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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.
The house was very beautiful and it is a ideal location for exploring the Lake District. It is a good location if you are looking for that. If you want to be far off the holiday business, you need to go to a smaller village.
It was an excellently presented cottage with a modern and comfortable finish. Really good value and we shall be back. Pity that there was no wifi but apparently it will be installed very soon. Thank you Ann for being an excellent and welcoming host.
We had a fantastic time in Bowness, and the cottage made all the difference. All pictures and descriptions are accurate; it's a supremely practical and comfortable place to stay. The cottage has a central location very close to the pubs and shops of Bowness, and only a short 20 minute walk from the train station at Windermere. Despite that, it feels secluded and private, and gives the opportunity to have a noise-free breakfast outdoors before wandering off to explore the Lake District. Bowness has great bus connections to Windermere, Grasmere, Keswick, Kendal, Ullswater and anywhere else you might like to go for a hike or a day out. Comfortable beds, a TV to catch a movie after a long day, and a washer for your hiking clothes. Ann gave us every necessary instruction, and we made great use of the guidebooks and information fliers at the cottage. Would recommend this to anyone!
What a lovely place to stay and so convenient as you are right on the edge of town, only a minute's walk to the lake, shops and restaurants, but also nice and quite in the evenings. The cottage is perfect, clean, tidy and nicely decorated. Lots of space in the bedrooms and really good use of space downstairs too. The garden was a lovely bonus as we had blissfully hot weather! Will definitely be back!
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.
Lovely cottage in a great location. Having private parking and a garden was a great bonus. It was extremely spacious for a cottage and we would definitely 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?"