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Brantfell Retreat ref: 128177

Bowness on Windermere, Bowness on Windermere
3 Stars
  • Sleeps 44
2 person discountNoFire/WoodburnerNo
SmokingNoInternet accessNo


On the first floor of this beautiful 200 year old building, Brantfell Retreat sits tucked away in a slightly elevated position above Lake Windermere. The lake and mountain views and the super location, close to Brantfell, from where there is direct access onto the famous Dales Way and the surrounding fell ranges, will beckon walkers of all abilities to sample the natural beauty of this popular destination. A few minutes stroll from the centre of Bowness on Windermere where a plethora of restaurants, shops and cinema await you.

Originally part of the stable to the manor house and later a working spinnery, Brantfell Retreat is now a delightful hideaway. Light floods in through the stunning picture windows, which offer views of the lake and Langdale Pikes in the distance.  Polished solid oak wooden floors, a luxury Victorian bathroom, wrought iron fireplace and beautifully coordinating decorations and linens result in a clever mix of contemporary and traditional.

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Accommodation details

First floor

Brantfell Retreat has gas fired central heating and briefly comprises:
Entrance via external stairway into the property which is all on one level with:
Bedroom 1: Spacious with double bed.
Bedroom 2: With full size bunk beds.
Shower room: An elaborate room with tiled flooring and Victorian style fittings, including shower cubicle, hand basin and WC.
Lounge/dining room: With solid wood flooring, feature fireplace, TV and video player leading through to...
Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, fridge with small freezer box and microwave.


All gas, electric and bed linen provided. Cot available.


Private parking for one car.
Please note: There is an access statement available for this property, if required please call 01228 599 960.

Nearest townBownessShops1/4 mile
Distance1/4 mileRestaurant1/4 mile
Nearest railway stationWindermerePub1/4 mile
Distance1/12 milesLake0.5 miles

About the local area

Bowness-on-Windermere is one of the most popular locations in the Lake District. Situated midway down Lake Windermere, a long promenade skirts the lake with views over a busy harbour where pleasure cruisers arrive and depart taking visitors up and down the lake.

The town has a vibrant, bustling atmosphere, especially in the summer months and a superb lakeside setting with lovely views across and down the lake. A car ferry runs to the far side of the lake taking visitors to Sawrey and Hawkshead or you can take a trip on one of the steamers north to Ambleside or south to Lakeside.

There is plenty to see and do including the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Steamboat Museum, as well as an 18 hole ‘pitch and put’ and sailing marinas. Bowness provides a good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants as well as a wide range of shops, all within easy reach.

Things to do nearby

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What our customers say about Brantfell Retreat

Ms - Neuner/Davies -

We were really happy with the booking service, the cottage was very well equipped, lovely decorated, clean and in perfect condition. We will be back!

D Follett -

We had a wonderful time during our stay at Brantfell Retreat. A central location with cosy accommodation, a real home from home.

Mrs J  allen -

Recommended - comfortable with all that is needed for a good holiday experience!

C Adams -

Many thanks for allowing us to bring our poorly guinea pig - allowed us to stop worrying and he made a complete recovery! Lovely apartment, very well presented and in an ideal location, loved it!

Ca Law -

Really lovely homely cosy accommodation.

Ms Ca Law -

Very cosy, everything provided, a lovely break. A wonderful introduction to the Lake District

P Stubbs -

lovely property in the heart of bowness,with great walks,restaurants etc.all on your doorstep,had a great week!thanks.

M Marsden -

Quiet, private and peaceful location, away from bustle of Bowness but close enough to walk to.

P Liddell -

The new furnishings are very tasteful & in keeping with the property.

Grizedale Forest

The popular woodland of Grizedale Forest measures over 24km squared and is full of activities and attractions to enjoy during your holiday.

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Zeffirellis is one of the main attractions in Ambleside with many things to offer such as a Cinema, Live Music, a Restaurant and Cafe.

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Ambleside Roman Fort

Located on the outskirts of Ambleside you can find the Ambleside Roman Fort which dates back to the 2nd century. These remains are well marked and were probably built during Roman times as a watch out. It is now managed and protected by the National Trust.

Cookhouse Galleries

Cookhouse galleries are a family run business which was first set up back in 1981 and is well known for its wide variety of artwork and photography from many different artists from the Lake District area.

Hobbs Gallery

Ambleside is full of charming galleries showcasing the talent of the local artists and photographers and Hobbs Gallery is definitely one of them, full of the artwork of Phil Hobbs. He has a large selection of amazing water coloured paintings with many inspired by the surrounding Lake District.

Stagshaw Gardens

Over eight acres of beautiful gardens can be found overlooking the lake of Windermere, just south of Ambleside. Spring is the best time to visit this amazing location when the flora is at their best with the bluebells covering lots of the area.

Stockghyll Force

The water of Stockghyll tumbles down beautifully over the rocks before pleasantly running further along through the town of Ambleside. To reach the waterfall you take the picturesque footpath through the Stock Ghyll Woods which in early spring is beautiful with all the colourful daffodils.

The Apple Pie

A very well known café and bakery in the centre of Ambleside is ‘The Apple Pie’, famous for its delicious freshly baked treats, particularly the apple pies!

The Glass House Restaurant

Located in the heart of Ambleside is this wonderful restaurant known as The Glass House with its suberb glass front, allowing you to soak up in the amazing lighting over the amazing architecture and artefacts whilst enjoying your food made from local produce.

Beatrix Potter Gallery

A gallery of Beatrix Potter’s illustrations and drawings can be found in the 17th Century building which was once the office to her solicitor husband, William Heelis. The gallery has a ever changing exhibition of her work with a room styled as her husband once had it as an office.

Brantwood House and Gardens

The Brantwood historic house and gardens was once the home of John Ruskin who is a well known part of the history of Coniston for his large collection of writings, drawings and watercolours. The house is also a museum showing a collection of Ruskin’s possessions for you to explore.

Go Ape in Grizedale Forest

If rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip wires sound like your thing, Go Ape is the place to go during your holiday. This challenging course is up high in the tree tops and is an exhilarating adventure for all ages.

Hill Top

Hill Top was once home to the well known and amazing Beatrix Potter and is open to go and visit. It is the perfect place to go and learn about the lovely author who brought the wonderful tales of the animals in the lakes to life!

Bridge House

This tiny but iconic building has 400 years of fascinating history: from an apple store to a family home. Tel: 01539 432617

Fell Foot Park

The views of Lake Windermere beyond the park are breathtaking. The Victorian lawns and garden sweep away to fine picnic areas and lakeshore. Enjoy The Boathouse Cafe with its patio, where you can enjoy watching the boats and soak in the atmosphere.


The Brownes of Townend were just an ordinary farming family, but their home and belongings bring to life more than 400 years of extraordinary stories.

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Low Wood Watersports & Activity Centre

Low Wood Watersports and Activity Centre is located on Lake Windermere and is the place to go if you want to experience the thrill great activities on the water.

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Loughrigg Fell Walk

You can walk up Loughrigg Fell easily from Ambleside resulting in a great view at the top of the surrounding lakes and rivers.

Loughrigg Terrace Walk

For a low level circular walk from Ambleside, go for a stroll along the Loughrigg Terrace, providing you with spectacular views of the surrounding central Lakeland fells.

White Platts Recreational Ground

Ambleside has two parks where you can go and relax and enjoy the space. White Platts Recreational Ground is one of these and is full of activities to do such as tennis, pitch and putt as well as crazy golf which is fun for all the family!

Help & Advice

Call us: 01228 599960

What our customers say

Ms - Neuner/Davies - September 2013

We were really happy with the booking service, the cottage was very well equipped, lovely decorated, clean and in perfect condition. We will be back!

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Cumbrian Cottages is a trading name of Wyndham Vacation Rentals (UK) Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Company Registration Number 00965389. VAT Registration Number GB 598 2299 77. Registered Office: Spring Mill, Earby, Barnoldswick, Lancashire BB94 0AA.