About This Listing
Character cottage in the heart of Bowness. Walking distance from all amenities , yet set back in a private location behind trees. With parking and lovely garden this is the perfect place to explore the beautiful surroundings.
FOXGLOVE COTTAGE IN WINDERMERE LAKE DISTRICT (ADDRESS AS LISTED ON MAIN PAGE AT THE MOMENT IS INCORRECT ie tower wood is incorrect)
Foxglove Cottage lies in Bowness, one of the Lake Districts most popular villages, with its many shops, inns, cafes and restaurants leading down to the beautiful lake Windermere. Foxglove cottage is the perfect place to enjoy the outstanding natural beauty and to walk to local restaurants for a spot of dinner and maybe glass of wine or two.
The end property of three traditional lakeland cottages, Foxglove Cottage is a short walk from Bowness village and bay and yet remains private, hidden behind trees and shrubs. A shared drive leads up to the cottages and Foxglove is on the far end with lovely private garden to the rear.
The side entrance leads into the well equipped kitchen/dining room.
A single step leads up to the oak beamed sitting room. The room has comfy sofa and arm chairs, and , of course , the obligatory log burning stove. A most comfortable and cosy place to relax after a long walk in the beautiful surrounding area. A narrow staircase leads to the upstairs floor, on the landing is the first bathroom with bath and overhead shower. A few more steps lead onto the main landing off which there are two bedrooms, one the master double, with en-suite whirlpool bath and overhead shower, the second a pretty twin bedroom.
At the rear of the cottage there is a lovely private garden, surrounded by shrubs and trees. there is a dining area where you can perhaps have a barbecue and enjoy a glass of rose in the spring/summer.
This is a perfect place to stay for either couples or a small family, where the amazing area of the Lake district can be easily explored and just a short walking distance you can pop out to wine and dine in the evening before returning to a cosy relaxing cottage.
The linked towns of Bowness and Windermere lie east of Lake Windermere, where Bowness is at the waters edge, with the town of Windermere set about a half mile away above the lake.
Each is a busy community of shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions, serving both the local community and our visitors to the Lake District. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the bay at Bowness, a sweeping crescent of waterfront and adjoining parkland, where you can enjoy a walk by the shore or find a quite place to picnic. At the bay you will find the piers and the famous Windermere steamers, which offer boat trips up and down the ten - mile reach of the lake. Here you can also hire rowing boats and motor powered boats, which can be taken by the hour to explore the lake and it islands for yourself.
Other popular attractions are the World of Beatrix Potter, the Windermere Steam Boat Museum and a little south of Bowness the Blackwell Arts and Crafts house, one of the most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20th century. The house is a superb example of the Arts and Crafts movement architecture, where it occupies a stunning position overlooking Windermere and is open to the public as a gallery for craft and applied arts. North of Windermere is Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Center. Set on the lakeshores the main house is surrounded by beautiful gardens where you will find a huge adventure playground, café, shop and exhibitions along with a host of information about the National Park.
For visual entertainment you have the Royalty Cinema in Windermere, and the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness, staging a lively annual season of music, theatre, comedy and film.
There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants, where for me the best is by far Jericho’s in Windermere. Owned and run by Jo and Chris Blaydes, the welcome is always warm, the setting perfect and the cuisine delicious. For a good country pub atmosphere there is the Queens Head at Troutbeck, about 2 miles from the main village the inn offers fine beers, good food and roaring fires in winter months.
For the big walks and big landscapes you will have to travel a bit further into the park, however there is a good local walk up onto Orrest Head, which begins from Windermere, just opposite the railway station. Anecdotally it was the first ever walk for Alfred Wainwright where the view from the summit was said to have changed his life and set him on a lifetime of fell walking and the production of those much loved walking guides. Also quite local are the fells to the south of Bowness. Although not mountain high, they offer a magical rolling countryside rising above the lake with magnificent views.
Travel a little further afield and you much to explore. South of the villages, at the foot of Windermere, is Newby Bridge and Lakeside where the steamers terminate. Here you will also find Fell Foot Park for boat hire, fishing and the National Trust Gardens. East lies kendal, the capital Town of South Lakeland. A host of good shopping, restaurants and a busy cultrural scene with the likes of the Abbot Hall Art Gallery and The Brewery Arts Center.
At the northern head of the lake lies Ambleside, a popular town with cinema, pubs, restaurants and huge selection of outdoor and climbing gear shops.
Once you past the head of the lake you are within easy rach of the big fells such as the Langdales, the forest of Grizedale and the other great lake in the south, Coniston Water.
The outstanding natural beauty, beyond compare!
Convenience of local village with it's selection of restaurants and shops.
Easy access to Windermere station from the Lake shore, and plenty of buses around the area.
The cottage has house rules manual for guest information.
Please note that during all peak holiday times ie Easter Christmas and Summer holidays, partial week bookings are not available.
PLEASE NOTE! DURING ALL PEAK HOLIDAY TIMES ie EASTER, CHRISTMAS AND SUMMER HOLIDAYS, PARTIAL WEEK BOOKINGS NOT AVAILABLE.
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
What a beautiful bank holiday!
The cottage is fantastic. The cottage was spotless and has everything you need! The location is perfect.
The jacuzzi bath was well loved after a long hike up Wansfell.
Can't wait to stay here again!
The host was very accomodating. Well priced to say it was a bank holiday. Highly recommendable.
We had a fantastic time here, helped by a lovely week of Easter sunshine! The cottage is well equipped, clean and has incredibly comfy beds / linen. Lighting the fire each night kept us cosy, and my two girls loved playing hide and seek in the garden (and hunting for Easter eggs). Its location is perfect - Tesco Metro within a minute, and a range of pubs, fish and chips and ice creams on the doorstep. And yet, it remains a quiet oasis in this little hub of a town.
A lovely and warm house. We stayed here for two nights, and everything is comfortable. We all enjoy our times here.
We stayed in Ann's cottage for a week in September 2014. The interactions with Ann were wonderful. She was prompt, helpful and provided us with all the information we needed for our stay.
The house is in an amazing location only a short (2 min) walk into Bowness. It is set just back of the main road, so there is noise when you are outside, but it is not very noticeable in the house.
The house itself is just as described. It has good living spaces, but could be updated with some better fittings. The couches are old and worn with some stains and the cookware is extremely cheap, so do not plan on cooking anything extravagant.
The driveway to the cottage is very hard to find and takes steel nerves to master (it's tight), but after one or two times you will get it fine.
Overall we had a wonderful stay here and would recomend it with a couple of caveats. With a bit of updating the cottage would be perfect.
Glad you enjoyed it. Further to your comments, your stay came just before the annual redecoration and we also replaced the sofa and upgraded the cookware. Sorry you didn't benefit from that. So cottage now restocked and decorated ready for the coming busy year. Thanks for the booking and recommendations...
Lovely cottage in a fantastic location - 1 minute walk to the shops, restaurants and attractions of Bowness. In the other direction, a footpath takes you along the banks of Lake Windermere: a 30/40 minute route which was a perfect mini excursion within our baby's duration tolerance.
The cottage was ideal: beautiful rooms, a kitchen with everything we needed, and (didn't realise how key this was) underfloor heating in the en suite.
Cozy Cottage with lots of character. We loved the garden and enjoyed our time there very much. Although we had problems with the electricity, Ann reacted promptly and fixed it. In our opinion, the cottage could use a little bit of TLC (broken pots, full trash bin, broken arm chair). We liked the feeling of the house, the leaflets with the ideas about what to do and the privacy.
Thanks for the review, it's useful to have info about what needs to be attended to. As the cottage is very popular it can suffer the odd breakage which I have now fixed. Refuse collection is sorted (there was problem for a week there) Glad to know you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the coziness of the cottage and the garden.
Hope you come back to stay again
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About the Host, Ann
I absolutely love the lake district it's one of the most beautiful places in the world. I love to take the dog out for long walks in the country and have picnics by the lake. Reading a good book by the log burner with a good glass of red after a long walk bliss!
Equally love St Paul De Vence on Cote D'azure, again beautiful but with added advantage of glorious weather and the sea! We have a 9 year old boy who is learning to sail and windsurf so it's perfect for him there (lucky boy indeed) It's brilliant just sitting at the cafe de la place watching the people come and go or looking around all the amazing galleries in St Paul....
Fave books at moment: Kate Mosse labyrinth
Fave movies: Big Labowski, sleepers (woody allen), old original st trinians etc
Fave destinations: Lake District, St Paul De Vence/cote D'azure, Canada.
As I work in the music industry I have quite an eclectic music taste..faves at the moment are The Dirty Rivers (our recent signing) love the beta band, BRMC, radiohead, Air.
I love fresh seafood but also a good old sunday roast followed by apple crumble... If i had a life motto it would be" Why Not?"