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Tarn Lodge

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Bowness-On-Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Hot tub
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely 5*."

    A little hidden gem. The property is comfortable, clean, well equipped and in a beautiful setting just a few minutes drive away from Bowness. Gorgeous views over the Tarn, and daily visits from the ducks! Sarah is very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. Would recommend 100%.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to send your feedback. The Oaks Team really appreciates seeing these comments and that you have had such a great stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Dec 2023

  • "Perfect location for the family we will be definitely coming back ."

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Oct 2023

  • "Fantastic property with exceptional facilities."

    Thank you for taking the time to send this and The Oaks Team really appreciates hearing that our guests have enjoyed their stay with us and hope to see you return in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Iain5.0Sep 2023

  • "The Lodge was just what I hoped for."

    Good location, comfortable, clean, well equipped

    Thank you so much for taking the time to send this and we aim to make your stay as comfortable as we can. We hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Deirdre5.0Sep 2023

  • "The advert is misleading."

    This isn't a private, quiet, holiday location. It's overlooked by four other properties. We had to listen to drunken idiots most evenings (it felt like a budget holiday park). The people who carry out the daily checks on the hot tub don't access it from the rear of the property (??!!), they bimble directly across the front, looking straight into the living room. A guy on a tractor turned up to mow our lawn, whilst we were trying to grab some sun and get a baby to sleep at lunchtime on our last day. The rear of the property is an absolute mess of metal fencing, as they're clearly building something. The garden furniture on the decking is very old/shoddy. One of the chairs stained my wife's t-shirt with rust. Despite the fact they have Sky at the property, they don't subscribe to any channels. As a result, on the days we were housebound, due to the weather, we couldn't even watch TV. The single beds are absolutely TINY. They're meant for children, so don't make the same mistake as us and assume that adults could sleep in them. I was insulted that after the week we had, and amount it cost, they had the audacity to leave a note instructing us to strip all the beds on the way out. I could go on, but I've made my point. I was not at all impressed considering I paid £2500 to stay at the property. It wasn't private, it wasn't relaxing, it wasn't worth the money. The owners need to be HONEST in their advertising and charge a lot less for what felt like a Butlins at times. We wouldn't stay there again if it was free.

    Thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback. We take real pride in offering our guests a great service and we are always here to assist with any concerns. Had you notified us of these points during your stay, one of our team would have been very happy to address them for you. Sadly, we weren’t given the opportunity to assist on this occasion. Tarn Lodge is set back on a hill, with trees and shrubs providing privacy from neighbouring properties, which are 20m away. Our Site Manager checks all the hot tubs daily for health and safety purposes, including the surrounding areas, which includes decking on some properties, and staff are always mindful of guest’s privacy. Our lovely grounds are well maintained, and we always try to complete any tasks with minimal disruption to our guests. Garden furniture and decking is open to the elements, but we do check them regularly and re-treat where needed. No building work has taken place and we have nothing planned. The lodge isn’t advertised as having Sky, but we do have a smart TV with access to regular TV channels plus Netflix, Amazon Prime etc, if you have subscribed to these, which is usual practice for self-catering accommodation. The bed mentioned has a zip and link mattress which splits to 2 singles from a king size; this is a standard adult size. The removal of the bed linen on departure is a request to enable the housekeeping team to focus on keeping the properties spotlessly clean, but it is just a polite request and not at all compulsory. We’re delighted that previous guests at Tarn Lodge have awarded us a score of 4.8 and rated us as ‘Outstanding’. We take great pride in our customer care and service to our guests and would have been more than happy to have discussed any concerns that you had during your stay. We do hope these points didn’t impact your stay and that you had a great holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joseph2.5Aug 2023

  • "Beautiful lodge in a lovely setting."

    However, we were concerned that the Plug in Air Freshener in the hall had been left switched on, it was completely empty and on removal very hot. As reported in the press these air fresheners are fire hazards when left switched on when empty !!!!! After unplugging it we removed the refills so hopefully it will not get used until new refills have been added.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to send this. The Oaks Team really appreciates hearing that our guests have had such a great stay and thank you for mentioning the plug in and switching it off. We usually do check these and we have replaced this refill. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Aug 2023

  • "We had the most wonderful stay this is our second year staying in this property and we just can't fault it."

    The garden is amazing and the children spent so much time playing on it the lodge is so well equipped with everything you could possibly need for a week away and it's in a great location too not far from Bowness. It's lovely to sit in the hot tub in the evenings. We will definitely be back again.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to send this. The Oaks Team really appreciates hearing that our guests have had such a great time and to hear you had such an enjoyable holiday at the Lodge. We try to think of all useful equipment and supplies to help you relax and enjoy your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2023

  • "The lodge was spotless and had everything we needed for a week long stay."

    Beautiful and peaceful location but still an easy walk in to Bowness. Will definitely be coming back!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to send this. The Oaks Team really appreciates hearing that our guests have had such a great time and to hear you how much you enjoyed staying at the Lodge. We look forward to seeing you again! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Apr 2023

  • "Fantastic place and location."

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Feb 2023

  • "Very impressive location and accommodation."

    Well equipped kitchen and loved the log burning fire. Clean and was perfect for our holiday.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Jan 2023

  • "We absolutely loved the lodge and thought it comfortable and well stocked."

    As the weather was cold the log fire was an absolute bonus. We saw plenty of wild life including deer in front of the lodge, rabbits, bird of prey and numerous pheasants. Whilst it is not completely isolated we were not disturbed by neighbouring properties at all. Whilst the walk into Bowness was doable, not all our party could manage the uphill walk back. That might be worth a mention ( or I could have just missed it !). We would love to go back.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Nov 2022

  • "Had a great stay at Tarn Lodge."

    It had everything you would need for a comfortable stay. Great to listen to the birds in the morning. The only thing I can mention as a negative is we were there for a week and on the Friday to Monday there were groups in the cottages at the side. On two of the nights it sounded like they were having a rave. This is more inconsiderate people than the owners fault.

    Reviewed by Kimberley4.4Nov 2022

  • "Fab lodge , every thing you might need , great quality bedding , well equipped kitchen and fantastic hot tub."

    Only minor moans really , couldn’t get Netflix etc to work , kept telling us no internet connection . Pictures don’t show the row of cottages and view of their hot tubs to the left of the property , should imagine quite noisy when fully booked as we could clearly hear people when sat on our terrace. The final thing which prevented us booking again for next year is what looks like future building above and behind the lodge , such a shame .

    Reviewed by Valerie4.7Sep 2022

  • "Superb lodge in beautiful surroundings and lovely quiet setting."

    We loved the daily visits from the ducks! Really well equipped, clean and comfortable. Things were provided which we wouldn’t have expected such as soap, dishwasher tablets, tea bags and coffee. It was a nice touch that Grasmere gingerbread had been left for us on our arrival. Hot tub was amazing, really relaxing and enjoyable after a day spent walking. Great location for exploring the Lake District. Couldn’t fault it in any way.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Aug 2022

  • "A delightfully located modern holiday lodge that is very well equipped for five people sharing."

    The main kitchen/diner/sitting area is comfortable and well laid out, which makes catering easy. The bedrooms were spacious with plenty of storage. The bath and shower rooms were modern and clean. Plenty of birdlife around for those interested in nature and we were able to watch the tribulations of the mother ducks trying to raise their families of very cute ducklings, despite the depredations of the local buzzards. Overall, one of the nicest lodges we have ever rented.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent holiday, lodge is top notch."

    However, if I had a criticism the Wi-Fi could be improved. At times it was painfully slow - I’m guessing the Wi-Fi was being shared with the other accommodations adjacent to the lodge.

    Reviewed by dianne5.0Jul 2022

  • "We had an excellent stay at Tarn Lodge and have recommended to family and friends."

    Martin was brilliant and couldn't do enough for us - and always with a smile and a nod. This lodge was honestly amazing and everything within it was done to such a high standard - no skimping took place with this property! Due to the hot weather, two small things did occur to us as possible additions for next summer. One would be an overhead light above the dining table and the other would be to add an awning across some of the decking area to allow some shade on the hot days. Many many thanks for this lodge. It was absolutely wonderful.

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2022

  • "An excellent holiday and a great lodge."

    Will definitely return

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jul 2022

  • "A very clean, well located and spacious property."

    Everything you need is there plus a hot tub!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2022

  • "We had a brilliant stay in tarn lodge."

    The accomodation is beautiful and well kept. We loved the garden lots of space for the kids to run around and nice and close to local amenities in bowness. We have already booked for the same time next year!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0May 2022

  • "An exceptional lodge to stay in - had everything we need for a weekend away."

    Definitely looking to return!

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Apr 2022

  • "The lodge was immaculately clean and was in a beautiful location."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jan 2022

  • "Absolute gem of a property."

    Perfectly positioned for visiting the lakes but away from the hustle and bustle. Beautiful, comfortable and well equipped lodge in stunning surroundings. Couldn’t ask for more. Can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Dec 2021

  • "This is our second visit to Tarn Lodge after an amazing visit in 2020."

    It's fair to say 2021 was just as amazing! We love this place, a real home from home that allows you to completely relax. Your close enough to Bowness to enjoy the hustle and bustle yet far enough away to enjoy peace and quiet in the fabulous grounds of The Oaks estate. Our daily morning visit from the local ducks was a real treat and my daughter loved feeding them. We are already looking at returning for 2022! I would highly recommend this place to anyone!

    Reviewed by Brett5.0Sep 2021

  • "The lodge it was very clean and raily nice i will be going back its a lovely lodge"

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Aug 2021

  • "A very High end Lodge, in a peaceful setting."

    Beautifully furnished and decorated. Very comfortable beds. Lovely hot tub overlooking a small duck pond.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Jul 2021

  • "We have just come back from our break in the Lake District and it was perfect!"

    Tarn Lodge is absolutely stunning in a fantastic location. We had everything we needed and more. Very helpful instructions, easy check in and out. The lodge was spotless and fantastically laid out. We will 100% be booking again for another lovely Lake District holiday for our family.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Jul 2021

  • "We booked this holiday for a restful chilled break, it did not disappoint."

    The lodge is close enough to Bowness to walk into but far enough out of the town to feel like we were away from everything! Beautiful setting in peaceful surroundings. The lodge was very comfortable and spotlessly clean with particular attention to covid guidelines. The arrival pack was very welcome. We will definitely book again

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Apr 2021

  • "Beautiful tranquil location close to many lovely walks and places to visit."

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Apr 2021

  • "I booked this lodge after my wife found it online searching for a 'staycation' given everything that's going on at the moment and what a find this was!"

    A truly stunning lodge that has everything you need to create a home from home. The hot tub was certainly an added bonus allowing us to relax after a day in Bowness or experiencing some of the local walks and attractions. The lodge has gorgeous views over looking the pond and a fabulous decking area to enjoy the sunsets. We had an amazing week and shed a few tears when we had to leave! We willl be back :)

    Reviewed by Brett5.0Sep 2020

  • "I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Tarn Lodge."

    The property was well equipped and even contained items that were not listed to be included, so it exceeded our expectations. We were provided with a Guest Information Book prior to our stay and this was very useful to us throughout our stay - it had information about the local amenities as well as walking trails, taxi numbers with discount codes and recommendations. The property itself was very clean and the view over the lake was beautiful. I would highly recommend the Lodge for family and friends to stay in and I would also visit again!

    Reviewed by Aaran5.0Sep 2020

  • "We were kept waiting for details of voucher/refund due to Covid."

    Not acceptable. Our original holiday date was in June but we had to move to September which we weren't very pleased about. After first use of hot tub my adult daughter developed a severe rash. This concerned us very much. Disappointingly we did not use the hot tub again ? because of the use of certain chemicals. This had never happened before to her having used one many many times. The rash has still not disappeared completely a week later. However, lodge (except hot tub) was lovely and very comfortable. All very modern and exceptionally clean with Covid instructions etc. It was in a very nice position near a pond but you do need a car to get around.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2020

  • "Fabulous property and really enjoyed our week there ."

    Very relaxing , couple of wishes would be a television in master bedroom , a parasol for the decking area and an awning for the hot tub , other than that it’s perfect!

    Reviewed by Lucy4.7Aug 2020

  • "Lovely lodge."

    Really nicely designed and built lodge with tasteful decor throughout. Pleasing view of pond, but watch out for the hotel guests (next door) who row boats on the pond - they can see directly into your property. Ducks come and visit, but don't stay to annoy. Quality hot-tub, neatly hidden out of view of other guests; watch shooting stars and milk way on a clear night. Great appliances; of special note is the oven - it's big and fast and accurate cooking; kettle also very fast. Some utensils that the lodge could have benefited from include, Pizza slicer, Ice cream scoop, sieve; but otherwise well equipped. Comfortable beds, but if you / your kids wake with daylight, be ware that the daylight gets in due to the curtains position - bring your own black-out blinds or use a towel to cover the window(s). Also be aware that the other guest lodges (which are perpendicular to this lodge) look directly on to your decking and outdoor table & chairs - and as a consequence of their position relative to yours, the sound from them carries straight to your lodge; we found this a little more intrusive than it should be, which might be mitigated by putting up trees to break the sound carrying. Other things to note is that there is no outdoor storage attached to your lodge for things like bikes - it would have benefited from secure bike storage. Finally note that there is building (construction) taking place of an additional four lodges immediately above this one - the construction was dormant whilst we were there, but presumably the owners will construct the addition lodges, and that will generate significant noise and disruption. Other than these things, we had a great stay - it is a genuinely lovely place.

    Reviewed by Melville3.4Aug 2020

  • "We loved this lodge and found it completely amazing thank you - the views are amazing very relaxing especially after lots of walking the lodge is fully equipped to meet all your needs perfectly - beautiful place."

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2020

  • "Other than the living area when we had the wood burner on, the building was very cold for the 2 days we stayed."

    when we arrived the radiators were warm but the building was cold so we turned them to the max setting. that was the last time they came on. towels were still wet the next morning and the building was cold.

    Reviewed by Peter3.4Mar 2020

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  • All-ground-floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite shower, basin and WC and 1 x king-size (zip/link can be twin upon request), 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Electric central heating and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawn and decking area with furniture and hot tub
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.3 miles, pub 1.2 miles
  • Note: Check in is after 5pm
  • Private boat available for hire with a skipper on lake Windermere, bookable with the owners at the site for an additional cost
  • Electric Vehicle charging policy; please note that due to the Estate being at electrical capacity, no EV charging can be done at this property currently, but there are EV chargers near by
  • Please note: Saturday and Sunday check in is only allowed with the owner's advance permission, If you would like to check in on these days, please contact Sykes to enquire

The property

Boasting astounding views of the beautiful neighbouring tarn below, the all-ground-floor dwelling of Tarn Lodge can be found resting on the outskirts the desirable South Lakeland town of Bowness-on-Windermere.

Offering guests an idyllic escape, sitting on the outskirts of the excitement of the town, this property is fantastically suited to a family of four or a couple seeking to discover the amazement of the Lake District National Park.

Entering into the open-plan living space, you will find a wonderful social hub where you can spend quality time with your loved ones; head over to the woodburning stove and light up a roaring fire as you snuggle down into the sofa with a film on the Smart TV for a relaxing evening indoors.

Assisting you on your idyllic retreat is the kitchen, with its wonderful range of integrated appliances accompanied by a table with enough space to seat the whole group, it creates the perfect setting for a celebratory meal when you're not out exploring the delicious eateries of the local town.

Along the hallway are the three bedrooms, made up of two king-size rooms, one with a sparkling en-suite shower room and the other with zip/link features and being a twin on request, one single room and a main bathroom fitted with a bath with a shower over, these beautiful bedrooms cater to a variety of group needs.

The immediate area of the property is a true idyll, with miles of unspoilt land to explore with a plethora of nature to be discovered, it's a wonderful position for the wildlife lover.

A short car journey will bring you to the centre of the town where you can find eateries of all kinds, shops galore, and various family-friendly attractions including The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, Windermere Jetty, Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, The Old Laundry Theatre and plenty of watersporting opportunities on its scenic Lake Windermere, there's something for everyone here.

Slightly further afield is Kendal, boasting the ruins of a 13th-century castle the Kendal Museum, a farmer's market on the last Friday of each month and various leisure facilities, it's well-worth a visit.

In easy reach of Ambleside and Keswick too, Tarn Lodge is a true delight of a property for your next holiday to Cumbria.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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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, 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.

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Electric Vehicle charging policy; please note that due to the Estate being at electrical capacity, no EV charging can be done at this property currently, but there are EV chargers near by

Please note: Saturday and Sunday check in is only allowed with the owner's advance permission, If you would like to check in on these days, please contact Sykes to enquire

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas