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Living in the Lakes

Living in the Lakes


Holmlea Guest House Owners John & Gill Milburn

Who we are…

Hi, we are Gill and John, your resident hosts at Holmlea. We have been successfully operating Holmlea Guest House, a Lake District bed and breakfast in Bowness on Windermere since February 2006.

Our dream, whilst working in office jobs in Manchester, was to run our own business and often thought how lovely it would be living in the Lakes and owning a B&B. A place where we could work from home, be around for the children, escape to the countryside and meet lots of new people. We have visited the Lake District on holiday many times therefore it was our first choice and we made the decision to move to the Lakes.

In 2005 we set the wheels in motion and starting looking for property in Windermere. It would mean leaving our friends and family plus moving the children into new schools, but everyone gave us their blessing and we decided to go for it, trusting in whatever happened, it would be right for us.

It wasn’t until February 2006 that we sold our original family home in Sale. Manchester and with our children, then aged 11 and 8, we took possession of Holmlea Guest House in the charming village of Bowness on Windermere. The children were quickly registered at the local schools and with the help of wonderful staff and classmates they settled in very well.

What we value…

We feel very privileged to live in such a beautiful area of England and hope that you too discover and appreciate the beauty of this part of Cumbria.

We are pleased to support Cumbria Tourism’s Fairbooking Scheme where we donate 50p from all direct bookings (through our website) to the Great North Air Ambulance.

We love the Cumbria Countryside so much…

Spending time outdoors in the natural environment is great for your health. With rolling hills and mountains, glorious lakes, tarns and secluded woodlands, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Lake District National Park is the perfect place to stretch your legs and get some fresh air… any time of year!

Our ethos…….

Has always been to offer a welcome, comfortable and safe environment with the best hospitality for our guests.
We’ve welcomed guests from all over the world. We’d love to welcome you too.

For our best available rates please book direct online or call us on +44 (0)15394 42597


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