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Bownessy’s Retreat

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Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria
Grade 3 Star rating
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms1
Bathrooms1
Pets 1
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Description

Just minutes from shores of Lake Windermere, ground floor apartment ideal for year round vacations, central for touring the area.

This two-storey town house comprises two separate apartments, conveniently located just a two-minute walk from the heart of the bustling Lakeland town of Bowness and a short stroll from the lakeshore. The holiday apartments have been well-furnished and are very well maintained. The properties are an ideal all year round holiday retreat with everything on your doorstep, only 5 minutes away from Bowness Bay on the shores of Lake Windermere, a handy central base for touring the lakes and fells. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

All on the ground floor:
Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
Living area: With Freeview TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs and double sofa bed.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
Bedroom: With double bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

Sitting-out area with bench. Private parking for 1 car. Please note: There is one step to the sitting-out area.

Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. No smoking.

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Features

  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Towel Hire
    Towel Hire
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Open Plan
    Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site


Customer Comments

  • 3

    06/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 03/08/2018
    Sadly the cottage was very unclean. The bathroom had mold and dirt. Dishes in the kitchen were dirty and many unable to use. Pictures are not representative of the condition of the cottage. Difficult to relax in the evenings due to noise of guests staying in upstairs unit; similar issue with being awoken early in the mornings due to noise from guest upstairs.


  • 6

    07/04/2018
    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    The property was as described and the only reason we wouldn't stay again is I'd get a 2 bed. The sofa bed was very uncomfortable. Could do with an update. Microwave needs replacing as it's damaged. Girls above sounded like they had a party on Sunday night.


  • 4

    19/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 12/03/2018
    Having just had 3 nights 9.10.11. Did not stay for the third night This could be a good place to stay. However: The bathroom is very dangerous getting in and out of the bath this a major Health & Safety risk. Because of the design the step next to bath and the step in the in bathroom are not clearly marked The whole place does not have sufficient lighting to dim everywhere. The TV is rubbish for 2018.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. On entering the bathroom, there is a step up to the main floor and then there is an additional narrow step up to the bath. These steps are unavoidable due to the level of the outside drains. We will endeavour to place a coloured marking to highlight the position of the steps. There is a slip mat for use on the step beside bath and we will ensure there is one inside the bath also. We are unsure about the problem you had with the lighting as there is adequate main lighting and additional standard table lights with spots under the kitchen units. The TV is standard Freeview.

  • 4

    13/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 05/03/2018
    Getting in & out of the shower was not good, heating made a noise all the time it was on, the whole apartment could do with a good clean.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. After a discussion with yourself and our cleaner, we are aware of debris brought in easily from outside onto white tiled floor. We have purchased barrier rubber backed mat runners to be in place by the door along with a boot tray to alleviate the problem. The cleaner has offered a ‘freshen’ up if not recently cleaned and to be extra vigilant with lost property in drawers. However, she assures us skirting boards are cleaned regularly. Our inspection of the cleans have been satisfactory in the past. The heating came on frequently at night time during an exceptionally cold week.

  • 8

    26/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 10/11/2017
    bedding was not up to standard,mattress protector had dry stains on it.


  • 6

    29/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 03/11/2017
    key safe was not working properly,took halfhour to open &phonecall.parking ok.tesco&buses handy,but approach up hill tiring.a convenient base. bath very awkward to get out of,in fact dangerous for someone elderly or with dis ability. remains of broken glass still in kitchen.


  • 8

    05/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 27/10/2017
    I booked this as a last minute mini break for our family, I read some reviews before booking and went ahead with the payment. I then checked some other reviews which referred to a damp problem. I was quite concerned about this, as I'm asthmatic. However the owners had responded on the reviews saying that the problem had been addressed, so we decided to go ahead. We didn't have any problem with dampness (and it rained heavily for the first two days) or the smell that had been mentioned previously, so hopefully this will reassure others. The property is small, but adequate for our needs. The location is excellent, couple of minutes walk to the town centre, but well out of the way so no disruption from noise, also the parking space is perfect. The kitchen is adequately equipped, the hob is slow to heat up, but we're used to gas, it wasn't a problem. The apartment is warm and comfortable, the sofa bed was fine for our two kids (13 and 9) and the double bed was very comfortable. The bathroom is well equipped, however there are three levels to the floor and I fell down the step on several occasions. Overall, we had a lovely break and would stay there again if we were visiting Bowness in the future.


  • 3

    06/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 23/10/2017
    Fantastic location but that’s it. The place needs ripping apart and refurbished from the beginning

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments. We are sorry you were displeased. This property was refurbished in 2011. We attended the property yesterday and fail to agree with your comment. The current condition is in keeping with the description on the website and that the decoration and condition is certainly done to a good standard. It would have been helpful if you could have specified exactly what you were unhappy with.

  • 8

    18/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 09/10/2017
    Bownessy's Retreat is in a great spot for all amenities - only a few minuted from the Lake - we had a lovely time. It's a little tired and could do with updating decoratively, but generally, ok. Could really benefit from Wifi and perhaps a washing machine. There was a bit of an odour on entering the property. I don't know if the owners are aware but the hoover is blowing out an absolutely awful smell which really needs dealing with as soon as. On the plus side it's in a lovely spot and it was quiet and very comfortable - especially the bed - ten points for this! We stayed on a 'luxury' site very near to Bownessy's for a few days last year and our holiday was absolutely spoilt by the extremely uncomfortable bed. The bed in Bownessy's is perfect for comfort and we slept soundly.


  • 8

    04/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 25/09/2017
    Great location. Nice cottage but a bit tired. A little effort could make it very cosy and 'Lake Districty!'


  • 3

    20/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 15/09/2017
    I had read previous reviews about the damp smell. It was only after a few days we noticed a strange smell in the bedroom and bathroom, when we left we found our clothes and towels had a musty smell and have had to wash everything. As I said it isn't immediately obvious when you are in the room, just a faint musty smell but it is a problem and we had a week with lots of rain, there appeared. to be lots of rain water which hits the area at the back of the flat. When we arrived the flat hadn't been cleaned but the contact did respond very quickly and apologised, a cleaner came round within half an hour. The flat is central and the parking space is great, we had no issues with noise from neighbours, we heard them on occasion but nothing more than you would expect from a hotel.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner:- Thank you for your comments, I am sorry about what happened with the cleaners. We have now got a new cleaner ,we have also asked our new cleaner to monitor if she notices any unusual smells as we have recently inspected the property ourselves and a plumber has addressed the previous issues we had with the leak, it could be its taking a while for it to dry out but all seems ok.

  • 7

    06/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Needs a little maintenance on toilet flush, bathroom door etc. Excellent situation with a car park.


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