As you can see from my previous reviews i have been coming to Windermere Marina for some time now with my family and our regular cottage being number 13. Since the apartments have been built and only myself and my husband were visiting we thought we would give them a go.
Having been made aware via the website that there would be building work on site my husband looked into which apartment was the furthest away from this and it was apartment 18. We arrived an hour early and we were able to check in, parking for the apartment is right outside of the door and upon entry the apartment is spacious, warm (cottages can get really cold!) and with an ideal of view of the boats. (There was a comment on here which stated the view wasn’t too great as no boats were going in or coming out! The view is perfect from any point at the Marina, even more so as the boats were not moving. It is very quite apart from the noise of the little bells on the boats which i personally find very peaceful.)
Cottage 18 – main door, double bedroom to the right, bathroom further down the hall, then lounge/ dining area with open plan kitchen. Externally there is a large balcony with modern seating and perfect view. This apartment, other than number 17, is the furthest away from the building work and we never heard a noise.
As usual we took advantage of one of the few dry days in the week while we were there to use the small beach and BBQ area even though it was October (we roasted marshmallows)
Although there will be no new pool built on site you can use the facilities at the Old England hotel in Bowness. Having stayed at the Old England before i know their standard is extremely high and i think that this adds value to your stay. You also received 20% off your bill if you have a meal in the restaurant or coffee etc in the lounge which we took full advantage of. Although, as stated in a previous review there are no parking facilities at the Old England you can park for an hour or so near Costa Coffee and the surrounding streets for free and you can walk there within 15/20 minutes. This is a lovely walk through the boat yard and along the water that takes you to Bowness.
We will be visiting here again and mostly likely book this apartment should there be just the two of us. We did have people visit for one night as there is a sofa bed and the apartment states on the website that it does sleep 2-4 people. I would suggest for any length of time over 1 night that a bigger apartment/cottage would be more suitable for 4 people. You are also charged an additional £20 for bedding for the sofa bed – questionable, i know!!!!!
Just on one last note – our electricity bill was included in our price, if you are to stay in the cottages you are charged and additional amount at the end of your stay for this – not sure why exactly but it is worth checking this when you book.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Self-catering lakeland cottages and luxury apartments nestled around a private marina in the heart of the Lake District.Windermere Marina Village enjoys a secluded location yet is only a few minutes walk from Bowness-on-Windermere. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Windermere Marina Village Hotel Bowness-On-Windermere
- Windermere Marina Village Bowness-On-Windermere, England - Lake District