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Gowan Bank Farm Cottage


  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Facility Rating 5
  • Short breaks
  • Character Features
  • Log Burner or Fire
  • Parking
  • Low Wood Leisure Club
  • Garden
  • Rural
  • Views

Where is Gowan Bank Farm Cottage?

Gowan Bank Farm, Ings, NR KENDAL, Cumbria, LA8 9QD

Information about Gowan Bank Farm Cottage

Property ref: 5052

We are delighted to offer this charming cottage which lies in a picturesque rural setting on a 400 acre working farm dating back to 1600, reached up a narrow unmetalled track midway between Windermere and Staveley village. The cottage has been newly restored and prepared to a high standard with every thought for your holiday comfort and would make a perfect setting for a romantic stay in beautiful surroundings. Gowan Bank is well placed for all sorts of activities with plenty of walks and country rambles from the door including the Dales Way which passes close to the cottage. Longer days out can be enjoyed in the fells around Kentmere which is also much loved by cyclists and mountain bikers. A few minutes' drive will bring you to Windermere and the lake at Bowness Bay. There is excellent shopping in Windermere, village shops in Staveley and the well-known pub and brewery The Watermill at Ings within easy walking distance.

Accommodation: Entrance into open plan lounge/kitchen/dining area.  Shaker style kitchen with quality appliances, view out to the garden and breakfast bar dining area.  Dual aspect lounge area with character fireplace with log burning stove, TV, DVD and Ipod dock.  Upstairs there is a very large bedroom with super king size bed and views out to towards Reston Scar and surrounding fells.  High quality en-suite bathroom with double ended roll top bath, separate large power shower, wc and basin.

The owners of the farm have renovated this former stable to a very high standard, furnished with locally handmade pieces throughout, feature stonework and beams, slate flooring downstairs and Herdwick wool carpets upstairs.  There is under floor heating downstairs and in the en-suite and radiators in the bedroom all fired by a very eco-friendly log boiler which is fuelled by trees from the farm.  There will also be a basket of logs supplied for the house log burner on your arrival.

Outside: There is an outside utility room with washer and dryer and a separate drying room just in case you get a little wet or muddy!  Good sized enclosed garden with seating and lovely fell views.  Watermill Inn and brewery at Ings 1 mile along private road (in summer only half a mile through field track).  Village facilities at Staveley approx 2 miles.

Sorry no dogs (unless dog lives outside! - please ask) * non-smoking * duvets /beds made up * electric fan oven/electric ceramic hob * dishwasher * microwave * fridge * freezer in utility * washer and separate dryer in utility * all heating included and first basket of logs for log burner supplied * cot and high chair available to order * towels available to order

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What our guests say

  • Tranquil setting with all home comforts, lovely to have so many walks from the door. We have enjoyed the views of Grasmere and Rydal Water from many different aspects. Thank you.

    / Le Tholonet
  • As ever a great place for Family Time thank you so much.

    / The Garth
  • Had a lovely week even though the weather was a bit wild and wet. Very warm comfortable and well equipped, thank you.

    / Scutcheon House
  • Mill Top has everything we need for an 'away from it all' break. Loved falling asleep to the sound of The Ghyll. Ambleside is a great place to shop and eat. We'll be back.

    / Mill Top
  • Lovely comfortable house in a great setting. Ideal base for exploring local areas and great walks on your doorstep. Would come again.

    / Riversdale
  • Just finished our second visit here - appreciated the new very comfortable bed.

    / Over Ghyll
  • A great week in this lovely house and stunning area. Plenty of room for the children and all to enjoy.

    / Scutcheon House
  • Altar End is a great place to stay...we've had a good holiday and would love to come again

    / Altar End
  • Extremely enjoyable to stay in - lovely walks around the area - great fun.

    / Merewood Stables
  • We enjoyed our stay in your cottage, found it comfortable and cosy and found it very well equipped.  Great location and we have always loved Ambleside.

    / Printers Cottage
  • We were sad and sorry to leave -very relaxing break

    / Great Gable
  • What a wonderful two weeks. Loved sitting in the garden watching the children play.  Can't wait to come back. Hope the next guests enjoy it as much as us.

    / Brunt How
  • We have had an amazing week in this beautiful cottage. A fantastic place to walk!!

    / Silverthwaite Cottage
  • We have had a really good week again in lovely Ambleside. Our first time in this apartment - well appointed and comfortable,with a great view.

    Whatever the weather this is a good base from which to explore - and parking too!

    / Loughrigg View
  • Our 5th visit and we love it as much as our first! Thank you again.

    / Elind
  • We've had lots of fun here. Love the house and its position. Fantastic walks and scenery. We would like to come back.

    / Brunt How
  • I have been coming to Pulwood Bay for 25 years staying in almost every cottage.  You have made Deer Corner a fantastic place to stay and the best so far.  Now coming with my own young family we have enjoyed every minute.   The walk to Ambleside is just right to pop out for a short walk and to get some lunch and we highly recommend the Drunken Duck Inn 

    / Deer Corner, Pullwood Bay
  • A brilliant place to come away and do a spot of "light wedding planning."  We caught some really nice weather and it was quite the picture, standing on the balcony in warm sunshine, looking at snow capped mountains!  We enjoyed the back garden with the good weather and a cup of tea on the bench at the top of the garden takes some beating as the views from here are spectacular. I am sure we will be back before we know it.

    / Garden House
  • The cottage is very lovely. It has been decorated to a very good standard. All rooms and the bathroom where very clean and nice to relax in.  We had a great time and sad to leave the cottage. Thank you.

    / Duckling Cottage, Pullwood Bay
  • Our 9th year and still thoroughly enjoy our stay. Back next year.

    / Brantside
  • Well we didn't expect that, a lovely warm welcome from Amanda, fire cake and wine. We have had a great week exploring the lakes and fells in the area. We hope to come back and enjoy this lovely cottage again. Many thanks for your hospitality.

    / Gowan Bank Farm Cottage
  • Thank you very much for a lovely holiday and a very warm welcome from Amanda. Appreciated the kettle being on and cake and beer on arrival. We very much appreciated the local knowledge from Amanda with suggestions of places to visit and the tour of the farm was very enjoyable.                  

    / Gowan Bank Farm Cottage
  • Amazing house finished to a really high standard. Thank you for making us feel so welcome. A great place to spend our honeymoon.

    / Gowan Bank Farm Cottage
  • We loved the cottage and felt very welcome, when we arrived to tea, cake and a roaring fire. We enjoyed the surrounding countryside, Lake Windermere and the farm and the amazing farm animals. Thank you so much George and Amanda, we will be back. 

    / Gowan Bank Farm Cottage
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