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Windermere is a small town in the Lake District, named after the largest lake in England, which lies half a mile to the west. The town of Windermere does not sit on the shores of the lake – between itself and the water lies another, distinct town, Bowness-on-Windermere, though there is plenty to recommend Windermere as a fine spot to enjoy one of our Lake District holiday cottages.
The settlement was originally known by the unintentionally amusing name of Birthwaite, and was part of the historic English country of Westmoreland. In 1847, the Kendal and Windermere Railway arrived in the area and it was decided to rename the town after the nearby lake to enhance tourism via the new station.
If you're taking your four-legged friend to explore the area, some of our Windermere cottages are dog-friendly. For those who like luxury after a day on the lake, we have 5 star holiday cottages in Windermere also.