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Swallow's Nest

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  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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46 Customer Reviews

  • "Very nice and clean,Shower not very hot could not get it very warm but all well."

    Reviewed by Vera5.0Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely beautiful property, in a good location."

    Spotless throughout with everything you need in place. Well placed, thoughtful notes through the cottage, the cottage was warm and cosy - an ideal retreat. Thank you

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2024

  • "Very comfortable and clean."

    We had lovely stay would definitely recommend to friends. The only thing I would recommend is that you let customers know that people may walk through the back garden. We had workmen walking through which was a shock plus with us having a dog he could have been outside. Thank you

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Feb 2024

  • "A lovely cosy and well equipped cottage."

    It was very wet weather over Christmas week but the rack & the pegs in the kitchen enabled me to dry everything out over night. I have been here the last week in May when it was warm enough to sit in the lovely little secluded garden & to eat our evening meal & our breakfast too come to think of it! My friend Helen has booked it for the two of us for a week next May. Although Bowness is a busy little town Swallows Nest is in a very peaceful situation the pathway to the end of the Dales Way is just outside the gate which for long walks or short walks is just fabulous !

    Reviewed by Diana5.0Dec 2023

  • "House was clean and tidy on arrival."

    . Have noticed on last few nice if tea/coffee be supplied..nice location and reasonable back garden view..parking for car or 2is good….less than 5mins walk into town..but depending how fit you are 10mins back up hill..ideally situated for bars/restaurants and Lake.. Would stay again and recommend this place.. Cheers T

    Reviewed by Tony3.8Nov 2023

  • "Beautifully presented cottage."

    Great location. Clean. Very comfy beds. Could not fault it. Only complaint is that we had to buy hand soap for the bathroom as bottle left practically empty.

    Reviewed by Liz4.7Sep 2023

  • "Have a contact number in the information folder in case of emergency."

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Sep 2023

  • "Just came back from a lovely week at Swallow’s nest and it was a really lovely cottage in a very quiet area of Bowness."

    Great private parking too which is a bonus in the Lakes! The cottage has all the facilities you need and was very clean on arrival too. It is only a 5 minute walk down to Bowness and about 25 minute walk up to Windermere. The cottage also had a garden with patio area to enjoy the late summer sun. It was so good, we have booked to go back next year.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was very clean and just noticed dust on the bathroom blinds."

    Appreciated the change of sofa and overall good quality feel of the accommodation. We thoroughly enjoyed our sixth year holidaying in the cottage!

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Aug 2023

  • "The property was absolutely lovely, very well kept and furnished and a perfect size for the two of us and our teenage son."

    We would love to come back again in the future.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Jul 2023

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

    The outside space was nice as it was very hot whilst we were staying. We found the hill a little challenging, that that was primarily because of the heat - that doesn't happen very often! The Dales Way and other footpaths started very close the the cottage. We would def recommend the property for its comfort and attention to detail.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jun 2023

  • "We are regulars to this property and once again we enjoyed our stay."

    We did notice the new sofa, which was a lot more comfortable than the previous one and the hanging basket outside the front door was also a lovely touch. The only suggestion we would like to make is for the bathroom towels to be upgraded, as the ones provided this time were not particularly soft on the skin. Likewise, the kitchen tea towels provided were beyond their best. Regardless, we have re-booked for next year and look forward to visiting again.

    Reviewed by Angela3.8May 2023

  • "Lovely place ,not everyone would like the hill up from Bowness but it did make it lovely and quiet ."

    We have already booked it again for next year and my friend has booked it for Christmas

    Thank you for you very kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable stay. We look forward to welcoming you again. The Heart of The Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage which suits our needs well."

    We really like having the outside space - even if we can’t always use it (weather!). Bed is very comfortable and bathroom is modern and well appointed. Kitchen pretty well equipped but really needs another two medium sized pots and a couple of small sharp knives. An updated TV would be a bonus. Area is very quiet so great for people who are poor sleepers. Parking is fine. Just a short walk to shops restaurants etc but the cottage is at the top of a very steep hill so not suitable for people with mobility issues unless they are happy to drive / use taxis to get in and out of Bowness centre. There are no kitchen basics or welcome pack provided so you need to make sure you have milk bread etc with you - shop before you access the cottage. We have stayed here before and would definitely stay here again.

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your 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 A4.1May 2023

  • "This is our 2nd visit back to tge cottage it's ideally placed for walks straight out the front door or a 5 minute walk down to the town."

    It's a great base to go out and see the other lakes and walks

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Swallow's Nest. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2023

  • "We loved Swallows Nest and it was situated in a perfect place for visiting my daughter."

    The only negative we could see was that there was no hand soap at all upstairs or down and we could not find any egg cups. Also a welcome pack with basics would be a lovely touch. We did appreciate the night lights that came on automatically. A sweet cottage!

    3.8Feb 2023

  • "We did leave a note for the owners as couldn,t find visitors book to comment."

    Also couldn,t find instructions regarding bedding/towels so left all used in the bath & put a note on articles not used.However we did enjoy our stay despite the weather & found the cottage on the whole very nice & beautifully located.

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Dec 2022

  • "This cottage was lovely."

    It was literally a 4 minute walk to Lake Windermere. Brantfell was perfect for an early morning stroll. The most surprising thing was really how quiet it was. The perfect retreat after a day's hiking/shopping/eating!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Nov 2022

  • "A lovely cottage which is very well equipped, clean and comfortable."

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Oct 2022

  • "A really lovely cottage, excellent location (5 minute walk from shops & restaurants)."

    Very quiet area, you’d never know you were so close to Bowness centre. Cottage very comfortable, well equipped with everything you need for your stay. Lovely little garden, just perfect for 2-3 people. Plenty of local walks, so no need to use the car if you don't want to. Cottage up quite a steep hill, but there is a easier walk up. Will be staying again.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, however, it could have been cleaner!"

    Cobwebs on the stairs, tired looking furniture, worn carpets etc. No tongs to use in the kitchen. When moving the footstool it was obviously it hadn’t been hoovered underneath.

    Reviewed by Lorna2.8Aug 2022

  • "Really happy with cottage and had a great week."

    Huge fridge freezer and lovely outside area. All very clean! Fantastic location for the lake,walks and public transport. Car stayed parked all week. There was no key for the outside storage so we couldn’t get the seat cushions for outside chairs, mattress wasn’t the best and sofa cushions would slide off but would still highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Angela4.4Aug 2022

  • "Very good stay."

    Central location, but nice & quiet.

    Reviewed by Derek4.4Jul 2022

  • "Pretty cottage in a great location, lovely views and good parking."

    We had everything we needed for a lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.7Jul 2022

  • "We loved our stay at Swallow’s Nest."

    The pretty cottage is cosy, comfortable and immaculately clean and in a lovely quiet spot within walking distance of restaurants, shops and lakeside in Bowness. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lottie5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had the most wonderful week stay at the Swallows Nest so very comfortable lovely sunny garden and so many wonderful veiws from every window."

    PERFECT. ❤️ ❤️

    Reviewed by Jacky5.0Jun 2022

  • "We have stayed at Swallow's Nest regularly for a while now and are still very happy with the facilities and location of the cottage (indeed we have booked yet again to stay next May)."

    However, on our visit this year we did notice a few blips from previous years. The cottage felt and looked a little tired. The frontage of the cottage wasn't as bright and welcoming as on previous visits; in need of the door re-painting and general weeds removing. We noticed scuff marks on the kitchen walls, again a lick of paint needed (and cobwebs on the ceiling). We found a cooking pan in the kitchen had an extremely loose handle which could pose a danger (we did report this to you and for which you thanked us for bringing it to your attention). We also found the toaster had not been emptied - the crumb trays beneath were full of someone else's breakfast toast! The rug in the lounge has been there since we first started visiting - a change to a new one possibly? We were very grateful to have towels provided at the cottage, however this year they were rather like sandpaper - new, softer ones if possible please? Overall, as a family we look forward to and enjoy staying at Swallow's Nest but feel it needs a little TLC just to make it shine again - thank you.

    Reviewed by Angela3.4May 2022

  • "Great property in excellent location for exploring all the area has to offer."

    The steep climb back up the hill is particularly good for walking off dinner in Bowness! Everything you could need was provided for, with the exception of an iron and ironing board, which would be a very useful addition. Very comfortable and would definitely stay again if ever in the area.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7May 2022

  • "Fab little cottage ideally situated just down the hill into the centre of lovely Bowness."

    .the accommodation itself is clean..cosy..spacious modern..and had everything we needed for our week's holiday..ample parking for 2 cars and a great little garden that gets the sun with great views..lovely walk from the cottage up to Brant Fell too!! Could do with an iron and ironing board but apart from that it was amazing and would highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Apr 2022

  • "The house was very nice and clean and had all the amenities you would need, the ..."

    The house was very nice and clean and had all the amenities you would need, the location to the town is in walking distance and made a great base for a holiday would recommend as it was a lovely cottage in a good location

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely long weekend in Bowness."

    Great location for all local amenities. The cottage is lovely and cosy with nice views from both the front and back, however we were surprised and unimpressed at the lack of necessary commodities such as additional toilet rolls (there was only 1 between 3 people for 2 nights), dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid and no recycling facilities or spare bin bags. Would’ve been nice to know that we needed to bring these items in advance but nevertheless, the shops in Bowness are only a 10 min walk down the hill. Overall a lovely weekend!

    Glad you had an enjoyable weekend at Swallow's Nest. Sorry to hear of the lack of necessary commodities you experienced. There is normally a small pack of basic items provided there for guests including dishwasher tablets, a very small bottle of concentrated washing up liquid and a bin bag, so we're sorry to hear you didn't find those. Cumbria Waste describe their single bin system as all-in recycling. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jenny3.4Mar 2022

  • "Enjoyable fortnight."

    Tastefully decorated and comfortable property. Would stay again.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Mar 2022

  • "We where surprised in the information about the position of the cottage in that it was situated up a very steep hill and nothing was mentioned."

    As the three of us are aged 72, 65, and 64 with two of us with walking problems. Otherwise the cottage was excellent, only one other thing missing was an iron and ironing board.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide additional feedback following your stay at Swallows Nest. We are sorry you found the hill to be steep walking up to the property from the village. The property owner has taken your comments on board and the description has been amended following your feedback to reflect a ‘Steep’ hill as we would not want further guests to be taken by surprise. We do offer the post codes and map facility for all our properties and our team are always on hand to answer any queries you may have prior to booking. We do hope that despite this, you had a fantastic time in the Lakes as we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.1Feb 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Swallow’s Nest & would definitely recommend it to others, we are hoping to revisit next year."

    The cottage was very clean & comfortable & we couldn’t fault it in anyway. The location was ideal being within easy walking distance to the centre of Bowness.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jan 2022

  • "The swallows nest cottage was just lovely."

    It as tastefully decorated and looked just like the photographs. It was extremely comfortable and clean. It had everything we needed and was a short walk into the centre of bowness. My friend and I had a very relaxing week and would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jan 2022

  • "In an idyllic location yet only a short walk to town."

    .Comfortable clean I wish it was my cottage. I wish it was my cottcotta

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2021

  • "We loved the cottage it had everything we needed."

    It was perfectly placed for exploring the lakes and surrounding area. And was comfortable and warm! It was very clean and we loved our stay at Swallows Nest

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Oct 2021

  • "The quintessential cosy cottage."

    Just 5 minutes from the hub of the village. The village had a huge number of places to eat and drink. Be prepared for some rugged walks!

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2021

  • "A lovely place for access both to town and countryside."

    The cottage was perfect for what we needed.

    Reviewed by Nancy5.0Sep 2021

  • "Great location and a lovely cottage to spend a week away in the lakes."

    Reviewed by Nicola4.4Aug 2021

  • "Once again a super week staying in Swallows Nest cottage in Bowness, we will be back next summer!"

    Reviewed by Mike4.7Aug 2021

  • "Roper try does not appear to have recycling facilities, only one bin, near properties have 2/3 bins and bottle boxes."

    Drain may be blocked, floods when shower or empty bath.

    Reviewed by Len4.7Aug 2021

  • "Hard to fault this pretty cottage."

    Being picky it would have been good to have an iron and ironing board. A small food welcome pack would be nice but understand in these times that may not be advisable. A pretty west facing garden that nice to sit in during the evening.

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was in a great location and very comfortable."

    Very well equipped also.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Apr 2021

  • "The second visit, can’t fault the property or your company."

    Mrs BurmanDec 2019

  • "We thought Swallow’s Nest was wonderful."

    The beds were so comfy and we felt the cottage was very well equipped and the location fantastic.

    GildersleeveDec 2019

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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.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with electric stove
  • Gas central with electric stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for two cars in named spaces
  • Rear garden with table and chairs
  • No smoking
  • Note: This property sits in an elevated position up a steep hill

The property

This stone-built, terraced cottage rests in a quiet hidden corner of Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District.

With the comforting living areas and fantastic location, this cottage is ideal for families that want a fun-packed holiday in this popular area.

Enter the oak-style kitchen/diner where you will find all the equipment you could need, with rustic fixtures and fittings adding character to this already charming cottage.

The sitting room features a plush settee and an alluring electric stove to keep you warm, where you can put your feet up and relax while you’re not exploring the Lake District.

Upstairs plays host to the bedrooms, including a master with king-size bed and views towards Claife Heights at the rear of the property, while there is a snug single room to the front.

The bedrooms have been tastefully furnished in a cottage style with carefully chosen colours and fabrics, giving the property that home from home feel.

To the outside of the cottage is a rear garden with table and chairs, a great place to unwind after a long day sight-seeing or walking the fells.

Walkers will be delighted to know that the Dales Way passes close by the cottage, and the summit of Brant Fell is just a short walk up from the cottage with superb lake views to be admired along the way.

Head into Bowness to find an assortment of shops and a supermarket for picking up any essentials, as well as several excellent restaurants and bars to sample.

Find Bowness Pier and you can depart on board a steamer taking passengers up and down Lake Windermere to Brockhole, Ambleside and Lakeside.

Row boats can also be hired if you’d prefer to explore the waters at your own pace.

This part of the Lake District has a very wide appeal – perfect for families, with a host of watersports and mountain biking available, and great for couples wishing to enjoy the romantic beauty of the lakes and mountains.

Swallows Nest is a charming dwelling in a thriving Lake District location.

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

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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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