A spacious wooden cabin on the shores of Lake Windermere, with great facilities nearby.
We don't often recommend self-catering properties that are part of larger complex, but in the case of Footprints Lodge we thought we'd make an exception. For a start, the location is a beauty, in an attractive and secluded woodland setting that is just footsteps away from the shores of Lake Windermere. Also it's large for a wooden cabin – with three good-sized bedrooms, one of them en-suite, so is perfect for a big family or bunch of friends.
Owner Sharron Clark has put quite a bit of thought and effort into making the lodge a home from home. The decor is bright and contemporary, and there's a large triple-aspect sitting room with an outside deck, and a fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher and microwave – there's also Freeview TV and DVD player, iPod docking station and a hot tub on the deck outside. And Sharron herself is a mine of information on what to do and where to eat and drink in the surrounding area.
You also have access to all the facilities of the White Cross Bay resort on which the lodge is situated, which include an indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym, a restaurant and bar and a marina, so real lazybones need never set foot outside the park. This would be a pity, though, as you couldn't be in a better place to walk, cycle and generally enjoy the best of this magical bit of the Lake District. At the very least though explore the lake – either by following the 10-mile-long Windermere Way, which passes right by the lodge, or by taking a trip on one of the Windermere Lake Cruises. In short, it's a great place for a family holiday.
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Places to eat & drink nearby
Hole in t’ Wall
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Best pub in Bowness? That would be the oldest, the Hole in t’ Wall
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Cote How Organic
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"Everyone comes for the scones" is the popular refrain, and many happily claim them to be the best in the world.
Rydal Road Ambleside LA22 9AN
Ambleside’s funkiest café doesn’t just do pies – though they are supreme, whether sweet or savoury.
Compston Road Ambleside LA22 9AD
Ambleside’s failsafe stalwart is the veggie café and Italian restaurant attached to the town’s independent cinema
Things to see & do nearby
Lake District Visitor Centre
Brockhole LA23 1LJ
The national park’s main visitor centre and HQ occupies a fabulous lakeside mansion on Windermere.
World of Beatrix Potter
Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3BX
Bowness's – if not the Lake District’s – top visitor attraction, themed to within an inch of its fluffy bunny life
Windermere Lake Cruises
The Piers Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3HQ
Boat trips on England’s largest lake, Windermere, depart from the piers in the lakeside village of Bowness
Low Wray Ambleside LA22 0JA
Victorian-era Wray Castle is Windermere's finest attraction and a stunning all-day family visit.
Ambleside Tourist Information Centre
Central Buildings Market Cross Ambleside LA22 9BS
Main tourist office for the southern and central Lakes
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From £465 to £950 a week, depending on season. To see tariffs
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- Something Different
Leave the M6 at junction 36, then at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A590 (signposted Kendal, Barrow). Continue onto the A591 (signposted Windermere). At the roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A591 (signposted Windermere). Continue on the A591 through Stavely and Ings before entering Windermere. At the mini-roundabout continue (signposted Ambleside). Follow the A591 for a couple of miles and White Cross Bay is on the left. How to find us
The season on White Cross Bay runs from 1st March to 14th January. We offer a 3, 4 and 7 night break with a Friday or Monday change over.