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Hare's Breath

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


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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "A note to say thank you so much for an incredible luxury break!"

    We like to stay in a lot of amazing cottages across the UK and this is the best by far. The owners have thought of everything. The house is amazing, from the top of the range appliances, every bedroom having their own high spec bathroom, lovely extras of a hamper on arrival, and extra bits for the kids such as wooden games etc. The cleanliness and maintenance of the building was outstanding. Great location and I would say in our opinion the best house you will find in the Lake District. The house made our holiday - I would recommend staying here!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had a fantastic time with the family in your amazing house."

    On a slight negative we found a lot of food crumbs around the edges in the kitchen and the bathroom sink units had very dirty shelfs with rings of toothpaste on them. We also struggled with the log fire as it quickly filled with smoke causing the flames to extinguish and smoke to escape through the seals every time we used it. This is not a complaint by me I just feel that the owner should know as to stop any complaints in the future. We throughly enjoyed our stay.

    Dear Guest, Firstly, we would like to thank you for your positive feedback and so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Hares Breath. We would also like to thank you for letting us know about the bread crumbs left on the kitchen floor and the toothpaste rings in one of the bathrooms - we have fed this back to our cleaning team and they have asked us to pass on their sincerest apology and to rest assured that it won’t happen again. In terms of the log burner, the issue you experienced only happens if you don’t warm the fire up first by burning a bit of kindling prior to adding the logs, which I am told is the correct way to light a log burner. Again, we would like to thank you for bringing this to our attention and we have left instructions for future guests to ensure it doesn’t happen to anyone else. We hope to see you again at some point in the future….. Kind regards Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Mar 2024

  • "We have stayed in some lovely houses over the years in The Lakes but Hares Breath is something else!"

    Furnishings, decor and appliances all to a very high standard and the finishing off in all areas is excellent. Brilliantly set up for a family get together. Spacious bedrooms and open plan downstairs is perfect for privacy if needed ,and being in the centre of everything! Sky package, billiard (Pool) room, board games are all at hand when needed, that's if you are not out exploring The Lakes and its mountains. Bowness is a 5 minute stroll away and easily accessed by foot. I don't know how feasible a one way system would be for accessing all properties on the estate, as the road is very narrow for its majority but this is mentioned only for constructive reasons. To sum up, brilliant holiday in a fantstic abode .....and we've already booked for next year!

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2023

  • "Let me start by saying the pictures are an excellent representation of the property, however pictures cannot portray the ambiance of the property."

    This is a Hi-Tech house where no corner has been cut. It is absolutely fabulous. We spent a week there for my wife’s 60th birthday and had the whole family up for the weekend. The living area is so large we never felt overcrowded with 8 of us milling around. The games room provided hours of entertainment and Sky tv is connected throughout the house. The bedrooms, all en-suite, were extremely comfortable and the boiler keeps the place lovely and warm (the dogs were torn between laying on top of the underfloor heating or toasting themselves in front of the wood burner). The kitchen is also very well equipped, again with hi-tech appliances and the private chef we hired for the birthday dinner found everything he needed within arms length. We had a slight issue whilst there but the owner actioned immediately on notification and the maintenance engineer arrived 30 minutes later, excellent service. As a location it’s perfect for the lake and Bowness. The private road to the property is easy to miss but the directions provided are spot on. In summary this is a stunning property and has the wow factor from both inside and out. Would we come back again? ……without any hesitation YES, we didn’t want to leave.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Dec 2023

  • "Wow what a beautiful house, little piece of luxury in the lakes !"

    Everything has been thought of & is in a perfect location with just a short walk into Bowness & the lake. We stayed to celebrate my mother in laws 80th birthday & the house was perfect. Huge open plan social space, large enough to accommodate six humans and two dogs & you never felt on top of each other. The games room was a great addition and provided lots of fun. The bedrooms were all beautiful and so comfortable all with their own bathrooms & televisions, so there were no arguments about rooms ! The outdoor space and BBQ was also lovely with lots of outdoor furniture for everyone. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t that kind to us with the arrival of Storm Betty (in August) and some of our plans on the lake had to be cancelled but this beautiful house more than made up for some of the disappointment & made our holiday ! We genuinely didn’t want to leave.

    Dear Niall, thank you so much for providing such fantastic feedback. It means an awful lot to us to know that our guests enjoyed spending their precious time together as a family at Hares Breath, but we are especially delighted that you chose our holiday home to celebrate such a special occasion. Please pass on our congratulations to your mother-in-law and we hope to see you and your family back very soon. Kind regards, Martyn and Lisa occoccasion Property Owner

    Reviewed by Niall5.0Aug 2023

  • "This was a special family holiday in celebration of my 60th birthday."

    Hare's Breath is a wow..!! from the minute the electric gates open till you enter this superb property. There were 6 adults 2 children and a dog in our party and with each room having its own shower there is plenty of space for everyone. The property has everything you need and the pool room is great for an evening relaxing. I would thoroughly recommend this property for a party of 8 and it's just a short walk in Bowness-on-Windermere. The property has plenty of space for parking vehicles something that is difficult in the town. All shops, restuarants and pubs are a 10-15min walk away from the property. We had a great week and tried out the watersports nearby, would recommend the wetsuit as the lake is a bit chilly. I would definately rate this property as the best we have had over the years. John, Ayrshire.

    Hi John, thank you so much for the fantastic feedback! We have tried so hard to create a special place where people can come to relax with their friends, families and loved ones (including their furry friends) in luxurious surroundings and enjoy the beauty of the Lake District National Park. It means even more to us that you chose Hares Breath to celebrate such a special occasion and we sincerely hope that we contributed in some way to making it a memorable day for you and your family. Thank you again for choosing our holiday home and we hope to welcoming you back very soon. Martyn and Lisa Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2023

  • "A fabulously appointed high quality property in a super location close to the town."

    We went with my father and our family of 5 plus our spaniels. Dogs are very welcome and we appreciated that. All of us loved the house, the games room in particular and made use of the great outside seating areas and bbq. Definitely recommend staying here and we would love to go back.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Hare's Breath, for our Mum's 70th."

    What a beautiful home! Everything was beautiful, clean and felt brand new. We enjoyed the BBQ, log burner and pool table. The house is so large and spacious for a big group. Couldn't fault our time here.

    Paterson FamilyMay 2023

  • "Perfect"

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Apr 2023

  • "Beautiful house, perfect location for the best week away."

    Such a wholesome feeling in the lovely building! Having to re-do our kitchen now! Thank you so much, we will be back!

    Hamilton FamilyApr 2023

  • "We have stayed in the Lakes for over 20 years and this is by far the most amazing property that we have been to."

    The house is even better than the website pictures show; it is the perfect location for walking into the centre of Bowness, particularly with elderly parents. With a party ranging from 18 to 80 in age, the property offered fantastic facilities for all. We very much hope to return!

    Billimore FamilyApr 2023

  • "Had a wonderful stay here in this gorgeous house - very much enjoyed the pool table and a great location too!"

    Got up to many walks a short drive away in all kinds of weather but ended with beautiful sun on Crinkle Crags and ice-cream back in Bowness! Thanks for a lovely stay and we will definitely be back soon!!

    Sheppard FamilyApr 2023

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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.


  • Highly Commended 5 star property
  • Four bedrooms with Smart TVs: 1 x king-size with en-suite bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x king-size with Juliet balcony, en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x twin with en-suite walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Billiards room/bar with Smart TV
  • Central heating
  • 2 x electric ovens, 5-ring electric hob, microwave, American fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher
  • 6 x Smart TVs, WiFi, pool table
  • Fuel, power and starter for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 4 cars
  • EV charge point
  • Large patio with furniture and barbecue and wrap-around balcony
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.4 miles and Lake Windermere 0.4 miles
  • Note: There may be limited head height in the twin bedroom when set out as a super-king-size
  • Note: Check-in from 4pm, check-out by 10am
  • Note: EV charging available by prior arrangement via an app.

The property

Nestled in a fantastic location close to the iconic Lake Windermere in Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria is Hare’s Breath.

This luxurious holiday home boasts an open-plan, stylish interior adorned with contemporary appliances and charming features including dry stone walls, exposed beams and A-frames and a crackling woodburning stove, a truly breath-taking setting for families or friends looking to explore the myriad of Lakeside attractions.

Cross the threshold into your new home-from-home and sink into the plush corner sofa to warm your feet by the gentle glow of the woodburning stove; the perfect place to unwind after a day full of exploration.

Later, wander into the fully-equipped kitchen to help rustle up hearty meals for the whole family with the help of the state-of-the-art appliances; enjoy the fruits of your labour at the spacious dining table and raise a toast to your getaway.

While the evening away with a bit of healthy competition in the billiards room fitted with a bar or savour the last light on the patio which houses a barbecue, perfect for alfresco affairs.

When the stars fill the sky climb the stairs to the first floor to choose between four sumptuous bedrooms fitted with Smart TVs; choose between a king-size with en-suite bathroom, two king-sizes with en-suite shower room, one of which has a Juliet balcony or a twin with en-suite shower room.

If you can tear yourself away from this idyllic abode, head straight for the lake where you can admire breath-taking views across the water, enjoy a leisurely boat trip or try something more adventurous by taking to the open water on kayaks or paddle boards.

There are plenty of attractions appealing to the whole family including Windermere Golf Club, the National Trust site of Hill Top, The World of Beatrix Potter or Blackwell.

Venture further afield to explore Holehird Gardens, the preserved farm of Townend or visit famed lake towns like Grasmere to tour the Wordsworth Museum or his former home.

Outdoor enthusiast will also be in their element thanks to the abundance of walking, hiking and cycling opportunities in the area; meander through dense forest to find Stock Ghyll Force waterfall or summit peaks like Claife Heights, Brant Fell and Orrest Head for picturesque panoramas.

Adventure awaits at Hare’s Breath.

Sorry, this property cannot currently accommodate arrivals on Fridays. Saturday arrival by prior arrangement only, please enquire.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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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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Sorry, this property cannot currently accommodate arrivals on Fridays. Saturday arrival by prior arrangement only, please enquire.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas