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Things to do in Windermere

Windermere is a lovely small town at the heart of Cumbria’s Lake District. The town is, in fact, named after its nearest lake – Lake Windermere – and spills into the lakeside town of Bowness-on-Windermere.

This town is the perfect base for a trip to the Lakes. Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and so is one of the area’s must-see attractions. Water sports are very popular here; you can try your hand at sailing and windsurfing or hire a boat. The area is also very popular for walks. If you can’t wait to soak up the breathtaking views, you’ll be pleased to know that Orrest Head is a short walk to an all-round viewpoint of the Southern Lakes as well as many hills and crags.

Fans of English literature and history won’t want to miss Rydal Water, one of the smallest lakes in the district. This lake was a favourite of the famous poet Wordsworth and you can sit on what was apparently his favourite seat above the lake. If you’re more of a plant person, you’ll love Holehird Gardens, run by the Lakeland Horticultural Society. The gardens are home to three national collections of plants and host regular talks and tours.

Not sure what kind of activity you’re looking for? Then head over to Brockhole Visitor Centre. It overlooks Lake Windermere and has everything from shopping to treetop trampolines. You can walk down to the lakeside or take the 250 metre zip line. You’ll also find great Cumbrian food here, as well as in local cafes and restaurants in the town of Windermere.

Best Windermere attractions

Where to stay in Windermere

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

4 8 2 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
This beautiful 3-floor cottage has been newly refurbished and boasts all the modern amenities you would expect from a luxury property. Large entrance hallway leading to a large comfortable lounge (with original floorboards) and large fully fitted well equipped dining ki  …see more

from £150 / night

£900 / week

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from £150 / night

(24) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

2 5 2 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
Stunning Gothic arched window and vaulted ceilings greet you in this unique contemporary property. This truly is a modern home created within a historic ecclesiastical stone and slate annex to St Marys Church, Windermere, dating back to 16th century. Attention to det  …see more

from £90 / night

£630 / week

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from £90 / night

(18) Excellent 

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Windermere holiday cottage rental

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
The cottage briefly comprises two double bedrooms, lounge with a cosy coal effect gas fire enabling you to enjoy the cosy ambience after hard day on the fells. The kitchen is fully equipped with washing machine and dryer and a small enclosed garden at the rear with pati  …see more

from £60 / night

£360 - £625 / week

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from £60 / night

(20) Excellent 

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Windermere holiday cottage rental

1 2 3 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Private garden
Located in the heart of the beautiful Lake District, Birthwaite Cottage is a traditional lakeland cottage set back from the road via its own private drive. The cottage has a bright and airy dining room and sitting room with separate kitchen. Upstairs is a large double  …see more

from £80 / night

£430 - £450 / week

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from £80 / night

(27) Very Good 

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Windermere holiday apartment rental

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
***NOVEMBER-FEBRUARY SPECIAL *** (excludes 20 Dec to 2nd Jan) Any 4 nights Monday-Thurs inc. only pay for two £130 Long Weekend break (3 nights only pay for 2) £130 (Fri,Sat,Sun) or (Thurs, Fri, Sat) Please quote Winter special on your enquiry, For stays during No  …see more

from £40 / night

£330 / week

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from £40 / night

(14) Excellent 

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Windermere holiday cottage rental

4 8 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Special Autumn/Winter Breaks 3 Night Weekend Breaks Friday -Monday NOW £ 749.00 4 Night Mid-Week Breaks Monday -Friday NOW £ 649.00 Payment for Chimneys can now be made via a Credit Card/Debit Card as well as bank transfer or cheque. Come and enjoy the beauty and rela  …see more

from £120 / night

£890 - £2300 / week

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from £120 / night

(32) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Car not necessary
  • Private garden
Jays Nest is a luxurious, self-contained apartment. The spacious accommodation comprises open-plan living room, dining area & fully fitted kitchen, with high vaulted ceiling & real oak floor. The living room enjoys fantastic views over the village of Windermere & the su  …see more

from £60 / night

£340 - £530 / week

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from £60 / night

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

1 2 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 7 nights min
  • Private garden
The Studio is a wonderful studio apartment in a five acre estate close to Bowness-on-Windermere. There is an open plan living area with a double bed, mini-kitchen, dining table and sitting area with French doors to the patio. Outside is also off road parking for one car  …see more

from £44 / night

£302 - £502 / week

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from £44 / night

(22) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
The cottage briefly comprises two double bedrooms, lounge with a cosy coal effect gas fire enabling you to enjoy the cosy ambience after hard day on the fells. The kitchen is fully equipped with a washing machine, fridge, freezer and microwave, a spacious dining room an  …see more

from £60 / night

£360 - £625 / week

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from £60 / night

(39) Excellent 

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Holiday cottage rental

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Ask about pets
2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of ExcellenceLaurel place is a beautifully modern yet cosy cottage in the village of Windermere in the heart of the Lake District. This idyllic base is perfect for couples or families with small children at any time of the year with spectac  …see more

from £60 / night

£320 - £450 / week

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from £60 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Cottage rental in Windermere

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Corner Cottage is situated in Crosthwaite, an easy drive from Bowness and lake Windermere. The property is a delightful 3 bedroomed spacious cottage, part of a well-designed mill conversion in idyllic rural surroundings. The main bathroom has a whirlpool bath, ideal for  …see more

from £99 / night

£690 - £795 / week

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from £99 / night

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Holiday log cabin in Windermere

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Pet friendly
This traditional pine log cabin is situated in a prime riverside location on the beckside area of Limefitt Park. The spacious two bedroom lodge has an outside Hot Tub and is pet friendly. Tarn Hows Lodge is ideal for both couples and families alike. The lodge benefi  …see more

from £83 / night

£530 - £840 / week

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from £83 / night

(35) Very Good 

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Holiday apartment rental

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
Red Bank is a superior and traditional basement apartment set in the heart of the Lake District in the centre of Windermere.The property has been recently completely refurbished throughout with new furniture and fittings, yet still retains its traditional cottage feel.I  …see more

from £45 / night

£325 - £489 / week

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from £45 / night

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3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

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from £78 / night

£420 - £1274 / week

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from £78 / night

(29) Excellent 

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2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £98 / night

£420 - £1274 / week

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from £98 / night

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3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £105 / night

£500 - £1610 / week

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from £105 / night

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Spyri Cottage is a superb Lakeland stone cottage in the town of Windermere, in the Lake District National Park. Set over three floors, this cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms, consisting of one lower ground floor double with en-suite shower, one king-size doubl  …see more

from £81 / night

£562 - £1218 / week

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from £81 / night

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
Fairoak is a delightful holiday home set in a row of Victorian Lakeland stone terraces, in the heart of Windermere. The cottage has three bedrooms, including one double with an en-suite shower room, a twin, a single, and a further shower room. There is a kitchen, a dini  …see more

from £57 / night

£394 - £837 / week

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from £57 / night

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3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly

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from £78 / night

£420 - £1274 / week

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from £78 / night

(18) Very Good 

12

5 10 Min stay varies

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

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from £220 / night

£825 - £1925 / week

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from £220 / night

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2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £700 / week

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from £65 / night

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3 5 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Ask owner if suitable for children
  • Pet friendly

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from £85 / night

£440 - £1386 / week

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from £85 / night

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
Bluebells is a delightful, terraced cottage set between Bowness and Windermere, just over a mile from Lake Windermere. With three bedrooms, including one second floor king-size double with an en-suite, a further king-size double room on the first floor and a single bedr  …see more

from £52 / night

£362 - £777 / week

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from £52 / night

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

2 4 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Private garden
Beck Cottage is a delightful detached cottage situated in Bowness-on-Windermere. This cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, consisting of one king-size double and one twin, as well as a bathroom. The cottage also has an open plan living area with kitchen, dining a  …see more

from £52 / night

£362 - £642 / week

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from £52 / night

(37) Excellent 

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Holiday bungalow in Windermere

1 2 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Car not necessary
LAKE and MOUNTAIN VIEWS ...a Romantic hideaway for two. Park next to this bijou, little bungalow close to the village of Windermere then take the path though the enchanted wood to the shores of the Lake. Marvel at the mountain scenery and the beauty of the ever-changin  …see more

from £135 / night

£945 / week

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from £135 / night

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Little Acorns is a delightful stone terraced cottage situated in the town of Windermere in the Lake District National Park. Set over four floors, this cottage sleeps eight people in four bedrooms, consisting of two second floor doubles, one third floor king-size double  …see more

from £72 / night

£499 - £1179 / week

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from £72 / night

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Log cabin rental in Windermere with shared pool

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Footprints Lodge offers the opportunity for an idyllic log cabin holiday in the heart of the English Lake District. Just a short stroll from the shore of Lake Windermere, Footprints Lodge is in a woodland setting but also ideally placed to take advantage of the facilit  …see more

from £75 / night

£465 - £990 / week

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from £75 / night

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

3 6 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Mill Beck Cottage is a end-terrace cottage in Windermere. This cottage sleeps six people in three bedrooms, consisting of one ground floor double, one lower ground floor double and a ground floor twin, as well as a ground floor bathroom. The cottage also has a lower gro  …see more

from £57 / night

£393 - £914 / week

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from £57 / night

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Holiday cottage in Windermere

3 5 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 7 nights min
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
Dizzy Duck Cottage is a a mid-terrace slate cottage in the heart of Windermere, just a short walk from the town's abundance of shops and pubs. The cottage is set over three floors, with a kitchen, a sitting room with gas fire and a shower room on the lower ground f  …see more

from £51 / night

£354 - £748 / week

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from £51 / night

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Windermere holiday home rental

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
Tucked away on a quiet road, The Hollies is a five star, 5 bedroomed, quirky Victorian house situated between the villages of Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere. Within walking distance of train station, lake, marina, cinemas, theatre, restaurants, supermarkets, local  …see more

from £216 / night

£1507 - £2999 / week

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from £216 / night

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Holiday home in Windermere

2 6 7 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 7 nights min
This two-storey town house comprises two separate apartments, conveniently located just a two-minute walk from the heart of the bustling Lakeland town of Bowness and a short stroll from the lakeshore. The holiday apartments have been well-furnished and are very well mai  …see more

from £50 / night

£347 - £812 / week

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from £50 / night

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Holiday home in Windermere

3 4 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
This charming Victorian Lakeland stone terrace cottage stands in the very heart of Windermere. The property has been refurbished throughout providing a warm and comfortable holiday home. Quietly situated 2 minutes walk from the bustling centre of this popular Lakeland v  …see more

from £49 / night

£343 - £765 / week

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from £49 / night

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Windermere holiday home rental

1 4 7 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 7 nights min
This two-storey town house comprises two separate apartments, conveniently located just a two-minute walk from the heart of the bustling Lakeland town of Bowness and a short stroll from the lakeshore. The holiday apartments have been well-furnished and are very well mai  …see more

from £43 / night

£296 - £727 / week

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from £43 / night

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2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Air conditioning

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from £424 / night

£2962 / week

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from £424 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Windermere

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
Three bedroom Luxury Holiday LodgeThis luxury lodge is situated in the Kirkstone area of Limefitt Park and enjoys a quiet and private location at the end of the cul-de-sac.It has an extended deck providing lovely views northwards up the Troutbeck Valley.It is ideal for  …see more

from £98 / night

£540 - £1060 / week

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from £98 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Windermere holiday lodge rental

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
This traditional log cabin is situated in the Beckside area of Limefitt Park. It enjoys one of the prime spots within Limefitt, sitting right on the river bank. It is ideal for couples or families with children and will sleep up to 4 people.The well proportioned and tra  …see more

from £78 / night

£540 - £960 / week

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from £78 / night

(4) Very Good 

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Holiday lodge in Windermere

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
This traditional Scandanavian style log cabin is situated in the Skiptory Howe area of White Cross Bay. It enjoys one of the most private spots within the resort with woodland to 3 sides.It is an romantic retreat ideal for couples or families with children looking for a  …see more

from £85 / night

£475 - £900 / week

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from £85 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Windermere holiday lodge rental

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
This modern luxury lodge is situated in the Kirkstone area of Limefitt Park. It enjoys a lovely views across to the surrounding fells from an elevated and landscaped position.It is ideal for families or couples and sleeps up to 4 people. A unique feature is that the bed  …see more

from £80 / night

£440 - £970 / week

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from £80 / night

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Windermere holiday lodge rental

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
This brand new luxury lodge is situated in the Beckside area of Limefitt Park. It has replaced an older lodge and enjoys magnificent views of the surrounding fells as well as a delightful river bank location.It is ideal for families or couples and sleeps up to 4 people.  …see more

from £70 / night

£409 - £930 / week

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from £70 / night

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Holiday lodge in Windermere

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
This luxury lodge is situated in the Kirkstone Area of Limefitt Park and enjoys a quiet position with views of the surrounding fells from the deck.It is ideal for families or couples and sleeps up to 6 people.The well appointed and customised accommodation is bright and  …see more

from £280 / night

£480 - £980 / week

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from £280 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Windermere

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
This brand new luxury lodge is situated in the Ullswater area of Limefitt Park and enjoys a quiet and private location with two separate deck areas one of which surrounds a mature pine tree.It is ideal for families or couples and sleeps up to 6 people.The well appointed  …see more

from £300 / night

£489 - £1040 / week

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from £300 / night

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Holiday lodge letting

3 5 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
The Haven is a modern and spacious former show lodge situated in the Grasmere area of White Cross Bay. It is centrally heated providing year round comfort. It will sleep up to 5 people.It enjoys a desirable location on the Park and is close to all the clubhouse faciliti  …see more

from £73 / night

£480 - £870 / week

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from £73 / night

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Windermere holiday lodge rental

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
This modern luxury lodge is situated in the Fellside area of Limefitt Park and enjoys a quiet and private location.It is ideal for either families and couples sleeping up to 4 people.The well appointed accommodation is bright and airy and benefits from full central heat  …see more

from £220 / night

£450 - £860 / week

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from £220 / night

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Windermere holiday lodge rental

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
This modern luxury lodge is situated in the Wansfell area of Limefitt Park and enjoys fantastic views from its open and elevated position.It is ideal for families or couples and sleeps up to 6 people.The well appointed and customised accommodation is bright and airy and  …see more

from £70 / night

£480 - £1010 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday lodge in Windermere

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
Three bedroom Luxury Holiday LodgeThis luxury lodge is situated in the Kirkstone area of Limefitt Park and enjoys a quiet position with views of the surrounding fells.Having two double bedroooms it is ideal for families or couplesand will sleep up to 6 people.The accomm  …see more

from £200 / night

£570 - £1140 / week

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from £200 / night

(6) Excellent 

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2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Suitable for children age 5+

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from £98 / night

£400 - £1225 / week

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from £98 / night

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Holiday lodge in Windermere

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
Jinnyspinner Lodge is a traditional pine lodge situated in the Beckside area of Limefitt Park.The lodge enjoys one of the most sought after spots within Limefitt. It is in a delightful position, sitting right on the river bank above Trout Beck itself, with the sun deck  …see more

from £250 / night

£430 - £1010 / week

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from £250 / night

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Holiday lodge in Windermere

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
We are pleased to offer Lakeshore Lodge for your luxury stay in the Lake District. The lodge is modern and stylish and situated in a sought after lake front location at White Cross Bay. It enjoys a quiet private location with views across Windermere (the picture to righ  …see more

from £130 / night

£730 - £1550 / week

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from £130 / night

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Holiday lodge rental

3 6 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Langdale Lodge is a modern and spacious lodge situated in the Langdale area of White Cross Bay. It is centrally heated providing year round comfort. It will sleep up to 6 people.It enjoys a quiet end of cul de sac location and is close to all the clubhouse facilities.It  …see more

from £93 / night

£580 - £970 / week

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from £93 / night

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Holiday lodge in Windermere

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
Two bedroom holiday lodgeApplethwaite Lodge is a comfortable family friendly holiday lodge situated in an elevated position in the Applethwaite area of Limefitt Park.It enjoys a quiet location within Limefitt. It is ideal for a couple or families with children and will  …see more

from £200 / night

£430 - £830 / week

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from £200 / night

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