Bliss above Lake Windermere

Welcome to Windermere Retreat, where lakes meet mountains and experience exceeds expectation. Your Lakeland adventure starts here, surrounded by cool, understated interiors, Edwardian panelling and floor-to-ceiling windows. Windermere Retreat is all yours; a luxurious backdrop for adventures, activities and a whole lot of fun.

Wine, dine and luxuriate

With the lake on your doorstep, it’s hard not to be enchanted by Windermere Retreat. The Edwardian home invites you to wine, dine and luxuriate in its recently renovated rooms, all set within one of the Lake District’s most desired addresses. The grand vaulted windows bring the wonder of Windermere indoors and there are lake views aplenty.

Nestled within two acres of mature, private gardens, you’ll certainly want to head outdoors to explore. But what will you do first? The lake offers all manner of watersports, from kayaking and sailing to jet skiing and luxury yacht hire. Get your hiking boots on and climb the peaks and fells of the lakes, hire bikes or simply marvel at the beauty of your surroundings.

Perfectly equipped for your every need, the open plan kitchen-dining-living space is large enough for the whole family to gather. Prepare dinner, or order in, and open the doors to the garden, where you’ll find a vast sundeck, complete with sofas, armchairs and more for you to drink and dine al-fresco, whilst the children head off to play in the treehouse.

There are plenty of living spaces to choose from. Will you take the grand Edwardian sitting room, or the cinema room, or stick to the bright and social open-plan kitchen? After a long day of adventures, laughter and fun, head off to one of the exquisitely appointed bedrooms with plush soft furnishings and views across the water. It’s so perfect here that you may never want to leave.

Gardens and grounds

You will be in awe of your surroundings as the car meanders up the private driveway to Windermere Retreat. Relax. Unwind. Your Lakeland staycation has begun.

Sitting proudly above Lake Windermere, the property is set within two acres of mature gardens and grounds, with far-reaching views across the water. There’s nowhere more serene or romantic than this. As the sun shines upon you, gather the whole family on the huge terrace, which is over 100 metres squared, complete with plush outdoor sofas and armchairs and an outdoor gas fire, perfect for long, balmy evenings spent under the stars.

Speaking of nights under the stars, have you ever wanted a sleepover in a treehouse? If so, you’re in luck. Windermere Retreat’s treehouse is fitted with electricity and wifi for kids, and big kids alike, to enjoy. As the children make the most of the treehouse, adults can dine al-fresco on the terrace with a cocktail or two.

You came to Windermere Retreat for the lakes, of course, and this spectacular home is perfectly situated above Windermere, a short distance from quaint Bowness, Ambleside and many more of the Lake District’s popular destinations.

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Living spaces

After a long day exploring the fells and peaks of Windermere, head through the boot room, throw your clothes in the washing machine and hang up your hiking equipment. It’s now time to relax in one of the stunning living spaces on offer.

The colour palette at Windermere Retreat is cool, calm and collected, inviting you in to sink into its sumptuous sofas and inviting armchairs in front of one of five (yes, five!) large Smart TV’s. Pop some popcorn and gather the whole family together to flick through Netflix and Amazon Prime on the 75″ screen in the cinema room. Want the full cinema experience? Just call on the voice-activated curtains to close, no need to get up from the electric leather recliners.

There are Amazon Alexa speakers in most rooms, along with an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, so you can sing and dance the night away around the open-plan kitchen, dining and living space, whilst the BT superfast Broadband keeps the music streaming for you. If you are looking to get away from it all, retire to the grand Edwardian sitting room and cosy up with a book in front of the fireplace.

Cooking and dining

Windermere Retreat’s dining spaces are the perfect marriage of Edwardian elegance and modern-luxe living. The formal dining room, with its high ceilings and ornate detailing, seats ten guests comfortably for a long night of laughter, drinks and sophisticated dining. For a more relaxed affair, gather around the eight-seater table in the open-plan kitchen-diner for a Sunday morning breakfast with a coffee from the Nespresso machine, whilst the morning light streams through the vaulted windows.

There are plenty of designer appliances available in the kitchen for you chef it up, a-la-Jamie Oliver, including a large induction hob and three electric ovens, which include a plate warmer. Cook up a storm and follow dinner with a bottle of wine, kept cool in one of the four wine fridges. Then head to bed and let the two integrated dishwashers do the clean up for you.

If eating out is more your thing, the renowned Storrs Hall Hotel is just a short stroll from the property, along with other fabulous dining options from a range of famous Michelin one and two-star restaurants such as the Gilpin & Gilpin Spice, Rogan’s and L’Enclume. Alternatively, if you wish to sample creative Lakeland cuisine, try the numerous cosy local pubs and restaurants, which are a short and scenic country walk from your doorstep.

The indoor dining options are fantastic, but, remember, you’re in the Lake District. What’s better than dining al-fresco in a place as beautiful as this? Windermere Retreat is complete with a gas barbecue and a dining table on its vast terrace, which is over 100 square metres. Open up the glass doors, fire up the BBQ and relax on the outdoor armchairs and sofas whilst dinner cooks. Feeling chilly as the night draws in? No problem, get the gas garden fire going and stay toasty all night long.

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After a long day of outdoor adventuring and delicious dining, what could be better than retiring to one of five sumptuous bedrooms?

Aptly named after the Lakes most famous authors, poets and landmarks, each bedroom offers a high level of luxury, with streaming natural light and plush soft furnishings. The Wordsworth Suite, sleeping two in a superking bed, offers spectacular lake views and an en-suite wetroom featuring large showers and a freestanding bath to soak and unwind. Or perhaps you will choose the Wainwright Suite, sleeping two, with its Smart TV kingsize bed for late nights or lazy mornings channel surfing, lake views and voice-activated blinds.

The Coniston room sleeps two in a double bed, with room for two more on a sofabed. Also with phenomenal lake views, Coniston is vast; with a 5 bay wardrobe, voice-activated blinds and soft lighting.

Also sleeping two a-piece are Ruskin and the Windermere Suite. Ruskin features a Smart TV, voice-activated blinds and soft lighting, where the Windermere Suite offers a large balcony with views across the lake, its own kitchen area and an en-suite wetroom. Windermere is a large, bright, open-plan space with floor to ceiling glass windows, which bring the beauty of the Lake District indoors. This room can be separated from the main house, as it has its own external entrance, or can be accessed from the main house. The choice is yours to make!

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What people say

What people say

What a gorgeous place to stay! The house is so light and well-designed, and has everything you need and more for a trip to the Lakes. We stayed for 2 nights and wish we could’ve stayed longer. The location is great and the hosts were so helpful and accommodating. The perfect little hideaway with a stunning view over Lake Windermere, we can’t wait to return! - Emily

Climb, cycle, ride or row

Chug across the lake in a steamer, cycle, ride, sail or row. Adventure as much as you like, or potter the quaint Bowness choccy and coffee shops. Climb every mountain, or just enjoy low-ceilinged high spirits at many local pubs.

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