Oakthwaite Lodge
Thornbarrow Road
Windermere, Cumbria LA23 2DQ
Enquiries: 015394 42723
stay@oakthwaitelodge.co.uk
 

Oakthwaite Lodge is located in Windermere in the heart of the English Lake District National Park. Close to all local amenities, yet far enough away to provide peace and quite, Oakthwaite Lodge truely offers the best of both worlds. At the Lodge, you are within easy walking distance of two of the most visited areas in the Lake District.

Windermere
More often than not visitors confuse Windermere with Bowness – easiest way to identify is that Windermere has the train station and Bowness has the lake! Supposedly the only reason the rail line never stretched to Bowness was due to opposition which was organised by Wordsworth. Take a visit to the “Little Chippy” down a little side street in Windermere to admire their presentation of sepia photographs of years gone buy and take the time to sample something fronm their takeaway menu.
Not as bustling as Bowness, one mile downhill, Windermere is home to Lakeland (originally named Lakeland Plastics), as well as a well stocked Booths Supermarket which has many local products to offer and are the best to assist you for all self catering needs. There are a large selection of restaurants in the village along with two public houses, a garage and a launderette.
Whether you are a first time visitor or on annual return, that first glimpse of Lake Windermere as you come over the brow of Bannerigg when entering Windermere village gives you that “wow" or "coming home feeling”! As you enter the village there is a Tourist Information Centre, where you can pick up information on local walks, South Lakeland and Cumbria. Walks again are in abundance in this village, whether a short stroll to Millerground and the lake edge or something a little more energetic to Orrest Head and the magnificent panoramic view of Lake Windermere and Morecambe Bay.
Along the lower road out of Windermere to Bowness you pass the jaw dropping Millerground viewpoint and also come across Windermere Steamboat Museum where you can view some of the immaculately kept older vessels that used to transport the wealthy as well as the general public on the lake in times gone by. Some of the boats still venture out on the lake where you can take the opportunity to enjoy this tranquil mode of transport.

Bowness
Bowness is a bustling village on the shores of Lake Windermere, one mile downhill from Windermere village which can be accessed via the main rail network.
Over the years Bowness has become increasingly popular with visitors to the area and is not the easiest place to park. However this village is very well fed with various modes of transport, taxi, rail and water.
Bowness is the epicentre for access to many other Lakeland villages close to the shores of Lake Windermere. There are boats for hire from the bay which can assist in aiding your enjoyment of the longest Lake in England. If you decide to take the lazy option you can be transported on the lake by Windermere Lake Cruises on a variety of vessels, to either Ambleside or Lakeside, and during the summer months you could partake on one of the evening jazz cruises, or try your hand at rowing during the day in a more traditional vessel.
Bowness Bay is well equipped to offer visitors everything they need to have an enjoyable visit. In the bay, beside Windermere Lake Cruises, there is a well informed Tourist Information Centre, which has public tennis courts next door, crazy golf behind and a wonderful pitch and putt green. During the summer months there are various events and concerts held on “The Glebe” which is further along from the tennis courts, also ideal for family picnics.
There is an abundance of walks for all levels direct from the village, some of which will allow the walker some wonderful panoramic views of Lake Windermere. Should you decide to leave the car, you can also be transported across the lake via the ferry to gain access to Sawrey and Hawkshead, (home of Beatrix Potter, Hill Top).
This village is not only a hive of activity during the day but also provides many visitors with a more than ample choice of eateries to cater for every taste and public houses, which offer a fine selection of local, national and international beers, some even with award winning selections of ales.
Bowness is aso home to he World of Beatrix Potter, which more recently has the added benefit of the garden.


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Exit M6 at junction 36 and follow the A591 to the Lake District.
You will pass by Kendal and at the roundabout need to follow signs for Windermere/Ambleside.
After about 10 miles you will reach Windermere village, take the first left off the A591 in front of the Windermere Hotel. You will pass the Tourist Information Centre on your left, continue through the village and head down hill towards Bowness.
Turn left at Baddley Clock Tower just after a small park area and take the first right onto Princes Road.
Pass the junior school on your left and continue to the end of this road where it meets Thornbarrow Road.
Oaktwaite is the last house on the left with stone pillars on either side of the entrance gate.
Continue up the drive where parking for the lodge is second on your left after the hedge.

Alternatively to Oakthwaite Lodge, we are able to offer luxurious Bed and Breakfast in the same grounds as the Lodge, Oakthwaite - follow this link for further details

If you are looking for an affordable and central bed and breakfast, you might like to visit Monties Bed and Breakfast/Cafe in Bowness village- please follow this link for details or call to book direct with us.

Sites of Interest

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
Dedicated to all things Potter and just a "Hop-Skip and a Jump" away from Oakthwaite Lodge, a must for young children.

Windermere Lake Cruises
Take the scenic route across water to visit Lakeside or Ambleside from Bowness Bay, a short walk from Oakthwaite Lodge. "Monties"
Don't feel like cooking, take the healthy but tasty option, visit Monties Bistro for cooked food, coffee, tea and snacks - best breakfast in town! Just down the hill in Bowness village.

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