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Old Droomer

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  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "The location of the property is really quiet but the drive up to the property is ..."

    The location of the property is really quiet but the drive up to the property is very difficult the road needs major attention There's every thing you need when you get there all the home comforts the beds are really comfortable The property needs some attention decorating wise The garden is brilliant loads of space for the kids to run free the pond either needs filling in or filling back up and cleaning Overall our stay was comfortable we enjoyed our holiday

    Reviewed by Alison4.1May 2024

  • "Beautiful property and the garden is lovely ."

    The house is very quaint with a lovely family room. 20 min walk into town and idillyic location. The road to get to the property is single track but less treacherous than it appears . Wonderful property for a multi generation family get together x

    Reviewed by Sally4.4May 2024

  • "Our second stay and wasn’t disappointed, love this area and our walks up and around school knott ❤️ Garden is perfect for a game and kept immaculate by little gardener as we named it !"

    Large living room area is delightful for viewing all manner of wildlife Would definitely recommend and hope to visit again soon

    Reviewed by J4.7May 2024

  • "Beautiful property, we had a fantastic stay!"

    Reviewed by Lillian5.0Apr 2024

  • "Perfect family get away with our dog."

    Fantastic and cosy home from home. Provided a great base for exploring the Lakes and relaxing in the evenings.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Mar 2024

  • "Lovely property and location, very comfortable and well equipped and maintained."

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Feb 2024

  • "We have stayed at the property on two previous occasions and can definately see the decline in the property standard."

    The premises is in definite need of some tlc in general, window cushions were mouldy in some bedrooms and the walls in most rooms were scuffed and needed repainting. The bathroom in the end annex was disgusting and had to be cleaned by us prior to use as was filthy. Also in this bathroom there is no shelf to put your shower items meaning they had to go on the shower floor. The kitchen cold tap lever was completely off when we arrived and my husband had to make attempts to fix it for it to be used during our stay. The crockery provided was also extremely dirty (as if used and put back in the unit!) and all had to be washed prior to use. The tv system in the conservatory living room wasn’t working properly (unable to be turned on/off at times) and the Bose surround sound not working at all. The snug living room tv sound was low even when turned up full. The waste bins were overflowing upon our arrival which i know will be outside of your control. As stated above we have stayed here on two other times and the premises is such a lovely place for our family to gather however as we’ve stayed before it made these gripes all the more noticeable; however must add it wouldn’t stop us staying again.

    Reviewed by Emma2.8Feb 2024

  • "Fabulous week in ‘the old Droomer’ Great walks from the front door which is great not having to use car every day."

    It was such a joy watching the deer in the field at the back and side of the cottage at dawn and dusk, Great enclosed garden for the dog and a great house which is well equipped for your every need. Really recommended

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Jan 2024

  • "Fabulous warm cosy and spacious , lovely location would definitely book again"

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Dec 2023

  • "Lovely property for our stay between Christmas and new year."

    Great location and superb facilities throughout. The extension at the back is a real plus to this property especially for families and bigger groups. Fabulous!!

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Dec 2023

  • "There are a few comments regarding the road access!"

    ! This is a country lane and easily accessible in any vehicle, except low sports car, and the car park will take 4 cars. We had two OAPs in our party and they struggled but managed without hand rails, but strongly advise owners to install something. The real steep staircase leading to a bedroom, my 19 year niece, slipped on her decent and after a visit to the walk in centre, confirmed she had damaged her shoulder. Besides this the Old Droomer is beautiful and very spacious with modern and old mixed together bridging it a truly comfortable home. The owners have done a tremendous job on the extensions, with beautiful gardens and views to admire. We have visited three other properties over the years the week before Christmas and all had a Christmas tree, but the Old Droomer did not, which was disappointing and took away the festive feeling. The location is superb and you will truly enjoy your stay here as we did, and we will hopefully return. Thank you to the owners.

    Reviewed by Christopher4.7Dec 2023

  • "Could do with a deep clean."

    Lots of cobwebs in lounge ,window seats upstairs suffering from condensation,some of glasses in kitchen needing a good clean. Overall a great house in a great location with a lovely garden. Third time we have stayed in house and would stay again.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us at Old Droomer. Thank you for bringing your comments to our attention, we will pass these on to the relevant department. We hope to welcome you again. The owner relations team - Lakelovers Property Owner

    Reviewed by Billie4.1Oct 2023

  • "Really enjoyed this property and surrounding area… everything you need for a quiet peaceful stay."

    . amazing walks and re booked for next year already

    Reviewed by J4.7Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage and gardens with great views."

    It was great to be above Windermere, with views over to Ambleside. Likewise running up to School Knott behind the property was easy and quick. Overall really really enjoyed our stay bar.... The toilets started to smell at the end of the stay, like the sewage was maybe coming up. The robot lawn mower got in the way. Need to have a code to disable and restart. The 0.2 single lane was not made clear in the description well enough. We had big, expensive cars, so it was very stressful to not kerb an alloy, tear a tire or not scratch the paint. If you have something like an X5 you couldn't not make the journey.

    Reviewed by Archie3.8Jun 2023

  • "This is the second time I’ve stayed at old Droomer had a fabulous stay."

    close to nature yet near to the town Had a fantastic relaxing break just perfect in every way

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your 2nd stay. We hope to welcome you again. The Heart of the Lakes Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2023

  • "A lovely cottage with plenty of space and character for a family break in Windemere."

    The accommodation was great albeit better for the shorter amongst us to avoid the beams! The walks form the cottage were easy and in good reach of Bowness and Windemere towns. The lane access was a little narrow but once navigated a couple of times was less daunting. Would happily stay here again

    Thank you for your kind comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Apr 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time at Old Droomer, there was a lot to love about the place and we had a very relaxing stay!"

    The kitchen was well equipped with underfloor heating, modern bathrooms (with great water pressure!) and the beds were very comfortable. Walks from the front door, School Knott behind the house was climbed a few times and had the most stunning views for a short walk! We will definitely return if we were staying in the area again!

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had an amazing stay at Old Droomer."

    We couldn’t have wished for better. Tried to book again for next summer but all booked out unfortunately. We forgot to write in the visitors book before we left! We had a fabulous time in your beautiful cottage. Hope the lawnmower doesn’t get lonely on its own!

    Reviewed by Zellie5.0Oct 2022

  • "This is a difficult one because there are so many conflicting aspects."

    Good points: the garden and the parking area; comprehensive kitchen facilities and equipment (at most other places I've had to take cup and saucer and egg cup); heating arrangements; cleanliness (apart from cobweb on wall between kitchen and garden room); good views and surroundings. Bad points: Garden room seating and dining chairs far too soft (apart from two not at the table) Numerous steps and staircase with no handrail or other support apart from walls - a definite health and safety risk for the elderly or anyone lacking confidence Information pack needs updating - I spent many hours trying to get TV and blue-ray player working together, rang Heart of the lakes who said an engineer would call but didn't, but it was sorted out by the gardener The footpath in front of the cottage means walkers can see you having breakfast Worst of all - the access roads. I thought a previous reviewer might have been exaggerating but I had many nerve-wracking trips to and from Lickbarrow Road. Fear of meeting another car with nowhere to pass, potholes and a blind junction where a passenger needs to get out to check that it's clear.

    Reviewed by Graham3.4May 2022

  • "Old Droomer is without doubt, the best cottage we've ever stayed in in the Lakes."

    We spent most of our week in the cottage, the surrounding views are so beautiful we didn't really feel the need to hike about as much, we just sat in that fabulous sun lounge and admired the surroundings. We'd like to thank the owners for letting us stay there because if this property was ours, we want anyone else to use it.

    Reviewed by Fred5.0Apr 2022

  • "Thank you so much."

    I brought 3 generations of my family to celebrate my wife's 60th. Such a beautiful setting. Can't fault the facilities, views, location, amenities or the weather for a change. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Mar 2022

  • "A wonderful cottage which was warm and welcoming."

    Wonderful showers and baths, comfortable beds. No complaints whatsoever. Will be back for sure!

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Mar 2022

  • "Just back from a week in Old Droomer."

    A stunning house set in a beautiful setting. 15 min walk into windermere town centre. The beds and pillows where amazing, so comfortable the beds. The kitchen was very well equipped. I only have 2 negative and that was the heating in the house was not as warm as we would of like, would b good if there was also a log burner in the new part of the house. Overall it was fab holiday, thank you.

    Reviewed by Paul3.8Feb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in an excellent location, an easy walk into Windemere but far enough away to feel secluded."

    In fact we enjoyed the cottage so much we rebooked.

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Jan 2022

  • "Just returend from a weeks aty at Old Droomer."

    This is a beautiful well equipped cottage. Love the space inside and out. We would revisit the Old Droomer but, the prices have gone up so much I dount it would be for a while.

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Dec 2021

  • "Property was lovely."

    Not as clean as we expected, dog hairs on floors and crumbs inside kitchen pull our cupboards. Unhappy about access to the property and that initially there was no mention of single track roads, just parking for 3 large cars. Only when the directions were sent was there any mention of single track roads. The final road to the property was particularly narrow and is crumbling away at the edge in several places. We were even warned about this road and its deterioration by a friendly local. While we liked the property we would not consider staying again because of the access and would not have chosen this property if this had been made clear at the point of booking. I feel the mention of parking for three large cars without mentioning the single track roads they have to get along is misleading.

    Reviewed by Cindy3.8Nov 2021

  • "Fabulous place!"

    Spotlessly clean, extremely well equipped ( even had a Nespresso machine) and in a perfect location for exploring the lakes. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Denis5.0Sep 2021

  • "A really lovely home clean comfortable and welcoming."

    Beautiful surroundings. Lovely weather and a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Eric4.7May 2021

  • "Beautiful property in a beautiful area, plenty of walks from the doorstep."

    One of the cleanest houses we have stayed in and we have stayed in a lot of places in the Lake District. We loved it!!

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Dec 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.


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite walk-in shower, basin and WC, 1 x king-size, 1 x double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with double-ended bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining area
  • Snug with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with DVD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed garden patio with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at £20 per week
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Note: There are no handrails and steep steps which may not be suitable for guests with lower mobility
  • Note: Property access via a narrow single-track road with some potholes, please drive carefully
  • Note: The loft is access via a ladder staircase

The property

This 17th century chocolate box cottage is situated in a peaceful location on the edge of Windermere village, with lovely views over the surrounding fells and only a short walk into Windermere village.

An ideal base for a family, this retreat offers a comfortable base for eight, whether you plan on simply relaxing or embarking on plenty of Lake District adventures.

The interior of the Old Droomer is filled with a wealth of character features, beamed ceilings, wooden doors and spice cupboards that give it a very traditional feel.

Enter through an outside porch into a hallway with a stone floor, leading off to a cosy snug room where you can curl up beside the fire after a day of rambling the fells.

Carry the conversation into the stunning open-plan living area with oak beams and floor-to-ceiling windows at one end and patio doors to the side.

Move through to the kitchen, its cream painted units and integrated appliances offering all you could need for a self-catered stay, even boasting a dishwasher and washer/dryer for your convenience.

An elegant dining table stands in the living area and is the perfect place to host family meals while watching over the garden for deer who often visit.

Upstairs in the main house there are three bedrooms, one with a king-size bed, one with a double bed with en-suite facilities and a twin, which is ideal for children.

End your day submerged in true relaxation within the beautiful bathroom, hosting both a large oval double-ended bath and a separate walk-in shower so you can choose how best to unwind in the evening.

The fourth bedroom can be found in ‘The Stables’ accessed up a steep staircase and consists of a king-size bed and en-suite shower room, perfect for those who want a private place to sleep.

Outside there is a private parking area for up to three cars, as well as a large, enclosed garden with patio area where you can sit out with a morning coffee and enjoy your scenic, peaceful setting.

From the door there is a network of footpaths awaiting exploration, including the Cumbrian Way and School Knott around the lower Lakeland fells.

Windermere is home to plenty of shops where you can pick up local delicacies and produce or book a table at one of the fine restaurants in the area.

Further afield, the delights of Ambleside, Kendal and Penrith are worth visiting too, with even more opportunities for walking alongside cycling, fishing, golf, horse riding sand so much more!

There is so much to explore around the Old Droomer.

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

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About the location


Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 8.7 miles.

The twin towns of Bowness and Windermere are both vibrant, fun-filled places set within the splendid scenery of the Lake District. Both towns provide a range of amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes whilst Ambleside offers the additional attraction of a boat ride to Bowness, the Lakeside Aquarium and Beatrix Potter's 'Hill Top House' at Sawrey. Grizedale Forest Park is within easy driving distance and is home to a range of activities including many good walks, mountain biking and the 'Go Ape' adventure park. The region also boasts many National Trust properties as well as a variety of water sports for those who prefer a more adrenaline-fuelled trip. Children will enjoy a trip to the 'World of Beatrix Potter' in Bowness whilst the villages of Grasmere, Coniston Water, Kendal, Keswick and the Lakeland Mountains are all within easy reach.

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Note: Due to an open pond in the garden, children should be supervised outside