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The Boundary

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Sykes rating

  • 14 Guests

  • 7 Bedrooms

  • 7 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • great (9)
  • house (8)
  • location (7)
  • family (7)
  • lovely (7)
  • no (6)

16 Customer Reviews

  • "The location was great and we cannot fault the contact we had with the owner."

    It was described as luxury but felt a little tired in places.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry you felt the property was a little tired in places. I will make the owner aware. We hope to welcome you back soon. The owner relations team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gill3.4Apr 2024

  • "Had a lovely stay at the Boundary to celebrate my 60th birthday with family ."

    The accommodation is spacious , heating worked well , bedrooms and bathrooms were marvellous , lounge cosy and kitchen / dining facilities were great for the 14 of us .. Only issue we encountered was a shortage of glasses for the amount of people and the freezer handle was broken , otherwise a thoroughly enjoyable time in a lovely property .

    Reviewed by Graham4.4Mar 2024

  • "Great property 2nd time here and will stay again"

    Reviewed by Dean5.0Feb 2024

  • "Large family weekend away and the property was perfect in terms of everyone having their own room and bathroom, well stocked house (Although we had to purchase a can opener) and the welcome basket was a lovely touch."

    What was a little disappointing was the lack of maintenance to the property. We paid a lot of money for a 3 night stay and would expect that the standard of the property reflected this. Majority of the shower's were faulty in one room a shower door was missing completely. The back door was left open and there was no key to lock it, on contacting the owner there was no resolution and we were told 'its a low crime area'. With small/young children in the property this was not reassuring. Temperature control was an issue, some rooms (dining room and kitchen) were tropical where others were freezing cold (upper floors) and there was no way to address this. The overall maintenance and care for the property was lacking, from damp patches on blinds and window dressings to peeling paint and wall paper, light bulbs missing or not working, limited number of TV's not ideal for a large group of people. Potential to be a fantastic place to stay but more shabby chic than boutique.

    Thank you for your feedback. All of it is gratefully received - both positive and negative. I am sorry you had to purchase a can opener - the kitchen is generally well-stocked as you say but occasionally things disappear or are misplaced. A case in point is that of the missing back door keys! There have always been two (as with the front door) and sometime around Christmas that became one - and then you found they were both missing. This has been rectified now. I completely agree that guests should be able to lock the back door, of course; I just had no way to remedy it during your weekend stay as I could not get there with spares. Lakelovers has a spare front door key but not a back door key. As for the heating issues, I am very sorry the top rooms were cold. I am not sure why this was as all radiators - in reception rooms, bathrooms and bedrooms - have a thermostatic control, like most central heating systems, which guests can use. The tropical nature of the kitchen has now been traced to a malfunctioning thermostat which has now been replaced. The absence of the shower door in the four-poster room's bathroom is deliberate - it is a large walk in shower with a step and the opening makes up only part of one side; the original door was removed many years ago as it was extremely heavy and used to get stuck. I do try to ensure extra shower mats are provided in that bathroom to collect any splashes. As for the TVs - there is one in the downstairs snug, off the kitchen, and one in the sitting room upstairs, as detailed in the listing. They both have Sky Q so guests have sports and cinema on demand. I completely take on board the comments about decorative issues and any non-working lightbulbs. We do work to correct these on an ongoing basis [lightbulbs can of course go at any stage] and we have been working to correct these when we can get in between guest bookings. The next time we will be able to do this will be in the secont half of April, as the house is booked until then, as can be seen from our listing. I hope these issues didn't prevent your having a lovely stay! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rachel4.1Feb 2024

  • "Great facilities and location."

    Perfect for a family get together.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at The Boundary. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely time."

    Location Excellant Garden a bit neglected. Cigarette butts and beer bottles in the garden The Rose bush was pure perfume

    Thank you for your feedback, the owners will see this and be able to review your comments regarding the garden. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and the rose bush. Lakelovers Owner Relations Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rose4.1Jun 2023

  • "Great house for a large family"

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

    Reviewed by Pamela4.7Apr 2023

  • "The Boundary was ideal for our family gathering of teenagers upwards to celebrate a 50th birthday."

    The house was warm and welcoming and homely despite being so spacious. It is the most generously equipped place we have ever rented, especially the kitchen. Superb showers in the en suites! The front outer door was difficult to open and close and this made the entrance hall a bit draughty - otherwise we had no complaints.

    Thank you for your kind comments. We are so glad that you found that house to be welcoming. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by M4.7Jan 2023

  • "Lovely house, perfect for our family gathering."

    Great location between Bowness and Windermere. We found it easy to walk to both centres, even with small children. House is spacious, comfortable and well equipped - we had everything we needed. Thanks to the owners for making it so easy to settle in quickly and enjoy our stay.

    Reviewed by David5.0Dec 2022

  • "Great holiday- will probably book again if the other guests are available"

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a fabulous stay and all thought the house was perfect for large gatherings."

    Most comfortable beds gorgeous bathrooms. Fabulous kitchen the cooker was little temperamental but got hang of it. Drier didn’t seem to work (not going round) Couple of showers cool but plenty of others to share and nothing spoiled our stay these are minor points. Some tlc required only used the lounge last day and under the cushions requires a very good hoovering. One bowl smashed which I left note about and a glass Broke in the dishwasher a spillage on a throw but washed and left on radiator. Would love to return in the future. Regards jo shaw (mother of the bride)

    Reviewed by Josephine4.1Feb 2022

  • "Beautiful, spacious house in good location."

    Perfect home to spend precious time with extended family over the Christmas period. Large kitchen/diner was the heart of the house and where we spent the majority of our time when not out in the fells. Fabulous bedrooms with very comfortable beds, pillows and lovely bedding. Great for everyone to have their own bathroom facilities, especially in these times!

    Reviewed by Kate5.0Dec 2021

  • "Everything,fab location,lovely welcome basket of goodies,very homely property,super comfy beds and high quality bedding and pillows, amazing kitchen where we spent a lot of time sat drinking and chatting around that superb dining table,It was a fantastic week celebrating our 40th anniversary."

    Mrs MouldingNov 2019

  • "A beautiful property in a stunning location."

    Everything we needed to be comfortable plus a lot more

    Mr RichOct 2018

  • "We had a wonderful holiday, made perfect by the weather."

    The Boundary is a beautiful house, full of character. We have absolutely no complaint or grumbles - everything was to our liking! Many thanks

    Gowers, Connolly, Brown & Farnell FamilyMay 2018

  • "We arrived in the rain to spend the rest of the week in sunshine, one getting a lovely tan!"

    ! The house was very comfortable and the house was so large you had ring to find each other. Bedrooms were true to photographs with white fluffy towels, hot roomy showers and great baths enjoyed by all. As there were 4 generations, and each one enjoyed a space in the house. Thank you for the welcome basket, very unexpected. Would love to return again

    Gardiner, Howells & HartleysMay 2018

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  • Seven bedrooms: 2 x super king-size (zip/link can be 2 x twin upon request), 5 x king-size
  • 7 x en-suite bath/shower rooms with basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug
  • Games room.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stoves
  • Electric oven with gas hob, fridge/freezer with ice dispenser, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, boil tap for instant hot water, Sky TV with Sports package, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • High chair available, please bring own cot
  • Patio with furniture and BBQ
  • Private parking for 5 cars
  • One pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 3 min walk
  • Shop 8 min walk
  • Bowness 0.7 miles.

The property

If you’re looking for a luxurious, ‘boutique-hotel’ experience for you and 13 of your favourite people, in the heart of Windermere, with a stylish and chic bedroom & bathroom per couple, you’ve found it.

A magnificent Victorian residence, right on the boundary between Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere on one side, and the village of Windermere itself on the other.

Quality and sophistication give this period house a sleek, chic feel, with monochrome colours, quirky furniture and a fabulous 'wow factor'.

The house's owner, a former journalist and cricket enthusiast, and has the theme running through the house, with the bedrooms named after historical cricket characters.

Park 5 cars right outside (extra parking close by).

Up to the entrance hall to this and two separate reception rooms, both with gorgeous modern wood burners to gather round.

The sociable open plan kitchen with dining area features huge oven for that soiree, an island to gather round and discuss the day ahead, instant Quooker boil tap, large American fridge/freezer and all the usual fittings and equipment.

This opens into a conservatory area, and then onto your terraced patio areas, perfect for a little al-fresco entertaining on warm days.

There’s a fabulous dining table and chairs where everyone can eat and talk together – your own ‘private dining’.

Off this area is what we call the den, with curved comfy sofa and a place to escape, watch Sky Sports or play a game or two!

Upstairs you'll be thrilled by the eclectic choice of bedrooms and bathrooms.

FRY: Something of a raffish feel appropriate to a room named after C.B Fry, the legendary Edwardian cricketer and all-round Renaissance man.

A lofty, spacious with luxurious furnishings including a hand-carved French-style mahogany bed and Venetian glass dressing table.

Bathroom has double basins, large-head shower, separate bath and underfloor heating.

RANJI: Named for C.B Fry's great friend, the Indian prince Sir K.S Ranjitsinhji.

A lovely, romantic, room at the front of the house, with views to Claife Heights, flamingo-strewn wallpaper, slightly rococo furniture, double-ended bath in the room and separate walk-in shower with underfloor heating.

Hobbs: The original master bedroom of the house, named for the master batsman Jack Hobbs.

Spacious with views towards Claife Heights and just a glimpse of Windermere in winter.

Hand-painted furniture, including the king-sized four-poster bed.

The lordly bathroom has a two-person walk-in grohe rain shower, lovely Victoria & Albert free-standing bath and underfloor heating.

MACLAREN: A spacious room with wooden shutters to bedroom and bathroom windows - perfect for late risers.

Named for A.C MacLaren, England captain & Lancashire legend.

An elegant colour scheme, in shades of grey and blue, with Venetian glass dressing table and full-length mirror and a zip-and-link super king-size bed.

The bathroom has underfloor heating, double washbasins and a digital remote control for the shower.

BARNES: Named for the cantankerous S.F Barnes, the great Staffordshire bowler.

A ground floor room with easy access to the living areas.

A light, airy room with funky bathroom including large Kudos/aqualisa digital walk-in shower, separate bath, double basins and underfloor heating.

CARDUS: Named after Neville Cardus: the father of modern cricket writing and also a legendary music journalist.

A ground floor room also with easy access to the living quarters.

Light and airy, and featuring a roll top bath in the bedroom and separate shower room.

GRACE: A bright airy room with original sash window, named for the most famous, notorious cricketer of the Victorian/Edwardian era.

Ground floor, close to the kitchen, zip/link super king-size.

This room has a separate bathroom right next door with bath and shower over.

Please note this bathroom doubles as the lower floor bathroom for general use by all guests.

Windermere village is a lovely place to make yourself at home, with lazy cafes for breakfast, plenty of shops for stocking up the kitchen, traditional Lake District pubs and several restaurants to choose from.

A number of superb walks begin nearby, including the easy ascent of Orrest Head which promises spectacular views of Lake Windermere from the top.

Bowness village sits on the eastern shores of Lake Windermere.

Access to the lake is only a few minutes' stroll from the village centre at Bowness Bay, where hire boats come and go, and Windermere Lake Cruises depart regularly to both Ambleside and Lakeside.

A great way to explore without driving!

Looking for somewhere to eat and drink, Bowness has a great choice from top quality pubs, coffee shops and wine bars and with everything from cafes and bistros to fine dining restaurants, there's something to please everyone.

Bowness also has a mainstream cinema, and the Old Laundry Theatre offers an interesting programme of performances.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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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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5 bedrooms have goose feather duvets - 2 are synthetic.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season