Lakes Boathouse

Cunsey, Cumbria
+44 (0)1539 447282

Fabulous lake views, a private garden, beach and jetty – this clever boathouse conversion is a great getaway for boaters and country-lovers


3 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

The Experience

Sitting out on the balcony for a coffee and a chat, with the swans floating below, is a memorable way to start the day. Bring kayaks and paddle straight out onto England’s largest natural lake; bring binoculars to watch for goldeneye and pochard. Come in winter when migrating birds double the numbers and you can look forward to long, quiet evenings by the fire.

The ferry to Bowness-on-Windermere is a five-minute drive. Cross the water for shopping and meals out, a visit to Blackwell Arts and Crafts House and the Old Laundry Theatre. Walk to the Cuckoo Brow Inn or simply stroll north or south along the lakeside and round off a fine day watching the sun go down by the fire pit on the beach.

There are walks galore of course, and Hawkshead, Coniston and Ambleside to explore. Try Chesters, an interesting restaurant/deli, or one of the Lake District’s five-star restaurants.

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We think you'll love

  • The exceptional, tranquil setting with lake views from all the rooms
  • Boating on Lake Windermere; you can moor your dinghy or kayak on the jetty
  • Sampling the local pubs and restaurants – this is a foodie area
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You should know

  • This is not suitable for pets or for children under eight
  • Christine, the welcoming owner, lives 80 yards away, but her home is not visible


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
Christmas, 1 January - 31 January.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pub 2 miles.


Nightly price
from £275
Weekly price
from £1925
Damage deposit
Short breaks available from £300 per night.
1 House for 4
From £2753 beds2 bedrooms


Delightful property, the photos do not do it the justice it deserves. The layout is great, its immaculately clean and well decorated, equipped with everything you could need and the location is amazing. Christine was a charming host and incredibly helpful when i needed help finding a special eatery for my husbands 40th birthday. We would return for sure.

Jane, Stroud

Yes the weather was amazing but you cannot do anything about that, however, you can do something about the accommodation and location you provide. Christine did that with aplomb, from the welcome when we arrived, to sharing a glass of wine on our last night, our stay and experience were the best holiday we have ever had ! A 5 star location with stunning views, we did not move from the lawns and lakeside swimming , until we needed food and drinks ! We cannot recommend a truly magical break enough if you want to switch off, forget work and watch the world drift by in peace and tranquility .

Steve, Exeter

A beautifully fitted out boathouse with wonderful attention to detail. Located on the quieter side of Windermere it was extremely peaceful. Christine was very quick to respond to our enquiry, sent through clear directions before we arrived and was there to greet us upon arrival.

Karen, Bath

We had the most fantastic stay in the boathouse. It’s as beautiful as the pictures, maybe more so. Just what we needed after months of lockdown in London! Christine is a great host and told us lots of good places to go in the area as well as kitting out the Boathouse with everything we needed. Couldn’t recommend enough!

Francesca, London

I had a perfect stay at the Lakes Boathouse with my partner just after Christmas. The boathouse is well located for exploring the lakes, the view from the master bedroom (and the garden) is spectacular and it is well set up with every amenity you could need. We particularly enjoyed the wood fire and large open plan living / kitchen area. Christine was very easy to communicate with both prior to and throughout our stay. I very much hope we will be able to return!

Rebecca, London

A wonderful retreat for our honeymoon - breakfast in the morning sun on the balcony was a delight. A beautiful and tranquil setting to retire to at the end of a day's hiking. Christine was most welcoming and helpful with suggestions and tips.

Tom, London

Having been recently extensively refurbished, the Lakes Boathouse has been finished to an excellent standard; the quality and workmanship is faultless. Spotlessly clean, airy yet cosy, and with all the utilities in full working order, we truly enjoyed our stay here - our highlight was relaxing on the balcony looking out onto the lake. Location-wise, it was a convenient base for which we could explore the villages and towns around Lake Windemere. Christine was genuinely friendly and extremely helpful, and we enjoyed a peaceful, relaxing getaway. The Lakes Boathouse is superb in every respect.

Mark, Lincoln

An idyllic boathouse bolthole, perfect for a 4 day 'get away from it all' relaxing stay. Comfortable, cosy, modern and with everything you need. Perfect for boat lovers.

Jill, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

On the quiet, rural, west side of Lake Windermere, Lakes Boathouse is very private: woodland to one side, garden to the other, the lake at its foot and a beach 50 paces from the door. The Cuckoo Brow Inn is a walkable two miles; the Tower Bank Arms in Near Sawrey, next to Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, is three.

Local points of interest from Christine Lomas Whittle

  • Lakes Boathouse is furnished with antique oak furniture and has been designed to create an American hunting lodge feel.
  • Every morning the skies over the Lake change with fascinating cloud and mist formation, or stunning blue when the sun shines, in Winter the mountains can glisten with snow cover.
  • In summer, have a glass of wine in the garden, with the most spectacular views of the Langdales.
  • Inns serving locally sourced food abound, and Cumbria has the most Michelin Starred restaurants of any county.
  • There is opportunity to fish on local tarns and rivers. Graythwaite Adventure provide land or water based activities, they are based 10 minutes away. Check them out.
  • Local cooks can be arranged, or meals can can be delivered.


Christine Lomas Whittle

Christine has lived here since 1998 and Lakes Boathouse is her latest completed project in the grounds of Fellborough Cottage. Her enthusiasm and vision for gardening has transformed 1.5 acres of woodland and bracken cover into lovely gardens with rhododendron, azaleas, magnolias and other acid-loving shrubs and trees, which blend into the lakeside setting.