Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Windermere

Welcome to Windermere

The most famous of the Lakeland towns and villages, Windermere, a bustling miniature metropolis at the absolute heart of the Lakes, is the premier Lake District destination for self-catering cottage holidays. Named after the lake around which the town has grown, Windermere has been one of the UK’s most popular areas for holiday homes and summer houses, since the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere railway line in 1847.

Formed 13,000 years ago from two glaciers - the first the Troutbeck Valley and the second the Fairfield Horseshoe - Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. Known as a ribbon lake, there are 18 islands on Windermere, the largest of which, Belle Island is now privately owned. Although originally known as Winder Mere, because the lakebed is deeper than it is wide, Windermere is actually a lake.

The area is also home to our wonderful selection of Windermere cottages.

Self-catering accommodation in Windermere

We have 50 Lakelovers self-catering Windermere cottages, so you are not short of choice in terms of how you spend your Lake District break. And holiday cottages in Windermere don’t get much better than these; whether you are looking for a lakeside lodge, town centre cottage, town house sleeping 12 or a luxury 5 star apartment on an exclusive golf course, our properties are hand-picked for their unique styles and qualities and come in all shapes and sizes to suit all of your holiday requirements and budget. Our experienced and knowledgeable customer service team are always on hand to offer expert advice and to help you choose the perfect Lakelovers holiday that you won’t forget.

Whatever you pick, you’ll be sure of a relaxing yet vibrant time in Windermere.

Our cottages in Windermere are easily accessible with rail, bus and taxi connections all frequently available throughout the year. Trains and buses can be caught at Windermere Railway station, which is conveniently located next to both Booths supermarket and Country Lanes Cycle Hire, should you wish to continue your exploration of the area by bike. Buses arrive and depart from there regularly throughout the day, making their way across the district and beyond and the Transpennine Express train, travelling between Windermere and Oxenholme, also stops at Staveley, Burneside and Kendal.

Going self-catering in Windermere is made super easy by the many fabulous eateries and local food shops this town boasts. Booths supermarket, who also have branches in Keswick, Penrith, Ulverston and Kendal to name but a few, offer a wide selection of general groceries for stocking up your cottage, as well as a fabulous collection of products from local suppliers, including: cheeses and wines, Lakeland ales and some good old fashioned Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Windermere out and about

Add a little excitement to your holiday with a Kannku self-drive, off-road experience. See the Lakes as you never have before, as you bump and power your way across the fells in a 4x4; available for both individuals and groups. The Kannku headquarters are right across the road from Lakelovers Windermere HQ and all our guests can enjoy fantastic discounts when they show one of our Lakelovers Recommends keyfobs; which you will find on your property keys.

Learn loads more about the surrounding areas as you travel with a Mountain Goat Tour, available from right next door to our head office. Or why not visit the Lake District visitors centre at Brockhole, just a short drive out of Windermere town towards Ambleside. Here you can find out lots of information about where to go and what to see, as well as take part in the mountains of daily activities and courses available throughout the year and the kids can enjoy the fantastic free adventure playground; suitable for children aged 5 to 14 years.

Windermere offers a range of local and national shops, banks, cafes and restaurants, which are mainly located through the centre of the town. Forgotten your shampoo? Pick it up in Boots. Forgotten to bring that all-important holiday read? There is a well-stocked W H Smith.

For anyone considering a holiday self-catering in Windermere, a visit to The Lighthouse, for lovely indoor food, cakes and drinks, situated at the top end of town, is a must. For incredible take-away sandwiches, soups, baked potatoes and snacks, a visit to The Sandwich Chef is in order, also at the top of the town, across the road from The Lighthouse. For evening dining, don’t miss a chance to eat, drink and be merry at the nearby Brown Horse at Winster; located on the outskirts of the town and easily accessible by car or taxi – taxis can be picked up at Windermere station. Lakelovers also recommend the Wild Boar; for dining with a difference.

Lakelovers’ holiday cottages in Windermere position you perfectly to explore the shore and beyond of England’s largest lake.

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Bobbin Cottage

Windermere
2 Customer reviews

Originally a bobbin mill, this enchanting self-catering barn conversion is now part of Ings Mill Park; a beautifully landscaped area of holiday homes within 5…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £345

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Gowan Cottage

Windermere
1 Customer reviews

Once a thriving bobbin mill, this gorgeous character property is part of the Ings Mill Park development – a select set of cottages set in…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £345

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Wheatlands Cottage

Windermere
1 Customer reviews

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located contemporary detached Lakeland cottage has been stylishly refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lake…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £355

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Gable Lodge

Windermere

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located lodge cottage has been beautifully refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lakeland retreat. Tucked…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 1
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Babies welcome

From £349

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Lakestone Cottage

Windermere
1 Customer reviews

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located cottage has been stunningly refurbished to provide a truly contemporary Lakeland retreat. Tucked away…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £376

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Holly Cottage

Windermere
1 Customer reviews

All the romance of a traditional Lakeland cottage, luxuriously restored in chic country house style and nestling in a quiet backwater just off the centre…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - open
  • Babies welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer
  • Pub nearby

From £335

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High Borrans Copse

Windermere

Style, serenity and scenery are at the heart of this romantic Lake District lodge, one of only a few select lodges set in a secluded…

  • Accommodates 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Fire: - electric
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £345

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Brookholme

Windermere

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this conveniently located contemporary cottage has been beautifully refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lakeland retreat. Tucked…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £525

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Brathay Lodge

Windermere

This contemporary and sophisticated detached lodge is found close to the shores of Lake Windermere, within the prestigious White Cross Bay Leisure Park and Marina….

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £395

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A River Runs By

Windermere

A romantic, contemporary and surprisingly convenient riverside retreat in the popular village of Staveley, at the mouth of the Kentmere Valley. Within a tasteful barn…

  • Accommodates 3
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 1
  • Wi-Fi
  • Children: welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer

From £335

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Lakeside 6

Windermere

This fabulous, newly built and designed lakeshore lodge occupies the most superb location on the edge of Windermere lake shore. Completely detached yet handily located…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - electric
  • Private Parking 2
  • Children: welcome
  • Laundry Facilities on site

From £599

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Millrace Cottage

Windermere
2 Customer reviews

Once part of a thriving bobbin mill, this delightful Lakeland barn conversion is surrounded by acres of wooded valley, alongside the River Gowan. It’s part…

  • Accommodates 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £350

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Bramble Lodge

Windermere

This luxurious Lakeland Lodge nestles in a small row of  exclusive luxury lodges within a peaceful setting yet is conveniently located so to take advantage…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - electric
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Wi-Fi

From £495

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Windermere Lodge

Windermere

This charming and individual detached lodge is found close to the shores of Lake Windermere, within the prestigious White Cross Bay Leisure Park and Marina. When you…

  • Accommodates 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Fire: - electric
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Babies welcome

From £525

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Old Mr Browns Cottage

Windermere
4 Customer reviews

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this centrally located stone cottage has been beautifully refurbished to provide a truly sophisticated Lakeland retreat. Situated…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Fire: - gas
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £345

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Rawe Cottage

Windermere

This magnificent luxury farmhouse stands secluded at the top of the Kentmere Valley with breathtaking views in every direction. A true haven and walkers’ paradise,…

  • Accommodates 9
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Fire: - woodburner
  • Private Parking 4
  • Wi-Fi
  • Babies welcome

From £599

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Church View Cottage (Ings)

Windermere

This 17th century Lake District cottage takes a peaceful riverside setting in the tiny hamlet of Ings. Between Staveley and Windermere on the famously scenic…

  • Accommodates 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Pets welcome (2)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome
  • Garden

From £355

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Hill Top

Windermere

Capturing the very essence of the Lake District this superb four bedroom, four bathroom property forms part of a large gentlemen’s residence commanding superb views…

  • Accommodates 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Private Parking 2
  • Pets welcome (1)
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome

From £565

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The Sanctuary

Windermere

Within a highly individual converted church outbuilding, The Sanctuary incorporates modern furnishings and comfort with the utmost style. It’s a treat for one or two…

  • Accommodates 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Private Parking 2
  • Babies welcome
  • Children: welcome
  • Laundry Facilities washer/dryer

From £397

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