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The Oaks

Bowness & Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 942045)



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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Sauna Sauna
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely brilliant, everything thought of and more than enough utensils and washing items."

    So much space - we were 19, as some dropped out at last minute - and it sleeps 24, no-one disturbed anyone, just bodies floating round as they went about their business!! Quiet areas, kitchen sofas, 'games' room etc. Great for chilling, even with the Lake District weather, or being busy with activities, even goal posts for a knock about. We wish we could have stopped longer. Wonderful staff and customer care. I have emailed with 'suggestions' for little tweeks and possible hand rails for disabled access from disabled room to top lounge but we managed nevertheless. Would highly recommend and certainly go back.

    Reviewed by CatherineOct 2021

  • "Our Group of 17 persons have had weekend celebrations together on four occasions in the past."

    This one was the best…we liked the Oaks because the kitchen facilities were the best we’ve had, the bedrooms were of a very high standard and the location by Lake Windermere was excellent.

    Reviewed by AllanOct 2021

  • "Location was excellent and taxi service from Carlos was spot on ."

    Very good accommodation and very clean

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2021

  • "The pictures on the website do not do justice to the property."

    The provision of essentials like tea/coffee dishwasher tablets were invaluable due to our late arrival time. The views are magnificient, the area so peaceful, it was just the perfect location for our family get-together. I would (and already have) recommend this property to anybody.

    Reviewed by MarieAug 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at the oaks cottage, it was better than expected."

    .very spacious and clean, had all the facilities required..

    Reviewed by TasneemAug 2021

  • "The Oaks was better than expected."

    A beautiful property with plenty of room for a large group. Multiple living spaces so plenty of room to space out. Multiple ovens and dishwashers really helped when cooking for a large group. Has every appliance you would need for a a self catering holiday. We got some nice weather so could take advantage of the outdoor seating and garden, again plenty of space to play games or relax soaking up the sun. Not that it was an issue but some previous places I have stayed have things like cooking oil/sprays etc but there wasn’t anything like that so just make sure you bring everything you would need. Not sure if that is because of COVID. Also not a lot of toilet roll. Walking into Bowness was only a 10/15 min walk once we found the quickest route. Cross straight over the road at the bottom of the drive. Would definitely stay there again.

    Reviewed by TinaAug 2020

  • "The best holiday home i have add Butifull inside outside fully modernised very ..."

    The best holiday home i have add Butifull inside outside fully modernised very well equipped very comfortable and looked after end Clean please no cutting any corners very spacious and beautiful equipped kitchen Big and spacious and beautiful sitting areas with comfortable couches all over the House and very comfortable beds in all rooms and good Showers no problem with hot water magnificent garden and beautiful views two beautiful Jacuzzis in the garden and sauna inside close to the Jacuzzis very quiet neighbourhood and beautiful surrounding grounds peaceful and quiet

    Reviewed by YosefAug 2020

  • "The place is amazing."

    Superb facilities and the surroundings wow!. Everything you need for a great relaxing break.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2019

  • "An exceptional property, very quiet location, but only 1 mile from the centre of Bowness."

    Lovely bedrooms, and very comfortable lounges. Very well equipped kitchen and a great dining room. Large outdoor area, with 2 hot tubs, which were well used after a hard days walking the fells. Very helpful Manager who sorted any problems out. We used an outside caterer on the last night, which was very good, and a very reasonable price.

    Reviewed by GrahamJun 2019

  • "Lovely big house with good facilities and comfort en suite bedrooms."

    Hot tubs got lots of use and great views of fields and hills from the patio with plenty of room for children to play and run around.

    Reviewed by VirginiaJun 2019

  • "Fabulous venue, very well equipped kitchen and plenty of everything you need for a large group of people."

    We had a great weekend and made plenty of use out to the hot tubs and outside area in general as the weather was kind to us! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for something for a large group of people and would definitely go back!! Many thanks Lynn

    Reviewed by LynnMay 2019

  • "The welcome hamper was a lovely touch, we had the most amazing weekend in the Oaks, the house was decorated to a very high standard and was spotless."

    Definitely recommend for other large groups .

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2019

  • "Simply beautiful house which exceeded all expectations."

    It was perfect for our family celebrations and we were well looked after by Joanne and Lauren who catered to all our needs. Great location. Fantastic views!!!!

    Reviewed by JenniferMar 2019

  • "Fabulous house and location which far exceeded expectations and certainly had the wow factor!"

    Plenty of room for our guests and need to especially mention the catering team who made and served a meal for us which made it a special occasion.

    Reviewed by MichelleMar 2019

  • "The house was wonderful and the staff very helpful."

    Location ideal with easy taxi rides th Bowness saving the trouble of trying to park. Hot tubs and sauna an added bonus . Very comfort able for a large group. I would give it 5 stars.

    Reviewed by SandraDec 2018

  • "This is a fantastic house which is well appointed and in a beautiful and quiet location, yet within easy reach of Bowness."

    We would recommend staying here to anybody and everybody. This was our annual family gathering, 6 Grandparents, 10 Parents and 8 grand children under the age of 4. The house provide plenty of space for us all to enjoy the weekend, with enough space for the children to play, lounge areas to get away from the chaos! and relax. The kitchen is excellent and very well appointed, as our the bedrooms and bathrooms. Our only compliant would be the lack of a plan of the accommodation on the Sykes website which makes it difficult to allocate rooms and bed configurations required. Other websites do this and we find it invaluable when deciding if a house is suitable for our purposes before booking. This was overcome by the very helpful on site team who should be complimented for their attention to detail. Also it would be useful; if Sykes titled photographs so you can understand which rooms are which.

    Reviewed by TonyNov 2018

  • "The Oaks is an amazing house, extremely well equipped for the amount of guests, very clean and comfortable."

    We all enjoyed the hot tubs (even in the rain) and sauna. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by LesleyNov 2018

  • "We have been to many holiday homes."

    The Oaks is the best which we stayed. Very high standards..5 star facilities..you got everything What you need..very spacious rooms with all facilities...including Kitchen and bathrooms..Sauna and hot tubs give you added pleasure...clean,tidy and hygienic...beautiful views..very safe...Jo and Russell were very helpful and wonderful people..definitely on our return list.

    Reviewed by DilanAug 2018

  • "This was the most beautiful house, it was well appointed and had everyone's needs taken care off."

    We were lucky enough to have the best weather in years and made good use off the Hot tubs and grounds,but I am sure we would have been just as happy to use indoors equally as well if the weather was poor. Fabulous kitchen and just soooooo much space, plenty of cloakroom facilities downstairs . A thoroughly well thought out house and an ideal way to spend a week celebrating my 60th with family and friends . Definitely on my return list.

    Reviewed by SheilaJul 2018

  • "Fantastic holiday home for large family get togethers and family occasions ..."

    Fantastic holiday home for large family get togethers and family occasions Furnishings and accommodation are of the highest standard

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2018

  • "Fab-u-lous is the only word to describe this property."

    The standard of accommodation is first class from the bedrooms to the lounges to the wonderful kitchen- even the artwork has been carefully chosen to enhance the rooms. It has a real "wow" factor which begins in the wonderful entrance hall and the dining room is superb. We were a party of 25 ranging in ages from 12 to 82 celebrating a 60th birthday. The house met all our needs having a large number of ensuite rooms and disabled facilities. One of the requirements for our trip was the ability for everyone to sit down together and have a celebratory meal- the dining room was beautiful and has a view to die for. The hot tubs and sauna were very popular and towels were provided for everyone to use. We had snow which made the experience even more magical and on two nights had clear skies which meant we could see hundreds of stars in the sky and not a sound could be heard. Plenty of room for everyone and we would certainly like to visit again!!

    Reviewed by NoraMar 2018

  • "We had a party of 18 family and close friends and the house was excellent in all aspects."

    The owners could not do enough to make our stay memorable and would definitely go back. Well done for creating a comfortable house where you never seem to be getting on top of each other unless you wanted to.

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2018

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The property

This magnificent detached country house, built in 1862 is set in a most enviable position amongst beautiful woodlands on High Lindeth Fell just a mile from Bowness-on-Windermere.

The country house has been refurbished to a very high standard and is set in its own grounds with beautiful southerly and westerly views of the Lakeland fells.

The grounds afford all visitors peace and relaxation, with mature trees, firs, bracken and the surrounding fells all on display.

This is a great place for family and friends to get away from it all, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the very special qualities of this premier holiday home. The Oaks was completely renovated in 2017, with no expense spared in re-creating the past glories of this exceptional imposing property.

There are modern installations throughout and a wonderful blend of the original features, such as the beautiful main staircase, the mullioned windows and the old pantry, seamlessly integrated with more modern and contemporary styling.

A well thought out layout provides something for everyone, a main leisure suite offers a great place to relax and unwind with a lovely seating area boasting pleasant views and a fabulous sauna to soak away the aches and pains.

Outside, the property has a private elevated patio area with two hot tubs that provide the perfect location to sit, relax and take in the beautiful surroundings.

Featuring a main living room with cosy seating areas, a stylish drawing room with comfortable window seats, a warm wood-burning stove and the clever use of connecting doors that offer flexibility to use both rooms together.

The spacious dining room overlooks a flat lawned area with captivating views out across the grounds and rolling hills to the south, with direct links through to the magnificent kitchen.

The kitchen boasts a central island, a range of modern contemporary fittings and a pleasing snug area to relax and enjoy a cold drink from the wine cooler.

A separate TV lounge provides a great place for the children and smaller groups to break out and provide some peace and quiet.

There are two spacious ground floor bedrooms, both with ensuite facilities and one room designed specifically for wheelchair access, making it the perfect choice for anyone with limited mobility.

A useful entrance hall with cloakroom, two separate toilets, a pantry, washing and drying room all go together to provide everything a large group will need.

Two separate sets of stairs offer access the first floor, where there are ten impeccably designed bedrooms, eight with ensuite facilities and the majority with wonderful views onto the garden and woodland areas.

A spacious master bedroom, modern house bathroom and a well laid out family room with sofa bed.

Outside, there is a spacious parking area, formal and wild gardens and a lovely lawned area to enjoy a picnic whilst admiring the special surroundings and catching the odd siting of the local wildlife, including the occasional deer.

Less than a mile away is the wonderful and charming Windermere Golf Club, a most welcoming club.

A short walk takes guests down to the lake ferry where a short 'cruise' gives access to the far shores of Hawkshead, famous Coniston with the magnificent peaks of Wetherlam and the Old Man of Coniston to name but a few, as well as the magical Tarn Hows area.

All the facilities of Bowness-on-Windermere are a short drive or a good walk from the Oaks, including a wide range of attractions for all ages, ranging from Peter Rabbit to hand-made chocolate shop and the wonderful walks along the Bowness promenade where the many cruise ships run down the lake to Ambleside and Newby Bridge.

Discover picturesque local walks along footpaths bordering the site, including the Dales Way which runs by the Golf Club and Crook and Staveley and for the more adventurous walks across to Cartmel Fell.

There is a leisurely family walk directly from the site to the nearby Brant Fell, which provides stunning views over Lake Windermere and its surrounding fells, including the Langdales and Crinkle Crags which offer harder challenges to the more adventurous walkers.

The Oaks, a stunning location offering excellent holiday accommodation with everything you could wish for.


2. First Floor1. Ground Floor



  • 12 bedrooms: Ground floor: 1 x super king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) and en-suite walk in shower, basin and WC (Disabled friendly bedroom with wheel chair access), First floor: 1 x super king-size double with ensuite bath, walk in shower, double basins and WC, 1 x super king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with vanity unit, 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin (2'6” twin) with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request) and en-suite walk in shower, basin and WC, 1 x family room with 1 x super-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request), sofabed and en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor bathroom with bath, walk in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Entrance hall, second entrance hallway with cloakroom area and boot storage and 2 x WC's
  • Spacious kitchen with sitting area
  • Dining room (seats 25) with lounge area
  • Childrens TV lounge with 54'' Smart TV, Main lounge with 54'' Smart TV, soundbar and electric stove effect fire, drawing room (accessed via french doors from main lounge) with wood-burning stove, Main leisure suite with seating area, 54'' Smart TV, sauna with walk in showers, separate WC
  • Outside 2 x hot tubs on the main patio area overlooking the grounds
  • LPG central heating with woodburning stove and 2 x electric fires
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, ice maker, drinks cooler, tumble dryer, 4 x dishwashers, 3 x Smart TV with soundbar, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent. Additional fuel for stove on collection from on-site store
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair only available on request
  • Allocated off road parking for 10 cars by the main entrance
  • Additional parking available at main car park approx 150 yards away
  • Undercover lockable bike rack
  • Spacious grounds with patio, gardens, furniture and 2 x hot tubs
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking. Shops 1.3 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Check-in 5pm
  • Note: Community library of books and games available free of charge at site office
  • Note: Strictly no stag/hen or similar
  • Note: This property only accepts a check in on a Friday or Monday

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

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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.

Region Information

Note: This property only accepts a check in on a Friday or Monday

Note:Cot and highchair only available on request.

Note: Check-in 5pm.

Note: Strictly no stag/hen or similar.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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