Bluebell Brook

Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 903673)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

  • sapientpear
    August 2017
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    “Quaint and fascinating”
    Bluebell Brook is a tiny Victorian terrace with three floors. Ground floor is a cosy living room with an enchanting bay window seat looking out onto the street, and a compact kitchen including a full cooker, dishwasher, and washing machine. Upstairs are two bedrooms, a double and a twin, and the world's tiniest ensuite! Downstairs from the kitchen is a second bathroom and a very small patio area next to the brook. ...
    Bluebell Brook is a tiny Victorian terrace with three floors. Ground floor is a cosy living room with an enchanting bay window seat looking out onto the street, and a compact kitchen including a full cooker, dishwasher, and washing machine. Upstairs are two bedrooms, a double and a twin, and the world's tiniest ensuite! Downstairs from the kitchen is a second bathroom and a very small patio area next to the brook. The brook is one of the most charming things about the cottage. It flows right past within a metre and lulled us to sleep each night. The bedroom and upstairs bathroom were clean and the bed very comfortable. The en suite has a macerator toilet, and we were sufficiently scared by the signs about how easily it would block up that we never used it for more than the occasional number one! The shower was good, even if a bit cramped. We were less impressed by the cleanliness of the kitchen. The floor was sticky and we had to wash it ourselves. The kitchen is showing its age, and while it is still functional it is overdue for an update. The downstairs bathroom similarly seemed a bit neglected. From an accessibility point of view, the stairs are steep and narrow, and would not suit anyone with significant mobility issues. The location is ideal for the southern Lakes District, being 5 minutes walk from Windermere buses and train, and 10 minutes walk from Bowness shops and boat piers. Plenty of eating places of all types within easy reach, including the pub next door which served good solid pub-grub. Parking was no problem on the street just outside. We enjoyed our stay in Bluebell Brook, whose charm and quaintness overrode its occasional idiosyncracies. If we ever come back to Windermere I'd be happy to stay again.

Features

  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

This delightful, 1850s terraced cottage is located just 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of popular Windermere, which boasts many shops, cafés and restaurants.

The railway station is close by and you can reach Bowness-on-Windermere on foot in 15 minutes'.

On entering this well-presented and cosy cottage, you will see it has been decorated in a thoughtful and sympathetic manner to complement its history.

Set over three floors, this quirky cottage has the main bathroom on the lower ground floor, where you can access the elevated patio and enjoy the babbling brook with a drink.

The cottage-style kitchen with a dining area has French windows with a Juliet balcony; throw these open to really experience the special location of this cottage, with the relaxing sounds of the birdlife and the water beneath.

The cosy sitting room has a window seat and an ornate woodburning stove with pine furniture.

Climb the cottage stairs to two lovely bedrooms, both tastefully decorated with cream furniture and bunting to continue the country theme.

The main king-size double room also has the benefit of an en-suite shower room.

A few yards away is your nearest pub, the Brookside, which has a lovely beer garden, open fire and serves delicious food.

Close by is the beginning of the walk up to Orrest Head, which reveals stunning views of the lake and surrounding fells.

This was the very spot that inspired Wainwright to dedicate 13 years of this life to compiling the pictorial guide books still used today.

Down at the lake there are numerous water-based activities available, from taking a cruise and enjoying the landscape, to hiring a rowing boat if you’re feeling energetic.

If you have younger members in your party, they will delight in the Beatrix Potter visitor centre and the Lakes Aquarium, situated on the southern shore of Lake Windermere at Lakeside.

Ambleside is just 5 miles away, while Coniston and Grasmere are all within easy reach.

This is a wonderful base for a holiday with friends or family, and with so many activities and endless places to discover close by, this is a perfect place to stay in the Lake District all year round.

Accommodation

Over three floors. Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin. Lower ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area with Juliet balcony. Sitting room with woodburning stove.

Amenities

  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample roadside parking available on a first come, first served basis
  • Alternative parking in pub car park next door
  • Small enclosed patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 6 mins walk, pub 1 min walk
  • Note: Mobile phone coverage can be limited
  • Note: Steep and uneven stairs with low head height, therefore the property isn't suitable for guests with limited mobility
  • Note: Juliet balcony is 5 foot high
  • Note: Property not suitable for children under 5
  • Note: Fast flowing brook next to property, behind 4 foot railings, children to be supervised at all times.

About the location

BOWNESS & WINDERMERE

Windermere Train Stain 0.4 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.

Region Information

Note: Property not suitable for children under 5 and people with limited mobility.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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