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Destination guide

Windermere cabins offer exciting education and history

Windermere is a beautiful, untamed landscape that's ideal for fun adventures with your pet in dog-friendly cottages in the Lake District. The town and lake have a rich history and vast landscapes, as well as fascinating attractions like Orrest Head, The World of Beatrix Potter and the Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats. Plenty of places allow dogs on the grounds, so you can spend your time hiking and exercising with your pet to take in the views and give your dog an experience of a lifetime.

 
History

Discover Beatrix Potter history with Windermere holiday lets

In Bowness-on-Windermere, World of Beatrix Potter recreates scenes from the author's beloved books, including Jemima Puddle-Duck's woodland glade and Peter Rabbit's veggie-filled kitchen garden. On the western shores of the lake, the National Trust-owned Wray Castle dazzles visitors with Gothic-inspired turrets and battlements. Want to live and breathe Lake District history? With Windermere holiday rentals, you can take your pick of 18th-century stone cottages, converted barns and other heritage-listed properties.

Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities near your Windermere holiday rental

The Lake District National Park is a paradise for ramblers, with 100s of trails to explore. One of the region's most popular walks takes you to the top of Orrest Head, from where you can enjoy sweeping views over Windermere and the surrounding hillsides. One of the best ways to enjoy Windermere is on the lake itself, with scenic cruises departing from Bowness Pier. You'll also find plenty of places to rent kayaks and rowing boats. If lake access is a priority, opt for holiday rentals in Bowness-on-Windermere, where you'll be just steps from the shoreline.

Restaurants and bars

Top restaurants near your Windermere holiday cottage

Windermere is quickly earning its stripes on the Cumbria food circuit, offering everything from traditional flagstone pubs to swanky fine-dining restaurants. Save your appetite for local Cumbrian delicacies, like venison steak, pigeon pie, spring lamb stew and roast suckling pig. You'll even find a handful of craft breweries scattered across Windermere. Love to cook? Stock up on farm-fresh produce at local markets and prepare hearty meals back at your self-contained Windermere holiday home.

Essential info

Essential info for your Windermere holiday rentals stay

  • Lake District weather can be unpredictable, so don't forget to pack layers and a rain jacket, even in the height of summer
  • Read up on England's rules regarding "right of way" and roaming etiquette before exploring Lake District National Park on foot
  • With so much to see, do and experience, it's best to pencil in a minimum 3-night stay in Windermere, in the Lake District National Park
  • From garden BBQs to cosy board game nights, Windermere holiday homes promise a local stay in Lake District National Park
Good for couples

Romantic escapes to Windermere holiday cottages

Stunning waterscapes and rugged mountain scenery make Windermere the perfect place to enjoy a romantic weekend away. Enjoy candlelit meals at upscale restaurants, soar over the Lake District on a hot air balloon flight and stroll hand-in-hand through the fells. From brunch on the terrace to wine by the fireplace, Windermere holiday cottages promise an intimate stay in the Lake District.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake Windermere?

Yes, our 2021 property listings offer a large selection of 1,008 vacation rentals near Lake Windermere. From 638 cottages to 638 cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Windermere for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.