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Boathouse on the Lake

Bowness-On-Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1056767)



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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Off road parking
  • Hot tub
  • Dishwasher

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "This was by far the best place we’ve stayed, everything about it was superb."

    Pure luxury.

    Reviewed by NicolaJun 2022

  • "Great place however just a couple of things the coffee table is very wobbly, also needs blinds on the windows as very light very early or maybe provide eye masks also the mattress on the pullout bed far to thin, but would stay again."

    Reviewed by MichaelMay 2022

  • "Great property, facilities and fantastic location!"

    We were a bit concerned about charging our car near by, but we needn't have worried as this facility was provided, although not mentioned on website. The number of steep steps on the property should perhaps also be mentioned on your listing. It did not affect us at all but could have been a serious problem to others.

    Reviewed by DouglasMay 2022

  • "We had a fantastic stay at Boathouse on the Lake."

    We enjoyed taking the kayak out on the lake and the hot tub was very welcome after a long day walking. The accommodation was well equipped and very clean. The kitchen would have benefited from a measuring jug, a wooden spoon and a colander though. The steep access may not be for everyone but worth it to stay in such a beautiful place. We would definitely book again.

    Reviewed by StephanieApr 2022

  • "FABULOUS!!!"

    ! Just returned from a short Easter Break staying in this beautiful, luxurious boat house, congratulations to the house keeping team, this property was absolutely immaculate. The furnishings and household wear is superior quality and all comforts have been thought of. Peaceful and relaxing, pure tranquility. Absolutely loved everything about this modern contemporary property will definitely return. Thank you.

    Reviewed by JohnApr 2022

  • "Booking our honeymoon as a suprise was difficult keeping it in England and getting all the criteria I was looking for but the boathouse ticked all the box's, even with dull weather it still didn't dampen our break everything was perfect, there where some areas for improvement which didn't effect anything more of a preference of our own such as location of the hotub it would've been even more special if it was situated with some of the beautiful views or under the stars and a bath tub in the main living area would've been a nice touch for them long soaks overall we are very happy with our experience and wouldn't hesitate to return in the future."

    Reviewed by ArronApr 2022

  • "Absolutely stunning, loved it and can’t wait to return one day."

    Reviewed by ShaunaMar 2022

  • "Heating not working, was resolved after reporting but only lasted for one more day working."

    Wi-Fi not working, used our own phones to stream, no cost as we had spare data. Quite dirty, very thick with dust on top of bed headboard, able to write in it !. Couldn’t turn boathouse lights off. In general it’s an amazing facility but needs looking after better. Dissatisfied especially with the heating so we cut short our stay by a day and came home early.

    Reviewed by DavidMar 2022

  • "The Boathouse was absolutely fabulous, peaceful and in a very beautiful setting."

    Every thing was just right and the views from the terrace were amazing no matter what the weather. Unfortunately we did leave a day early but that was due to Storm Dudley about to hit the North West on the Friday!! Nevertheless, it was a great place to relax. Thank you for a very enjoyable stay. P.S. one small suggestion, there was nowhere to hang wet coats when you came in (maybe have a coat rack behind the door in the utility room?)

    Reviewed by GrahamFeb 2022

  • "Fantastic property, we had a perfect holiday"

    Reviewed by PaulJan 2022

  • "Superb. A beautiful, well built & well appointed property."

    Truly lovely.Exactly what we hoped for. On arrival the hot tub was already bubbling away for us & a Wow! was waiting behind every door!! Could not fault a thing with the Boat House. We were aware as it states in the instructions that the driveway is steep.Its narrow too & far steeper than l imagined and if you are in a long car it would be tricky to turn around at the bottom. Having said that l would love the opportunity to stay in this property again.

    Reviewed by TeresaJan 2022

  • "I had a fantastic holiday and everything about the Boathouse on the Lake surpassed all expectations."

    The setting is idyllic and everything about the boathouse is very high end and user friendly. The house and the setting were so good that I cancelled a number of day trips [to Penrith, Kendal etc] in order to spend as much time as possible in the boathouse. Listening to the lapping waves, the sounds of the ducks and geese and looking at the changing light, the passing boats of every description, the floating mist, the rising and setting sun will be lasting very happy memories. Many thanks for a dream holiday. I have to repeat my apologies and embarrassment about the broken champagne flute and the staining of the wall from the spilt drink. I will also post a very positive review on Trip Advisor if it is possible to do so. Many thanks for a dream holiday.

    Reviewed by GeorgeOct 2021

  • "We found the boathouse a bit quirky in its layout but this is possibly due to its uniqueness."

    And difficult to find in the dark after a long journey

    Reviewed by PaulSep 2021

  • "On arrival the second gate to pass through is listed as being white, but it has been painted brown so was a little confusing."

    Also the hill down to the property is extremely steep, but the property is beautiful and comfortable. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and the views and sunsets are incredible. Bowness is a 50 minute walk with lots of shops and Bars. We would highly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by NigelSep 2021

  • "We were given wrong keys but luckily cleaner let us in ."

    Office expected us to go back for correct keys but as I refused they did bring them out which they should have done straight away. On arrival and departure staff in office not great but place itself was lovely

    Reviewed by BernardJul 2021

  • "Overall we did enjoy the apartment however, there were way too many cob webs inside and outside in the balcony."

    Spent a lot of time chasing spiders. Also, the hot tub was advertised as private, but the neighbours could see us and also people from another apartment as they walked to the jetty. Also would recommend a cooling fan as it was steaming in there. Next door had one ! Would like to say that our housekeeper Dot was very helpful with issues we had with the hot tub. If you can pass on our thanks.

    Reviewed by CarolJul 2021

  • "Basically communication."

    We asked several questions of you before we left but none of them were answered from either you or the Windermere office. To help our packing we needed to know whether to take certain items that were not listed. We needed to know if we could collect the keys earlier as we had to launch a boat elsewhere and then arrive at the cottage and then retrieve our car. On arrival we were dismayed to find no fenders available to protect our wooden rowing boat from the heavy waves created by speed boats on the lake. If we had not checked first at the property before arriving by boat we would have in trouble due to the steep metal ladders we had to climb both on the jetty and in the dock because of the swell from the waves. We mentioned this to the staff managing the property and they provided fenders within half an hour. It is surprising that a property that encourages people to bring a boat was not already prepared for boats. The very steep drive down to the property with restricted space to turn round at the bottom on an angle could frighten a nervous driver. It would be a nightmare if a boat owner had trailed a boat down the drive. And I was glad I had had my brakes serviced! Your description mentioned a shop and restaurant nearby. We could find neither. Nearest supermarkets are in Windermere. Overall we were impressed with the fabulous location, the facilities provided, and the staff on the spot.

    Reviewed by IJun 2021

  • "Fab Location High spec As described"

    Reviewed by ZoeJun 2021

  • "Totally amazing place to stay, everything was easy from booking through to key collection."

    Boathouse on the lake is an exceptional place to stay, we will be back.

    Reviewed by BruceJun 2021

  • "The Boathouse more than lived up to our expectations."

    The location is stunning and all the fixtures and fittings are top quality. Everywhere was spotlessly clean upon arrival. The narrow drive to the property as stated is steep and although we had no problems, I would imagine if there is overnight snow or frost then even with a four wheel drive it would be impossible to get up the drive which may cause issues. My only suggestion would be to perhaps provide a couple of folding loungers for use on the balcony as it would be a stunning place to relax in the sun. (Not that we had much!). Overall an amazing week and a place we would highly recommend and will be returning to in the future.

    Reviewed by AdrianMay 2021

  • "Spectacular view of the lake ' friendly and helpful staff"

    Reviewed by EamonnMay 2021

  • "Fantastic house, fantastic facilities and hot tub and just as described but, the heating struggled to cope and no curtains or blinds to keep the light out while sleeping and the sun came up around 5."

    15am . we had a minor problem with the shower and by chance we met the house keeper while she was visiting next door, she said it would be sorted asap and it was. overall we had a great holiday and would visit again if the curtain/blind situation was addressed. thank you

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Everything about the boathouse on the Lake was amazing."

    Great location, stunning views and very peaceful. The cleanliness is A1, absolutely spotless. Furnishings throughout and kitchen equipment are all top quality brands. No expensive has been sparred and this all helps towards a fantastic break.

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2021

  • "Loved, loved, loved the Boathouse!"

    Views were amazing and being so close to the lake was simply amazing! The kayak was such fun however we only used it once but it's a great feature. We brought our own paddle boards so spent most of time on those. would definitely come back! All my friends want to book too.

    Reviewed by VictoriaApr 2021

  • "The Boathouse on the Lake was amazing, the property was finished to a very high standard and was spotlessly clean."

    The location was perfect to explore the area and would definitely want to return there for our next staycation.

    Reviewed by NatalieDec 2020

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  • Studio layout
  • Super king-size bed in open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with balcony
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Eco underfloor heating
  • Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Smart TV with Freeview, music streaming, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Complimentary toiletries, bathrobes and slippers provided
  • Designated parking space for one car
  • Private outdoor hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops/amenities 2.6 miles, bar/restaurant 0.5 miles.

The property

Prepare for a unique experience in this fabulous property, enveloped by stunning Lake Windermere and in distance of a whole host of leisure and adventure activities.

Boathouse on the Lake is the perfect destination to spend a romantic weekend with your loved one, exploring all that the Lake District has to offer.

The property's fascinating architectural design will wow you on entry, the area itself is often referred to as "Millionaires mile", because of its lavish landscapes and luxury lifestyle.

Two secure electric gates will take you on a short drive to the rear of the property where this captivating boathouse lies.

Make your way down several steps to find your very own private hot tub, a gorgeous area to cheers with a bottle of prosecco whilst you unwind in the bubbles, the building being partially enclosed for you to enjoy all-year-round.

Leave any coats and outdoor gear you have in the vestibule before finding a convenient utility room where you can wash and dry your clothes after a day of exploring the Lakes.

Let your shoulders relax in a warm, soothing shower found in the luxury shower room, featuring a Lake District stone shower base.

A lavish stay awaits you as you walk up the staircase to the first floor, where the spectacular studio-style living room awaits; natural light bursts through every corner of this quirky building, here you'll find a contemporary kitchen, intimate dining area, comfortable seating, and a luxurious super king-size bed.

Rustle up a romantic meal for two in the contemporary kitchen area, equipped with granite counter tops, a coffee machine, and a food processor, as well as all your essential amenities.

Settle down for an intimate evening in the lounge area with 60" TV, snuggling on the plush sofas in front of breath-taking, panoramic views of Lake Windermere, whilst the wall-mounted TV provides calming background music.

Resting behind is the sumptuous king-size bed, benefiting from high quality linen and based next to a desk for those who still need to hop in and out of work.

Relish the chance for a once in a lifetime experience of sipping on your morning coffee among sensational views on the balcony, the perfect spot to wake up in the morning or enjoy an unforgettable drink in the evening.

If you're looking to take part in watersports activities, there is access to a wet dock from the property, where you can venture out on the complimentary kayak provided, you can also moor a small boat here which can be launched nearby in Bowness-on-Windermere.

The area surrounding the dwelling is ideal for a romantic stroll among peaceful nature and flowing waters, a perfect chance for quality time and to collect your thoughts after the stresses of daily life.

Bowness-on-Windermere is a short distance away, a vibrant mix of two thriving towns where you can visit attractions including The Windermere Jetty Museum, The World of Beatrix Potter, and Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, as well as pubs, restaurants, shops, and watersports activities on Lake Windermere.

Journey over to the market town of Kendal, a fabulous destination where you can visit Kendal Castle, Quaker Tapestry, Miller Bridge, and sample local Kendal mint cake.

Other must-see towns and villages surrounding the lake include Ambleside, Lakeside, Waterhead, Grasmere Village, and many more with so much to offer in this amazing corner of the world.

Boathouse on the Water is a unique abode surrounded by breath-taking views of the Lake District National Park, it's the perfect spot to celebrate a romantic anniversary or occasion.

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 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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Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
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