View towards the property
Ample parking
The property by night
Cosy up by the fire
Catch up on some TV after a day exploring
Relax and unwind
Plenty of room at the table
A sociable space
Cook up a storm
Room for two
Twin / Superking
Stairs down to the kitchen / diner and up to the summer sitting room
2nd lounge
Let the fresh air in
and relax!
Light and airy twin room
Room for two more!
Beautiful bathroom
Modern fittings
Space for two
Have a relaxing soak
Unique touches
Relaxing king
Beautiful space
Tastefully decorated
Modern details
Enjoy the views from the comfort of your bed
Thoughtful touches
Ample storage
Tasteful decor
Sit down with a good book in the comfort of your bedroom
Such a relaxing space
Beautiful beams
Stunning spiral staircase
Sit and relax in the grounds
Dine alfresco
Balcony at the back
Enjoy the view
Relaxing and peaceful whatever the time is
1 / 40  View towards the property
2 / 40  Ample parking
3 / 40  The property by night
4 / 40  Cosy up by the fire
5 / 40  Catch up on some TV after a day exploring
6 / 40  Relax and unwind
7 / 40  Plenty of room at the table
8 / 40  A sociable space
9 / 40  Cook up a storm
10 / 40  Room for two
11 / 40  Twin / Superking
12 / 40  Stairs down to the kitchen / diner and up to the summer sitting room
13 / 40  2nd lounge
14 / 40  Let the fresh air in
15 / 40  and relax!
16 / 40  Light and airy twin room
17 / 40  Room for two more!
18 / 40  Beautiful bathroom
19 / 40  Modern fittings
20 / 40  Space for two
21 / 40  Have a relaxing soak
22 / 40  Unique touches
23 / 40  Relaxing king
24 / 40  Beautiful space
25 / 40  Tastefully decorated
26 / 40  Bathroom
27 / 40  Modern details
28 / 40  Enjoy the views from the comfort of your bed
29 / 40  Thoughtful touches
30 / 40  Ample storage
31 / 40  Tasteful decor
32 / 40  Sit down with a good book in the comfort of your bedroom
33 / 40  Such a relaxing space
34 / 40  Beautiful beams
35 / 40  Stunning spiral staircase
36 / 40  Sit and relax in the grounds
37 / 40  Dine alfresco
38 / 40  Balcony at the back
39 / 40  Enjoy the view
40 / 40  Relaxing and peaceful whatever the time is

Heron Beck Bowstead

Bowstead Gates (Nr Ulverston), Lake District
Visit England Gold Award
Sleeps 10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3
Change Fri
No Dogs
5 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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Property code: LCC25


Heron Beck lies a ten-minute drive west from the foot of Windermere, a large Lake District holiday home, offering the perfect retreat for large groups of family and friends to gather for reunion and celebration. Cycle routes pass the front of the property. For me Heron Beck is a most interesting property, well deserving the Visit England 5 Star Gold Award.

Living Spaces

Imaginative, with many delightful details, nooks and crannies, all combining to make a fantastic home in which to spend a relaxing holiday in comfort. The main living areas are a galleried concept with each of the three levels linked by short flights of wide timber stairs.

From the front door, you enter the middle level, a cosy snug with sofas and chairs drawn around a roaring log burning stove, giving a wonderful focal point to the room.

From here, stairs lead up to a second sitting room, with plump sofas and fine views of the beck from French windows opening onto a wooden balcony. Back to the snug, and steps lead down to the kitchen dining room, where with great consideration from the owner, who enjoys her kitchen, you will have all the mod cons including a super range cooker and granite worktops, to conjure up simple suppers or celebratory dinners, and while away the evening with the convivial chatter of friends in this brilliant house.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

There are a total of five bedrooms; one twin off the kitchen, (this can be requested as a super king when booking), a second twin off the upper sitting room, with the two king size bedrooms and 1 double on the upper two floors, one has an en-suite shower, and all are reached by the splendid cast iron spiral staircase. There are two bathrooms. The first is off the middle level with a large double ended bath, hand basin, WC and large walk-in shower. Down the spiral stairs to the second bathroom on the ground floor, fully fitted with a large bath, twin hand basins, WC and walk-in shower.

Garden Spaces

To the rear of the house is a small thoughtfully landscaped garden, with patio and various seating areas to relax and eat al fresco, with open views of rolling meadows. All in all, Heron Beck is a splendid place to discover, ideal for gatherings of family and friends, celebration and reunion.

Out & About

Bowstead Gates is a cluster of four or five houses set in the fells east of Ulverston. The town is a friendly and traditional place with plenty of shops, cafes and pubs set along cobbled streets. Ulverston is also known as the festival town.

More like a Spanish town than one in the North of England, Ulverston does love a festival. There are festivals for walking, music, egg rolling, flag day and, perhaps most spectacular, the Lantern Festival to list but a few. As I see it, there is some celebration going on each month, so you need to check what's on and when with the Tourist Information Centre or the towns own website. A highlight of the calendar year is Cartmel Races, held 6 times a year, take a picnic or book a table in one of the catered marquees, a wonderful day out for all the family!

Arts play a big part in the life of Ulverston where, along with the festivals, there is a good cinema and the 'Coronation Hall', a fine theatre, offering plays, music and opera. There are a host of theatre, music and art groups.

The centre of Ulverston is much unchanged with shops and inns lined along the cobbled Market Street, off which radiate alleys and ginnels. There are bakers, butchers, chemists, a good deli, and just east of the town is Booths supermarket, a fine local chain. Dotted around the town are some excellent art and craft shops along with fashionable clothing outlets.

Ten miles east brings you to the foot of Lake Windermere and the River Leven, where you will find the villages of Newby Bridge, Lakeside, Finsthwaite and Backbarrow, along with The National Trusts Fell Foot Park. Here there are gardens, a cafe and, at the lake shore, fishing, jetties for mooring and hiring rowing and sailing boats, along with a ferry crossing to Lakeside. Here at Lakeside, steamers and launches leave for trips on the lake and can be used as a waterbus to explore other areas. Also at Lakeside is the steam railway terminus and the Lakeland Aquarium. Nearby at Backbarrow is the famous Lakeland Motor Museum with over 30,000 exhibits.

From Finsthwaite a track leads up to Low & High Dam, one of my favourite tarns, easy to get to and perfect for a picnic or paddle in summer. The Cumbrian Way starts in Ulverston, making its way through the heart of the Lake District National Park and ending some 70 mikes away in Carlisle.

For dining or a drink there are some good choices. The Lakeside Hotel overlooks the lake and offers a traditional bar serving local ale, a lounge bar and contemporary bistro, along with a more formal restaurant offering fine cuisine, perfect for celebration or just a little indulgence. At Newby Bridge you have the Swan Hotel, with its gardens overlooking the River Leven and offering a decent bar and bistro restaurant.

Head south down onto the Cartmel Peninsular and you have winding country lanes that lead to Morecambe Bay. The village of Grange over Sands overlooks the bay with a mile-long promenade. There are some excellent shops including Higginson's award-winning Butchers, two bakers, a grocer and a host of little cafes and tearooms. Over the fell lies Cartmel, one of Cumbria's prettiest villages. Four pubs, a wine bar, the Michelin awarded L'Enclume, a huge Norman priory and a national hunt race course along with narrow streets and a little river make for the perfect village setting.

Please note there is a refundable £300 security deposit for this property payable closer to the start of your holiday.

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  • 5 bedrooms - 2 kings, 1 double, 1 twin and 1 twin that can be made into super-king on request
  • 2 bathrooms - one with bath, shower, twin basins and WC, one with bath, shower, wash basin and WC and an ensuite shower room with shower, wash basin and WC 
  • Oven, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, and tumble dryer
  • Bed linen, towels, electric, and underfloor heating included (The underfloor heating is ground floor only)
  • Smart TV, hi-fi, and iPod dock
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Wood burner - logs are available to purchase locally. Starter bag provided with November - March bookings
  • Regret no pets
  • A welcome hamper of local produce upon arrival
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Off-road parking for a minimum of 5 cars
  • Shops and pubs 2 miles

This property is personally managed by Anthony.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Vanessa 15th November 2019

Amazing property, loved our family weekend here (We didn't want to leave) With 2 living areas and a large kitchen it makes it an ideal get away with family and friends. Would definatley recommend this property.

Reviewed by Keith 25th October 2019

A beautiful, comfortable, quirky and peaceful house with fabulous views.The house has been decorated to a high standard especially the two large bathrooms. a good night's sleep is guaranteed with warm and very comfortable beds in such a quiet location. A good getaway from all the stresses of daily life. Local amenities are only a short drive away. Read moreI would highly recommend staying at Heron Beck Bowstead if you want a very relaxing holiday. Hide

Reviewed by Chris 20th September 2019

Excellent accommodation with all the required equipment in a peaceful location close to Ulverston.

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View towards the property
Ample parking
The property by night
Cosy up by the fire
Catch up on some TV after a day exploring
Relax and unwind
Plenty of room at the table
A sociable space
Cook up a storm
Room for two
Twin / Superking
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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

Adventure, memories and awe-inspiring natural beauty await you in the rugged, wild and unique Cumbrian Lake District where beautiful expanses of water merge with magical forests against a backdrop of dramatic mountains and fells.

This ancient land has been sculpted by time and nature and is the newest UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first UK National Park to be awarded this outstanding accolade. Poets, writers and artists throughout the ages have been instinctively drawn here; William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, to name a few. The attractions and the diverse landscape will not fail to charm the young and the young at heart, whether that be thrill-seeking activities you seek, pure and cathartic inspiration or simply just some relaxation, you will find it here.

Cycling, walking, canoeing, white-water rafting, flying, parachuting and ballooning are just some of the offerings for any level of adrenalin junky. Experience the glory of nature in the wild or in a setting such as the Predator Experience where you can walk with wolves and learn about the importance of conservation. For a complete day of family, enjoy treetop capers at Go-Ape in the Grizedale Forest.

Vibrant towns and villages are there to be discovered, be it by land or water. You can step back in time and enjoy a steamboat cruise on a lake or leisurely unearth the dynamic scene of contemporary art, culture and some of the best dining in the UK by foot, bus or car.

The National Park is an area of breath-taking beauty that will leave you spoilt for choice, refuelled and inspired. So much so that you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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