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The Bothy

High Borrans - Near Windermere

Key Information


Star Rating:VE 4 Star Gold Award


Pets:Pets - See Property Inventory

Other: Please Note Property Not Suited For Children Or Babies
Wi-Fi Broadband

The Bothy Guest Reviews


Thanks for a wonderful weekend.  Great winter walking and the Bothy was lovely to come back to.  The thoughtful little touches make it a memorable place to stay.
Alan & Helen - February 2018
Lovely, comfortable and warm cottage.  Loved the extra touches, including the wine, dog biscuits and dog towel!
Nick - January 2018

Great cottage in a lovely quite location, had a wonderful stay, thank you.  The dogs enjoyed their stay also, especially their walk at Grasmere.  Recommend eating at the Watermill in Ings, made us and the dogs very welcome, great pub with great food.

Fiona & Dave - January 2018

Our recent stay at the Bothy was perfect. We visit the lake district often, The facilities we're excellent and the location was ideal. We will hopefully be back in the near future! 

Carl - January 2018

 We wanted to say that we had a fantastic time at the lovely Bothy! It was very cosy yet spacious at the same time. It had everything we needed and more and the bottle of wine and chocolates on arrival was a very nice touch. We especially liked the Christmas decorations which were up when we arrived to make it a little bit festive. We'd definitely like to visit again as it made a great base for lots of walks in the surrounding countryside.

Many thanks
Matt and Jenny - December 2017

Perfect cottage and location for our thee day break.  Loved every minute of it and thank you for the wine, chocs & doggy treats, lovely touch, definitely love to come back here.
William & Lesley Evans. Llandudno, North Wales - November 2017. 

A lovely stay, even better when it stopped raining.  Great walks; Kentmere Valley, Ullswater, Chapel Stile to Dungeon Ghyll and even made it over to Loweswater.  Very good walk Coniston to Tarn Hows.  Our Norfolk legs are crying to go home now! Thank you. P.S. Cafe Ambio does great coffee.
Anthony & Pippa, Dot and Muffin. Wymondham, Norfolk - October 2017 

Lovely honeymoon at the Bothy! Beautiful part of the country.  Thank you.
Richard & Elise Barker, Eye, Suffolk - October 2017. 

We spent the majority of our honeymoon at The Bothy in High Borrans near Windermere and our entire stay was absolutely faultless. The property was immaculate and the little added extras didn't go unnoticed and were gratefully received - particularly the milk for a hot drink on our arrival! Highly recommended and we will definitely be rebooking, probably in the summer when the weather is a little better!!

Head a delightful week despite the head bumps! Very thoughtful extras that made things a bit easier - cleaning stuff tinfoil, matches etc. Wifi never worked all week, but as there were so many great books & suggestions to refer to, it wasn’t too bad, other than needing to check weather for the following day's plans! Warm, cosy, welcoming - thank you! 
Shelia & Will Wokingham, Berkshire - October 2017

Response from Ann & Alastair 
Please let us know if anything is not working in the Bothy and we will endeavour to fix it as we don’t want anything to spoil your holiday.  The wifi issue turned out to be a fault on the external line.  BT are on their way! 

We have had a fantastic stay and the Bothy is everything we hoped it would be.  It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy this beautiful area. Thanks for the ‘welcome treats’ :) 
Nicola & PhilHuddersfield West Yorkshire - October 2017

Thank you for a fantastic stay. The Bothy is the perfect getaway from the busy city! Perfect location for great walks & ,lovely local pubs. We are definitely going home happy & relaxed (including Brady the dog!) We hope to be back again soon. Thanks. 
Maeve & Jonny - September 2017

This was a perfect little cottage. It had everything we could have wanted. The Bothy is in a beautiful location and was a lovely relaxing weekend for us. We can’t wait to come back. Many thanks. 
Brian & GinaPontefact, West Yorkshire - September 2017

We did enjoy our stay there and found it comfortable and warm. We appreciated the huge number of film dvd's there from which we picked some to watch during the evenings when the weather didn't encourage us to venture outside. We also appreciated the bottle of wine and box of chocolates which we enjoyed.  
Patricia Venus - September 2017

We have had a lovely short break at the Bothy, it is a lovely cottage, warm & cosy, wine choc’s and doggie treats  very much appreciated. Thank you. :)
Andrew, Karen & Looby Loo: Notts - August 2017

Lovely long weekend break, weather behaved for the majority of the time whilst we were on the hills. Great walk from the door to ‘Yoke’, which has superb views of Windermere & the coast!  Also rambled to ‘Potters Tarn’. Bothy was a lovely sanctuary at the end of the day, very warm, cosy and beautifully peaceful.
Gill & Paul and Bailey: Oxfordshire - August 2017

Thanks for the wine and chocolates on our arrival.  Our dog Jess also appreciated the dog biscuits.  We had a very relaxing time at the  Bothy which we found most comfortable.  Now back to reality!
Angela & Richard Amor: Calne, Wiltshire - August 2017

We had a fantastic time here in this lovely cottage.  Just what we both needed.  Time out just to relax and we did, we love the Lakes So did our little dog Malcolm.  See you again soon xxxx
Lynn& John Tubb: Gosports, Hants - August 2017

Fabulous cottage offering the peace and solitude we were looking for. Thanks for the bottle of wine and box of chocolates, they were a lovely touch! Our short break was made all the more special when a badger ran past the cottage on Saturday night.

Sad to be leaving. Have fallen totally in love with the lakes. The Bothy has been a wonderful base for touring the area, and my goodness, how much did we pack in! Loved the sound system, cuddling up with a DVD most nights. The bath was divine and a lovely way to relax after all the walking we did. The chocolates were polished off promptly and a lovely surprise! Thanks for your kind hospitality, you have thought of everything here, but we thought maybe a draining board would also be useful? That’s our only suggestion! Good by ‘The Bothy” missing you already.

Absolutely wonderful time. Lovely quite accommodation, beautifully clean and welcoming on arrival. An above average place to stay and explore this beautiful area. Recommend the Watermill Inn at Ings for a lovely dog friendly pub, great food and service. Also the drive to Ullswater is breath taking! This is my first ever visit to the lakes, but it wont be my last! We brought with us a foster dog of 9 months old, whom we were scheduled to drop into rescue on our way back home, but the lovely time we had made us develop such a bond we have rung the rescue and adopted him! Will definitely be coming back. 

Such a wonderful place to stay for much needed rest on our honeymoon. Loved walking through the farms and down to various pubs. The bedroom is so cosy, I never wanted to get up, far to many sleep ins here. Definitely want to come back to explore more of the area. Thank you so much Alastair & Ann.
Anna & Ryan.

We had a fantastic stay here at the Bothy. What a lovely place in such a beautiful surrounding. We went on so many walks and visits all within minutes of the house. Water sports on Windermere is a must, followed by some tasty food and refreshments (plenty to choose from) in the evening. The dog also had a great time, rare that you find such dog friendly places. Thanks for a brilliant stay! P.S what a fantastic bath!

The Bothy was a stunning wee cottage, immaculately clean and the bottle of wine and box of chocolates were a very nice welcome. The cottage gave us the solitude we were looking for but, was within easy driving distance of Windermere and Ambleside, which had some amazing walks and fantastic restaurants. We would highly recommend the Bothy to anyone looking for a quiet base in the Lake District.
Kirsty McArthur - June 2017

Guys/ Thank you for the great welcome (wine and chocolates) and a homely cottage.  We have had a great week except for the Cumbria water.  The Bothy was a perfect location for all the places we wished to visit. After putting up with Tesco Express & small Co-op stores, we found ‘Booths’ a fabulous store close to Windermere Train Station.  In addition , ‘The Queens Head’ in Troutbeck provided a lovely meal/drinks.  Thanks again.  Pete & Lorraine.
2nd June 2017  Pete & Lorraine, Keynsham Nr Bristol

Thank you for  wonderful stay here at the Bothy.  We have had a great week, full of scenic walks including treks up Helvellyn and Old Man. Much enjoyed soaking up the sun with a walk from Rydal to Grasmere stopping off at some caves along the way (highly recommended). Thanks also for the welcome pack and we hope to return sometime in the future.  Dan and Amanda.
12th June 2017 Daniel & Amanda, Durham.

Brilliant little home in an awesome area.  Came to decompress after our wedding and had a comfortable, cosy stay.  Highly recommend the Watermill up the street in Ings for dog-friendly atmosphere and good food!  Thank you for maintaining such a nice home!
Ps. I sadly got ill while here and can also recommend local GP as being friendly & helpful as well! Great place here all around :)
26th June 2017 Andrew Cogman, Lori Cantwell Cogman (originally from Virginia, USA), Norwich, UK.

We found the Bothy a very welcoming cottage with everything that we expected. The information provided within such as books, maps, places to eat and drink were very useful. The welcoming bottle of wine & chocolates was a lovely touch. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this beautiful retrean.
June 2017 - Peter

We would like to thank you for welcoming us at the Bothy 9th - 12th June, it was everything we were hoping for. Absolutely loved the welcoming wine and chocolates and the doggy treats and towel topped it off completely! We had everything we needed and it's a brilliant location for amazing walks and lovely pubs. We will definitely be coming to visit again. Thanks again.
Jonny & Ellie

Thank you to Alastair and Ann for such a warm welcoming, Henry and Honey enjoyed their treats and your gift to ourselves was delightful.  The Bothy is amazing and we will hopefully return in the near future. This was a great base to visit the Lakes and convenient to get around easily with the aid of all your information provided! and on that rainy afternoon we enjoyed the vast choice of entertainment form the library of CD’s .
Many thanks once again. 
26 May - 2 June 2017 Beverley and Craig Meek, ‘Honey & Henry’

Thanks for the welcome pack (nice touch!).  The Bothy really did give us a home from home. We were very lucky with the weather but would still come to the Bothy in bad weather.  In case you are into golf, I played Carus Green (Tee’d off 7.45 am £28) very flat, lovely course but not too difficult.  Then Kendal golf club (Tee’d off 7.30 £12.50) OUTSTANDING views, difficult course, very steep but loved it, a good idea is to take an oxygen tank with you.
Thanks again! We will be back.
Stephen & Angela, Airshire.

First time we have visited the Lakes with one dog and we have had a lovely time.  The Bothy was perfect, very clean & in a lovely location.  I’m sure we will be visiting again!

I enjoyed my two weeks at The Bothy very much indeed. The cottage is imaginatively converted and the space used extremely well. The bathroom is spectacularly good for such a small house, and the kitchen area works well. I listened to CDs  and the sound system was impressive. I met Alistair a couple of times and he was very friendly. (I forgot to thank him for the bottle of wine and Kendal Mint Cake chocolates left in the cottage—a nice touch. If you are talking to him, please pass on my thanks.)
Best wishes, and thanks for the opportunity to have stayed there.
10/04/17 Michael

Really nice week here in the Lakes, we have had good weather and some lovely walks.  The Queens Head pub is really worth a visit and it's dog friendly :).  Very nice welcome here at the Bothy for us and the dog.  thanks for the treats, wine, choc’s and dog biscuits.
24/4/17 Chris & Melinda & Tassie, Northampton

Really good four days. We've not been to this part of the Lakes before. We loved how secluded it was. The Bothy was perfect for us and the dog… We’ll defo. be booking again.  Thanks. Phil & Emma.
30/3/17 Phil & Em, Bramball

Amazing Birthday weekend away,. The Bothy is perfect thank you so much.  We loved listening to the owls at night. Zip Trekking in Grizedale was something very special, will be doing this again.  Thank you to my husband and soulmate for arranging this perfect weekend.
10/3/17 Kelly & Simon, Cheshire 

We loved our stay at the Bothy last week, we were really lucky with the weather and got some great walks in.  The cottage was lovely with everything we needed, the wine and chocolates was a lovely touch along with the dog biscuits and towel for Meg. The cottage was really clean, well kept and we'd love to stay here again.
03/03/2017 Chris

Thank you for a lovely stay at the Bothy.  The property is well equipped and very homely.  Our dog enjoyed his biscuits thank you.  Excellent location to use as a base for exploring the beautiful Lake District.  We would certainly stay again. 
23/2/17 - 27/2/17 Nicole & James, Chester the dog.  Sittingbourne, Kent.

Thank you so much for such an amazing little cottage!  It is all that you can hope for after long & tiring walks:) cosy, warm, gorgeous bath tub, brilliant location for exploring and well equipped kitchen that we used a lot :). We hope to return,we had a perfect holiday x.
12/2/17-16/2/17 Izzy & Andy, Keynsham, Bristol

There are some essential ingredients for a cottage and ‘The Bothy’ has them all: lovely and warm, comfortable, well equipped, heavenly bath and gorgeous location.  Thanks for the wine & chocolates - much appreciated.  A lovely weekend!! x
06/02/17 Fiona & John, Buxton

Thank you so much for such a lovely stay in The Bothy.  It is so homely and a magical place to be - middle of countryside, no phone signal and crisp winter days - what a way to spend our honeymoon. We’re sad to be leaving and have made so many great memories here :).  And thanks so much for the bubbly and chocolates - they were divine!
28/12/16  Phil and Bex, Gateshead

Lovely spot and The Bothy was very homely.  Thank you for the wine, chocolates and dog treats for Maddy - nice touch!  Sad to be leaving!
19/12/16  Ellie & James, Harrogate, Yorkshire 

We had a lovely stay at The Bothy. Fantastic location with beautiful walks right on your doorstep. Short drive into Windermere is ideal, although we didn’t venture out much as the cottage and walks were so lovely in High Borrans. Thanks for the dog treats, wine and chocolates.
14/11/16 Sarah Jones, Midlands

Gorgeous cottage, very cosy and just the escape we needed. Was lovely to come to a place that doesn’t just tolerate dogs but actively welcomed them - Lohi loved his own little welcome pack! The drive over Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater is stunning. We stopped at the pub at the top of the pass (dog friendly) and then carried on to visit Aira Force - lovely walks and beautiful waterfalls.
31/10/16 Jenny and Dave with Lohi the Boxer, Liverpool

Superb cottage and location, fantastic walks from the doorstep.  Thoroughly enjoyed our short stay in this beautiful part of the country.  Thank you!
24/10/16 Sue & Pete with Colin & Oscar (golden retrievers), Rowant, Oxon

Super cottage to base yourself from in the most glorious part of the country.  Enjoyed plenty of lovely walks and cycle rides up and down the hills.  We will definitely be recommending this relaxing little retreat.
21 October 2016    Chris & Ali, Bristol 

Absolutely fabulous place to relax and feel at home after a long days hiking.  Loved every minute of it!  Thank you very much!!
10 October 2016    Tom & Danni, Berkshire

What a lovely little cosy retreat – enjoyed by us and our two cocker spaniels!
30 September 2016    Richard & Britta, Dorset 

Loved coming home to this cottage each day during our one week stay!  Thanks so much for the wine (from south Australia) and the chocolates.
9 September 2016    Paul & Theresse, Brisbane, Australia 

We had a wonderful stay at the Bothy.  Thank you for everything. A big thank you from our two little dogs.  Rosie & Lowis, they had a lovely welcome with biscuits, bowls and a towel to wipe their little paws on. Wonderful weather too for lots of walkies!! Such a beautiful part of our country and so proud to be part of it and a big thank you to Beatrix Potter [born 150 yrs ago].
8 September 2016    Christopher & Carolyn , Hampshire 

Thank you for a lovely long weekend, The Bothy is such a lovely spot to explore the Lakes from!
5 August 2016    Ellie & James, Carnforth 

Fab 5 days at 'The Bothy’. Lovely welcome, and thank you for the choc & wine, lovely treat! Cosy little stay and perfect location.
1 August 2016    Raymond & Ashleigh, Sunderland.

We loved staying here! Thank you for helping us get away from it all. We will be recommending to everyone! Thanks! 
25 July 2016  Jez & Clare Swan, Derbyshire

Our first holiday together post honeymoon/wedding in Feb. The Bothy was BRILLIANT – quiet & fabulous cottage. Can’t believe how quickly the week has gone.  Hope to be back. Thanks for a clean great space – chocolates, wine, milk and every creature comfort – much appreciated when weather was wet &cold. Lovely place to return to after days out exploring.
15 July 2016  Andy & Roché Brook, London

 Holiday was brilliant.
Weather wasn’t.
8 July 2016  Dee and Frank, Worthing W Sussex.

Thank you so much for the lovely stay! The cottage is very cosy and matches the description to a T. There was everything we needed and more – which was very much appreciated! Ideal location for amateur walkers like ourselves but we have enjoyed every day – even though the weather wasn’t on our side for the majority of the trip. Beautiful cottage in a beautiful area, we will 100% recommend you to friend’s/family and will definitely like to return in the near future. Thank you – and thank you for the lovely wine & chocolates!
1 July 2016  Danielle & James, Essex

Thank you for a lovely stay, very cosy with everything we need. The weather has been wonderful and we have enjoyed the utter beauty of the Lake District. Thanks so much for the wine and fudge.
24 June 2016 Mandy & Andrew Sainsbury, Newbury Berkshire

This was the perfect retreat for our ‘mini moon’, lovely little cottage, hospitality from Alastair. Scenery beautiful, walking, cruising, steam engine ride and so lucky with the weather, sunshine everyday! Had a fab time our first trip to the lakes, will definitely be back!
Thanks so much.
3 June 2016 Dave & Jan Lester, Berkshire

The description and pictures on the internet didn't lie, it is definitely a very cosy cottage!  From the minute we walked in, it felt like home.  Thank you for welcoming us with a bottle of wine and some tasty chocolates but also for welcoming our little doggies with some nice dog biscuits!  We loved coming back to The Bothy after a long day of walking.  We had everything we needed.  It would be a pleasure to come back. See you soon.
Virginie and Nancy - 30 May 2016    

Ideal bolt hole for us amateur walkers. Accommodation everything we could of wanted and the ‘little extras’ make it that bit better.  Couldn’t fault anything – including the weather – Thanks.
Rob, Shaz ‘n’ dogs - 13-20 May 2016

We have really enjoyed our stay at the chic stylish Bothy.  Thank you for the wine and chocolates and Bertie was grateful for the dog biscuits.  Visited so many delightful places and had ‘wall to wall’ sunshine – wonderful! ‘Mortal Man’ was our favourite eating place – would really recommend.
Anne & Eric & Bertie the Westie - 6-13 May 2016

Thank you for such a great stay at The Bothy! Fantastic accommodation, equipped with everything we needed – particularly impressed with the sound system.  We will without a doubt book to come back next year.  Thank you also for the wine & chocolate!
Mr Henry Jones - 23 April 2016  

Lovely long weekend in The Bothy. Well equipped cottage with every thing we needed. Thank you very much for the wine and chocolates on arrival. Enjoyed some lovely walks and a yummy lunch at the Drucken Duck Inn. Will definately recommend The Bothy to friends and family. Thank you!
Jenny & Richard Logan - 11/03/2016

We had a lovely few days in The Bothy. The cottage had everything we needed for a weekend away, including the added extras of wine and chocolate! The weather was suprisingly dry and warm, the location of the cottage meant we could make the most of it. Thank you!
Abby & Simon

Beautful cottage which will now stay in our memories forever.
Emily & Daniel 26/02/2016

My first visit of many, best weekend of my life with hopfully my future wife. Lovely area, close to everywhere we wanted to go. Thank you.
Rob - 25/01/2016

Great little cottage in a lovely location. We've had a fantastic break and don't want to leave. Been on lots of walks and visited many pubs.
Donna - Hertfordshire

Perfect little hidey hole away from the world. A lovely relaxing week, really glad of the peace and quite. A good base for great days out.
Dave and Marie - Nottingham

Lovely cottage, really cosy and nicely furnished. Great location with easy access to Windermere, Bowness and Ambleside.
Cathryn and Lee - Manchester. 

The Bothy is everything we hoped for and more. A perfect hide-away from life. We took the bikes on some great treks. Lots of chill out time. An ideal location for a weekend of nothingness. Just what we wanted. We will be back.
Pip & Paul, Cheltenham

The Bothy is just perfect in every way. Warm, cosy, very comfortable, and we just loved the mezzanine bedroom. Ideal location for local walks and driving around the Lake District. VERY RELAXING!
Maureen & John, Manchester  

A beautiful cottage in a beautiful place. Thank you so much for the wine and fudge. You've really taken the time to make sure we have everything we need and more. Thank you.
Jenny, Wiltshire
We had a lovely time. The Bothy is brill. The doggies loved the rabbit that frequents right outside the front door. We have explored the area, very very nice. We will tell our friends to book The Bothy.
Liz & Chris, Lincolnshire
Ideal location for couples. Gorgeous and relaxing little place to get away to. Would deffo recommend it and come again.
Lauren & Mike, Warrington
The Bothy was everything and more than we expected. It was the perfect place to come back to after an active day walking, boating and horse riding. It felt like home. We had everything we needed. Thank you so much for making our stay so comfortable. Will be returning.
Emily & Tom, London
We have had a fantastic 1st anniversary break away. The cottage is perfect with everything you need, and great access straight onto the fells……
James & Laura. York.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this delightful cottage. A peaceful location, great walks nearby, and beautiful countryside made this short break perfect! Great DVD collection, good entertainment system and general amenities were excellent.
Vikram & Jarveen. London.

Lovely, romantic and peaceful home away from home. Really cosy and truly comfortable stay. We are leaving fully relaxed and recharged…
Craig & Olivia Sharpe (on honeymoon). West Yorkshire.

Fantastic spot. The Bothy is beautiful, the area is stunning…. 
David & Meg McLachlan. Melbourne, Australia.

Thank you for another lovely stay at The Bothy. The dogs had immense fun and we cannot wait to come back.
Charlotte, Marcella, Truffle, Mocsen & Merlin. Basingstoke.

Thank you for a fantastic stay. We have stopped for 10 days and have loved every minute of it. Everything that we could possibly have needed you have on hand, and after a long days walking we fell in love with the bath tub!!! Thank you for the wine, chocolates and BBQ. Sad to be going home.
Vicky & Greg. Consett, County Durham.

Lovely, cosy cottage surrounded by beautiful scenery. A perfect place to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary.
Ken & Yvonne Miller. Alexandra, Australia.

A superb location and ‘home’ for a real treat. How life should be. Wish we could take The Bothy and a small piece of Lakeland home with us. Thank you for a wonderful week. We leave with many memories and one tired Labrador.
Sean & Tracy. Tonbridge, Kent