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Destination guide

Get a great Bowness-on-Windermere holiday cottage

Escape to the beautiful English countryside by booking charming Bowness-on-Windermere holiday lettings and staking your place between the grassy fells of Cumbria. A pad in this celebrated Lake District town is a pad in a culture-rich enclave, where the old Romantic poets and literary greats, like Beatrix Potter, once honed their craft. It's a place laden with ivy-clad English pubs, where real ales slosh and open fires crackle in the hearths. Winding walking paths drift off in all directions, too, while boaters depart daily for trips across Lake Windermere to see mountains and inlets and islands.

History

Literary history abounds in Bowness-on-Windermere

A Bowness-on-Windermere holiday cottage is your ticket to a town that's intimately connected to English literary history. Back in the 17th century, it was frequented by the Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, who celebrated its beautiful position between mysterious Lake Windermere and the green valleys of the Lake District. However, more notable is the legacy of Beatrix Potter. Her famous tales of Peter Rabbit and love of bucolic life are chronicled in the World of Beatrix Potter exhibition. Other sights reveal the village's medieval origins, like the 15th-century church of St Martin, with its Gothic tombs and stoic sandstone walls.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Bowness-on-Windermere

Do you want to discover attractions to visit in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Bowness-on-Windermere a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Windermere Golf Club (1 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Go Ape Grizedale (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Brantwood (5.7 mi / 9.2 km)
  • Lakes Aqaurium (5.8 mi / 9.3 km)
  • Lakeland Maze Farm Park (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Park (13.2 mi / 21.2 km)
Outdoor activities

Hiking around Bowness-on-Windermere holiday lettings

Bowness-on-Windermere holiday homes make a fine base for travellers who are looking to pull on the walking boots and hit the miles of trails that weave and wiggle into the heart of the Cumbrian Lake District National Park. The ferry to Far Sawrey will get you across the water to a land of green sheep pastures and rising hills, while a local bus to Ambleside is your ticket to hikes up Great Rigg, and even the soaring tops of Scafel Pike – the highest mountain in England. Meanwhile, closer to Bowness itself are plenty of pleasant lakeside treks, all opening onto pretty picnic spots and lookouts by the water's edge.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Bowness-on-Windermere

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Bowness-on-Windermere is a great place to get out in nature. Here are some of the area’s most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Go Ape Grizedale (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Lyth Valley (4.8 mi / 7.8 km)
  • Tarn Hows (5.1 mi / 8.3 km)
  • Wansfell Pike (5.4 mi / 8.8 km)
  • Skelwith Force (5.9 mi / 9.5 km)
  • Fell Foot Park (6 mi / 9.6 km)
How to get around

Travelling in and around Bowness-on-Windermere

The centre of Bowness-on-Windermere is compact and quaint, and best explored on foot. It's split between 2 main centres. The 1st is awash with stone-built pubs and half-timbered cottages along Crag Brow. And then there's the ferry port area, just south of green and leafy Glebe. You can walk from place to place in around 10 minutes, passing charming alehouses by the water's edge and plenty of picnic spots to boot. The famous ferry service is much more than just a way to hop across the lake from Bowness-on-Windermere to Far Sawrey. It's also a fine way to enjoy views of Windermere, unfolding into the mountains to the north.

Food & drink 

Foods to sample in Bowness-on-Windermere

Cumbria and the Lake District are home to some of England's most iconic flavours. Salt marsh lamb is famed across the region for its unique and succulent taste. You can try it with a side of mint dressing each summer, in June and July, in the local pubs that pepper the countryside around Bowness-on-Windermere holiday cottages. The spiral sausages of Cumberland are another must, packed with spices, herbs and Lake District pork cuts. Then there's the classic British afternoon tea, which is best sampled in the cosy cafes of little Bowness, with scones, sandwiches, gingerbread and more, on the menu.

Essential info

Important information for stays in Bowness-on-Windermere

  • Pack a raincoat – the weather can change quickly in this corner of northern England
  • Be ready to navigate winding, country lanes if you're planning on driving to your Bowness-on-Windermere holiday let
  • A 10% tip is normal in the restaurants around Bowness-on-Windermere and vicinity
  • The population of Bowness-on-Windermere is just 3,800, but visitors can fill the town during the summer months
  • The closest major airport to Bowness-on-Windermere is Manchester International – it's about 90 minutes away by car

How many holiday rentals are available around Bowness-on-Windermere?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,097 holiday lettings around Bowness-on-Windermere. From 803 cottages to 175 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Bowness-on-Windermere?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Bowness-on-Windermere. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • World of Beatrix Potter: 2,400 holiday lettings
  • Bowness Bay Marina - Electric boat hire: 2,388 holiday lettings
  • Old Laundry Theatre: 2,401 holiday lettings
  • Ambleside: 1,913 holiday lettings
  • Go Ape Grizedale: 2,209 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Bowness-on-Windermere listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Bowness-on-Windermere?

Yes, of course. HomeAway.co.uk offers 803 Cottages in Bowness-on-Windermere. Our other popular types of Bowness-on-Windermere holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 175 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 803 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 67 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Bowness-on-Windermere?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 84 holiday homes with pool available in Bowness-on-Windermere. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.