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Priory Ghyll

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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "Enjoyed stay."

    Property was clean and in quiet location. Beds comfortable, nice towels, good shower for electric tho water slow to drain away. Kitcken compact but fine for occasional cooking. Plenty hot water. Nice view of lake. TV is tiny, furnishings not the newest but totally functional tho we found the grey sofa hard and uncomfortable. Location fine for us coz we walk everywhere but not so good if you don't. Walk up steep drive then a good walk to Windermere or Bowness along busy road with fast traffic. Not that pleasant. Bus stops close by and good for visiting other places.

    Reviewed by Linda3.8Jul 2024

  • "It is a really lovely cottage with more than adequate amenities and when visiting the Lakes, we have loved staying at this cottage over many years."

    Many thanks to the Owners. Best wishes Ruth Lawford and Family

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jun 2024

  • "Mostly very clean chalet with delightful view of the lake, hills and sunset."

    We felt it had comfortable sofas, good heating, well equipped kitchen but some very shabby furniture/fittings. Good shower and excellent towels. We liked two of the mattresses, one single wasn't great for us. Car parking down the steep hill wouldn't be suitable for all unless someone can bring the car up to the drop off point. Dirty windows were not cleaned while we were there, despite a request. Owner told us the damaged fridge was now being replaced so that will be great.

    Reviewed by Ruth3.8Jun 2024

  • "Clean, comfortable and lovely views."

    Well equipped, great to have a radio and night light. Shower excellent. A good 30 minute walk to Bowness. Windermere Town centre a little nearer but a steeper hill. Would recommend and easily stay again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2024

  • "A lovely bungalow."

    Clean and comfortable. Fantastic views. Really enjoyed having our own private jetty. We all had a 'dip'in the lake. We also had a visit from the deer a couple of times. Lovely place. I highly recommend it.

    Reviewed by James5.0May 2024

  • "We love staying at this cosy comfy cottage and seeing all the wildlife."

    Windermere Jetty Museum is close by - great for steam boat trips, the gorgeous cafe and the museum itself. We'll return soon!

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Apr 2024

  • "Really lovely place to stay Location was fantastic Cottage was comfy and practical"

    Reviewed by Liz5.0Aug 2023

  • "Everything was supplied including tea towels, washing up cloths and liquid and loo rolls."

    comfortable and spacious with great views over lake windermere and a five minute walk to the jetty. A short half an hour walk into Bowness with loads of great restaurants and quaint shops. Vinegar Jones fish and chips are great. All in all a great restful break.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2023

  • "Wonderful location with fabulous views over Windermere."

    The cottage was comfortable and cosy, and although the pillow cases and protectors were clean some of the pillows were stained and could have done with being replaced. The location was perfect for what we wanted to do, a short walk to the bus stops and a pleasant walk up to Windermere or down to Bowness and the lake.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2023

  • "A Lovely comfortable cottage with lake views and excellent amenities and close to Bowness shops and Lake front."

    Reviewed by Marie5.0May 2023

  • "Had everything that we needed for a few nights away."

    Very clean and a wonderful location. Loved the walk down to the jetty.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "Hi as a family we ike the cottage it was lovely, but the issue was in bathroom, shower, kitchen sink, constantly getting cold water."

    ..heating in the bedrooms where constantly turning off. And the bathroom shower door we had a problem open and closing,I would look in to those problem Thank you.

    This is the first and only complaint we have had about this. It has not been a problem before. Our cleaners checked it and found it all satisfactory. Possibly the client was using and extraordinary amount of water and emptying the tank. Also the rooms were heated to temperatures as high as 36 and even 40 degrees so I think the heating system was finding it hard to cope. The shower door had been knocked off its runners which were distorted. It has now been repaired. We did phone, text and e mail the guest directly at the time to ask him to discuss the problems so we could sort it out at the time but he did not respond to us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emran3.4Feb 2023

  • "Location location location, if you love swimming in open water, or water sports, this accommodation is perfect."

    We had the private jetty and small beach to ourselves in August heat wave (10 minutes walk down forest path). Accommodation was basic but spotless and had everything we needed, fantastic view of Windermere lake and surrounding countryside from the lounge window and small patio in front. Would recommend to friends and family. Bedrooms were cool in temperature, which was great as the temperature outside was stiffling.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Aug 2022

  • "Very nice cottage in a quiet area, with lovely view on the trees and the lake."

    Walking distance to Windermere and very close to a bus stop. There is not much space to sit in front of the cottage, but you can use the lawn. We missed a comfortable chair to sit outside. The interior of the house is simple but everything you need is there.

    Reviewed by Anke3.8Jul 2022

  • "The photos do not do it justice."

    The view was amazing.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Jun 2022

  • "Suburb location with parking."

    We walked into Windermere and along the lake from the property. Clean, modern and comfy.

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2022

  • "I did think there were too many irrelevant things in cupboards, extra tea sets and giant dishes etc."

    There was little storage for any supplies of food stuffs, this added to lack of work surface made preparations difficult. I realise being more inside in bad weather exasperated the problem.

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Feb 2022

  • "Thanks for a lovely stay."

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had a lovely week, cottage had everything we needed a well stocked kitchen for preparing meals."

    The double bed was a bit hard but you never get your own bed when your away so to be expected. We loved you woke up next to the lake.

    Reviewed by Naomi4.7Oct 2021

  • "We appreciate that this chalet is on a private estate but signage at the entrance would be a great help."

    It is so close 50 mtrs to the 4 way roundabout that we missed it first time and had to double back. Post codes for use with SAT NAV would be useful for shopping and other amenities listed in the local information pack, as the site is not within walking distance to most of them. The WIFI router had been changed and the codes were wrong in the information pack.

    Reviewed by David4.4Sep 2021

  • "The double bed mattress felt very old, soft and not comfortable, it feels like it had better days."

    The red blanket in the living room was very very dusty, and we suspect it caused our con an asthma attack the moment he used it.

    Reviewed by Ishay4.4Aug 2021

  • "Fabulous little holiday cottage."

    Perfect for our small family of 3 and base from which to explore Windermere and the surrounding areas.

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Aug 2021

  • "Cosy little cottage, great location, good road links & plenty of facilities nearby, short walk down to lake Windermere."

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Jul 2021

  • "We had a great stay, the beds are comfy, the rooms are clean."

    Really lovely view of the lake when we sat at the table for meals, the view is simply amazing. The cottage is as described hence met expectations, would be nice if there's a washing machine and a dish washer.

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.7Jul 2021

  • "Although relatively clean our accomodation was tired and dated and in need of some renovation."

    The bathroom plumbing system needed attention which meant we had to cut our stay short. However this was compensated by the owner who was very apologetic. The site itself was beautiful and we would certainly return to the priory estate in an alternative cottage.

    Reviewed by Carole3.1Jun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful location."

    Compact but well stocked with cooking utensils, pots & pans and had everything we needed for our 2 week stay. We had a minor issue with the heating that the owner responded to immediately & had fixed. Would highly recommend Priory Ghyll cottage.

    Reviewed by Amie5.0Oct 2020

  • "The place was a little bit grubby, stains on the carpets, walls and furniture."

    But it had everything you need, a view of the lake. If you arent steady on your feet I wouldn't recommend as it is either up a steep hill or steep steps to get to the housing. It was perfect for what we needed it for and the price was good.

    Reviewed by James4.1Sep 2020

  • "Lovely location ."

    .. very peaceful with only a short walk into Windermere . The cottage is cozy and the bed in really comfortable , which I exactly what you want after a days walking in the hills.

    Reviewed by Beverley4.1Sep 2020

  • "This cottage is ideal for two or, for example, two people with two young children."

    It would be cramped for four adults. This however is understood in the web site description. The location and parking are very good for an area that can be very busy.

    Reviewed by Paul4.4Sep 2020

  • "Great location, a little dated but still offered everything you could need for a few days stay."

    Would recommend this accommodation to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Aug 2020

  • "This cottage is in an ideal location and has a lovely outlook."

    Whilst as a couple we had plenty of room I think it would be a bit small for four. Generally very well equipped though some hooks to hang coats etc on would be nice. We would certainly book it again.

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Dec 2019

  • "4 elderly friends spent a weekend in this absolutely idyllic spot!"

    The cottage was perfect for us as we could walk straight in from the top car Park, where we offloaded everything which was very helpful. We did have to concentrate on sorting out the adjustments to the heating ( very easy when we cottoned on!) also the hot water system was unusual. However, once we found the main hot water switch, (on the wall outside the bathroom ) we switched it to either basins ( kitchen & bathroom sinks) or if showering, then switch it over to shower! Then everything was perfect! We walked along the woody pathway to the lakeside & jetty early morning each day & were charmed by passing roe deer, rabbits, and various lovely ducks! The views from the seat at the jetty was stunning. What a privilege to be able to enjoy such a lovely part of the world!

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Oct 2019

  • "The kitchen area was well laid out if small, but poorly equipped in terms of sharp knife or pair of scissors."

    I was disappointed to find no cafetière available and had to resort to purchasing one. The one frying pan was very poor with the nonstick surface badly damaged. There was only one other non stick pan - a medium saucepan - and again the surface was in poor condition. The shower and hot water arrangement was not the best - either hot shower or hot water but not both at once! Water flow for the shower was poor - getting rinsed off properly took quite a time, particularly if hair had been washed. All that said top marks for cleanliness - it was spotless! Lovely and warm to come back to on a night as well, we didn’t need to put the fire on once and it was quite a cold week. The site was fabulous - really peaceful with lovely views down to lake Windermere.

    Reviewed by Alyson3.8Sep 2019

  • "We were fond of the view and modern and tasteful furniture and equipment."

    The only problem was finding the place - not having a satnav, it took us quite a time to find it even if we had searched the place in advance. We were afraid to enter the place after the round about because there was a sign "private".

    Reviewed by Jana5.0Jul 2019

  • "Disappointed (given the price we paid for one night) that there was no ..."

    Disappointed (given the price we paid for one night) that there was no flexibility on the checkout time of 10:00 Bunk bed - sheets were dirty and unwashed

    Reviewed by Nigel2.8Jul 2019

  • "We enjoyed our stay at this lovely cottage."

    The new radiators in the bedrooms and living room are a huge improvement. We also love the lake view and the woodland path to the lake.

    Reviewed by Marie4.4May 2019

  • "This property was absolutely marvellous."

    The location, woodland area, was peaceful and very convenient. The views lovely. The facilities of this cottage were spot on, everything you needed. Bright and welcoming, we, ll book again next year!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2019

  • "This was my third visit to Priory Ghyll - 2016 2018 and 2019 First the positives The location is superb even though it took us 90 minutes to find on our first visit."

    The cottage has a bay window overlooking Lake Windermere which is simply beautiful. There’s a private jetty a 5 minutes walk down a lane with a bench you can use to sit in peace and watch the boats and ferries sail by. The cottage is well equipped with everything you’ll need including towels. Negatives There are 2 sofas in the living room which really do need replaced, they were hard and uncomfortable in 2016 and are still in use now (April 2019). Every year I went back I expected they’d been renewed but they haven’t. Heating is poor, we were cold. The main radiator in the living room works but not well, the fire works sporadically. There’s a small portable heater under a side table, it works but there’s a burning smell when on high. The radiators in both bedrooms are new, it’s a puzzle to me why all the heaters weren’t replaced at the same time. There’s only hot water if no one is using the shower, you have to turn a lever above the bathroom door to either hot water or shower but not both. The shower head is situated quite low, if you’re tall then you need to bend down to wash your hair. There are loads of cottages in Priory Cottages to rent so I’ve booked next year with a different one I love the location , I love the view but need to be warm and be able to sit comfortably If you’re on a tight budget then Priory Ghyll would suit as it’s the lowest priced of all the cottages there, if you have a bit more cash then book a different one

    Reviewed by Elizabeth3.8Apr 2019

  • "A very comfortable stay,the cottage was ideal place to stay overlooking ..."

    A very comfortable stay,the cottage was ideal place to stay overlooking Windermere in the distance,had everything we needed for a comfortable stay,

    Reviewed by Kim4.7Mar 2019

  • "Cottage was fine, shower was very hard to use."

    Information on how to get to cottage very poor, took us three hours to find the place instructions need to be more specific.Place does not come up on Google Maps. Other than these issues we had a lovely stay and would recommend location and cottage.

    Reviewed by Dianne4.7Jan 2019

  • "Sykes we're brilliant at responding to a broken switch which turned on the hot water and had it fixed ASAP."

    The cottage really stank of damp though and had black mold by the sides of cupboards where it was easily visible. Dirty in places like shower and in kitchen. Very dusty underneath beds and sofas etc so no good for anyone with allergies. Good facilities and great location but let down by not having a good clean. Very musty and damp.

    Reviewed by Katherine3.4Aug 2018

  • "We enjoyed our stay at Ghyll Cottage."

    Nice spot to explore the Lakes. Very quiet aand lovely view over the lake

    Reviewed by Erich3.8Jul 2018

  • "I booked through booking."

    Com. So didn’t have much dealings with Sykes directly. But the property was ideally located and just what we needed.

    Reviewed by Heather3.8Mar 2018

  • "The accommodation was just perfect."

    Well kept and extremely clean with all the amenities you could wish for a short break. Set in the most beautiful location with the most picturesque views we could not have wished for anything better. In fact we re booked within a day of returning home !

    Reviewed by Adam5.0Dec 2017

  • "Beautiful beautiful location."

    Really pleased The little cat that greeted us made me feel at home I don't think photos do this fantastic place justice

    Reviewed by Anthony4.2Nov 2017

  • "The only thing wrong was the extractor fan in the bathroom didn't work but this did not spoil our weekend."

    Reviewed by John4.6Sep 2017

  • "Wonderful holiday and great accommodation, close to nature and fab views over the lakes but close enough to Bowness and Windermere for lovely restaurants and bars."

    Reviewed by Rebekah5.0Feb 2017

  • "The cottage is ideally places in Windermere for walking between Bowmess and Ambleside."

    We wanted somewhere we could relax in the evening and this was ideal for the money.

    Reviewed by Andrew4.2Nov 2016

  • "Ideal Property."

    Access slightly problematical as my wife is a wheelchair user and not very mobile. Perhaps more info. could have been provided re. the considerable slope on which the property is built and the fact that the path down to the lake shore (which we could not manage) is challenging to the not so young and/or fit. Equipment in property was fine - the dish rack by the sink is rusty and needs to be replaced. Some hooks for outdoor wear etc. would be nice. The weather was great - the location ideal - all in all a very good holiday. Thanks for your part in making the arrangements.

    Reviewed by Peter John4.8Sep 2016

  • "I wouldn't stay there again because I like to stay at different locations each year."

    The only thing I didn't like was the windows and frame which was dierty with cobwebs and dead spiders and flies. By cleaning that Sykes would give the property a better appearance.

    Reviewed by Nurieza4.2Sep 2016

  • "We were very happy with the cottage."

    It was small but had all the facilities we needed. The location was lovely with a really good view of the lake from the cottage. It was an easy walk into Windermere where there was a selection of restaurants.

    Reviewed by Siobhan4.8Sep 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x adult bunks
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Electric heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Terrace with bench, plus access to shared lawned area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 8 mins walk, pub 12 mins walk
  • Note: Access to the car park is via a steep drive
  • Note: Access to lawned garden is via steep stairs
  • Note: Direct access to lake, children to be supervised.

The property

Windermere 0.5 miles.

This charming, ground floor terraced cottage is a short stroll down the drive and a private track to the shores of Lake Windermere, and half a mile from the town itself.

Neatly appointed throughout, providing cosy accommodation, this Windermere cottage is ideal for couples and small families who wish to enjoy this peaceful location, with excellent local amenities, in one of the most beautiful parts of England.

This Windermere cottage has two bedrooms and an open-plan living area with a kitchen, and dining and sitting areas.

Here, you can gather and enjoy social evenings cooking and relaxing together, discussing the day's adventures.

Outside is a small, open terrace with a bench, where you can simply sit back and enjoy the views of the lake, stretching across to the Lake District fells in the distance.

Wander down to the lake shore, or hop in the car and visit the colourful town of Bowness-on-Windermere, less than two miles away, with a superb collection of cafés, restaurants, and specialist shops.

Overlooking the lake is The Glebe, a lovely park area with pitch-and-putt golf and tennis courts.

The Windermere Steamers also depart from here, taking passengers up the lake from Bowness to Ambleside, or down to Lakeside.

This superb Windermere cottage is the perfect base for exploring the Lake District and can be enjoyed all-year-round.

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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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