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Gavel Cottage

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


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic week away."

    Lovely cottage and great location. Very cosy and super shower and bath.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage in very tranquil location."

    The garden was absolutely stunning and so well kept. Kitchen had everything you could possibly need, and loved the throws in the lounge! Fire was all ready to light, which was great! Would definitely book again!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2023

  • "Had a lovely week and Bowness was brilliant."

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jul 2023

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage in a quiet location."

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Jun 2023

  • "This is an excellent cosy cottage perfectly located just to south of Bowness centre and ideally placed for walking, sailing and visiting south Lakes region."

    Garden is private and well equipped for eating outside in sunshine. Cottage itself is well equipped for winter or summer stay. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2023

  • "Property is well positioned, spacious and the garden is superb."

    Our 3rd stay which says a lot about what’s on offer. Makes a wonderful base for exploring the Lakes and we particularly liked the fact we could securely store our electric bikes. Unfortunately access to the spa /swimming at the local hotel is no longer included which was a big bonus in our case as we generally holiday out with the summer season. The bathroom carpet would benefit from renewal as it is stained. The runner downstairs also moves around quite a bit and could be regarded as somewhat of a trip hazard, it is needed to prevent soiling of the carpet on entering the area but perhaps wooden/laminate flooring to that area would be a better option. On the whole a lovely property that provides excellent value for money and a peaceful retreat

    Reviewed by Sam4.1Sep 2022

  • "A really enjoyable stay and a great holiday."

    The cottage was excellent and we loved the lake district and all the activities. You need to remove the bit about burnside hotel on the pic though as we wanted to go swimming at the hotel but this was no longer available. Thx.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Aug 2022

  • "Super time away with my 3 sons."

    We had great weather and the cottage at this time of the year had the benefit of the full bloom of surrounding flowers and gardens. Facilties were great and we would definitely go back. Thank you for providing us with a lovely cottage as a base for our motorbike adventures in the Lakes.

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Jul 2022

  • "Considering price and fact it had claimed to have had deep covid clean We feel that this cottage was nowhere near value for money."

    Inside cupboards were dirty and in some cases broken,cutlery in drawer was dirty,some even had remnants of food on them, we took 2 knives forks and spoons boiled them and used them for the week. Work surfaces were sticky as was dining table.Windows in living area were painted shut could not open them at all.Paintwork old tired dirty and scraped in places.Dead flies and wasp still at kitchen window,even the remote control was held together with cellotape.The garden area was ok but could do with a good tidy , seen evidence of this happening on our last day.All in all we are totally disappointed in this accomodation and would not stay there again or recommend it to our worst enemy.We have used Sykes a number of times but this has really put us off would be reluctant to do so again if this is the type of standard you could expect.We have take photographs of all our points.

    Reviewed by Linda1.3Jun 2022

  • "Hello, The house was lovely, in a great location."

    A few things that the owner should know. The pass to the Lakes Hotel for the spa facilities, guests would appreciate knowing that there is no access to the hotel by car. The Can opener needs replacing it doesn't work The switches on the cooker hob work but numbers are difficult to see so it took a few days to work out The main light in the bedroom doesn't work The shower mat needs replacing Radiator in the main bedroom needs looking at sometimes on and warm other nights cold. Your email stated the owner would contact me at 4pm, prior to my arrival but didn't. Apart from the above an enjoyable stay Best wishes Louise Cartlidge

    Thank you for your feedback via Sykes Cottages. As we are based in East Yorkshire we rely heavily on feedback so it is nice to receive it. In answer to the points you have raised our housekeeper, Debbie Martin, is going to replace the shower mat and the tin opener. Debbie is also going to check the main light in the bedrooms and let us know if we need to instruct an electrician, however, Debbie did said that when she prepared the cottage for your arrival all the lights were working. Debbie is also going to bleed the radiator as the plumber has said that he thinks that will be the cause with the radiator. With regard to the Lakes Hotel, we were not aware that there is no access to the hotel car park so we will check with them and if this is always the case we will add it to the e-mail we send out prior to a guests stay. We do know that the numbers are worn on the hob but as it is our intension to replace the whole of the kitchen at the end of the season we thought that It would be ok for the time being. The Kitchen was due to be replace before lockdown but as with a lot of other things this had to be put on the back burner. Finally, our email does not state that we will contact guests at 4pm prior to arrival only that the cottage will be available to guests from 4pm. Once again we do very much appreciate guest feedback and we thank you for yours, it was very constructive and has given us the opportunity to address the points raised. We do hope you had an enjoyable stay in the lakes and that you will return to the cottage at some stage in the future. Kind regards, Screetons Property Owner

    Reviewed by And Mr3.8Apr 2022

  • "This is an excellent cosy cottage with superb private garden."

    Easy short walk to ferry and Bowness centre. On busy days in the Lakes this is a beautiful quiet gateway yet so close to everything and a good base to explore further afield whether by car, bus or on foot.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Mar 2022

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and had everything you would need."

    Good area for visiting the Lakes. Providing slippers was a great idea and tray to leave outside shoes in. Although surrounded by houses it was really quiet and peaceful. Wouk do recommend.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Sep 2021

  • "2nd time at Gavel Cottage which is exactly as we remembered."

    Quiet and very relaxing haven but within easy reach of shops and restaurants. We took our ebikes and really enjoyed cycling around the area, especially going over on the nearby ferry to the other side of the Lake. The complimentary access to burnside spa was great. A super cottage

    Reviewed by Sam4.7Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage, really well equipped."

    Lovely garden . Really enjoyed our stay. A nice 20 minute stroll along the lake to Bowness and close to the ferry. I would highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Jun 2021

  • "Fantastic return trip to Gavel Cottage - home from home."

    Already rebooked for 2022! Thanks guys.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2021

  • "Everything was lovely roomy warm and so comfortable spacious all in all happy holiday and lots of good memories."

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage with more than expected cleaning facilities."

    Very homely and very quiet. Situated just a couple of hundred yards from lake Windermere. A perfect location. I would 100% return to this cottage, loved having an open coal fire of an evening. Very relaxing.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was lovely in a quiet location but close to amenities."

    It was very well equipped and comfortable a home from home. Would return to this cottage.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Sep 2020

  • "Very disappointing holiday, the listing for the cottage was incorrect."

    its advertised with wonderful gardens and outdoor areas, which we were then informed by the owners 5 days before arrival, non of these facilities were available due to COVID. I'm sorry but COVID has been going on since march and we booked in June so they basically lied in the listing to get the booking, and then the small print of a general email 5 days before a holiday stating garden and summerhouse is closed is not acceptable. Upon challenging this the owners simply refused to even open the summerhouse and let us have an outdoor table and chairs. Their attitude to customer service is appalling, and they are hiding behind COVID to probably save them money on cleaning costs at the sacrifice of customers enjoying well needed breaks. The cottage is small, the main bedroom doesn't even have a kingsize bed, just a small double, all mattresses need replacing, wallpaper is pealing, bath panels are broken, carpets are stained and covered up with poor quality mats and the kitchen and contents are far from clean and fresh..... In summary I would choose a different cottage!

    Reviewed by Mark1.3Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Disappointed garden furniture was locked away and no access to spa due to covid 19. Would have expected reduction in fees as we paid for those extras and would have taken a cheaper cottage otherwise. Flowers and biscuits a nice touch. Kitchen well equipped and plenty of cleaning agents available. There could be a wasps nest outside bathroom window - found at least half a dozen wasps in there daily EVEN THOUGH window was closed,

    Reviewed by Julie3.8Jul 2020

  • "We’ve been to this cottage before and it lived up to our expectations and more."

    Everything you need is provided. There is excellent heating and ample hot water. The coal fire is even laid ready for lighting on your arrival.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Mar 2020

  • "We had a great weekend and will be back."

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Mar 2020

  • "What a fantastic cottage in a lovely location."

    The Cottage exceeded our expectations. it was very clean and tidy with the open fire already made. Milk and coffee had been left for us. I will be booking this place again

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Feb 2020

  • "Great cottage packed with everything you need."

    We were even given some basic provisions to start us off. Would recommend this to anyone.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Jan 2020

  • "Gavel Cottage was a wonderful getaway cottage for us, it was clean,comfy and had everything we needed."

    Felt very relaxed from the moment we arrived access to the hotel swimming pool was an added bonus with having my little girl on a few rainy afternoons. We will defiantly return my only criticism was it is a little further out of Bowness than suggested in the write up but after a few days it really didn’t matter. Having deer, rabbits and an abundance of birds on our doorstep was much preferred.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Oct 2019

  • "Very well equipped and comfortable cottage, in a lovely peaceful setting approx 20 minutes walk into Bowness-on-Windermere ."

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, a bit out of Bowness but a pleasant lakeside walk into the town."

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Jul 2019

  • "Really lovely cottage in a great location with everything you could possibly need."

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0May 2019

  • "We've stayed at Gavel Cottage many times and always feel it's like home from home."

    Love the comfort and facilities. We'll be back again next year.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2019

  • "The photographs don’t do Gavel Cottage justice!"

    The cottage is cosy, without feeling cramped. Every detail is considered, including candles, a laid fire and comfy dressing gowns, making the cottage feel like home and wonderful to return to following a day of walking or exploring. We met both the housekeeper and the gardener, who were helpful, cheerful and informative. The walk into Bowness-on-Windermere alongside the lake is flat and easy, taking about 20 minutes. For us the location was excellent,as Bowness was very busy over the Bank Holiday weekend, it was a super retreat! It was also a great location to be based at, we explored the ares from the cottage north to Keswick, south to Newby Bridge, and used the ferry to experience Coniston. Our only complaint is that we didn’t have long enough to do everything we wanted so we will return, we will not hesitate to book Gavel Cottage again!

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0May 2019

  • "It was excellent and was home to home."

    Reviewed by Puni5.0Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was a gem it had everything which was needed to make a great holiday, lovely location, quiet, fantastic garden and summer house."

    We will be booking again and hopefully soon.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Mar 2019

  • "Great Cottage But think you need to revise your walking time into Bowness more ..."

    Great Cottage But think you need to revise your walking time into Bowness more like 25mins , walked in first night there, got a taxi back £4 fixed rate so used taxis after that

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Feb 2019

  • "Great place to stay, 2 minutes south of the amenities of Windermere, the pass for the spa is great also."

    It is set in a lovely location away from noise and distractions but so close to walks etc. The cottage itself is lovely, well set out, great facilities and kitchen, warm and cosy with rooms that are spacious and comfortable. Plus the best bit for us was the little ones enjoying a real fire to relax in front off surrounded by cosy rugs and the Christmas decorations! Too improve it more, it could have a cot and high-chair to cater for babies, but other than that, its a great little place.

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Dec 2018

  • "This has to be the nicest self catering cottage we've ever stayed in!"

    Beautifully decorated and furnished. The attention to detail is fabulous and we had everything we needed and more. We will definitely return

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Nov 2018

  • "Gavel cottage lacks for nothing."

    Everything you could wish for is provided. Even the fire was laid ready for lighting when we arrived. I cannot think of anything that could have been done better. Well done and thank you.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Nov 2018

  • "Gorgeous cottage, enjoyed the open plan living downstairs and comfortable beds."

    More spacious than the pictures showed. Good location for exploring southern lakes, highlight was gardens and NT house at Troutbeck.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2018

  • "We enjoyed the quiet peaceful location of this property."

    it was a lovely walk to the boats.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Jul 2018

  • "Another visit to our favourite cottage."

    Fantastic stay. Just booked again for next year. Can't wait to return x

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2018

  • "Great cottage 15 min walk into bowness."

    Cottage has everything you need and spotless I’m so fussy but this was great would definitely go back hopefully later in year

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0May 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage, every thing we could possibly have needed to enjoy the stay ..."

    Beautiful cottage, every thing we could possibly have needed to enjoy the stay was provided, will recommend & hopefully book again

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Dec 2017

  • "The Cottage was perfect in every way."

    Fully equipped, very comfortable and was truly home from home. The open fire provided a welcome warm and cosy feel. It was the perfect base for a relaxing week’s stay. It was close enough to walk to the local attractions of Bowness and the Nab ferry and the hotel & spa membership provided an added bonus with the swimming pool, bar and cinema - which the kids loved!

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Oct 2017

  • "Lovely cottage that had everything we needed, and was in a very convenient location."

    Plenty of things to do and a perfect family holiday!

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Jul 2017

  • "Our 7th stay at this lovely cottage."

    Has everything we need, especially with the garden & gym/pool membership.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2017

  • "Inadequate parking, muddy, not enough room to park."

    That is the only complaint. Everything else was excellent.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Feb 2017

  • "Directions easy to follow."

    Arrived to find welcoming coffee and biscuits. Milk thoughtfully provided. A vase of fresh roses added a lovely finishing touch to the initial impression. The fire was laid ready to use with coal set out in buckets in the house which was great. The house was clean and the heating warmed it through nicely. An added bonus was the provision of slippers and bathrobes. A very enjoyable stay in a lovely, cosy cottage.

    Reviewed by Catherine4.8Nov 2016

  • "This was a comfortable, well equipped cottage."

    Slight problem with finding which property it was as we arrived in darkness. Also parking was not clear as we had two vehicles & we had to knock on neighbours doors for advice. The garden was lovely but, being October, we did not get much use out of it. Overall we had a very enjoyable stay enhanced by the free use of Spa facilities at Burnside Hotel.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Oct 2016

  • "It was a lovely cottage."

    Would love to stay here again. Everything clean and tidy. The garden waa lovely and peaceful. We did enjoy our stay. The only downside part was the parking. The allocated parking was for 3 cottages and you wouldn't have got three cars in there and get out let alone reverse parking. Luckily we were the only car parked there but even then we found it a struggle to park and get out. You do need a little car.

    Reviewed by Karen4.8Sep 2016

  • "I was travelling a lot every day visiting the whole Cumbria."

    It was pleasure be back in cottage haveing nice rest and feeling comfortable. Only place for parkIng a car was pretty small.

    Reviewed by Tomasz4.8Jul 2016

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  • Two bedrooms with TV: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire
  • Reception hall/utility.
  • Gas central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 3 x TVs with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and coal for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Front lawned garden with summerhouse
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 1 mile
  • Lake Windermere 8 mins walk
  • Note: Open tread staircase
  • Please note: this property has a changeover on Fridays only
  • Please note:if booking less than 7 nights please contact us first to enquire about the availability.

The property

A cosy and charming semi-detached cottage, superbly located on the southerly edge of Bowness-on-Windermere, within one mile of the centre of this bustling lakeside village.

This lovely Windermere cottage is also just a short distance from the ferry point crossing taking cars and passengers across the beautiful Lake Windermere to the unspoilt and tranquil western shores, the gateway to the pretty villages of Near and Far Sawrey and Hawkshead and the Grizedale Forest.

Comfortably appointed throughout, this Windermere cottage is ideal for families or friends who wish to enjoy this fantastic location in the beautiful Lake District.

This Windermere cottage has two bedrooms, both of which have distant views of the Lake District Fells.

The cosy, open plan living area has original beams and a lovely open fire; perfect for warming up your toes after a day walking out on the fells.

Outside this Windermere cottage is a pretty garden area to the front with a lawn complete with a summerhouse, ideal for a refreshing drink whilst you enjoy the sunset over the mountains in the distance.

The centre of Bowness is one mile away, where there is a host of individual shops and restaurants to enjoy.

Younger children will be delighted to visit the World of Beatrix Potter, whilst The Glebe, an area of parkland overlooking the lake shore, has a children’s play area, pitch-and-putt golf, tennis courts and a quayside for lake cruises.

After a round of golf why not enjoy a delicious ice cream and simply absorb the stunning scenery within the colourful bustle of this vibrant village.

With plenty of water based activities also available nearby, this Windermere cottage has something for everyone at any time of the year.

Please note this property has a changeover on Fridays only.
If booking less than 7 nights please contact us first to enquire about the availability.

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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, cinema, 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 three miles away, and the historic villages of Grasmere, Ambleside and Troutbeck are a short drive away. There is 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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