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Nearby Shared Lake Shore For Launching Small Boats
2 Hodge Howe
This simple, unassuming 3 Star cottage is comfortable, with the added attraction of a small stretch of shared lake shore on Lake Windermere. Over the years it has been popular with many guests, some coming back year after year. The cottage lies about two miles north of Bowness, on Lake Windermere. Approached by a leafy woodland lane, this semi detached cottage has private secluded grounds, and at the nearby lake shore, owned and used by a local school, you have permission to launch your own small boat.
The front door opens into a small hall. From here you enter the dining room, with the adjoining galley kitchen, outside a small outhouse houses the washing machine.
The sitting room is comfortably furnished with two sofas and occasional furniture along with the open fire, delightful and cozy on a winters night.
Stairs lead to the landing, off which are the two bedrooms. One a double the other a twin, both furnished with comfortable beds and pretty fabrics. The bathroom has bath and overhead shower, wash basin and WC.
The immediate grounds, though not formal, are delightful with trees, ferns and flowers, offering space for children to explore and adults to relax.
About two hundred yards from the cottage lies the lake shore. Here you can launch a boat or simply paddle, swim and fish from the shallow beach, or enjoy a picnic on a summers day.
For a Lakeland holiday I can think of nothing as perfect as a Lake District cottage that has little bit of private beach for lots of fun.
The linked towns of Bowness and Windermere lie east of Lake Windermere, where Bowness is at the waters edge, with the town of Windermere set about a half mile away above the lake.
Each is a busy community of shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions, serving both the local community and our visitors to the Lake District. Perhaps the biggest attraction is the bay at Bowness, a sweeping crescent of waterfront and adjoining parkland, where you can enjoy a walk by the shore or find a quite place to picnic. At the bay you will find the piers and the famous Windermere steamers, which offer boat trips up and down the ten - mile reach of the lake. Here you can also hire rowing boats and motor powered boats, which can be taken by the hour to explore the lake and it islands for yourself.
Other popular attractions are the World of Beatrix Potter, the Windermere Steam Boat Museum and a little south of Bowness the Blackwell Arts and Crafts house, one of the most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20th century. The house is a superb example of the Arts and Crafts movement architecture, where it occupies a stunning position overlooking Windermere and is open to the public as a gallery for craft and applied arts. North of Windermere is Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Center. Set on the lakeshores the main house is surrounded by beautiful gardens where you will find a huge adventure playground, café, shop and exhibitions along with a host of information about the National Park.
For visual entertainment you have the Royalty Cinema in Windermere, and the Old Laundry Theatre in Bowness, staging a lively annual season of music, theatre, comedy and film.
There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants, where for me the best is by far Jericho’s in Windermere. Owned and run by Jo and Chris Blaydes, the welcome is always warm, the setting perfect and the cuisine delicious. For a good country pub atmosphere there is the Queens Head at Troutbeck, about 2 miles from the main village the inn offers fine beers, good food and roaring fires in winter months.
For the big walks and big landscapes you will have to travel a bit further into the park, however there is a good local walk up onto Orrest Head, which begins from Windermere, just opposite the railway station. Anecdotally it was the first ever walk for Alfred Wainwright where the view from the summit was said to have changed his life and set him on a lifetime of fell walking and the production of those much loved walking guides. Also quite local are the fells to the south of Bowness. Although not mountain high, they offer a magical rolling countryside rising above the lake with magnificent views.
Travel a little further afield and you much to explore. South of the villages, at the foot of Windermere, is Newby Bridge and Lakeside where the steamers terminate. Here you will also find Fell Foot Park for boat hire, fishing and the National Trust Gardens. East lies Kendal, the capital Town of South Lakeland. A host of good shopping, restaurants and a busy cultural scene with the likes of the Abbot Hall Art Gallery and The Brewery Arts Center.
At the northern head of the lake lies Ambleside, a popular town with cinema, pubs, restaurants and huge selection of outdoor and climbing gear shops.
Once you past the head of the lake you are within easy reach of the big fells such as the Langdales, the forest of Grizedale and the other great lake in the south, Coniston Water.
Dear Clare and John. A big thankyou for allowing us to rent this lovely cottage for the week. We have had a great time and the evening badger watch has been one of the highlights of our stay. Our daughters Marie and Ruth have a Beneteau 211 moored just off the gravel beach and have loved the close access. we've enjoyed watching the birsd and squirrels - they are hungry folk and constantly empty the feeders. We love coming to the lakes and will certainly be back again. With very best wishes from the L family
Ruth, Bob and the Girls.
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