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The Whins

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


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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13 Customer Reviews

  • "We enjoyed our stay here and found the Whins very well appointed, clean and comfortable."

    Our only criticism is that it was advertised as having log burners but these were not available for use.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to see that you enjoyed your stay, finding the property to be clean and comfy. We take all comments on board. Thank you- The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Albert4.4Sep 2023

  • "We had first class stay at The Whins - absolutely top notch."

    The cottage was beautifully appointed and all prepared for our stay. The grounds were delightful and much enjoyed during the recent excellent weather. Thanks for everything at Sykes Holiday Cottages - so professional and amazing service.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments - we are so pleased you had a wonderful experience staying at The Whins, and that the weather was good so you could enjoy the garden and the wonderful lakeland scenery. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Sep 2023

  • "Spacious, well equipped, fantastic TV."

    Negative: noise from nearby road, beds in need of an upgrade.

    Thank you for your comments and we are pleased you found the house well equipped and enjoyed the large smart television! We are sorry you found you heard noise from the road, which is the first time anyone has commented on this, as all the windows are double glazed and at night there is very little traffic. We are also sorry you thought that the beds were in need of an upgrade - again, no-one has commented negatively on them - in fact recent feedback commented on how comfortable they were. The super-king bed and the double bed were both purchased new just over 18 months ago and have good quality expensive mattresses. We ourselves use these beds when we come to stay regularly and would certainly upgrade them if we felt that was necessary, as we have high quality beds at home. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eldert Gijsbert4.1Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was fantastic , it really gave us a cosy but luxurious weekend."

    The property was well maintained, had all the features we could have hoped for and even clear instruction manuals to help us with our stay. It was also in a lovely location close to nature and a short drive to the local town, lakes and hiking trails. The owner, Christine, was extremely friendly and helpful when we sent some questions about the property. We would absolutely recommend this cottage for a holiday.

    Thank you so much for your lovely positive feedback and recommendation. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Whins. As our very much loved second home, rather than just a holiday let, we are so delighted when we hear guests staying at The Whins have enjoyed their holiday there. We hope we can welcome you back sometime for a bit longer stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sathya5.0Jul 2023

  • "The Whins is a beautiful property, with plenty of outside space."

    Very comfortable beds and furniture; a large screen TV, and good quality furnishings and equipment. It was let down by the provision of little sachets of long life milk, a pint of fresh milk in the fridge would have been appreciated as would a spare toilet roll!

    Many thanks for your feedback. We are so pleased you liked The Whins and found the beds and furniture comfortable - we do strive to provide a really good experience for our guests, so your comments re providing a pint of fresh milk are very helpful, and I will see if this is something we can arrange going forwards. I am very sorry that you found there wasn't a spare toilet roll, as there should have been two. At each changeover, the cleaner puts a new roll on the holder and a spare one on a shelf of the table stand next to the toilet to start guests off with, so I will find out on this occasion why this wasn't done and make sure there is always a spare toilet roll provided at the start of each guests' stay. Thank you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage everything and more had a great time"

    Thank you so much for your feedback- we are so very pleased to hear you had a great time and enjoyed staying at The Whins Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Jun 2023

  • "Wonderful holiday in a beautiful cottage."

    Friendly owners and brilliant weather . Could not have been better. Thankyou

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are delighted you had a wonderful holiday staying at The Whins, and that the weather was brilliant! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0May 2023

  • "The Whins is lovely property to spend a comfortable break in."

    The whole property is well presented and is short of nothing would definitely stay again when visiting Bowness.

    Thank you so much for your very nice comments, and were so pleased to hear that you were comfortable and had everything you needed during your stay at The Whins. We really do strive to give our guests a lovely experience staying at The Whins, so thank you for your feedback. We would be delighted if you come and stay again when visiting Bowness in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely house, thoughtfully planned and immaculately presented, with everything of excellent quality."

    The location was ideal for visiting so many sites and places of interest, while just away from the Jubilee crowds in central Bowness. We loved the house and hope to return.

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are so pleased you really enjoyed your stay at The Whins and visiting the wonderful places the Lake District has to offer and look forward to welcoming you back sometime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rosemary4.7Jun 2022

  • "The only grouse is that we did not find any notes on setting the heating temperature and timings."

    Spent a very cld day the first day! Managed to understand on the second day!

    We are so sorry you could't find the notes on the heating - they are contained in the 'Welcome Letter and Housekeeping Notes' file, which should have been left on the worktop in the kitchen for you to read through on arrival, but glad you managed to understand it on the second day and were warm. Thank you so much for your very positive scores, and so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael Kevin5.0Apr 2022

  • "Amazing and very well equipped cottage."

    Ideal location for exploring all the lakes have to offer. At the start of some brilliant walks (High Street etc.) and a very short drive from others (Coniston, Striding Edge, Crinkle Crags). Really enjoyed our stay here, will absolutely be coming back.

    We are so very pleased you really enjoyed your stay at The Whins and your walks. We look forward to welcoming you back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was beautiful in a lovely spot."

    It was very comfortable and tastefully presented and of a high standard. Fully equipped with everything. The only thing we needed to buy was the food. We had a lovely stay.

    Thank you so much for your nice comments and we are so pleased you had a lovely stay at The Whins. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Mar 2022

  • "A very comfortable house with everything we needed for our stay."

    Thank you for much for your nice comments and positive feedback - we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Whins Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Feb 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.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size, 1 x king-size
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Electric oven and halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. In rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. In rent
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Garden with pond and seating
  • Sorry, no pets inside the house or in the garden, and no smoking
  • Shop 1.1 miles, pub 0.7 miles
  • Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping Bond of £200
  • Note: Children are not accepted

The property

The Whins is a delightful detached period cottage nestled in its own gardens on the edge of Bowness-on Windermere, Cumbria.

The cottage has recently been completely renovated, with new flooring, soft furnishings, and appliances; making for  an ideal base for couples looking to explore the breathtaking splendour of the Lake District National Park.

It is close to the tranquil waters of Lake Windermere and enjoys a well-furnished interior.

When you arrive, generous off-road parking will meet you before you enter the charming dwelling and put your coats on the cloak rack in the entry Hall.

Enter the galley-style kitchen, which is amply-equipped with everything you need for a self-catered stay.

Enjoy your meal in the lovely dining room while toasting to a well-earned break.

Relax in the pleasant sitting room for the evening while watching a captivating film on the 55" Smart TV or Blue Ray/DVD player, listening to music, or reading a book from the selection available.

When night falls, climb the stairs to find two well-appointed bedrooms with super-king and king-size beds.

The family bathroom, which is nicely presented with a bath and walk-in shower, completes the décor, giving guests the option of a relaxing soak or a rejuvenating refresh.

Start your day with a steaming mug of coffee in the garden, soaking in the peaceful beauty of the setting while you plan your day of Lake District adventures from a collection of brochures/maps/books.

If you don't want to cook, neighbouring Bowness and Windermere have a wide range of superb restaurants, from gourmet food to welcoming pubs, as well as a selection of cafés and ice cream shops.

For a special occasion, why not step out the door and take a short walk to Simon Rogan's 'Henrock' restaurant at the Linthwaite House Hotel, or alternatively enjoy a pre-booked meal at The Whins, cooked by the award winning chef and delivered to your door.

The lovely Arts and Crafts House, Blackwell, is just moments away from The Whins, for people interested in culture.

Literary enthusiasts will love a visit to Beatrix Potter's World, while those seeking action will enjoy Lake Windermere's array of watersports, cruises, boat hiring, and fishing.

Also close by is the award-winning Windermere Jetty Museum, which displays a beautiful collection of antique boats and is well worth a visit; a  lovely journey on a vintage tiny steam boat is also available.

Catch the Windermere Steamer to Lakeside, where you may encounter with freshwater and marine animals at the Lakes Aquarium or explore Stott Park Bobbin Mill, a 19th-century former worker mill.

Alternatively, take the boat to the charming village of Ambleside at the Lake's northern end.

Grizedale Forest isn't far, with its rough terrain, picturesque treks, and renowned outdoor sculptures.

The attractive, bustling towns of Kendal and Keswick, with their superb shopping, are easily accessible.

For a wonderful, Cumbrian retreat all year-round, choose The Whins.

Please note this property only accepts adults.

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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