This house belonged to the Brownes of Townend who lived there for over 400 years. The house had 12 generations until 1942. The family were considered as 'well to do farmers' who had 800 acres of land and mainly farmed ship. They also owned several mills in the area as well as an inn. The house is renowned for its carved oak furnitre. George Brown, a last family member (died in 1914) retired at 40 years old to concentrate on the work and most of the furniture in this house was done by him.
When we visited the house we were able see a rag rug making demonstration
It cost 5gbp (adults) to visit but if you're a National Trust Member it doesn't cost you any extra.
If the weather is nice a Lake Windermere cruise from Bowness is a lovely way to see the islands in the lake and the surrounding area and to get a better feel of just how big the lake is. There are various cruise options you can take. If you're there on a Wednesday or Saturday evening during the summer months they also do a jazz cruise which is really good fun and the scenery even more lovely as daylight fades and lights twinkle from the shore.
What better way to get to know the biggest lake in England than taking a boat out?
We opted to hire a rowing boat for an hour early one morning in November, and had the lake pretty much all to ourselves.
The quiet and the views were really special and we would definitley go out again...but it does take someone with good arms to get you round Belle Isle in time for your boat to be back :)
Motor boats start at £15 for an hour (for two people), rowing boats are £5 per adult for an hour or £2.50 for kids over 5.
The boats are hired at the lakeside at Bowness.
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction
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Discover Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and all their friends in a magical indoor recreation of Beatrix Potter's original Tales, complete with the sights, sounds and even smells of the countryside.
About a 20 minute downhill walk from Windermere itself or a short bus ride away is the lakeside Bowness. Catch a ferry to other lakeside villages or visit the Beatrix Potter shop / museum? in Bowness itself. Some other souvenir shops that sell candies, books and lifestyle products.
Whilst we were there in the evening, the church bells went off incessantly (I think every 15 minutes). The entire village is pretty peaceful (guess it's because we weren't there during the peak season) :D
Windermere, at 10.5 miles long, one mile wide and 220 feet deep, is the largest natural lake in England, and is fed by numerous rivers. The Romans built their fort of GALAVA at its northern end (Waterhead), and it has always been an important waterway for movement of heavy materials.
Bowness-on-Windermere - Lakeland's most popular holiday resort - is an excellent centre for boating activities, with over 10,000 boats registered. Until March 2005 Windermere was the only lake without a speed limit, but a 10 mph limit has now been imposed. Steamers and launches operate from Bowness Bay to Waterhead at Ambleside, and Lakeside at the southern end.
At the southern end is Lakeside Pier, and Lakeside Station of the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, and also the Aquarium of the Lakes.
In the late 19th century, wealthy businessmen from Lancashire built grand mansions overlooking the lake, and many of these have now been converted to hotels, such as the Langdale Chase Hotel, and the Belsfield Hotel. Others houses include The National Park Visitor Centre at Brockhole, between Ambleside and Bowness, and Wray Castle almost opposite Brockhole, and the first Lake District holiday home of Beatrix Potter.
All of the west shoreline, but very little of the east, is owned by the National Trust. The Trust also owns Fellfoot Park at the southern end of the lake.
Just a mini aquarium but still fun to visit, exhibiting quite a lot of species you would expect to find in the district. The otters were my favourite, as wild otters are so hard to see. I also liked all the mice they had.
This visit took us about an hour or two, its a good attraction for families and people interested in wildlife. You can also get some reduced entry deals from the website, or if you arrive there with windermere lake cruises.
They have a very good website with a lot of information on (prices, events, special deals, etc.) :)
Get an unlimited pass to cruise the greatest lake in the UK - Windermere Lake. Leave off the boat, have some short walks, visit the Aquarium of the Lakes - then take the boat again and keep dropping off and going on where it suits you. The scenery is fantastic
Aquarium of the Lakes
The Aquarium of the Lakes takes you on a journey of discovery that follows a Lakeland river from its starting point high up in the mountains to its final destination in the sea. Along the way you are introduced to the fascinating array of wildlife found above and beneath the lakes.
Catch the beautiful sunsets at Ambleside in summer - the colours give the area a surreal feel. Many people will bask in the sunset giving the entire place a feel of time gone by.