We had a great stay at Winterfell cottage. The owners were very helpful, even providing us with an extra booster seat for our twin toddlers (as well as the high chair that is usually available ). The cottage has everything that you need, a real home from home and is comfortable and spacious. The conservatory looks out over the beautiful garden and is lovely to relax in on a summer's evening. There is so much outside space - space for the children to run around and explore and space for the adults to sit and relax! The perfect location for visiting all the sights and attractions around Lake Windermere and beyond. Would love to come back next year!
The cottage is situated just outside Bowness. 5 minutes in a taxi if you need it (£6). Location wise it is on the other side of the road from the Storrs Hotel.
The gardens are gorgeous and so tranquil. We had the company of lots of birds including a Grouse.
The cottage itself is very spacious in the living areas, and the bedrooms are comfortable and are of a reasonable size. Bathroom has shower over bath. Shower is excellent.
Great find. Will definitely stay again if in the area.
Beautiful, tastefully and thoughtfully done up cottage, offering every comfort for a family with young children. The house offers plenty of space - including a lovely conservatory that we didn't expect - and it all flows beautifully from one room into the next. All sorts of very useful information - everything from appliances' instructions to local places that are worth a visit - were neatly presented in a couple of folders on a sideboard in the dining area.
I was particularly impressed to find a basket full of toys in the children's bedroom. That went down a treat and it was a classy touch. Another one was the presence of books, games and DVDs with films in various genres - we never stayed in long enough to watch a film but it was a nice touch and very thoughtful in case of seriously bad weather.
There was a lovely garden with plenty of quirky little places for children to explore safely. In the mornings, while having our breakfast, we'd be watching birds in the garden which was another source of joy and excitement for the children. There was also a shed that guests were allowed to use which we found very handy.
We found the location just as perfect as the house. There were short walks around and a bit of a forest which the children loved playing in. Bowness is just a short drive away and it offers plenty to look at and do. You can walk from the cottage to Bowness but pavements were often non-existent and the roads very narrow so we didn't feel safe taking the kids walking there. Obviously, the Lake District offers endless opportunities for walking and hiking so having to drive from the cottage to Bowness, rather than walk, was not a problem. There was ample parking available in Bowness and once you've parked the car, well, as I said, there are so many places worth visiting and so much to see.
The ferries on Lake Windermere are very reliable and affordable and the children would have quite happily stayed on them all day long. Also, if you are going with children, I would recommend Brockhole on Windermere. It offers all sorts of fascinating activities for children and adults alike, including archery, pony trekking and boat hire, to name but a few. At Brockhole, there is also an amazing playground which is free.
Last but not least, the owners - Anthony and Oonagh - are a delight to communicate with. Very helpful and friendly which made our stay even better. I just hope that we have been good guests in return.
Lovely cosy cottage spotlessly clean.
Great position for visiting Windermere and Bowness in particular.
Very well equipped and comfortable especially with the open fire that was great on a very cold and snowy weekend.
Will be visiting again.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Winterfell! We felt at home right from driving through the gate. This well equipped cottage provides for all our needs in a beautiful setting. In spite of the cold snap and some rainy days we were very comfortable. The quiet location and path practically out the door were welcome and the neighbors pleasant. Wonderful place to stay!
Lovely and cosy property which is well looked after. We had a wonderful weekend stay. Perfect location for visiting The Lakes with some nice walks directly from the house also - which was a bonus. Well stocked kitchen cupboards providing more than ample crockery and utensils. Everything has been well thought of in helping to provide for relaxed and homely stay at Winterfell Cottage.