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Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 17471)



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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Fair Oak."

    The house was very well equipped and to a high standard. It was convenient to be able to walk to the town in a few minutes. Sarah informed us there would be scaffolding at the rear to repair the chimney but it was not inconvenient at all. It was a bonus to be able to park the car at the rear of property. Gillian

    Reviewed by GillianMay 2022

  • "A spacious and comfortable accommodation with good facilities, close to main shops, pubs and rail/bus station."

    All the rooms are well proportioned and the kitchen has full facilities. Excellent communications from the owner who responded to any questions without delay. There was still scaffolding at the rear (mid May) that could affect access as a vertical pole is just in front of the door, although it didn't bother us. Improvement for me would be an addition of a wardrobe as previously mentioned by another guest. Nothing would put me off booking this property again.

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2022

  • "The cottage was well situated off the main street in windemere."

    The cottage has scuffolding at the back of the property and there was work going on on the roof whilst we were there. We were only told of this on Friday afternoon as we were travelling down. This is not what we paid for nor expected on holiday! The back bedroom had mould on the walls which meant we could not use that bedroom and although booking a 3 bedroom property, we could only use 2. The lounge had throws over all the sofas and a broken lampshade. The kitchen looked very old and dated. We were very disappointed with our stay and we have never rented a cottage in such a poor state, it needs a lot of TLC! Anna Davis

    Reviewed by AnnaApr 2022

  • "Fairoak was a homely and very well located base to explore the lovely Lake District."

    Sarah is very responsive and helpful. We hope to be back.

    Reviewed by LisaJan 2022

  • "The cottage was comfortable and very conveniently situated."

    It was well equiped and very clean. Having a spacious dining room as well as the cosy sitting room it was ideal for our three generation party and our young Granddaughter had plenty of room to play. The only problem we encountered was the lack of a wardrobe or even reasonable sized chest of drawers in the second (twin bedded) bedroom which made it difficult for my daughter to unpack properly. A minor issue though and we had a lovely week staying at Fairoak

    Reviewed by GailOct 2021

  • "Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this extremely comfortable-spacious yet cosy-property."

    Close to all facilities yet off the ''main drag'' (the main streets of Windermere can be very congested with pedestrians). Plenty of places to eat and drink out but also good choice of groccery stores if you want to eat in to avoid the crowds during Covid. Walks from the property and also within a short drive. Clear instructions and good communication regarding arrival from the friendly owner.

    Reviewed by BarbaraOct 2021

  • "Fairoaks is very well situated."

    excellent communication from the owner.

    Reviewed by MaxineOct 2021

  • "We would definitely recommend this cottage for a super holiday in the Lake District."

    The cottage is right in the heart of Windermere with shops, restaurants, post office and supermarket all a very short walking distance away. The cottage was spacious and comfortable for a family of 5 (all adults), the two bathrooms making it ideal. The lounge has a lovely large bay window, with an interesting outlook to the street and we enjoyed some cosy evenings in there playing board games. The kitchen is well equipped and we self catered for most of our stay. We found the dishwasher and washing machine useful. Everything was in good order with clear instructions, although the younger members of the party found the Wi-Fi a bit slow! The parking at the back of the cottage was a real bonus and we were able to park two cars there (one large and one small) as my son drove up separately. The owner, Sarah, was very helpful with providing us with information before our stay.

    Just thought I would mention here that in November we upgraded to Fibre Broadband, which seems to be much faster! Sarah Property Owner

    Reviewed by ShivAug 2021

  • "I, my wife and daughter can only say that we had a lovely, restful time."

    I have not said that it exceeded expectations because our e-mails etc with the owner, Sarah, prior to arrival had left us in no doubt that we were in safe, competent and efficient hands, and so it was. Fairoak is a lovely, homely place to spend time. There is nothing it lacks and all the information you require regarding how appliances work etc easily available, not to mention information about the delights Lakeland has to offer. Faroak is in the centre of lively, little Windermere, but peaceful and tranquil. You park up at the back of the cottage and watch the world go by through your bay window. Alternatively. you can go out, walk 50 yards, and there are eating places from all four corners, pubs opening up again and a relaxed atmosphere. You obviously choose what you wish to do with your time at Fairoak, but wherever you want to go, and whatever you want to do in the Lakes you're at it's heart. North, south, east, or west, it is all accessible. We would be more than happy to return and our thanks to Sarah, and those who look after it and made the whole experience so good!

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2021

  • "A clean, comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    Everything you might need was supplied, but you will need to take toilet rolls, milk etc. with you. The parking space at the rear of the cottage was a big advantage and we would book this place again. A great location, with small co-op and Sainsbury’s express two minutes walk away and Booths supermarket next to the station. We stayed the last week of lockdown in May, so no pubs or restaurants open indoors. We still had a good time - what’s not to like about the Lake District!

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "Wonderful long weekend in the Lakes."

    The cottage is in a great location in Windermere, very close to the train and bus station, to restaurants and shops. It is very comfortable, well equipped and very clean. The owner was very kind and very helpful with many recommendations. It would be great to return another time!

    Reviewed by FernandaApr 2021

  • "Fantastic location, well equipped, very cosy and comfortable."

    The private parking is a bonus and excellent communication with the owner. Would definitely return!

    Reviewed by DarrylOct 2020

  • "Great base to explore the lakes, very central and well equipped"

    Reviewed by AlisonSep 2020

  • "It was a very convenient location as there are lots of shops nearby."

    The cottage is comfortable, clean and well equipped. The cottage owner is very kind and she responses very quickly.

    Reviewed by SatomiAug 2020

  • "Loved our week away in the lake district."

    The cottage was in a great location in the centre of windermere with access to shops for anything we needed. The cottage was great with its own parking space. Having a washing machine and dishwasher was a great feature for a family of 5

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2020

  • "Fantastic location in the centre of Windermere."

    Extremely well equipped kitchen and cleanliness throughout the property. Easy communication with the owner prior to arrival and prompt replies to queries.

    Reviewed by CathrynJul 2020

  • "Very comfortable cottage, well-heated and in a great location."

    Handy for the shops and bars/restaurants and also for the bus/train to get around without needing the car. If we were holidaying in Windermere again we would definitely consider staying here again before looking anywhere else.

    Reviewed by HarrietDec 2019

  • "Super stay at Fairoak."

    Great location right near centre of Windermere with a parking space/ drive at back. So close to shops and restaurants but in quiet and pretty little street. House has everything you need. Very warm and cosy. Ample space for 5 people - my daughter and I had loads room on our own. Great base for the whole of Lake district. Totally recommend!

    Reviewed by NancyOct 2019

  • "Had a fantastic stay at FairOak."

    .. Sarah was so lovely to deal with accommodation literally central for everything ...loved the recommendation from Sarah the host to walk up Orrrest Head which is right near the property Stunning views - Bowness also a short walk away. Off street parking brilliant as tried not to use the car every day. Shower lovely and Sarah has thought of everything including plasters first aid kit everything you could think of was available would recommend weather a mixture of sunshine and rain which is just how to enjoy the Lake District

    Reviewed by KarenSep 2019

  • "We were warm , comfortable and very happy with the facilities and household items we needed, and the great location of Fairoak."

    The added service of a parking permit for our second car was especially helpful. Being in Windermere allowed easy access to shops, cafes and transport, (especially local buses and the railway). We all felt Fairoak was good value for money too. We’d visit again. Four contented female travellers !

    Reviewed by SimoneSep 2019

  • "Some of the cooking utensils were a bit old, the frying pans in particular."

    Cooker hood didn't work (light or fan). Overall though a nice place to stay as a base and right in the heart of Windermere which is what we wanted.

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2019

  • "This property is more than adequate for a comfortable short stay holiday."

    The only reservations we would have in recommending this cottage to friends are the difficulty of operating the key safe, which anyone with poor eyesight would have difficulty in managing, and the restricted access to the car parking position. This latter is obviously outside the control of the owner. The property could not be better placed for easy access to all the facilities in the town of Windermere. We really enjoyed our holiday here.

    Reviewed by RoyJul 2019

  • "We had a wonderful stay at this cottage in Windermere."

    The owner was super to deal with and so helpful, showing a great deal of care about her house and guests. The house itself was in a fantastic location which is quiet and yet only a very short flat walk to lots of shops, restaurants and cafes, the bonus of a private parking space which is rare in this location, making it even better. The house was very clean, well equipped and spacious and there were helpful notes on what to do with the heating, bins etc. The only small thing I would say would be that the sofas could do with replacing, but I would highly recommend this cottage, would certainly return and indeed hope to do so next year.

    Reviewed by AnneJun 2019

  • "We really enjoyed staying at Fairoak."

    The house is very comfortable and really well-located for the village centre shops and restaurants. Having a parking space was fantastic, but the house is really close to the bus stop for buses north and south which run every 15 minutes or so to Bowness, Brockhole, etc. We enjoyed not having to drive everywhere. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Fairoak.

    Reviewed by KateJun 2019

  • "A lovely house yards from the centre of Windermere."

    It is extremely comfortable, warm and spacious. The added bonus was parking at the rear of the house as it was impossible to park elsewhere with easy or near at hand. The shops, including a supermarket and restaurants were very near at hand yet the street was quite. The owner was very helpful and quick at replying to queries. We had a great holiday in a beautiful location in a comfy home. We intend to return to Windermere next year if all goes to plan and will book this house again if it is free.

    Reviewed by KeithMay 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a great location."

    We have a six and five year old and found that the cottage had everything we needed. There is a parking space at the back of the house which is great as there is limited spaces in the village. There are toys and games provided and kids dvds. The house is clean and very spacious and I can not fault it. There is a nice park at the end of the road and the local shops, pubs and restaurants are a one minute walk away. In terms of things to do with small kids, there is lots in the local area. You can walk up to Orrest Head from the cottage. It takes about 20 minutes and the views of the lake are amazing. We walked down the hill to Bowness most days. It takes about twenty minutes and there is lots to do there. We did a boat trip, visited the old style cinema and enjoyed the lake. There is also the Beatrix Potter museum here. Further a field we visited Wray Castle and Keswick. Both have great playgrounds for the kids. We also went to Coniston, and Grizedale Forest which were great days out. We also went to Brockhole which is a 5 minute drive away. It is nice to walk around and has a good play area but the activities are quite expensive and overpriced in my opinion. We had a fab week and would stay here again.

    Reviewed by MichelleApr 2019

  • "Fantastic place in a beautiful part of the world."

    The cottage is warm and spacious and Sarah is a wonderful host. Highly recommend it!:)

    Reviewed by JessieMar 2019

  • "This was the most perfect accommodation I have ever stayed in."

    I felt so much at home I actually felt like this was my home. Everything was spotlessly clean. The bedding was very comfortable and the house was cozy and warm. Being in town made it that much more enjoyable as all the shops, restaurants, attractions, etc were within easy walking distance. I would highly recommend this accommodation to anyone. Thank you for such a wonderful experience

    Reviewed by DavidFeb 2019

  • "Lovely landlady; very communicative, super-helpful."

    Will visit again! Thanks.

    Reviewed by RatishDec 2018

  • "We had a great time at Fairoak."

    The cottage is very conveniently placed, clean and comfortable. I would happily stay there again, and recommend it to friends.

    Reviewed by RobertNov 2018

  • "Our say at Fairoak was very good."

    The cottage was very comfortable and had everything that we needed. We would definitely recommend it to our friends and family. Hopefully we will visit again

    Reviewed by MartinAug 2018

  • "The cottage is very well equipped and clean and comfortable."

    The only slight problem was that the en suite toilet works on a macerator and only allowed limited use.

    Reviewed by RosemaryJul 2018

  • "This cottage was lovely - the rooms were bigger than anticipated and ideal for a family of 5."

    The cottage was clean, well equipped and very comfortable. Clear instructions were issued beforehand and were visible throughout the property re the operation of appliances etc. It is situated in a very central location - handy for restaurants, pubs and shops in both Windemere and Bowness-on-Windemere. It is also only a short drive from many activities located throughout the Lake District. We had a fantastic time and look forward to returning one day.

    Reviewed by MaraMar 2018

  • "The photographs of Fairoak were enough to put me off booking it but the reviews convinced me to take a chance."

    We really were pleasantly surprised. The house is light, spacious, extremely comfortable and well appointed. It is much bigger than it looks in the pictures, is lovely and warm and perfect for us as a young family. I can highly recommend, we'll be staying again!

    Reviewed by SharonMar 2018

  • "Sarah was ever so helpful, the cottage is lovely in a centric but quiet part of town, ideal for a family with kids."

    Reviewed by BernardoJul 2017

  • "Fabulous cottage in a perfect location for local facilities."

    Reviewed by IanJun 2017

  • "The property has a great location."

    The parking was an added bonus, although there was no need to use the car because of the excellent public transport links. The property itself was superb, everything we could have wished for -- excellent wifi too! We had an extremely enjoyable and relaxing week and would love to stay here again

    Reviewed by PeterAug 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and toilet, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair (please bring own cot bedding)
  • Note: There are steps to the front and back door
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Rear yard
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking in the property or in the grounds
  • Shops, cafés and pubs 1 min walk
  • Windermere train station 0.4 miles
  • Note: This property doesn't accept stag/hen parties or similar
  • Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100.00.

The property

Situated in the heart of the ever-popular town of Windermere, this superb cottage is set in a row of Victorian Lakeland stone terraces, 1.5 miles from Lake Windermere.

The perfect base for families, guests at this wonderful Windermere cottage will be delighted with the standard of accommodation provided, and its excellent location.

This spacious Windermere cottage offers three bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, and an additional shower room.

There is also a well-equipped kitchen, a cosy sitting room with an electric fire and a large bay window, and a separate dining room.

Outside is a small front terrace, whilst to the rear, there is a yard and your own off-road parking area.

Located in the heart of the Lake District, with the quaint Cumbrian villages of Ambleside, Hawkshead and Grasmere, all within 15 miles of your Windermere cottage, there are lots of pretty places to explore.

Pack a picnic and head up Orrest Head for breathtaking views across Lake Windermere, or meander down the Lake on the Windermere Steamer to Lakeside and enjoy the Aquarium of the Lakes, and the Haverthwaite and Lakeside Steam Railway.

This Windermere cottage is a superb Lake District base, at any time of year.

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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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Region Information

Note: This property doesn't accept Stag/Hen parties or similar.
Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £100.
Note: This property does not have electric car charging facilities, but they are available at Booth's supermarket half a mile away.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season