Two Bedroom Cottage - Peacefully located at the foot of Brant Fell, only a short walk to Bowness and the lake
About anne parker
We first visited The Lake District separately as children. Many years later on Honeymoon in the Lakes, we made a promise to ourselves to own our own cottage before our 25th Anniversary. We kept our promise and purchased The Retreat just in time for our 25th Anniversary. After much thought, effort, love and money we have now renovated the 150 year old former cattle shed into a luxury holiday retreat for ourselves and guests to enjoy.
anne parker purchased this Cottage in 2013
Why anne parker chose Bowness-on-Windermere
It was love at first sight when we saw the cottage. From the quirky upside down layout to the beautiful tranquil setting. We knew instantly it was the one for us. We have spent much time love and money transforming the cottage to what we now feel is the perfect retreat for ourselves and our guests. Each season at The Retreat is magical from crisp cold days snuggled in by the log burner to summer evenings spent in the garden watching the sun set over Claiffe Heights. Enjoy a summer evening barbeque in the courtyard garden furninshed with a local slate bench and good quality table and chairs.
What makes this Cottage unique
We have lovingly renovated the cottage, working closely with local tradesmen to ensure it's Lakeland character was retained. We took the opportunity to add extra features to give the Retreat it's uniqueness and special feel. New for summer 2017 - A raised deck to the side garden allows our guests to enjoy views over the lake.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Lovely Quaint Cottage
Excellent property in a lovely location. Well presented & everything you could ask for. Although you do need to be fit to walk up the hill from the town!
Tastefull and Spotless
We arrived early, and finding parking in Bowness difficult we found the Cottage to see if we could park there, we were greeted by Robert who welcomed us, moved his car so we could park and shared some useful tips on places to walk and eat. Returning after our afternoon tea our first impressions were how spotless the Retreat was and so tastefully furbished, well equipped, very homely and peaceful. The Retreat provided us with the perfect base for our first family adventure in the lakes; close to town (an easy walk using the Angel pub route) yet bordering the beautiful countryside of Brant Fell and beyond. The walk up Brant Fell was well rewarded with breath-taking views of Windermere and the surronding fells.
Our stunning Swallows and Amazons cruise on Coniston was facilitated by a very knowledgeable and personable guide - well worth the trip. Grizedale provided an excellent venue for our forest adventure with graded walks to suit all families and abilities. A stop off at Hawshead on the way back was rewarded with a Dizzy Blonde and the kids enjoyed the local ice cream. A visit to the Beatrix Potter museum was better than expected and the children were fascinated by all the character models and the adults, the life of Beatrix. All these venues were in easy reach of the Cottage and Bowness, although a little busy, provided too many restaurants, pubs and coffee shops to mention, except the Angel which we particularly enjoyed (try the sausages). All in all the perfect spot for a perfect Easter break!
Thanks for your nice comments. We always enjoy hearing our guests have had a great stay at our cottage.
Bowness is a vibrant village with lots of little shops, bars and restaurants and the lake. As you discovered, there’s also lots to do in the surrounding area, so it makes a good base to explore the Lakes.
I’m pleased you enjoyed the 360 view from Post Knott and Brantfell just behind the cottage. It’s an easy steady walk direct from the door and the views are superb, sunset and early evening are our favourite times to walk there.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to The Reteat.
A fantastic holiday
The Cottage is a beautiful holiday home just a five minute walk from Bowness. The flowers, cake and milk were most welcome on arrival. The Cottage has everything you need and is a real home from home. We were incredibly lucky to have great weather and made the most of the garden, decking and fantastic views. Would definitely recommend and will be booking again.
Many thanks for your nice comments. It’s good to hear you had a great break and enjoyed time outside on the deck. Spring is a wonderful season and perfect for time outside with the family.
We look forward to welcoming you back. Thanks for choosing the Retreat for your break.
Cozy cottage tucked away in nature...
Absolutely would recommend a weeks stay in this beautiful cottage. Close to the village with a great selection of pubs and restaurants, as well as being tucked away in a quiet spot at the top of a hill. Just what we wanted... Our favourite thing was eating breakfast next to the neighbouring cows! The cottage has everything you need, from a cozy log fire to a comfy bed and stylish sun terrace with amazing views. The perfect spot to travel around the lakes, whether by car, bus or on foot.
Thanks for your great feedback. It’s good to read you had a nice relaxing time and enjoyed the attractions of the village and peace and quiet of the cottage.
It’s lovely to take a walk up the fell behind the cottage on a cold winters day. Then a detour via the pub before returning to a warm cottage with cozy log burner.
Breakfast or lunch on the sun deck is a big bonus in winter. We are pleased you had a lovely time and hope you will return.
Wonderful accommodation in a wonderful location.
Bowness on Windermere is a wonderful place to visit. Very scenic and lots of walking to be done if you like that sort of thing. At the same time lots of interesting pubs and.restaurants to visit. On top of that the cottage was wonderful and extremely quiet and peaceful.
Thank you for your nice comments. We too love the many things to do and see in and around Bowness. We also like the peace and tranquility of The Retreat, quietly tucked away close enough to walk to the village yet offering a peaceful escape.
We are glad to hear you had a wonderful time.
Lovely cottage and fantastic getaway
Beautifully clean and tidy and everything you could need at the property, even with a baby! Excellent location close to the centre of the village too, thank you!
Many thanks for your nice comments. We always love to hear our guests have enjoyed a relaxing break. Time out with the family - especially when so young, is important and we are glad our cottage made it special for you.
We look forward to welcoming you back.
Special interest holidays:
The Lakes district is ideal for people with an interest in any outdoor activity. There are an abundance of walks from the door plus many other activities close by.
The nearest train station is Windermere only a 5 minute drive away.
The nearest motorway is the M6, Junction 36 is approximately 20 minutes drive.
Only a short stroll to Bowness centre and the shores of Lake Windermere.
The Retreat backs onto the open fields of Matson Ground, leading to Post Knott and Brantfell. It is idyllically tucked away at the end of the Dalesway Trail, providing plenty of country walks from the door. A short stroll into Bowness village with a good selection of restaurants, Lakeland pubs, bars and varied shops. The village sits on the shore of Lake Windermere offering, lake cruises, hire boats and the Beatrix Potter museum. Good transport links provide a means to explore the heart of the Lake District National Park.