This beautiful front door leads you into your beautiful and relaxing getaway.A priceless collection of six stained glass windows, depicting Peace, Love, Charity, Industry,  Hope and Faith, grace the grand staircase leading up to the second floor.  Look closely and you can see the initials WC, William Carver the original owner of t


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2 Bedrooms

2 Beds


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About this listing

Situated above Lake Windermere, with sweeping views of the Lake Districts grand peaks & valleys, you will find Priory Manor, a historical Grade II, Victorian Gothic Manor, c1869

The Priory is one of the most photographed landmarks in the area


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

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Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $131
Security Deposit: $989
Weekend Price: $434 / night
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Description

The space

If you are looking for luxurious private home for a weekend escape or a romantic getaway, 1 Priory Manor is the perfect place.
Ideally located in the heart of The Lake District, it's the perfect base to take in the scenery, enjoy one of the many walks, from low-level lakeside strolls to challenging felltop hikes.

Visit the historic villages of Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere, where you will find an abundance of pubs, restaurants and shops.
A few miles further out and you will find the picturesque villages of Hawkshead, Ambleside, Elterwater and Grasmere.
For those of you seeking solace, tranquility, inspiration and/or escapism and adventure, The Lake District is your "go to" destination.
Over the centuries it's jaw dropping beauty has inspired the likes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

Your getaway is part of The Priory, a Grade II, Victorian Gothic Mansion, built in 1869 as a private residence for Manchester businessman William Carver. The location he chose for his magnificent home, commands breathtaking views of Windermere, England's largest natural lake, the Langdale Pikes and beyond.

The Priory overlooks the beautiful grounds and rolling fields that lead down to the shores of Windermere. To fully enjoy the breathtaking views, William Carver added a Tower Room, giving him nearly a 360* view of this magical place.

Today, The Priory has since been divided into two private, luxurious residences. The small terraced garden residences below the hedge of The Priory's private garden, were the location of the green houses. The beautiful building to the right of The Priory, was the Coach House.

The main entrance, with its gorgeous gothic front door, is the entrance to 1 Priory Manor. The beloved tower room and grand staircase with the priceless stained glass windows, are all .are part of 1 Priory Manor.

Entering the residence through the gothic front doors, you will find yourself in the reception room. To your right, the grand staircase, home to "The Ladies of Priory Manor".

Six eloquent stain glass windows, depicting Peace, Love, Hope, Faith, Charity and Industry. These priceless masterpieces were commissioned by William Carver and must have had significant meaning to him. Look closely and you will see that his initials were part of the harlequin pattern.

The staircase will take you up to a lovely sitting area and a long hallway that leads to both the Master and Bedrooms.
Follow the stairs up to the 3rd level and you will find a charming little getaway. Here you will find the final staircase that leads you up to the Tower Room, a great place to escape and have a cup a tea or a morning coffee.

Make your way back down the staircases and through the double doors, you will find the impressive drawing room with its beautiful view of the lake. Luxurious, yet cozy, this is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a day of touring.

Walk outside to the terrace, a perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat or share a bottle of wine. Follow the stone stairs down to the garden and then follow the private pathway that will take you down to the lake, a perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon.

The local grocery store, Booths, is located next to the train station, only a ½ mile away, giving you even more options to easily travel to London, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Priory Manor has a well-equipped kitchen, including the Nutribullet, Nespresso, Cappuccino Machine, Juicer etc.

Free WIFI, Flat Screen TVs, DVD Players, Wireless Speakers, iPod Docks, Hairdryers and Straighteners.

Local brochures and restaurant menus are located in the small office, right before the Drawing Room.

Due to the historical nature of Priory Manor we do not except children or pets.

No Smoking Please

Guest access

From the minute you drive up to The Priory and absorb the history and beauty of the architecture, you know you have made the right decision.

Dripping in Gothic Architecture, The Priory is a sight to behold. Built as a private residence for William Carver, a local businessman, The Priory became his masterpiece.

The location he chose for his Manor, was on a hill with breathtaking views of Lake Windermere. To fully enjoy this magical location, Mr Carver added a Tower Room, giving him a 360* view of the grand peaks and valleys of the area.

The Priory has since been divided into two private luxurious residences. The small terraced garden residences below the hedge of the private garden, were where the green houses of The a Priory were located. The beautiful building to your right, before you entered into 1 Priory Manor, used to be the Coach House.

The main entrance, with its gorgeous front door, beloved tower room and grand staircase with the priceless stained glass windows, are all private and are part of 1 Priory Manor.

Entering the residence through the gothic front doors, you will find yourself in the reception room. To your right, the grand staircase, home to "The Ladies of Priory Manor".

Six eloquent stain glass windows, depicting Peace, Love, Hope, Faith, Charity and Industry. These priceless masterpieces were commissioned by William Carver and must have had significant meaning to him. ** (Look closely and you will see that his initials were part of the harlequin pattern).

**We do know that he was a very religious man. After his death in 1875, husband sons and daughter built a chapel as a memorial, Carver Memorial Church (United Reformed) on Lake

The staircase will take you up to a lovely sitting area and a long hallway to 2 of the bedrooms, to the right the Master Bedroom and to your left the Guest Bedroom. Both of these bedrooms are en-suite, have king size beds and incredible views of Lake Windermere.

Follow the stairs up to the 3rd level and you will find 2 charming, smaller bedrooms, each with a single bed. Follow the next staircase up to the tower room with it's 360* views of The Lake District, it's a great place to escape and have a cup a tea and/

The neighborhood

Windermere is the perfect location, centrally located, just a stones step away from the hustle and bustle tourist area of Bowness -On -Windermere, but close enough to access both villages.

1/2 easy walk to Windermere village center, where you can find the train station and local pubs, restaurants and shops.

1 easy mile walk along Rayrigg Road to Bowness-On-Windermere

Visit the historic villages of Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere, where you will find an abundance of pubs, restaurants and shops.

A few miles further out and you will find the picturesque villages of Hawkshead, Ambleside, Elterwater, Grasmere, Stavely, Ings, Rydal, Troutbeck, etc.....

All which can be reached by car, bus, taxi, bike, boat, walking and ferry.

Getting around

Public transportation is easily accessible. Bus, train and taxi.
Boat, bike and walking (what the Lake District is known for)

There is a bus stop at the top of Rayrigg Road, across from the entrance to The Priory.
The train station is 1/2 mile away, at Booths Grocery Store
Taxi service is available everywhere.
Boats and Bike rentals available along the Lake.

Other things to note

Our Favorite Things to do:


Lunch at Chesters By The River (Skelwith Bridge) then walk to the Britania in Elterwater (approx 1.7 miles, flat path, beautiful!). Stroll
around Elterwater and walk back, there is a great local pub The Skelwith located a couple hundred yards from Chesters).

Drive up to the Mason Arms, Cartmel Fell, for lunch or dinner

Take a walk from Ambleside to Grassmere via Rydell Water there's a beautiful cave "Rydell Cave" spectacular views lovely walk

Drive out to the Eagle and Child in Stavely and have a bite or a drink by the river, stop in Ings (watch your speed!) Watermill Inn

Take the bus up to Kirkstone Pass Inn (Circa 1496) and hike down to Ambleside, downhill, beautiful walk, )the photo of my poppies was from that hike).

Walk around Ambleside, The Golden Rule, is worth a stop, another local favorite. Ask for easy directions to the High Sweden Bridge

Drive out to Grasmere, a lovely village, home of William Wordsworth

Take the ferry over to Hawkshead and visit Beatrix Potters Home
then have a walk around Hawkshead. Stop by the local pubs, we usually visit The Queens Head and The Eagles Head.

Grant Fell - Bowness-On-Windermere (approx 3 mile circular walk, great views, center of town) easy, lovely walk.

There are so many wonderful eateries and pubs. You will find some menus and brochures by the desk. Listed are a few.

Great Restaurants, Village & Country Pubs:
Bowness-On-Windermere:
Hole In t' Wall - A Must!
Angel Inn - Excellent
Graze
The Royal Oak
The Albert
Robertos - great pizza


Windermere:
Miller Howe - Excellent ( next door to Priory Manor! The Queen had a meal there last summer)
Hooked - Excellent
Cedar Manor - Excellent
Applegarth Villa Restaurant - Excellent
Giotto - the lemon ravioli is seriously yummy

Mason Arms, Cartmel Fell, Grange Over Sands,Strawberry Bank - A Must

Ambleside:
The Drunken Duck - Excellent - fine dining
Lucy's on a Plate - lovely spot for lunch
Old Stamp House - Excellent
The Samling - Excellent
Holbeck Ghyll - Excellent


Kirkstone Pass Inn - A Must

In Bowness-On-Windermere:

Rent a private electric boat for the day, it's a great way to see the lake.
Book for at least 2 hours, it goes quickly.
(We have used Bowness Bay)
Glebe Road, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Sail 'n' Dine - for excellent sail and homemade local food
Glebe Road, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Windermere Lake Cruises, (3 cruise itineraries)
Glebe Road, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Rent an electric mountain bike
Electric Mountain, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

Blackwell Arts and Crafts House
Bowness-On- Windermere, (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)

The World of Beatrix Potter

The Old Laundry, Bowness-On-Windermere, LA23 3BX
(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Due to the historic nature and priceless stained glass windows, we have a strict
No Children, No Pets, No Smoking, No Party Policy


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
3 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

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Alex User Profile
May 2017
We enjoyed the stay and loved the house. Very spacious and amazingly decorated! Lovely views over Windermere and great location to explore further!

Hong User Profile
March 2017
The host canceled this reservation 11 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

Lizzie User Profile
September 2016
The Priory is even nicer than it looks in the photos (and bigger). Keys easy to collect and drop off. Everything spotless. Loved it and will be back.
Mick & Kelly User Profile
Response from Mick & Kelly:
Thank you! We look forward to your return.
September 2016

Brigit User Profile
August 2016
Priory Manor is wunderful. We liked the space in that well designed house. we cooked our breakfeast and sometimes dinner in the nice kitchen. The only problem was the door in the kitchen which made navigation a bit difficult but is a minor issue especially if you were more than one person. The Priory is very good located to discover the Lake Distict in it's full glory! We saw astonishing areas, beautiful houses from Beatrix Potter, J. Ruskin which Wordworse. The light and colour from the lakes and heaven while hiking was wunderful as well. Very nice naighbours. We had have really a wunderful stay for these few days. We loved it!

Jacqueline User Profile
July 2016
We had a wonderful time in the Lake District despite the weather! The house was fabulous. It was fantastic to beable to stay in such an historic home which was superbly decorated. Everything was provided. We found the home to be in a fabulous location. We hired a car and were able to visit many places during our four days. We would definitely rent from Kelly again. She was very quick to communicate and was very good at solving a small communication issue we had with Cumbria Cottages. We also appreciated the welcoming treats! Thank you!!!!

Susan User Profile
July 2016
This house is amazing. It's like a little castle. Locals tell us it used to be a hotel, and of course before that a priory. Everything was gorgeously decorated and there were not only the two large main bedrooms, but if you come with kids, there are two little kids rooms in the tower. The kitchen rivals mine at home with every bell and whistle imaginal. We had no trouble cooking wonderful meals. We almost didn't want to leave to explore the Lake and area. The living room/dining room is huge and everything is incredibly spacious. The view is amazing, and there is an outdoor patio and a beautiful garden down below. Mick & Kelly even left for us a little gift box with great local products and treats! The location is awesome, and is essentially next door to Miller Howe B&B where we had an amazing gourmet dinner and a high tea. It was easy and nice to walk into the village. Mick & Kelly gave us wonderful recommendations for things to do in the area and places to dine. This is definitely where we will stay when we come again!

Sandor User Profile
June 2016
This is an exceptional property and well located for a stay being both close to Ambleside and Windermere. Mick and Kelly have created a wonderful space that makes for a very romantic getaway in one of Britain's renown areas of natural beauty.... needless to say, a fantastic stay (we were two couples although the house is large enough you would barely know your friends were there!). Mick and Kelly provided ample information on the property and very good recommendations on walks, places of interest and pubs and restaurants close by (and in the wider region). Check in was a breeze with arrangements made with a local property manager in Windermere on this occasion. Thank you to Mick and Kelly for sharing your lovely property.

Los Angeles, California, United States · Joined in February 2013
Mick & Kelly User Profile

Kelly is an American, Mick is from England. We love both countries, however spend most of our time in California.

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