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Cooks' House ref: 127181

Windermere, Windermere, Staveley and Troutbeck Bridge
4 Stars
  • Sleeps 5/65/6
Parking4 carsGardenYes
2 person discountYesFire/WoodburnerYes
SmokingNoInternet accessNo


Cooks House is a truly outstanding holiday home, offering unique and high quality accommodation. A detached period style property, dating back to the 17th Century, Cooks House is a most charming building both inside and out with numerous eye catching original features to include exposed stone walls and original oak beams. The house sits below the parking area and the walk down the narrow steps conjures up childhood memories of The Secret Garden and Hansel and Gretel as you wonder along through the pretty flower beds and mature trees and gaze upon the hidden cottage.
Inside the theme is very much based on quality. The owners have used John Lewis and Laura Ashley to furnish their home and have created and eclectic mix of traditional cottage style with a little European and contemporary influence. The results are splendid and ensure that holiday memories at Cook's House will remain with our guests for many years to come.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Cooks' House is heated by gas fired central heating and briefly comprises:
Porch leading to spacious hallway: with feature fireplace and comfortable quiet seating area.
Lounge: With beams, a super open fireplace (fuel available locally), TV and DVD player.
Dining room: With feature fireplace.
Kitchen: French style kitchen with a mix of fitted and freestanding units, to include electric range cooker, dishwasher, integrated fridge and microwave.
A door from this room leading to the side garden with decked area and utility with washer/dryer and freezer.
Cloakroom: With hand basin and WC. 

First floor

Master bedroom: With high quality furniture and linens and double bed. Extra pull out bed available if required (please bring your own linen, this bed will only accommodate people up to the age of 12).
Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With single bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, shower cubicle and hand basin.


All gas, electric, bed linen and towels provided. Please bring your own linen for the pull out bed in the master bedroom, which will accommodate  people up to the age of 12 years. Cot and high chair available.


Superb garden areas with mature trees and shrubs with furniture provided. There are stone steps leading down through the garden down to the cottage please take care! Parking area above the property for up to four cars. This property is not suitable for six adults, the pull out bed will only accommodate children up to the age of 12.
Please note: Cook's House sits at the junction of a small roundabout on Patterdale Rd and, although the cottage has secondary double glazing, guests should expect some traffic noise to be heard whilst in the grounds.
There is a £200 refundable good housekeeping damage deposit on this property payable one week prior to arrival.
Please note: There is an access statement available for this property, if required please call 01228 599 960.

Nearest townWindermereShops1/2 mile
Distance1/2 mileRestaurant1/2 mile
Nearest railway stationWindermerePub1/2 mile
Distance1 mileLake0.5 miles

About the local area

Lake Windermere is perhaps the best know area in the Lake District and Windermere village itself is about 1km from the lake. The lake stretches from Waterhead, near Ambleside, to Lakeside at its narrow southern end, over 10 miles in length and the largest lake in England. Wooded slopes dotted with cottages and houses line its shores, while the water itself is usually busy with ferries and yachts.

Windermere is not as busy as it’s near neighbour, Bowness-on-Windermere, but has its own charms and attractions. It has excellent amenities and a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars all within easy reach. The village has good public transport links with its own train station and bus routes.

Troutbeck Bridge lies to the north in between Windermere and Ambleside; handy for both but located just off the beaten track. Troutbeck Bridge has its own local amenities which include The Sun Inn and nearby petrol station with a well stocked Spa Shop. Between Troutbeck Bridge and the Low Wood Hotel lies Brockhole – The Lake District Visitor Centre. This has an adventure playground, exhibitions, café, shop and extensive grounds down to the lake and jetty.

Situated between Kendal and Windermere is the lovely village of Staveley which is often referred to as the Gateway to the Lakes. It mainly comprises of grey slate buildings which are nestled between the Rivers Kent and Gowan. It is ideally placed for exploring the rest of the Lake District and is only a few minutes away from the beautiful Kentmere valley.

Things to do nearby

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What our customers say about Cooks' House

Mrs  Guy -

We have stayed in many self catering houses and this has been on of the nicest. It would be nice to provide a few tea bags and a pint of milk on arrival. Having said that, we had a superb time. It was a fantastic location for everything and only 10 minute

Mr P Parsons -

Very homely, warm and welcoming. It is a beautiful property. We enjoyed our stay.

Mrs Me Troke -

Cosy and homely, we didn’t want to leave!

Hr Roake -

The property was great, it was a nice surprise to find that we could get the milk delivered!

K O'Connor -

Still a beautiful house

Mrs K O'Connor -

The house is beautiful - highly recommended!

Mrs S E  Westgate -

A lovely cottage, all needs catered for. Comfortable and homely, a lovely place to stay, would definitely stay again. Many thanks.

J Bocker -

The property was very homely and cosy, from the moment we walked in we felt at home. We would love to return on another holiday.

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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

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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

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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

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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

Mrs  Guy - August 2014

We have stayed in many self catering houses and this has been on of the nicest. It would be nice to provide a few tea bags and a pint of milk on arrival. Having said that, we had a superb time. It was a fantastic location for everything and only 10 minute

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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.