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
  • In house catering available on request (at additional cost)

This property is personally managed by Anthony.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 31 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Chris 20th September 2019

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

Reviewed by Gary 12th April 2019

Great location for peace and quiet. Ideal if you want to take walks and bike rides from the cottage.

Reviewed by Jayne 22nd March 2019

Really lovely property. Very comfortable, enjoyed my stay with friends. Ulverston town is delightful and is easy walking distance. I would definitely recommend this property.

Reviewed by Louise 8th March 2019

Had a large family gathering for a 30th birthday and this cottage was the perfect spot for it. Cannot fault the cottage and will definitely recommend and return in the future.

Reviewed by Mario 16th February 2019

Great Cottage in a peaceful area !

Reviewed by Sarah 21st December 2018

A beautiful large cottage in gorgeous surroundings yet only a 5 minute drive to Ulverston. We enjoyed a lovely family Christmas at this property. The log burner makes it very cosy at night.

Reviewed by Megan 9th November 2018

Seven of us stayed in the Heron Beck Cottage for four days. It gave us the luxury of being together, but everyone had more than enough personal space. Everyone raved about the quality of the fittings and the cosiness of the beds. 10/10 would recommend for people wanting to explore the area or just relax in the countryside.

Reviewed by Norths August 2018

Had an amazing holiday in this wonderful place. Beautiful scenery - cycle rides, walks and a very happy family get-together.

Reviewed by Nisbetts and Nagles August 2018

Beautiful countryside, lovely walks and happy times .x

Reviewed by Fennerty July 2018

Lovely stay in the Lake District

Reviewed by Robson, Fairclough, Blackburn June 2018

Great cottage, great weather. There for the music festival. Fantastic break!!

Reviewed by Kemp, Fawkes, Mullin, Mearns May 2018

Thank you for sharing your home. Amazing views, beautiful home, enough space for everyone. Thank you, loved the cows :) moo!!

Reviewed by Kerry and Stewart May 2018

Amazing stay, 1st class house, very peaceful and relaxing.

Reviewed by Redfearn party February 2018

A fantastic property, a real home away from home. If you want a relaxing place to stay away from it all, this is definitely the one for you. We stayed for 3 nights at the beginning of February to celebrate Dad's 80th Birthday. The house was so comfortable, warm and welcoming that we didn't want to leave! A well-equipped kitchen, luxurious bathroom Read morefacilities and a log burner in the lounge to make things even cosier - what more could you ask for? Will definitely be booking again! Many Thanks. Hide

Reviewed by Taz December 2017

Firstly I would like to thank you for your availability and support with the booking. My family and I have had a wonderful time. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the cottage was just beautiful, exceeding all our expectations.Please pass our thanks and appreciation to the owners of the cottage and we hope to book with yourselves in the near Read morefuture. Hide

Reviewed by The Taylor family and friends September 2017

What can l say!! Everything about Heron Beck was perfect, from the wonderful views from every window, to the welcoming feel about the place from the moment you opened the door. It is superbly well equipped. The dining table was beautifully laid out on arrival, but worked equally well for us as a family with young children once the table was rearranRead moreged. The bathrooms and bedrooms were excellent, lovely comfy beds, plenty of clean towels and everywhere really clean. The outdoor spaces were great, though a great pity we couldn't make more use of them, still you can't have everything!!! Thank you very much for a very enjoyable and comfortable stay. Hide

Reviewed by Karajada March 2017

Extremely lovely cottage for a weekend break with friends. Very clean and spacious. Lovely views. Fully equipped. Excellent location. All in all, a beautiful cottage.

Reviewed by Hoyle Family March 2017

Really enjoyed our stay, would love to stay again!

Reviewed by Menacere family February 2017

This place has been a dream house for us all to relax and spend time in! We hope to come back soon, wonderful stay!

Reviewed by Vamadevan family February 2017

We've had a brilliant time at Heron Beck a really lovely place to soak in the beautiful Lake District! Thank you.

Reviewed by Hartleys & Anderson January 2017

Great time family 70thcelebration. Wonderful house. Will be back soon. Fantastic location.

Reviewed by Kuwana Family December 2016

Beautiful cottage the perfect setting for a wonderful Christmas.

Reviewed by Anderson & Kenyon family December 2016

We were here for my sons 21st, what an amazing house and amazing experience!

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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
Show 28 moreStairs down to the kitchen / diner and up to the summer sitting room


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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