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  • 12 Guests

  • 6 Bedrooms

  • 7 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed for my Hen Weekend and we had a fab time!"

    The location was great Plenty of kitchen utilities and facilities The rooms were clean and comfy The only thing was that we couldn't get hold of the owners to ask what kitchen utensils there were as we needed to know for something we were planning Apart from that a great stay! Would come again

    Reviewed by Bethany4.4Sep 2023

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Domvs."

    The accommodation was perfect for our family group (aged between 1-70 years). The 4 main bedrooms were spacious and the 2 twins rooms good for the grandchildren. The grandchildren enjoyed the garden and the "Upstairs Downstairs" style passageways. The living room and dining room provided great space / room for everyone. The owners were very helpful and accommodating. We would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Cynthia4.7Sep 2023

  • "DOMVS was in a great great location - a few minutes walk from Windermere town & railway station, and slap on a bus route."

    It is a beautiful house with a grand, but comfortable, living room with large bay windows facing the lovely garden and wonderful views beyond. There is a small conservatory attached and access to the garden and patio sitting areas (one house level and one lower) which were lovely places to congregate at the end of the day for early evening drinks, as the weather was good. The kitchen was a good size and reasonably well equipped (see comments on inventory later) with a useful utility room. Likewise, the dining room has everything needed and just fitted 12 people reasonably comfortably around the table which occupies most of the room. This looked tight but worked well. Of note, it would cause less confusion if Sykes called this property the name actually on the gate as looking for DOMVS reveals absolutely nothing either on Google, or when there, since the house is called Rannerdale! (It’s also impossible to say, DOMVS!). 4 of the ensuite bedrooms were ample or large, and attractive, doubles, 2 seemingly quite luxurious (see later). The 2 twin bedrooms were, by contrast, very small and basic, with some issues (see under ‘rooms’). Of note, all the bedrooms, with the exception of the huge garden facing ‘master’ bedroom, had an aspect onto the road and were therefore subject to traffic noise and less interesting views (curious the house was built with most of the rooms not facing the beautiful garden and view at the back!). Not a major problem, but one needs to be aware of it as it is a well used road. As mentioned, this made it convenient, which was the upside of that. Issues with the property. 1. Very few bedroom windows opened, and if they did, it wasn’t very wide, which was a major downside and should be clearly indicated in advance. Ventilation in a bedroom is absolutely key, especially as most people in a shared property want to shut the bedroom door for privacy. A few of the rooms had fans, but a fan can only circulate air and, if there is no fresh air coming into the room, it is simply circulating stale air. We appreciate double glazing is to keep road noise out, but it must be down to the individual whether they prefer fresh air with traffic noise, or recirculated stale air. This problem was unfortunately, particularly noticeable in the small twin rooms, and in the tower room. This room, although fabulous visually, with multiple small windows along all four walls (so like the master bedroom, had a great view over the back from one set), gave rise to enormous challenges as not a single window was openable (despite a large claw bath in the room, which was a wonderful luxury in one way, but problematic ventilation wise, therefore, in another and had necessitated a dehumidifier in the room which did it’s best). Secondly, not all the blind pulleys worked properly or were accessible (??), so blocking out the sunlight on hot days was challenging. So we had to do some fixing of the little chains, some of which were insubstantial plastic, which came apart at the slightest tug. Since there was a significant amount of (wonderful!) light, it needed occlusion on hot sunny days and of course at night. Opening and closing every single blind each morning and evening was something of a challenge, not least, because there were so many to do, but also because some were almost impossible to reach, due to the geography and furniture of the room and the inaccessibility of the blind pulley chain. A taller person with a longer reach may have fared better. We set up a ‘Heath Robinson’ on one window over the stairs, leading down to the loo/shower room, in order to be able to adjust the blind. 2. No inventory; Sykes were not able to tell us what was and wasn’t there. For example, we were told there were no hairdryers, so some of us went to the bother of packing one, but in fact there were several. As most of us were travelling by train and some from overseas, this was not an inconsiderable nuisance, carrying the extra weight and taking luggage space unnecessarily. Also whether things like tea towels, dishwasher tablets, bin bags etc were provided. Whilst we appreciate that self catering means you provide your own food, by and large, it is absolutely impossible to bring every possible ingredient or kitchen item you might need for cooking, and it is customary for simple basics to be provided. There were some of these things there, but Sykes were unable to tell us, which which meant a lot of extra things being brought unnecessarily by the two side cars. This increases packing and unpacking time considerably and it is a waste of time. Clarity on exactly what is provided is essential, down to the number of cutlery, crockery and glasses sets, the types of kitchen implements etc. Cooks need to know what they are dealing with, which will dictate what kind of cooking they can do. 3. A certain amount of wear and tear was evident; as is to be expected in an old property, but certain functional things do need fixing, eg the dishwasher cutlery holder had large holes in it, which meant that cutlery dropped through, potentially hazardous to the function of the machine if not spotted, and with 12 people was hard to keep track of who knew, and who didn’t and who would remember! The glass shelf over the handbasin in one twin room was loose and hanging off its fixings, rendering it usable; therefore needs repair. 4. The waste disposal system was very confusing. The notices told us to put everything in the one large wheelie bin, where it would be sorted by the contractor into recycling and other. The large wheelie bin had a very big sign on the lid saying “no recyclables“! We’re also not aware of any other company offering this service and remain dubious about it, since, hearing the head of waste management in the UK on the radio recently talking about contamination of recyclables, it is pretty clear that prolonged exposure to grease permanently contaminates recycled paper for example, and it is hard to imagine in any case how any contractor could separate food waste from plastic, paper, card and so on. We would love a full explanation of how this is possible and it needs to be crystal clear. Everyone needs to be recycing as much as possible these days and we had taken great pains to keep our recyclables separate and were fairly astonished and sceptical when it was clear there was only one bin in which to put it all. 5. Rooms. The two twin rooms are quite pokey. It needs to be made very clear that the four doubles and the two twins are of very different sizes and standards. Twin rooms can be just as luxurious, but these were of inferior quality and really best for young children. We were six couples, ranging in age from late 60’s to mid 80s, and it was very hard allocating the twins for obvious reasons! Inevitably, neither couple were happy. If we had known in advance, we may well have chosen a property with more equal quality rooms, or, if we had decided this one was the right property, could have organised the room allocation in advance by whatever means, but it made a very awkward and time consuming first evening discussing allocation before we could all settle into the room we were finally allocated. 6. Other bedroom issues Moreover, the twin beds’ bedposts stick out at the top and catch the unwary; residents of these rooms sustained nasty bruises as a result of a hard knock, which didn’t add to their dissatisfaction of being in those rooms! Poor design. 7. One of the twin rooms had a faulty shower from the outset. The owner was there on our arrival day trying to get it fixed and was extremely apologetic and gave us two bottles of bubbly to compensate for the temporary inconvenience, which was felt reasonable, assuming the shower would be fixed the next day. It wasn’t though and, despite multiple visits from a plumber, remained unusable for five of the seven days of our stay.

    Reviewed by Julia2.8Sep 2023

  • "We all had a lovely holiday at Domvs."

    The house was comfortable and very well equipped. It is a lovely old house with a beautiful garden.Obviously due to its age and size there are many stairs but that didn't detract from our pleasure as the views from the upper rooms are fantastic. We have already booked the property for our family holiday next year.

    Reviewed by Gordon4.4Aug 2023

  • "DOMVS was everything we had hoped for."

    Superb accommodation very large and excellent for the 11 of us who stayed there. (6 adults and 5 children). The children loved the garden l, it made for a superb cricket pitch. A couple of things for the owner.(not complaints) We tried to keep the covers over the garden furniture but one kept blowing off. The front door catches on the threshold. The toilet in the 2nd floor twin bedroom didn't flush very well. Hot water supply to main bedroom handbasin on 1st floor intermittent. Shower was fine. I did report to your office stain on same bedroom sofa, light on in garage.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Jul 2023

  • "House chosen for number of bedrooms and bathrooms for family holiday with ages ranging from 70 to 7 months."

    Everything we needed for baby was supplied (high chair and travel cot) and kitchen was very well equipped with for cooking for 10 people every night. Perfect garden views of distant lake side and sunset. Splendid time was had by all.

    Reviewed by Brian4.7Jun 2023

  • "I booked for my 70th Bithday celebration with my family, although we have all had a wonderful time we found the stairs and different levels a bit of a challenge."

    Also this wonderful house needs a bit of tlc, the dining chairs do need attention. It was a wonderful stay and the view is superb. Just a little attention would make a world of difference.

    Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We take all comments on board. We hope to welcome you again soon. The owner relations team - Lakelovers Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jean3.4May 2023

  • "We had a lovely holiday."

    The house is well placed to walk into the town and a short drive from a lot of the main attractions.

    Thank you for your comments, we are pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable stay. We hope to welcome you back. The Lakelovers Owner Relations Team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4May 2023

  • "We have stayed in this property many times - it is ideal for a family of 10, as we are."

    The grandchildren love it - near enough to walk to Windermere for the shops and a lawn big enough for football!

    We are so glad to hear that you had an amazing time. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2023

  • "WOW comes to mind when I think if this property!"

    I had booked it to start the celebrations for my 70th birthday, with my family. It was everything we needed and more. Everything had been thought of , fully equipped with many extras. The property was exceptionally clean and well maintained. The property is well situated at Windermere,with stunning views and a beautiful garden. We all had an amazing time and I am hoping to book again for next year! Outstanding!!

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback. We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Feb 2023

  • "Fantastic house on a grand scale in a beautiful location."

    We will most definitely consider Sykes for our next big family celebration . We all left with precious memories of a great week together

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Domvs. We hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Feb 2023

  • "A beautiful property."

    Very comfortable and homely Kitchen well equipped. We were on holiday to celebrate Christmas and a lovely surprise for the Christmas decorations to be up. A small problem but very quickly sorted. Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Nov 2022

  • "Exceptional property wonderful views home from home."

    We have had a brilliant family weekend thank you.

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful property with fantastic views."

    High standard of fixtures and fittings. Very well equipped kitchen. Would suggest a large barbecue would be an asset. W

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jul 2022

  • "We enjoyed a wonderful week with family and friends in Domvs."

    The property is so spacious and the garden superb, especially being able to enjoy the views of the fantastic garden next door. Our stay coincided with the beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas so it couldn't have been better and the new garden furniture was very comfortable. Please be aware that there are a lot of steps both inside and out. The kitchen was extremely well equiped with all our needs catered for.

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0May 2022

  • "The house was just brilliant."

    The inventory in the kitchen was the best I’ve ever seen for a rental, plenty serving dishes, plates and glasses for all. A great entertaining space.

    Reviewed by Clara5.0Mar 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    Really well equipped and perfect location to explore the lakes. Just a short walk into windermere. We celebrated covid delayed 40th birthdays for 9 of us and this house was perfect. So much space yet super cosy, the fire was perfevt for this time of year! Fantastic views down to the lake and surrounding hills. Enjoyed so much we have already booked again! Can't wait. Im sure we will be regular visitors!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Jan 2022

  • "The house was little tired in places and some rooms could do with repainting."

    The outside furniture needs replacing asap.

    Thank you for taking the time to feedback after your recent stay at Domvs. We are glad to hear you had a wonderful holiday. The property is a large house as the name suggests so regular maintenance of the property is required. The property has had a busy summer period so has had a lot of wear and tear and plans to re-paint are in the winter season. The outside furniture will be again replaced later in the year. Kind Regards, Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul4.1Aug 2021

  • "Amazing property, maybe an update of the outdoor furniture would be the icing on the cake"

    Reviewed by Margaret4.7Jun 2021

  • "Due to fantastic weather outside furniture was poor and would benefit and enhance experience of the beautiful gardens"

    Reviewed by Joe3.8May 2021

  • "We've had a wonderful week here, celebrating a 50th birthday party."

    4 generations of us. The house is wonderful, especially all bedrooms with en-suite.

    Mr WebsterNov 2019

  • "Thank you for letting us stay in your wonderful home for the week."

    Enjoyed especially the dining room and 4 poster beds.

    Briggs FamilyAug 2019

  • "Great holiday, lots to do and a great house"

    Whelan FamilyJul 2019

  • "Happy New Year!"

    This was an an organised surprise for my 70th Birthday - I was surrounded by my whole family - two sons and one son-in-law, my daughter and her husband and last but not least, my three grandchildren. It has turned out to be a wonderful week - the house is big enough for everyone to escape to their private space. We have all been able to sit around the table for our meals, lots of love and laughter. The weather has been kind - our walks are limited because the little ones are too young to climb mountains - but we have done some lovely things. Now we have to pack up and leave but if we all go the chance to re-live a few chosen days i our lives. Thank you to my great family

    Dorothy SynottJan 2019

  • "A family Christmas made unforgettable in such a beautiful and well equipped house."

    The Christmas decorations and hamper were the icing on the cake and made our stay truly festive. From the 70 years old grandparents, teens and babies everyone was catered for. Thank you for sharing your house with us Happy New Year 2019

    The EvansDec 2018

  • "Domvs is simply a perfect place for us as a family to relax for a week."

    The location is Ideal. We can walk drive or even take the bus wherever we like, or we can just enjoy the house itself - there's plenty of comfortable space so we can get together for a natter or take time out to by ourselves

    Mr ThornhillNov 2018

  • "Property location was very good."

    Property was very well equipped. We loved the square dining table.

    K QuinnNov -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.


  • Sleeps 12: Large Victorian House with original features, spacious porch and hall, Tower room / original observatory, now a stunning bedroom complete with slipper bath
  • 6 Bedrooms, some with Four poster beds
  • 1 super king size, 3 king size, 2 twin all ensuite with 6 luxurious designer bathrooms with invigorating showers & roll top and slipper baths, Oak panelled dining room, drawing room with open fire, conservatory, Fabulous kitchen with utility
  • Breathtaking lake & mountain views
  • Gas central heating, Open fire, Wi-Fi, Electric ovens with 8 ring gas hobs, undercounter Fridge and separate fridge/freezer, Microwave, Washer / dryer, Dishwasher
  • Cafetiere with milk frother
  • Airfryer
  • Smart TV and board games
  • Bed linen and towels are provided
  • Glorious shared gardens with terrace and garden furniture
  • Private parking for 4
  • Short 5 minute stroll to Windermere village
  • Lake shore 40 minutes walk or 10 minute drive.

The property

Latin for ‘Large House’ Domvs is a magnificent period residence - a castle in its own right where the original tower is now a magical bedroom, with panoramic views, arguably the best from anywhere in The Lake District and probably the British Isles.

For a holiday with the 'wow factor' - this sumptuous place will give you memories you’ll talk about for years to come.

Step inside and enjoy how ancient England blends effortlessly with 21st century life with exactly the same views.

Climb to the magical tower room, where you are higher than the tallest of trees and birds fly way below you, an utterly awesome view.

Wander into the beautiful garden with terrace & various seating & dining options.

Whether you are celebrating a happy event or just spending time with your favourite people, Domvs is a grand statement property delivering comfort and matching your high expectations, with sleek yet grand bedrooms all with en-suite luxury chic bathrooms, 21st century kitchen, a dining room fit for any formal gathering and a drawing room complete with warming open fire, opening into a sun room / conservatory, all complemented with sophisticated technology. The area has everything you could wish for and bustling Windermere at just a 5 minute walk away will tempt you out to sample excellent restaurants and cuisine.

Bowness is 1.5 miles away and sits right on the lake, offering more shops, restaurants and of course, boat cruises and boat hire.

Please note: This period property is split level over 3 floors, with steps into some bedrooms. The twin rooms are more cosy than the king bedrooms and are located at the rear of the property, roadside. All bedrooms have secondry glazing for customer comfort.

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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