Surrounded by lush countryside and rolling valleys, Lake Windermere is a picture-postcard to behold. Whether it’s for a special occasion or you’re simply looking to treat yourself, our collection of luxury cottages in Windermere offer the perfect base to relax and discover the picturesque Lake District National Park.
Luxury cottages in Windermere
- Spark Bridge Apartment
- Rose Cottage Windermere
- Grange Over Sands Cottage
- Orrest Howe
- Lakeside at Louper Weir
- Holly Nook
- Kendal Cottage
1. Spark Bridge Apartment
Best for: A romantic weekend away for two.
Spark Bridge Apartment is a Grade II listed Georgian Manor, beautifully restored into a set of deluxe apartments. Many of the original features have been retained to a high standard, yet you’ll find plenty of modern furnishings and features throughout. Open up the french doors and let the sunlight pour in as you enjoy a peaceful alfresco breakfast on the private patio.
If you do one thing: Enjoy a relaxing boat trip around Lake Windermere, soaking up all the picturesque sights.
Where to eat: For authentic and delicious tapas dishes, head over to L’al Churrasco in the nearby town of Ulverston.
Where to drink: The Mill at Ulverston is a welcoming gastropub, offering a choice of local cask ales and spirits.
2. Rose Cottage Windermere
Best for: A family break right in the centre of Windermere.
For a luxury family holiday, look no further than Rose Cottage Windermere. This bright, airy and spacious home has everything you need for a relaxing break with the clan. Just a short stroll from the town centre and the lakefront, all the very best sights and amenities will be right on your doorstep.
If you do one thing: Hire a couple of kayaks and have a splash about on the waters of Windermere Lake.
Where to eat: The Pig in Windermere is a contemporary restaurant offering a classic British menu based on fresh local produce.
Where to drink: If you enjoy craft beer The Crafty Baa offers over 50 varieties. There’s also a collection of wine and cider available for you to choose from.
3. Grange Over Sands Cottage
Best for: Bringing your four-legged friends along to enjoy the holiday too.
Grange Over Sands Cottage is a luxury dog-friendly cottage in the Lake District, ideal for those who want to get away from it all. Its rustic and traditional interior provides an incredibly cosy and homely space that you’ll probably have to tear yourself away from. If you do decide to venture out, you’ll find plenty of great walking routes nearby for you and your pup to enjoy.
If you do one thing: If you’re feeling active, try the Six Lakes in a Morning tour, where you can discover all the natural wonders of the Lake District.
Where to eat: The Swan Hotel is a dog-friendly inn, serving tasty lunches, dinners and afternoon teas.
Where to drink: Try a real local ale in the Hare & Hounds at Bowland Bridge, a traditional and cosy 17th-century pub.
4. Orrest Howe
Best for: Big family gatherings and special occasions.
Looking for the ideal place to celebrate a special occasion? Orrest Howe might just be the place. Set in an acre of beautiful grounds, this luxury home sleeps up to ten guests. Outside, there’s a great space for gathering everyone together for a family barbecue. The private hot tub is ideal for relaxing and making the most of your gorgeous surroundings.
If you do one thing: Get everyone together to enjoy the picturesque Orrest Head Walk to Windermere. This three-mile walk offers fantastic views of the area.
Where to eat: The family-run Porto Restaurant provides a fine dining experience, using quality seasonal ingredients to create their dishes.
Where to drink: Grab a refreshing drink at The Wateredge Inn, with its enviable location right on the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere.
5. Lakeside at Louper Weir
Best for: Reunions with friends or a luxury family holiday.
Lakeside at Louper Weir is a contemporary home, located on the shores of Lake Windermere. This luxury Lake District holiday cottage is ideal for family holidays or reunions with friends. The garden rolls all the way down to the lake’s shore, and even has its own private jetty and beach to explore! Afterwards, you can all sit back and relax in the sitting room, with its huge sofa and cinema-style TV.
If you do one thing: Whether you’re an expert paddler or a complete beginner, have a go at paddleboarding on Lake Windermere.
Where to eat: The Wild Boar is a grill and smokehouse restaurant, serving up juicy steaks and burgers. Vegetarian and fish dishes are also on the menu.
Where to drink: The Easy Breeze is an award-winning piano bar on the edge of Lake Windermere. Head over in the evening to enjoy their quality music acts.
6. Holly Nook
Best for: Glorious lakeside views from the comfort of your holiday cottage.
Holly Nook is a luxury self-catering cottage, located right on the water’s edge of Windermere. Sleeping up to eight guests, it’s ideal for families who want a plush and comfortable base to relax in. The bustling town of Ambleside is just one mile away, where you can find lots of great eateries and boutique shops to browse at your leisure.
If you do one thing: If the sun is shining, pack a picnic basket and take it along to the pretty and peaceful Borran’s Park.
Where to eat: The Rattle Gill Café provides hearty, home-cooked goodness in the beautiful surroundings of Ambleside.
Where to drink: With breathtaking views of the lake, Waterhead Coffee Shop is one of the most scenic spots in the lakes to enjoy a warming mug of coffee.
7. Kendal Cottage
Best for: Enjoying the on-site pool and spa facilities.
Kendal Cottage is a cosy apartment for two. With its contemporary and minimalist style and lots of deluxe features, its the ideal place for couples who want to treat themselves to a luxury break away. The apartment also benefits from a variety of shared facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa and gym.
If you do one thing: Visit the nearby Brewery Arts Centre for a choice of exhibitions, shows, live music and cinema showings.
Where to eat: The Moon Highgate in Kendal is a restaurant offering expertly prepared, high-quality food in a comfortable, relaxed setting.
Where to drink: The Strickland Arms is a cosy pub, located on the edge of the Lake District. Make sure to grab a seat by one of the grand fireplaces on cooler nights.