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Holmlea Guest House

  • Kendal Road
  • Bowness on Windermere
  • Cumbria
  • LA23 3EW


  • Adults Only
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Close to Golf Course
  • Close to Shops
  • Freeview
  • Ground Floor Room/s
  • Historic Romantic
  • No Pets
  • Parking
  • TV
  • Weekend Breaks
  • WiFi

At a Glance

  • Six guest rooms
  • Close to the lake shore
  • Seasonal Special Offers
  • Free WiFi & private parking
  • 10% off Windermere boat cruises
  • Tripadvisor Excellence Award
  • Locally sourced breakfast

About this Guest House

Offering beautifully presented bed and breakfast accommodation exclusively for adults, Holmlea Guest House in Bowness on Windermere is just a few minutes’ stroll from the lakeshore.  Holmlea is a perfect year round relaxing retreat situated in a quiet area of Bowness, a short walk from shops, restaurants, boat trips and attractions.

A warm welcome, excellent service and delicious breakfasts are assured in this stylish guest house in the heart of the Lake District National Park.  Our six guest rooms are all en-suite with free WiFi and private parking is available.  Complimentary breakfasts are also inclusive in your stay featuring only the finest locally sourced produce.

Book direct with us and get 10% off red and yellow Lake Windermere cruises purchased from us during your stay!

Guest Rooms

Our six guest rooms are individually designed with calming neutral colours.  Room choice comprises four double bedrooms (ground floor double room available), one single room and a twin bedroom.

Double and twin rooms all have an en-suite bathroom with shower facilities and complimentary toiletries.  The single room has a private bathroom with a shower on the first floor.  All rooms include:-

  • Ensuite facilities.
  • Free WiFi internet access.
  • Flat-screen TVs with Freeview channels.
  • Well stocked refreshment trays including biscuits, plus a kettle.
  • Quality white bed linen and towels.
  • Shower gel and soap.
  • A folder well stocked with local guides on the Lake District.
  • Room fan and hairdryer.
  • Ironing facilities are available on request.


Our full Cumbrian breakfasts are a real treat and fully inclusive in booking, served daily in the dining room from 08:45 to 09:30am.  Menu choice includes a starter selection of cereal, fruit juices, wholemeal or white toast with jams and marmalade, and tea and coffee (either original or decaffeinated).

To follow, our hearty locally sourced Holmlea Grill is a favourite with guests featuring eggs cooked to your preference, grilled bacon, oven baked breakfast sausage and hash browns, fresh grilled tomato, mushrooms and baked beans.

Lighter breakfast options are also available ranging from scrambled or poached egg on toast to omelette and toasted sandwiches, or opt for our Continental selection including yogurt, cereals, banana and toast.  Visit our website to view our full breakfast menu.

Other Facilities & Adventure Tours

  • Flower bouquets and handmade local chocolates are available on your arrival by request.
  • Sorry – no pets please.
  • We are exclusively for over 18s only.
  • Free private parking is available onsite for our guests.
  • Holmlea guests can take advantage of a 10% discount on red and yellow Lake Windermere cruises purchased directly from us during your stay.
  • Visit our website and find out more about how to book great adventures in the Lakes with Mountain Goat Tours and thrilling 4x4 off road driving with Kankku.

Around and About

Bowness-on-Windermere village is one of the Lake District's most popular destinations situated on the shores of Lake Windermere and brimming with quirky independent shops, great outdoor shops, restaurants, cafes and fine inns. 

Pick up Windermere Lake Cruises from Bowness Pier and enjoy facilities including an 18 hole pitch and putt golf area, tennis courts or simply picnicking on the Glebe overlooking the lake.

Bowness has excellent regular bus services to Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick in one direction and Kendal in the other. 


Check in is from 4pm until 8pm and we request departure by 10am.

A minimum stay of 2 nights usually applies at weekends and during peak summer season.  A minimum stay of 3 nights applies during Bank Holidays.


By Car - Take Junction 36 from the M6 motorway and follow signs for Windermere on the A590 then A591, at Windermere turn left by the Windermere Hotel (which is on right-hand side).  Follow signs for Bowness on Windermere, go through Windermere village one way system and keep on this road (A5074) until Bowness village is reached (approx 1.5 miles).  At the bottom of the hill is a mini-roundabout. Carry straight on. Take the first left into Kendal Road.  Holmlea Guest House is about 200 metres on the right.  Free parking is available.

By Train - Arriving by train, there are services from London, Manchester, Glasgow and other major cities.  Trains stop at Oxenholme.  At Oxenholme change trains for Windermere where the line ends.  


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