Big houses at the heart of The Lake District

Holiday in style at our beautiful properties.

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7 big holiday houses, 3 simple types of break...

Big groups, big weekends, big holidays. Stay up late, talk long into the night, laugh lots that's what's so special about a Big House in the Lakes weekend. Get your friends together, get booked and get excited!

Family get-togethers, girlie weekends, milestone birthdays there’s always a good reason for a big group to come together at a big cottage in the lakes. Our collection of large luxury houses in the English Lake District have have something for any size of party from 5 up to 67 guests.

More Flexibility

We offer Monday and Friday changeovers. You have options of booking 3-night weekends (Friday to Monday) 4-night mid-week breaks (Monday to Friday) or 7, 10 and 14-night longer breaks.

No Booking Fees

We believe in transparent and fair pricing, which is why we do not charge any additional booking fees, providing you with a hassle-free reservation process.

Best Price Guarantee

We are listed on other websites however by booking DIRECT we guarantee the best rates for your accommodation, ensuring that you receive the most competitive prices for your stay.

Personalised Service

We're here to assist you with any questions or special requests, making sure your experience is tailored to you. It's time to say goodbye to impersonal booking platforms.

Our Properties

Cottages in Windermere for Large Groups

The Terrace Windermere and Orrest Head House and Cottage are all fabulous large holiday cottages in Windermere village at the heart of the English Lake District. All of our large houses are rated 4 or 5 star by Visit Britain, a rating we cherish and spend a lot of time and effort keeping. If you are looking for a big holiday house in the Lakes you couldn’t have found a better place to start. Andy and Barbara (owners)

What we Offer

We are committed to providing our guests with a stress-free experience. We hope that by providing detailed information on our amenities and services, we can help our guests make informed decisions about their stay.

We’re confident that you’ll find everything you need to make your stay with us a success

Fully Equiped Kitchen

Our properties feature fully equipped kitchens, allowing guests to enjoy the convenience of cooking their meals with all the necessary appliances and utensils provided.

All The Essentials

Our houses have everything you need for a great break.

Comfort & Style

Experience unparalleled comfort and style in our meticulously designed accommodation, crafted to meet the highest standards.

Great Location

The Terrace is situated in an amazing location just above Booths supermarket and the railway station in Windermere at the heart of The English Lake District.

Free Wi-Fi

We offer free Wi-Fi access in all our properties, ensuring guests can stay connected and enjoy seamless internet connectivity during their stay.

Parking

Each of our houses has private parking for at least 6 cars. Plus we have several EV chargers available to use.

Smart Entertainment

Each house is equipped with a Smart Tv in the lounge plus a 75inch Smart TV in the cinema room. There is also a Marshall bluetooth speaker ready to play your holiday playlist.

Linen & Towels

We provide fresh and high-quality linen and towels in all of our houses ensuring a comfortable and hygienic experience during your stay.

Things You don't want to miss out during your stay

Discover the must-see attractions and experiences that you simply can’t afford to miss during your stay. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, our curated list ensures you make the most of your time and create unforgettable memories.

What our clients say about their experience

UpFront Reviews

Why You Should Choose The Terrace Windermere

Book with the owner direct

Impeccable cleanliness

Personalised experiences

Excellent customer service

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I? Do you? When? What? And how?

Here are a number of questions we are frequently asked about our big luxury houses in the Lake District. Hopefully they'll help answer your query if not, please email and we'll be happy to send you an answer to any relevant question.

Unfortunately, our houses are usually fully booked. They’re large houses and need the full 6 hours between 10 am and 4 pm to clean thoroughly. Therefore we can’t offer either early arrivals or late departures.

We make the keys available from 1:30 pm so you so can pick them up early, get everything sorted and be ready to go at 4 pm, you’re welcome to park at the houses from 2 pm but our housekeepers will need until 4 pm to get the house ready for you

You’re welcome to leave your cars while you walk down to the village for breakfast, however we need them moving before 12pm in readiness for our incoming guests.

Unfortunately 4 dogs is absolute maximum.

We have taken the decision not to allow weddings at any of our houses – sorry.

All of our houses on The Terrace feature hot tubs. We do not allow them to be used at Orrest Head House or Cottage.

Our cleaners are only contracted on Fridays and Mondays, which are our changeover days, you’re welcome to leave the house on the Sunday, but the break will run to Monday 10am when the cleaners come in.

Our cleaners are only contracted on Fridays and Mondays, which are our changeover days. Of course you only have to use as much of that time as you want but you’ll still have to pay for the full break.

Yes we we offer different discounts depending on which combination of properties you are interested in. Please get in touch and we’ll email you a quote.

Yes, all our properties have barbecues however, our cleaners are not contracted to clean them, we rely on our guests to leave them in good condition.

Yes, our manager can put you in touch with a number of our preferred caterers once you’ve booked.

Yes, our manager can organize a complete linen change for you at any time during your break. There is a charge, which varies from house to house, please ask for a price.

We regularly receive online deliveries for our guests, we’re happy to store them in the house, but we can’t take responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the product.

We’re very happy with “up-market hen nights” in all our properties EXCEPT Oakland Hall, which is in a quiet residential area and therefore is not an appropriate venue for a hen night.

Yes we now supply towels, complimentary soaps and shampoos in all of our properties.

All of our properties have their own wifi connection and router,. There is no charge however we would really like you to like us on Facebook in return (if you’re on it).

Yes some of our single beds can be pushed together and made up as super kings. Unfortunately the wooden bed type of bed cannot be made up as doubles. If if you would like a super king set up please ask Liz. We do need to know at least a week before arrival as we may have to redeploy bedding to achieve your wishes.

Parking is tight at the Terrace and the number of available parking spaces varies from house to house, 5 to 6 cars per property. If you do bring more cars than those allocated there are free spaces locally, the nearest are on Thwaites lane (behind Lakeland). To find Thwaites Lane turn right out of The Terrace then Thwaites Lane is the next right hand turn (opposite Orrest Head House). It is vital that you do not park in another house’s parking space, it causes friction and isn’t a great way for anyone to start their break. Thank you for your understanding. There is ample parking if you have booked Orrest Head House, Orrest Head Cottage or Oakland Hall.

Liz our manager will endeavour to help your organise anything to help make your break even more special. Please email Liz and she’ll give you a quick answer to whether what you want to do is achievable.

One thing that really upsets us is when people sellotape banners/photos to our walls, it tears the wallpaper and leaves awful scars, Blu-Tack is not much better it leaves greasy marks. If you must put up banners pleas tape them to the glass on our pictures, mirrors on on fixtures that won’t be damaged after you leave. We appreciate your understanding.

We have now removed all games from the houses as unfortunately the pieces were constantly being scattered to the four winds or going missing , which was frustrating for us and even more so for the next guests.

We do not have any ground-floor bedrooms or any specific disability-friendly features. The houses do all have large doors for better access and some of the houses have downstairs toilets. But guests in wheelchairs may find access difficult.

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