Nearby the Love Shack

Feel free to do absolutely nothing but gaze out of the windows, but if you are feeling more energetic there’s a wealth of interesting places nearby. We are happy to help and advise whenever we can.

Excursions

Beatrix Potter’s house “Hill Top”

Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LF

THE Lakes celebrity's house to visit, but nevertheless an interesting excursion.

Blackwell, Arts & Crafts house

Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JT

A significant Arts & Crafts house (visible from the Shack terrace) with an ongoing exhibition programme, good book shop and nice - if rather slow - cafe.

Brantwood

Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AD

Home of influential Victorian polymath John Ruskin. A lovely site and a thought-provoking man, though sadly the house is rather underwhelming as a visitor experience.

Levens Hall

Kendal, LA8 0PD

A stunning and historic topiary garden that has been unchanged for 500 years. Alice in Wonderland territory. Check opening hours as it's not National Trust.

Steam Gondola

Coniston Pier, Lake Road, Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8AN

On a nice day this is a very, very special way to experience the majesty of Coniston Water and its mountainscape.

Townend

Troutbeck, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LB

An atmospheric historic house full of ornate folk-carvings made in situ by generations of one family.

Transport & supplies

Oxenholme train station

Oxenholme Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7HG

Windermere train station

Station Precinct, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1AH

Booths Supermarket

Victoria Street, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1QA (& a branch in Ulverston too)

THE place for a locally-sourced, quality stock-up and perhaps unexpectedly, one of the best places locally for a cooked breakfast or quick lunch.

Windermere ferry

Ferry Nab, Bowness, Windermere LA23 3JH & The Ferry Landing, Far Sawrey, Ambleside LA22 0LP

Visit Bowness and Windermere on the ferry (10 mins), which lands close by the Love Shack. Cars and pedestrians. Occasionally closed inexplicably, so check before travel.

Hawkshead Co-op

Main Street, Hawkshead LA22 0NZ

Shopping destinations

Ulverston

A nice town full of independent and diverse shops. Market day on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Grange-over-Sands

A well-kept, old fashioned seaside town of a bygone age, overlooking the picturesque but perilous sands of Morecambe Bay,
Bandstand, promenade, good teas available in large seafront hotels, and a lovely community orchard in the centre of town.

Cockermouth

A lovely Georgian town for a day out - smart, wide streets, good antiques / vintage shops and eateries.

Eateries

The Samling

Ambleside Rd, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LR

A top local hotel between Ambleside and Windermere where an elegant and slightly formal lunch or dinner is a treat.

The Cuckoo Brow Inn

Far Sawrey, Hawkshead, Cumbria LA22 0LQ

The nearest place to eat to the Shack, simple, tasty and dog-friendly.

Chesters by the River

Skelwith Bridge, Nr Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9NJ

Excellent lunch or tea with a nice interiors / gift shop next door. Can be very busy due to wood-fired pizzas and epic cakes for hungry Langdale holidayers.

Vinegar Jones

Royal Square, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3DB

Very traditional and good fish and chips, can sit in.

Rothay Manor

Rothay Bridge, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0EH

Famed for its 'high teas' so worth booking for. Old fashioned and good quality.

Homeground Coffee & Kitchen

56 Main Rd, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1DX

Deservedly popular new-ish place for an excellent, modern brunch or cake. Great baking, newspapers provided and lingering encouraged.

Lake Road Kitchen

Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0AD

Ambitious, on-trend 'Nordic Cuisine'. Expensive, esoteric (at times) and often fascinating food. Marred slightly by its cramped site, try to avoid a busy night.