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Bowderbeck, Buttermere

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Very Good 4.5/5

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Bowderbeck cottage with Crummock Water and the mountains behind

Cottage / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

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Cottage / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Bowderbeck was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014 and is ideal for walkers, cyclists, artists, photographers and families who love the countryside, it sleeps up to 6 people all year round, and 8 people in the summer months (May - September). Recently refurbished it is tastefully decorated and full of character with original features including exposed beams and stone floors, and a newly installed wood burning stove. It has a large garden, with a natural mountain stream and pools.

Located just outside the lovely village of Buttermere, its an easy 10 minute walk either down a pretty bridleway or along the road to two lively pubs, The Bridge and The Fish which both serve food, and 2 cafés serving hot food and local produce all year, one of these has just been listed in The Independent 'Top 50 Tea Rooms'. Buttermere lake is also only a few minutes walk down the bridleway from the cottage, where you can paddle at the shingle beach or join the lakeshore path for the 4.5 mile walk around the lake. There's no need to use the car, as there's a huge range of walking options from gentle rambles to full day mountain adventures all from the front door.

Weekly bookings Friday to Friday for all school holiday weeks including Christmas and New Year. October half-term we can do Friday or Saturday changeover

Short breaks with flexible start and end dates are available in November, December, January, February & March outside of school holidays, minimum 3 nights.

Sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms in the main house ( a double, a triple and a single).The 4th bedroom has bunk beds in a wooden annexe downstairs with wonderful views, its great in summer but not always suitable to use in a Lake District winter! Please contact me if you need more information.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Manchester 120 km, Nearest railway: Penrith 50 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access
General Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture King Beds (1), Double beds (1), Single beds (2), Bunk Beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

There is a fully equipped kitchen, a comfortable living room, separate dining room and a wooden verandah extension with a large west-facing balcony with panoramic views of the valley, which is a wonderful place to sit out in the summer with a pre-dinner drink to watch the sun go down!! There are four bedrooms; one double, one twin and a single upstairs; and bunk beds in the verandah.

The living room is comfortable and spacious, with a cosy wood burning stove and a lovely view down to the lake from the window. There is no TV, but there are plenty of books, playing cards and a whole cupboard of board games and jigsaws to keep you occupied! There is a separate dining room which can seat up to eight people. There's a small stereo you can either connect your phone / iPod to (universal headphone socket adapter provided), play CDs or listen to digital radio.

The modern kitchen is fully equipped kitchen with electric oven & separate hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. The back door leads from the kitchen into a small porch then out to the garden. There is a separate, large utility room / pantry with a freezer, washing machine, ironing board & iron.

The verandah is a wooden extension that was added to the house in the 1930's. Accessed through a door off the living room, it consists of two rooms with a door leading onto a large balcony and to the garden. It is split into two rooms; a bedroom with bunk beds, and an additional sitting room / playroom area making it ideal for children. However, as they are in a wooden extension which is not centrally heated we would only recommend using the verandah rooms between May and September

There is plenty of room to store walking boots, coats, rucksacks and outdoor gear under the stairs, and a number of clothes airers where you can hang wet things to dry by a heater after a hard day's walking!

One travel cot available & one ikea high chair are kept in the house, room for one more cot in the twin bedroom if you want to bring 2 babies.

Further details outdoors

There's a large garden with original dry stone walls and a beck (stream) running through it. There is a small natural pool that is excellent for paddling and soaking your feet after a long walk; damming the beck to make the pool bigger and deeper provides hours of entertainment for engineers of all ages!! The pool in the garden does mean you need to keep a careful eye on young children when in the garden. There's a large picnic table for eating outside when the weather's good.

Next to the house is a stone Lakeland barn owned by one of the farms in the village. It's used very occasionally by the farmer and acts as an excellent windbreak for the house. Your only neighbours are the sheep and cows in the fields.

Access: Access to the cottage from the roadside where you park your car is via a short, steep, rocky track which is unsuitable for anyone with walking difficulties. Please contact us if you have any specific questions about this.

The Lake District

The Lake District is famous for its beautiful mountains and lakes, wonderful walking and breathtaking scenery.

Cumbria, at the very north of England, is amongst its most beautiful regions. The Lake District National Park has long been celebrated for its mirror lakes and craggy peaks. There are also an abundance of pretty villages and towns. The Lake District is heaven for those who love the outdoors, with sailing, rock climbing and hiking and much more on offer. Cumbria has sandy coastlines and interesting towns to visit, including old-fashioned Penrith.


Bowderbeck is situated in the Buttermere valley, just outside Buttermere village in the North West corner of the Lake District National Park. The nearest towns are Keswick and Cockermouth, 8-10 miles away.

The name Buttermere means "the lake by the dairy pastures". Buttermere village lies on the flat, fertile land between two lakes, Buttermere and Crummock Water which were originally one post-glacial lake and the land was created by the debris washed down from the surrounding hills. Buttermere lake is owned by The National Trust, and is 1½ miles long, ¾ mile wide and 75 feet deep.

Whether you're looking for an active holiday or just want to relax and enjoy the mountains and the peace and quiet, there are so many possibilities from Bowderbeck including fell-walking, fishing, mountain biking, adventure sports, horse riding, bird watching, historic houses, museums, boat trips and much more... please see our website for full details and links.

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29 Jun 2011


"Unbeatable location, stunning scenery, beautiful property"

This was our forth time at Bowderbeck and it definitely won't be our last! Set on the hill side overlooking the most stunning scenery imaginable you will immediately start to relax! We spent our time walking around the large Buttermere lake and playing pooh sticks on the way back; climbing the more challenging peaks right on the door step, having dinner in the local pub 5 minutes walk down the road and visiting the local places of interest. The accommodation itself is excellent, really comfortable, homely and full of character. Brand new and very well equipped kitchen and great eating space in the dining area. Some really nice original touches like the guest book which has been going for years and years. Not your normal stuffy guest book but one where the children spend hours describing their adventures that day and drawing the things they have seen. Makes fascinating reading. There is also lots of info on things to do locally; books to read and a lovely verandah to watch the world (ok sheep!) go by. We recommended it to my in-laws and they go every year now too along with my sister in law and their 4 year old. Can’t recommend it highly enough. A really unique find!

27 Jun 2011


"cant fault the location, but bring your woolies!"

The house is lovely and the rooms clean, comfortable and spacious. The location stunning, you can start walking right from the door. I would give the place 5 stars if they would open up the fireplace - after a hard day on the hills, coming back to a fan heater was just not good enough, both for warmth and for aesthetics. Personally I would only rent this place again in the winter if there was an open fire, which is a shame because its run by very nice people and is great in all other respects. Hopefull by the time you are reading this, the jackdoors will have been evicted and the fireplace opened! I would pay more for the extra cost to the owners in cleaning, fuel, (and probably insurance..?).

24 Jun 2011


"Simply Stunning"

We have stayed at Bowderbeck countless times and each time has been wonderful!! The cottage is set in a truly unique location with stunning views across Buttermere and the mountains beyond. The scenery is totally unspoilt and there is not a neighbour to be seen. The cottage is beautiful from the outside (and a real sight for sore eyes after our journey from London!!), and very comfortable and fully equipped inside, with everything you need. But the best part of Bowderbeck is being able to walk straight out of the cottage and into the lakes. There are so many walks right on your doorstep to choose from: Haystacks, Red Pike, Fleetwith Pike, Great Gable, High Crag...... And waiting for you after a long walk are the two pubs The Fish and The Bridge (less than a 5 min stroll from the cottage), where we have spent many an evening!! There's also a fabulous veranda at the back of Bowderbeck where you can sip on your GnT's and watch the sun go down. It's such a wonderful escape from our busy lives in London. The beck running through the garden is great for damming (to keep the kids occupied whilst you pack up the bags for the day) and you'll sometimes find a stray sheep in the garden too. Even on rainy days we've gone walking, but there are plenty of helpful guides in the cottage for local activities if the weather is too offputting! I can't see us ever tiring of holidaying at Bowderbeck and looking forward to going back very soon!

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