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Bellman Houses

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 10 reviews

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Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

A converted 16th century farmhouse, this house offers a unique opportunity to stay in a listed, traditional Lakeland home. The property retains some rare original features such as oak panelling between the bedrooms, an original 16th century open fire range and spice cupboard in the sitting room and oak stairs, whilst having the benefit of modern comforts such as fitted kitchen and bathroom and freeview TV.

The property has been maintained as a holiday cottage by the current owners family for a number of generations.

There are stunning views over Lake Windermere and the surrounding hills as well as a secluded, private garden to the rear of the property, offering the opportunity for barbeques and relaxing in the peaceful countryside.

The traditional, adjacent barn has an original wooden spinning gallery, one of only a handful remaining examples which has been featured in various historical publications.

Set within a working farm, which allows visitors the opportunity to watch some of the highlights of the farming year first hand, there are also a number of stunning walks right from the doorstep as well as countless more a stones throw away.

Situated off the beaten track and away from the hustle and bustle often associated with the heart of the Lake District, however Bowness and its facilties are easily accessible, being only 1.5 miles away, whilst Windermere, Ambleside, Kendal and Lancaster are also a short drive away.

There really is something for everyone, from museams and gardens to watersports and climbing.

In short, this unique property captures the very essence of the Lake District and its history.

For those wishing to travel with a larger group there is an adjacent cottage which sleeps two adults and an infant, with the facility to internally access both properties if required. Please contact us for further details.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Millom Sands 30 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester 117 km, Nearest railway: Windermere 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General TV, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Ground floor:

Living room with beams and open fire traditional range.

Dining room with lovely window seat over looking the garden.

Kitchen with fitted cooker and storage cupboards.

First floor:

3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, 1 single.

Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Further details outdoors

Private, secluded garden with facilities for drying washing.

Garden furniture supplied.

Shared parking for up to 2 cars in a spacious yard.

Utility room with washing and drying facilties aswell as drying area for wet weather gear.

Further details

First £10 Night Storage Heaters and electricity included in the rent, remainder by meter reading which will be collected by the Caretaker at the end of the rental period.

£100 breakage bond payable locally in cash on arrival, this will be returned at the end of your holiday and the cost of any damages/breakages will be deducted if necessary.

About this location

The Lake District

The Lake District is the most popular visitor destination in the UK, offering something for everyone whether you are looking for adventure and outdoor pursuits or something less energetic like a cookery course.

The scenery is stunnning and varies from season to season, with Wordsworth's famous daffodils in Spring or the impressive array of colours in the autumnal trees.

There are many transport links to get to this popular destination and once there you can chose from steam trains, ferries, buses or steamers to enjoy looking at the scenery.

There are many famous people who have links with the Lake District such as Beatrix Potter, Ruskin, Wordsworth and Donald Campbell and there are museams and tours based on their lives in the area.


The nearest town to the house is Bowness which offers a good variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and more, including the World of Beatrix Potter museam, the Steamboat Museam, rowing and motor boat hire and a cinema.

There is an annual Airshow at the Glebe in Bowness usually towards the end of July (please check with Tourist Information on +44 (0)15394 42895 as well as a number of other local events throughout the year.

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Review 1-10 of 10

24 Jan 2015


"Lovely, well equipped cottage, lots of character, beautiful area"

We stayed here with a 7, 5 and 2 year old in not very nice weather over New Year. The cottage is full of character with lovely big bedrooms, original oak paneling and a cosy open fire. The kitchen a… More

Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and liked the alterations we have been making. I'm sorry the fuel costs were high, we are in the process of fitting oil central heating which should reduce this in the future. We hope to see you back again.

28 Jul 2014


"Unique and comfortable cottage in wonderful location"

The cottage has been appropriately restored and furnished and has a sense of history. It is comfortable and relaxing and was a real pleasure to visit. The resident sheep were friendly and enjoyed loo… More

Thank you for reviewing our house, I'm so pleased that you had an enjoyable stay!
We hope to be able to welcome you back in the future.

7 Oct 2013


"Great Cottage, Great location,Great holiday."

The cottage is a really old genuine farmhouse, larger than we had expected, with character and lots of wood panelling. Eg there are gaps in the bedroom walls through which slivers of light can be se… More

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay at Bellman Houses. I hope that we can welcome you back again in the future, please remember that you can always leave a message for the Caretaker should you need to!

5 Sep 2013


"A bit of peace, surrounded by activity galore"

My partner and I stayed with our 2 teenagers in the cottage part of Bellman Houses. It's an old building with oak beams, stone floors and plenty of character that you would hope to find in a Grad… More

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review. I'm really pleased that you enjoyed your stay and found the cottage comfortable and that you were lucky with the weather!
I hope that we can look forward to seeing you again in the future.

2 Aug 2013


"Amazing traditional Lakeland cottage in a wonderful location"

This place is superb. The cottage is a lovely traditional Lakeland cottage with loads of oldie worldy character and the peaceful location if wonderful. It's a perfect get away in the country but only a 5 minute drive into Bowness and to Lake Windermere if you need anything.

The house has everything you need. We had great weather so could get outside and barbecue and walk up the hill behind the house, but the fire in the living room looks like it would be great in colder times and the cottage would be very cosy.

The children loved the place and being so close to the animals. The farmer and his wife who look after the place were very helpful and were great with the kids and even let them feed some of the animals.

There are loads of things to do in the area for all weathers and they are only a short drive away.

If you don't like this place you must be mad - we will definitely be returning the future as it really recharged the batteries!

Thank you for taking the time to review our house, I'm glad to enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back!

15 Jun 2013


"Nice old hill top Farm house"

At the top of a farm track this lovely old fashioned farm house oozed charm and charisma. The house was clean with comfortable furnishings and logs for the open fire. The location was super, surrounde… More

Many thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed your stay! Hope we can welcome you back again soon.

5 Sep 2012


"Atmospheric old farmhouse, full of character, in beautiful location"

We had a great, relaxing family holiday with our three children (10, 8 and 3) when we spent a week in this beautiful and well maintained old farmhouse. It was very special to be able to stay in such a lovely old house, especially as it is in a wonderful, peaceful location. It's only a short drive to Bowness/Windermere, but you definitely feel off the beaten track. It had everything we needed and I found the bed very comfortable. The children loved meeting the local farm animals. The caretaker was very friendly and helpful.

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope we can welcome you back, we offer a discount for returning customers!

5 Sep 2012


"Lovely place, we'll be going there again"

The pictures don't really give the full sense of the age of the house, nor the size of the rooms. Amazing old dark oak panels between the rooms and floors that go up and down make this somewhere really special for a holiday, it's probably the oldest place our family has ever stayed by a couple of centuries. The immediate area is quiet, with plenty of walks and views across the hills, Bowness is a short drive away for shops and trips on the lake.
The lounge is big enough to have three generous sofas and still feel spacious, and the fire is really nice on cooler nights. Swifts fly around the house, and if you stand still for a bit, sometimes really fly close to you.
We were very happy in our week there, and hope to return again.

Many thanks for your comments, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope to welcome you back soon!

15 Jun 2012


"Comfortable, homely cottage with fab walled garden"

We stayed with friends who had children and found the cottage to be very comfortable, the walled garden was great and a real suntrap. The cottage is far enough away to feel you are getting away from it all but near enough to go out and visit places nearby without it being a real trek.

Many thanks for your comments, glad you enjoyed your stay.

9 Nov 2011


"A wonderful place to stay, character, ideal location and so much freedom"

Bellman Houses was wonderful. Full of character and ideally located on a farm so could wander across the fields, converse with friendly animals etc or pop into Bowness.

Private caravans in nearby fields but no problems about privacy and the children made friends and played together.

The open fire was wonderful and the only criticism we have is there were no tea towels so take your own!

Many thanks for your review, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope we can welcome you back soon.

Review 1-10 of 10

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    • 4 Years listed

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    Calendar last updated:18 Dec 2014

    Based in United Kingdom

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