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Ivy Bank

(Ref. 963206)

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Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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90 Customer Reviews

  • "Great property and our second stay here."

    Great location and very peaceful

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 2024

  • "Ivy Bank is a lovely place to stay."

    Great central location to walk into Bowness and Windermere. The property is lovely, comfy beds and all you need in the kitchen. The log burner and underfloor heating made it cosy and warm. Parking space is tight but a great bonus as the surrounding roads are busy. We would definitely like to come back and stay again. Thank you

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Mar 2024

  • "Superb stay."

    Property was in a fantastic location, quick and easy walk to restaurants bars and the lake. Really well equipped, they’d thought of EVERYTHING (other than shower gel, which we didn’t take as would have expected). It’s a beautifully presented and spacious house. We’d definitely book this again if/when returning to Windermere.

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Feb 2024

  • "This is the second time we’ve stayed in Ivy Bank and we love it."

    Ideally situated and well equipped and maintained cottage. Thank you to the owners for another great family weekend.

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Feb 2024

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at ivy bank for a few days to celebrate my mum & dad’s birthday."

    They’d never visited the lakes before and already can’t wait to go back and stay here again. It was lovely and clean, very well equipped for everything we needed and very spacious. I was worried it wouldn’t be big enough for 4 adults, a toddler and our dog but it was more than big enough! The pictures don’t do it justice! Very modern and in a great location! We would definitely recommend ivy bank :) thankyou for a wonderful stay!

    Reviewed by Kayleigh5.0Jan 2024

  • "Another great week at Ivy Bank,such a great house and location, Thankyou for the logs, due to the awful weather these were greatly appreciated and put to good use for days in relaxing."

    The new sofas are fab, so much comfier than the ones last year, and made the week even more relaxing. House is well equipped, lovely touches of the locally sourced Reed diffusers and handsoap, they smelt luxurious and amazing, thankyou for all the little touches that made it a great week x

    Reviewed by Linsey4.7Jan 2024

  • "Ivy Bank is an cellent place to stay, has everything you need & more."

    Suits 6 people & 2 dog's very comfortably. One parking space, however east to park for free near by. We loved the real fire, very close to centre & cinema. The cinema was a real treat, like going back in time, just wonderful. We had a fabulous week, great restaurants, nice people, lovely country walks & good old fashioned pubs.

    Reviewed by Janine5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely cottage situated in a great location for ease of walking from your door."

    This is the second time we have stayed here and we just love it. Great log burner with complementary wood which is also great and warming after a snowy cold day. We will be booking this again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Dec 2023

  • "Fabulous house ."

    The best equipped kitchen . Lovely and warm . The perfect base for exploring the southern lakes . It is our second visit and we will return . Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Nov 2023

  • "Stayed October 2023."

    This was our second stay at Ivy Bank, and it won’t be our last! A fantastic property. It has all the comforts you need for a holiday. Lovely little homely touches throughout. There was a welcome basket of tea/coffee/biscuits, games/DVDs, smart TVs in lounge and bedrooms and a travel cot, highchair and stairgates (the stairgates made it so easy to be away from home with a very active 1 year old, thank you!!). Really good quality bedding and kitchenware. There was a really well put together info book with activities, restaurants, house info, walks and local tips, etc. The master bedroom on the top floor is beautiful and has the most comfy bed I’ve slept in at a holiday cottage. We had the best nights of sleep! They obviously try to support local too - with the hand wash and moisturiser from a local shop and some of the artwork from a local photographer (who we met at the Bowness Sunday market and bought some of their work, stunning!). Perfect location in the centre of Bowness - walking distance to shops, pub and restaurants as well as Lake Windermere, boat cruises, car/foot ferry and transport links, etc. A huge added bonus is the car parking space, which became a must for us after having stayed in bowness for the last 6 years and struggling year on year to find on-road parking, even with a permit! We have a Volvo XC90, so a very large 4x4, and can park it (just!) in the space. The owners are really friendly, communication is great and they answer any queries. We’ve had two perfect family holidays staying at Ivy Bank now! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Mel5.0Oct 2023

  • "Have holidayed through Sykes before , always as you would hope , lovely staff , ..."

    Have holidayed through Sykes before , always as you would hope , lovely staff , Ivy bank was amazing one of the nicest cottages , parking at property , although it’s in such a good spot we didn’t use car , Super comfortable, very clean 10/10

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2023

  • "The ad for this property didn’t do it justice - really spacious and well appointed with clean modern decor."

    The amount of utensils and other things available within the property was better than you find in most holiday rentals. Convenient private parking and brilliant location for the lake, amenities and nearby walks. Would definitely look to book this property again when I next return to Bowness.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely holiday property everything you need, wish we had booked to stay longer, ..."

    Lovely holiday property everything you need, wish we had booked to stay longer, central for all amenities, a big thank you to the owners your house is perfect, from four very happy pensioners

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2023

  • "It was a lovely well laid out House."

    Perfect location for Bowness-on-Windamere as 2 minutes walk and you are there. Great walk from the house to Brant Fell Viewpoint, what a view on a nice day. Definitely stay again. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Greg5.0Sep 2023

  • "Great location for our holiday."

    Parking was a bit tight for the larger car, but was good to be able to park next to the house. Will stay here again.

    Reviewed by Debra4.1Aug 2023

  • "We stayed at Ivy Bank with two children aged 8 and 12 and our dog in August 2023."

    The cottage is an amazing location and is very quiet and is close to everything you need within a very short walking distance. Everything and more you need is provided for. It is impeccably clean and well planned out. The children liked being upstairs on their own floor as they are a little older but if you had small children there is also another lovely bedroom on the top floor. Logs are provided for the log burner and there is a welcome washer/dryer which we used as it rained quite a bit during our trip! We had a lovely week at the cottage and would highly recommend you stay there.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Aug 2023

  • "We had a great week at the property, it has everything that you would need and is very comfortable, the location is great situated between Bowness and Windermere, with lots of places to eat and drink close by."

    Reviewed by Glen5.0Aug 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely house."

    The location is perfect!

    Reviewed by Jack5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent house in a great location."

    Uncomfortable lounge sofa’s is my only complaint. Everything else excellent.

    Reviewed by Nick4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with great location-easy access to Bowness and beyond!"

    The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable stay -access via the back of the house was a bit scruffy but other than that, inside is well maintained. We would definitely book to stay again

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4May 2023

  • "Thank you for an amazing stay at Ivy Bank Cottage."

    The decoration, furniture and fine detail was all to a very high standard. Ivy Bank had everything you could possibly need for you stay. The location is fantastic. We were able to walk to the shops in Bowness and the lake without taking the car. We can’t wait to come back. Amazing property.

    Reviewed by Natalie5.0Apr 2023

  • "We have stayed at this cottage before and we were pleased to see that on our return the high standards had still been maintained."

    The bedrooms are all a good size and the accommodation is ideal for a family with small children. The cottage is lovely and warm and the parking space right outside the property is a plus, there is also plenty of free parking in adjacent streets if you have two cars . Overall a great cottage that we would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely comfortable stay and found the location was great."

    We would definitely recommend this property to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Apr 2023

  • "Ivy bank is in such a great location, cottage was so comfortable with everything you needed."

    Lovely and warm with plenty of hot water. We had a fabulous time with our family and would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Mar 2023

  • "Just arrived home after having 4 nights away at Ivy Bank Cottage."

    The Cottage was everything we could of hoped for. Spotlessly clean, lovely, cosy and warm (we didn't even need to use the log burner haha) Situated in a great location and had an added bonus of parking space round the back. Roughly a 10 minute walk to the Bowness on Windermere Lake, where we got a ferry across to Ambleside (dog friendly) and also a ferry across the water to the Wray Castle and a great viewing point. Also was only a 10 minute walk to Windermere where we took a walk up Orrest Head which was well worth the walk for the views at the top. Finally there were several dog friendly pubs but we found The Quayside one was the best which did great food and also a sports bar downstairs to watch the football. Would definitely visit and stay again. (Hopefully in the sunshine)

    Reviewed by Jordan4.7Mar 2023

  • "Fishing Windermere all year round I get to stay in alot of properties in the area, ivy Bank is certainly one of the best and most certainly the warmest, we had a very comfortable stay and hope to be back soon."

    Reviewed by Lee4.7Feb 2023

  • "Perfect home from home!"

    We stayed here with our sons, their partners, our 2 year old grandson and 2 dogs! Lots of space for us all - great facilities - with 5he exception of an air fryer which seems to be the trend right now (!) the house had everything including the very much valued parking space! Great location too - 5 minutes walk down hill to Bowness Centre and 15 minutes walk from Windermere. We will definitely stay here again if we're lucky enough to find it available!

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely property that is well equipped and a short few minutes walk into Bowness."

    Lounge/dining area is modern and cosy with a heated floor adding to the comfort. The stair gate at the bottom of the stairs we found useful as we had a dog and she couldn’t wander. All three bedrooms were large and clean. Overall a delightful property that I would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Dec 2022

  • "Excellent location and a lovely rental property."

    Very well equipped kitchen. We’ve stayed in a lot of properties in Windermere and Bowness and this was probably the best value for money for our preferred week.

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Dec 2022

  • "An amazing location with off road parking,plenty of space in the property."

    We will definitely booking this again.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Nov 2022

  • "Ivy Bank is a really lovely property and in a perfect location for exploring the town or further afield."

    The owner’s communication before we arrived was great and they were friendly and helpful. The property itself is lovely - has a nice homely feel to it. The open plan living area was very sociable and cosy and the kitchen was lovely and had everything you needed (ever a little pack of cleaning bits for our stay). The house was very clean and had everything you could need for a holiday, even some books and games and even a store out the back for wellies/outdoor stuff (although we didn’t use it). Beds and pillows were very comfortable - we slept so well whilst there!! The location is brilliant - so close to all the amenities of Bowness but also within walking distance of Windermere and some local walks too. For anyone with little ones, the stairgates (to the open plan living area on the lower ground floor and bedrooms on the top floor) were so useful as our baby was on the move by the time we stayed! And there was a high chair and travel cot provided too. All of which were a good, clean standard. Made travelling with a baby much lighter!! Having the parking space was a godsend as we’ve stayed in other local properties without a parking space (only a road parking permit) and trying to find a space at the end of a day out was a nightmare. The space is a little tight but we managed to park a Volvo XC90 in it, so it’s big enough for a large 4x4! Would 100% stay at Ivy Bank again - in fact we’re looking to book for 2023 so think that says it all!

    Reviewed by Mel5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely property and great price as it wasn't the school holidays."

    Everything was clean, we chose this property as it allowed a dog but our dog sadly passed away a couple of weeks before but you wouldn't be able to tell dogs was there (no dog hairs etc,) There are also baby gates which are a great help with babys/ small children. Love the log burner!

    Reviewed by Kelly4.7Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage, plenty of room for our group of 4 adults and 2 dogs, bedrooms and bathrooms were immaculate."

    Brilliant location, cannot fault the place. Would highly recommend anyone booking this you won't be disappointed!

    Thanks so much for your feedback. Much appreciated Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2022

  • "Another great Sykes holiday and another excellent cottage."

    Ivy Bank was just as described and possibly the best equipped cottage we have stayed in, in recent years. With an eldely parent amongst our group, we alway try to find something that's appropriate but with 2 dogs, it'snot the easiest task. Although one flight of stairs was still necessary, the ground floor, en-suite bedroom was perfect.

    Reviewed by Darren4.7Sep 2022

  • "Had a lovely stay at this holiday house - perfectly situated for accessing the town shops and restaurants within walking distance."

    Also a good base to explore the Lake District. Parking for 1 car very helpful. Accommodation very clean and well equipped. As previously reported - beds very comfortable indeed! Owner dealt with a minor issue immediately and made some very good suggestions to visit/eat at- a bonus! Would consider booking again and would recommend!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "The house was perfect for a family of 5."

    Really clean, high quality appliances, crockery pots and pans etc. Great location the lake, restaurants and bars were all within a few minutes walk.

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2022

  • "An excellent property finished to a very high standard The beds are really comfortable and everything needed for our stay was provided."

    On arrival everything was clean and tidy. Maybe not ideal for anyone with mobility issues as the property is over 3 floors but not an issue for us. The parking space is a little tight and reversing out onto the road can be problematic. The property is only a short walk from shops, pubs and restaurants and there are plenty of options. I would certainly recommend the property and we had a fabulous stay. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Meryl5.0Jun 2022

  • "Everything was excellent."

    Parking if you have a large car is challenging and you have to reverse down the path. Facilities were excellent and the kitchen was well equipped which is a refreshing change. Very comfortable and great location as town is a short and pleasant walk. No garden area which is the only downside but lovely comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Claire4.4Jun 2022

  • "The house was great, really nicely decorated plenty of room for 5 adults and a great location to pubs shops etc"

    Reviewed by Daniel4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with very comfortable beds."

    Spotlessly clean throughout and very well equipped. We liked it so much, we’ve already rebooked for next year.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0May 2022

  • "Ideally situated close to Bowness, spacious and comfortable."

    Ideal for a weeks stay in the Lake District. Car park space is handy to have close by, but slightly small, large SUV just about managed to be parked. We would stay again and would recommend.

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.7Apr 2022

  • "Great location, the cottage was well equipped and clean."

    Comfy beds and spacious rooms. Thank you

    Reviewed by Lynsey5.0Apr 2022

  • "Ivy Bank is without doubt an outstanding property to stay within Bowness."

    Clean, comfortable and well appointed we were wanting for nothing during our stay. Access to the parking area is tight (rear of property) but prevents the hassle of finding a parking spot on the road (which can be bus). The decor was modern and fresh with underfloor heating on the ground floor. Overall a great location to use as a base for a Lake District break.

    Reviewed by Ricky5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fabulous house and in perfect location."

    We had a problem with the hot water but the owners were really quick to get this fixed for us. We’ll definitely be back.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a wonderful holiday the cottage was better than described It was very ..."

    We had a wonderful holiday the cottage was better than described It was very clean with everything you needed for a family break warm Comfortable and close to all amenities the parking space was a bonus We will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Mar 2022

  • "Fabulous cottage in a great location."

    Bedrooms were much larger than indicated in the photos . The kitchen was extremely well equipped , especially the selection of glasses . The parking space at the back is an added bonus as I was able to park my very long estate car , albeit at an angle . I would highly recommend this accommodation .

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Feb 2022

  • "Gorgeous house, spacious comfortable and clean."

    Loved the log burner and attention to detail with the facilities. Fantastic central location. Can’t wait to come back and stay again.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Feb 2022

  • "Need to work on a welcome pack and facilities within the cottage were basic, the fireplace was amazing and after the issues during our stay were addressed really quickly by the owner."

    Location was amazing.

    Reviewed by Anne3.1Feb 2022

  • "The property was immaculate on arrival."

    The parking was perfect for leaving our car off road for the majority of our trip! The safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs were great for both our dog and our toddler. We will definitely be returning and will recommend to family and friends.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Jan 2022

  • "Amazing property, amazing location for Bowness."

    We all thoroughly enjoyed it (ages from 24-88). All facilities were perfect, complimentary tea, sugar, coffee etc, decorated lovely for Christmas and even some mince pies and choices with prosecco! Will definitely be back. Thank you

    Reviewed by D5.0Dec 2021

  • "Beautiful property spacious and within walking distance to Bowness."

    The property was modern, newly furnished and very clean. 3 lovely bedrooms with one being Super King size bed which was great. 2 bathrooms which accommodated our party well. Having wood supply for the wood burning fire was a nice touch and very much appreciated as the weather had turned very cold. Parking was fine for our car which was a mitsubishi outlander so not a small car. No enclosed garden for our dogs but this didn't bother us as we were out walking most of the day so not required. Would definitely recommend and return to this property. We had a great holiday here.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Nov 2021

  • "Fantastic weekend."

    Excellent property, great location, very clean, well equipped and would highly recommend. Only 1 very minor criticism, if you have a large car or SUV, difficult to fit into the available parking space at rear of property. However, there is street parking available.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Nov 2021

  • "Enjoyed our stay again very clean and comfortable accommodation,"

    Reviewed by Jacqueline5.0Oct 2021

  • "Parking at rear is restricted."

    Small car fits, small medium car like ours just fitted and no more. Medium Or large sized car will not fit.

    Reviewed by Iain4.1Sep 2021

  • "What a beautiful house , lovely location, just a short walk into bowness, ..."

    What a beautiful house , lovely location, just a short walk into bowness, really well equipped and great facilities, perfect holiday for myself and partner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2021

  • "The house was beautiful, relaxing and comfortable."

    We all enjoyed the time we spent there. The owners checked how we wanted the rooms set up and everything was as it was listed.

    Reviewed by Alyson4.7Aug 2021

  • "Ivy Bank cottage has everything to offer for a cottage stay within walking distance of bowness on windermere."

    The Bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. Both the ensuite and main bathroom have great facilities with both options for shower and bath in main bathroom. The kitchen living area has all the facilities and utensils needed with a large dining table and multiple sofas to accomadate the 6 people. Decor and style is also spot on (IMO) throughout. Only minor issues were Parking space is tight, but there is onstreet parking very close with availability daily to use car as we did. Could do with a purpose made drying area for winter users (i.e. heatlamp outside rear door possibly) Location, accomodation, facilities excellent and would definetly stay again.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Aug 2021

  • "The property was very comfortable and was very well equipped with plenty of crockery and cutlery."

    There is very little outdoor space at the property and may not work for some due to this. Property has a really central location and is ideal for getting the best out of Bowness and Windermere. We would recommend the property.

    Reviewed by Paul3.8Jul 2021

  • "Excellent property, in an ideal location!"

    Was perfect for our family holiday. Would definitely book again

    Reviewed by Tara5.0Jul 2021

  • "This was our second stay at Ivy Bank and we really enjoyed it."

    The house was spotlessly clean and had everything we needed for our stay. Ivy Bank is in the perfect position for walking into Bowness and exploring the beautiful countryside. There is parking available which is ideal and the owner was really helpful when I messaged her on two occasions. We would definitely recommend the house and will be staying again in the future.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2021

  • "Perfectly located, nicely presented cottage."

    Lovely neutral and up-to-date decor. Kitchen was well equipped. Although space was a little tight between the dining table and cooker the rest of it felt nicely open. We had ordered a supermarket delivery to the cottage and were worried there may not be enough space. We were really pleasantly surprised when we found 2 fridges in the kitchen (one under the counter fridge, and one 3/4 free standing fridge freezer). One of the beds (downstairs room) was uncomfortable and creaked loudly every time we rolled over but, as there were only 4 of us in the cottage, we were able to move to the smaller but more comfy room upstairs. Pillows on beds were lovely and comfy - so much so we purchased some for ourselves when we got home! It took us a while to workout the underfloor heating but it was beautifully toasty once we had worked it out. Log burner was also a lovely treat. Parking space was a real bonus, although it was a squeeze for a large car (XC60) we managed it with a bit of shuffling around to park diagonally. Advert says street parking for any further vehicles but, there weren't many spaces nearby even though we went at a fairly quiet time. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Windermere and would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Nicole4.4Apr 2021

  • "We stayed here for a pre Xmas family break and had the best time."

    The cottage is beautiful and very well equipped. We were only here for the weekend but we managed to see and do a lot. We will be back again.

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Dec 2020

  • "Ivy bank was like a home from home in an excellent location!"

    Reviewed by Scott5.0Oct 2020

  • "Lovely cottage with everything you need & a parking place at the rear of the property, Superb location for shops, Bars & Resturant’s in Bowness, We will thoroughly recommend Ivy Bank Cottage."

    Reviewed by Marcelle5.0Sep 2020

  • "Had a lovely stay at ivy bank."

    Great communication prior to arrival and everything we needed in place when we arrived!

    Reviewed by Bethan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Had a fabulous week at Ivy Bank, very smartly decorated, clean and very well equipped."

    The only very small niggle is when sat on the sofa facing the entrance you can’t see the TV which, for us was ok as there was only 4 of us so we sat on the other seating and only a small freezer compartment which again wouldn’t be a problem to most but we enjoy cooking and eating. Loads of room upstairs though to accommodate 6.... location is fantastic!

    Reviewed by Stewart4.4Sep 2020

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at Ivy Bank."

    Very well equipped - kitchen has everything you need and more. Property is very clean and extra measures due to COVID were clearly taken i.e open windows, which was really good to see. First floor bathroom was really nice, modern and clean! Bedrooms were great and beds were comfy, however pillows were a little hard (thankfully I had taken my own anyway!). Every room has a TV which was great for the evening, although the TV's in bedrooms are a little on the small side. TV in the open plan lounge is a smart TV so we were able to access Netflix (which we were very happy about!) Internet connection was good, although occasionally dropped out for a couple of seconds but this was not very often. Location is brilliant, literally a 30 second walk to the shops, and a 5 minute walk down to the lake. Car parking space is small but fit our estate car in at an angle (just). We had a second car too but parking wasn't an issue as there's plenty of parking on the roads near to the property. Overall enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by Steph5.0Jul 2020

  • "Very central, clean and modern would defo go back again"

    Reviewed by Janine5.0Mar 2020

  • "It was disappointing that the check out was at 10am."

    This is much earlier than anywhere we have stayed before and was not specifically reiterated to us. It may have been in the initial generic booking email however as this is so out of the ordinary I feel an email to clarify this may have helped. There was no shower gel in any of the bathrooms which would be a nice touch. Also the sink in the en-suite poured all over the floor when it was turned fully on. Also the place smelt like dogs had stayed previously upon arrival. The house however was lovely and well furnished and aside from the early check out we would stay again.

    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We normally receive exceptional feedback for Ivy Bank but we are sorry it wasn't to your liking. Although it is a pet friendly property the owner makes every effort to ensure any associated smell or pet hair is removed after each guest's stay. Please also note that Ivy Bank is self-catering accommodation so the property owner is not obliged to leave shower gel but we will take your comments on board. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Grace1.9Feb 2020

  • "Second time we have stayed at Ivy Bank and we had a lovely family time together The home is well equipped, tasteful and comfortable."

    .offering home from home quality surroundings Hope to stay again soon Thank you

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2019

  • "Fantastic weekend in glorious winter weather great location for food, drink and shopping."

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Nov 2019

  • "Lovely terraced cottage in great location."

    Quiet but very handy for shops and lake. Private parking for medium size car. Lovely clean and fresh decor. Comfortable beds . Logs supplied and the fire a cosy bonus. We took our own DVD player for the odd wet day and evening . Being away is our only chance to watch films and box sets . Would definatly stay here again and Sykes always efficient and helpful. Peter Orry.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Nov 2019

  • "Fantastic holiday home, which was beautifully clean and had everything we could possibly need."

    Perfectly laid out and in an ideal location for doing the tourist things. In the centre of Bowness so in a fab spot for all the restaurants/pubs/amenities. The only downside, and it didn’t bother us, there’s no garden to sit in. Hopefully will rebook at some point in the future. Thank you to the owners.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Oct 2019

  • "The whole experience has been first class."

    The modernly furnished property is excellently equipped with everything you need & in a prime position between Bowness & Windermere It was always warm & cosy when returning from a day out. The property is a credit to the owners. We all has an amazing time. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely and in an excellent location to Lake Windermere."

    Cottage is well equipped, clean and spacious. Communication with owner was very good also. Our family had an excellent time and would definitely use Ivy Bank again.

    Reviewed by Dave4.1Sep 2019

  • "Good situation for walking in the Windermere area."

    The house is very comfortable and well equipped. Would book again.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2019

  • "Absolutely lovely house, fantastic location,short walk into town."

    House has been renovated to a very high standard, would definitely re-visit. Owners very kindly sent back to us an item we left behind. Thanks again Andy

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jul 2019

  • "The house was lovely very comfortable and extremely clean."

    There was so much in the house... loads of glasses, cups etc. Logs for the wood burner included and the WiFi was really good all over the house including upstairs a must if you’re travelling with teenagers. I’ve seem a couple of comments about the size of the parking space - yes you would struggle with a large estate but we got a Range Rover Evoque in no problem. Only 2 other comments it would be useful to have spare bin bags we had to keep decanting out of the kitchen bin into carrier bags and the key safe is really hard to open you need to pull it down from the top but need two hands to do it. We thought we had the code wrong as we just couldn’t get in!!

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage was in an ideal location for Bowness on Windermere and only a very short walk to the shops and pubs."

    The parking space was very small though and a large vehicle would find it difficult to fit, the permit for the road though was ideal and there was always an available space for a second car. The heating controls in the property were intermittent and even when we attempted to adjust the settings it didn’t seem to make any difference. Overall we really enjoyed the property and the decor was neutral and modern throughout. A slight criticism however is that for the amount we paid I would have thought we would have received limited basic amenities, we had to buy bin bags and washing up liquid, items which we are used to being provided with in properties we have rented. Also, there was no information in the property about refuse collection in the area so we were unsure when it would be collected and if there were any recycling facilities.

    Reviewed by Paul4.1May 2019

  • "A lovely property."

    Well situated and equipped. I would not hesitate to go back. My only issue was around parking. The space at the back of the property is very tight - not suitable for an estate or bigger car. It would have been useful to have known this. I contacted Sykes in advance to ask about parking for a 2nd car and was told the owner did not provide a permit and that I would need to buy one (£30) & a link to do this was helpfully e-mailed to me. However there is a permit in the house for use parking in the roads around the property so buying a permit was an unnecessary expense. Unfortunately the map accompanying the permit did not show where it could be used as the info claimed - it was just a google map print out. I searched the internet to no avail. I did find spaces I thought it could be used for in but they did say for 'residents' and the permit said 'visitor' so I was not sure, and those spaces were always full. Some of the surrounding roads have unrestricted parking. So neither permit was really necessary in the end and the parking was not a problem.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7May 2019

  • "Love this house on of the best we have stayed in will be back again"

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Mar 2019

  • "Ivy Bank cottage was suberb in every respect."

    Centrally located, well equipped, warm, comfortable and impeccably clean.

    Reviewed by S5.0Feb 2019

  • "We had a lovely time, the cottage was very comfortable and pleasant."

    The key collection was very smooth also. The correspondence between my self and the owner was smooth. The only thing that I can complain about is that the hot water went off and the radiators which meant it was very cold in the bedrooms. After contacting the owner regarding this she switched it back on via the hive as the hot water had been switched off which was disappointing. I found it quite unfair that this was done considering the price we paid. Luckily we had the open fire which was very cosy and warm.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Dec 2018

  • "Perfect Location and property is large and finished to a very high standard."

    Was great to have the parking and extra on the road permit for 2nd car. We will definitely being going back again

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Dec 2018

  • "Excellent accommodation in an ideal location"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2018

  • "We had a lovely weekend in Bowness."

    The cottage is a 3 min walk down into bowness centre and to windermere lake itself. The house was lovely and cosy and so warm after a days walking. We would definitely stay here again!

    Reviewed by Alexandra5.0Nov 2018

  • "We had a lovely holiday."

    Very impressed with the house and especially loved the ground floor kitchen diner, which was so cosy and wonderful underfloor heating. Clearly newly refurbished and looked very stylish.

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Oct 2018

  • "Overall a disappointment – Ivy Bank did not meet our expectations or your description."

    Kitchen inadequately equipped - only one tea towel, small cafetière barely big enough for two, no teapot, no milk jug, no egg cups, only one oven shelf (apart from grill pan), no serving spoons etc etc. Fire starter kit lacked matches- they suggest you order wood but where do you store it? More cellar than basement - you say it has a sense of light and space but it is dark and we had lights on all the time. View from sink is of a wall a couple of feet away. View from the other end of the cellar (lounge) is of steps up to the small and difficult to access parking space. The parking space is not large enough for anything other than a small car. Instructions on use of parking permit would have been helpful. Instructions for the washing machine would have been useful. It is advertised as having a fridge freezer but what it actually has is two fridges one of which has a small very frosty ice box. The property was clean with the exception of the sticky sofas with crumbs and hairs between the cushions which I cleaned. 'Hotel standard' family bathroom is cold - the radiator is too small and the tiled floor would benefit from under floor heating. The bath is rather small - too small for me at 5'5" and a size 10. The mirror in the bathroom and the very small ensuite appear to have lights that do not work. I would have expected more than one set of keys.

    Many thanks for your valuable feedback, we are very disappointed that one of our properties has seemingly let us down and not provided you with the experience that we had hoped for. I can see we tried to call you to discuss this further and we have already informed the owner to ensure these issues will be actioned. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lorna2.5Oct 2018

  • "The house was perfect!"

    A great location just 3 minutes walk from Bowness centre, it was spotlessly clean throughout and the rooms were all really spacious and comfortable. Couldn't have asked for anything more from a holiday cottage for our Lake District weekend. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Sep 2018

  • "Brilliant location close to all that Bowness has to offer."

    Fantastic accomadation with all the facilities you could wish for or want. A superbly appointed cottage, clean very comfortable lacking nothing.

    Reviewed by Jon5.0Sep 2018

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  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x first floor double (one zip/link), 1 x ground floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Lower ground floor sitting, kitchen, and dining area with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Underfloor heating lower ground floor
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, TV in all bedrooms, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Hairdryer
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off-road parking for 1 car to the rear of the property
  • Free on street parking in the roads around the cottage for additional cars
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 mins walk
  • Distance to Beach 0.43 miles.

The property

This traditional slate terraced house lies close to the centre of Bowness, set within the splendid scenery of the Lake District, a destination to suit all tastes and ages.

Thoughtfully designed for friends or couples, Ivy Bank is presented in a high-quality fashion, contemporary and stylish, so you can relax in true comfort.

Enter inside through the spacious hallway, where you will discover a bathroom, designed to that of a hotel standard, and a double bedroom with its own en-suite.

The lower ground floor is the place to be during your leisure time, home to an open-plan living area divided between a lounge, a compact kitchen and a central dining table.

With the added benefit of a woodburning stove, plus underfloor heating on this level, you can make yourselves right at home come summer or winter.

Two further bedrooms lie on the first floor, both are wrapped in a neutral overtone with a wardrobe and chest of drawers, tying the set-up together nicely.

The property boasts high ceilings throughout, even in the basement, and a great sense of light and space adds to the cottage experience.

Grizedale Forest Park is within easy driving distance and is home to a range of activities including many insightful walks, mountain biking, and the Go Ape adventure park.

Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains are not too far away.

A wonderful location to begin a relaxing holiday.

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About the location


Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 8.7 miles.

The twin towns of Bowness and Windermere are both vibrant, fun-filled places set within the splendid scenery of the Lake District. Both towns provide a range of amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes whilst Ambleside offers the additional attraction of a boat ride to Bowness, the Lakeside Aquarium and Beatrix Potter's 'Hill Top House' at Sawrey. Grizedale Forest Park is within easy driving distance and is home to a range of activities including many good walks, mountain biking and the 'Go Ape' adventure park. The region also boasts many National Trust properties as well as a variety of water sports for those who prefer a more adrenaline-fuelled trip. Children will enjoy a trip to the 'World of Beatrix Potter' in Bowness whilst the villages of Grasmere, Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains are all within easy reach.

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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas