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Riverside Retreat

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Newby Bridge, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our 2nd stay at this property and we love it."

    Already booked again for next year. Only negative is that advert states there is storage for a kayak. When we arrived (30 mins early) cleaners were still there and advised storage was full and we couldn’t use it. Didn’t spoil our stay but if you have anything requiring secure storage then this was not possible.

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.7Sep 2023

  • "This is our second visit to Riverside This year."

    We love it and would highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by Kris5.0Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful property and location"

    Reviewed by Lynn4.7Jul 2023

  • "Had a fantastic stay."

    The cottage was lovely and very clean. Just a shame about the weather.

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Jul 2023

  • "We were very concerned about the balustrade around the first floor terrace area."

    We were staying with two architects who were confident that it does not comply with building regulations, having large gaps that a small child or dog could easily get through. The second bedroom is too small to be a double room, one side of the bed up against the wall with no sockets or bedside light. Having to climb over the end of the bed to get out at night is not ideal and certainly not for the price paid

    Reviewed by Sara4.1Jul 2023

  • "Really wonderful accommodation in fantastic location."

    Absolutely loved it, absolutely recommend it. Can’t wait to return. Thank you,

    Reviewed by Shaun5.0May 2023

  • "An absolute gem of an apartment."

    The inside is stunning, immaculately clean and has everything you need including a nice little welcome pack. The outside terrace is beautiful and gets the sun all day. We were lucky enough to have sun everyday! The view is better than the photos and the access to the river fantastic. We swam and launched our paddle board from there every day. Would recommend taking the steam train to Lakeside and have lunch at the Lakeside hotel with its gorgeous views over Windermere. The Lakeside Lovers property team were fab. We decided on day 2 that we would like to stay an extra 2 nights and as the apartment wasn’t booked they sorted it out straight away! Would book again in a heart beat. Only thing I might add to make it even better would be some fairy lights and plants outside on the balcony but that’s just me being picky!

    Thank you so much for the feed back. Fairy lights and planters now added Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0May 2023

  • "Tip top in all facilities"

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2023

  • "The property was just perfect very clean and everything we needed for our honeymoon break."

    We will most certainly be booking again with this property via Sykes. A very professional company indeed, thanks. Les and Susan Hughes

    Thank you so much for your kind comments. We are so glad that you enjoyed your honeymoon with us and look forward to welcoming you in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Les5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely property, great location."

    Second bedroom quite small for a double and could do with a chest of drawers as very little storage and nowhere to put make up ,jewellery etc.

    Reviewed by Philippa4.4Dec 2022

  • "Overall we were very happy with our stay, however if I was going to be critical I think that a separate toilette to the main bathroom would be good, also in the double room it is quite cramped making it very difficult to get out of bed if you are against the wall."

    A bag of salt would have been useful to put on the steps leading up to the property as with having snow they were lethal

    Reviewed by Linda4.4Dec 2022

  • "We absolutely loved our long weekend at the riverside retreat!"

    ! So gorgeous the house & surroundings. Lovely walks near by . Had everything you needed. We didn’t want to leave! Definitely will come back . 10/10 .

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Nov 2022

  • "Absolutely loved it , the location is fantastic, as good as anything you could hope for , waking up to that view of the river was wonderful , which would be even better during the summer months , when i would imagine breakfast on the terrace would be a must , as it would be for any meals in on an evening,dont want to cook ,you dont have to drive the swan, its 100 yards away , we had a really great meal sunday at the swan , but you must book in advance , gets very busy , the occasional steam train chugging past was nice as well ."

    The cottage was modern and tastefully decorated and very clean and had everything we needed. the only thing i could knock it for would be size , its a little snug for our family of 4 and a big dog, and it has no walled garden for dog safety , but you can walk your dog from the door , we were aware of all that before booking , and it didnt spoil our stay at all . great base for the whole lake district and local family activities , me and my eldest son and dog walked up scafell pike on Saturday , which is a bit of a trek to get to, but well worth it , also Coniston , Windermere, ambleside are close , even Langdale , Ullswater , Keswick , Hawkshead , the whole lot drivable in an hour , and Ulverston just up the road has a number of good pubs for food as well . there are things without driving at all as well , my Mrs. and my youngest went on the steam train Saturday , the stations only 200 yards and takes you up to lakeside , the bottom of windermere , you can get a boat from there into windermere if you want , they didnt do that spent time in the aquarium at lakeside instead , theres other familly stuff not far away too , south lakes zoo , rohanhead beach , a bit hard to find(search it up ) , but well worth it , on a sunny day a great beach , unusual for cumbria , theres no other beaches in England with a mountain view quite like that . long and short of it , we loved it and are looking at dates to return next year , we love the lakes , we used to own a property in the northern lakes near lake Ullswater , was great to explore a more southerly aspect just one other thing , would be great if you could leave a vac out , our dog was shedding hair at the time of this break , and we would of liked to clean up after her better , cant do it with a brush , we felt a bit guilty on leaving

    Reviewed by Martin4.4Oct 2022

  • "First off we didnt realise it was 2 apartments , one upper and a lower one ."

    The view was good . Could not let the dog out on its own because theres other people and the dog could of got onto the road .. At one point a family came and had a picknick on the lawn sitting on the bench. God knows who they where , just someone passing i think . .. Not for me im sorry to say ..

    Reviewed by Paul3.1Sep 2022

  • "Everything was excellent couldn’t ask for anything more will be back"

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2022

  • "When booked no mention of being apartments, I have mobility issues and struggled using the stairs."

    Opening of the door was horrendous as no room to Manöver. My dog got out onto roof through the fencing. Not dog friendly at all. I was very dissapointed with this booking, no extra refuse bags no welcome pack. Just tea and coffee and water. Compared to other places is is the worst I have stayed in.the only good thing I enjoyed was the view from my window over the river. People with mobility issues should be told ,not when your getting the keycode number.

    The property description does state it is a first floor apartment. It also states there are External Steps to the first floor Porch Entrance and that there is a large balcony. The pictures of the property do show the balcony and steps up the side of the property. The balcony is also fenced off. However a small , very adventurous dog may be able to squeeze through the fence. The welcome pack includes Boarders Biscuits, Nespresso Coffee Pods, a variety of teas, coffee, milk, Evian still water & San Pellagrino Sparkling water. There are always extra bin bags under the sink along with dishwasher tabs, Wash Machine tabs etc. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Erika2.5Sep 2022

  • "Lovely place by the river"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2022

  • "If I start with the negative and finish on positive, the property was offered with storage and was told a key would be inside, but on contacting the company that I couldn't find the key I was then told the garage would not be available."

    Inside it didn't take long to see the cleaning had been rushed with some food on the floor by the breakfast bar and rug. But the property is nice and cosy and can see it has been refurbished recently. Lovely balcony and views, although the annoying outside light was going on and off all night.

    Reviewed by Darren4.4Aug 2022

  • "What a fantastic stay we had… this is the second time we have stayed upstairs in this property and we have also stayed once in the downstairs."

    The cleanliness of the property was outstanding and everything we could have needed was provided for us. Everything is lovely and modern and the beds are very comfortable. We had a small issue with the main tv when we first arrived and we phoned up (due to having young children) and it was fixed within the same day. The kind gentleman who brought the tv also loaned us some fishing nets for the river for the kids. The property is peaceful and tranquil and the river directly next to it is brimming with wildlife. The location is perfect for travelling about the lakes and we found plenty new things to discover. We have had such a memorable stay and will definitely book again to stay in the future! Thank you

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Aug 2022

  • "Amazing week in this beautiful cottage."

    We spent our time outside for most as we were blessed with the sunshine. Great access to Windermere. We enjoyed our early morning paddle board up the river and our evening swims in the river. The property was well equipped. Locals are nice and friendly. Good access to other parts of the lake and a nice walk to High Dam Tarn.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.4Aug 2022

  • "Absolutely stunning location!"

    The cottage was in a perfect location close by to lots of amenities. It was very clean and modern with lovely nice touches added. It was great to see the steam train passing by just over the river which is very close by. Our youngest son even tried out paddleboarding which was available on the lake just outside the Swan Hotel. We would without doubt recommend this cottage but the only downside to it was that it didn't describe thoroughly enough that the cottage is infact upstairs and not via the ground floor of which my disabled husband found difficult at times in getting up and down the outside stairs. Many thanks for a lovely welcoming stay.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jul 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Riverside Retreat."

    We especially loved the outside decking area, which was a great place to relax and watch the swans, geese and ducks paddling about on the river. The cottage was spotlessly clean and very well equipped, it has everything you could possibly need for a short stay. We would highly recommend this lovely cottage and will be staying here again!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property located next to the River Leven."

    The Retreat has just about everything you could ask for - with a touch of the deluxe. Everything you look at and touch is top quality. Bosch kitchen accessories, new crockery and cutlery, comfortable furniture and all spotlessly maintained and clean. You really can't fault anything. We enjoyed sitting on the fully furnished deck outside just watching the river flow by. If you want a holiday in the South Lakes this is THE place - close to the Lakeland Pier for Steamer trips up Windermere, the Bobbin Mill and the Motor Museum. Fantastic holiday

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Jul 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, very comfortable."

    We were unfortunate with the weather, we were attracted to this property mainly because of the outdoor seating area, which we were unable to enjoy due to rain,

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0Jun 2022

  • "We have visited the area many times when visiting family, this however, is by far the loveliest place we have stayed in this area."

    Especially when considering the property is dog friendly this property was absolutely immaculate. The cleanliness was hugely appreciated after a long journey. Everything had been thought about, all amenities were there, so I didn't need the cleaning products, loo roll, tea towels etc that we always pack. Beds and bedding extremely comfortable. Beautiful location, stunning property, we will return as soon as we can. Thank you for all of your hardwork that clearly goes into keeping the property so lovely for guests.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with nice views, good location"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2022

  • "We have stayed here several times as it is so good."

    The property was, as usual, immaculately clean and well presented. The new kitchen and bathroom since we last stayed have improved the property nicely. Thank you for another lovely and very relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2022

  • "We feel blessed to stay in this lovely accommodation in an idyllic location"

    Reviewed by Eric4.1Apr 2022

  • "Property was great, the view over the river was better than the photos we see before booking."

    I have mark down listing accuracy because listing said property had a bath. But the new shower was fantastic.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay thank you."

    Would have thought there should have been a toilet roll in the bathroom on arrival?

    Huge apologies, we do always leave loo roll along with all the other amenities, hand wash, dish wash tabs cleaning products etc. Not leaving the loo roll was an oversight. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely lovley ."

    A wonderful property in a wonderful place. Will definitely be booking to return. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Mar 2022

  • "This is a lovely clean, modern property with everything you could need for a great stay."

    The tea/coffee/water supplied was a nice touch. Close to the The Swan Inn where the food was delicious. Worth noting that the kitchen and bathroom have recently been modernised and are both gorgeous so the pics need updating. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Mar 2022

  • "Absolutely amazing place for a short break."

    Very clean and well maintained property. They got everything needed. Amazing view from the property, especially.river and forest. Most of the attractions are nearby too. Highly recommended this place.

    Reviewed by Sushil5.0Feb 2022

  • "This property is idyllic."

    Although only small it’s very cosy, beautifully presented with everything you need. The terrace with garden furniture would be ideal on a warm sunny day. The view from the window of the River Leven is amazing. There are two pubs within 2 mins walking distance, The Swan Spa and Hotel and The Huntsman which are dog friendly, very welcoming and serve lovely food.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Feb 2022

  • "Absolutely lovely"

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Jan 2022

  • "The retreat was absolutely gorgeous."

    They even set up a Christmas tree and fairy lights around the property which made it an even more special stay. The place is cosy, the beds are super comfy and the view of the lake and the geese is great. Will definitely be visiting again and definitely recommend going.

    Reviewed by Georgia5.0Dec 2021

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay over the weekend."

    I think leaving some sponges or something similar to wash up/clean with could be a good addition to the accomdation. The rooms were comfy, albeit a little warm on the first night (so we did adjust the heating thereafter). The only thing which wasn’t the best, was the strength of the shower. It wasn’t very strong at all. However, we would definitely recommend to other and would book again in the future.

    Reviewed by Natalie4.4Nov 2021

  • "Lovely accommodation with a stunning position."

    .Very peaceful and it was so great to wake up to such a beautiful view on the banks of the river Very well equipped apartment … would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Nov 2021

  • "Stunning place."

    Apartment was as per the photos. Very comfortable, very clean. . Have already recommended this property to a few people. Would love to stay here again when visiting the lakes. Just beautiful.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Oct 2021

  • "Cleaners were excellant."

    ..very friendly and helpful..very happy with the accommadation and river views from property picture windows will alway be in my top favourite places i have stayed

    Reviewed by Colin5.0May 2021

  • "A smashing property in a lovely location."

    Very comfortable and had everything we needed. Would love to return again and will definitely recommend to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0May 2021

  • "The property was brilliant, perfect for a getaway."

    It was quiet and beautifully picturesque.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2021

  • "This cottage was perfect!"

    There wasn’t one thing to fault and we would 100% want to return. Everywhere was clean and probably better than the actual pictures. The setting was beautiful as well, so peaceful by the river.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Apr 2021

  • "Beautiful location, very peaceful and relaxing and excellent facilities."

    The large balcony overlooking the river was perfect for al fresco dining even though we did have to wear our coats and thermals!

    Reviewed by Vivien5.0Apr 2021

  • "The apartment is located right on the river."

    Such a beautiful area, very quiet, and just a 2 min walk across the bridge to the swan pub. We found it very clean, and extremely comfortable (especially the beds) The view from the balcony/decking was stunning and very relaxing. The TV has netflix and PRIME so you just need to log into your account. There was every cooking utensil imaginable, the oven functional, so perfect for eating in (when the weather was too cold to sit outside in pub restaurants). The only thing I would say, is that we found the electric shower to be either boiling hot or freezing cold. It took a good few minutes to get the setting correct, and even then it was lukewarm a couple of times. I think for future visitors, this is the only thing that should probably be addressed. Everything else was amazing, and well worth the stay.

    Reviewed by Maggie5.0Apr 2021

  • "We were extremely surprised when we arrived at the property just how nice it was."

    The pictures shown on the booking site do not do it justice. Brilliant location, nice and quiet with the river on the doorstep. We will certainly be returning again in the nicer weather to hopefully make use of the outdoor area.

    5.0Dec 2020

  • "The accommodation was perfect and the view was lovely"

    Mrs WilsonJun 2019

  • "Accommodation was excellent, well equipped, and in a great location."

    There was a wonderful view from the balcony. The Lake District scenery was stunning.

    Mr SmithMay 2019

  • "The location, the cleanliness - everything we wanted."

    Mrs WhiteNov -0001

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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 king-size, 1 x double.Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge,freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV, NOW TV box (own account required), WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Riverside garden with large balcony with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Pub 1 min walk
  • Shop 0.6 miles
  • Bowness 7.7 miles
  • Note: Open access to river
  • Note: This property may not be suitable to some people with mobility issues due to the number of steps up to this first floor apartment.

The property

"This contemporary retreat enjoys a lovely setting on the banks of the River Leven, at the southern tip of Lake Windermere.

The converted Lakeland barn is thoroughly modernised, with contemporary open plan living spaces sitting alongside some of the original features.

On the first floor into the porch, the living area enjoys fabulous views, vaulted ceiling and original beams.

The dining area has patio doors leading to the huge suntrap balcony – fantastic for al fresco dining and drinking in the view over the river.

With a sleek fitted kitchen, 2 chic bedrooms, 1 king-size and one double and a modern shower room with walk-in shower, you’ll be settled in no time.

Kayaking and canoeing are just a couple of the ways you'll make the most of nearby access to the lake.

Just 100 yards over the bridge is your fabulous local at the Swan Hotel and Spa.


In the hamlet of Newby Bridge, close to the A590 you'll enjoy easy access to the many attractions of the Southern and Western Lake District and very easily accessible from the M6 - bypassing the busier tourist routes.

Get out and about to the Lakes Aquarium, and the Lakeside Haverthwaite Steam Railway.

The lovely Lakeside Hotel & Spa is next to them, offering fabulous food and drink options.

Also close by is the Motor Museum and Cafe Ambio.

Windermere Lake Cruises depart from Lakeside Pier.

These elegant Windermere steamers ferry passengers to Bowness and Ambleside - a relaxed way to explore and admire the scenery without having to use your car.


Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Bowness-on-Windermere 8 miles.

The small village of Newby Bridge takes its name from the five arched stone bridge built in 1651 over the River Leven. The famous Furness Railway, one of Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam railways, runs between Haverthwaite and Newby Bridge. Visit the Lakeside Hotels and enjoy magnificent views across Windermere and the surrounding fells, or enjoy the Aquarium of the Lakes, where the naturally themed habitats, bring the history of the Lakes vividly to life. Bowness-on-Windermere provides a lovely day out, plus the picturesque village of Hawkshead still retains the charm and character that so endeared it to its most famous residents - William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, and admire the views at nearby Gummer's How.

Warning: Riverside location with open access to river "

This property offers the following short breaks:

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