Windermere – a special place to stay

If you are looking for somewhere special to stay in the Lake District, Windermere offers stunning scenery, a wealth of attractions and of course, the largest and most scenic lake in England.

Windermere and Bowness are home to some of the Lakes’ most sought after cottages and luxury accommodation, including spa cottages in Windermere which offer stunning facilities including outdoor hot tubs and whirlpool baths for two.

Romantic cottages for 2 in Windermere are perfect for relaxing, recharging the batteries and spending some quality time with loved ones or to celebrate a special birthday, anniversary or honeymoon.

If you can drag yourself out of your luxury cottage, Windermere also boasts a wide choice of attractions and things to do including, Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre, The Lakes Aquarium, Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House and of course a wealth of pubs, restaurants and cafes in Bowness Bay, beside Lake Windermere.

It is also worth taking a boat trip across the lake, stopping off at points of interest or combining a cruise with a stroll around the lake shore.

For lovers of the great outdoors there is no better place to visit than Windermere. Whether you enjoy walking, hiking, climbing or sitting at the water’s edge watching the world go by, you will be spoilt for choice in Windermere.

Windermere and romance go hand in hand and former resident of the Lake District and poet laureate, William Wordsworth wrote many of his most famous poems while living close to Windermere.

His former home, Dove Cottage is just 12 miles from Windermere in Grasmere and is open to the public. Hawkshead is even closer and visitors can see the grammar school where Wordsworth studied.

William and his sister, Dorothy moved into Dove cottage in 1799. Dorothy became the budding poet´s secretary, and was a major part of his life during his time in the Lake District. William married Mary Hutchinson in 1802. The couple had 5 children.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey moved into Greta Hall in Keswick, and formed strong working and personal bonds with William and his family. Southey was Poet Laureate from 1813-1843, and lived in Keswick for 40 years.

Thomas de Quincey was a permanent guest at Dove Cottage, and the entire family moved to Allan Bank in Grasmere, in 1808 as it was a larger residence. They stayed at Allan House, along with friend and poet, Samuel Coleridge, for two years and then moved to the Old Rectory, which was described by the poet as ´cold and damp.´ Wordsworth´s two youngest children died in the house.

Windermere is the perfect place to base yourself if you are planning to explore the Lake District. Whether you are driving or using public transport, there are plenty of options available to you. The Mountain Goat Tours are particularly popular with visitors who want to leave the car at home, and offer full day excursions and half day trips to some of the Lake District´s most famous locations.