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Bowderbeck, Buttermere

Certificate of Excellence 2014

from £87 /night help Price for guests, Nights approx:

Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 28 reviews

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
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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22 Feb 2015


"Fantastic holiday cottage, great location"

The cottage is great and the children loved the amazing selection of games to play. It had everything we needed and the location is fantastic. We did walks from the door almost everyday and despite it… More

11 Oct 2014


"The best cottage yet"

This is our eleventh year staying in cottages to explore the Lakes. Criteria includes a lovely location where you have good walking from the door, an un-spoilt cottage which has character and is warm … More

25 Aug 2014


"Peaceful cottage"

This is a beautiful, and tastefully refurbished cottage near Buttermere. Excellent walks from the doorstep, amazing drives to local towns, a real sense of isolation yet a short walk to lively pubs.W… More

27 Jul 2014


"A beautiful cottage in a stunning location"

This has to be one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed - my 7 year old son saying that it had the best scenery he's ever seen in England! We were extremely lucky with the weather an… More

20 Jul 2014


"Beautiful, peaceful and relaxing Bowderbeck"

This is one of the most amazing holiday locations I've ever stayed in. We loved this character filled cottage from the moment we stepped in until we reluctantly left.It's really all about th… More

10 Jun 2014


"Perfect Lake District holiday cottage"

We loved Bowderbeck from the moment we arrived. It has lots of character and has recently been very tastefully refurbished.Bowderbeck is very comfortable, and has the best holiday house beds that I ha… More

9 Jun 2014


"A generous place for a holiday"

The Lakes are a generous place - nobody is trying to keep you off a mountain or away from the shore line and all the things we love are given in abundance - dancing water surfaces and torrents in sunl… More

3 May 2014


"Perfect Cottage"

We had such a wonderful week at Bowderbeck. The cottage is in a beautiful location and the views are glorious. The cottage is kitted out to a very high standard and our holiday couldn't have be… More

31 Mar 2014


"A beautiful cottage in one of the best spots in the Lakes"

This, our second stay at Bowderbeck was wonderful - serene and surrounded by the best of the Lake District scenery. A beautiful cottage with flagstone floors and a woodburner as well as all the mod-co… More

30 Mar 2014


"Didnt want to leave!"

We had the most perfect stay at Bowderbeck. When we drove up and got out of the car the setting and appearance of the house took our breath away. Two of us are Londoners and after a few stressful busy… More

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      Calendar last updated:04 May 2015

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