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Wistful Windermere getaways

If hearty English cottages or cozy Cumbrian boltholes are your idea of the perfect country getaway, then it's likely Windermere vacation rentals have something that will tickle the fancy. Nestled deep in the heart of the UNESCO-attested Lake District National Park, they are all overshadowed by the rising fells and cairn-peppered ridges of Red Screes and Stony Cove Pike. Some sit sandwiched between the slate-faced rowhouses of Windermere town, where pubs slosh with homemade ales and teahouses clink in the afternoon. Others are more wild and mysterious, set out along the mist-gathering shores of Lake Windermere.

Things to do

The wonderful world of Windermere

Once you've dusted down the overcoats and hung up the walking boots, you can head out from your cozy Windermere vacation rentals and get stuck into the rich literary history of this region. Start with a jaunt to The World of Beatrix Potter, where Peter Rabbit still hops and Jemima Puddle-Duck helps spin magical, musical adventures. Then there's the perfectly preserved Dove Cottage to the north, where one William Wordsworth crafted his mellifluous odes to the English countryside. The Wordsworth Museum is on-site too, offering a deeper introduction to the region's literary greats and English Romanticism.


Wander the mountains in Windermere

In this land of rising and falling peaks, you'll be able to pull up the laces and enjoy oodles of hiking, mountain biking, picnicking opportunities, and rock climbing. One of the closest playgrounds for outdoorsy types is Lake Windermere itself, which adds an aquatic element to proceedings. Consider drifting over the waters on a slow sail boat, or getting the muscles going with a canoe rental there. And for those who simply want to unwind, there are literary museums, Romantic poetry tours, and some truly excellent fine-dining establishments to enjoy in the proximity to boot.


Snuggle up or sun yourself in Windermere

It's hard to beat the beauty of the Lake District in the spring and summer, when the wildflower meadows bloom on the fells and the panoramas extend out to Scaffell Pike in the distance. Search for your Windermere vacation rentals between May and August if that's the sort of adventure trip you're after. If you'd prefer a cozy break between ice-caked mountains and snow-dusted valleys, snuggled up by the edge of your roaring fire sipping English tea, you can make the most of the lower rates and cold weather of winter _ between December and March.

Natural features

Windermere is a gateway to the Lake District

Windermere town sits almost midway down the eastern edge of Lake Windermere, the largest lake in the entire Lake District. Soft hills and wide farm fields surround the banks of the water to the north and south of the center, and that's where you'll discover many a Windermere vacation rental nestled between the barns and rivers. It's to the north that you need to go for the real mountains. Rising at Rydal with Red Screes and the rugged ridges of Helvellyn, this is a mystical land of pagan stone circles and rock-ribbed fells. Scaffell Pike _ the highest in England _ is just a short drive to the west.

Can I find a vacation rental around Windermere?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,820 vacation rentals near Windermere. From 749 Cottages to 749 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Windermere for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Windermere?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Windermere. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Keswick: 1,853 vacation rentals
  • Ambleside: 2,352 vacation rentals
  • Lake District: 3,626 vacation rentals
  • Bowness-on-Windermere: 1,528 vacation rentals
  • Kendal: 2,236 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Windermere! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Windermere?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Windermere:

  • Keswick: 1,853 rentals
  • Ambleside: 2,352 rentals
  • Bowness-on-Windermere: 1,528 rentals
  • Kendal: 2,236 rentals
  • Grasmere: 1,613 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Windermere?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Windermere. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Carnforth Silverdale Station: 2,010 rentals
  • Beatrix Potter Gallery: 2,884 rentals
  • World of Beatrix Potter: 2,891 rentals
  • The Platform: 1,095 rentals
  • Hawkshead Grammar School: 2,885 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Windermere listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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