The Watermill Inn & Brewery

UK England North West England Cumbria Windermere

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Walking
The ultimate dog friendly pub with rooms in a beautiful part of the Lake District.

There’s no mistaking the dog friendly credentials of The Watermill, in fact you could go so far as to describe them as ‘dog bonkers’.  If the water bowls and dog friendly accreditations in the windows don’t convince you, then perhaps the bar might, with almost all the beers on tap being named with a doggy theme; a pint of Golden Retriever or Bad Dog IPA is just what you need after a long day's hiking the Lakeland Fells.

There are colourful dog portraits on the walls and even a special page in the bar menu dedicated to canine treats, plus a well stocked doggy snack box on the bar.  Dogs are welcome in the snug and inviting bar area and in all of the bedrooms and, for every dog that stays with them, The Watermill makes a donation to The Dogs Trust.

The inn is located midway between Kendal and Windermere, tucked away in a quiet spot just a few hundred yards from the A591, with ample parking on the doorstep.  The tiny village of Ings has an interesting old church to explore and lovely quite lanes for a quick ‘walkies’ in the morning and the evenings but really you are within easy striking distance of dozens of beautiful walks – the nearby Kentmere Valley offers miles of stunning low level walks, or take a short drive up onto Scout Scar near Kendal for a stunning family-friendly walk away from the crowds.

The inn's 8 en-suite  bedrooms are well laid out and very homely, and decorated in keeping with the age of the building – though taller guests will need to watch out for the odd low beam, which might catch you out.



Open all year.


Rates for double rooms with breakfast start at around £80 per night. There is a £7 per night charge for dogs, who are not permitted to be left alone in rooms unless in a cage.


Eight guest bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms made up on 6 doubles, 1 family room and 1 single room.


The Watermill Inn & Brewery, Ings, Near Windermere, Kendal, Cumbria LA8 9PY

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