Out and about in The Lakes

Food and Drink in Windermere

I am sure that if this is your first or 21st visit to Windermere you will be keen to see and do as much as you can whilst here. Windermere town is a short walk – about 200 yards from us. Personal recommendations here are Cafe Italia – they are opposite Sainsbury’s and opposite them is Tapios.

For a relaxed Bistro styled dining experience why not try Francine’s Restaurant (you will definitely need to book in advance) Other dining experiences will also include Brown Sugar and San Pietro (my favourite Italian Restaurant).

Up the driveway of Booths Supermarket – close to the railway station is The Smith legendary pizzas and cocktails are made here!

For an afternoon or evening drink I can recommend three drinking holes. Crafty Baa & The Queens. They are both situated in town. A more local pub about 150 yards from the Guesthouse is The Brookside Inn.

Visitor Attractions close by

Windermere Lake Cruises

Welcome to Windermere Lake Cruises – the most popular attraction in Cumbria. Windermere is England’s largest lake, in the heart of the Lake District. We offer stunning circular cruises every day on historic ‘steamers’ and modern launches.

No matter where you start your journey, be it Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside the spectacular voyage gives the traveller magnificent views of mountain scenery, secluded bays and the many wooded islands.

Add to this the opportunity to break your journey with some fantastic local attractions and you have the makings of a perfect day out.


The World Of Beatrix Potter

The World of Beatrix Potter™ is a vibrant family Attraction bringing to life Beatrix Potter’s enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake District countryside.  The exhibition features favourite characters from the famous books, an award-winning outdoor Peter Rabbit Garden,  a superb character-themed family-friendly café and world-famous gift shop ensuring all generations of visitors can experience a little bit of Beatrix Potter magic.


Hilltop House

Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life

Enjoy the tale of Beatrix Potter by visiting Hill Top. Full of her favourite things, this house appears as if Beatrix had just stepped out for a walk. Every room contains a reference to a picture in a ‘tale’.

The lovely cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path to the front door and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, the Tale of Peter Rabbit, she used Hill Top itself and the surrounding countryside as inspiration for many of her subsequent books.


Lakeland Motor Museum

Head down memory lane to the Lakeland Motor Museum and feast your eyes on a unique collection of 30,000 exhibits. That includes 140 classic cars and motorbikes, all carefully assembled over 50 years. Nestled in the scenic Leven Valley and open seven days a week, the Museum isn’t just about cars. The entire collection is presented in a social context, with a host of rarities to awaken some special motoring memories.


Windermere Jetty Museum

Explore Windermere’s 200-year-old boating history, as we bring to life the experiences of the lake’s boats, builders, owners and sailors, through interactive displays, oral histories and a fascinating collection of boats, equipment and curiosities at the Windermere Jetty Museum

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