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Lake House Bowness

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


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "The lounge needs a new rug."

    The furniture needs to be moved to clean under. Balconies need cleaning.apart from that very nice stay.Comfy beds and large bedrooms.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.1Mar 2024

  • "Great location and all rooms very good."

    I do think the place needs upgrading especially new doors both internally and externally,but still enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Alan3.4Jan 2024

  • "Lovely house, lake views, great location, a short easy walk into town."

    We really enjoyed our stay & will come again!

    Reviewed by Gareth4.4Dec 2023

  • "Second time we have stayed here and it was great yet again."

    Welcome pack on arrival. Will return

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Dec 2023

  • "The property is great, right on the edge of Windermere Lake and by the shops and cafes in Bowness."

    We had stayed in the property some time ago and were really pleased that we could book it again. My son -who the holiday was for - knew the house, & because of his disabilities this was essential. The service from Sykes was poor. We asked Sykes to contact the owner and ask if we could have a Saturday to Saturday stay. Travelling in the UK is difficult on a Friday, Saturday is easier our journey would take 6-7 hours. Skyes refused point blank and told us if we wanted Saturday to Saturday we would have to pay two weeks rent,. We asked if we could book for 8 nights and leave on the Saturday, again told no we would have to pay for two weeks. The property was available either side of the week we wanted, so it should not have been a problem. We had paid a deposit on the house to secure it (outside their contact hours) Sykes would not return our deposit so we were trapped. So beware - there is no flexibility or customer support if you make a mistake or want anything slightly different.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7Oct 2023

  • "Our 2nd visit to the property."

    We love the location. Accommodation and facilities suits our party of 8 very nicely. Great to be able to park cars right outside. We will return!

    Reviewed by David4.7Aug 2023

  • "This is our second stay in this home."

    The house is in the perfect location and is a great size for our our family to all be together. However, the place was covered in black dog hairs which did vacuum up after the going through the place 3 times. Also before bathing my Grandson we had to clean the bath as that was full of hair. I note from the visitors book that this has been mentioned before. Unfortunately this will mean I would not book again.

    Reviewed by Deborah2.8Aug 2023

  • "Our stay was everything we were looking for and ticked all the boxes for a large group."

    The location was ideal and a spacious and comfy apartment. We will definitely be booking again.

    Thank you for your feedback - we are pleased it met all your needs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jo5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely few days staying at this property."

    Everything we needed was there and right in the centre of windemere. We would definitely book this property again and recommend it to anyone wanting to visit Windermere.

    Thanks for the review Anne Just to be accurate for other potential guests - the house is near the pier right on the lake at Bowness on Windermere - its not in the village of Windermere. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2023

  • "Upon arrival at the property at the stated time of 4pm we found that we couldn't access the property as the cleaners were still preparing the apartment."

    As 4pm is quite a late check in I would expect that we would be able to start our holiday at this time instead of having to sit in our car waiting for the cleaners to finish. Otherwise a very enjoyable, comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Feb 2023

  • "Great apartment in a top spot."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Jane3.8Nov 2022

  • "This is large accommodation and centrally located."

    However it is on a very busy road, the road noise was so bad we had to shout over it to be heard. The rear balcony is filthy and has no seating. The glass on the main balcony had finger prints from previous guests' children. The garden is not enclosed so not good for dog owners or children. The pillows are very flat. The main bathroom shower temperature control is very poor and on constant hot. The bath panel needs cleaning. I would also suggest there are more windows that open in the master bedroom as the curtains block the open windows so no air can enter. Not great in the high temperatures we experienced. Not airer for washing.

    Hi Gaynor Thanks for your feedback. I am sorry that you found the road noisy but that is one of things we can't control as it reflects the fact that the property is right in the middle of Bowness near the piers. I will forward your comments on the balcony and the bath panel to the cleaning company. We have had a number of cleaning related issues over the past six months and both ourselves and Sykes have taken this matter up with the cleaning company as its an area which wish to improve on. The garden is not enclosed and not advertised as such, but there is seating at the front which is protected from the road by a gate. We have experienced a number of breakages on outdoor seating - which is why we have provided substantial furniture to the front at ground level, but we will take your comments on board. There is a washing line in the garage however we will act on your suggestion to provide an airer. Thank you once again for your feedback. Best regards Paul & Sue Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gaynor3.4Jul 2022

  • "There was plenty of space for 8 people in the property which was very good however we found the small fridge (which has a broken shelf) a little on the tight side with so many people needing fed!"

    Cooking pots were in excellent condition, which for me is such a huge bonus! (Often is self catering places pots can be a bit neglected!) Some elements of the property were dated and broken, for example the patio furniture was wobbly, the bbq was really dirty. The balcony and the balcony furniture could also do with a clean. Location is excellent, with eveything you need just a very short walk away.

    Hi Aga Thank you for your feedback. We have subsequently purchased a second fridge which is situated in the garage above the freezer. We appreciate that the built in fridge in the kitchen might be too small for 8 guests who are planning to eat in so hopefully that will not be a problem in future. We have also raised your concerns on cleanliness with the cleaning company regarding the balcony and the patio furniture. Thanks for pointing this out and we will try and ensure we hold the cleaning company to the correct standard. Best regards Paul & Sue Property Owner

    Reviewed by Aga3.4Jul 2022

  • "We have stayed at the Lake House many times over the years."

    Our only complaint is microwave is inadequate. It needs to be larger. The beds in the two twin rooms on the second floor and the ground floor room double are very poor and uncomfortable and need replacement. Otherwise this is a great house in a great location. Robert Crawford 07966 177728

    Hi Robert Thank you for your feedback. We have only owned the property for the last year and we are looking to improve the experience. We will definitely look at the microwave and get a bigger one. We will also look at replacing the mattresses in the near future too. I hope the next time you come back ypu will see the difference. Once again thanks for the constructive feedback. Best regards Paul & Sue Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert4.4Jun 2022

  • "Location fantastic."

    Facilities in the property very good. Beds and bathrooms very clean and comfortable. Kitchen could be updated in the future as seemed dated compared to the rest of the property. Downstairs hallway not very clean on arrival but didn't effect our stay. Would return and recommend.

    Reviewed by Laura4.4Dec 2021

  • "The location of the house was perfect for our holiday and the general facilities were fine but there were a couple of issues."

    When we arrived, just before 6pm, 3 of the 8 beds weren’t made up, but this was rectified by the cleaners within an hour or so after a quick phone call. We found that the ground floor bedroom was cold overnight which was surprising in August. The lounge only comfortably seated 6 people, and the house was set up for 8, a couple of our party were either sat on dining room chairs or on the floor. The cleanliness of the property wasn’t as you’d expect in the current climate. The seal at the bottom of the shower screen leaked and was green-so hadn’t been cleaned this year at least. You could also clearly see finger prints in the doors so they also hadn’t been properly cleaned. As we couldn’t get access to the house before 5pm we expected the house to be spotless. Having said that, we had an enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by Ann3.8Aug 2021

  • "Location and facilities were great."

    We arrived one hour after the allotted check in time and the cleaners were still cleaning the property. The cleaners said to us that they couldn’t hoover as there were parts missing. The ground floor and stairs between ground and floor one were particularly dirty. We raised with the maintenance number given, they said they would sort it out - it never was. Property floors were not clean which should be a minimum expectation.

    Reviewed by Andrew3.4Aug 2021

  • "First of all we have no issue with your company."

    We found you extremely helpful and very understanding! On our arrival the property had not been cleaned and the bedding and towelling had not been changed. Given the pandemic this was appalling particularly as we had 3 young hungry children with us! Outside of the property was particularly grim in that there was a skip and a pile of rubbish close by. This was most unappealing. Whilst the owner then organised cleaners to come to the property when they arrived they were rude and grumpy! Alongside this, the three bedrooms upstairs were extremely hot and there was only two working fans. Also, the kitchen was poorly equipped no serving bowls. Although the owner paid for our meal that evening he did not think that we should be offered any more than minimal compensation of £40. He did ask us what we thought would be adequate compensation when we suggested a figure he refused which left us feeling very awkward! So while the location was great, we would not recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Bridget2.5Jul 2021

  • "On a positive note, the location of the property was excellent."

    A stones throw away from the lake and bars / restaurants. On a less positive note we were not allowed into the property until after 17:00, despite being told access would be granted by 16:00. After travelling 4+ hours with two small children and a baby this was somewhat of an inconvenience. I understand that in the current situation (due to covid) extra care and attention is needed to ensure cleanliness, however this was not the case. Upon entry my family and I were shocked at the standard of cleanliness, especially when an extra hour was provided to carry out the cleaning. Clearly the residents previous to us had a dog in their company as almost ever carpet / laminate floor was thick with dog hair, which implies the floors had never seen a vacuum cleaner or mop. Also the lower shelf of the coffee table was thick with dust.......and again more dog hair.......which raises the question, were the surfaces cleaned? The living room window was filthy inside and out from what looks like dog nose marks rubbing against it. Furthermore we requested a highchair as my sister has an 8 month old baby. This was very kindly provided for us, however it had also clearly never been cleaned. Finally, numerous fans were provided which were welcomed as our weather was extremely good, however...yet again...they were thick with dust. So to conclude.....In the current environment I can forgive the fact that we could not get into the property until over an hour after initially informed. However when clearly very little or no cleaning has taken place this is not acceptable. I have no issue with allowing dogs to stay in holiday lets, but surely extra care and attention should be taken for cleaning up the inevitable mess that they leave behind? The providing of extra facilities such as highchairs and desk fans is great, but if you are going out of your way to provide these surely the should also be clean? On a final note, I did contact the cleaners directly and to their credit they did come fairly quickly to run a vaccum around the house. I would have happily done this myself but their was no vaccum cleaner on the premises. I hope you have found this feedback useful? Other than the cleanliness of the property our holiday was great. Kind regards

    Reviewed by Rory2.5Jul 2021

  • "A very smooth experience from initial booking, through to being informed of all details along the way."

    The property was very clean and comfortable and met all our needs. There were even fans in the bedrooms, which is the first time we’ve experienced this! Bravo to the owners! The only slight fly in the ointment was that having been told that we could enter the property from 4 pm, we arrived at 5pm, to find that the cleaners were still there and as a result, there was nowhere to easily park up and wait. They seemed surprised when we arrived!! They said they’d be approx 15 mins if we wanted them to mop the floors. Seeing as the floors are all laminate, I doubt that 15 mins would have sufficed? We returned at 6 pm. I know it sounds picky but after a 5hr journey, it was a tad frustrating. All in all, a very enjoyable stay in a very nice property. Very conveniently located too.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2021

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x second-floor king-size with TV, 1 x ground-floor double, 2 x second-floor twins
  • Second-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor kitchen/diner with balcony
  • First-floor sitting room with balcony
  • Garage/utility
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Front patio with outdoor furniture
  • 2 well behaved dogs welcome
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: Check in is 4pm

The property

Set in a splendid position at the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere, you will find this delightful three-storey dwelling, Lake House Windermere.

Appointed with charming interiors throughout, this wonderful Windermere cottage is perfect for families or friends who wish to enjoy time together exploring this beautiful part of the Lake District.

Enter into this spacious abode and discover a restful double bedroom and airy shower room located on the ground floor.

Take the staircase up to the first floor and be greeted by a warm and welcoming sitting room, where you can spend many evenings snuggled up to loved whilst watching captivating movies on the impressive TV.

Fling open the balcony doors and enjoy distant views of the Lake District Fells and glimpses of Lake Windermere, or cross on over to the kitchen/diner and rustle up a hearty home-cooked meal before heading outside to the patio to catch the last of the summer sun, as you indulge in a refreshing glass of wine and chat amongst friends.

Back inside, three further bedrooms comprising a king-size and two twins sit peacefully on the second floor and are served by a light and airy bathroom resting just across the way.

Make the most of your time in the Lake District with days spent exploring the encompassing landscapes with breath-taking hikes through the fells, or tours of all the finest local attractions.

Wander to the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere and discover an abundance of quirky stores, charming pubs and well-established restaurants, as well as a bustling marina and the popular World of Beatrix Potter Attraction.

Take to the waters with a tranquil lake cruise, or cross on over to the West Shore to see Claife Viewing Station, or embark on a scenic stroll to the National Trust owned Low Wray Castle and Latterbarrow.

Spot the cascading waters of Stock Ghyll Force over in Ambleside, or step back in time at the historic remains of Ambleside Roman Fort.

Explore Rydal Cave and Stagshaw Garden, or visit the nearby town of Kendal, home to the imposing remains of Kendal Castle, the Quaker Tapestry Museum and the beautiful Serpentine Woods.

Stop by Scout Scar Mushroom, or admire spectacular views of the countryside from the top of Brant Fell.

Discover the very best of the Lake District on an adventure at Lake House Bowness.

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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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