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Lake District Bed & Breakfast.

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May Cottage Bed & Breakfast

May Cottage B&B is warm & welcoming, quiet and comfortable. It’s just five minutes’ walk to Lake Windermere, and even closer to the village shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants of Bowness. The perfect place to relax, explore and enjoy the beautiful English Lake District.

The English Lake District, World heritage Site

May Cottage is a traditional Bowness-on-Windermere B&B, right in the heart of the English Lake District. The Lake District was given world heritage status in 2017. From Bowness you can experience the superb lake and fell-side scenery, visit historic houses and attractions, and enjoy the outstanding restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Really comfortable rooms

Three rooms all with SuperKing beds with Hypnos mattresses

Room 1

Sleeps 2, SuperKing Bed, Ensuite

Room 2

Sleeps 2, SuperKing Bed or Twin, ensuite

Room 3

Sleeps 2, SuperKing Bed, ensuite


Our aim at May Cottage B&B is to make our guests feel totally at home so they can really relax and enjoy Bowness, Windermere and the Lake District in their own way. We will always be on hand to offer help and advice if needed.


All rooms at May Cottage have SuperKing beds with a quality mattress for a great night’s rest. Rooms are double glazed with individually thermostatically controlled radiators, so you can have the level of warmth you want. A pressurised boiler/hot water system means hot showers or baths are available whenever you want. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities.


Breakfast at May Cottage is a relaxed, unhurried time. Over a choice of cereals, fruit, yoghurt and pastries, plus a cooked to order traditional breakfast, you can plan the day ahead or discuss the adventures of yesterday. Please pre-order food the night before to help reduce food waste.

  • Had a lovely 2 night stay here. From the very first moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. Clean, efficient, welcoming and comfortable beds. Thank you! Hope to see you again!

    Simon, Leeds

  • Fantastic 4 night stay. Joan and Simon could not do enough for us. Such a comfortable bed.

    Marie & Phil, Gloucester

  • Fabulous stay. Loved the way Joan and Simon welcomed us! Super breakfast ! Will be back for sure !!!

    Lavinia & Cosmin, Yorkshire

  • Fabulous stay. Lovely hosts – Joan and Simon. Beautiful country and people. Will be back.

    Anne & Paul, Donegal

  • Wonderful 3 night stay. Warm friendly welcome. Clean cozy and comfortable room. Location perfect.

    Julie & Darrell, Essex

  • Thank you so much for your very warm welcome. We had a wonderful time here which we will never forget

    Silke & Jacob, Cottbus, Germany

  • Lovely people, lovely place, great breakfast. Thank you for everything

    Carol & Peter, Stoke-on-Trent

  • What a little gem, so welcoming & friendly. We’ll definitely be back

    Sheree & Daz, Congleton

  • What a fantastic B&B, will defo come again. Joan & Simon are lovely people

    Gill & Chris, Wakefield

May Cottage - Highlights


SuperKing beds in all rooms : Free WiFi : Cooked and light breakfast : Free car parking space : Cycle storage


Water sports – canoe, sail, SUP, swim : Beatrix Potter house and attraction : Windermere Lake Cruises : Boat Museum : Wide range of cafes, restaurants and pubs

The Lake District

Walking – low level and up mountains : Lake cruises – Ullswater, Derwentwater, Coniston : Historic buildings & castles : Tours, museums and experiences : Activities - mountain biking, climbing, fell running : Heritage railways

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