Windermere is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England.

It is also one of the largest in England, stretching for around 10/5 miles in length and 1 mile in width. The evocative name is derived from the old Norse language, with the word ‘mere’ meaning ‘lake’ and the wind possibly referring to the Scandinavian god of the sea.


Perfect for those looking for an area with striking beauty, it’s also a wonderful spot for outdoor activities. You’ll find people love getting active in this part of the Lake District, with boating, sailing, hiking and cycling particularly popular. This lake has a long history when it comes to steamboats, when they were used by both tourists and to transport goods in the Victorian age.

With our holiday cottage in Grange-Over-Sands, you’ll be only a half-hour drive from Windermere and a variety of other stunning spots in the South Lakes area

From undulating hills and tranquil forests to the beauty of the lakes themselves, this is a landscape that has beguiled artists for centuries. Our cottage is close to some of the most peaceful hills in Cumbria, with plenty of excellent restaurants and cosy pubs nearby.

Our holiday cottage is in a wonderful location for wildlife lovers.

Windermere and its surrounding areas are rich in wildlife. It is home to a panoply of birds, including ospreys and swans, along with fish like brown trout and pike. Efforts are made to preserve the natural beauty and ecological balance of Windermere and its surroundings. Various organisations work on conservation projects aimed at protecting the lake’s water quality, habitats, and wildlife.

Love walking? Popular hiking routes near Windermere include those to Orrest Head and the Old Man of Coniston.

Windermere is accessible by road and rail from Grange-over-Sands. The town of Windermere itself has a railway station, making it convenient for visitors travelling by train. From there, buses and taxis provide connections to nearby attractions and villages within the Lake District.

Another popular attraction near our holiday let is Cartmel village.

This charming village is based in an idyllic setting, with plenty of attractions for history lovers. It has medieval roots and was once a locus for religious activity. You can still see the stunning Carmel Priory today, a 12th century church which is an unmissable part of the skyline. The priory, also known as the Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Michael, is an impressive example of mediaeval architecture. It features intricate stone carvings and stained glass windows, attracting visitors interested in history and architecture.


Did you know that Cartmel is of the oldest racecourses in Britain?

Horse racing has been held here since the 12th century, making it one of the oldest racecourses in the country. The racecourse hosts several race meetings throughout the year, including the popular Bank Holiday race weekend in late May.

Cartmel Racecourse

Have a sweet tooth?

Cartmel is renowned for its culinary offerings, particularly its sticky toffee pudding. The village is home to the Cartmel Village Shop, where this iconic dessert was first created. Today, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding is sold nationwide and has gained international acclaim.

Cartmel is also famous for being the location of L’Enclume, a Michelin-starred restaurant owned by chef Simon Rogan. L’Enclume is known for its innovative and meticulously crafted dishes, drawing food enthusiasts from around the world to the village.

Explore enchanting streets endowed with historical charm. 

Cartmel boasts narrow, winding streets lined with historic buildings made of local limestone, giving it a quaint and charming atmosphere. You might want to explore the charming shops, galleries, and tea rooms.

One of the most striking historical sites is The Gatehouse, which is at the entrance to the Cartmel Priory. This well-preserved medieval structure that once served as a residence for the priory’s canons. Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular attraction for history enthusiasts.

Cartmel is also great for foodie enthusiasts. 

In addition to its famous sticky toffee pudding, Cartmel is known for its artisan cheeses. The Cartmel Cheeses shop offers a variety of locally produced cheeses, including traditional favourites and unique blends.

Throughout the year, Cartmel hosts various events and festivals, including food festivals, craft fairs, and music concerts. These events showcase the village’s vibrant community spirit and provide entertainment for locals and visitors alike.

Where is our cottage based?

We’re based near Morecambe Bay and you can even see Blackpool Tower when the skies are clear. Located in the quiet area of Grange-on-Sands, there’s plenty of gorgeous countryside nearby which is ideal if you’re bringing your dog along.

If you’re looking for quality accommodation near Windermere, find out more about our holiday cottage. Or simply contact us for more information.


June 3rd
(4 nights)

Telephone: 07785944194