It's your last day in Windermere staying in one of our Matson Ground Holiday Cottages and you want to make it a day to remember. The problem is, there's so much to see and do, so fitting it all into one day won't be easy. Read on for some helpful tips.
Let's Start with Breakfast
We're spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat in Bowness and Windermere. Homeground in Windermere is one of our favourites, or if you fancy something a little closer to our cottages why not try Monties, Urban Food House or Mio Mondo? All offer fabulous breakfasts - the perfect start to the day.
Time to walk off that breakfast and Brant Fell is perfect. Not too long and not too steep. The walk begins in the centre of Bowness, where you'll set off up Brantfell Road, leaving the hustle and bustle of the town behind you. The early part of the walk takes in the Dales Way, before passing Post Knott viewpoint on your way to the summit of Brant Fell.
At the top you'll see a rocky crag, only a few feet high, as well as a pair of heavy stone gateposts which were once part of a viewing platform. Sadly, it's long since gone, but rest assured the inspiring views remain.
Windermere Jetty Museum
Our next stop is Windermere Jetty Museum in Bowness, located right on the shore of Lake Windermere. This spectacular museum boasts a stunning collection of boats and sailing vessels, including steam launches, record-breaking speed boats and motorboats. Essentially a potted history of sailing on Lake Windermere from as far back as the late eighteenth century.
It also has a fantastic cafe, so that's lunch sorted.
Windermere Lake Cruises
No trip to Windermere is complete without a trip on the water and a trip on one of the Windermere Lake Cruises is perfect way to relax and soak up more of that spectacular scenery.
There are four cruises which run all year, but as we've only got a few hours left to explore, we're going to take the Red Cruise. This beautiful round trip from Bowness can be taken as a 75-minute non-landing cruise, calling at Windermere Jetty, Brockhole and Ambleside before returning to Bowness.
Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House
Surely it's almost time for a little afternoon tea? And we can combine it with some culture.
Designed by noted architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, Blackwell is one of the UK's finest examples of Arts and Crafts architecture.
The house overlooks Lake Windermere and the Lake District Fells and has retained almost all of its original Arts and Crafts features. From stained glass windows to inglenook fireplaces, carved wooden panelling to rare hessian wall hangings, Blackwell is definitely one of the most interesting houses in the Lake District.
And after your tour, the charming tea room offers a number of cakes and tempting treats. Or take a seat on the elegant outdoor terrace, the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the superb lake views.
Time to head back to your cottage and get ready for dinner.
We're finishing where we started, being spoilt for choice as to where to eat. But our recommendation is Gilpin Spice.
Just a short drive from our Windermere Holiday Cottages, Gilpin Spice is a two AA Rosette restaurant where Head Chef Hrishikesh Desai uses locally sourced ingredients to create modern British cuisine with a twist. Many of the dishes blend local ingredients with subtle Indian or Asian spicing, a nod towards Cumbria's rich history as a centre of the spice trade.
We guarantee that you will be captivated by the wonderful array of flavours.
We hope you've enjoyed these ideas for your last day in Windermere, a chance to see some of the wonderful sights on offer. There really is so much to see and do, so we're pretty sure you'll be back. We haven't even mentioned The World of Beatrix Potter, The Old Laundry Theatre, sunset cruises on Lake Windermere, canoe hire, Brockhole, Wray Castle, Claiffe Heights... the list goes on and on.
For more information about anything we've mentioned, please do get in touch.