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The Thistles

(Ref. 1077640)

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


Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely property."

    Had a great week.

    Hello :) Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such positive rating feedback, we so appreciate it. We are happy to know you enjoyed your stay and had a great holiday :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely location very convenient for walking and close to shops and resteraunts, it was very quiet both during the day and on a night , lovely for a good night sleep."

    The parking spot at the back was a great help. The beers snd chocolate were a much appreciated supprise. House is furnished very nicley, looks lovely the lounge area is stylish but not particularly comfortable for a group of adults. The kitchen is very small although well stocked with all the essentials we found it difficult to prepare much in there, didn't bother us too much as we ate out a lot. The cellar area was rather damp and the ironing board had black mould marks on it as it is kept in there, again didn't bother us as we didn't use it but think it would be better kept elsewhere. One if the reasons we booked this property was because we like 2 bathrooms, however the top floor bathroom shower is realy of no use due to low ceilings and no shower screen/curtain. Towels were very small for adults to use and smelt rather damp so we had to wash them before use and with no tumble dryer available this proved to be a problem drying them.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are responsive property owners and aim with Sykes to give the best holiday experience. We had exchanged messages on your arrival day and I wish you had again so your issues with the towels could have been resolved straight away. If we are not told, we can do little after the event. I am sorry the the size of rooms and the furnishing in the lounge, you felt were inadequate. The Thistles is a traditional Patterson build terraced cottage so some rooms are appropriately small. The Sykes photos do show the size of the rooms well, and how the lounge is furnished. Also the photo of the upstairs bathroom shows a bath with a sloped ceiling. The information equally says the house has 2 bathrooms, 1 with a bath and 1 with a shower. The photos are there as a guide for people when considering booking a property. The towels are standard sized bath towels not bath sheets. So for some guests this may not suit. My housekeeper and I work hard to present the house beautifully and we have a high standard of cleanliness. We will most definitely check all the linens for any damp smells. The cellar is just that, a cellar for storage and to house an extra fridge freezer and washing machine. (We are listed as not having a tumble dryer) Having had several torrential storms the cellar may have appeared damp to you. I can assure you the ironing board cover is freshly clean, just marked, not unsightly. The outdoor cushion pads that are stored down there have no moisture on them nor damp marks. I have checked the carpet rug in the cellar and there is no dampness or moisture. It is unfortunate that The Thistles did not suit you. If you had got in touch and raised issues with us we would have been pleased to help you. I hope you find a more suitable property for you and your family on your next holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kev3.4Sep 2023

  • "A beautiful home ideal for exploring the Lake District."

    Fabulous restaurants nearby. Walking distance into Bowness with its lovely attractions.

    Hello Thank you so much for taking time to review the house and your holiday. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and rated it so highly: we try our upmost to present The Thistles as we ourselves would want to find it. And yes, the location is brilliant; quiet but within a short walk of all you need. Thank you for being such clean & tidy guests! You were a treat to host! Our best to you & yours :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adrienne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Fantastic property, very comfortable beds and sofas."

    We slept really well. Private parking at the rear is a huge bonus as it does get busy at the front of the property on the main road. Nice seating area on the rear patio when the sun does decide to show itself! Will definitely be back! A mirror downstairs, perhaps in the hallway would be useful.

    Hello Thank you so much for taking the time to review the house and your stay. We are pleased you had such a comfortable stay and rated The Thistles so highly, enough to say you would return. Thank you for your stay, we appreciate given the huge accommodation choices in Windermere you chose The Thistles Best to you and yours :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Jul 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this very comfortable, nicely decorated house."

    There were 6 adults in our party but the house was plenty big enough not to be on top of each other. All the bedrooms, living and dining rooms were very spacious. The location is great. Just a short walk to the high street, which has plenty of shops, pubs and restaurants. The house itself was very clean and tidy with a few nice extra touches, such as reading books and board games. The complimentary local chocolate and a couple of bottles of local beer were very welcome too. We also managed to squeeze two cars in to the parking space, which was very convenient as it would have been difficult to find nearby street parking. There were a few small niggles though. The kitchen was very small and felt crowded with more than one person in it. The microwave being in the cellar was a little inconvenient also. A few more bath towels would have been appreciated too. Also, the shower cubicle was quite small and leaked water through the door seals. Overall though, a very nice accommodation that I would happily use again.

    Reviewed by Steve4.1Jul 2023

  • "A fabulous property in a central location."

    The property is very well maintained, very clean with modern decor and equipped to a high standard. We would highly recommend.

    Hello Thank you so much for taking time to leave feedback and such nice feedback too. You were the most wonderful guests to have stay and we are so pleased that your holiday stay at The Thistles met with your expectations. our very best to you and yours :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Manisha5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a really lovely week at the Thistles, the house is welcoming and warm, the owners have provided very comfortable beds and bedding so a good nights sleep is assured."

    The Thistles is very well situated for walks to Bo’ness and Windermere and is also very close to a frequent bus route to many places around the area, we made good use of the 599 bus (instead of using the car) which took us to Ambleside, Rydal and Grasmere. The parking slot around the back was very much appreciated as Craig Walk is busy most of the day, however there seems to be more parking along Beresford Road which is only a short walk away. All in all we had a great week and the owners very accommodating to a couple of requests. Thank you.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback and such lovely comments too, it was an absolute pleasure to have such nice and respectful guests stay :) Our very best to you and your family Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cecilia5.0Apr 2023

  • "I chose this cottage because of its location and facilities and I was not disappointed."

    Some lovely touches by the owner before our arrival and even my fussy 21 y/o was impressed with my choice! It was a one off with my family to celebrate my big birthday in a beautiful destination where my husband and I could walk out in a morning on local walks or to the shops and then go out with the boys later on. I would recommend The Thistles to anyone looking for a break with their family!

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such positive feedback and we are pleased to know you enjoyed celebrating your birthday at our cottage. We know ourselves how difficult it is too impress our adult children so we are thrilled it "passed" the test :) You have summed up the beauty of the location of The Thistles; with so many great walks to do from our door and then to be minutes from the shops, restaurants and pubs...it is a gem. Thank you for choosing The Thistles for your holiday :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent location and comfortable property."

    Had issues with boiler at start of week. Was sorted very quickly and professionally.

    Thank you for choosing The Thistles for your stay :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Mar 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time at this beautiful property, exactly as described and lovely little touches with a welcome drink and personal information from the owner about the area and their home ."

    Only one thing let it down the water pressure or lack of it .We could not use the bath in the upper floor as there was no water coming through and the shower on the main floor was a very poor power.The toliet to an age to fill up too there were only two of us and there was not a problem but if our whole family was there I dare say the water pressure would cause some inconvenience. (Pump needed ). As walkers we like to soak our old weary bones after a day of exploring but this was not to be . In all a lovely stay in a lovely home .

    Thank you so much for your feedback. I can now only apologise to you for the issues you experienced with the water pressure in the house, we were unaware of the problem. We are responsive to any issues raised by our guests and so wish you had reached out to us: we value the fact that you chose The Thistles for your holiday and want you to have the house as we ourselves would expect to find it and enjoy a trouble free holiday. The water issue has now been resolved. Can I thank you for being such respectful guests, the house was left immaculate, so appreciated:) My very best to you and your family Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2022

  • "This was a lovely well maintained home very comfortable."

    The parking space at the back was a godsend a nice place to visit but parking anywhere you went was a nightmare thank goodness we went in October. If you like walking this is the place for you.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review of your stay at our holiday cottage. We are so pleased you enjoyed the cottage and found it comfortable. We do our very best to keep it well maintained and immaculate: We want guests to have the house as we ourselves would expect to find it. Yes Traffic and parking can be a challenge at times in The Lake District! And that is one of the joys of the position of The Thistles as you can do so much from the doorstep in the local area on foot as all suggested in the holiday folder: plenty to keep you busy! Thank you for being such lovely guests :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2022

  • "I have nothing bad to say about The Thistles."

    The house is beautiful and much more spacious than it looks on the photos. Absolute top marks for cleanliness, comfort and location. Very well equipped and lovely touches throughout. The parking space is a Godsend and really easy to get in and out of even for my large car. We didn't have to contact the owners during our stay as everything was fine but we did communicate before we went and again when we got home and they were extremely helpful and friendly. They have also gone to a lot of trouble with the local information they have left for guests in the house. Thank you to them both!! If you are reading this wondering whether or not to book go for it. You won't be disappointed.

    Hello and thank you so very much for taking the time to leave this review and for it to be such a positive one. We love The Thistles and have had so many special family times staying there and want others to as well, so we are pleased that you did: You were wonderful guests to have stay. our very best to you and yours :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, helped us enjoy our stay, would recommend."

    Thank you so much for taking time to leave a review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Thistles and that I was able to help make your time here 'niggle' free. It was a pleasure to meet you all, and thank you for being such lovely guests :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Sep 2022

  • "We've loved our stay at The Thistles."

    Such a beautiful cottage, stylish decor, very clean and comfortable. Great location and fantastic to have a parking bay at the back. We don't want to leave!!

    Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are so pleased you all enjoyed your stay at The Thistles. We have a super cleaner and together, pride ourselves on the cleanliness and presentation of our home so we are pleased it met your expectations. Our best to you :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steven5.0Aug 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Thistles and would definitely recommend this beautiful cottage for a stay near the lakes and surrounding areas."

    It is close to amenities and Windermere is in walking distance. Decor, cleanliness and facilities are well thought out and considered. It really felt like home away from home, we would definitely consider staying here again in future.

    Hello and thank you very much for taking the time out to write such a lovely review we truly appreciate it. we are very happy to know that you enjoyed your stay at our home and that you and your family felt 'right at home' during your weeks stay and it ticked all your boxes for a happy holiday. Our best to you and yours :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Fatima5.0Aug 2022

  • "The Thistle is a perfect place for a family to spend a holiday at Bowness-on-Windermere."

    The place is just walking distance to the center of Bowness Town. The house is big to accommodate my whole family of 5. It is immaculately clean and fully furnished. There is a patio at the back of the property - to sit back and relax while sipping a cup of tea. Our train was cancelled so we have to take an earlier train. I emailed that my family is arriving early (did not get a reply from lakes cottage) but the property was ready and we got in (and meet the lovely owner - Ms. Jo). For our return train, again it was cancelled and Ms. Jo helped in searching for a new train schedule. Thank you Ms. Jo for sharing your lovely accommodation. We had a perfect stay at Bowness-on-Windermere. Left some small comments in the dining area.

    Hello :) Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review we really appreciate it. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at our holiday cottage and that it met with your expectations. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and you were certainly the most perfect guests leaving barely a trace of your stay! Thank you again for pointing out the few niggles you discovered whilst staying, they have all been dealt with :) Our very best to you and your lovely family. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Marco Antonio5.0Jul 2022

  • "The Thistles is very tastefully finished with the all the facilities you need."

    We enjoyed the fires and generally spending time in the property. The cleanliness was up-to-scratch, which is not always the case in holiday cottages in our experience. After fantastic days out, we both looked forward to getting back and enjoying the house. Thanks to the owners for making such a great job.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a nice review, we appreciate you having chosen The Thistles to holiday in when there is so much choice out there! We are so pleased you and your family enjoyed your time in the cottage and all it has to offer, it was pleasure having you stay, our best to you and yours :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a true oh beautiful, clean and well maintained cottage."

    It has everything you need, the beds are very comfortable, the rooms are a decent size and the bathrooms are clean and modern. There is absolutely nothing to dislike about this place. I would recommend and would be highly likely to book again. Thanks Dan and Jo! Only suggestion for improvements would be - an accessible hoover, pizza cutter and a few more pizza oven trays.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to give The Thistles such lovely feedback, we are genuinely so pleased you had a great experience whilst staying at our holiday home. We have added a pizza tray and pizza cutter to the kitchen and will endeavour to put a 'DustBuster' in the utility. Our best to you and your family, it was a pleasure having you all stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kavita5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a fantastic house, clean, well thought out and super cosy and welcoming."

    Thank you we have loved it and will be back again

    Deepack-KnightsApr 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at the Thistles."

    Some rental cottages are equipped with the cheapest furniture but The Thistles felt like home from home. It’s centrally located and close to everything which was fantastic, and such a bonus to have a parking space (which was easy to get in and out of). Everything was well thought out - there are USB sockets in most rooms which was really helpful, and we loved the book of local walks. The information folder is written in such a friendly tone that I had no doubt any problems would be easily resolved but thankfully we encountered no problems! Everything you need to know about the house, it’s appliances and the local area is included in the information folder so be sure to read it. It was clean and warm, and very comfortable. The kitchen is small but there’s a basement which houses the microwave & washing machine / dryer so it didn’t need to be any bigger. Everything we needed was provided including cling film & tin foil, tea & coffee, cooking oil, sharp knives, cleaning products etc We were only provided with one toilet roll (and there are 2 bathrooms - the top floor didn’t have any) but we had brought our own so we weren’t caught short! We did find one of the doors at the back of the house was very difficult to close. It was the French door closest to the key box so just bear that in mind when you arrive if you open both doors. Overall we had a wonderful stay & wouldn’t hesitate to come back and to recommend it to others.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write such positive and well thought out feedback, we really appreciate your words. We are so pleased you enjoyed your time at The Thistles, and yes it has been our "home from home", so I am pleased it felt that way to you. I had no idea how bad that door had become until a few weeks ago but Husband has adjusted both sides and they are much better:oddly the door is never an issue once the weather warms up! Thank you for choosing The Thistles for your family time, it was a pleasure to have you stay. Our best to you and yours :) Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Mar 2022

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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.


  • Over four floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x double, 2 x second-floor singles
  • Second-floor bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Electric oven and hob, kettle, toaster, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine
  • Lower-ground-floor utility with iron and board
  • Dining room with flame-effect gas fire
  • Sitting room with gas fire
  • Central heating with flame-effect gas fire
  • TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • Enclosed rear patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking
  • Shop 0.3 miles, pub 0.2 miles
  • Note: Sorry, no children under 5

The property

Resting in the heart of the picture-perfect town of Bowness-on-Windermere, a stone's throw from the glistening waters of Lake Windermere, is this delightful stone-built mid-terrace holiday home, The Thistles.

A charming stone-fronted holiday home lovingly renovated to a high standard, The Thistles makes an excellent base for a group of up to six seeking a rural retreat to the lakes.

Remove any coats and shoes as you step into the hallway and make yourself at home; move through the corridor and unwind with your feet up in front of the television in the sitting room, gently warming the room with the glow of the gas fire in the cooler months.

When stomachs start to rumble, head through to the well-equipped kitchen to rustle up a hearty meal with the use of the electric oven and hob.

Uncork a bottle of wine and gather together with your loved ones at the dining table to indulge, or make the most of your countryside setting and venture outside to enjoy a spot of lunch on the patio.

Two well-presented bedrooms can be found settled alongside a shower room on the first floor; choose to snuggle up under the covers of the king-size, or catch your rest in the sumptuous double bedroom.

If you'd prefer an intimate escape, two single bedrooms are positioned on the second floor, serviced by a stylish bathroom for those who would prefer to indulge in a soak after an action-packed day.

Enjoying a central location within the bustling town of Bowness-on-Windermere, there's a wealth of amenities set a short walk from your doorstep; tuck-in to a hearty meal or a crisp pint of ale with a pit-stop at The Westmorland Inn, indulge in a delectable dessert at the ChoccoBar Hot Chocolate House, or head to the local butchers to stock up on fresh, locally sourced produce.

Literary buffs will delight with a visit to the famed World of Beatrix Botter Attraction, offering a fascinating insight into the mind of Beatrix Potter, whilst the spectacular 70ft waterfall of Stock Ghyll Force is a sight not to be missed.

There's an exciting selection of watersports opportunities available on Lake Windermere, such as kayaking or paddle boarding, or for a more leisurely experience, board a lake cruise and sail across to Ambleside or Lakeside.

The market town of Kendal is set within easy reach, home to Kendal Museum, a well-kept 18-hole golf course and a bustling high street, whilst those looking for a more peaceful afternoon can traverse the rolling countryside of the Lake District National Park.

Make memories that will last a lifetime with a retreat to The Thistles.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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 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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