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Fern Bank Cottage

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Gorgeous cottage - perfect location and home from home."

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Apr 2024

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Fern Bank Cottage and we will certainly look at returning at some point."

    The high quality finish on everything from decor to furnishings was top notch. We would encourage anyone looking for a wonderful home to spend time in with Fern Bank Cottage.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2024

  • "Absolutely fabulous cottage."

    Literally home from home with everything you could need available to hand. So thrilled to stay in such a wonderful place that is dog friendly. It was immaculate, clean, warm and a glorious place to relax. Numerous walks accessible from the front door without requiring a car and dog friendly restaurants within walking distance too (highly recommend Urban Kitchen). A glorious stay…we will definitely be back

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Mar 2024

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at Fern Bank."

    Pictures do not do justice to how cosy this cottage is, we didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Natalie4.4Jan 2024

  • "The cottage is lovely and cosy."

    However, the leak coming from the skylight completely ruined the stay for us. After I reported it the first time, somebody came out to patch it over yet they managed to leave a large gap at the top still allowing water to drip in. At this point I were past it and just kept lots of towels down over night. The company rang the following morning to check and I explained that there were a gap left enabling water to still leak into the cottage. Someone else came later that day to resolve it. That was all sorted as far as the leak from the skylight however it left the cottage looking really dark even in full day light. As the week progressed, the weather continued to rain the whole time. The last 2 nights in the cottage the weather was so bad that the wood placed over the broken skylight was that soaked with rain it managed to proceed to leak onto the top of the stairs again. After reporting this twice we decided that the best option would be to just leave a towel covering the affected area. Usually it wouldn’t worry me however I have got an 8 month old who I was petrified of carrying downstairs incase I slipped and dropped him due to the leak. Apart from the leak the cottage was really nice.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. Storm Debi caused a lot of problems during the week that you visited and meant that complete repairs were not possible due to needing fair weather for this. We feel that our maintenance team did the best they could given the circumstances. We are glad that you otherwise enjoyed the property. Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elise3.4Nov 2023

  • "A wonderful cottage!"

    Fern Bank was clean, very well maintained and true to the description we had been given. It was in a great position for visiting Windermere and Bowness and of course the rest of the lakes too. We would highly recommend this cottage. Thanks for a great stay!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Oct 2023

  • "On the whole it was great, just a couple of minor issues such as a dirty oven which Sykes offered to clean asap anyway, sometimes ineffective and very small dishwasher and the pantry room wasn’t great but the pro’s massively outweighed the cons, lovely house in an ideal location near to both Windermere and Bowness."

    . beds very comfortable, spacious property, great bathroom and shower room, peaceful, nice dining room etc.. We would definitely return..

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Oct 2023

  • "Loved our stay location was brilliant and we will definitely book this cottage again thank you"

    Reviewed by Angela4.1Oct 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, perfectly placed for buses, boats and walks."

    No car needed all week. Would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7Sep 2023

  • "Lovely, but in future, you may want to mention stairs."

    A person with disability will find this a challenge. My mother had a difficult time. We will recommend the cottage but won’t return ourselves because of the stairs. Also, key box difficult. Maybe have a look at it?

    Reviewed by Vickie4.4Aug 2023

  • "Accommodation was clean, homely and was just right for our stay."

    In fact we had such a good sleep in your beds we would like to know the make (a bit random, I know) of the mattress and where they were bought so we can buy our own !.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely presented cottage we have stayed here multiple times , comfortable , spacious, nice seating area outside, well equipped kitchen, washer/dryer ."

    It’s situated on the road between Windermere and Bowness . There is a lovely Forrest very close by too perfect for dog walks , Perfect location couldn’t ask for better

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Jul 2023

  • "We had a fantastic week at fernbank."

    The location is a short walk to both Bowness and Windermere which saved on paying for expensive car parking. Plenty of shops and places to eat nearby we also enjoyed a lot of meals in the house as the kitchen was well equipped. We’ve already booked our next stay!

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0Jul 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage."

    With everything you could need, although the settee in the lounge was rather uncomfortable, otherwise everything was fine, will definatly stay again

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Fern Bank Cottage. In regards to the comfort of the sofa, we are sorry you did not find this satisfactory, unfortunately we do find this is down to personal preference. We are pleased to hear that you found the rest of the property comfortable. We hope to welcome you again soon. The owner relations team - Lakelovers Property Owner

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Jun 2023

  • "Arrived at fern bank cottage on the 6th January for 6 nights."

    The accommodation was in a good central location 10 mins walk in either direction of Windermere and bowness. Fern bank had all the facilities to make our stay very comfortable the bedrooms were a good size and bedding was clean. Kitchen had everything we needed including a washing machine dryer and a good sized fridge the dishwasher was a bonus Weather at the time was very wet and cold, so the heating around the house was a blessing. The fire in the sitting room kept us warm and cozy during our stay. Overall the accommodation and location were very good and will definitely stay at fern bank again.

    Reviewed by Kevin4.4Jan 2023

  • "Everything was great, the cottage is perfect, clean and in a great location."

    There is a great walk for our dog straight across the road which was ideal for her to stretch her legs! For us, the bed is a little on the hard side but that is just our personal preference. We were slightly confused at the bin collection service, as it was noted as Monday, originally this was Tuesday. We were staying the week of the Queens funeral, so it may have skewed timings. When we looked online it wasn't until the following week, so perhaps clearer instructions for that, but it didn't impact our stay. Thanks again.

    Reviewed by Iain4.7Sep 2022

  • "I have stayed at Fern Cottage before and cannot rate this accommodation high enough."

    It’s perfect for couples and small families and it’s location it great, right bang smack between Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere and only a few minutes walk to the areas best restaurants, bars and lakeside. The only thing I would say is the house needs to be better cleaned before guests turn up. When we arrived we found personal items below the master bed, the dining room floor needed a proper mopping with bleach we found in the bathroom and there was still a lot of dust in areas, especially upstairs. With that said, we still had a relaxing stay and hope to return one day.

    Reviewed by Rodney4.7Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time staying at fern bank cottage."

    It is a beautiful house, well positioned as its half way up the hill between Bowness and Windermere villages. The house is very well equipped. It includes a dishwasher, plenty of kitchen utensils to cover the week stay, washing machine, dryer and clothes line in the lovely back yard. We received a complimentary welcome pack on arrival with 2 black bin bags, a scrubber and dishwasher tablet. Some condiments such as salt and pepper also available as wad a very well stocked drawer with cling film, sandwich bags and tin foil. Parking is on-road and we never had an issue getting a spot. The house is located on the right hand side as you drive into Queens drive....sat nav sent us further along the road. Fantastic bus local service either bus stop at top of road. Some lovely restaurants and bars in the area also alongside some lovely walks and the house provided loads of local information. Check out is 10am and as we left at 10am, the cleaner was waiting to get into house. A welcome, warm, clean holiday home which matched its description and I would recommend it. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Jul 2022

  • "The property was clean, well equipped and in a great location."

    Lovely little garden for the dog and we had a super holiday. The only issue was with the bin collection. The folder said Monday collection and the poster on the side of the fridge said Tuesday. We put the bin out on both of those days but there was no collection. We noticed all the bins out on Thursday morning so put ours out too but it was not emptied. The cottage seems to have a different bin from the other properties as they were all emptied. So unfortunately we have had to leave it full which is not great for the next residents. Very sorry but we tried!

    Reviewed by Amanda5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage situated just a short stroll from Windermere lake, fully equipped with everything you need."

    Would definitely recommend staying here. Thank you for the bottle of wine.

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7May 2022

  • "Really lovely house in a perfect location to walk into either Bowness or Windermere, our car didn’t move for the duration of our stay."

    The house is so comfortable & has everything you could possibly need. Lots of choice for eating out and lovely walks on the doorstep. Would love to stay here again in the future.

    Reviewed by Fiona5.0May 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in perfect location for exploring all of the Lake District!"

    Reviewed by Joanne4.7May 2022

  • "We enjoyed our stay and the property was perfect for us."

    The facilities were fantastic and we will definitely return again! The only minor criticism is we didn’t think the shower got hot enough and it could be turned up a bit.

    Reviewed by Kimberley3.8Apr 2022

  • "Really good place to stay - very convenient, virtually in between Windermere and Bowness."

    Cottage was comfortable and has all the amenities you will ever need. Ideal for dog lovers. Would recommend

    Reviewed by Karl4.4Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Fern bank."

    cottage is beautiful and clean. location was superb. the only minor complain we have is about departure time being at 10am. we got a an email the day before that we have to leave the cottage as we found it and with several tasks such as removing the sheets and pillow cases, emptying the fridge etc. it would have been better if the time was changed to after 11am instead.

    Reviewed by Mohammed4.7Mar 2022

  • "We stay in a variety of cottages in Bowness and Windermere and Fern Bank was just as lovely."

    When booking, we normally favour dedicated parking but knowing the location meant we were reassured about the availability of on street. We literally got parked outside the front door! The cottage was as described and super clean - no evidence of previous guests' pets. Even though we didn't take our dog this time, it's great to know it's pet friendly too. Great location and homely finish made for a very relaxing stay. Will most likely stay again!

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Mar 2022

  • "Gas fire in lounge is not operating although instructions are available on how to switch it on"

    We apologise for this inconvenience, arrangements have been made to fit a new gas fire ASAP Update - Gas fire has been fixed so the front room will now be toasty warm! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eric4.4Oct 2021

  • "Bottle of wine was a nice touch."

    Everything was just right.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Oct 2021

  • "The property is absolutely stunning!"

    So gorgeous and we honestly felt so at home! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. Honestly loved it. We couldn't find a pen to write in the visitors book :( left it to the last minute. I think there are a couple of cleanliness issues - lots of dust/hairs under beds/baskets/sofa, lipstick on a coffee cup. I am not complaining (!) I just think these little things let it down slightly. Also, as a recommendation, if a listing is child friendly I think there should be gates - on the stairs for this house and before the two steps down to the kitchen. That would make those staying with younger children feel a bit more at ease. The cottage exceeded our expectations - I always think the pictures make it look better than it is but this had me going into each room saying WOW. If this property is ever up for sale, please let me know LOL.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We were very pleased to see how much you enjoyed Fern Bank. Lakelovers look after the cleaning for this owner and we have made our Housekeeping Team aware of the few issues you found, but we are happy it did not spoil your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michaela4.1Sep 2021

  • "Gas fire didn't work."

    Sometimes parking can be an issue

    Gas fire has been fixed so the front room will now be toasty warm! Sorry that parking can be an issue but usually a space can be found up the road Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Sep 2021

  • "Beautifully presented cottage , perfect location ."

    Great base to explore the lakes. Very comfortable cottage , pet friendly , everything g you would need for your stay , light airey , second visit . Just what you expect from lakelovers

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Cottage was lovely and in a great location could not ask for better"

    Reviewed by Mark5.0May 2021

  • "The house was the best we ever stayed in!"

    Visitor Book: handy. Little touches that were very thoughtful; foil, sandwich bags, cleaning kit, herbs. Stunning decor and made us sad to come home! Really appreciate all the little touches - very thoughtful!

    Mrs Graddon-SimsAug 2019

  • "Very convenient property where you can walk into Bowness to pubs, bars and shops."

    Also short drive to surrounding towns and villages for walks. Loved it and we will return.

    Mr BellJul 2019

  • "A warm and cosy welcome after an 8 hour drive - just perfect!"

    Lots of lovely, thoughtful touches and a stunning decor (we have come away with lots of ideas for our house renovation!) Thank you Sam & Jackie - clearly so much work goes into Fern Bank Cottage - we will be back!

    G FamilyNov -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.


  • 2 x bedrooms: 1 x super king, 1 x king size, bathroom, wet room
  • Sitting room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On street parking
  • Two small pets welcome
  • Secure storeage for bikes
  • Patio with furniture
  • Small front garden
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub and shop nearby.

The property

Fern Bank Cottage is a stunning property, set in a peaceful location, yet close to the shores of Lake Windermere and the heart of bustling Bowness.

The cottage has been tastefully furnished throughout, with two well sized bedrooms, modern bathroom and luxury slate-tiled wet room.

From the entrance hall, guests will find a charming and cosy sitting room with feature fireplace, superbly comfortable sofa and chairs, TV and bookcase full of games and DVDs.

This is a lovely room in which to relax and unwind.

The dining room doubles as a second reception room, perfect for enjoying a coffee and catch up while planning the next day’s itinerary.

Through to the modern and well-equipped kitchen with access to the courtyard patio, ideal for enjoying a drink before supper.

Nearby Bowness is a lively village offering a wide range of interesting shops, excellent restaurants and charming tea rooms.

For those in search of culture, the Old Laundry Theatre and quirky Royalty Cinema are absolute favourites.

Not far away is Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House and its range of fascinating exhibitions. Take a stroll to the lake and there is plenty to watch and enjoy.

Windermere Lake Cruises depart regularly for Ambleside and Lakeside and there are row boats and power boats to hire.

Not far away is a wonderful car ferry crossing close to Beatrix Potter’s famous Hill Top and the picturesque village of Hawkshead.

Grizedale Forrest is just over the water, extremely popular with walkers and mountain bikers alike.

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter