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Applethwaite Cottage, Cosy, Log Burner, Wifi, 15 Minute Walk to Lakeside,

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Applethwaite Cottage, Cosy, Log Burner, Wifi, 15 Minute Walk to Lakeside,

4.9/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Entire cottage

2 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 4

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space
  • Barbecue grill

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest stays

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationOrrest Head16 min walk
  • Popular LocationLake Windermere2 min drive
  • Popular LocationWorld of Beatrix Potter3 min drive
  • AirportBarrow-In-Furness (BWF-Walney Island)58 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4
Bedroom 1
    2 single beds
Bedroom 2
    1 queen bed
Bathroom 1
    Combined bath/shower

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Applethwaite Cottage, Cosy, Log Burner, Wifi, 15 Minute Walk to Lakeside,

Lakefront Cottage in Windermere with kitchen
***Coronavirus Update as at 24 February 2021: We are looking to reopen from 12 April 2021 however we want to reassure guests that our Covid-19 cancellation policy is still in place where all stays affected by changing local and national lockdown rules are fully flexible during this period, as we have been all the way through, so you can book safe in the knowledge that should Covid-19 impact your potential stay you can change dates or have a refund.

We have acquired the Industry Standard mark - you can be sure we are following the Government and Industry Covid-19 guidance, we've conducted a Covid-19 Risk Assessment and have adapted our practices to maintain cleanliness and social distancing with keys being held in a coded key safe and the code provided to guests prior to check in.

To assist with enhanced changeover cleaning we are pushing back check in time to 4.00pm to allow us more time and to ensure everything is ready for you when you arrive.***

Sympathetically restored, Applethwaite Cottage is a Grade 2 listed traditional 150 year old Cumbrian stone cottage situated in a secluded position down a short driveway just off the High Street. The cottage is ideally located in a quiet spot yet with all the amenities and hustle and bustle of Windermere a moment away allowing you to enjoy all the delights and experiences the Lake District has to offer. Sited at the top of Windermere, Applethwaite Cottage is just a few minutes' stroll away from the traditional pubs, wine bars, cafes, restaurants and amenities in Windermere.

We are only a couple of minutes walk from Windermere railway station, which is the end of the line, but from where trains can be caught to Staveley (try the Brewery or Wilfs Café), Lancaster, Manchester Airport, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and beyond.

The Lake District tourist buses also stop at the railway station so it's ideal for catching the bus to Ambleside, Grasmere, Hawkshead etc. So don’t worry if you don’t have a car - as one of our guests wrote in our visitor book “just walk”!

Applethwaite is a one minute walk to the centre of Windermere so shops, banks, cafes, restaurants are all close to hand. We are also just a minute's walk to the start of Orrest Head Walk - one of Wainwright's walks and one of Windermere's best vantage points. A 20 minute walk up Orrest Head reveals stunning views across the fells, roof tops of Windermere and onto the Lake itself and on a clear day offering views to Scarfell, Helvelyn and to Morecambe Bay.

Or walk through Windermere and take a right down to the quieter Lakeside and enjoy the view walking around Queen Adelaide’s Hill. If you’ve brought your own kayak (as we occasionally do) then this is an ideal spot away from the busy piers in Bowness to launch (car parking is available at the Rayrigg Meadow car park).

Alternatively walk down the hill to Bowness to the 3 screen cinema, Beatrix Potter World ,shops, cafes and bars and enjoy boating on the Lake; catch the ferry over to Brockholes and Go Ape, Ambleside or the foot/car ferry over to Claife Heights, Wray Castle or carry on driving to Hawkshead or Coniston.

And with the Dales Way only a stroll away there are lots of great walks on the doorstep.

Applethwaite Cottage is the first cottage of a row of only four Grade 2 listed cottages, and offers a cosy, traditional, homely feel with modern facilities. Tucked down a driveway and behind a gated fence Applethwaite has an open front pebbled garden area with a table and chairs, ideal for catching the Lake District sunshine.

On entering the front of the cottage you walk into the living room with wooden floor and wooden cabinet for hanging coats and storing shoes on one side and handy shelves on the other side, wood burning stove on a slate hearth (an original slate tile from the roof of the cottage 'rescued' by our next door neighbour many years ago), bespoke open wrought iron balustrade staircase, smart wireless TV with integrated DVD player, wireless Bluetooth speaker and selection of books, DVDs and family games. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic a smaller selection of books, DVDs and family games will be left out in rotation. For guests looking for walking ideas there are a couple of guidebooks with walk suggestions as well as an Ordnance Survey map of the South Lakes for guests’ use, and again the guidebooks will be left out in rotation due to Covid-19 and the Ordnance Survey map will undergo enhanced cleaning on changeover.

Walk through to the spacious dining kitchen with electric oven and induction hob, washer dryer, microwave, fridge with icebox, toaster, iron, church pew and dining table and four chairs. The kitchen is well equipped for all your cooking needs. Outdoor table wear is also provided for those wanting to sit out and/or BBQ.

Upstairs are two decent sized bedrooms and a bathroom. The larger front bedroom has a kingsize bed with memory foam pocket sprung mattress, quilt, throw, bedside chair, wardrobe, drawers, bedside cabinets, alarm clock and bedside lamps, freestanding mirror, hairdryer and a double USB charging socket (ideal for charging phones/tablets etc).

The rear bedroom has two single beds with memory foam mattresses, quilts, throws, wardrobe, bedside cabinet with alarm clock and bedside lamp and window seat.

There is a modern bathroom with bath, electric shower, electric shaver socket (inside mirrored bathroom cabinet), heated towel rail and underfloor heating. Local sourced hand soap and body lotion are provided for guests' use.

All bed linen is provided and the beds are made up ready for your arrival.

A set of bath and hand towels are left for each booked guest at the cottage.

For guests with very young children we have a travel cot (cot bedding can be provided if requested) and a highchair and fold up step are available at no extra cost. Just let us know at the time of booking and we will ensure these items are available for you to use.

To the rear of Applethwaite is an enclosed slate paved courtyard with a table, chairs and BBQ. There are 4 outdoor wipeable cushions provided for the outdoor chairs (2 stored on the kitchen shelves and 2 stored on the coat/shoe cabinet by the front door).

For cyclists there is a ground anchor in the courtyard and a bike cover and combination padlock are available for securing bikes (stored on the shelf near the cellar door).

Whilst there is no dedicated parking with Applethwaite you are able to use the driveway to drop off/unload/load. We then park on nearby streets - the closest being College Road which is only a minute's walk away and a local street map is left in the cottage with the unrestricted parking areas highlighted.

BT Infinity unlimited broadband is installed and the password is in the welcome folder in the kitchen.

We are able to accommodate any changeover day so there are no restrictions on when you can start your stay.

We have a usual 3 night minimum stay, except stays from 24 December-2 January (Christmas and New Year) which have a 4 night minimum stay requirement.

Prices are as stated inclusive of the provision of travel cot and/or highchair and fold up step, but let us know when booking if you require these items as they are stored away when not in use.

All rental prices, regardless of length, include welcome pack (containing starter supplies of tea and coffee, milk and initial supply of wood and firelighters for the log burner) and include cleaning cost.

Check-in is from 4.00pm and check-out is 10.00am. Due to the current Covid-19 situation we are unfortunately unable to be flexible with these timings to ensure the cottage is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between stays. This also, unfortunately, applies to the ability to leave your luggage in the cottage should you arrive early or leave later. However there are luggage storage facilities at Windermere Information Centre (The Mountain Goat centre) just down from the railway station.

Nearby attraction suggestions:

World of Beatrix Potter - 1.2 miles
Bowness Pier - 1.5 miles
Windermere Jetty Museum - 1.8 miles
Brockhole Lake District Visitor Centre - 2.4 miles
Treetop Trek - 2.4 miles
Windermere Golf Club - 3.2 miles
Grizedale Forest - 4.3 miles
Hill Top - 4.4 miles
Ambleside - 4.6 miles
Ambleside Climbing Wall - 4.6 miles
Grasmere & Rydal Water - 6.5 miles
Wray Castle - 6.8 miles
Tarn Hows - 8.3 miles
Dove Cottage - 8.6 miles
Kendal Castle - 9 miles
Lakeside Windermere Ferry & Haverthwaite Railway - 10 miles
Langdale Pikes - 11.3 miles
Sizergh Castle - 12 miles
Old Man of Coniston - 12.7 miles
Glenridding - 13 miles
Helvelyn - 13 miles
Cartmel Racecourse - 14.3 miles
Striding Edge - 15 miles
Holker Hall and Gardens - 16 miles
Ullswater - 17 miles
Keswick - 21.4 miles
Scarfell Pike - 31 miles
Buttermere - 32 miles
Morecambe Bay - 32 miles
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - 36 miles
Ennerdale Water - 47 miles

Whatever your interests, be it sailing, cycling, walking or simply sight seeing, or your level of ability, there is plenty to do in the Lake District!
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers DVD players and coffee/tea makers. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit and hairdryers. Cots/infant beds are also available.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager


Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing
Property is kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • WiFi available

Parking and transport

  • Car not required

Family friendly

  • Cot/infant bed available
  • Children's games
  • High chair


  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Paper towels
  • Electric kettle
  • Spices
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 1 bathroom
  • Combined shower/bath
  • Hairdryer
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Wood stove


  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo
  • Games
  • Video library
  • Books

Outdoor areas

  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Near a laundromat


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • On the lake
  • In the mountains
  • In a rural location
  • Near a health or beauty spa
  • Near a hospital
  • Near outlet shopping
  • Near a zoo
  • Near the bay

Things to do

  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Wildlife and game walks nearby
  • Power boating nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Golf nearby

Safety features

  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Smoke detector


  • Sleeps 4

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Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 21


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions; you will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, which will enable you to manage your booking


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Cots (infant beds) are available

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Long-term renters welcome
Safety features at this property include a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit

We should mention

A car is not required for transport to and from this property

About this area


This cottage is located on a lake and in a walkable area with great shopping. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Lake Windermere and Lake District National Park. Travelling with kids? Consider Kendal Museum and Go Ape Grizedale. Make sure you get close to the area's animals with activities such as game walks and birdwatching.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Orrest Head - 16 min walk
  • Lake Windermere - 2 min drive
  • World of Beatrix Potter - 3 min drive
  • Windermere Golf Club - 3 min drive
  • Bowness Pier - 3 min drive

Getting around

  • Windermere Station - 5 min walk


  • Francine's - 4 min walk
  • Cafe Italia - 4 min walk
  • Lazy Daisy's Lakeland Kitchen - 4 min walk
  • Homeground - 4 min walk
  • Hooked - 5 min walk

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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Cosy cottage
Lovely cosy cottage in the town centre. Good base for exploring with walks on the doorstep.

5/5 Excellent

Perfect break
Beautiful quaint cottage in ideal situation. Spotlessly clean ....comfortable beds with beautiful linen was most welcoming after lots of walking.

5/5 Excellent

Perfect weekend away
We had a wonderful stay at this little oasis in Windermere. The cottage was stunning, beautifully designed to the highest of standards and it had everything we needed and was spotlessly clean. Relaxing with the log burner, just what you need on a break away. The beds were super comfortable, with luxury bedding, even my teenage boys commented on! The host was fantastic, changing the booking for us due to the lockdown. We arrived to a beautiful cake and Cumbrian jam and milk in the fridge. I can't recommend our host and the cottage enough. We will tell all our friends and will look forward to visiting again.

4/5 Good

Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
This is one of the quaintest places we’ve stayed. The cottage is very comfortable...nice bed, good linens, excellent space for two people with room to spare. The afternoon sun shines in the master bedroom and there’s a comfy chair to sit in the sun and read. The heated bathroom floors are a nice luxury. We cooked in the kitchen every day of our two week stay. It’s very well equipped. The host was very responsive to all my questions in advance of our arrival. The cottage has an excellent location...caddy corner across the street from the information center and the rail/bus station. There are two very nearby grocery stores and plenty of restaurants within a 100 meters. It’s an easy walk down the hill to Bowness. We enjoyed the many options for hiking trails in the area. The only downside was an ongoing construction project adjacent to the cottage. We could hear every word, laugh, drill, saw, hammer as if it was in the same room with us. I’m particularly noise sensitive so it bothered me more than my husband. I think if we had been warned about the noise in advance, we would have stayed elsewhere. Ask the host about noise if it’s an issue for you. The construction project is a youth hostel so not sure how that will impact the noise situation in the future. All of that said, it’s a truly lovely cottage, reasonably priced for the area.
Stayed 14 nights in Apr 2021

5/5 Excellent

Wonderful Winter getaway
We both really enjoyed our stay at this cottage. Due to changing COVID restrictions we had to change our dates of stay and the owner was extremely helpful and responsive. Cosy, modern amenities, well fitted out kitchen, great internet, lovely fire place. Good base to explore the beautiful lakes. Great to have shops, bars and restaurants so close, but still quiet holiday feel. Would recommend to friends and family.