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  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Highchair available
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Booked this property via the FBA website as it's an organisation I like to support."

    The apartment is in a fantastic location with the added super bonus of being able to launch my paddleboard straight from the apartment onto Windermere. Will definitely be booking this apartment again. We left the windows open on the morning of our departure as when we arrived all the windows were closed and there was a strange smell downstairs, not sure if it was from the drains or due to the work that had been carried out previous to our stay. Ps the arrival hamper was a nice touch, thank you.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Jun 2024

  • "Our lifeline to the east bank and the towns was cut off."

    No one informed us or other guests that the ferry was out of action for months. This meant I could not use a disability scooter I had ordered because we could not get to Kendall. Our dog and myself drank the tap water and both of us came down with a stomach upset. Mine severe enough to last for 6 days. We packed up and came home a day early because I felt so ill. A real shame because we stayed in the same apartment last October and it was wonderful. Never again. Sorry.

    Dear Mr Miller I am sorry to note that during your stay you were ill. The water supply to Gilson is a regularly tested private supply which services all the seven Mitchell Whyke Bay holiday cottages and the fourteen apartments in Ferry House. No other parties have reported illness during the period of your stay so the cause of your illness lies elsewhere. Unfortunately, the ferry was undergoing essential maintenance work and unfortunately had to close. We do ask that our guests check the ferry timetable before travelling, in case it is not running, we do send this request out with the directions alongside the website address to check against. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cliff3.8May 2024

  • "We had a lovely brew days at Gilsonite cottage and would definitely go back there"

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Feb 2024

  • "We were booked to stay in frost which we chose because of its particular facilities and memories of past stays and did so for the first day."

    The second day - Saturday the heating broke when on the Monday we eventually contacted the owners. They seemed to know that the accommodation had a heating fault. We were moved - but we had to do it all ourselves, food, clothes etc etc. we were offered no help and it took at least most of the day from our stay. Not even a new welcome pack or indeed a part of one. Very disappointing - the size of the bed in the Gilson is smaller than that in Frost - nor is there a bath,

    Thank you for your feedback. Please note that issues relating to your original property do not reflect Gilson. As these properties are self-catering, welcome packs are not provided as standard. When guests are rehoused we do provide guests the full information on proposed properties. We suggested Gilson as it is within the same complex as your original property so would have minimal disruption to your stay. We are sorry that you did not find it suitable. Lakelovers Owner Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Wayne2.8Nov 2023

  • "We arrived at our accommodation to find that it was spotless."

    A beautiful hamper of goodies was left for us and the table set with crockery and glasses, all ready for us. Everything that could be done, was done for our comfort and enjoyment. I would highly recommend this company. We had a wonderful stay. Thank You.

    Reviewed by Cliff5.0Oct 2023

  • "A nice comfortable property in a quiet location."

    Easy access to Bowness via ferry (but if you go on foot you could be stranded on wrong side of the lake in adverse conditions. It stops if too windy). Did not have any problems with ferry traffic blocking the car parking as previous comments suggested - probably because our stay was mid September. All-in-all a nice break at Far Sawrey.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Sep 2023

  • "The place was lovely , but sofa too small , after a long days walking you need to stretch out … bigger sofa needed or large foot stool… comfortable bed but found the pillows uncomfortable."

    Light came in from the front door into the bedroom … so awake too early ..But over all a lovely place to stay very peaceful at the back. We were lucky as ferry not running most days . Would recommend this property.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed the property. We do find that bedding, pillows and sofas are down to personal preference. We take your comments on board. The Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jackie3.4May 2023

  • "We enjoyed our weeks stay, loved the location , can't think of any where else on the Lake that your balcony is only 4 feet away from the Lakes - brilliant."

    Only thing we found that a 13.5 tog duvet in summer was too hot and heavy. Also I know it's not the FBA's fault but the (keep clear ) road markings have have faded on the road , as a result you have a crodile que of cars with their engines switched off blocking our allocated parking space off ( not just ours the other 5 cottages as well. A few of the cars were empty(owners having refreshments by Ferry house - so there was no one to ask to move their car. Coming back to park the car was just as bad .We had to wait in the queue for 20 minutes to turn into our space, there was no other way. Just an idea couldn't a FBA staff member buy a can of white maisonery paint and after 10 pm when the last ferry has run - they will be no cars on the road and they could repaint the markings. That could solve the problem as in summer the queue will be longer!

    Thankyou for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We will pass your comments on. We hope to welcome you again soon. The owner relations team - Lakes Cottage Holidays Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian4.1May 2023

  • "Really easy checking in process, once we arrived opened the door to clean smelling apartment."

    Lovely welcome hamper on arrival. Over all cleanliness was good, no sign of any dogs being there previously. Only thing I would say is the rug in the living area could do with being change as it did look quite dirty, a darker colour would probably be best. There were all the things you would need in kitchen area including dishwasher and washing machine tabs. Location was great, ferry ran from about 8/8.30am up until 10pm every night which you can take your car on for prices from £2 pp to £4.40 per standard car. I would say this apartment is great for any one who does mind exploring places aren’t right on your doorstep but very easy to get to. Lovely walks short distance from apartment which didn’t need ferry to get to. Over all great stay and would definitely go back.

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay, and the location. We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you back. The Lakes Cottage Holidays Owner Relations Team. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hannah4.4Apr 2023

  • "Other than an issue with the heating and hot water on the Monday morning, )which was rectified within an hour of contacting the estate services), the Gilson apartment is perfectly fine for a week's vacation."

    The view from the balcony looking out over small boats anchored is very relaxing. The ferry is only 100 metres from the apartment and there is a wonderful walk that goes to Wray castle. For us it was the perfect place to relax. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Mar 2023

  • "We stayed here for a long weekend, it's a bit run down needs loads a jobs needed doing as there was a cracks on wall broken tiles ceiling looks as if its had a water leak it wasn't worth the price."

    It's in a nice location and plenty of walks, left the car at the cottage and got the lovely ferry to Bowness-on-Windermere. Wife was happy looking out to the lovely view. In the cottage we couldn't get the dishwasher on and the instructions where for a different machine , the shower wasn't powerful . We will it these jobs get done. We left the cottage really clean, better than it was.

    Reviewed by Paul3.8Mar 2023

  • "Nice property although not realistically within safe walking distance of the pubs."

    unfortunately our stay was slightly spoiled by an issue with the central heating. The sykes office staff were very helpful however the maintenance staff were slow dealing with the heating issue. apart from this and the odd cracked tile . we had an enjoyable break that is ideal for easy to Bo'ness.and has lovely scenery.

    Reviewed by Jeffrey3.1Jan 2023

  • "This is our 5th time staying in this block of apartments and we can’t recommended it highly enough."

    This time we brought 2 friends who stayed in one too and no surprises they loved it as much as we do.

    Reviewed by Annamarie5.0Oct 2022

  • "A perfect base ."

    Reviewed by Rex5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely apartment with stunning views."

    A little smaller than we thought, but was perfect for us and two springer spaniels. The adjoining door to Frost was perfect as we were on holiday with my son, daughter in law and 3 month old grandson, and it mad it easier to get to each other. We didn't find the closeness to the ferry a problem at all. Found some great walks and swims, for the dogs , although had to be careful where in Windermere due to blue green algae. Will definitely consider coming back in the future.

    Reviewed by Cavan4.4Sep 2022

  • "This is our fourth visit to these cottages so clearly we enjoy them."

    Always clean, always comfortable. Once the ferry stops, after 10pm you can feel a little isolated as it is a drive to find civilisation. We love that but it may not be for all. Remember, the ferry costs every time you use it, there and back and all car parks charge so it can get costly. Minor concern with the low shower pressure but you can live with that. If the above does not bother you then this really is cosy perfection.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Sep 2022

  • "We stayed at Lund a few years ago and had similar problems then as we did this time, “Parking”."

    Unfortunately people who queue for the ferry disregard the faded keep clear signs on the road, so prevent visitors who are staying in the various properties from getting parked. Our property “Gilson” was a little tired, the whole place could do with a lick of paint, the extractor fan in the bathroom didn’t work and one of the floor tiles on the bathroom floor was cracked. The view from the veranda would of been better if the tree obscuring the view had been cut back.

    Reviewed by David3.4Aug 2022

  • "The accommodation was perfect for us."

    Everything we needed was provided. The location was central to all that we wished to explore, we simply parked up and walked. The ferry gave excellent access to Bowness where we found good pubs and shopping and boats to make visits further afield. The walk to Hill-top is particularly attractive and clearly sign-posted. Perfect weather made long evenings and early mornings on the balcony both delightful and very peaceful.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Aug 2022

  • "A beautiful cottage in a perfect location just yards away from Ferry port."

    Accommodation had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay. Would certainly recommend. Five star choice!

    Reviewed by Tracy4.7Jul 2022

  • "An excellent cottage,loved the position it was in so peaceful and picturesque,"

    Reviewed by Arthur5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely property in a beautiful setting."

    Had a lovely week and having the ferry to Bo’ness on the doorstep was great, with regular crossings. The feathered visitors to the balcony were lovely to watch. The property lived up to our expectations and we would recommend it to anyone. We shall return to Gilson, thank you Sykes and the property owners for providing such a beautiful place to relax in.

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2022

  • "Farers coffee was fabulous."

    A few more sachets would have been good.

    Reviewed by Rudradeep5.0Dec 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in fantastic location right on the edge of Lake Windermere so has fantastic views."

    Also, loads of nice walks nearby. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Oct 2021

  • "Our second stay in Gilson (Oct 2019 & Oct 2021) and 3rd at these FBA properties (Frost Oct 2020)."

    Asa with previous stays everting was as expected, clean, tidy, well appointed and with great relaxing views out over Windermere (Mitchel Wyke Bay). The weather did not stop us getting out and enjoying the local area, with great walks to be had direct from the property as well as easy access to the ferry. The property is very warm and cosy and ideal for us as a couple with our dog. We will definitely be back again next year to enjoy all that the Lake District and in particular the western shore of Windermere has to offer.

    Reviewed by Lawrence5.0Oct 2021

  • "Our 3rd stay at Gilson, a lovely cottage in a peaceful setting far enough away but within easy reach of the "madding crowd" of Bowness."

    It must be said that on this occasion we were a little disappointed to find the cottage was looking a little "tired" and in need of some tlc, grouting & sealant in the bathe is in need of replacing, paintwork is in need of freshening up, only one flush button on the toilet cistern working, all of this work, I feel, could have been carried out during the lock down period of 2020, the noticeable lack of maintenance certainly doesn't warrant a 30% increase in cost for 2022, so for us, a change of location unfortunately

    Reviewed by Colin3.8Sep 2021

  • "The overall cleanliness was poor the bowl in the sink and drainer was dirty, there were cobwebs on ceiling, under the bed was filthy, tile outside shower unit broken, sliding doors on wardrobe kept slipping off track."

    In view of COVID and price paid this was less than acceptable.

    Reviewed by Gerard and Elaine2.8Jul 2021

  • "The location was amazing, apartment was just perfect, we had a problem with the boiler but was fixed promptly and had a lovely hamper delivered to us for the inconvenience."

    I would hugely recommend staying here, everything about this holiday was just amazing, from the views, to the location, to the stay. We will be back very soon!

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely quality accommodation, set in a beautiful area of the lakes, close to the hustle and bustle of Bowness but far enough away to be peaceful and relaxing."

    Enjoyed the company of the swans and ducks for breakfast.

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Jun 2021

  • "Impressed with everything, in particular the response when contacting your office re a poorly table, I think it was Dawn but it was repaired/replaced with minimum of fuss, it is the little things that matter."

    Thank you. PS can you get the keep clear sign outside re painted or make it a yellow box Tim Waterhouse

    Reviewed by Tim4.7Jun 2021

  • "Accommodation was roomy, airy and well appointed."

    Lovely views. The starter pack of tea, coffee, shampoo etc was a real bonus. Highly recommend the hot chocolate and flapjack at the coffee hut by the ferry. Interesting to watch the Windermere ferry live webcam feed.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Jun 2021

  • "Property situated in an idyllic location at the side of the lake and also a minute’s walk to the Ferry."

    We didn’t use the car hardly at all as we were close to Hill Top and had access to lots of wonderful walks. We would certainly return to the property.

    Reviewed by Marjorie4.7May 2021

  • "Excellent location-lots of beautiful walks from the door."

    Only 30 mins walking to the pub. Accommodation really good.

    Reviewed by John4.7May 2021

  • "Loved staying at Gilson and area of Far Sawrey."

    However we felt the tile flooring downstairs needed a good steam clean. There were a few old coffee stains that probably just washing didn’t get out. But we love the views from the cottage and the cottage itself. Would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Apr 2021

  • "My girlfriend and I could not have been happier with our Sykes Cottage, Gilson."

    It exceeded our expectations and was even nicer in person than in the websites pictures. Nice additional touches were the handbook covering all parts of the property and its appliances; and the Lake District guidebook which gave a huge range of suggestions for things to do and places to see. I would 10/10 recommend Sykes and this property for anyone looking to book.

    Reviewed by Dominic5.0Dec 2020

  • "Considering what is going on at the moment, cleanliness is one of the things at the top of most people's lists regarding holidays."

    Finding a used cotton bud on the bedroom windowsill did not give me confidence in the level of cleaning carried out at the property. Also the frying pan was completely burnt out and almost unusable. I emailed Sykes the day we arrived with these matters, didnt hear anything, just rang them today, 10 days later, 3 days back home. The person i spoke to was very helpful and said they had been in touch with the owners and hadnt heard back from them yet. I completely understand how busy Sykes must have been as lockdown started while we were away. I'm unable to think of an excuse for the owners however. Shame...the location is outstanding. We stayed in this cottage 3 years in a row and would definitely have gone back if things had been dealt with better. Up your game with the cleaning, maybe you're not giving your cleaners long enough to clean property. I do that job myself so i know how hard it is.

    Reviewed by Katherine2.5Oct 2020

  • "Excellent property with all the comforts of home The bed was very comfortable and the furniture was modern and up to date No trouble with the shower or the door locks Only problem - I was tempted to buy a pot of white paint to update the KEEP CLEAR sign on the road Note: Blue Badge holders travel free on the ferry - saved us a lot of money!"

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Aug 2020

  • "The accommodation was lovely."

    Didn't realise the stairs to the bedroom would be so steep so we were glad we left our elderly dog at home. Unfortunately there was a problem with the hot water whilst we were there and had to have cold showers on 3 occasions during the week. This did put a bit of a damper on our stay. We also had an issue with security whilst we were there, where the front door was open when we got back after a day out. We definitely locked it before we left. Even after a call to the office, this could not be explained and they didn't seem that concerned. Obviously, we were unsettled and had a sleepless night. Small hamper box was a nice touch.

    Reviewed by Simon3.8Aug 2020

  • "The view from the balcony was not what we expected - it was just a small inlet rather than Windermere lake."

    It was also obstructed by trees. Being so close to the ferry meant that access to the parking was difficult or impossible at busy times.

    Reviewed by Mel3.8Aug 2020

  • "Great location and excellent accommodation/facilities."

    Will be returning

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely setting and great base for weekend trip."

    Would definitely recommend to others and will be looking to use again, hopefully in better weather this time. Thank you.

    Reviewed by James5.0Feb 2020

  • "Really lovely, clean cottage."

    Everything we needed for myself, my fiancée and our Labrador. A great base for a fantastic few days. Thank you - we hope to be back!

    Reviewed by Rachel4.7Nov 2019

  • "It's location is fantastic, really beautiful and very convenient for the ferry."

    It's a very comfortable cottage, and very spacious for a 2 person accommodation. Kitchen is pretty well kitted out. My only negative point would be that the walls could do with freshening up but we are right at the end of the season so of course that's to be expected. We have rebooked again for next year, it will be our 3rd stay at that cottage.

    Reviewed by Katherine5.0Nov 2019

  • "Gilson is a fantastic cottage in a great location with lake views to wake up to every morning and great walks straight from the cottage and easy access to the falls."

    Accomodatiin was perfect for two plus dog, with excellent facilities and very warm and cosy. Dedicated parking was great and the proximity of the ferry was not an issue.

    Reviewed by Lawrence5.0Oct 2019

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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.


  • One king-size double bedroom
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen,Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer, dishwasher, Dining area and sitting area with balcony.
  • Biomass central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair to be requested 14 days prior to arrival and are subject to availability - cot linens are not provided
  • Allocated roadside parking for 1 car
  • Balcony
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles via ferry and Hawkshead – 4 miles, pub 1 mile
  • Note: Children must be supervised at all times due to balcony
  • Note: This property has an interconnecting door to Ref 1024709, the door will remain locked during your stay unless booking both properties and requested otherwise at least 14 days prior to your arrival
  • 4pm check in
  • Please note: This property have a good house keeping bond of £75 from 15/02/19 . Pick-up and drop-off ferry point situated approx 100 yards away
  • During seasonal peaks the ferry service may be in high demand due to its popularity
  • Please note that Sykes are not responsible for the council ferry changes to service, times, and closures
  • The Windermere car ferry service can be affected by extreme weather conditions. By booking this property, you are automatically enrolled as a member of the Freshwater Biological Association for the duration of your stay

The property

A quality end-terrace cottage, at Mitchell Wyke Bay, with private balcony overlooking the superb Windermere.

Named after Hugh Gilson, a former FBA Director, known for his contribution to the association, this wonderful cottage has an open plan living area, delightful bedroom and bathroom, all set in peaceful surroundings.

An ideal romantic base for a relaxing holiday.

About the owner - Founded in 1929, The Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) is a thriving membership association, independent scientific organisation and a registered charity.

The FBA promote freshwater science through a number of ways, such as innovative research, science projects, training courses and workshops, maintained specialist scientific facilities, national and international scientific meetings and publications.

By booking this property, you are automatically enrolled as a member of the Freshwater Biological Association for the duration of your stay.

Your membership entitles you to discounts on training courses and publications and gives access to the FBA’s extensive Freshwater Library. Note: This cottage can be booked with Refs. 1024721, 1024713, 1024703, 1024718, 1024714 and 1024709 - together they sleep 18..

Mitchell Wyke Bay

This lovely set of seven cottages rest in the village of Far Sawrey, close to Hawkshead and Bowness. Each wrapped in views of a beautiful lake; the scenery can be admired from the comfort of your holiday home, as you relax in style. Boasting open plan living areas, you can look forward to evening meals after the sun sets, or simply enjoy some quiet time with your loved ones. All cottages benefit from a well-equipped kitchen and a lovely seating arrangement, so you can socialise from morning through to evening, discussing your up and coming adventures. To be at one with the views, wander outside onto the balcony, perhaps with a refreshing drink to start the day off well. The beautiful bedrooms offer a peaceful sleeping environment, and a shower room completes the accommodation. If you are looking for extra space, or hoping to bring along additional guests, Lund Cottage has three bedrooms with en-suites, and a woodburner to enhance those cosy evenings. You are sure to be impressed wherever you choose to stay. There is something for everyone in this wonderful location with the village of Far Sawrey housing a pub/restaurant, and Bowness, with shops, restaurants and leisure facilities; just a short distance across the lake by ferry. Watersports are close at hand on Windermere, along with Lake Cruises and the majestic Wray Castle to admire. Of course plenty of walking opportunities are nearby, with an abundance of scenic attractions, for an all-round memorable getaway. An excellent group of cottages for a peaceful holiday experience.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £75.

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About the location


Hawkshead 3.9 miles; Bowness (via ferry) 1.5 miles.

The village of Far Sawrey has a pub/restaurant, whilst Bowness, with all its shops, restaurants and leisure facilities, is just a short distance across the lake by ferry. Also close by is ‘Hill Top’, once the home of Beatrix Potter, and Hawkshead with its picturesque 17th century cottages. Footpaths lead from the grounds to the village and Claife Heights - a noted beauty spot of forests and tarns. Watersports are close at hand on Windermere, along with Lake Cruises and the majestic Wray Castle to admire. Fishing can be enjoyed on nearby Esthwaite Water and, of course, fell walking.

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Please note: This property have a good house keeping bond of £75
Please note: This property has a check in time of 4pm

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