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Bowling Green House, Kendal


Excellent 5/5 Score from 11 reviews

Large garden - outdoor dining area, private hot tub , BBQ house, chessboard, croquet

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

his is a fully renovated former tavern, in an ideal location close to the centre of Kendal. You can see video on YouTube which will give you an excellent idea of the house lay-out and facilities. We have a private hot tub in the garden. (You Tube - Bowling Green House, Kendal - Lake District Holiday Home ). You can play croquet or giant chess in the large private garden, and all four bedrooms have TV/DVD players, for that extra touch of luxury and to add to your relaxing break! There is a large dining area, seating up to 10, and a separate sitting room (The Snug) for those who want a little peace away from the main living area. SORRY BUT WE CANNOT TAKE SINGLE-SEX OR 'PARTY' GROUPS. We are offering this property at a lower than usual price as it is for sale and we can only take bookings for the forthcoming six weeks. See our Reviews on Trip Advisor - this is a very special house, available in the short-term only, at a reduced rate.

Originally built as a tavern, this property has been welcoming visitors for 150 years and we are continuing the tradition, retaining the tavern's original character but with the addition of modern luxuries. There are two family bedrooms (both en-suite, with room for children) plus a further double and a single bedroom - sleeping 7 adults and 2-3 children in total. Bathrooms comprise 2 en-suite shower rooms, a luxury family bathroom and a downstairs (outside) WC. The family bathroom has a free-standing bath, double basins and under-floor heating. A brand new fully-fitted kitchen enables catering for up to 10 people (with wine-chillder, fridge-freezer and 7-burner gas range with double electric oven. You can enjoy a luxurious holiday in Bowling Green House - situated in one of the TOP TWO BEST PLACES TO LIVE IN THE UK - and there is a traditional tavern, just across the road - the Rifleman's Arms.


There are 4 bedrooms. These comprise: Bedroom 1 - ensuite: with double bed and child's bed plus a roll-out bed / Bedroom 2 - enuite: with double bed and 2 children's beds / Bedroom 3: double bed / Bedroom 4: single bedroom with a 4-ft bed so can be used as a double if you don't mind a squeeze. The bedrooms sleep 7-8 adults and 2-3 children. The two family rooms have en-suite facilities and there is a luxury family bathroom with free-standing bath, plus a ground floor WC (outside). ALL BEDROOMS HAVE TVs / DVD PLAYERS. HOT TUB AVAILABLE IF REQUIRED

Originally the 'Bowling Green Tavern', this total renovation has created a luxurious and spacious environment in which you can relax. The property provides all the comforts of a family home combined with the luxuries of an hotel, and has a large garden for relaxation. Bed linen and towels are provided. An initial supply of logs for the wood-burning stove and charcoal for the BBQ are provided.

The house is situated close to the centre of Kendal, where you will find shops, museums, restaurants and a twice-weekly market. Directly opposite the house is 'The Rifleman's Arms' - a pub offering traditional music, a weekly quiz night, and other regular events. Everything you need can be found close by, with lots more to do if you wish to travel further afield. Both the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales are easily reached from Kendal.

'Bowling Green house' retains the cosy character of the former tavern, with the addition of modern comforts (2 en-suites, family bathroom & ground floor (outside) WC - and also a totally new fully-fitted kitchen. Come and enjoy relaxing in this comfortable four-bedroom holiday home - there is a large living/dining area with wood-burning stove and a second reception (with miniature wood-burning stove). The location in Kendal gives easy access to all facilities, and Lake Windermere is just a 15 minute drive away. This is an ideal base for day trips to the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales. Blackpool is an hour to the south, and Edinburgh or Glasgow can be easily reached by train for a day trip.

The garden (the former Bowling Green of the tavern) offers a unique Finnish BBQ house where 12-15 people can enjoy BBQ all year round. This really is a special feature of the property, and we hope this will be a holiday to remember.

There is direct access from the garden onto 'Bowling Fell' at the rear - a large open area of historic interest. Please contact the owner if you wish to bring any pets. This will depend on size and breed of animal, and there will be an extra charge.

A modern kitchen has been installed in the former tap-room of the tavern; the main 'drinking room' is now a spacious lounge and dining area, with double doors leading to the garden, and 'the Snug' is a second living room, ideal for children or those requiring a little peace. The house has a wood-burning stove in the main living area and a second, smaller wood-burning stove in the Snug, plus central heating throughout. Television sets with DVD players and Freeview, are installed in the main sitting-room, and all 4 bedrooms.

There are 2 en-suite shower rooms and a luxury family bathroom with free-standing roll-top bath. large shower, double basins and underfloor heating. Bed linen and towels are provided.

This is a loved and lived-in family home, and we hope you will enjoy the comforts and the luxuries that the property offers. A former tavern, full of character, the current renovation will add luxurious touches and create a property where you can really relax. You may choose to spend your week quietly enjoying the local environment (with the award-winning Booths supermarket just a few minutes walk away) or you may wish to explore the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, or the lovely market town of Kendal - literally on your door-step.

You can enjoy living at Bowling Green House without needing a car. Why not just come by train to Oxenholme (3 hours from London with Virgin Trains) and then once here, explore local area on foot or or take the train (direct from Oxenholme to Windermere, Edinburgh, Glasgow and many other destinations). You can travel locally by bus or join a mini-bus trip through the Lake District with the Mountain Goat Bus Company. They will collect you at your door if you wish and they know all the best routes. They offer private and bespoke tours for groups. Just relax and let someone else do the hard work.

Leave the car behind, enjoy the train journey and have a holiday where you can walk everywhere or use the local resources. If you prefer to have your own transport, we offer two off-road parking spaces and a 'Visitor' pass on the quiet road outside, so we can accommodate three cars. Let us know if you are bringing more and we will let you know the best places to park.

A travel cot and high-chair are available. Laundry room, off the kitchen, has washing machine and dryer, iron and ironing board. Kitchen has a large Belling range, with two ovens and seven gas rings, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, large fridge-freezer and wine chiller.

Please e-mail if you have other specific requests. Wi-fi available - BT make additional charges for use over a basic amount, and if incurred, these charges will be passed on. Usage of "Catch-up TV" or interactive video games can incur considerable charges. However, the supply will cover basic e-mail and internet usage (ie no downloading).

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

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Review 1-10 of 11

22 Jul 2014


"Fantastic house,stunning gardens,hot tub is awesum"

A fantastic property ,the kitchen and bathrooms were gorgeous,would love them in my home.The bedrooms were clean and the landing is a tall space with roof windows at the top,the staircase is wooden wi… More

Very many thanks for your lovely comments. I do try hard to present the house as well as I can, and it is great to hear when guests appreciate my efforts. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you and best wishes.

6 Jun 2013


"Superb Quality"

Some of my family and friends stayed here for three nights in May. It is a superbly equipped, expertly renovated family house, with log fires, garden and bespoke barbecue, situated beside a mote and … More

9 May 2013


"Words do not do justice to this fantastic house"

Enjoyed a great family long weekend in this property. Everything was to a very high specification. More like a first class hotel. Attention to detail from the welcome pack to fluffy bathrobes second t… More

2 May 2013


"better than home from home.!!! we never wanted to go out!"

I received lots of helpful information from the owner before I set off for my weekend away. I loved the house just by the pics and it was even better when I got there. It has a lovely friendly, home… More

Thank you very much for your lovely comments. We look forward to welcoming you back to Bowling Green House again next spring.

11 Apr 2013


"Just like a fantastic boutique Bed & Breakfast (without the breakfast)"

As soon as we entered the property we were bowled over by the style, beauty and ambience of the house. The property is large enough to spread yourselves about whilst maintaining a lovely cosy feel. Th… More

19 Mar 2013


"Fell in love with this house. Cant wait to return"

We have just had the pleasure of spending the weekend in this superb property in the lovely town of Kendal in the Lake District.From the moment we opened the front door, we knew we had stepped into so… More

Many thanks for your lovely review. It is most appreciated and makes all our hard work worthwhile! We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back to Bowling Green House again before long.

17 Feb 2013


"Perfect house"

We all had a fantastic stay, no detail was missing in the house. The welcome pack was very much appreciated.Meal preparation was a joy in the well equipped kitchen. The weather was cold and frosty, bu… More

4 Jan 2013


"Lovely House, couldn't have asked for more!"

I went to Bowling green House in December, and it had been decorated with Christmas trees and tasteful decorations. There were fairy lights strung around the garden and sitting in the hot tub in the e… More

1 Jan 2013


"Excellent value, real home from home"

What can we say, completely" bowled over" by this house. Having spent a weekend with family ranging from eight to 60 plus there was never a moment wondering what should do. Plenty of games,… More

7 Nov 2012


"A First Class Property"

We have visited the Lake District every October for over thirty years and this is the best property we have stayed in.Our group consisted of three generations and we all loved our stay. Everything pro… More

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