock Ghyll Force, Grasmere to explore the former home of William Wordsworth, and the bustling market town of Kendal, close to the National Trust's 14th-century Sizergh Castle.

Discover all this and more on your next Lake District vacation at Halewood.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE

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 be aware that from November to March, outdoor furniture will not be available to use. In order to prevent deterioration of these items, they will be in storage during these months to maintain their condition.