Ideally situated in the heart of Windermere, Ivy Bank bed and breakfast is our delightful 4* guesthouse just minutes from the lake shore and village amenities. We have five beautifully appointed bedrooms to choose from, all offering comfort and tranquillity with high quality decor and furnishings. Surrounded by striking scenery and centrally situated in the National Park, Ivy Bank Guest House is perfect for romantic getaways, family holidays, adventure escapes, walking and touring.
Free private parking is to the rear of the guest house and free WiFi is available. We also offer secure bike storage space and discounts are available for the nearby Old England Spa for the duration of your stay. Relaxing aromatherapy treatments can also be arranged on request - pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Elegant and contemporary throughout with high quality interior and bespoke antique furnishings, our five en-suite rooms offer a perfect base to relax during your Lake District holiday. Room choice includes four doubles and one spacious family room.
Room 1 - a stylish double room with an en-suite shower and views across to Windermere village and Orrest Head. This room is slightly larger than our standard double rooms.
Room 2 - our largest double room with an en-suite containing a bath and shower. This warm and very comfortable south west facing room has views across to gardens and trees, and features stunning antique walnut furniture and a leather sofa.
Room 3 - a first floor double room with an en-suite shower situated to the rear of the guest house. Peaceful and cosy, this room is a lovely sunny room.
Room 4 - a second floor double room with an en-suite shower. This character attic room with feature exposed beams is located at the front of the guest house with views across to Windermere village and Orrest Head.
Room 5 - a spacious family room with an en-suite shower, sleeping up to 3 with a double and single bed. Arched windows look across roof tops towards the village and Orrest Head. This room is in soft grey tones and can serve as either a family room for 3 or a twin room.
All rooms include:
Enjoy a delightful Full English Lakeland breakfast, made fresh each morning with local free range eggs, Cumberland sausage, bacon, mushroom, tomato and beans. A buffet of cereals, toasts, fruits, yoghurts and juices are available.
We also offer lighter cooked breakfast options and a superb vegetarian breakfast with alternates to bacon and sausage always available. We can cater for special dietary requirements with prior arrangements.
We have a private car park at the back of the property alongside secure cycle and motorbike storage facilities.
Guests receive discounted use of the Old England spa and state of the art gym throughout their stay. The Old England is situated in nearby Bowness – just a 15 minute walk from the guest house and situated on the waterfront.
We are committed to the care of the environment and try to reduce waste and increase recycling whenever possible. From our fair-trade hospitality trays to our phosphate free laundry liquids- we feel it is important for us and our guests to consider the importance of the environment around us.
Aromatherapy can be arranged onsite by a qualified Sports and Remedial Masseuse with full consultation and specially selected oils chosen to suit you. Please book in advance. Contact us for further details.
There are a wide range of picturesque walks within less than half an hour from our front door. One of the most popular and well known is Orrest Head which boasts some of the most stunning views over Windermere and the lake. Other walks include School Knott, Brant Fell and Biskey Howe or you can enjoy lake side and woodland walks at Millerground or Sheriffs Walk.
The Lake District is a hub for activity where you can take boat trips from Bowness pier, try your hand at water sports on the lake at the Low Wood Watersports centre or visit the famed World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in the heart of Bowness-on-Windermere.
Short breaks are available throughout the year but please note that we have a minimum stay of two nights. This may be increased to 3 nights during peak times. Check in times should be arranged in advance at any reasonable time. Rooms must be vacated by 10am on the day of departure.
Directions from the north: Take the scenic route. Leave the M6 Junc 40 nr Penrith. Take the A66 towards Keswick. Follow signs for the A592. Stay on A592 for 40 minutes. After coming down the Troutbeck Valley you reach the A591 at a small roundabout. Turn left here. After about half a mile, turn right at ‘Rockside’ guest house to Windermere village centre. Join the one way system past the Co-op, take the first turning on the left onto Broad Street. Go to the end of the street and turn right at Woodland Road. Take the first right into Holly Road. Ivy Bank is the 4th house on the left.
Directions from the south: Leave the M6 at junc 36, turn left and follow the A591 to Windermere – this takes about 25 minutes. Take a left in front of National Westminster Bank. Join the one way system past the Co-op, take the first turning on the left onto Broad Street. Go to the end of the street and turn right at Woodland Road. Take the first right into Holly Road. Ivy Bank is the 4th house on the left.
Directions from the station: When you get off the train at Windermere you can take a taxi (it costs about £3) or if you prefer to walk (10 minutes), come out from the station and go left past Booths supermarket. You then go on past the Tourist Information Centre (you may wish to look in here). Continue downhill from the TIC following the one-way traffic. Turn left at the ‘Queens’ pub and follow the one-way traffic along Crescent Road passing the Co-op supermarket on your left. Take the first left turn after the Co-op into Broad Street. When you have gone half way along Broad Street there is an entrance to a car park on the right. Walk into the car park and go left, walk out of the other side of the car park into Holly Road and Ivy Bank is the first house to the left of the Beaumont Hotel.