our lake district location

The Perfect Location Close to Lake Windermere

Our B&B is in a quiet location, just a 3-minute stroll to Lake Windermere and Bowness village for quaint specialist shops, cafes, pubs, and restaurants.

With our free level parking (from 12:00 noon on day of arrival), it is so convenient to leave the car at Holmlea and explore the local area and more by foot, bus, bike or boat.

Holmlea is the perfect base to explore all that the Lake District has to offer. This includes easy Lakeside walks, National Trust properties and gardens, rugged and beautiful landscapes, and the stunning Lakes and Tarns to name but a few of the many and varied things to do in this most beautiful of counties.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are here to help make your stay in our home as perfect as we can.

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.


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: 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 a discounted 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 center. 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.

Transport links

There are excellent public bus transport links with a bus stop at the end of Kendal Road. (200m from Holmlea)

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