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Fisher's Retreat

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


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely spacious property , good central location , only issues , dog poo left in the back yard by previous occupants."

    No sign of a black bin with number 14 on , black bin bags piled up against alley wall , I located a bin and put our rubbish in it . However we really enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Dec 2023

  • "It’s a lovely house but tired, cleanliness was ok but there were cobwebs on light fittings, dead flies and moths on the carpet, the bath outlet was blocked and you need a degree in computer science to get the tv going, the gutter is falling off the front of the house and the beds were old and uncomfortable."

    Plus side is the house is big and spacious but is lacking love and attention, unfortunately I wouldn’t stay there again

    Reviewed by Tony2.8Oct 2023

  • "Great cottage spacious and clean only fault was the terrestrial TV did not work ..."

    Great cottage spacious and clean only fault was the terrestrial TV did not work but ok if you have prime Netflix your ok

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Sep 2023

  • "On arrival to the property, first impressions were good but as we settled in we discovered two big chunks of chewing gum on the dining room wall which had been overlooked by the cleaners."

    The reception on the tv was not working, we tried phoning the number provided which was busy so I left a call back which I never received in the week I was there. There were not enough utensils i.e masher for a family of 6 to be comfortable in the kitchen. Also the dining room chairs were not comfortable at all. And most importantly, all of the spring mattresses throughout the property were in very poor condition and extremely uncomfortable. Many of us ended up with sore backs and necks because of this.

    Reviewed by Chris1.6Mar 2023

  • "Cute cottage lovely and warm everything you need for a great weekend would love to go back sometime, thank you for having the heating on full blast for when we arrived it was like walking into a warm hug from the cold outside."

    Park very handy for dog and 2 minutes walk to village, try Brown Sugar for a good brew and bite

    Reviewed by Debi4.7Jan 2023

  • "We had a wonderful time staying at Fisher's Retreat."

    There were 4 of us and plenty of space to function and socialize and make loads of wonderful memories.

    Great to hear and look forward to having you all back again ! Thank you for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cortney5.0Nov 2022

  • "We originally booked this cottage due to its central location in Windermere and walking distance to Bowness."

    However, the cottage exceeded all of our expectations. It was warm, cosy and very clean. It was fully equipped and very spacious for our family of 6 including our young grandchildren. We would highly recommend Fishers Retreat for your holiday stay.

    Thank you for your feedback! Very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great spot, fishers retreat by name and that was exactly what it was for us fishing Windermere all week its always nice to have a cosy spot to come back to."

    Really enjoyed our stay, in the kitchen could do with a potato masher, freezer needs a defrost and would be a help to have a door mat at the back door. None of which are a big issue but as we will be booking again be nice for next time!

    Reviewed by Lee4.4Oct 2022

  • "Lovely property."

    Had a great stay. Would be useful to point out cheaper early bird parking in very close by car park as road parking hit and miss.

    Reviewed by Lynn4.4Jul 2022

  • "The property was pleasant and comfortable."

    The parking was difficult but that was made clear in the listing. (Although parking permits were provided, the street had no spaces.) The curtains need a wash but it was generally clean. Four mugs/ cups for six people was inadequate. There were no significant problems with the property itself, and it was in a good location.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Mar 2022

  • "Great property in a fantastic location."

    I would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2022

  • "We absolutely loved the property; it is full of quirky features and we felt at home immediately."

    Parking is a pain though.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Feb 2022

  • "Great cottage, perfect location!"

    right next to the church, Christian Lakes Centre, Thanks very much

    Reviewed by James5.0Jan 2022

  • "Missing parking permit."

    Difficult to contact the helpline as the number given on the confirmation email cut off as soon as it connected. cottage ideal for what we needed though -- so much so we will probably rebook for next year

    Reviewed by Bernice4.7Dec 2021

  • "We all (Me, my husband, adult daughter and partner plus Luna the Old English Sheepdog) had such a lovely time at Fisher's Retreat."

    The location was ideal, being very near a park/dog walk as well as minutes from Windermere town (lots of places to eat/bars etc) with regular bus services to Bowness on the lake which was a pleasant 25-30 min walk away. We had everything we needed in the cottage and were pleased to be informed that the dishwasher had been replaced before we arrived. The standard of cleanliness was very good. However, I would say that the hall carpet needs replacing as I could see that it was quite marked. Overall, we loved it and would definitely return!

    Reviewed by Caryn4.7Sep 2021

  • "Perfect quiet location 50y from the park for our dog, but two minutes from the activity of Windermere Main Street."

    Easy access to Ambleside, Bowness and the main road access towards the motorway. Cottage comfortable and adequately equipped. Checking out time of 09.00 and checking in time of 17.00 seems rather excessive time to clean the cottage, and spoiled the first and last days.

    Reviewed by Jason4.1Aug 2021

  • "Lovely quiet house in great location."

    Dark downstairs but I appreciate that was the nature of the property. I moved a chair from thedark sitting room to the window in the dining room as this was a nice spot to sit during the day, the lounge was definitely an evening room being small and dark. I also took the leaves of the table to reduce its dominance in the room and make it cosier to sit around. I was disappointed that there were no pillow cases or towels in the loft room despite me indicating that five people were staying. But overall, the lovely solid traditional nature of this peaceful house in an absolutely fantastic location made our stay a great one.

    Reviewed by Frances4.1Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was in a great location but inside was a bit tired in places."

    We did have a good time and weather was kind to us considering we still had to eat and drink outside because of the restrictions still in place at the time.

    Reviewed by Louise3.8May 2021

  • "The cottage was very cute and rustic."

    The location was great as well. The only thing I would say is that the bed is not the most comfortable, definitely okay for a couple of nights but if you are staying longer, it may be uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by Daniela4.4Apr 2021

  • "Accommodation was filthy throughout and this was not dealt with during our stay."

    There also maintenance issues (freezer unusable, dishwasher not working properly, blocked drains etc.). Would 100% not recommend

    Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry that our property was not up to your expectation. In response to your feedback, we have now taken on a new management company to maintain our property, so going forward the property will be of the standard we expect. Once again thank you for your comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew2.5Oct 2020

  • "Great location, very quiet area, parking outside property was ideal, it was only a 30 min walk to lake windermere, which was perfect for us."

    Local shops and eating spots only 5 min walk. Property was warm and comfy , grandkids loved the layout of the cottage.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2020

  • "Great like property for my week stay in the lakes."

    Had everything I needed. 2 small issues however 1) no attention to the freezer as it looked like he hadn't been defrosted in a year or so which didn't help as we got a tesco delivery with some frozen food. 2) upstairs bathroom needs looking into as the water take some time to drain.

    Reviewed by John3.8Oct 2020

  • "It didn’t spoil our stay but hygiene especially with COVID needs improving."

    It was really dusty under the couches and even a dirty tissue under the coffee table. A number of bulbs internally and externally weren’t working. The oven tray hadn’t been cleaned and if we had taken frozen food we wouldn’t have got it in the freezer as it needs defrosting. The back drain was blocked but I unblocked that myself. Also the grey bin is missing so all the previous customers rubbish was dumped outside the back gate. I have seen some reviews on here and people had put this feedback previously but nothing has been done about it. Like I said it hasn’t put me off going back to the property but if we booked again and was same way we wouldn’t go back after that. The owner should look at the feedback given and resolve the issues. If it is an external cleaning company they need to have a check list to show they have checked the bulbs, cleaned throughout, checked previous rubbish left, etc

    Reviewed by Andy3.8Sep 2020

  • "Good location to Windermere centre."

    Parking ok at certain times of the day but have to park a few streets away at other times which was fine as had read other reviews before booking & knew what to expect. Cottage very clean & tidy, full of everything you would need. Remember it’s a very old property so it’s not “perfect” as in a new build. Some of the lightbulbs weren’t working so maybe these could be checked? We just swapped them around.

    Reviewed by Maxine4.1Sep 2020

  • "We stayed at Fishers Retreat for a short weekend break in September."

    As soon as you walk in you feel at home in this cottage. It has everything you need and is like home from home. It has a cosy feel and is the perfect place for a holiday in Windermere. The location is perfect with a few bars, pubs and restaurants and it’s just a 15 minute walk into Bowness which has more going on. We had a lovely time and will definitely be staying again!

    Reviewed by Chloe5.0Sep 2020

  • "Check in/out times were changed to be less convenient after booking."

    This was done to enable effective cleaning. The cottage wasn't clean it was pretty disgusting. The sides were wiped, cutlery/dishes cleaned and bedding seemed clean however there was food on the floor in the living room and months worth of dust under the sofas/around the fireplaces/less used surfaces. It is clear that it was a relatively light cleaning job and the fact check in/out hours were changed post booking to fit it in is a joke. I don't blame the homeowner for this, the cottage was as described, mostly comfortable (except for the beds) and in a good location but the management/cleaning company isn't up to scratch for the arguably high rate paid for 3 nights.

    Reviewed by Daniel2.8Sep 2020

  • "Excellent location."

    Parking a bit hit and miss. House fine but not as clean as we would have liked. Some remnants of previous guests. Wheelie bin missing, bulbs out. Did the job but you pay for the location rather than a top quality house.

    Reviewed by Linda2.8Jul 2020

  • "The cottage was not cleaned ready for our arrival."

    .. very disappointing. As a family of 6 we had no choice but to wait in the car whilst the cleaning was done and then they had to come back out later to do the beds!! Shocking and disgraceful service, especially in these worrying times...

    Reviewed by Emma2.5Jul 2020

  • "Need to check car park permit available as unfortunately wasnt for our stay."

    Also 2 bulbs out in the main dining room making this quite dark. Other than that - a really nice place to stay, warm, cosy and spacious. Great location for walks from the house and to access the town's shops, bars, restaurants and attractions.

    Reviewed by Jill4.7Jan 2020

  • "We loved the cottage - super location & facilities."

    We did on occasions have a slight issue with the parking; spaces close to the cottage were at a real premium & we had to park a few streets away from the cottage on a couple of occasions, although this might have been due to the time of year (over New Year).

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage in a great location Comfortable, roomy and ideal for our needs Will definitely return Thanks"

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Nov 2019

  • "Comfortable, clean and as described"

    Reviewed by Se3.8Nov 2019

  • "Everything was great It was no problem to us but the downstairs shower room was on the cold side"

    Reviewed by Martyn5.0Oct 2019

  • "Fisher's Retreat was lovely, comfortable and roomy."

    A very homely and warm place to stay. We felt comfortable as soon as we arrived. The owner provided everything that we needed for our stay and the house was perfect. It is located just off the main high street which was very handy for all the local facilities. The local park is at the end of the road which was ideal for my dog. We had a great stay and will definitely return. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Oct 2019

  • "We had a wonderful week at Fishers Retreat, a short walk to the town with a wonderful coffee shops, supermarket and friendly butchers."

    Close to the Sykes booking agency which were really helpful when we struggled with the TV. Would recomend and would certainly return if we were that way. Thank you

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2019

  • "Nice and clean dog friendly accommodation."

    Reviewed by Allan4.1Jul 2019

  • "This holiday a accomodation is the worst we've ever stayed in , the cleanliness of the house was exceptionally poor and was disgusting in places."

    I called Sykes who were very helpful and ordered a Re-clean. Whilst this dealt with some of the uncleanliness, I have to say it still needed a through deep clean from top to bottom!! Additionally, when I sent photo to Sykes whilst they agreed it wasn't of a clean standard they felt some of it was owing to maintanence rather than cleanliness. I did point out that it if the house had been kept on top of then it wouldn't have fallen into such a state . I did get a refund of £150 compensation but it really was just one thing after another with this property - the Parking Disc was out of date and we got fined (yet again they refunded) but by this point we'd had enough of this property. The communication between the caretaker and the owners (who live abroad) needs to be better done if these issues could have been avoided if the house had been looked after better

    Thank you for providing feedback on your stay at Fisher's Retreat. We are very sorry this property did not live up to your expectations, and apologies for the issues during your stay. Following your call to us we arrange for a re-clean of the property. We are currently liaising with the owners regarding the cleaners who manage the property, we thank you for raising these points with us. The offer of compensation was a gesture from the owners in reflection to the issues you raised. As soon as the owners were made aware of the parking disc this was replaced with a new one that is valid for 12 months. Again, they apologise for this and had paid for the tickets you received. We are now working together with the owner to ensure the property is back up to our standards. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen2.8Apr 2019

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at The Fishers retreat ."

    When got to the property there was a blocked drain outside the kitchen , which was resolved quickly after I reported to Sykes . Also the parking permit was out of date and I received a penalty notice early in the week, again Sykes paid the £25 into my account a couple of days later and hopefully a new permit was issued by the council in time for new guests . As for the cottage itself we have no complaints , it was comfortable and warm , the heating was very effective. Everything we required was supplied . As for Windermere and Bowness , both are very nice places to holiday in . There is so many pubs and restaurants to choose from , you could stay for 2 weeks and eat somewhere different every night. All in all a very pleasant stay

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Apr 2019

  • "Only a few comments in that the toilet seat was completely broken and meant only the down stairs toilet was properly usable."

    The bath taps need attention the cold tap is not secure. Could do with a bin outside to put rubbish in.

    Thank you for your feedback. I would like to confirm that these issues were dressed and fixed as soon as we were made aware. . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Max3.8Nov 2018

  • "Some of the fittings were broken; the downstairs shower door, the upstairs toilet seat, stains on some carpets and there were quite a few cobwebs."

    Reviewed by Laura3.1Oct 2018

  • "We really enjoyed our week in the Lakes, our accommodation was very good, Sykes dealt quickly with a couple of problems we had, namely a leaking bath and the lack of lighting in the kitchen."

    The only thing which would put us off booking this accommodation again would be the parking, we enjoy lake swimming which involves wet suits, dry robes and bags etc and more often than not we had to park right down the road which wasn’t ideal. But on the whole the accommodation was in a good location.

    Reviewed by Sandra3.8Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was very clean and well equipped in a quiet area close to places to eat and shops in Windermere and to some nice walks and it was also near to a park which came in handy for exercising our dog."

    The pass to be able to park on the road outside was very convenient and the keys were easy to collect and leave in the safe box. We really enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Caroline4.1Aug 2018

  • "Back garden needs some TLC and front needs some maintenance."

    Otherwise great accomodation and would book again. Internet was very good. Important to note that a spiral staircase leads to the twin room and it is an 'upside down' accomodation hence bedroom s is on ground floor and kitchen sitting dining on -1

    Reviewed by Aldo4.4Jul 2018

  • "Cottage is lovely, has everything you need."

    It’s in a great location, 2 minutes from shops, restaurants and bars. Some really lovely walks in the surrounding areas. We go to Windermere as my son takes part in the Great a North Swim and we like to make a weekend of it. We will be back next year and will definitely be using Sykes Cottages again

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jun 2018



    Reviewed by Susan4.1May 2018

  • "Better lighting in dining room area would be beneficial."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Apr 2018

  • "I have sent you an email with some pictures as attachments."

    This was mainly to do with the back "Garden" or Yard!!! It was in a disgusting state so as I said earlier, refer to my email. Regards Mr R W Hughes

    Reviewed by Robert1.9Mar 2018

  • "Staff at sykes very friendly and very efficient at responding to a small issue that arose during our stay (providing new microwave)."

    Reviewed by Emma4.6Feb 2018

  • "The cottage was absolutely fine but with a couple off areas that personally we had issue with."

    1. The sofa was really slippy and difficult to get comfortable. 2. Main bedroom mattress incredibly firm. Not comfortable at all. 3. Some of the reviews in the book mentioned cobwebs- very surprised that the cottage was still full of them. 4. The Hoover obviously needed emptying, gave off a real Dusty and dirty smell when we used it. 5. Minor issue but a number of light bulbs had blown. 6. Main bathroom shower pressure poor and downstairs shower room too cold to use first thing in the morning.

    Reviewed by Ian3.5Feb 2018

  • "Parking at the property can be a problem at busy times, as we were there on New ..."

    Parking at the property can be a problem at busy times, as we were there on New Years Eve & unable to park anywhere close to the property after driving around for about 15 minutes we had to park in the pay & display car park overnight

    Reviewed by Eddie3.3Dec 2017

  • "Cosy, warm cottage very centrally located, yet away from any traffic noise."

    We had a perfect weekend - everything was in good working order with clear instructions provided. Parking with a permit for one car was useful and overnight parking for more vehicles available, if space on the street. Spoke to a member of your team who said she would email me regarding a request. Don’t appear to have received one but it didn’t spoil our stay. We would definitely consider returning. Thank you

    Reviewed by Anita5.0Nov 2017

  • "Perfect! Fisher's Retreat was ideal, we stayed early November and it was warm and cosy but spacious enough for the 3 Adults and 2 young children."

    The location is really good and a short walk into the town and easy to walk to Bowness-on-Windermere too. The cottage had everything we needed and more and weren't expecting things like toiletries and washing up liquid etc. The beds were comfortable and no noise from outside at night time (except fireworks given the time of year). The only downside were the shower over the bath isn't very powerful, but did the job and the shower room off the kitchen was freezing but the shower was very good, you just need to get in it very quick and get dry very fast :-) We also think the rooms could do with a good dust, i guess it gets quite dusty but there was a lot of dust and dog hair under the sofa and on the rug. Having said that the beds and bathrooms were extremely clean. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cottage to other people.

    Reviewed by Jane4.8Nov 2017

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed my break in spite of the weather."

    There was one good day which allowed me to cruise the full length of Windermere, and find a lovely little café in Ambleside - The Copper Pot which is on a par with Brambles in Windermere itself. At 5' walk from a plethora of eating places and two supermarkets it is ideally placed for DIY holidaymakers. Lack of a Hoover was about the only downside.

    Reviewed by G J C4.8Mar 2017

  • "It was a lovely cottage, very close to the heart of windermere."

    Plenty of space . There was also a welcome basket of jams and drinks which was fantastic.

    Reviewed by John5.0Oct 2016

  • "The accommodation exceeded our expectations and was nicer than the photographs suggested."

    Great location and would definitely return - thank you.

    Reviewed by Colette4.8Oct 2016

  • "Brilliant location and excellent cottage."

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Oct 2016

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  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king size-double, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x first floor twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Lower ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Lower ground floor kitchen
  • Lower ground floor dining room with gas fire
  • Lower ground floor sitting room.
  • Gas central heating with gas fire
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, Dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, Bluetooth speaker, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Roadside parking for 1 car (permit provided)
  • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome at a additional cost of £12
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 mins walk, pub 2 mins walk
  • Note: Twin bedroom is accessed via a spiral staircase, not suitable for young children or those with limited mobility
  • Please note: This property only accepts a minimum stay of 3 nights
  • Please note: This property only accepts any week long booking to commence on a Friday
  • Note: WiFi can be intermittent
  • Note: Guests will be charged £50 if the parking permit is lost during stay, due to reimbursement costs to owner for future guests

The property

This delightful terraced cottage is conveniently located in the heart of the Lake District in Windermere, close to the town's park.

Set over three floors, this is an ideal base for families and friends who wish to spend time together in this popular location.

The cottage has some charming original features and has comfortable furnishings throughout with plenty of space to relax.

On the lower ground floor, there is a sitting room, a kitchen, a spacious dining room with original tiled floor, a boot room and a shower room.

Go up the stairs to the ground floor where you will find two of the three bedrooms, one has a king-size double and one a double, plus the family bathroom is also on this floor.

The third bedroom, a twin, is on the second floor and is accessed via a spiral staircase.

Outside, there is a small enclosed courtyard, where a drink can be enjoyed after a day spent out and about and access to Queen's Park is at the end of the road less than 150 yards away with play ground facilities and open grass.

There are excellent amenities on the doorstep, with a range of shops and numerous cafes and restaurants.

Bowness-on-Windermere, on the shores of Lake Windermere, is just two miles away where you can enjoy the lake either by hiring a rowing boat or cruising on the Windermere Steamer.

There are also lots of activities available on the water with kayaking and stand up paddle boarding to name a few.

For a quieter day, why not take the ferry and cross over to the pretty villages of Near and Far Sawrey or Hawkshead?

Grizedale Forest is also over this side of the lake where you will find endless paths to explore.

This lovely cottage makes an ideal base for exploring this wonderful part of the Lake District whether you want to get out on to the fells or simply to take time to admire the beautiful scenery.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £50.

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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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Note: There are 6 steps leading to the front door.
Note: There is a deposit of £50 that will be authorized on your card at the time of booking this property, this is for damage or loss of the parking permit.
Please note: This property only accepts a minimum stay of 3 nights.
Please note: This property only accepts any week long booking to commence on a Friday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas