Bowness Village & Lake Windermere
Our b and b in Bowness is located on Kendal Road, just a 3 minute stroll from Bowness village and Lake Windermere. In the village you will find quaint specialist shops, cafes, pubs, and restaurants. If you need to use your car, Bowness has good quality pay and display car parks with more parking facilities close to the Lake. With our free parking it is so convenient to leave the car at Holmlea and explore the local area and more by foot, bus, bike or boat.
Travelling to Holmlea Guest House
BY CAR: Sat Nav LA23 3EW
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. 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 (in front of Cafe Riva Restaurant and Hawkshead shop). Proceed up Kendal Road. Holmlea Guest House is approximately 200 metres on the right. Look for our Blue sign.
There are services from London, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh to Oxenholme Lake District station. At Oxenholme change trains for Windermere. For train times call 08457 48 49 50 or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Local Taxis and buses are available from Windermere Station to Bowness village (approx 1.5 miles). A taxi will take approximately 5-10 minutes to reach Holmlea Guest House.
Nearest Airports to the Lake District are: Manchester 90 miles, Leeds Bradford 75 miles & Newcastle 106 miles. Car hire is available at the airports.
Things to Do in Bowness on Windermere
Bowness on Windermere is one of the most popular holiday bases in the Lake District and sits on the eastern shores of Lake Windermere. Bowness village is home to top family attraction The World of Beatrix Potter.
A superb programme of theatre and cinema in Bowness is offered by main venues The Old Laundry Theatre and the historic Royalty Cinema. Boat hire and outdoor activities are widely available on Lake Windermere from a choice of outdoor activity centres located in and around the town at Bowness Bay.
Boat trips on Lake Windermere
One of the best Lake District attractions are cruises on Lake Windermere from Bowness Pier are available from Windermere Lake Cruises running regularly between Bowness, Ambleside and Lakeside. Self drive and rowing boat hire is also available.
Bowness pier, the arrival point for Windermere Lake Cruises is just a 3 minute walk from Holmlea. Stop off points include Lakeside in the south, nearby Ambleside and Brockhole Visitor Centre with on-site cafe, gardens and free outdoor playground.
Discounted Cruise Tickets
Get 10% of a half-lake return cruise to Ambleside or Lakeside when purchasing a ticket from reception during your stay with us.
Windermere car Ferry
This Service runs regularly across the lake from Ferry Nab boarding point just south of Bowness-on-Windermere centre. It’s a convenient service open to cars, foot passengers and cyclists which operates year round across Lake Windermere. The Ferry crosses to Ferry House on the western shore of Lake Windermere offering easy vehicle access to Beatrix Potter’s former Hilltop home at Far Sawrey.
There are excellent public bus transport links with a bus stop at the end of Kendal Road. (200m from Holmlea)
Sarah & Darryl – “Beautiful location, great breakfast and lovely hosts. Thank you.”