Bowness on Windermere Cottages

One of the most beautiful natural areas in the UK, Bowness-on-Windermere is largely seen as the jewel in the crown of the Lake District and offers a choice of luxurious self-catering cottages to choose from.


This thriving town is situated beside Lake Windermere, the largest lake in England, and offers visitors a wide range of things to see and do. In addition to boasting some of the best boutique hotels and themed hotels in the Lake District, Bowness-on-Windermere is home to hundreds of quirky shops, restaurants, country pubs and some excellent cultural and historical attractions. If you are planning a trip to the Lake District for the first time, or you are looking for a weekend break or a late deal in the region, check out Bowness.

The views from Bowness across Lake Windermere and over to the mountains are some of the best in the Lake District, and the wide range of things to see and do is endless. Choose from a vast range of accommodation in Bowness.

Things to do in Windermere

Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy golf, walking, hiking, climbing, water-skiing and sailing, or simply cruising down the lake on one of the authentic steam boats. If you prefer to take things a little bit easier, visit the 15th Century church of St Martin´s, which is situated in a beautiful part of the town.

The Windermere Steamboat Centre in Rayrigg Road, houses a unique collection of historic steamboats and motorboats, and special events throughout the season include the British Classic Motorboat, Model Boat and Steamboat Rally.

Bowness Bay

Bowness is popular with all ages as there is so much to do, and the focus is firmly put on the lakeshore of Bowness Bay. Here you can hire a rowing boat, sail on the steamer or enjoy a leisurely stroll around Lake Windermere, which is also the longest (nearly 11 miles) and deepest lake in England at 67 metres.

Elsewhere in Bowness you will find the World of Beatrix Potter, which provides a great day out for the kids. This is a magical recreation of Beatrix Potter´s books, where you can meet Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and all the characters from her famous stories.


Bowness is busy most of the year, and is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Windermere. The town is Cumbria´s most popular destination, so if you prefer a quieter time on holiday, it is best to visit out of season. Lake Windermere is the best waterway in the region for water sports, swimming and yachting, and it is the only lake in the Lake District which has no speed restriction for water traffic. Boat builders and fishermen can be seen at work on the shoreline, and there are plenty of cafés to stop at and buy refreshments.

If you are planning a Lake District break, why not book a luxurious Bowness cottage and make the most of your stay in one of England’s most beautiful regions?