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Beech How Cottage

Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria & The Lake District (Ref. 972414)

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    • “Stunning”
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    • “5 of us stayed here and we all agree it was stunning. Amazing views and beautiful garden. The house well equipped, clean and spacious. Will definitely book again! 2 dogs enjoyed it too!”

    Jaxhayhurst, Preston, United Kingdom, July 2018

    • “Perfect and pet-friendly , in a wonderful location.”
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    • “Very well equipped comfortable house. The views are wonderful and our two dogs loved the freedom of the grounds. My 90 year old mother loved just sitting watching the steamers and other boats sailing by.”

    Jeannette W, May 2017

    • “Superb New Year's break- dog friendly and stunning setting”
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    • “I booked Beech Howe last minute for family and friends for a relaxing New Year's break and the property, location and holiday surpassed our expectations. The property is set in its own charming grounds, including a stream, wooded area and lake frontage immediately off the A592. Take care to read the instructions as the drive is easy to miss, but once you know where you are going all is well. The property is reached down the end of a narrow drive. We arrive in the dark 28 Dec, however the lights were on to welcome us and the house lovely and warm and with some subtle but delightful Christmas decorations and a tree upstairs in the lounge. The layout is great with the kitchen diner, with fab views, a bedroom and bathroom and the utility area down stairs and a lounge, two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. This makes it ideal for 2 sets of friends. The only thing missing is a real fire, however given the property is lovely and warm there is no need. All rooms look out on the lake and the kitchen-diner was the hub for our stay. The property has been recently renovated and is in great condition and all the amenities you could want are provided. There is a seating area outside overlooking the lake which has an array of bird feeders which had been freshly stocked and we loved watching quite a collection of different birds that visited during the day. There is parking for at least 4 cars but the logistics of turning and shuffling round can be a bit tricky, we had 3 and it worked for us. The small bridge over the stream, wooded area and zigzag path down to the lake are doggie heaven, our two labs were in and out throughout the stay - it was a good job we brought the drying coats. The house has a fabulous collection of local area books, some dating back to the 1960s, walking books and maps - I could quite easily have stayed in and read and enjoyed views and the birds had the weather been bad. There are a couple of good and small walks over the back to a reservoir but any walks from the house include the road without pavement for at least a short spell so not ideal. However the house is not far out of Bowness and nothing in the lakes is too far away. Overall a fabulous property that was tailor-made for us and we cannot recommend it highly enough”

    Rayna O, London, United Kingdom, January 2017

    • “Fantastic views”
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    • “We stayed here for a long weekend with my brother and his wife who were staying for a week. This cottage has everything you need for a stay in the lake district. It is fully equipped, every piece of cooking implements you would need and washer dryer etc and the views are fantastic from the kitchen, dining room, living room and bedrooms . Just picture waking up and seeing the most amazing view of the lake from your bed. The cottage is set in it's own wooded grounds with access down to the lake via a zig zag path. My brother has two staffies who absolutely loved the freedom they had and we had no worries that they could get up onto the road. They have thought of everything and have board games, books, information about the area and what's available . For walkers there are the full series of Wainwrights, OS maps and walks. We used them to bag a couple of wainwrights while we were there and for a lovely lake side walk the following day. My only criticism is that the decor could do with a refresh, I think they may have started that process as the bathroom has obviously been recently revamped. I would recommend this cottage especially for people who like to take their dogs.”

    GeraldineandIan, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, October 2015

    • “Lakefront Location”
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    • “Plus points - brilliant views and excellent peaceful location ,Lakeside area for BBQ or just sitting watching the world (boats) go by . 2 newish bathrooms and Kitchen Very dog friendly with very spacious secure grounds and Parking for at least 4 cars Separate washer and drier Free Wifi Negative Points as honest review but didn't affect enjoyment of a chilled out relaxing week Steepish path to the lakeside but wide and well surfaced Fairly pricey but was peak week Distance from Bowness means £10 to £12 taxi to town as the road is not safe for walking Decor a little tired , property would benefit from a little more investment but would still highly recommend it”

    Markymark10, Middlesbrough England, September 2015

    • “Great holiday”
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    • “Had a wonderful time at Beech How Cottage. Loved the access to the lake through woodland and as the weather was good enjoyed the barbecue by the house. Everything was there that we needed for a thoroughly enjoyable stay.”

    Karenza S, Birmingham, United Kingdom, July 2015

    • “A fabulous and relaxing stay.Wish we could have stayed longer.”
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    • “Beech How is in an idyllic setting on Lake Windermere.i stayed here in March for my 50th birthday with a group of friends.We could not have asked for a better 4 day break.The house was spotlessly clean with everything you need and stunning views.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Wirral, May 2013

    • “Beautiful setting on the edge of Lake Windermere.”
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    • “Beech How Cottage sits on the edge of Lake Windermere, with excellent views, peace and quiet. The cottage is well equipt with everything you need for a weeks stay including walking and wildlife guides. We used a local taxi firm "Peagasus" for a night out in Windermere which was a £8-9 fare for a 6 seater taxi. Our dogs loved the back garden with path down to the lake edge; but the upside down layout confused our older dog as the lounge was upstairs (to make the most of the views of the lake and hills)! We have already recommended the property to family and friends.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, York, April 2013

    • “was worth it for the views alone”
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    • “could not have asked for more. it was exactly what we wanted and needed views from all the rooms were fantastic, from cooking in the kitchen, eating in the dining room, sitting in the upstairs lounge to waking in the bedrooms all windows framed a beautiful view of the lake with the high fells in the distance. The location of the cottage is only 2.5 miles from Bowness with great places to eat. The cottage is perfect for dog owners”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, St Helens Lancashire, January 2013

    • “Lovely views over Windermere”
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    • “Lovely cottage, homely with great views over Windermere, good for the dogs although we took a gate with us to keep them enclosed overnight. Fridge might be a bit small if you are in a large party and self catering. Booking agent very helpful and detailed instructions on how to get there given. However, postcode not recognised on Satnav so it may be difficult if arriving later in the day as entrance difficult to spot in the dark.Otherwise a great stay was had by all. Very central to Windermere, Ambleside etc.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Scotland, October 2012

    • “Just Wonderful… Very Happy…”
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    • “Beech How Cottage Just Wonderful… Very Happy… The Cottage and its location was everything we hoped it would be. 1st Class. On arrival at 3.40pm the cottage was very welcoming, with day light still remaining we were able to see across the lake – just wonderful – to be able to sit at the dining table and look out through the large window at the lake, views and snow capped mountains was brilliant. What an ideal. Unfortunately… The cover on the dining table was very dirty. The glasses were full of dust, as were all surfaces in the kitchen and dining area. The kitchen upgrade is very good, but, some cupboard space has been lost. It looks like paint as been spilt on the floor covering. The double bed was very hard, and we only spent the 1st night in there ( a topper would sort this ) We moved to the twin bedded room alongside to find that one of the beds had been slept in and not changed. All surfaces and skirting boards were very dirty with weeks of dust and hairs. We had to go out and buy cleaning materials to clean both bathrooms! So we could use them, some areas had not been cleaned at all, and they were not cleaned to our standards. We had to clean off mould in the corner of the first floor twin bedded room. We are involved in holiday-let changeovers, and people do not want to go out to buy cleaning materials and set about cleaning at the start of what is their holiday. The cottage was warm, and we were never short of hot water. Bev likes to bath rather than shower ( Shower head does not stay in position ) baths were lovely. The heating became too hot, and we found it hard to control, as it was all-or-nothing, with 0 been off, and 1 been very hot on the individual rad stats. This all may sound very negative, but, be assured, we had a great holiday here and although we had 8 nights, wish we could have stayed longer. With cleanliness issues resolved this would be a 1st Class Holiday for anyone, and we look forward to booking again, we would love a two-week stay here. At this time of the year you can see right down to the lakeside and we loved that, with the woodland and woodland walk to the lakeside – just wonderful… very happy…”

    551keithk, Ceredigion, United Kingdom, December 2016

    • “Second Visit in 3 years”
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    • “Property has benefited from having a new bathroom and cooker. If are looking for a cottage that has everything for a family with a really attractive wooded walk down to your own little piece of Lake Windermere this is your baby. House is warm, comfortable has all mod cons ie dishwasher / washing machine. It is peaceful and well placed for exploring the lakes. The icing on the cake - dog friendly”

    TR1807, Nailsworth, United Kingdom, October 2015

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    • “A super location and information before holiday were stress free. The customer service staff are very friendly and helpful.”

    Mrs Batson, Sunderland, October 2018

    • “Generally this cottage was of a high standard, well equipped and in an exceptional location. The only `niggles` were relatively small, but attention to them would raise my classifications (above) to top level. 1. The downstairs bathroom is gloomy and needs refurbishment and a better shower. The bath was stained under the `non-slip` mat and did not look particularly wholesome. 2. The `welcome` pack was a nice touch, but in a property where arrivals are likely to be late, and/or at weekends, attention should be paid to ensuring that a supply of essential `disposables` e.g. washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and toilet rolls is on hand. 3. The area adjacent to the lake was in a pretty scruffy condition with old and discoloured plastic chairs scattered about, and various other items stuffed in the bushes. For such an idyllic spot, it seems a shame that more attention is not paid to maximise the appeal of such an attractive feature of the property.”

    Mr Barton-smith, Haywards Heath, October 2018

    • “Having stayed in Beech How Cottage in March 2017 I was surprised at how 'tired' the property has become in the intervening 18 months - similar comments have been left by others in the Visitors Comments book. The two single beds in the downstairs bedroom creek and groan at the slightest movement and the headboards do not fit the beds so that just turning over in bed at night means the headboards crack against the wall, even when the beds are moved away from the wall. There were cobwebs everywhere and dust accumulating underneath furniture and behind doors. I did not intentionally go looking for this, but when you are looking for something you've misplaced you get to see into the corners! I have already mentioned the broken shower and the lack of clothes hangers and these problems were resolved impressively quickly by yourselves. Thank you. The staining in the downstairs bath is an utter disgrace, but as this was the bath with the only shower, and as I have a disability which prevents me from bathing, I had to step in to this bath to use the shower. As I have already suggested, if the owners are aware of this problem, and if they are going to have to have the bath removed, then maybe they could have a proper walk in shower installed instead for those guests who are unable to bath or find difficulty stepping into and out of a bath to take a shower. The house is in a delightful position, with amazing views and a wonderful array of garden birds. However, having a sloping driveway, covered in wet and slippery leaves, it makes walking to the front door very treacherous. I do not know if there is a regular gardener, but at this time of year the whole area could do with regular leaf clearing. When leaving a property we always clear up and clean around - unfortunately the leaves blown in through the front door, and carried in our shoes onto the inside mat were stuck and impossible to remove as there was no vacuum cleaner. We swept through the rest of the house, but could not budge the leaves.”

    Mrs Eden, Northchurch, September 2018

    • “This was our eighth visit to beech how cottage it is like home from home Can’t wait to return which will have to wait until next year due to very limited availability over the summer months It would be great if you could run some sort of loyalty scheme for returning customers”

    Mrs Simms, Middlesbrough, June 2018

    • “Everything worked well, we arrived late but that isn't a problem because the key was left out. The facilities at the cottage make all activities in all weathers possible. There was plenty of room for us all and the garden was fantastic to explore for the children and the dogs.”

    Mrs Scott, FLEET, May 2018

    • “Think sykes know how disgusted I am will not have good reviews at all from me and my holiday guests”

    Mrs Sudlow, GRANTHAM, November 2018

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  • Ground floor bedroom
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The Property

Beech How Cottage sits in a prime location over looking Lake Windermere. The gardens lead down to your own private lake frontage on the shores of the lake. From most rooms stunning views of Lake Windermere can be enjoyed. The cottage is an ideal base from which to enjoy the delights of Windermere and surrounding area on foot or for those who simply want to relax by the lake. Located 2 miles from Bowness, you are ideally located to enjoy the wide range of shops, restaurants and beautiful scenery that the Lake District has to offer. Lake Windermere Cruises depart from Bowness Bay and hire boats are readily available. Ambleside, Coniston and Grasmere are all located within driving distance which will open up further opportunities to admire the scenery and enjoy many of the walks and cycle routes available.
Beech How Cottage is situated in an enviable position on the outskirts of Bowness on Windermere. With stunning views from most rooms overlooking Lake Windermere. Meander through the wooded grounds to find your own private access to the Lake. Here you can enjoy the awe inspiring scenery, watch boats sailing by or enjoy your very own private picnic. The centrally heated accommodation comprises:

Open plan dining kitchen with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher.
Dining area with views to Lake Windermere.
Twin bedroom.
Bathroom with shower over bath, hand basin and WC.
Utility cupboard in the hallway, housing washing machine and tumble dryer.

First floor: Lounge with Freeview TV, DVD player and views down to Lake Windermere.
Double bedroom.
Twin bedroom. All with views down to Lake Windermere.
Bathroom with hand basin and WC.

All, oil, electric, bed linen and towels included.
Wi-Fi, cot and highchair available.
Private driveway with parking for 3 cars.
Terrace overlooking the lake to front of property
Woodland to the side (carpeted with bluebells in season) with a pathway leading down to the lake shore.
The gardens lead down to your own, private lake frontage on the shores of Lake Windermere.


1 Ground floor double bedroom, upstairs 1 double and 1 twin bedroom, 1 ground floor bathroom with shower over bath and w.c. , 1 family bathroom with w.c., Open plan kitchen/dining room with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine in hallway. Dining table with six chairs, Upstairs sitting room with comfortable sofas, freeview TV, DVD player and Lake Views.


  • Heating
  • Central heating with radiators, Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • Freeview TV, DVD player
  • Wifi
  • Payphone
  • Fuel and power included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Ample off road parking
  • Extensive garden with lake frontage, patio area with Lake Views and dining furniture
  • Up to 4 well behaved pets accepted
  • Sorry no smoking.Shop 2 miles, Pub 0.5 miles
  • Note: Children should be supervised at all times as there is access to deep water

Regional Information

BOWNESS-ON-WINDERMERE Windermere Train Station 1.5 miles: Ambleside 5 miles; Kendal 7 miles. The vibrant twin towns of Bowness and Windermere hold enduring appeal for visitors to the Lake District National Park, with each providing a range of nearby attractions, amenities, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. A variety of boat trips and boat hire are available from Windermere Lake Cruises in Bowness to Brockhole, Ambleside and Lakeside (at the southern end of the lake where the Lakeside Aquarium and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway are situated). The World of Beatrix Potter attraction and the Old Laundry theatre are 1.5 miles away. Orrest Head, where Alfred Wainwright was inspired to write his series of iconic guidebooks, is a 30-minute walk to enjoy the spectacular panorama of far-reaching views over the lake and surrounding fells. Brockhole, which offers high wire tree top experiences, is less than two miles away, and the historic villages of Grasmere, Ambleside and Troutbeck are a short drive away. There are also a variety of watersports on offer for the more energetic at marine centres along the lake. The area is ideally situated for exploring all that this region has to offer, whether by foot, bike, car, railway or bus; and is within easy reach of attractions such as the spectacular Langdales, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top House at Far Sawrey, Coniston, Grizedale Forest Park, with its delightful walks and famous outdoor sculptures, mountain biking and “Go-Ape” adventure park, Ullswater, Kendal, Keswick, stone circles, Roman forts and England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas