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Heron Beck

Bowstead Gates - Near Ulverston

Key Information


Star Rating:VE 5 Star Gold Award


Pets:No Pets

Other: Easy Access For Cartmel Races
Wi-Fi Broadband

Heron Beck


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. 

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 corners, 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 into 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 dinning 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 conjour up simple suppers or celebratory dinners, and while away the evening with the convivial chatter of friends in this briliant house.


Bedrooms & Bathrooms

There are a total of five bedrooms; one twin off the kitchen, (this can be requestd as a superking when booking), a second twin off the upper sitting room, with the three double bedrooms on the upper two floors, one has an en-suite shower and all reached by the splendid cast iron spiral staircase. 

There are two bathrooms. The first is off the middle level with a large bath, hand basin, WC and large walk in shower. Up the spiral stairs to the second fully fitted bathroom with its marble tiles, large bath, hand basin, 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 barbecue, with open views of rolling meadow. 

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.

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, ironmongers, 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. At Lakeside, steamers and launches leave for trips on the lake and can be used as a sort of 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.

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 fab wine 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.

For more info on the area visit our Lake District Guide

Full Lake District Guide

Coniston Water & Mountain 

Newby Bridge To Bouth 

Cartmel Peninsular - The Lythe and Winster Valleys - Arnside and the Morecambe Bay 


Grange Over Sands 



The Grizedale Forest 


Your Say

Dear LCC. Just a quick thank you note for the excellent service and cottage we stayed in over the weekend.  Everyone had a great time and were very impressed by the high standards and cleanliness, which we tried to maintain during our stay.
We surely will be booking again with your company in the future and will be recommending your service to all my family and friends. Keep up the good work! Kind regards.
Dr. Sen and Mr. Tabassum.

Thank you for a wonderful break at Heron Beck. Easily the best house we have ever booked against some stiff competition. Helen, Eaton

Heron Beck has everything, the interior design, luxury furnishings and surrounding panoramic views offer a haven of peace and tranquility.
Mrs G - Cheshire.

Thank you for a lovely break.  Cottage is wonderful, beautifully decorated and comfortable.  Such a peaceful and pretty location with gorgeous views. We really appreciated the extra touches such as the welcome basket with delicious local produce.  
We will recommend and return.
Brown, Carr and Butcher families.   

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Heron Beck
The Details

Heron Beck Inventory

  • Property Type
    Lake District Holiday Home - Semi Detached - Rural Location
  • 1 twin bedroom off the kitchen level, this can be requested to be made up as a superking at booking
  • 1 twin bedroom off the second sitting room level
  • 1 Double bedroom with 5ft bed off the first upper spiral staircase level
  • 2 Double bedrooms on the top level - 1 with 5ft bed & en-suite shower room
  • 2 Travel cots - 2 Highchairs - 2 Stairgates
  • Duvets - Full linen & towels
  • Bathrobes
  • 2 Bathrooms, one with bath & separate shower, one with bath and wet room shower
  • Gas central & underfloor heating
  • Log burning stove
  • Logs purchase locally
  • Range Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Slow cooker & Sandwich maker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Coffee cafetiere
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Flat Screen TV - Freeview 
  • DVD player
  • CD - Radio stereo with iPod Dock
  • Wi-Fi Broadband
  • Telephone calls free after 6pm and weekends
  • Gas & electricity inclusive
  • Decorated Christmas Tree with the owner's Seasonal Best Wishes
  • Garden furniture - Gas barbecue
  • Complimentary hamper of locally produced biscuits, jam, chutney & miniature bathroom products (Please note contents may vary)
  • No pets - No Smokers
  • Parking 5 cars
  • Nearest Pub - The Farmers Arms  2.2 Miles
  • For Cartmel Racecourse fixture dates visit their website cartmel-racecourse.co.uk
Access Statement
Nearest Amenities
Cark in Cartmel
Grange over Sands
Levens & Sizergh
Morecambe Bay & Arnside
Newby Bridge, Lakeside and Finsthwaite
Barrow In Furness & Walney Island
Walks, Activities and Info Links
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