Today has been rather mizzly and it has made me think about where guests can explore yet keep out of the drip drip drip of small raindrops. As Blenheim Lodge is situated in Bowness-on-Windermere, it would probably be useful to talk about local attractions which are easily accessible from our guest house. Of course we can arrange tours to take guests from and back to our Windermere B&B for full and half day sightseeing trips. However, I want to concentrate on self-guided days out close to Bowness-on-Windermere in this post.

There are plenty of indoor attractions close to Blenheim Lodge, and the most obvious one is The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, which is a mere 5-minute hop, skip and jump from our guest house on Brantfell Road in Bowness-on-Windermere. This is ‘the only Beatrix Potter themed attraction in Europe . . . includes all 23 Tales by Beatrix Potter, brought to life in a magical indoor recreation of the Lakeland countryside, complete with sights, sounds and even smells.’ (www.hop-skip-jump.com) Needless to say, this visitor attraction will appeal to the young or young at heart!

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction is a firm favourite with children and adults. This attraction is a hop, skip and jump from Blenheim Lodge, our guest house is Bowness-on-Windermere. (Photo courtesy of www.cumbriaphoto.co.uk.)

Approximately one mile along the road from Bowness-on-Windermere is the Arts and Crafts era Blackwell House. This is ‘one of Britain’s finest houses from the turn of the last century and survives in a truly remarkable state of preservation retaining almost all of its original decorative features, including the rare and fragile hessian wall-hangings in the Dining Room. One of the real joys of Blackwell lies in its wealth of detail, from the leaf-shaped door handles and curious window catches to spectacular plasterwork, stained glass and carved wooden panelling. Blackwell remains an internationally important icon of Arts and Crafts architecture.’ (www.blackwell.org.uk/present-day)

Blackwell House
The exterior of Blackwell House, located by the shores of Lake Windermere, and just a short mile from Blenheim Lodge Guest House. (Photo courtesy of www.blackwell.org.uk.)

For a look at what homes were like from an earlier era, visit Townend House, approximately two miles from Bowness-on-Windermere, just a short drive or taxi-ride away.

Townend presents a unique insight into the life of one Lake District family through the centuries. The house was built in 1626 for George Browne, a ‘statesman’ (wealthy yeoman) farmer and his new bride, Susannah Rawlinson. It remained with the family until 1943 when it transferred into National Trust ownership.

Townend is now the most famous of the statesman’s houses in Cumbria and has been kept as the Brownes had it throughout their long history at the house. Much of the furniture was made especially for the Browne family and features some remarkable examples of carving.

(Quote from www.visitcumbria.com/amb/townend-house.htm)

So here are three indoor places to enjoy near Blenheim Lodge in Bowness-on-Windermere. Of course there are lots more places of interest to visit on a rainy day within easy access of our guest house and I will tell you about them another time. Meanwhile, I hope that these three suggestions will whet your appetite for days out in the Lakes.

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