This Autumn is turning out as beautiful as ever in the Lake District National Park. It does seem to be drier too so far, with less rain even though we get the usual forecasts. As I write, the sky is a pleasing mosaic of blues, whites, and greys, with sparks of bright sunshine highlighting its beauty. Meanwhile, the yellows, greens and golds of Autumn are still enjoying their hold on our local flora, their colours glinting in wind-caught sunshine as branches sway in the breeze.

View from the Coniston Room
An Autumn view of Lake Windermere and fells from The Coniston bedroom at Blenheim Lodge.

The views from our windows

It’s difficult to explain or even to depict just how stunning the Lake District National Park is in all seasons, so I thought I would show you a couple of views from our windows at Blenheim Lodge Guest House. Our Bed and Breakfast overlooks Lake Windermere and the fells to the front. At the back, our Bowness B&B takes in views of the ascending Brant Fell, an organically farmed fell or hill/mountain which is also part of the National Trust.

Bowness B&B in hillside location
This photo was snapped from first floor landing window at Blenheim Lodge. Our B&B sits on Brant Fell and overlooks The Dales Way long distance footpath.

Our location

There are many things to be thankful for with respect to our location in Bowness on Windermere, our village in the Lake District National Park

Firstly, we are located at the end of a hilltop lane with excellent panoramic views of Lake Windermere and fells from ten of our guest bedrooms. We have one which looks straight onto Brant Fell and the local long distance walk, The Dales Way. Mention of The Dales Way brings me to another wonderful aspect of Blenheim Lodge: walkers with   requiring accommodation in Bowness can literally walk the bare minute it takes to get from the farm gate to our door for some well-earned rest.

Guests who enjoy fresh air and excellent views will also love exploring Brant Fell’s  plentiful acres of beautiful landscapes, including two local vantage points which offer a combination of panoramic and 360-degree views. Walks on Brant Fell are connected by narrow paths as well as large swathes of green, and lead on to other nearby fells and viewpoints to enjoy. It takes no more than a minute stroll from our front door to the farm gate opening onto Brant Fell. From thence, there are these acres of gorgeousness to explore.

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Walking on Brant Fell with one of our beloved dogs on a frosty morning.

Secondly, Blenheim Lodge is well located for access to Lake Windermere. Amazing vistas of the Lake and its backdrop of fells can be seen from 10 of our bedrooms at Blenheim Lodge. It takes only 5-10 minutes to walk to Lake Windermere’s shores depending on one’s level of fitness. There are lots of recreational things to do at the lakeside – from lake cruises to paddle boarding to hiring a bike and going cycling or even to take the Windermere car ferry or cruises to other parts of the Lake, and thence to other areas of this beautiful region to explore.

lake Windermere view, blenheim lodge
This is outstanding panoramic view of Lake Windermere and fells to be seen by guests staying in The Eyrie room.

Thirdly – and this is one of the loveliest features I think that I like about our location – Blenheim Lodge is situated only 5 minutes’ walk from the centre of Bowness on Windermere with all its shops, restaurants, activities, attractions and services to enjoy. It can get rather busy down there, but up here on our secluded hilltop location it “feels a million miles away” as one of our guests wrote in a review about her stay at our peaceful B&B.

Stay and wander

Blenheim Lodge is not only well-located for access to Bowness village centre, but is also easily accessible for guests arriving to stay and visit the Lake District by public and private transport. Windermere Railway Station and the Stagecoach Bus Station is 5 minutes by cab from our door, and regular buses travel between Windermere and Bowness. Many people also enjoy walking the mile from Windermere Station to Blenheim Lodge.

Exploring the Lakes can be a little daunting when one doesn’t know the area. We try our best to help our guests when they require information. Little things such as online articles can be sent in advance to guests so that they can find out more about things to see and do. There is also a local Tourist Information Centre in Bowness on Windermere staffed by very helpful people. Our aim is to help our guests get the most out of their time in the Lakes.

Walking Trail Blenheim Lodge | Bowness on Windermere | Cumbria Lake District
Slater Bridge is probably one of the most eye-catching bridges I have ever seen. This ancient bridge in the Lake District is certainly worth visiting.

We can also book door to door tours for our guests. Guests can choose either to join a tour group or to go for private guiding. There are also walking groups to join and other activities that guests can enjoy with oversight from the operator. Imagine horse-riding along fell paths and the vistas that would surround you! Wouldn’t that make a marvellous day out for the beginner or keen rider?

Our rooms

Blenheim Lodge used to be the home of the industrialist who built it in 1868. It is now both our home and Bed and Breakfast. To the former end, we have therefore tried to make all our guests feel welcome and at home whilst they are visiting with us: their “home from home” in effect.

In anybody’s home, no two rooms are alike. At Blenheim Lodge, no two rooms are alike either. We furnish all rooms individually and all are named. Each room has its own character, and each room has been made as comfortable as possible for our guests. We are especially proud of comments about about our beds: guests tell us often how comfortable our beds are and have even asked us where we buy our mattresses. We use only deep pocket sprung mattresses, handmade with natural fillings because we know that they will enable the best sleep.

The Langdale - bedroom, Blenheim Lodge, Cumbria
The Langdale has some of the best views in the house of Lake Windermere and the fells. It also has a queen-size bed with an ultra comfy pocket sprung mattress to sleep in!

We have 11 bedrooms in total. Ten rooms have shower en-suites and one has a private bathroom. Each has tea and coffee making facilities. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, we had furnished them also with items such as throws and cushions. Since the pandemic, we have removed these in order to remove touch points for safety’s sake. However, our rooms are still as comfortable as ever, and guests will always find a warm welcome at Blenheim Lodge.

Come visit with us

If you are looking for a getaway and want a break, please do contact us at enquiries@blenheim-lodge.com or book online on our website: www.blenheim-lodge.com. Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to someone, do feel free to call 015394 43440 where you will find a friendly voice at the other end.

P.S.

We would love to extend a warm welcome to all our guests. However, at this time of the Covid pandemic, please bear with us whilst we work in line with government guidance: for instance, we have changed the way in which we do things at Blenheim Lodge, so please read our Covid-19 Precautions on our website prior to booking or phone us on 015394 43440 if you have any questions. To this end, we also ask that anyone who is living in higher tier Covid risk areas to book a stay with us only when it is permissible for them to travel in order to maintain safety for all other guests and ourselves.

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