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Boathouse on the Lake

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


  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Loved our stay at the boat house, such a beautiful place, it is really clean, really well equipped, everything about the place is lovely."

    . we was there during a storm and the main gates didn’t work, we have electric gates at home, so we understand what a storm does to them, but happened to be the day we was leaving so couldn’t get car down to property, taking our luggage up the steep hill was a slight killer.. but we survived:) And would love to return one day.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Nov 2023

  • "Beautiful place in an idyllic location, thank you for sharing your home with us."

    Reviewed by Helen3.8Sep 2023

  • "Potential customers should be warned that this property can only accessed by a long, steep, twisting road that requires the most careful standards of driving."

    Then there's a lot of steep, non-standard steps to get to the Boathouse itself. It's more suitable for younger guests: not those of advanced years. Had we been aware of the circumstances, we'd never have booked it

    Reviewed by John2.5Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful holiday home on the inside the boathouse is difficult to launch the kayak and difficult take the kayak out of the water a two man canoe may be slightly easier."

    More instructions on collecting the keys would be helpful ( alarm system etc) Having said that I would definitely stay again as we really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Aug 2023

  • "What an amazing place- we loved how high spec the Boathouse is and really enjoyed the use of the kayak, buoyancy aids and the little touches like the white robes and the supply of the coffee pods."

    The Lake is magnificent and we enjoyed spectacular views from the Boathouse.

    Reviewed by Georgina5.0Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful property excellent location, very well equipped to be honest could not fault anything."

    Seen a few amazing sunsets too. Hot tub was very private. Loved the amazing views over the lake

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Mar 2023

  • "The boathouse was beautifully decorated and the location is stunning."

    However, there isn't a dedicated parking spot for this property unlike the adjoining property. The pathway down to the property is very very steep and pulling away to exit is particularly difficult when you are parked on an incline. We ended up using a flat parking spot on the site a short walk from the boathouse. Not sure if we were allowed to park there but we were not challenged.

    Reviewed by Gina5.0Feb 2023

  • "A beautiful property completed to a very high standard, a few simple additions would make this a 5 star in my opinion."

    Blinds on all windows in the main living area, a seat and coat hooks in the entrance hall and a better quality mattress.

    Reviewed by Adrian3.8Jan 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

    However, the entrance to the property is extremely precarious and doesn’t cater for larger vehicles. If there had been any ice it would have been a serious problem getting down the steep slope. Secondly the loo seat in the shower room needs replacing. But other than that it’s an absolutely gorgeous property, the hot tub was awesome and the view to wake up to is breathtaking. We really enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Beverley3.1Jan 2023

  • "The property is absolutely amazing in a beautiful setting."

    A very high standard throughout. The down side… the access road to the property is very, very steep with very little room to turn your vehicle at the bottom. A pretty scary drive. This should be emphasised a bit more on the advertising of the property.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Nov 2022

  • "Amazing location, very clean and the property was of a high standard including all the kitchen items etc."

    Such a shame that the bed was so uncomfortable. I know there is an element of personal preference here, but it really was extremely hard, and made our relaxing honeymoon weekend a bit less relaxing!

    Reviewed by Grace4.1Jul 2022

  • "This was one of the best holidays me and my boyfriend have been on, I did this as a surprise trip so he had no idea and even though I had seen pictures it was much better in person."

    It was spacious, view was spectacular, hot tub was amazing in the evening time. We used the kayak the only down fall which isn’t there fault is the spiders are over powering the boat port and outside the property. The mattress wasn’t that comfortable but I slept on top of duvet and it was an alright sleep. Amazing property deffo will return in the future

    Reviewed by Chelsea4.4Jul 2022

  • "The property itself is absolutely stunning, having visited the lakes for years this is by far the most idyllic setting weve stayed in."

    The boathouse is furnished beautifully and we will definitely come back. Just a couple of recommendations for the owner would be to upgrade the sofa to something a little more comfortable with a foot rest. Also have some pillow options for those who would like the option other than duck feather. We really aren’t usually the type of people to say things like this but we both have exceptionally busy jobs (fire service and NHS) and although we spent most of our days walking, our down time was precious; a comfortable couch and a good night sleep would have made our stay much better. But I cannot fault the cleanliness and facilities, location etc at all, it was beautiful! Our last bit of feedback would be to provide a welcome basket, having spent over £2000 on this holiday it would have been a nice touch. Overall the owner has an exceptional property which we will recommend to all lf our friends and family. Mr and Mrs Wright

    Reviewed by Broghan4.7Jun 2022

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

    Pure luxury.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Jun 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 Michael4.7May 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 Douglas5.0May 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 Stephanie5.0Apr 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 John5.0Apr 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 Arron5.0Apr 2022

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

    Reviewed by Shauna5.0Mar 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 David3.4Mar 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 Graham5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic property, we had a perfect holiday"

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 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 Teresa5.0Jan 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 George5.0Oct 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 Paul4.4Sep 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 Nigel4.7Sep 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 Bernard3.8Jul 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 Carol2.8Jul 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 I4.4Jun 2021

  • "Fab Location High spec As described"

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Jun 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 Bruce5.0Jun 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 Adrian5.0May 2021

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

    Reviewed by Eamonn5.0May 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 John4.7May 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 Stephen5.0Apr 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 Victoria4.7Apr 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 Natalie5.0Dec 2020

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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.


  • Studio layout
  • Super king-size bed in open-plan living space with kitchen,Electric oven and induction hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, dining area and sitting area with balcony
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Eco underfloor heating
  • Smart TV with Freeview, music streaming, and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc in rent
  • Complimentary toiletries provided
  • Designated parking space for one car
  • Private outdoor hot tub
  • STRICTLY, 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 steep drive to the rear of the property where this captivating boathouse lies on the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere.

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.

Please be aware that there are some building works being carried out next door to Louper Weir. The owner has therefore reflected this in their advertised rates for any disruption caused.

Holidays can not end on a Sunday.

Please note that access to the property is via a steep drive.

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, 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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