***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!