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The Sanctuary

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • location (10)
  • cottage (7)
  • quiet (5)
  • good (5)
  • walk (4)
  • sanctuary (4)

12 Customer Reviews

  • "Impressed with standard of accommodation, photos don't do it justice."

    Open plan downstairs so does take a while to warm up, complete opposite upstairs. Location great, shops and restaurants short walk around the corner but nice and quiet at the cottage. We also walked down to Bowness and back, took about 25 mins each way. We went bank holiday weekend, very busy and car parks rammed everywhere. Would recommend The Sanctuary.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Mar 2024

  • "All very good"

    Reviewed by Tom4.7Mar 2024

  • "Great property good location ml"

    Reviewed by Tom5.0Feb 2024

  • "Arrived to find heating not working and radiator valves turned off."

    Tried to contact Sykes (the only number available) but no answer. Eventually contacted Lakelovers on Sunday morning with prompt response by engineer. Fault was low water pressure. Suggest heating should have been checked prior to arrival.

    hank you for taking the time to leave a review after your recent stay at our property. We appreciate your feedback, We're sincerely sorry to hear that you arrived to find the heating not working and the radiator valves turned off. We understand the frustration and inconvenience this must have caused, while we have a 24/7 emergency contact number available to guests who have logged into their booking portal, we acknowledge that this information may not have been readily accessible. While previous guests in good faith turned off the radiators to save energy, we understand that this can inadvertently impact the experience for arriving guests. We're implementing additional checks within our housekeeping procedures to ensure the heating system is fully functional before each new arrival. We're glad Lakelovers responded promptly to your request on Sunday morning and fixed the low water pressure issue. We value your feedback and hope to welcome you back in the future. Please know that we are committed to providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all our guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Will4.7Sep 2023

  • "Our second stay at the Sanctuary, in our opinion the best location in Windermere, just round the corner from Windermere village and a mile or so from Bowness and in a quiet spot The cottage is lovely and really is a home from home, the new bathroom is fantastic!"

    The recliner chairs also a big hit after a long day walking, the private parking spot is amazing to get at the lakes, makes such a difference, thanks for another great stay

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Aug 2023

  • "Excellent cottage in a good location."

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

    Reviewed by Ailsa5.0May 2023

  • "Wonderful Cottage in a perfect location."

    Luckily for us The Sanctuary was available for the only week we had off in June. Situated in a quiet area of Windermere Village but only two minute walk into the center. The cottage has everything you could possible need to make it your home for the duration of your stay. Would definitely re-book if we ever come back to the lakes.

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely clean comfortable cottage."

    Good location.

    Reviewed by Ailsa5.0May 2022

  • "Superb cottage."

    Excellent location and wonderfully quiet. This was our second visit to the Sanctuary and we hope to return. Very Minor point: some smaller glasses/ tumblers would be useful.

    Thank you for your feedback and positive comments. Some smaller glasses have now been purchased. We hope you will visit again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Apr 2022

  • "Quite a narrow driveway for large cars/SUV’s but manageable with care, the luxury of 2 parking spaces is a real bonus."

    Set back in a quiet residential area and just a short walk into Windermere - a lovely location and a well equipped, comfortable and spacious property.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2021

  • "This is an excellent property."

    It has everything needed for a comfortable self catering holiday. The cooking facillities fulfilled everything that we needed. The property is well decorated in neutral colours and the tv, dvd, wifi are all a good standard. Lovely large shower - no bath but we do not use one. The patio at the rear is perfectly adequate for relaxation, with a dining table and four chairs. Our weather was a bit cool but we could imagine eating out there on a warm evening. The location is good, being only a 10-15 minutes walk to Windermere town, where there is a Sainsburys, Co-op as well as Booths which has a large car park. Due to Covid we were not able to eat out at the time that we were there but restaurants/cafes a short walk away. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Alan5.0May 2021

  • "Super cottage, clean and well appointed."

    Excellent location. I think the booking fee charged is excessive. Humans do very little when booking online. You already make money from the owners.

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Apr 2021

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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.


  • Highly Commended 4 Star property
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king size bedroom, 1 x double bedroom
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven with halogen hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Smart TV and DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power, bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Small patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Windermere village centre within 0.3 miles

The property

The Sanctuary is a quintessential, Cumbrian slate cottage, converted from an old church school building, located at the end of a private driveway off Ambleside Rd, with the added luxury of two designated car parking spaces.

Having undergone the installation of a contemporary bathroom with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware, oak internal doors and other decorative changes, whilst being within a moment’ stroll of Windermere’s amenities, this is a superb holiday home for couples and families.

Guests will be charmed by the tasteful decor, stylish interior and well-presented bedrooms.

The lounge area is beautifully furnished with two stressless chairs, sofa and a fire with new wooden surround.

There is a Smart TV/DVD and patio doors leading onto the sunny patio, (the sun does shine in the Lakes) perfect for alfresco dining, along with that pre-dinner drink or coffee!

A stylish breakfast bar separates the William Ball kitchen from the dining area.

The kitchen has everything you will need, dishwasher, washer-dryer, electric oven, Halogen hob and fridge freezer.

A downstairs cloakroom is a handy addition providing adequate hanging space for your coats, and toilet/washbasin.

Stairs lead you past the stunning Gothic window to two lovely good size bedrooms.

Each bedroom has been lovingly coordinated with plenty of storage.

The bedrooms include a king-size and a double, situated upstairs.

A fitted light airy bathroom with a spacious walk-in shower and Villeroy Boch fitting provide your washing facilities.

Windermere village is a popular destination for visitors; brim full of restaurants, interesting shops, and cosy pubs.

Foodies will love Booths supermarket and cooks will adore the flagship Lakeland store nearby.

The village of Bowness and the shores of Lake Windermere are just down the road, with cruises, rowing boats and a whole array of water based activities on offer, and of course, there is the wonderful Lake District countryside to admire and explore.

Choose The Sanctuary for a wonderful escape to Cumbria.

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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This property offers the following short breaks:

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