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Tarn Hows

Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 1021703)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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10 Customer Reviews

  • "My family and I thoroughly enjoyed are stay at Tarn Hows, just a pity we weren't staying for longer."

    Reviewed by DarrenApr 2022

  • "On arrival we found this property very dusty, dinning room table and worktop in kitchen crumbs everywhere, floor in the kitchen/dining room, towel rail in bathroom, windows all dirty, Cobwebs around the windows, we had to wash some of the towels that had been left as they smelt damp, our daughter slept in the front bedroom, we had to swap the quit with one on the bunks beds as this also smelt damp and not freshly washed."

    The evenings we still warm and pleasant we could not use the outside seating as the cushions had been locked in the shed. No storage in the bedroom with the double be so we had to use the wardrobe in the middle room, which would have been inconvenient if it was been used. Blind broke in the middle bedroom. We noticed on the 2nd day that the lounge window was not securely closed which meant it could have been open from the outside. Sofas in the lounge very uncomfortable, door does not open fully at there is a glass coffee table behind it. Sofa in the dinning room much for comfortable. There is no shower mat in the bath, which is an accident waiting to happen as the bath gets very slippery when having a shower. Coffee/Sugar left in the jars had all dried up, would have been nice to have had a pint of milk left so we could have made a drink on arrival. Saucepans and cheese grate showing signs of rust. Overall we feel that this was very much over priced as there is a cottage across the road at half the price and a lot nicer. We never had any problems parking and the town centre was a 10 min walk.

    Reviewed by JulietteSep 2021

  • "The property was clean and had all you need."

    We wouldn’t go back to this particular property, parking was nightmare and we had to park a couple of streets away. Not good as my husband has mobility issues. The settee needs be taken out of the dinning room to give more space, and the table behind the lounge door needs moving so the door opens properly.

    Reviewed by MargaretAug 2021

  • "The house was spotless the interior was beautifully decorated and modern which was admired by us all."

    The beds were comfy a great night's sleep accomplished. We took our dog and there was an enclosed back yard for him to potter around. Near to bowness village/town also near to Ambleside. We took a boat trip from Bowness to Ambleside dogs can go for free. Would definitely book again the house sleeps 8 we had a great time.

    Reviewed by StephanieApr 2021

  • "All good."

    Reviewed by ShaunApr 2021

  • "We had a very enjoyable stay at tarn hows."

    It was very clean and comfortable and we would recommend it

    Reviewed by WendySep 2020

  • "This house was fantastic."

    It was in a great location, super clean, well decorated, spacious and had everything needed for a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by HarriAug 2020

  • "We had an amazing holiday from the cottage to the scenery."

    So much to do and see for the adults and children alike. We took advantage of the 50% of meals. We were out all day, every day taking advantage of the amazing weather we had. The park and children's playground was only 2 minutes away. We also pre booked a Tesco grocery order which arrived an hour after we did. Fab service all round.

    Reviewed by PaulineAug 2020

  • "The cottage was clean and plenty of utensils."

    No broom or dustpan and brush available (which waa rectified after a phone call) . Only 5 dishwasher tablets and small amount of washing up liquid left. No bin liners. We would usually expect a pint of milk to be left for arrival. The house seemed to be completed in a hurry-taps on bath wrong way round. Bathroom door kept getting stuck and difficult to open/close. Kitchen windows painted shut. Good location.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2020

  • "The house was brilliant and exceeded expectations."

    Loved the kitchen and dining area, great to have everyone around chatting and still be able to cook whilst being sociable. Shop at end of the road and Windermere only 5-10 minute walk. All seven guest went home raving about the property.

    Reviewed by PhilJan 2020

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin with an additional cot, 1 x twin and 1 x bunk beds
  • Ground-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Sitting room
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Private parking to the rear for 1 car and free roadside parking to the front
  • Private patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.1 miles, pub 0.4 miles
  • Note: There are small internal steps throughout the property

The property

Ideally positioned in the village of Windermere, is this family-friendly cottage, Tarn Hows.

This Victorian town-house offers spacious accommodation with all of the contemporary fixtures and features you could need for a self-catered stay, there’s no better place from which to explore the Lake District with your loved ones.

To the front of the property is a snug sitting room with pretty floral wallpapers and décor to match; here you can spend some relaxing time in front of the television on the plush sofas before heading into the open-plan living space of the property to enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal.

Within the open-plan space you will find a kitchen to the rear, boasting sleek white and grey units holding a wide selection of appliances to assist you in concocting your delicious dishes.

Attached to the kitchen is the dining area, holding a sofa too so you can relax with a glass of wine in hand as your dinner simmers on the hob before gathering around the table together for a tasty treat or an evening of board games.

Discover four bright and airy bedrooms on the first floor, offering ample space for all of the family to wind down in the evenings, with storage space available for all of your personal belongings; choose from a double room, a twin holding an additional cot, a further twin and a bunk room, there’s plenty of space to relax into your evening.

Spend some time in the rear patio area for a breath of fresh air with your morning coffee before heading out to explore your local surroundings.

Set within the centre of Windermere, you’ll find a wide range of attractions with easy reach of the cottage; from simplicities such as delicious eateries and quaint shops to waterfront adventures on the renowned Lake Windermere where you can try your hand at sailing, kayaking, canoeing and more!

Take a trip into Kendal and explore its cultural delights including a museum, art gallery and historical landmarks just to name a few, or choose to spend your time around the lake at Bowness-on-Windermere where you can find the Beatrix Potter attraction, dramatic landscapes and plenty of excitement.

In reach of a wide range of attractions to suit all tastes, Tarn Hows makes a wondrous base for exploring the Lake District.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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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

Please Note: Parking two cars in the courtyard will restrict patio usage.
Please Note : Good House Keeping Bond of £100 applies

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas